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The religious education office in our parish has worked very hard in the last few years to increase the adult education opportunities. It is still a struggle to convince many of our parish adults that they need religious education. I like the current approach. There is a full color page in the bulletin that begins with:

The office of Religious Education would like to ask you a few questions about the Faith:

  • What are the 7 Sacraments? What is a simple definition of each one?
  • Can you list the 10 order?
  • How often is a Catholic obliged to go to Mass? to receive Holy Communion? to go to the sacrament of penance?
  • What is the conscience?
  • Can you list the 20 mysteries of the rosary?
  • What is the role in the Church of the bishop? of the Pope?
  • In what areas of teaching can the Church not err?
  • What two conditions could keep a Catholic who is attending Mass from receiving Holy Communion?
  • What is the Immaculate Conception?
Missing any of the answers to these questions? Why not take one of our Adult Faith classes and grow in knowledge of our Faith?

I hope many of our adults see these questions and realize they have forgotten a few things since eighth grade confirmation classes or maybe they never learned them to begin with. Maybe they will be inspired to try a little Catholic refresher course. And then perhaps they will realize that there is always something new to learn about the Faith. Religious education is a lifelong endeavor.


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