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How Much Do You Know About Being Catholic?

Take this quiz and find out how much you know about what Catholics believe.  Answers are below.

  1. How do you make the Sign of the Cross?
  2. To whom did Mary go visit as soon as she found out she was pregnant with Jesus?
  3. True or False:  The Stations of the Cross are a Sacrament.
  4. Do Catholics WORSHIP or HONOR Mary?
  5. What is the name of the Pope?
  6. What was the name of the Pope before our present Pope?
  7. Yes or No: Mother Teresa has officially been named a saint of the Church.
  8. What does the word Catholic mean?
  9. Yes or No:  Should a Catholic receive communion at a non-Catholic service?
  10. True or False:  A Lutheran can receive communion at a Catholic Mass.
  11. True or False:  Only a priest can baptize someone.
  12. Can a person be baptized more than once?
  13. True or False:  A person can receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick more than once.
  14. True or False:  Priests can NEVER reveal what they hear in confession even if they are brought to court.
  15. True or False:  Judas was one of the 12 Apostles.
  16. How many days are in Lent?
  17. What is the name of the day that begins Lent?
  18. The day Jesus died is called ___________________________?
  19. The day Jesus rose from the dead is called _________________________?
  20. What does it mean to “Fast” in the Catholic Church during Lent?
  21. True or False:  People can fall out of purgatory and go to hell.
  22. Who was the first Pope?
  23. What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception?
  24. What do we celebrate on the Feast of the Assumption of Mary?
  25. What happened to Jesus on the Feast of the Ascension?
  26. At what age must a Pope retire?
  27. The sin of Adam and Eve is called the ____________________sin.
  28. How many Sacraments are there?
  29. Name the Sacraments.
  30. What kind of oil is used for the sacrament of baptism, confirmation, holy orders and anointing of the sick in the Church?
  31. True or False:  If you are Catholic, you are guaranteed to go to heaven when you die.
  32. True or False:  Catholics can receive the Sacrament of Confirmation more than once.
  33. True or False:  Jesus was married.
  34. Name four saints.
  35. In Christian art, what is the dove a symbol of?
  36. True or False:  If we forget God, God will forget us.
  37. When a priest explains the Gospel during Mass, this is not a sermon, it is called a ______________.
  38. True or False:  Just having a sexual thought or feeling is a sin.
  39. What is it called when we believe something that cannot be scientifically proven?
  40. How many beads are in a decade of the Rosary?
  41. What prayer is said on the large beads of the Rosary?
  42. Jesus grew up in what religion?
  43. What is the little voice in our head that tells us right from wrong?
  44. What is the piece of furniture called where the priest sets the bread and wine and says the prayers to make it become the Body and Blood of Jesus?
  45. True or False:  We are only pretending at Mass when we say the bread and wine become the body and blood of Jesus.
  46. True or False:  A person always has the right to end his/her life.
  47. True or False:  A Catholic can have their ashes scattered anywhere they want after they die.
  48. Where does the Pope live?
  49. Who elects the Pope?
  50. What color smoke comes from the chimney of the Vatican when a Pope is elected?
  51. What is the smoky stuff used sometimes at Mass on special occasions by the priest called?
  52. True or False:  An evil action is permitted if the result is good.
  53. What was the name of the angel who told Mary she would give birth to Jesus?
  54. What is it called when we drop to one knee before going into a pew?
  55. Do we genuflect when we go into a non-Catholic church?
  56. Why don’t we genuflect when we go into a non-Catholic church?
  57. Jesus cried when a friend of his died.  Who was this?
  58. In the Bible, who made Jesus perform his first miracle?
  59. What celebration was Jesus at when he performed his first miracle?
  60. Finish this sentence from a prayer:  HAIL MARY, FULL OF ________________________.
  61. What is the gold container called where the Body of Christ is kept during the week?
  62. What is the name of Mary’s mother?
  63. What is the name of Mary’s father?
  64. True or False:  Is it possible for God to do something evil if He chooses to?
  65. True or False:  Is it possible for God NOT to love us?
  66. True or False:  Catholics believe that everything that the Pope teaches is infallible, meaning no matter what the says he is right.
  67. True or False:  The Pope cannot sin.
  68. True or False:  Catholics believe that the Bible is the Word of God.
  69. True or False: Catholics worship statues.
  70. True or False:  Once your are baptized Catholic you are always Catholic, no matter what.

