Saturday, September 11, 2010

The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism

Lesson 11
The Holy Eucharist

48. What is the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is the sacrament of the body and blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.

The Holy Eucharist is Our Lord Himself.
He comes to us in Person.
He comes to be Food for our soul.
He comes to live in us.
He comes to stay with us.
He comes to help us always.

49. When does Jesus Christ become present in the Holy Eucharist?

 Jesus Christ becomes present in the Holy Eucharist during the Sacrifice of the Mass.


The Mass is Our Gift to God.

We offer bread and wine.

The priest does it for us.

We give our hearts to God.

Then the priest changes the bread and wine.

They become the Body and Blood of Jesus.

The priest offers them to God.

This tells God we love Him.


Jesus offers Himself as He did on the Cross.

We also offer ourselves with Jesus.

We are willing to suffer with Him.


 The Gift of Jesus on the Cross pleased the Father, so the Father raised Jesus from 

 the dead.

 Our Gift at Mass pleases the Father too, so the Father will raise us with Jesus.

 Some day we will all be together in heaven.

50. Do you receive Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
I do receive Jesus Christ in the sacrament of the Holy Eucharist when I receive Holy Communion.

To show He is pleased, the Father invites us to
His table.

He gives us something to eat.
He gives us what we have given Him.
He gives us the Flesh and Blood of His Son.
He gives us the Host which looks like bread, but which is JESUS CHRIST.

Jesus Christ is the Food and Drink of our soul.
It makes our souls strong.

51. Do you see Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist?
No, I do not see Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist because He is hidden under the appearances of bread and wine.

The Eucharist is Christ.
He is really there.

We cannot see Him,
We cannot hear Him,
but He is there.

The HOST looks like bread.
But it is really the Body of Jesus.

The big Host is for the priest.
The small Hosts are for the people.
Each Host is Jesus.

The CHALICE contains the Blood.
It looks and tastes like wine.
But it is really the Blood of Jesus.

The Mass is an act of love.
Our Lord says to His Father, “I love You.”
He tells this to the Father for us.
He wants us to say it with Him.

52. What must you do to receive Holy Communion?
To receive Holy Communion I must:

1. Have my soul free from mortal sin.
2. Not eat or drink anything for one hour before Holy Communion. But water may be taken at any time before Holy Communion.

People in mortal sin may not go to Communion.
It is a big sin if they go.
The life of Christ in their souls is dead.
Dead people cannot eat.

But sick people need to eat.
Venial sin makes the soul sick.
We can receive Communion with venial sins.
But first we should be sorry for our sins.

I must not eat for one hour before Communion.
I must not drink anything for one hour.
I may take water or medicine any time.
All this is to show respect for Our Lord.

53. What should you do before Holy Communion?
Before Holy Communion I should:

1. Think of Jesus.
2. Say the prayers I have learned.
3. Ask Jesus to come to me.

54. What should you do after Holy Communion?
After Holy Communion I should:

1. Thank Jesus for coming to me.
2. Tell Him how much I love Him.
3. Ask Him to help me.
4. Pray for others.
Then thank Him, talk to Him, ask His help.

Lesson 11                                       


The Holy Eucharist

  1. Who comes to live in us at Communion time?

  1. Why does He come to us?

  1. Who offers the Mass for us?

  1. What do the bread and wine at Mass become?

5.  What does Jesus say to His Father at Mass?

Friday, September 10, 2010

The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism

Lesson 10
How to Make a Good Confession

46. How do you make your confession?
I make my confession in this way:

1. I go into the confessional and kneel.
2. I make the sign of the cross and say: “Bless me, Father, for I have sinned.”
3. I say: “This is my first confession”
   (or, “It has been one week, or one month since my last confession”).
4. I confess my sins.
5. I listen to what the priest tells me.
6. I say the act of contrition loud enough for the priest to hear me.

Remember you are talking to Our Lord.
Do not be afraid. Tell the truth.
Tell all the sins you can remember.
Do not leave out any sin on purpose.
If you forget to tell a sin, God forgives you.
Listen carefully to the priest.
Say your Act of Contrition from your heart.

47. What do you do after leaving the confessional?

After leaving the confessional, I say the penance the priest has given me and thank God for forgiving my sins.

