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Title: What Every Catholic in Ministry Should Know!

What Every Catholic in Ministry Should Know!
  • An Outline of Our Catholic Faith
  • Based on the CCC
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church

It is not you who chose me, but
I who chose you. John 156
  • Welcome Thank You for saying yes!
  • Outline of This Presentation
  • A Prayer
  • The Mission of the Church
  • Vatican II
  • The Four Pillars of Our Faith
  • Individual Ministries
  • The 6 Tasks of Catechesis
  • The 3 Goals 8 Components of Youth Ministry
  • Priorities in Liturgy Planning
  • Additional Resources
  • A Blessing

A Prayer
  • GOD of love and mercy,
  • you call us to be your people, you gift
    us with your abundant grace.
  • Make us a holy people,
  • radiating the fullness of your love.
  • Form us into a community, a people who care,
    expressing your compassion.
  • Remind us day after day
  • of our baptismal call to serve, with
    joy and courage.
  • Teach us how to grow in wisdom and grace
  • and joy in your presence.
  • Through Jesus and in your Spirit, we make this
  • prayer. Amen

Four-fold Mission of the Church
  • Go, and make disciples of all nations . . .
  • To proclaim Gods WORD
  • Evangelization, R.C.I.A., faith-formation,
    catechesis for discipleship
  • To WORSHIP God
  • Liturgy, Sacraments, music ministry, prayer
    groups, spirituality
  • To build up the COMMUNITY of faith
  • pastoral councils, youth ministry, parish
    organizations, social activities
  • To provide SERVICE to those in need
  • St. Vincent de Paul, social services, works of

Vatican II The 21st Ecumenical Council
Perhaps the greatest religious event
of the 20th century, the Second Vatican Council
was opened by Pope John XXIII in St. Peters
Basilica in Rome on October 11, 1962. It was
only the second council since the Protestant
Reformation of the 16th century. Four sessions
were held during the fall months of 1962 1965.
The last two sessions were convened under the
leader- ship of Pope Paul VI, who became pope in
June of 63, following the death of John XXIII.
When this pastoral council closed on
December 8, 1965, the sixteen documents
promulgated during the council provided the
groundwork for a new era in the Church.
The 16 Documents of Vatican II
  • Dogmatic Constitution on the Church
  • The Church is . . . the People of God
  • Dogmatic Constitution 4
  • on Divine Revelation
  • Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy
  • Pastoral Constitution
  • on the Church in the Modern World
  • - - - - -
  • Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity
  • The renewal of the Church . . . depends
    in great part on a laity that understand
  • not only these documents but also their own
    co-responsibility for the mission of Christ
  • in the Church and in the world. 9
  • - - - - -
  • Declaration on Christian Education
  • Declaration on the Relationship of the Church
  • to Non-Christian Religions 3

The Four Pillars of Our FaithFrom the Catechism
of the Catholic Church
  • The Profession of Faith
  • Celebration of the Christian Mystery
  • Life in Christ
  • Christian Prayer
  • Faith is a gift from God, and yet it is a human
    act, conscious and free.
  • Faith is our response to Gods invitation to be
    in relationship with Him.
  • It is an ecclesial act for the Churchs faith
    precedes and supports our faith.

I. The Profession of Faith
  • Divine Revelation
  • Scripture Tradition
  • Old New Testament Creeds
  • Magisterium
  • The task of giving an authentic
    interpretation of the word of God, whether in its
    written form or in the form of Tradition, has
    been entrusted to the living, teaching office of
    the Church alone.
  • - Dei Verbum 10

Our Sacred ScripturesThe Story of Salvation
  • The Bible is a LIBRARY of 73 books
  • compiled over a period of more than a 1000 years
  • containing various literary types yet all
    inspired by God (Holy Spirit).
  • Old Testament (46) New Testament (27)
  • Pentateuch (Torah) Gospels
  • Historical Books
    Acts of the Apostles
  • Wisdom Books Letters
  • Prophetic Books Book of
  • All scripture is inspired and useful for
    teaching. - 2 Tim 316

The Apostles CreedThe Symbol of Our Faith
  • I Believe in God, the Father Almighty
  • I Believe in Jesus Christ, the only Son of God
  • I Believe in the Holy Spirit
  • The Holy Catholic Church

II. Celebration of the Christian Mystery
  • Mystery (from the Greek) is translated as
    Sacrament (from the Latin)
  • The Principle of Sacramentality
  • We experience God through people, places, time,
  • Christ The Sacrament of God
  • Church The Sacrament of Christ
  • The Church Celebrates 7 Sacraments

Liturgy and the Sacraments
  • Liturgy
  • The public worship of God by His Church
  • The People of God
  • Its purpose is twofold the greater glory of God
    and the sanctification of the people.
  • It consists of the celebration of Mass, the
    sacraments, the Divine Office, and the
  • The Eucharistic Liturgy stands at the center of
    our faith as both its source and summit.