 

 

Answers are below:

  1. Touch your forehead as you say, “In the name of the Father”, touch your chest and say, “and the Son”, touch your left shoulder and say, “and the Holy”, touch the right shoulder and say, “Spirit”, fold your hands in prayer and say, “Amen.”
  2. Her cousin Elizabeth.
  3. False, the Stations of the Cross are NOT a Sacrament.
  4. Catholics HONOR  Mary.
  5. Pope Francis.
  6. Pope Benedict
  7. Yes, Mother Teresa is officially a saint of the Church as of September 2016.
  8. The word Catholic means “universal”.
  9. No, a Catholic should not receive communion in a non-Catholic church, because the non-Catholic church does not believe the same about communion as the Catholic, so the Catholic is not in communion with the non-Catholic church.
  10. False, a Lutheran CANNOT receive communion at a Catholic Mass, because the Lutheran does NOT believe the same about the Eucharist as the Catholics so they are not in Communion with the Church.
  11. False, anyone can baptize someone if that person is in imminent danger of death.  They can baptize with water or whatever liquid is available, “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit, Amen.”
  12. False, a person can only be baptized once.
  13. True, you can receive the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick more than once.
  14. True, priests can NEVER reveal what they hear in confession.
  15. True, Judas was one of the 12 Apostles.
  16. There are approximately 40 days in Lent.
  17. Ash Wednesday begins Lent.
  18. The day Jesus died is called Good Friday.
  19. The day Jesus rose from the dead is called Easter.
  20. Fasting in the Catholic Church during Lent means to eat the equivalent of one meal during the day.
  21. False, people CANNOT fall out of Purgatory and go to hell.  Once they are in Purgatory, they are guaranteed to go to heaven.
  22. The first Pope was St. Peter.
  23. The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is a celebration of the conception of the Virgin Mary, within her mother, without Original Sin, in preparation of her becoming Jesus’ mother.
  24. The Feast of the Assumption of Mary is the celebration of the Virgin Mary going to heaven body and soul, not under her own power, but under God’s power.
  25. The Feast of the Ascension is the celebration of Jesus going up to heaven under His own power.
  26. Popes are not required to retire at any age.
  27. The sin of Adam and Eve is called Original sin.
  28. There are seven Sacraments.
  29. Baptism, Holy Communion, Reconciliation/Confession, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick.
  30. The oil used for the sacraments of Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick is called Chrism oil.
  31. Catholics are not guaranteed to go to heaven when they die.  You can lose your salvation as they DON’T believe in “once saved, always saved”.
  32. False, Catholics can only be Confirmed once.
  33. False, Jesus was NOT married.
  34. Common saints are: St. Joseph, St. Christopher, St. Theresa, St. Francis, St. Michael, St. Clare, St. Padre Pio, St. Maria Goretti, St. Joan of Arc, etc.
  35. The dove is a symbol of the Holy Spirit.
  36. False, God will NEVER forget us.
  37. A priest explaining the Gospel is called the Homily.
  38. False, a sexual thought or feeling is not a sin, it’s how you act on that thought or feeling that could be a sin.
  39. When we believe in something not scientifically proven is called Faith.
  40. A decade of the Rosary is made up of 11 beads, or 10 small Hail Mary beads and 1 larger Our Father bead.
  41. The larger Rosary bead is for the Our Father prayer.
  42. Jesus was Jewish as he grew up.  When He came into His ministry, He instituted the Catholic Church.
  43. The little voice in our heads telling us right from wrong is called our conscience.
  44. The priest sets the bread and wine on the ALTAR  and says prayers to make it become the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  45. False, We NEVER pretend at Mass when we say the bread and wine become the Body and Blood of Jesus.
  46. False, a person NEVER has the right to take his/her own life because we are only stewards of this life and God is the creator and owner of our lives.
  47. False, a Catholic can NOT scatter their ashes because their body contains the Body and Blood of Jesus and therefore needs to be reverently buried.
  48. The Pope lives in Rome at the Vatican.
  49. The Cardinals elect the Pope.
  50. White smoke comes out of the chimney of the Vatican when a Pope is elected.
  51. The smoky stuff that the priests use on special occasions is called incense.
  52. False, an evil action is NEVER permitted even if the result is good.
  53. The angel Gabriel was the one who told Mary she would give birth to Jesus.
  54. Dropping to one knee before getting into a pew is called genuflecting.
  55. No, we DO NOT genuflect in a non-Catholic church.
  56. We do not genuflect because there is no Tabernacle and therefore Jesus is not present in the Eucharist.
  57. Jesus’ friend that died was called Lazarus.
  58. Mary, Jesus’ mother, made Him perform His first miracle.
  59. The Wedding at Cana was the place Jesus performed His first miracle.
  60. Hail Mary, full of GRACE.
  61. The gold container where the Body of Christ is kept is called the Tabernacle.
  62. Mary’s mother is called St. Ann.
  63. Mary’s father is called St. Joachim.
  64. False, God is not capable of doing something evil because He is all good.
  65. False, It is NOT possible for God to not love us.  God loves not matter what.
  66. False, Catholics believe that the Pope is infallible only when he is teaching about faith and doctrine.
  67. False, the Pope does sin and he even goes to Confession.
  68. True, Catholics believe the Bible is the Word of God.
  69. False, Catholics DO NOT WORSHIP STATUES.  The statues are holy reminders of our family of saints in heaven.  They are kind of like pictures of family in your wallet.  We don’t worship the picture, it’s just a reminder of them.
  70. True, once you are baptized Catholic, you are always Catholic, even if you do not attend Catholic Church, you are still Catholic.  You would be able to come back to the Church by going to Confession, if you have received that Sacrament for the first time.