Thanksgiving After Confession


Look at the crucifix again.

Thank Our Lord for His sufferings.

Thank Him for curing your sins.

Say your penance from your heart.

Ask Jesus to help you to be better.

Lesson 10               

How to Make a Good Confession

  1. What is the first thing you say in confession?

  1. What do you say about your last confession?

  1. What do you do next?

  1. What do you do after the priest gives you your penance?

Thursday, September 9, 2010

The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism

Lesson 9
Sacrament of Penance

44. What is the sacrament of Penance?
Penance is the sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.

Mortal sin kills the life of Christ in our soul.
Venial sin makes our soul sick.
The sacrament of Penance is like medicine.
It is the medicine of Christ’s Precious Blood.
It cures sick souls.
It is much stronger than medicine for the body.
It even raises dead souls to life.
This sacrament heals the wounds of all our sins.
It helps us to be good afterwards.
It helps us to keep out of sin.
Our sins may be big.
Our sins may be many.
But Our Lord always forgives us if we are sorry.
He is never angry with us.
He loves to have us come to Confession.

45. What must you do to receive the sacrament of Penance worthily?
To receive the sacrament of Penance worthily I must:

Find out my sins.
Be sorry for my sins.
Make up my mind not to sin again.
Tell my sins to the priest.
Do the penance the priest gives me.

The best way to do this is:
Pray to the Holy Spirit.
Then think about Our Lord’s sufferings.
We call these sufferings His Passion.
Our sins made Jesus suffer.
He suffered in our place.
We should have been on the cross.

He did not commit the sins; we did.

But He loves us.

He wanted to suffer for our sins.




When we see His hands and feet nailed, we will be sorry we did that to Him.

When we see His bleeding Body, we will make up our mind not to sin again.

When we see His face, we will want to tell our sins to the priest.

When we see His eyes, we will want to say our penance.




Did I commit any of these sins?


Did I miss Mass on purpose on a Sunday or Holy Day? (How many times?)

Was I late for Mass on Sunday through my own fault? (How many times?)

Did I laugh or talk in church? (How many times?)

Was I disobedient to others? (How many times?)

Did I talk back to them? (How many times?)

Did I fight with someone? (How many times?)

Did I use angry words? (How many times?)

Did I try to get even with someone? (How many times?)

Did I use bad words? (How many times?)

Did I steal something? (How many times?)

Did I tell any lies? (How many times?)

Was I unkind to others? (How many times?)

Did I call anyone bad names? (How many times?)

Was I mean to others? (How many times?)

Did I tease someone unkindly? (How many times?)

Did I eat meat on Friday on purpose? (How many times?)

Lesson 9 

Sacrament of Penance

  1. What sacrament heals our sick souls?

  1. What medicine does it use?

  1. If we ever have big sins, will Our Lord forgive us?

  1. Is He angry with us?

  1. What is the best way to get ready for confession?

Wednesday, September 8, 2010

The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism

Lesson 8
The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation

1. Baptism

37. How does the Catholic Church help us to gain heaven?
The Catholic Church helps us to gain heaven especially through the sacraments.
The Sacraments are steps to heaven.
The Church is our ladder to heaven.
The sacraments are the seven steps of the ladder.
God lets the ladder down.
Our Lady helps us up the ladder.

38. What is a sacrament?
A sacrament is an outward sign, instituted by Christ to give grace.


It is Christ working in our soul.
It is Christ helping our soul.
Christ is hidden in every sacrament.

39. What does grace do to the soul?
Grace makes the soul holy and pleasing to God.

Grace is life.
It is God’s life.
It is Christ in us.
It makes our souls look like Christ.
It gives us power to please God.

40. What sacrament have you received?
I have received the sacrament of Baptism.

41. What did Baptism do for you?
Baptism washed away original sin from my soul and made it rich in the grace of God.

Baptism is birth.
By it we are born of God.
He sends His Son into our soul.

God becomes our Father too.
Mary becomes our Mother.
The Holy Spirit pours grace into us.

Baptism washes us from original sin.
It drives away the devil.
He can no longer hurt us unless we let him.

42. Are you preparing to receive other sacraments?
I am preparing to receive the sacraments of Confirmation, Penance, and
Holy Eucharist.

