Precepts of the Catholic Church

The Precepts of the Church bearing on Catholic Beliefs are:
To attend Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation
To fast and abstain from meat on appointed days.
To confess one's sins at least once a year
To receive Holy Eucharist during the Easter time
To contribute to the support of the Church
To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage
To join in the missionary spirit and apostolate of the Church
The Beginning Catholic Beliefs
The ordinary minister of the sacrament of Baptism is a bishop, priest or deacon. In case of emergency, anyone can validly baptize. Water is poured on the forehead of the person to be baptized. While the water is being poured, the words "I baptize you in the name of the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit" are spoken.
Pentecost is known as the "birthday of the Church." On that day the Holy Spirit descended on the Apostles, giving them the graces they needed to go forth and teach the Gospel to all nations. This is one meaning of the word "catholic:" the Church is found in every land, therefore it is "universal" or worldwide.
Sanctifying grace makes us holy and pleasing to God.
Actual grace helps us to do good and avoid evil.
The Seven Capital Sins are:
Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fasting and Abstinence
Lent is the traditional time for penance and self-denial, as is every Friday throughout the year. During Lent and on Fridays Catholics should practise some form of self-denial, the form of which is left to the individual. After all, what is sacrificial for one person is not for another.
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are to be observed as special days of Fasting and Abstinence. Fasting means reducing the amount of food which we would normally eat. Abstinence means not eating meat.
The law of Fasting binds all those who are between eighteen years of age and sixty years of age.
The law of Abstinence binds everyone (except for the frail and the sick) once they have reached their fourteenth birthday.
Parents are urged to foster the spirit and practice of penance among those who are too young to be subjects of either law.


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