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The Seal of the Confessional Like a Best Friend

The Catholic Confessional is better than a best friend you tell all your secrets to.  You can go to Confession and tell your sins with the confidence that the Priest will not ever tell anyone.  The Seal of the Confessional cannot be broken for any reason, period.  No court can force a priest to tell what he has heard in the Confessional.  The Seal is between you, the priest and God and that’s where it stays.  If you choose to tell someone what was said, then that is your choice but the priest still cannot tell what was said.  This Seal of the Confessional is sacred.  No matter what you confess, no matter how bad it is, it stays in the Confessional.  It’s sort of like the confidentiality with your doctor but no matter how secret you think something is with him, he still has to document it.  The Confessional is even better because the vow of confidentiality is absolute.  Our priest says that people have brought lists of sins and after being absolved they leave the list with the priest, who in turn destroys the list.  This ensures that the information does not get into any other hands.  When asked if the priest remembers what a person confessed, he said he never remembers.  He stated that there is nothing you can confess that he hasn’t heard before.  The Seal of the Confessional is only found in the Catholic Church and is very comforting and healing when you need to unload all the garbage of sin.

If you go to any Protestant church and ask to make a confession to a pastor/minister, he can listen to you but there is not that Seal of confidentiality to be trusted.  You can assume that he will keep your sins quiet but you don’t have that sacred oath that can’t be broken.  This uncertainty causes people to hold back from getting everything off their chest.  They don’t want that sort of information used against them or embarrassing them.

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What is an Incorruptible Saint?

St. Bernadette

St. Bernadette 1844-1879.  She has been deceased for 138 years but looks like she is sleeping.

