Note to parents: Below you will find example questions to review with your kids. We will have a contest for the children before the end of the year, with prizes. They will be answering the questions as a team. These questions can be found on the parish website under Ministries, Religious Education, Catechism Questions.
(For more information on saints, see the 6th grade tab on the website, document 2)
April 10th Review of all questions for contest next class (with prizes)
Questions for April 3rd Lesson on Divine Mercy
Bible: Forgiveness p. 611 (Matthew 18:22 -- seventy times seven) (Luke 15:11-32 Prodigal son--God loves us and will always forgive us if we ask him) (Matthew 25:13-40 Parable of the Talents -- We must forgive others because God forgives us). (John 20:4 -- Jesus gives the apostles the power to forgive sins--that’s where the sacrament of confession starts). The Our Father -- we ask to be forgiven the way we forgive others.
Who do we especially pray for on Divine Mercy Sunday? *We pray for ourselves and everyone in the whole world.
What 3 things should we do to get special graces on Divine Mercy Sunday? *Go to confession, Receive communion, and pray for the Pope’s intentions. (Note: confession may be done up to 20 days either side of this feast (this is to make it easier on the priests, too)).
What should you do if you do a bad sin? * Ask God to forgive you (pray) and go to confession AS SOON AS YOU POSSIBLY CAN!
Questions for March 12th Bible: Prophets (Chapter 25)
Is the Holy Eucharist a sacrament and a sacrifice? *yes
Is Jesus truly present in the Holy Eucharist under the appearance of bread and wine? Yes
When did Christ institute the Eucharist? * At the Last Supper with his apostles, the night before he died.
Did Christ Jesus give priests the power to change the bread and wine into his body and blood? Yes
Questions for February 28th (Chapter 23-24) Bible Story: Daniel in the Lion’s Den
What is a sacrament? *A sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace.
How many sacraments are there? *seven
Name the seven sacraments. * Baptism, Confirmation, Holy Eucharist, Confession, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, Matrimony
Do the sacraments give us sanctifying grace? *yes (if received properly)
Do the sacraments increase the power of the Holy Spirit in us? *yes
T or false: Receiving a sacrament while in a state of mortal sin is committing another mortal sin. *T Advanced question: What is this sin called? *Sacrilege
What is God’s life in us called? *Grace
True of False: We can lose God’s life in us (grace) by sinning. *T
True or False: Baptism washes away all sin. *T
True or False: Baptism makes us members of the Church. *T
True or False: Confirmation strengthens us through the Holy Spirit to go out and spread the faith. *T
True or False: We cannot get to heaven unless we are confirmed. F
True or False: In Confirmation, the holy Spirit comes to us. *T
The Holy Spirit came upon the Apostles on the day of _____________. *Pentecost
Questions for February 21 (Chapter 21-22) Bible Story: Daniel and Friends
(advanced question) We have ten commandments which God gave to Moses in the Bible. We also have 6 commandments which the Church gives us. What are they? *
If you decide not to obey one of the 6 commandments of the Church, is it a mortal sin? *Yes
If you miss Mass on Sunday (Saturday evening counts) because you were too lazy to go, is it a venial sin (small sin) or a mortal sin (big sin)? *mortal sin (you need to go to confession very soon)
Advanced question: What are the 6 holydays of obligation in the United States?
2. January 1 (the octave of Christmas)
3. Ascension Thursday (40 days after Easter)
4. The Assumption (August 15th)
5. All Saints’ Day (November 1)
6. The Immaculate Conception (December 8)
Note: The Bishops may move some of them to the nearest Sunday
Are you supposed to avoid servile work (heavy manual labor) on Sundays and holydays as much as you are able? *yes
Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fasting--which means one regular meal and 2 small snacks for that day. Catholics over the age of ____have to obey this law. *21
True or False: A day of abstinence is a day that you do not eat meat. *T
Who should follow the law about not eating meat on Ash Wednesday and Fridays? *baptized people age 14 and older. Note: You may be excused from this law by your priest and you may do a different sacrifice on regular Fridays instead--like a work of mercy.
