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24 Lists Every Catholic Should Know
List One: The 7 Sacraments (The Holy Mysteries)
Anointing of the Sick
List Two: The 7 Corporal Works of Mercy
Feed the hungry
Give drink to the thirsty
Clothe the naked
Shelter the homeless
Visit the sick
Visit the imprisoned
Bury the dead
List Three: The 7 Spiritual Works of Mercy
Counsel the doubtful
Instruct the ignorant
Comfort the afflicted
Bear wrongs patiently
Pray for the living and the dead
List Four: The 3 Eminent Good Works
List Five: The 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Fear of the Lord
List Six: The 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit
List Seven: The 3 Theological Virtues
List Eight: The 4 Cardinal (Moral) Virtues
Prudence (wisdom, judgment)
Temperance (moderation, controlling appetites)
List Nine: The 7 Capital Sins and their Contrary Virtues
Sin Definition Virtue
Pride Unrestrained appreciation of our own worth Humility
Greed Immoderate desire for earthly goods Liberality
Envy Sorrow over another’s good fortune Brotherly Love
Wrath Inordinate desire for revenge Meekness
Lust Yearning for impure pleasures Chastity
Gluttony Unrestrained use of food and drink Temperance
Sloth Laxity in keeping the faith and the practice of virtue Diligence
List Ten: The 6 Sins Against the Holy Spirit
Resisting the known truth
Envy of another’s spiritual good
Obstinacy in sin
List Eleven: The 5 Sins that Cry Out to Heaven
Taking advantage of the poor and marginalized
Injustice toward the wage earner
List Twelve: The 3 Conditions for Mortal Sin
Grave (serious) matter
Deliberate consent of the will
List Thirteen: The 9 Ways We Participate in Others' Sins
By praise or flattery
By defense of the ill done
List Fourteen: The 10 Commandments
You shall have no other gods before me.
You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.
Remember to keep holy the Lord’s day.
Honor your father and your mother.
You shall not murder.
You shall not commit adultery.
You shall not steal.
You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
You shall not covet your neighbor’s goods.
List Fifteen: The 2 Greatest Commandments
To love the Lord your God with all your heart, soul, mind and strength.
To love your neighbor as yourself.
List Sixteen: The Beatitudes
Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are they who mourn, for they shall be comforted.
Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the land.
Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be
Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.
Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God.
Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons of God.
Blessed are they who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the
kingdom of heaven.
Blessed are you when men revile you and persecute you and utter all kinds of
evil against you falsely on my account.
Rejoice and be glad, for your reward is great in heaven.
Let your light so shine before men, that they may see your good works and give glorify your Father who is in heaven.
List Seventeen: The 3 Evangelical Counsels or Counsels of Perfection
List Eighteen: The 6 Precepts of the Church (The Duties of a Catholic)
To go to Mass and refrain from servile work on Sundays and holy days
To go to Confession at least once a year (traditionally done during Lent)
To receive the Eucharist at least once a year, during the Easter Season
(known as the “Easter duty”)
To observe the days of fasting and abstinence
To help to provide for the needs of the Church according to one’s abilities and
station in life
To obey the marriage laws of the Church
List Nineteen: The Seasons of the Church Year
ADVENT- Begins Liturgical Season of the Church,
starting on the Sunday nearest to November 30,
the Feast of St. Andrew, ending on December 24.
CHRISTMASTIDE- Begins December 25 and ends
on the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord (Sunday after January 6, Epiphany)
ORDINARY TIME- Monday after the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord until Ash Wednesday
LENT- Begins Ash Wednesday, ends Holy Thursday
at the Mass of the Lord’s Supper; final week is called Holy Week; the last three days are the Easter Triduum
EASTERTIDE- Begins at the Easter Vigil, continues 50 days to Pentecost Sunday
when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles
ORDINARY TIME- Continues again and ends on the last Saturday of the
liturgical year, prior to the first Sunday in Advent
List Twenty: The Holy Days of Obligation in the United States
All Sundays of the year
January 1: The Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God
Ascension of Our Lord (40 days after Easter)
August 15: Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1: All Saints Day
December 8: The Immaculate Conception
December 25: Christmas Day
List Twenty-One: The 4 Great Ends of Mass
To praise, honor and adore the infinite majesty of God
To satisfy the infinite justice of God (reparation and atonement)
To thank the infinite liberality of God
To petition the infinite goodness of God
List Twenty-Two: The 4 Last Things (The Novissima)
List Twenty-Three: The 3 Levels of Reverence
Dulia: the reverence we give to Saints
Hyperdulia: the reverence we give to Mary as the greatest of Saints and Mother
Latria: the reverence and worship we give to God alone
List Twenty-Four: The 20 Mysteries of the Rosary & When They are Prayed
The Annunciation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
Mary Visits Her Cousin Elizabeth
The Birth of Jesus at Bethlehem
The Presentation of Jesus in the Temple
The Finding of the Child Jesus in the Temple
Jesus Prays in the Garden of Gethsemane
Jesus Is Scourged at the Pillar
Jesus Is Crowned with Thorns
Jesus Carries the Cross to Calvary
Jesus Dies for Our Sins
Christ Rises from the Dead
Jesus Ascends into Heaven
The Holy Spirit Descends on the Apostles
Mary Is Assumed into Heaven
Mary Is Crowned Queen of Heaven and Earth
The Baptism of Jesus
Christ’s Self-Manifestation at Cana
Proclamation of the Kingdom
Institution of the Eucharist
Sundays from Advent to Lent: Joyful
Sundays from Easter to Advent: Glorious
Every day from Ash Wednesday to Easter: Sorrowful
List Twenty-Five: How to Baptize in Case of Emergency
In case of necessity, any person can baptize provided that he
· has the intention of doing that which the Church does and
· provided he pours water on the candidate’s head
· while saying: “I baptize you in the name of the Father, and of the Son, and of the