 

Have you ever heard of an incorruptible? or incorruptible saint?  There are saints who, after their death, their bodies never decomposed!!  Why would this be?  Because they were so pure in the love of God.  What that means is that sin corrupts us.  They are so pure in giving that their bodies remain pure also.  Some have incorruptible body parts like their heart.  Many are not known to be incorrupt until they are exhumed for sainthood.   Many have soft pliable skin and blood that still is liquid.  Some produce fragrant oils.  One saint was so good at speaking of God that his tongue became incorrupt.  Some have a fragrance like flowers.  Saint John Paul II is an incorruptible.  These are not mummies!  Mummies are hardened, brittle and have leathered skin.  These saints have none of that.  They have not had anything to preserve them after death.  What do they all have in common?  They are all Catholic and they all loved the Eucharist.  That’s the narrow path to heaven.  They are only found in the Catholic Church.  No other church has this miraculous occurrence.

 

What they have had was a pure heart in love with Jesus.  They have lived their life for Jesus.  They want us to model after them and the lessons they have to teach us from how they lived their lives for Jesus.  They didn’t have an easy life.  Many had hardships and/or long illnesses that they suffered, but they accepted their suffering for Jesus and loved Him all the more.

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Have You Been Away from the Church?

Has it been months, years or decades since you have been to the Catholic Church?  Why did you leave?

  • If you just neglected to attend Church, you can come back once you go to Confession.  That’s all it takes.
  • If you have sinned and don’t think Jesus can forgive you, no matter what you have done, all you have to do is go to Confession and ask for His mercy and forgiveness.  He will forgive your sins even if you find it hard to forgive yourself.  Go to Confession/Reconciliation.  Be reunited with Jesus.
  • If you disagree with something that the Church teaches, go to the RCIA classes through the Church or just ask a priest at any Catholic Church.  They can explain it easily and make you feel more comfortable to go forward.
  • If you are just bored with Mass, then I encourage you to research the true meaning of the Mass.  Usually the real reason for boredom of the Mass is a misunderstanding of it.
  • If you have a difficulty with your relationship with God or Jesus, know that He longs for you.  Look to God as your Father and understand His role in your life as loving you more than anyone else.  Look at the Crucifix to learn how much He loves you that He would offer His only Son for you.  Learn more about the Eucharist.  This will help with understanding love.
  • If you got married outside of the Church or if you are in need of an annulment, then I urge you to go to the Church and inquire about the annulment process or the process for getting your marriage blessed so that you are in communion with the Church.
  • If you are missing one of your sacraments, go to the nearest Catholic Church and get signed up for RCIA classes.  These will help you complete the process.  You would get all sacraments together usually, after the classes are completed.  This is an easy process.
  • If someone hurt or offended you in the Church, I apologize to you for the hurt they have caused.  Please don’t hold their actions against the Church.  The Catholic Church is the “hospital for sinners” and sometimes people don’t understand how their actions can hurt others.  Please find it in your heart to forgive them and come back to the Church.
  • Whatever the reason for being away from the Catholic Church, there is help within the Church to resolve the difficulty.   You will find forgiveness and mercy in the Church.

Please come back to the Church.  We miss you and we love you but even more important…Jesus misses you in the Eucharist.  Come home.

Please check out this website and learn how to come into or come back to the Catholic Church.  http://www.catholicscomehome.org/

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The Most Precious Gift I Have Received

I was given a treasure from my grandparents, parents, and godparents as a child.  I have walked quite a path and always centered on my Catholic faith.  Now that I am older, I have come to realize that I was given the most precious treasure passed on by people who wanted me to share heaven with them someday.  They truly wanted me to have eternity with God as my gift.  What better thing to give someone.  A person’s soul is the most precious part of them, so making sure it is protected is the best thing you can do for them.