True or False: If you go to Confession and Communion often, your soul will be clean and strong. *T
If a Catholic is married to someone by the Justice of the Peace downtown at the courthouse, is it a real marriage? No
Must Catholics be married by a Catholic priest? *yes
Questions for February 14 (Chapter 20) Bible Story: Esther
What is the seventh commandment? *Thou shalt not steal
Which commandment forbids stealing or keeping what belongs to others? *7th
Which commandment forbids cheating in school or copying the work of other people? *7th
Which commandment forbids damaging the property of other people? *7th
If you steal something, do you have to give it back or pay the owner for it? *yes, if you are able to
What is the 8th commandment? *Thou shalt not bear false witness against your neighbor
Which commandment forbids lying about someone or harming their reputation? 8th
What is the 9th commandment? *Thou shalt not covet (want) your neighbor’s wife
Which commandment says we must be pure in thought and desire? *9th
What is the tenth commandment? *Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor’s goods
Which commandment says we shouldn’t desire to take other peoples’ stuff? *10th
Which commandment says we must not be envious of other people’s success. *10th
True or false: Jesus taught that we should be generous--not selfish. *T
Questions for February 7 (Chapter 19) Bible Story: Elijah and the prophets of baal
Which commandment tells us to respect, obey, and love our parents? *4th Commandment
Which commandment tells us to help our parents when they are in need? 4th
All authority comes from who? *God
Do we have to obey someone in authority if they tell us to do something sinful? *no
What is the fifth commandment? *Thou shalt not kill
Which commandment tells us to take care of our own body and spirit and that of our neighbor? *5th
Which commandment forbids murder and suicide? *5th
Which commandment forbids fighting, anger, hatred, and revenge? *5th
Which commandment forbids drunkenness and reckless driving? *5th
Which commandment forbids setting a bad example? 5th
True or false: the 5th commandment forbids hurting anyone’s body or soul. *T
What is the sixth commandment? *Thou shalt not commit adultery.
Which commandment tells us to be pure and modest in our behavior and how we dress? 6th
Which commandment forbids dirty jokes, indecent books, or looking at bad pictures? 6th
True or false: Our bodies are temples of the Holy Spirit and we should respect bodies and cover them modestly. *True
Name two things you should avoid in order to preserve your chastity (purity). *any of the following: idleness, sinful curiosity, bad companions, drinking, immodest dress, indecent books, indecent plays, indecent movies.
Questions for January 24th (chapter 17/18) Bible Story: Naaman the Syrian
Does the first commandment forbid us to honor the saints in heaven? * The first commandment does not forbid us to honor the saints in heaven, as long as we do not give them the honor that belongs to God alone.
Do we pray to the crucifix or to the images and relics of the saints? * We do not pray to the crucifix or to the images of Christ and of the saints, but to the persons they represent.
What is the second commandment of God? * Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
Which commandment commands us to always speak with reverence of God, of the saints, and of holy things, and to be truthful in taking oaths and faithful to them and to our vows? * The second commandment.
What is an oath? * An oath is the calling on God to witness the truth of what we say. (Examples of oaths: “So help me God.” “Honest to God.” “By God.” Many do not mean these as oaths, but that is what they are.)
What is meant by taking God’s name in vain? * By taking God’s name in vain is meant that the name of God or the holy name of Jesus Christ is used without reverence; for example, to express surprise or anger.
What great sin does a person commit who deliberately calls on God to bear witness to a lie? * A person who deliberately calls on God to bear witness to a lie commits the very grievous sin of perjury.
What is the third commandment of God? * Remember thou keep holy the Lord’s day.
What are we commanded by the third commandment? * By the third commandment we are commanded to worship God in a special manner on Sunday, the Lord’s day. (The Church commands us to worship God on Sunday by assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass.)
What is forbidden by the third commandment of God? * By the third commandment of God all unnecessary servile work on Sunday is forbidden. (Servile work is that which requires labor of body rather than of mind. Servile work is allowed on Sunday when the honor of God, our own need, or that of our neighbor requires it.)
