The Holy Mass
Just as Christ began His ministry with the words "repent and believe in the Gospel," so the Cure of Ars generally begins each of his days with the ministry of forgiveness. But he was happy to direct his reconciled penitents to the Eucharist. The Eucharist was at the very center of his spiritual life and pastoral work. He said: "All good works put together are not equivalent to the Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men, and the Holy Mass is the work of God."
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How to Prepare for Holy Mass
Read the readings before Mass in the
presence of Mary.
Say the Holy Rosary right before or after Mass.
Make an Examination of Conscience, and a sincere act of Contrition.
Go to frequent Confession.
Spend time adoring Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.
Spend sometime in prayer before and after Mass.
The Seven Sacraments
Three Sacraments of Christian Initiation:
The Holy Eucharist - Holy Mass
Two Sacraments of Healing:
Penance - Holy Confession
Anointing of the Sick
Two Sacraments at the Service of Communion:
Holy Orders - Priesthood
Holy Matrimony - Sanctity of Marriage
The Ten Commandments
1. I Am the Lord Thy God,
thou shalt not have strange
gods before Me. Thou shalt
not make to thyself any
graven thing, nor the
likeness of anything that
is in Heaven above, or the
earth beneath, nor those
things that are in the
waters under the earth.
Thou shalt not adore them
or serve them.
2. Thou shalt not take
the Name of the Lord
thy God in vain.
3. Remember that thou keep
holy the Sabbath-day.
4. Honor thy father and
5. Thou shalt not kill.
Abortion - deliberate termination
of pregnancy by killing the unborn
Such direct abortion, willed either
as an end or a means, is gravely
contrary to the moral law. CCC 2271
The Church does not restrict the
scope of mercy. Rather, she
makes clear the gravity of the
crime committed, the irreparable
harm done to the innocent
who is put to death, as well as to
the parents and the whole of
society. CCC 2272
The inalienable rights of the
person must be recognized and
respected by civil society and the
political authority. These human
rights depend neither on single
individuals nor on parents; nor do
they represent a concession
made by society and the state;
they belong to the human nature
and are inherent in the person by
virtue of the creative act from
which the person took his origin.
Among such fundamental rights
one should mention in this regard
every human being's right to life
and physical integrity
from the moment of conception
6. Thou shalt not commit
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false
witness against thy neighbor.
9. Thou shalt not covet
thy neighbor's wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth.
Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be satisfied.
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness' sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of evil against you falsely on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the Hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Shelter the homeless
Clothe the naked
Care for the sick
Help the imprisoned
Bury the dead
The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
Comfort those who suffer
Be patient with others
Forgive those who hurt you
Give correction to those who need it
Pray for the living and the dead
Daily Spiritual Plan
Get up at a fixed time, as early as
Eight hours of sleep should be
Offer your day to God through the
intercession of Mary.
Work with order and intensity during
the day as a way of serving God.
Set goals and establish priorities.
Try to attend Mass, as often as
possible. (receiving Holy
Communion-twice in a day
is allowable). This is the best
sacrifice we can offer to God.
Prepare yourself for Mass
by spending sometime in prayer.
Spending sometime in prayer
before the Blessed Sacrament (15
minutes, if possible).
Pray the Angelus. Traditionally the
Angelus is prayed at sunrise (6:00
AM), noon, and sunset (6:00 PM).
(During Easter time, say
the Regina Coeli instead)
Pray the Rosary, if possible with your
family, offering each decade for a
Do some other spiritual reading.
Start with the New Testament or
some well-known spiritual book.
Ten fifteen minutes is sufficient.
Make a short Examination of
Conscience at the end of the day
before going to bed. Two to
three minutes is enough.
Follow these steps:
With thanksgiving, humble yourself
in the presence of God. Tell Him
"Lord, if You will,
You can make me clean."
Ask for light to acknowledge your
defects and virtues and to see the
dangers and good occasions of the
day. Ask for repentance,
amendment, and encouragement.
Examine your conscience briefly on
What have I done wrong? With God,
with my neighbor, with myself?
What have I done right?
what could have I done better?
Sorrow: Ask pardon from our Lord.
Tell Him "A contrite and
humble heart, O God,
You will not despise" or
"Lord, you know all things,
You know that I love You."
You may say the Act of
Contrition, the Confiteor, or
Psalm 50 (Miserere).
Resolution: Make a very concrete
resolution for tomorrow:
avoiding some specific faults.
staying away from danger.
exerting special effort to
practice some virtue.
taking advantage of some
occasion of improvement.
Daily Roman Missal/Charles Belmonte-James Socias
The Heart of a Catholic Prayer Life is going to Mass every Sunday and on Holy Days of Obligation.