What are Sacraments?
  • Sacraments are outward signs instituted by
    Christ to give grace.
  • Sacraments are visible signs of Christs
    invisible love and presence in our lives.
  • Sacraments are powers that come forth from the
    Body of Christ . . . They are actions of the
    Holy Spirit . . . They are the masterworks of God
    in the new and everlasting covenant.
  • Sacraments are communal celebration using
    rituals and symbols to make visible Christs
    presence and love in our lives today.
  • Which definition do you think comes from the
    C.C.C.? Which definition do you think best
    describes what a sacrament means to you? Which
    definition do you think would be the easiest to

The Seven Sacraments of the Catholic Church
  • Sacraments of Christian Initiation
  • Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist
  • Sacraments of Healing
  • Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick
  • Sacraments at the Service of Communion
  • Matrimony and Holy Orders

Could you explain these terms to someone
who might ask about them?
  • altar
  • anoint
  • bishop
  • chalice
  • consecration
  • deacon
  • gospel
  • grace
  • holyday of obligation
  • host
  • Liturgical Calendar
  • Liturgy of the Hours
  • Liturgy of the Word
  • Liturgy of the Eucharist
  • magisterium
  • Paschal Candle
  • rite / ritual
  • sacraments /sacramentals
  • sanctuary
  • seal of confession
  • tabernacle
  • transubstantiation

III. Life in Christ
  • Our Vocation
  • The Beatitudes
  • The Ten Commandments
  • Catholic Social Teaching
  • The Seven Principles
  • Corporal Spiritual Works of Mercy

Our Vocation Life in the Spirit
  • Endowed with a spiritual soul, with intellect and
    free will, the human person is from his very
    conception ordered to God and destined for
    eternal beatitude happiness. He pursues his
    perfection in seeking and loving what is true
    and good. CCC 1710
  • He who believes in Christ has new life in the
    Holy Spirit. The moral life, increased and
    brought to maturity in grace, is to reach its
    fulfillment in the glory of heaven. CCC
  • The Beatitudes confront us with decisive choices
    concerning earthly goods they purify our hearts
    in order to teach us to love God above all
    things. CCC 1728
  • The exercise of freedom does not imply a right to
    say or do anything. CCC 1740
  • Human acts. . . that are freely chosen in
    consequence of a judgment of conscience can be
    morally evaluated. They are either good or evil.
    CCC 1749
  • The morality of human acts depend on the object
    chosen the intention and the circumstances of
    the action. CCC 1750
  • An evil action cannot be justified by reference
    to a good intention. St. Thomas Aquinas
  • The end does not justify the means. CCC

The Beatitudes
  • The Beatitudes are Jesus recipe for happiness.
  • They are part of his famous Sermon on the Mount
    found in Matthew 5-8.
  • Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is
    the kingdom of heaven.
  • Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be
  • Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the
  • Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for
  • for they will be satisfied.
  • Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown
  • Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will
    see God.
  • Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be
    called children of God.
  • Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake
    of righteousness,
  • for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
  • - Mt 5 3-11

The Commandments Living in Relationship with
God and Others.
  • The first 3 commandments have to do with our
    relationship with God.
  • The other 7 commandments have to do with our
    relationships with family, friends, neighbors . .
  • And who is my neighbor?
  • Do you remember the story of the Good Samaritan?
  • See Luke 1025 - 37
  • And what about my enemies?
  • How must they be treated?
  • See Matthew 543 - 48

Catholic Social Teaching
  • Seven Themes
  • Life and Dignity of the Human Person
  • Call to Family, Community and Participation
  • Rights and Responsibilities
  • Option for the Poor and Vulnerable
  • The Dignity of Work the Rights of Workers
  • Solidarity
  • Care for Gods Creation

Works of Mercy
  • Corporal
  • Feed the Hungry
  • Give Drink to the Thirsty
  • Clothe the Naked
  • Shelter the Homeless
  • Visit the Sick
  • Visit the Imprisoned
  • Bury the Dead
  • Spiritual
  • Convert Sinners
  • Instruct the Ignorant
  • Counsel the Doubtful
  • Comfort the Sorrowful
  • Forgive Injuries
  • Bear Wrongs Patiently
  • Pray for the Living
  • the Dead

Living the Good (Moral) Life
  • Here are some more terms you should know!
  • charity knowledge
  • intention mercy
  • free will sin (mortal, venial, original,
  • holiness temptation
  • judgment vice
  • justice virtue
  • One should hate the sin, but love the
  • - St. Augustine, City of God

IV. Christian Prayer
  • The Universal Call to Prayer
  • Types of Prayer
  • Blessings, Petitions, Intercession, Thanksgiving,
  • Ways to Pray
  • Vocal Prayer, Meditation, Contemplation
  • The Lords Prayer
  • Be still and know that I am God.