True or False: It is a sin to shop on Sunday. *True
Questions for January 17 (Chapter 15/16) Bible Story: King David
True or False: You can test your love for God by your love for others. *T
Discussion: What are some ways we can show our love for others every day?
*Being kind in speech, helpful, generous, and forgiving (even to those we don’t like)
What is the first commandment of God? (of the 10 commandments) * I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before me.
How do we worship God? *By acts of faith, hope, and charity (love), and by adoring Him and praying to Him.
How does someone sin against faith? * by not believing what God has revealed, or by taking part in non-catholic worship.
What are the 2 sins against hope? presumption and despair (presumption is trusting that you can be saved by your own efforts without God’s help, or thinking that God will save you without any effort of your own) (Despair is giving up hope that we will ever get to heaven)
What are the chief sins against charity?
Does the 1st commandment forbid superstition? *yes (using charms or spells, using fortune tellers or spiritists, reading tea leaves, ouija board, trying to call up ghosts or spirits)
Mistreating sacred persons, places, or things is called ________ *sacrilege (it’s a sin)
T or F: Indifferentism is the sin of believing one religion is as good as another. *T
Name this saint: He was Bishop of Philadelphia and the first American saint. His body is incorrupt. He built new churches at a rate of about one every month. * St. John Neuman
Questions for January 10 (Chapter 14/15)
Will the world last forever? *No
Will Jesus come again on the last day? Yes
Is life our life on Earth a preparation for heaven? *Yes
Advanced Question: What 2 things must we do to be saved? *(1) Believe what God has revealed and (2) Keep God’s Laws
What are the 2 great commandments? * (1)Love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind, and strength and (2) love your neighbor as yourself.
Advanced question: What must we do to love God, our neighbor, and ourselves? * Kepp the commandments of God and the Church.
What are the 10 commandments?
1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
2. You shall not take the name of the Lord God in vain
3. Remember to keep holy the Lord's Day
4. Honor your father and your mother
5. You shall not kill
6. You shall not commit adultery
7. You shall not steal
8. You shall not bear false witness
9. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife
10. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods
Questions for January 3 (chapters 13 and 14) Bible Story: Joseph in Egypt
What 3 groups of people are united with Christ in the communion of saints? * the faithful on earth, the blessed in heaven, and the souls in purgatory (a more advanced answer is: The church militant, the church triumphant, and the church suffering)
Did Jesus give the Church the power to forgive sins? *yes
What did the early Christians do with their possessions? *They shared them
Who said: “I am the way, the truth, and the life?” *Jesus
What are the three places a soul will be sent immediately after death? (immediately after the particular judgement) *Heaven, hell, or purgatory
T or F: Those who die with some selfishness in them must go to purgatory to be cleansed. *T
T or F: Those who die in mortal sin must go to hell. *T
T or False: At the end of the world, the bodies of all men will rise and be united again to their souls, never again to be separated. *T
Has the body of any human person ever been taken into heaven? * Yes, the Blessed Virgin Mary (her Assumption)
Advanced question: How can the saints in heaven help us on earth? *they can pray for us
Advanced question: How can we help the souls in purgatory? *Pray and do sacrifices for them.
Advanced question: When a baptized Christian rejects or doubts a doctrine of the Catholic faith, he/she is committing the sin of ______________. *Heresy
Advanced question: When a baptized Christian rejects the entire Christian faith, it is called ______. *Apostasy
Advanced Question: When a baptized christian refuses obedience to the lawful authorities of the church (particularly the Pope) it is called __________. *Schism
Advanced question: What are the 4 marks of the true Church? *It is One, Holy, Catholic (universal), and Apostolic (holding to the teaching and succession of the Apostles).
Advanced question: When is a teaching of the Church “infallible.” * when the Pope (and sometimes the Pope with the bishops) defines a doctrine on Faith or Morals.
Questions for December 13 Bible Story: Noah
This saint was a bishop who was put in prison for his faith. He secretly gave his own money to help other people. In the Netherlands he became known as Santa Klaus. Who is he?
