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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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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.

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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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What is a Novena?

A novena (no-vee-na) is a devotion that you can do for an intention.  You say a particular prayer every day for nine days in a row to Jesus, God, the Holy Spirit , the Virgin Mary or a saint.  When your nine days are done, then you say another nine days of the prayer in thanksgiving regardless of the outcome.  This has been a very effective form of prayer when someone is really in need of something.  There are some good apps in the Google play store you can download on your phone if you put in the search bar “novena”.

This form of prayer shows persistence and obedience in your prayer life.  I have also found one novena prayer to the Infant Jesus of Prague that you say for either nine hours (once per hour) or nine days.  This is not vain repetition of prayer, this is asking for the intercession of the saints or going to Jesus or God for help.

What kind of prayers should you say a novena for?  Well, you can’t make anyone fall in love with you or have selfish intentions.  You have to have good intentions and God’s will in mind when you pray.  Ask yourself, “What would God want?”  Praying for sinners to turn to Jesus is always a good choice.  Another one is, “God, please give that person or myself the graces that others refuse.”  Saying a novena to a saint or the Holy Trinity, for their intercession is always a good idea.  The saints are always there for us, to intercede for us on our behalf.  There is strength in prayers in numbers.

I have been saying a novena for the last five days and already I have received part of my prayer.  It also helps if you can get others to say the novena with you.  I have two others saying the novena everyday for the same intention.  My novena has produced a deeply moving answer for me in reply.  I couldn’t have asked for a better reply.  I was praying to St. Joseph, Patron of the Church.  He always answers your prayer because he is the earthly father of Jesus and He would listen to him.  Blessed be St. Joseph!  Thank you St. Joseph!

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The Power of the Sign of the Cross

Sign of the Cross

 Touch the forehead, stomach, left shoulder, right shoulder, then fold your hands in prayer.

Why do Catholics make the sign of the cross?  What does it mean?  Is it just a gesture or superstition?

 

The sign of the cross dates back to the second century in the Early Church.  It started out with making the cross on the forehead with the thumb or index finger but then changed into a larger cross on the forehead, chest and shoulders.  People used it to secretly mark themselves during religious persecution.  In the ninth century, Pope Leo IX instructed the faithful on this devotional/prayer.  It is a reminder of the crucifixion and suffering of Jesus.

We bless ourselves with holy water and the sign of the cross when we come into or out of a church, during a sacrament, and in remembrance of our Baptismal promises.  Catholics usually begin and end all prayers with the sign of the cross.  What we are saying is the prayer or request “In the name of the Father, and the Son, and the Holy Spirit.  Amen”  When we say a prayer in the name of the Trinity as above, we are calling upon them with confidence that our prayers will be answered and in love and worship of the Trinity.  The word “Amen” means “I believe”.  When we do this, we are asking for and receiving grace from God.

Making the sign of the cross is a prayer in itself.  A very reverent devotion a person can do is every time you pass by a Catholic Church, is to make the sign of the cross as you pass.  Why do that?  Because, Jesus is in the Church in the Eucharist in the Tabernacle.  You are saying you believe in the Real Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist.  I do this every time I pass by one even if I’m just passing by in another town.

Another thing you can do, every time you see an ambulance or life-flight helicopter for someone ill, make the sign of the cross in a prayer for the removal of their sins and salvation of their soul, also for their quick recovery.

If you ever feel alone, lonely, in danger, or that evil may be around you, make the sign of the cross and this will help to keep your soul safe and keep the safety and security of all of heaven around you.

Making the sign of the cross with holy water also absolves your venial (little) sins.  Make the sign of the cross often.  Keep a bottle of holy water handy and do it before you go to bed, get up in the morning, leave the house, return home, feeling ill, anytime that you feel the need.  The sign of the cross is a short, humble little prayer but so powerful.

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Will it be God’s Will or My Will be Done?

In the Our Father prayer or the Lord’s Prayer we say “Thy will be done” but do we really mean it?  Most of our culture these days really mean “MY will be done”.  We want what we want when we want it!  We have no patience or obedience anymore.  We just about have a heart attack if our computer doesn’t download something in the first two seconds.  “What’s taking so long!”

When was the last time we sat down and prayed to understand God’s will?  And accepted God’s will and carried it out without asking “what’s in it for me”?  Many people speak with their actions and decisions saying “I’m going to do what I want” or “it’s all about me”.  We need to step outside of ourselves and our selfishness and ask what would God want me to do?  When we go with what we want, we are going away from God, but when we are going with God’s will, we are heading with God, walking with God and loving Him.

Adam and Eve wanted “My will” instead of God’s will.  That’s why we have Original Sin, our fallen nature.  Jesus healed us with God’s will by sacrificing Himself.  Nothing was about Him because it was all about us returning to God.

If we are sinning but we are rationalizing what we do to make it right is our eyes, then we are not following God’s rules.  All of us rationalize our own behavior, making excuses for it, however, that doesn’t make it right.  It’s hard to follow God’s rules but we would be so much happier if we do.  Jesus never said it would be easy; He said that the path to Heaven would be narrow.  We fall off of it with excuses, rationalizing, and selfishness.  We put ourselves first.  That is how we end up with bad consequences. 

Hell is full of those who say “My will be done”.

Let’s put ourselves aside and put God first and “Thy will be done” and say this is for God’s glory, not mine.  After all, our heart is beating only because God wills it to.  It should beat for the love of God.

The next time you have a decision to make, ask yourself, am I saying “God’s Will be done” or “MY WILL BE DONE”?