Words of Wisdom
  • Prayer leads to Faith.
  • Faith leads to Love.
  • Love leads to Service.
  • - Mother Theresa
  • God made me to know, love, and serve Him in
    this world,
  • and to be happy forever with Him in
  • - Baltimore Catechism

Some Popular Prayers Devotions
  • The Lords Prayer
  • Prayer of St. Francis
  • Devotion to Saints
  • Novenas
  • The Rosary
  • Divine Mercy Chaplet
  • The Magnificat
  • Psalm 23
  • The Jesus Prayer
  • The Memorare
  • Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
  • Blessings
  • The Stations of the Cross
  • Singing of Hymns
  • Lighting Candles
  • What are your favorites?
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • _____________________
  • He who sings prays twice. - St. Augustine

The 6 Tasks of CatechesisFrom the National
Directory of Catechesis
  • Promoting Knowledge of the Faith
  • Liturgical Education
  • Moral Formation
  • Teaching to Pray
  • Education for Community Life
  • Missionary Initiation

The Goals of Youth Ministry
From Renewing the Vision A Framework for
Catholic Youth Ministry
1 To empower young people to live as
disciples of Jesus Christ in our
world today. 2 To draw young people to
responsible participation in the life,
mission, and work of the Catholic
faith community. 3 To foster the total
personal and spiritual growth of each young
The Eight Components of Youth Ministry
  • Comprehensive Ministry
  • It Takes a Whole Church!
  • Advocacy Evangelization
  • Community Life
  • Leadership Development
  • Catechesis Pastoral Care
  • Prayer and Worship
  • Justice and Service

Liturgical Ministry
  • Priorities to be kept in mind by ministers
  • The priority of the liturgical assembly as the
    "mystical body of Christ. Ministries by
    individuals should enhance and not draw attention
    from the people gathered to celebrate.
  • The priority of full, active, and conscious
    participation People need to know and
    comprehend, even in a non-thematic way, the
    meaning of the liturgical celebrations in which
    they are called to participate.
  • The priority of liturgy as the public worship of
    the Church The liturgy is not private in the
    sense of a privatized or isolated experience. As
    the official public worship of the Church it
    should be clearly distinguished from devotion.
  • The priority of the spiritual well-being of the
    faithful The goal of the liturgy is both the
    glorification of God as well as the
    sanctification of people.
  • - adapted from
  • The Living Light Spring 2001 37-3
    Reading Church Documents

Some General Resources
  • New American Bible Study Edition
  • The Documents of Vatican II especially the
  • 4 Constitutions The Decree on the Role of the
  • Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC)
  • U. S. Catholic Catechism for Adults (USCCB)
  • Called and Gifted for the New Millennium
  • The Gospel of Life (Encyclical of Pope John Paul

Resources continued
  • Sons and Daughters of the Light
  • A Pastoral Plan for Ministry with Young Adults
  • Renewing the Vision A Framework for Catholic
    Youth Ministry
  • General Directory for Catechesis
  • National Directory for Catechesis
  • Our Hearts Were Burning Within Us
    A Pastoral Plan for Adult Faith
    Formation in the United States
  • Faithful Citizenship A Catholic Call to
    Political Responsibility

Resources Online
  • Documents of Vatican II accessible online at
  • www.vatican.va
  • The Vatican website provides access to a wealth
    of information on the Church both past and
  • New American Bible accessible online at
  • www.usccb.org U. S. Conference of Catholic
  • The American Bishops Website provides access to
    a wealth of information related to the Church in
    the U.S.
  • The websites of the Diocese of Fall River provide
    local information as well as useful links to
  • www.fallriverdiocese.org
  • www.fallriverfaithformation.org

Some additional on-line resources
  • Textbook websites
  • www.BlestAreWe.com
  • www.ChristJesustheWay.com
  • www.EchoesOfFaith.com
  • www.FaithFirst.com
  • www.FindingGod.org
  • www.webelieveweb.com
  • www.WholeCommunityCatechesis.com
  • Catholic websites
  • www.americancatholic.org (St. Anthony Messenger
  • www.christusrex.org
  • www.ewtn.org
  • www.kofc.org (Knights of Columbus)
  • www.newadvent.org
  • www.svdpusa.ore (St. Vincent de Paul Society)

Prayer of Blessing
  • May the LORD bless you and guard you.
  • May the Lord shine His countenance toward you and
    be gracious to you.
  • May the Lord lift up His countenance toward you
    and give you peace.
  • Numbers 623-27
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