Catechism chapter 13
Questions for Nov 29 (Catechism Chapters 11-12)
(The bible story is “Moses”--if you want to watch a family friendly movie, watch “Prince of Egypt”)
Which bible hero was sold into slavery by his brothers and later saved them from starvation?”
Which bible hero led the Israelites out of slavery in Egypt? *Moses
Advanced Questions: What was the name of Moses’ brother who became the high priest? *Aaron
What was the last (or 10th) plague that finally convinced the Egyption Pharaoh to let the Israelites go? * Death of all the firstborn
To protect their homes from the last plague, the Israelites were told to put something on their doorposts--what did they put there? Some blood from the passover lamb.
How long did the Israelites wander in the desert before they entered the promised land? *40 and then they turned back and wandered for another 40.
When the Israelites wandered in the desert, God provided them with miraculous food that they collected every morning except Sunday. What was this food called? *Manna
Which is the one true Church established by Christ? *the Catholic Church
What are the 4 marks of the true church? * The true church is: one, holy, catholic ( this means universal), and apostolic (this means it is governed by the successors of the apostles)
Who did Jesus Christ put in charge of his church? * St. Peter--head of the apostles and the first pope.
Why did Jesus make the Catholic church? *To help all people get to heaven
Who is our current Pope? * Pope Francis
Who are the successors of the apostles? *the bishops
Who help the bishops to take care of souls? *the priests
Will the Catholic church last until the end of time? *yes
Who were the parents of the Blessed Virgin Mary? *Sts Joachim and Ann
Who were the parents of John the Baptist? *Sts Zechariah and Elizabeth
Questions for Nov 14 (Catechism Chapters 9-10)
(the Bible Story is “Joseph is sold into slavery and later saves all the people from starvation) Recommended family movie: “Joseph, King of Dreams.”
Which person of the Blessed Trinity is symbolized by a dove, tongues of fire, or the wind? *the Holy Spirit
Who is the third person of the Blessed Trinity? *The Holy Spirit
What does the Holy Spirit give us to sanctify us--that is to make our souls holy? *Grace
What is Grace? *God’s life in our souls
What are the 2 principal (or main) ways of obtaining (getting more) Grace? *prayer and the sacraments, especially Holy Eucharist (Holy Communion)
What 4 things does sanctifying grace do for us? * (1) Makes us holy and pleasing to God (2)Makes us adopted children of God (3) Makes us temples of the Holy Spirit (4) Gives us the right to heaven
What kind of grace is the supernatural help of God which enlightens our mind and strengthens our will to do good and avoid evil? *actual grace
True or False: Jesus Christ called sanctifying grace “living water?” *T
What chief powers are given to us with sanctifying grace? (2 answers) *the three theological virtues and the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
What are the three theological virtues? *faith, hope and charity (charity is love for God and neighbor)
What are the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit? *wisdom, understanding, counsel, fortitude, knowledge, piety, fear of the Lord.
Can married people be saints? Can you be a saint? * Yes, we are all called to be saints.
These two saints were just canonized by Pope Francis. They were a husband and wife and the parents of saint Therese the Little Flower. *Sts Louis and Zelie Martin
Question for Nov. 8 (Catechism Chapters 7-8)
(the Bible story is “Abraham”)
Bible Questions of the week: Which book of the Bible tells us what the apostles did after Jesus rose from the dead? *the Acts of the Apostles
Where is the book of the Acts of the Apostles in the Bible? *After the gospels (After the gospel of John).
True or false: God is pleased when we sin. *F
True or False: People who do lots of little sins on purpose when they are small, and never go to confession, often start doing big sins when they are older. *T
Small sins are called ______________ sins. *venial
Very bad sins that take away the life of the soul are called _______. *Mortal sins
What must you do if you ever commit a mortal sin? *Tell God you are sorry immediately and hurry to confession as soon as you possibly can.
What 3 things are necessary for a sin to be a mortal sin.
*It is seriously wrong, I know it is wrong, I freely decide to do it anyway.