There is nothing more important and nothing more precious than your soul and it’s eternal destination.  We cannot know until we die where we will spend eternity so we have to spend our learning how to attain that beautiful gift from God of spending eternity with Him.  We spend our day to day lives working and doing things that don’t really matter in the long run.  We need to ask ourselves, “How is this getting me to heaven?”  If the answer is, it isn’t, then we need to reevaluate our path.  Our time is precious and short and we can’t squander it.  We are lucky if we make it to retirement age.  Use that time to find your path to heaven.  Use that time to find the one, holy, catholic (universal), and apostolic church that Jesus founded, and all of the sacraments and sources of grace, and the fullness of faith that she contains.  That is the one sure and true path to heaven.

Please know that I want to share heaven with you.  I want that precious gift for you because you are precious to God.  God loves you so much.  Don’t lose sight of Him.

I say this prayer often for you…”O my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who have the most need of your mercy.  Amen.”

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Bible Alone? Or is There More?

Bible Alone as the sole authority for faith is called Sola Scriptura.  This came from the Protestant doctrine during the Reformation revolt in the 1500’s AD.

The Bible does not teach Sola Scriptura or Bible Alone.  Nowhere in the Bible does it say that the Bible is the sole authority of the faith.  Jesus, the Apostles, and the early church never taught Bible alone and never practiced it.  The Bible wasn’t even written when Jesus was on earth.  That  wasn’t until about 400 years later.  Bible Alone wasn’t even taught until the Reformation in the 1500’s.

The whole truth is that Sola Scriptura is a false doctrine.  Sola Scriptura creates the sole interpreter of the Bible as the Bible itself, causing an interpretation based on human opinion and multiple errors.

I was at a Lutheran Church awhile back for an occasion.  The pastor stated that “we don’t need the Catholic Church to interpret scripture.  We can do it ourselves.”  This is a serious error.  We can’t pick and choose what scripture says, we need God to make the decision of the truth and Jesus gave the authority of interpreting the Scriptures to His Church…the Catholic Church.  He did this by giving the “keys of the kingdom” to St. Peter.

Now that we know that the Sola Scriptura is not a true doctrine worthy of belief, let’s look at the Biblical truth and importance of Apostolic Tradition instead.  Apostolic Tradition will lead us to the true meaning of Scripture because without it, the meaning will become distorted and full of errors.  This is why there are so many churches who can have the same scripture on Sunday but can preach something so different.  They are interpreting it on their own.

We need Jesus’ authority and the guidance of the Holy Spirit to interpret Holy Scripture so we don’t get it wrong.  If we follow the true interpretation of the Scriptures from the Catholic Church, we will get so much more out of the Scripture.  It opens up new doors that we never knew were there.  One example is John chapter 6.  If you read it with the eyes outside of the Catholic Church, you will see Jesus speaking of a symbol but if you read it with the eyes of Catholic interpretation, you will see the True Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  You may say, yes but every church has their own ideas about what it means.  I say to you that truth has only one interpretation.

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Lutheran vs. Catholic

Communion:

  • Lutheran – Communion is a symbol or Jesus is only there if the person believes.  Bread and wine are blessed.
  • Catholic – Communion is the Real Presence of Jesus’ Body and Blood, is not a symbol.  Bread and wine are transubstantiated by the Holy Spirit, changed into Jesus and remains so forever.

Sacraments:

  • Lutheran – (2) Baptism and Communion
  • Catholic – (7) Baptism, Holy Communion, Confession, Confirmation, Holy Orders, Matrimony, and Anointing of the Sick

Authority:

  • Lutheran – The Synod, or if labeled “Free”, they do not belong to the Synod.  Some have Bishops but there is no unifying authority.
  • Catholic – The Magistrate consisting of the Pope, Cardinals, Bishops and Priests.  They are all connected by the Apostolic Succession down from St. Peter and Jesus.  They have the authority from Jesus to forgive sins, consecrate the Eucharist, serve Mass, administer Sacraments and interpret scripture.