 2. Confirmation

43. What will confirmation do for you?
Confirmation, through the coming of the Holy Ghost, will make me a soldier of Jesus Christ.

Every sacrament gives us the Holy Spirit.
It gives us more of His power.
Confirmation gives us power to help others to know about Jesus.
It gives us strength to suffer for Jesus.
It helps us to die for our faith if we have to.
We must be willing to die for Jesus.
Jesus died for us.

Confirmation gives power to spread the Faith.

Lesson 8             

Sacrament of Baptism

1. Baptism - 2. Confirmation              

  1. Who is hidden in every sacrament?

  1. What does He do there?

  1. What is grace?

  1. When does God become our Father?

       5. What does Confirmation help us to do?

Tuesday, September 7, 2010

The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism

Lesson 7
Jesus Opens Heaven For Us
The Redemption - The Church

19. Why did God the Son become man?
God the Son became man to satisfy for the sins of all men and to help everybody to gain heaven.

God loves all men.
God wanted all men in heaven.
God sent His Son to show men the way.
God sent His Son to open the gates of heaven.

20. How did Jesus satisfy the sins of all men?
Jesus satisfied for the sins of all men by His sufferings and death on the cross.

The gates of heaven had been closed by sin.
The sin of Adam and Eve had closed them.
God sent His Son to make up for sin.
God sent His Son because He loves us.

Jesus died on the Cross for us.
He died because He loved His Father.
He died because He loved us.

Love pleases God. Sin displeases God.

The love of Jesus pleased the Father more than sin displeased Him.
The love of Jesus… destroyed the power of sin.
The love of Jesus was like a fire in His Heart.
Jesus lit this fire in Mary’s heart too.
This love made Jesus die on the Cross for us.
This love pleased the Father more than sin displeased Him.
Sin lost its power to keep us out of heaven.
The love of Jesus… opened the gates of heaven.
The Father in heaven was pleased with this love.
So he raised the body of His Son from the dead.
He opened the gates of heaven to welcome His Son.
Mary gave Jesus to the Father for us.
Jesus went home to heaven to prepare a place for us.

21. How does Jesus help all men to gain heaven?
Jesus helps all men to gain heaven through the Catholic Church.

The Church is like a ladder to heaven.
Jesus gave us only one ladder.
The Church is our only way to heaven.

Lesson 7         

Jesus Opens Heaven For Us
The Redemption- The Church     

  1. What kept the gates of heaven closed?

  1. Who died to pay for our sins?

  1. What pleased the Father more than sin displeased Him?

  1. Where did Jesus go after He rose from the dead?

Monday, September 6, 2010

The New Saint Joseph
First Communion Catechism

Lesson 6
The Son Of God Becomes Man
The Incarnation

14. Did one of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity become man?
Yes, the Second Person, the Son of God, became man.

15. What is the name of the Son of God made man?
The name of the Son of God made man is Jesus Christ.
His name is holy.
We bow our heads when we say or hear His name.
Jesus, I love you.

16. When was Jesus born?
Jesus was born on the first Christmas Day, more than 2,000* years ago.
Christmas is the birthday of Jesus Christ.
He was born in a stable in Bethlehem.

On Christmas we are happy, because it is the birthday of Jesus.

He became a baby for us.

He likes to be with us.


17. Who is the Mother of Jesus?

The Mother of Jesus is the Blessed Virgin Mary.

Mary was His Mother on earth.

Jesus had no father on earth.

He had a Father in heaven.

But Saint Joseph took the place of the Father in heaven.

We call Saint Joseph the foster father of Jesus.


18. Is Jesus Christ both God and man?

Yes, Jesus Christ is both God and man.

Jesus Christ is God.

Jesus Christ is man.

Jesus Christ is both God and man.


Jesus Christ is the Son of God.

Jesus Christ is the Son of Mary.

Jesus Christ is like His heavenly Father.

Jesus Christ is like us as a man.

Lesson 6         

The Son of God becomes Man
The Incarnation                             

  1. Who is Jesus Christ?

  1. Where was He born?

  1. What do we call His birthday?

  1. Who is His Mother?

  1. Who is Saint Joseph?