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The Complete Catholic Handbook

Who made you? Has God a body? Is Jesus Christ truly God? Why do we make the sign of the cross? What does the word Catholic mean? How is the Church Apostolic? It is the aim of this handbook to answer these and other questions pertaining to Catholic doctrine as well as offer a compendium of all other important information relating to Catholic Faith and Liturgy and a summary of the most important elements of Holy Scripture. Though this is specially suited for Catechists, the handbook will be useful for all Catholics whatever their ages, intellects and circumstances.

Faith

Chapter 1

  1. Who made you?
  2. Why did God make you?
  3. To whose image and likeness did God make you?
  4. Is this likeness to God in your body, or in your soul?
  5. How is your soul like to God?
  6. What do you mean when you say that your soul is immortal?
  7. Of which must you take most care, of your body or of your soul?
  8. What must you do to save your soul?

Chapter 2

  1. What is Faith?
  2. Why must you believe whatever God has revealed?
  3. How are you to know what God has revealed?
  4. Who gave the Catholic Church divine authority to teach?
The Apostles Creed
  1. What are the chief things which God has revealed?
  2. Say the Apostles’ Creed.
  3. How is the Apostles’ Creed divided?
First Article of the Creed
  1. What is the first article of the Creed?
  2. What is God?
  3. Why is God called Almighty?
  4. Why is God called Creator of heaven and earth?
  5. Had God any beginning?
  6. Where is God?
  7. Does God know and see all things?
  8. Has God any body?
  9. Is there only one God?
  10. Are there three Persons in God?
  11. Are these three Persons three Gods?
  12. What is the mystery of the three Persons in one God called?
  13. What do you mean by a mystery?
  14. Is there any likeness to the Blessed Trinity in your soul?
  15. Which are the three powers of your soul?
Second Article of the Creed
  1. What is the second article of the Creed?
  2. Who is Jesus Christ?
  3. Is Jesus Christ truly God?
  4. Why is Jesus Christ truly God?
  5. Was Jesus Christ always God?
  6. Which Person of the Blessed Trinity is Jesus Christ?
  7. Is Jesus Christ truly man?
  8. Why is Jesus Christ truly man?
  9. Was Jesus Christ always man?
  10. What do your mean by the Incarnation?
  11. How many natures are there in Jesus Christ?
  12. Is there only one Person in Jesus Christ?
  13. Why was God the Son made man?
  14. What does the holy name Jesus mean?
  15. What does the name Christ mean?
  16. Where is Jesus Christ?
Third Article of the Creed
  1. What is the third article of the Creed?
  2. What does the third article mean?
  3. Had Jesus Christ any Father on earth?
  4. Where was our Saviour born?
  5. On what day was our Saviour born?
Fourth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the fourth article of the Creed?
  2. What were the chief sufferings of Christ?
  3. What are the chief sufferings of our Lord called?
  4. Why did our Saviour suffer?
  5. Why is Jesus Christ called our Redeemer?
  6. On what day did our Savour die?
  7. Where did our Saviour die?
  8. Why do we make the sign of the cross?
  9. In making the sign of the cross how are we reminded of the Blessed Trinity?
  10. In making the sign of the cross how are we reminded that Christ died for us on the Cross?
Fifth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the fifth article of the Creed?
  2. What do you mean by the words, ‘He descended into hell?
  3. What do you mean by Limbo?
  4. Why were the souls of the just detained in Limbo?
  5. What do you mean by the words, ‘The third day He rose again from the dead?
  6. On what day did Christ rise again from the dead?
Sixth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the sixth article of the Creed?
  2. What do you mean by the words, ‘He ascended into heaven?
  3. What do you mean by the words, ‘Sitteth at the right hand of God the Father Almighty?
Seventh Article of the Creed
  1. What is the seventh article of the Creed?
  2. When will Christ come again?
  3. What are the things Christ will judge?
  4. What will Christ say to the wicked?
  5. What will Christ say to the just?
  6. Will everyone be judged at death, as well as at the last day?
Eighth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the eighth article of the Creed?
  2. Who is the Holy Spirit?
  3. From whom doth the Holy Spirit proceed?
  4. Is the Holy Spirit equal to the Father and to the Son?
  5. When did the Holy Spirit come down on the Apostles?
  6. Why did the Holy Spirit come down on the Apostles?
Ninth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the ninth article of the Creed?
  2. What is the Catholic Church?
  3. Who is the Head of the Catholic Church?
  4. Has the Church a visible Head on earth?
  5. Why is the Bishop of Rome the Head of the Church?
  6. How do you know that Christ appointed St. Peter to be the Head of the Church?
  7. What is the Bishop of Rome called?
  8. Is the Pope the spiritual Father of all Christians?
  9. Is the Pope the Shepherd and Teacher of all Christians?
  10. Is the Pope infallible?
  11. What do you mean when you say that the Pope is infallible?
  12. Has the Church of Christ any marks by which we may know her?
  13. How is the Church One?
  14. How is the Church Holy?
  15. What does the word Catholic mean?
  16. How is the Church Catholic or Universal?
  17. How is the Church Apostolic?
  18. Can the Church err in what she teaches?
  19. How do you know that the Church cannot err in what she teaches?
  20. What do your mean by the Communion of Saints?
  21. How are the faithful on earth in communion With each other?
  22. How are we in communion with the Saints in heaven?
  23. How are we in communion with the souls in purgatory?
  24. What is purgatory?
  25. What souls go to purgatory?
  26. What is temporal punishment?
  27. How do you prove that there is a purgatory?
Tenth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the tenth article of the Creed?
  2. What do your mean by ‘The forgiveness of sins?
  3. By what means are sins forgiven?
  4. What is sin?
  5. How many kinds of sin are there?
  6. What is original sin?
  7. What was the sin committed by Adam?
  8. Have all mankind contracted the guilt and stain of original sin?
  9. What is this privilege of the Blessed Virgin called?
  10. What is actual sin?
  11. How is actual sin divided?
  12. What is mortal sin?
  13. Why is it called mortal sin?
  14. How does mortal sin kill the soul?
  15. Is it a great evil to fall into mortal sin?
  16. Where will they go who die in mortal sin?
  17. What is venial sin?
  18. Why is it called venial sin?
Eleventh Article of the Creed
  1. What is the eleventh article of the Creed?
  2. What do you mean by ‘The resurrection of the body?
Twelfth Article of the Creed
  1. What is the twelfth article of the Creed?
  2. What does ‘Life everlasting’ mean?
  3. What is the glory and happiness of heaven?
  4. What does the Scripture say of the happiness of heaven?
  5. Shall not the wicked also live for ever?

