What Catholics Believe: A Pocket Catechism for the Year of Faith

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Please refer to the links below for information regarding the Year of Faith

Vatican - Year of Faith click here. 

USCCB - Year of Faith click here.  


Available below are a series of articles exploring the essentials of our Catholic beliefs.  The articles are intended to provide a Year of Faith “refresher” course on "What Catholics Believe."  The year-long series is based on the book, “What Catholics Believe, a Pocket Catechism,” by Father Kris D. Stubna, rector of Saint Paul Cathedral, and Mike Aquilina, a member of Holy Child Parish, Bridgeville, and the author of more than 30 books on the Church.  Each article has been published in the Pittsburgh Catholic. 

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Article 1: Who are you?10.67 KB
Article 1: Who are you?27 KB
Article 2: Who is God?31.5 KB
Article 2: Who is God?10.88 KB
Article 3: What is the Holy Trinity?32.5 KB
Article 3: What is the Holy Trinity?10.71 KB
Article 4: Who is God the Father?31 KB
Article 4: Who is God the Father?10.94 KB
Article 5: Who is Jesus?30.5 KB
Article 5: Who is Jesus?19.18 KB
Article 6: What are Miracles?31 KB
Article 6: What are Miracles?20.49 KB
Article 7: How did Jesus Die?32.5 KB
Article 7: How did Jesus Die?10.87 KB
Article 8: What is the Ascension?32.5 KB
Article 8: What is the Ascension?10.93 KB
Article 9: Who was St. Peter?15.31 KB
Article 9: Who was St. Peter?9.96 KB
Article 10: Who is the Holy Spirit?15.14 KB
Article 10: Who is the Holy Spirit?9.51 KB
Article 11: What is the church?15.25 KB
Article 11: What is the church?9.63 KB
Article 12: Who is the Blessed Virgin Mary?15.21 KB
Article 12: Who is the Blessed Virgin Mary?9.56 KB
Article 13: What is a saint?15.34 KB
Article 13: What is a saint?203.3 KB
Article 14: What Happens When Someone Dies?15.27 KB
Article 14: What Happens When Someone Dies?157.76 KB
Article 15: What is Heaven?15.44 KB
Article 15: What is Heaven?129.39 KB
Article 16: What is a Sacrament?15.9 KB
Article 16: What is a Sacrament?134 KB
Article 17: What is Grace?15.04 KB
Article 17: What is Grace?82.66 KB
Article 18: How many sacraments are there?15.27 KB
Article 18: How many sacraments are there?158.73 KB
Article 19: What is baptism?15.34 KB
Article 19: What is baptism?85.85 KB
Article 20: What is Original Sin?15.27 KB
Article 20: What is Original Sin?85.49 KB
Article 21: What is confirmation?15.23 KB
Article 21: What is confirmation?9.84 KB
Article 22: What is the holy Eucharist?15.25 KB
Article 22: What is the holy Eucharist?85.56 KB
Article 23: How does Jesus' action in giving us the Eucharist continue today?15.52 KB
Article 23: How does Jesus' action in giving us the Eucharist continue today?132.66 KB
Article 24: How should we prepare to receive holy Communion?15.54 KB
Article 24: How should we prepare to receive holy Communion?118.42 KB
Article 25: What is the sacrament of penance?15.17 KB
Article 25: What is the sacrament of penance?131.73 KB
Article 26: How do priests give us God's forgiveness?15.4 KB
Article 26: How do priests give us God's forgiveness?86.25 KB
Article 27: How should we prepare for confession?15.29 KB
Article 27: How should we prepare for confession?85.81 KB
Article 28: What is the sacrament of anointing of the sick?15.2 KB
Article 28: What is the sacrament of anointing of the sick?56.9 KB
Article 29: Who should receive the anointing of the sick?15.37 KB
Article 29: Who should receive the anointing of the sick?132.7 KB
Article 30: What is the sacrament of Holy Orders?15.69 KB
Article 30: What is the sacrament of Holy Orders?134.44 KB
Article 31: How is the sacrament of holy orders administered?15.34 KB
Article 31: How is the sacrament of holy orders administered?85.65 KB
Article 32: What are the primary works of the priest?15.45 KB
Article 32: What are the primary works of the priest?89.13 KB
Article 33: What is the sacrament of marriage?15.51 KB
Article 33: What is the sacrament of marriage?10.14 KB
Article 34: When does the sacrament of marriage take place?15.48 KB
Article 34: When does the sacrament of marriage take place?51.7 KB
Article 35: What is a sacramental?14.99 KB
Article 35: What is a sacramental?127.47 KB
Article 36: What must we do to gain God's promise of salvation and happiness?15.28 KB
Article 36: What must we do to gain God's promise of salvation and happiness?51.15 KB
Article 37: What are the commandments of God?15.42 KB
Article 37: What are the commandments of God?86.13 KB
Article 38: What does the First Commandment require?15.47 KB
Article 38: What does the First Commandment require?86.04 KB
Article 39: What does the Third Commandment teach?15.5 KB
Article 39: What does the Third Commandment teach?130.46 KB
Article 40: What does the Fourth Commandment teach?15.5 KB
Article 40: What does the Fourth Commandment teach?130.02 KB
Article 41: What does the Fifth Commandment teach?15.03 KB
Article 41: What does the Fifth Commandment teach?42.65 KB
Article 42: What does the Sixth Commandment teach?15.05 KB
Article 42: What does the Sixth Commandment teach?10.45 KB
Article 43: What does the Seventh Commandment teach?15.11 KB
Article 43: What does the Seventh Commandment teach?54.08 KB
Article 44: Eighth and Ninth commandments14.99 KB
Article 44: Eighth and Ninth commandments57.49 KB
Article 45: What does the 10th Commandment teach?15.01 KB
Article 45: What does the 10th Commandment teach?54.33 KB
Article 46: What are the precepts of the church?15.36 KB
Article 46: What are the precepts of the church?129.31 KB
Article 47: How do we protect our freedom?15.36 KB
Article 47: How do we protect our freedom?126.75 KB
Article 48: Christ helps us attain virtue in this life15.28 KB
Article 48: Christ helps us attain virtue in this life130.95 KB
Article 49: What are the most important virtues?15.01 KB
Article 49: What are the most important virtues?127.9 KB
Article 50: What are the works of mercy?25.5 KB
Article 50: What are the works of mercy?225.46 KB