After Adam and Eve sinned, did God promise to send them a savior to save them from sin and re-open the gates of Heaven? *yes
Who is the savior of all people? *Jesus Christ
Is Jesus Christ both God and Man? *yes
Is Jesus Christ more than one person? *no
Questions for Nov 1 (Catechism Chapters 1-6)
(The Bible story is “Noah’s Ark)
--The first five books of the Bible are called the ________________. *Pentateuch (pen-ta-tuke)
--List the first five books of the Bible. * Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers and Deuteronomy.
--Which book of the Bible has the story of Creation and the first man and woman? Genesis
-- Who committed the first sin (ever)? *The bad angels (Satan and the angels who followed him)
--Each of has a good angel who guards us and prays for us. What do we call this kind of angel? *guardian angel
--Who committed the first sin on earth? Adam and Eve
--Did Adam and Eve obey God? *No, they ate the forbidden fruit
--What 3 things happened to Adam and Eve because of their sin? * They lost sanctifying grace, they lost the right to heaven, and they were driven from the Garden of Paradise. (advanced question)
--When Adam and Eve sinned, they lost a great gift. They no longer had the gift of God’s life in their souls. What is this gift of God’s life in our souls called? *sanctifying grace (advanced question)
--The sin we inherit from Adam and Eve is called _______________. *original sin.
--What are the 2 kinds of sin? (original sin and actual sin) Note for parents to help you explain this to your kids: Original sin is like a hole in our souls, because the sanctifying grace is gone. The sacraments of Baptism and Confession restore this Sanctifying Grace to our souls (fill our souls again with God’s life).
--Actual sin is the kind of sin we actually commit. What are the two kinds of actual sin? * mortal and venial.
--What kind of sin is a small sin and displeases God? *venial sin
--What kind of actual sin kills the life of God in your soul? *mortal sin
- Is it okay to commit (do) small sins? *No
--True or False: You must confess mortal sins to a priest as soon as possible. *True
--True or false: Doing many small sins can lead you into big sins. *true
--True or False: Confessing venial sins to a priest is a good way to clean your soul and become more holy. * true
--What kind of sin is a big sin and takes God’s Grace out of your soul? *mortal sin
--God told this good man to build a very big ship called an ark to save his family and animals from the flood. Who was he? *Noah
How long did it rain? *Forty days and forty nights
True or false: We might again have a worldwide flood. *False--God promised the whole world would not flood ever again.
What was the sign of God’s promise to Noah? *a rainbow
Can you name the first 5 books of the Bible? *Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus,
Numbers and Deuteronomy.
Which book of the Bible has the story of Adam and Eve? *Genesis
Which book of the Bible has the story of Noah? *Genesis
Catechism Questions 1-1
Who was sent from heaven to save us from our sins? *Jesus
Who made us? *God made us.
True or False. There is more than one God. *F
True or False. God’s Son taught us about God, and He teaches us through the Catholic Church. *T
True or False. God made us to show His goodness and to be happy with Him in heaven. *T
Who created everything out of nothing? *God
Why did God make us (give two reasons)? *God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.
What must we do to gain the everlasting happiness of heaven?(3 things) *Know, love, and serve God.
Who were the first man and woman? *Adam and Eve
--What one commandment did God give to Adam and Eve? *Do not eat the fruit of a certain tree (the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.)
--What do we call the sin that we inherit from Adam and Eve? *Original Sin
--True or False: God gave humans the precious gift of Free Will. We can think and make our own decisions. *T
--Which book of the Bible contains the story of the great flood? *Genesis
--There was a good man who God told to build a huge ship to save his family and animals from a flood. Who was that man? *Noah
--(two word answer) Maronites have another word for the “Mass:” It is the Divine Service of the ______ ___________ . *Holy Mysteries
--God’s first promise to Adam and Eve was that He would send them a _________. *savior (or messiah)
--What promise did God make to Noah? *God promised that he would never again send a worldwide flood.
-- Which saint was shot with arrows because he was a Christian? St. Sebastian
-- Which Lebanese saint had great suffering in her life? St. Rafka
Catechism Questions Chapter 1 -- October 17 and 24
--Who was sent from heaven to save us from our sins? *Jesus
--Who made us? *God made us.