Hope

Chapter 3

  1. Will Faith alone save us?
  2. What is Hope?
  3. Why must we hope in God?
  4. Can we do any good work of ourselves towards our salvation?
  5. What is grace?
  6. How must we obtain God’s grace?
  7. What is prayer?
  8. How do we raise up our mind and heart to God?
  9. Do those pray well who, at their prayers, think neither of God nor of what they say?
  10. Which is the best of all prayers?
  11. Who made the Lord’s Prayer?
  12. Say the Lord’s Prayer.
  13. In the Lord’s Prayer who is called ‘Our Father?
  14. Why is God called ‘Our Father?
  15. Is God also the Father of all mankind?
  16. Why do we say, ‘Our’ Father, and not ‘My’ Father?
  17. When we say, ‘Hallowed be Thy name’, what do we pray for?
  18. When we say, ‘Thy kingdom come’, what do we pray for?
  19. When we say, ‘Thy will be done on earth as it is in heaven’, what do we pray for?
  20. When we say, ‘Give us this day our daily bread’, what do we pray for?
  21. When we say, ‘Forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive them that trespass against us’, what do we pray for?
  22. When we say, ‘Lead us not into temptation’, what do we pray for?
  23. When we say, ‘Deliver us from evil’, what do we pray for?
  24. Should we ask the Angels and Saints to pray for us?
  25. How can we show that the Angels and Saints know what passes on earth?
  26. What is the chief prayer to the Blessed Virgin which the Church uses?
  27. Say the Hail Mary.
  28. Who made the first part of the Hail Mary?
  29. Who made the second part of the Hail Mary?
  30. Why should we frequently say the Hail Mary?
  31. Have we another reason for often saying the Hail Mary?
  32. Why does the Catholic Church show great devotion to the Blessed Virgin?
  33. How is the Blessed Virgin Mother of God?
  34. Is the Blessed Virgin our Mother also?

