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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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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 resulting in thousands of different interpretations.  This gives no unity.
  • 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.  This does not leave Jesus out.  The Saints ask Jesus for us like our family would do.

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 pack, 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.  Purgatory is Biblical.

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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Little Book but Big Answers

I would recommend a little yellow book for anyone who wants answers to many questions about the Church.  It’s an easy read.  You can read a question or two per day.  It only costs $3.00 American dollars.  This website also has many other resources for those searching for answers.

The Catholic Church Has the Answer can be found at Tan Books.

Another little book that is great is Confession of a Roman Catholic.  It is similar to the yellow book but from a person who went through a conversion and why he found the Catholic Church to be true.

I love this book also, The Protestant’s Dilemma.  It addresses many issues that people struggle with and helps them figure out the truth.  It’s a longer read than the little books but is divided up so that it is easier to understand in segments.  It is presented in each chapter with a question from a protestant view and belief, then the Catholic view and the truth of scripture interpretation is offered.  It is a great way to reason your way to the true Church of Jesus.

Dynamic Catholic website has a great offer for anyone to receive free resources if you promise to pass it on.  This is a wonderful website and has some great books for your faith journey with Jesus.

I have found these little books very helpful in my faith path.  I hope they are also as helpful for you.

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Ever Wondered Why?

Have you ever wondered why Catholics pray to saints?  Or genuflect?  Or call it Mass instead of worship service?  All questions are good questions.  Whatever your question, you can get dozens of answers on the radio show, Called to Communion.  It is meant for people who have questions but didn’t know where or who to ask.  It is also on EWTN on Thursdays and Saturdays.  Check for the time in your area.

Click on the link below and then click on the “Called to Communion” link for several podcasts to listen to.  Also, if you would like to subscribe to their feed, click on “Subscribe” right under the name of the show.

There’s another answer forum that is very interesting.  Catholic Answers is a great resource for those nagging questions.  You can watch a video, listen to audio or look it up by topic.  This show is also coming to television soon.

I sincerely hope that these help you in your search for the One True Church.

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What is RCIA?

RCIA stands for the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults.  This is a class meant for anyone who wants to know more about the Catholic Church or for those who missed a sacrament when they were younger like confirmation or baptism.  It usually starts about September and ends at Eastertime but can go all year through.  Usually, this is about a nine month process.  People who want to strengthen their faith or just curious about the Church can go to all or some of the classes.  Just because you attend does not mean that you have to become Catholic but once you begin to understand the truths of the Church, you may feel the tug to take that leap and become Catholic.  If that is what you desire, then you would finish the classes, pick a sponsor for confirmation, and come into the fullness of the faith, usually at Easter.  You would declare that you believe what the Church teaches.  A sponsor would help to answer questions you may have and to guide you in your faith journey, helping you to build your faith stronger.  The classes are usually two hours long and cover the basics of the Catholic Faith.  You still need to keep learning about the faith after the classes because there is so much to learn.  It’s like an onion with many layers.  All you have to do to get started is go to the nearest Catholic Church and ask about the RCIA classes.  The Church will help you get started.

Usually, when you start another church, you just sign up and you start going or maybe they don’t even require you to sign up.  You can church hop without much trouble.  You might not even really understand what that new church teaches.  In the Catholic Church, we take doctrine and the 2000 year history seriously and want people who attend to understand what the teachings are. There’s a lot to cover in the classes too.  That’s why it takes months to become Catholic.

Can you pick and choose what you believe and still be Catholic?  The answer is no.  That is what is called a cafeteria Catholic.  If you struggle with certain topics such as the Virgin Mary, saints, calling a priest Father, or whatever other topic, you need to find out more and understand why the Church teaches it.  Once you understand it, it will be easier to accept.  You don’t have to be a scholar and understand everything about the Church, but you should be able to say that you accept the authority of the Church to teach the truth of Jesus.  Many people struggle with the authority of the Church since many have not had to accept higher authority than the pastor in their church.  This is a very fundamental cornerstone in the Church.  We hold the Pope with high honor because he is in the succession of St. Peter, the first Pope, and given authority through Jesus and the Holy Spirit, because… “the gates of hell shall not prevail against it”. Matt 16:18   It’s the truth and we have an obligation and God-given desire to accept the truth.

Some people are not ready to do any more than go to the classes for a year or two and that’s ok.  There is no pressure to become Catholic.  This is your faith journey and there is no time limit on it.  If you feel the tug toward the Church or just plain curious, take the next step and ask about the RCIA classes to find out the truth about the Church, then when you are ready take the next step into the Church.  If you are not quite ready, take your time and listen to God’s call.  He’ll lead you where He wants you to be on His time.

I’ve heard people say, “I will NEVER become Catholic!” then when they learn more about it…they end up in the loving arms of the Catholic Church and wouldn’t give it up for anything.

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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”?

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Do We Become Angels After Death?

All of the angels were created in the beginning when God created the world.  They are purely spirit, without a body and are immortal so they never experience death.

Humans are made of flesh and soul and are mortal so we experience death.  Our souls are immortal but not the same substance as angels.

When someone dies, they will become a saint in heaven (provided they are free from sin), not an angel.  Many, during grief of the death of a loved one, may say that that loved one is a guardian angel now or an angel in heaven, but this is not true.  Although we need to be sensitive of the grief of the loved ones left behind, we also need to help others understand, after the grief, that people become saints not angels.

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Angels and Saints before Heaven

 

When we die, we don’t become an angel, we become a saint!

We can still pray to our loved ones and ask for their intercessory prayers for us.  There is nothing wrong with doing that. We would’ve asked them to pray for us when they were on earth.  They are saints in heaven and saints can offer prayers for us to God’s throne.  That’s a loving thing for them to do for us.  I have asked for my grandparents and godparents to pray for me.  Think of all the people you have known that died…they could be praying for you.  That could be quite an army of saints!  Picture them with armloads of prayers laid at the foot of God, all for you.

A good article for you to check out on this subject is http://littlecatholicbubble.blogspot.com/2014/03/humans-never-become-angels.html