--True or False. There is more than one God.
--True or False. Jesus is the Son of God. *F
--True or False. Jesus taught us about God, and He teaches us through the Catholic Church. *T
--True or False. God made us to show His goodness and to be happy with Him in heaven. *T
--Who created everything out of nothing? *God
--Why did God make us (give two reasons)? *God made us to show forth His goodness and to share with us His everlasting happiness in heaven.
--What must we do to gain the everlasting happiness of heaven?(3 things) *Know, love, and serve God.
--True or False. God is the Supreme Being, and is infinitely perfect. *T
--True or False. God made all things and keeps them in existence. *T
-Who were the first man and woman? *Adam and Eve
--Why did Adam and Eve have to leave the Garden of Eden? *They disobeyed God
--Who were the first two sons of Adam and Eve? *Cain and Abel
Advanced Catechism Questions -- Grade 5-7
--Where do we find the chief truths taught by Jesus Christ through the Catholic Church? *In the Apostles’ Creed
--Say the Apostles’ Creed.
*I believe in God, the Father almighty,
Creator of heaven and earth,
and in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord,
who was conceived by the Holy Spirit,
born of the Virgin Mary, suffered under Pontius Pilate,
was crucified, died and was buried;
he descended into hell;
on the third day he rose again from the dead;
he ascended into heaven,
and is seated at the right hand of God the Father almighty;
from there he will come to judge the living and the dead.
I believe in the Holy Spirit,
the holy catholic Church,
the communion of saints,
the forgiveness of sins,
the resurrection of the body,
and life everlasting.
Amen. (The newer translation may also be recited here)
--True or False. We do not have to believe everything that Jesus has taught, as long as we believe most of it. *F
--True or False. The apostles’ Creed does not contain all the teachings of the Catholic Church--only the most important ones. *T
--When Adam and Eve left the Garden of Eden, what did God promise? *To send a Savior
--What two trees were in the Garden of Eden? *The tree of life, and the tree of the knowledge of good and evil.
Bible Questions -- October 25
Bible Story of the week--Adam and Eve, Cain and Abel
--What is the first book in the Bible? *Genesis
--What is the last book in the Bible? *The book of Revelation
--Name the 4 Gospels. *Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John
--The Bible is divided into two main parts: What are they? *The Old Testament and the New Testament.
--Find the index (the list of books) in the Bible.
Advanced Bible Questions--Grade 5-7--Oct 25
--Find the index (the list of books) in the Bible.
--Name the first 5 books in the Bible *Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Deuteronomy, Numbers
--Did God inspire the authors of the Bible books to write what God wanted in the Bible? *yes
--Who put the books of the Bible together, made exact copies, and kept it safe for thousands of years? *the Catholic Church
--This holy monk lived in Lebanon. His Teacher was Saint Nimatullah. His body was incorrupt from 1898 until 1965, and many miracles have been attributed to his intercession. Who is he? *St. Sharbel
--This saint was a prominent Spanish mystic, Roman Catholic saint, Carmelite nun, author during the Counter Reformation, and theologian of contemplative life through mental prayer. She was a reformer of the Carmelite Order and is considered to be a founder of the Discalced Carmelites along with John of the Cross. Who is she? *St. Teresa of Avila (or St. Teresa of Jesus)
--This Italian saint wanted to enter a convent to become a nun, but her parents insisted that she marry. Her husband was a violent and abusive man. After his death, she became a nun and is often pictured with a wound on her forehead. She is a saint for impossible causes. *St. Rita
-- This holy monk was the teacher of St. Sharbel. -- who is he? *St. Nimatullah
--Which saint wrote this prayer that we sing every Sunday at church?: “You have united O lord, Your Divinity with our humanity, and our humanity, with your divinity, Your life with our mortality, and our mortality with Your life. You have assumed what is ours and you have given us what is Yours, for the life and salvation of our souls. To you be glory forever.” *St. Sharbel
--Name two Lebanese saints whose bodies were found to be incorrupt years after they had died. *St. Sharbel and St. Hardini