Charity

Chapter 4: The Commandments of God

  1. What is Charity?
  2. Why must we love God?
  3. How do we show that we love God?
  4. How many Commandments are there?
  5. Say the ten Commandments?
  6. Who gave the ten Commandments?
The First Commandment
  1. What is the first Commandment?
  2. What are we commanded to do by the first Commandment?
  3. What are the sins against Faith?
  4. How do we expose ourselves to the danger of losing our Faith?
  5. What are the sins against Hope?
  6. What are the chief sins against Religion?
  7. Does the first Commandment forbid the making of images?
  8. Does the first Commandment forbid dealing with the devil and superstitions practices?
  9. Are all sins of sacrilege and simony also forbidden by the first Commandment?
  10. Is it forbidden to give divine honour or worship to the Angels and Saints?
  11. What kind of honour should we pay to the Angels and Saints?
  12. What honour should we give to relics, crucifixes, and holy pictures?
  13. Do we pray to relics or images?
The Second Commandment
  1. What is the second Commandment?
  2. What are we commanded by the second Commandment?
  3. What does the second Commandment forbid?
  4. Is it ever lawful to swear or to take an oath?
The Third Commandment
  1. What is the third Commandment?
  2. What are we commanded by the third Commandment?
  3. How are we to keep the Sunday holy?
  4. Why are we commanded to rest from servile works?
The Fourth Commandment
  1. What is the fourth Commandment?
  2. What are we commanded by the fourth Commandment?
  3. Are we commanded to obey our parents only?
  4. Are we bound to assist our parents in their wants?
  5. Are we bound in justice to contribute to the support of our pastors?
  6. What is the duty of parents towards their children?
  7. What is the duty of masters, mistresses, and other superiors?
  8. What does the fourth Commandment forbid?
  9. Is is sinful to belong to any Secret Society?
The Fifth Commandment
  1. What is the fifth Commandment?
  2. What does the fifth Commandment forbid?
  3. Does the fifth Commandment forbid anger?
  4. Why are scandal and bad example forbidden by the fifth Commandment?
The Sixth Commandment
  1. What is the sixth Commandment?
  2. What does the sixth Commandment forbid?
  3. Does the sixth Commandment forbid whatever is contrary to holy purity?
  4. Are immodest plays and dances forbidden by the sixth Commandment?
  5. Does the sixth Commandment forbid immodest songs, books, and pictures?
The Seventh Commandment
  1. What is the seventh Commandment?
  2. What does the seventh Commandment forbid?
  3. Is all manner of cheating in buying and selling forbidden by the seventh Commandment?
  4. Are we bound to restore ill-gotten goods?
  5. Is it dishonest in servants to waste their master’s time or property?
The Eighth Commandment
  1. What is the eighth Commandment?
  2. What does the eighth Commandment forbid?
  3. Are calumny and detraction forbidden by the eighth Commandment?
  4. If you have injured your neighbour by speaking ill of him, what are you bound to do?
The Ninth Commandment
  1. What is the ninth Commandment?
  2. What does the ninth Commandment forbid?
  3. What sins commonly lead to the breaking of the sixth and ninth Commandments?
The Tenth Commandment
  1. What is the tenth Commandment?
  2. What does the tenth Commandment forbid?

Chapter 5: The Commandments of the Church

  1. Are we bound to obey the Church?
  2. What are the chief Commandments of the Church?
  3. What is the first Commandment of the Church?
  4. Which are the Holydays of Obligation observed?
  5. Is it a mortal sin to neglect to hear Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation?
  6. Are parents, masters, and mistresses bound to provide that those under their charge shall hear Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation?
  7. What is the second Commandment of the Church?
  8. What are fasting days?
  9. Which are the fasting days?
  10. What are days of abstinence?
  11. Which are the days of abstinence?
  12. Why does the Church command us to fast and abstain?
  13. What is the third Commandment of the Church?
  14. How soon are children bound to go to confession?
  15. When are children generally supposed to come to the use of reason?
  16. What is the fourth Commandment of the Church?
  17. How soon are Christians bound to receive the Blessed Sacrament?
  18. What is the fifth Commandment of the Church?
  19. Is it a duty to contribute to the support of religion?
  20. What is the sixth Commandment of the Church?
  21. Which are the times in which it is forbidden to marry with solemnity?

Chapter 6: The Sacraments

  1. What is a Sacrament?
  2. Do the Sacraments always give grace?
  3. Whence have the Sacraments the power of giving grace?
  4. Ought we to have a great desire to receive the Sacraments?
  5. Is a character given to the soul by any of the Sacraments?
  6. What is a character?
  7. How many Sacraments are there?

Baptism

  1. What is Baptism?
  2. Does Baptism also forgive actual sins?
  3. Who is the ordinary minister of Baptism?
  4. How is Baptism given?
  5. What do we promise in Baptism?
  6. Is Baptism necessary for salvation?

Confirmation

  1. What is Confirmation?
  2. Who is the ordinary minister of Confirmation?
  3. How does the Bishop administer the Sacrament of Confirmation?
  4. What are the words used in Confirmation?

Holy Eucharist

  1. What is the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
  2. How are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Christ?
  3. When are the bread and wine changed into the Body and Blood of Christ?
  4. Why has Christ given Himself to us in the Holy Eucharist?
  5. Is Christ received whole and entire under either kind alone?
  6. In order to receive the Blessed Sacrament worthily what is required?
  7. What is it to be in a state of grace?
  8. Is it a great sin to receive Holy Communion in mortal sin?
  9. Is the Blessed Eucharist a Sacrament only?
  10. What is a sacrifice?
  11. What is the Sacrifice of the New Law?
  12. What is the Holy Mass?
  13. Is the Holy Mass one and the same Sacrifice with that of the Cross?
  14. For what ends is the Sacrifice of the Mass offered?
  15. Is the Mass also a memorial of the Passion and Death of our Lord?