Origin:

  • Lutheran – Martin Luther started the Lutheran Church about 1517 when Martin Luther, an ex-monk of the Catholic Church, revolted against the authority of the Church, and started his own church but changing doctrine and the Bible.
  • Catholic – Jesus started the Catholic Church in 33 AD by giving authority (the keys to the kingdom) to St. Peter.  The Catholic Church has remained consistent in teaching since.

Authority to Interpret Scripture:

  • Lutheran – Relies on personal interpretation and may be different from someone else.
  • Catholic – Relies on the authority of the magistrate, under the direction of the Holy Spirit, to interpret scripture producing a uniform interpretation.

Prayer to Heaven and Saints:

  • Lutheran – Believes in Jesus alone for prayer.  Does not believe in praying to saints.
  • Catholic – Believes in the Communion of Saints to pray for us as a family, like we ask for our loved ones to pray for us.

In time of Death:

  • Lutheran – The Pastor offers prayers for the dying person.
  • Catholic – The Priest offers the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.  This Sacrament offers sanctifying grace, forgiveness of sins, and prayers for the dying or sick person.

Baptism:

  • Lutheran – Forgiveness of sins (Original and personal sins) and the person becomes a child of God.  A Sacrament.
  • Catholic – Forgiveness of sins (Original and personal sins) and the person becomes a child of God.  A Sacrament.  This is one of the similarities between the two faiths.

Devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary:

  • Lutheran – Martin Luther had a devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary but currently the Lutheran Faith does not recognize the Virgin Mary as more than the Mother of Jesus. Does not pray to the Virgin Mary.
  • Catholic – The Virgin Mary is honored as the Mother of God and is prayed to asking for Her intercession for us.  This is not bypassing Jesus, it is asking Her to ask Jesus for us because He would listen to His Mother.  She is our Mother because Jesus is our Brother so therefore; the Virgin Mother is also our Mother.  Jesus gave us the Virgin Mary as our Mother when He was on the Cross, when He gave Her to John.  When Catholics say the rosary, it is said in request of intercession and in meditation of Jesus’ life.  Catholics do not worship Mary.

Bible:

  • Lutheran – King James Version, (7) books removed, contains 66 books, some scripture has been changed by Martin Luther.  Much of the Bible is similar to the Catholic Bible.
  • Catholic – New American Bible, Catholics put together the Bible, contains 73 books.

What’s done with leftover Communion?

  • Lutheran – leftovers are put back in the cellophane back, cooked with, disposed of in the garbage.  A plate of bread can be placed anywhere, including on a seat or whatever is available.
  • Catholic – leftovers are reserved reverently in the Tabernacle to give to the sick, those in need of the Blessed Sacrament, or reserved for Adoration.  The Tabernacle is either in the center of the Church or in a prayer chapel for veneration.  The Eucharist is only placed on the altar, in a pyx (gold holder for the Eucharist), or in the Tabernacle.  The Eucharist is treated reverently because it is Jesus.

Purgatory:

  • Lutheran – do not believe in Purgatory.  Martin Luther removed the book of Maccabees from the Bible because he didn’t believe in Purgatory.
  • Catholic – Believe in Purgatory as a place of purification before Heaven, based on scripture, once a person is in Purgatory they go to heaven for sure after purification.  Catholics pray for the dead so that they will get to heaven sooner from Purgatory.

Statues:

  • Lutheran – don’t believe in statues.  Many Lutheran churches have a picture of Jesus or a cross but no statues.
  • Catholic – Statues are holy reminders of the saints and Jesus.  It is like having pictures of family in your wallet.  Catholics do not worship statues. Statues teach about the lives of the saints.

Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament:

  • Lutheran – Churches do not contain the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  Contains the symbol of Jesus in Communion or blessed bread.
  • Catholic – All Catholic Churches contain the Real Presence of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament in every Tabernacle all over the world.

These are some of the similarities and differences between the Lutheran and Catholic faiths.  Much of the good in the Lutheran faith comes from the Catholic faith; however, there is much that is not the same.  The Catholic Church has the fullness of the faith and all are called to communion with the Catholic Church.

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