Holy Days of Obligation
in addition to all Sundays of the year according to the
decrees of the USCCB
Mary, Mother of God - Jan 1
Ascension - Thursday of the Sixth Week of Easter
Assumption of Mary into Heaven - August 15
All Saints Day - November 1
Immaculate Conception - December 8
Christmas, the solemnity of the Birth of Christ - December 25
Whenever Jan 1, Mary, Mother of God, or Aug 15, the solemnity of the Assumption, or Nov 1,the solemnity of All Saints, falls on a Saturday or on a Monday, the precept to attend Mass is abrogated.
The following solemnities are transferred or observed
on a different day:
Epiphany - Jan 6
(shall be transferred to the first Sunday following Jan 1)
Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ - second Sunday following Pentecost
(shall be observed on the Second Sunday following Pentecost)
In some dioceses the celebration of the solemnity of the Ascension may be transferred. It is to be made by the affirmative vote of two-thirds of the bishops of the respective Ecclesiastical Province.
Daily Roman Missal
The Word of God
1. The Bible (written Word of God)
Old Testament - 46 Books
New Testament - 27 Books
2. The Sacred Tradition
(unwritten Word of God)
"Therefore, brothers, stand firm and hold fast to the traditions that you were taught, either by oral statements or by letter of ours." (2Thessalonians 2:15)
Mary - Mother of God
The Mother of Jesus.
Because she is the mother of Jesus
(Son of God and second Person of the Blessed Trinity) according to the flesh, She is rightly called the Mother of God. CCC 495
From the first formulations of her faith, the Church has confessed that Jesus was conceived solely by the power of the Holy Spirit in the womb of the Virgin Mary, affirming also the corporeal aspect of this event: Jesus was conceived "by the Holy Spirit without human seed." The Fathers see in the virginal conception the sign that it truly was the Son of God who came in humanity like our own. CCC 496
The deepening of faith in the virginal motherhood led the Church to confess Mary's real and perpetual virginity even in the act of giving birth to the Son of God made man. In fact, Christ's birth "did not diminish His mother's virginal integrity but sanctified it." And so the Liturgy of the Church celebrates Mary as Aeiparthenos, the Ever-Virgin." CCC 499
The Mysteries of the Holy Rosary
I. The Joyful Mysteries
Annunciation of Angel Gabriel to
the Blessed Virgin Mary
Visitation of Mary to St. Elizabeth
Birth of Jesus in Bethlehem
Presentation of Child Jesus in the Temple
Finding of Child Jesus in the Temple
II. The Mysteries of Light
The Lord's Baptism
Wedding at Cana
Proclamation of the Kingdom of God
and His call to Conversion
Institution of the Eucharist
III. The Sorrowful Mysteries
Agony in the Garden
Scourging at the Pillar
Crowning with Thorns
Carrying of the Cross
Crucifixion and Death of Christ
IV. The Glorious Mysteries
The Lord's Ascension
The Descent of the Holy Spirit
The Assumption of Mary in Heaven,
Body and Soul
The Crowning of Mary as Queen of
Heaven and Earth
Marriage is a covenant or partnership of life
between a man and a woman, which is ordered
to the well-being of the spouses and to the procreation and upbringing of children.
When validly contracted between two
baptized people, marriage is a sacrament.
The Fruits of the Sacrament of Marriage
for the spouses:
The grace to love each other with the love
with which Christ has loved His Church.
A perfecting of their human love.
A strengthening of their indissoluble unity.
Sanctification on their way to Heaven.
The grace to "help one another to attain
in their married life and in welcoming and
educating their children."
An integration unto God's covenant with
"Authentic married love is caught up into
Divine Love." Daily Roman Missal
Mortal Sin - is a grave infraction of the law of God that destroys the divine life in the soul of the sinner (sanctifying grace). It requires a new initiative of God's mercy and a conversion of heart which is accomplished within the sacrament of Confession or Reconciliation.
For a sin to be mortal, three conditions must together be met:
Grave matter is specified by divine law (Ten Commandments) and the ultimate end of man.
Full knowledge of the sinful character of the act, of its opposition to God's law. Unintentional ignorance can diminish or even remove imputability of a grave offense. But no one is deemed to be ignorant of the principles of the moral law which are written in the conscience of
Full consent of the will. It is a consent sufficiently deliberate to be a personal choice. Feigned ignorance and hardness of heart do not diminish, but rather increase the voluntary character of a sin. The promptings of feelings and passions can diminish the voluntary and the free character of the offense, as can external pressures or pathological disorders. Sin committed through malice,
by deliberate choice of evil, is the gravest.
Venial Sin - does not destroy the divine life in the soul, as does mortal sin, though it diminishes and wounds it. It is the failure to observe necessary moderation, in lesser matters of the moral law, or in grave matters acting without full knowledge or complete consent.
Roman Daily Missal, CCC 1855, 1857, 1862
Purgatory - a state of final purification after death and before entrance into heaven for those who died in God's friendship, but were only imperfectly purified; a final cleansing before one is able to enter the joy of heaven.
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