Penance

  1. What is the Sacrament of Penance?
  2. Does the Sacrament of Penance increase the grace of God in the soul?
  3. When did our Lord institute the Sacrament of Penance?
  4. How does the priest forgive sins?
  5. What are the words of absolution?
  6. Are any conditions for forgiveness required on the part of the penitent?
  7. What is contrition?
  8. What is a firm purpose of amendment?
  9. How may we obtain a hearty sorrow for our sins?
  10. What consideration concerning God will lead us to sorrow for our sins?
  11. What consideration concerning our Saviour will lead us to sorrow for our sins?
  12. Is sorrow for our sins, because by them we have lost heaven and deserved hell, sufficient when we go to confession?
  13. What is perfect contrition?
  14. What special value has perfect contrition?
  15. What is confession?
  16. What if a person wilfully conceal a mortal sin in confession?
  17. How many things have we to do in order to prepare for confession?
  18. What is satisfaction?
  19. Does the penance given by the priest always make full satisfaction for our sins?
  20. What is an Indulgence?

Anointing of the Sick

  1. What is the Sacrament of Extreme Unction?
  2. When is Extreme Unction given?
  3. What are the effects of the Sacrament of Extreme Unction?
  4. What authority is there in Scripture for the Sacrament of Extreme Unction?

Holy Order

  1. What is the Sacrament of Holy Order?

Matrimony

  1. What is the Sacrament of Matrimony?
  2. What special grace does the Sacrament of Matrimony give to those who receive it worthily?
  3. Is it a sacrilege to contract marriage in mortal sin, or in disobedience to the laws of the Church?
  4. What is a ‘mixed marriage?
  5. Has the Church always forbidden mixed marriages?
  6. Does the Church sometimes permit mixed marriages?
  7. Can any human power dissolve the bond of marriage?

Chapter VII - Of Virtues and Vices

  1. Which are the Theological Virtues?
  2. Why are they called Theological Virtues?
  3. What are the chief mysteries of Faith which every Christian is bound to know?
  4. Which are the Cardinal Virtues?
  5. Why are they called Cardinal Virtues?
  6. Which are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit?
  7. Which are the twelve fruits of the Holy Spirit?
  8. Which are the two great precepts of Charity?
  9. Which are the seven Corporal Works of Mercy?
  10. Which are the seven SpiritualWorks of Mercy?
  11. Which are the eight Beatitudes?
  12. Which are the seven capital sins or vices and their contrary virtues?
  13. Why are they called capital sins?
  14. Which are the six sins against the Holy Spirit?
  15. Which are the four sins crying to heaven for vengeance?
  16. When are we answerable for the sins of others?
  17. In how many ways may we either cause or share the guilt of another’s sin?
  18. Which are the three eminent Good Works?
  19. Which are the Evangelical Counsels?
  20. What are the four last things to be ever remembered?

Chapter VIII - The Christian's Rule of Life

  1. What rule of life must we follow if we hope to be saved?
  2. What are we bound to do by the rule of life taught by Jesus Christ?
  3. How must we hate sin?
  4. How must we love God?
  5. How must we learn to love God?
  6. What will the love of God lead us to do?
  7. Does Jesus Christ also command us to love one another?
  8. How are we to love one another?
  9. Are we also bound to love our enemies?
  10. Has Jesus Christ given us another great rule?
  11. How are we to deny ourselves?
  12. Why are we bound to deny ourselves?
  13. How are we to take up our cross daily?
  14. How are we to follow our Blessed Lord?
  15. What are the principal virtues we are to learn of our Blessed Lord?
  16. Which are the enemies we must fight against all the days of our life?
  17. What do you mean by the devil?
  18. What do you mean by the world?
  19. Why do you number the devil and the world amongst the enemies of the soul?
  20. What do you mean by the flesh?
  21. What must we do to hinder the enemies of our soul from drawing us into sin?
  22. In the warfare against the devil, the world, and the flesh, on whom must we depend?

Chapter IX - The Christian's Daily Exercise

  1. How should you begin the day?
  2. How should you rise in the morning?
  3. Should you also hear Mass if you have time and opportunity?
  4. Is it useful to make daily meditation?
  5. On what ought we to meditate?
  6. Ought we frequently to read good books?
  7. And what should you do as to your eating, drinking, sleeping and amusements?
  8. Say the grace before meals.
  9. Say the grace after meals.
  10. How should you sanctify your ordinary actions and employments of the day?
  11. What should you do when you find yourself tempted to sin?
  12. If you have fallen into sin, what should you do?
  13. When God sends you any cross, or sickness, or pain, what should you say?
  14. What little indulgenced prayers would you do well to say often to yourself during the day?
  15. How should you finish the day?
  16. After your night prayers what should you do?

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