1. To respectfully and devoutly assist at
The Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
On all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.
1-1. Q. Is it a Mortal Sin not to respectfully and
devoutly assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on all Sundays and Holydays
A. It is a Mortal Sin not to respectfully and devoutly assist at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation, unless we are excused for a serious reason.
They also commit a mortal sin who, having others under their charge, hinder them from respectfully and devoutly assisting at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass on all Sundays and Holydays of Obligation, without a sufficiently justifiable reason.
1-2. Q. Why were Holydays of Obligation instituted
by the Church?
A. Holydays of Obligation were instituted by the Church to recall to our minds the great mysteries of religion and the virtues and rewards of the Saints.
1-3. Q. How should we keep all Holydays of Obligation?
A. We should keep all Holydays of Obligation as we should keep all Sundays.
2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
2-1. Q. What is meant by fast-days?
A. By fast-days is meant days on which adults are allowed but one full meal, except for those who are physically unable to do so and those who are 65 years old and older.
2-2. Q. What is meant by days of abstinence?
A. By days of abstinence is meant days on which Catholics are forbidden to eat flesh-meat, but are allowed the usual number of meals.
2-3. Q. Why does the Church command us to fast and
A. The Church commands us to fast and abstain, in order that we may mortify our passions and satisfy for our sins.
2-4. Q. Why does the Church command us to abstain from
flesh-meat on all Fridays?
A. The Church commands us to abstain from flesh-meat on all Fridays, in honor of the day on which our Saviour died.
3. To go to Confession at least once a year during the Easter Season.
3-1. Q. What is meant by the command of confessing
at least once a year?
A. By the command of confessing at least once a year is meant that we are obliged, under pain of mortal sin, to go to confession at least once a year during the Easter/Paschal Season which ends on Trinity Sunday.
3-2. Q. Should we confess only once a year?
A. We should confess frequently, if we wish to lead a good life.
3-3. Q. Should children go to Confession?
A. Children should go to Confession when they are old enough to commit sin, which is commonly about the age of seven years which is usually considered to be the age of reason.
4. To receive the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist
At least once a year during the Easter Season.
4-1. Q. What sin does one commit who neglects to receive
the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist during the Easter time?
A. One who neglects to receive the Sacrament of the Most Holy Eucharist during the Easter time commits a Mortal Sin.
4-2. Q. What is the Easter time?
A. The Easter time is, in the United States of America, the time between the First Sunday of Lent and Trinity Sunday.
5. To contribute financially (i.e. give money)
To the support of the Catholic Church.
5-1. Q. Are we obliged to contribute to the support
of the Catholic Church?
A. Saint Paul the Apostle reminds all Catholics that they are required to contribute financially - give money - to the support of the Catholic Church:
“Know you not, that they [i.e. Catholic Priests] who work in the Holy Place [i.e. in the Catholic Church], eat the things that are of the Holy Place [i.e. of the Catholic Church]; and they [i.e. Catholic Priests] that serve the Altar, partake with the Altar?Therefore, all Catholics are obliged to contribute to the support of the Catholic Church in order to bear their fair share of the expenses incurred.
So also the Lord ordained that they [i.e. Catholic Priests] who Preach the Gospel, should live by the [financial support of the] Gospel” (1 Corinthians 9:13-14).
Today this includes the expenses of the Missionary Work and Missionary Apostolates of the Catholic Church, e.g. Cordi-Marian Fathers, which is a Catholic Religious Congregation, the Missionary Work of which includes, but is not limited to, the Missionary Internet Ministry and Apostolate, as well as all other areas of Catholic Missionary Work.
6. To never violate the laws concerning the Sacrament of Matrimony.
For your convenience, these include, but are not limited to:
a) Never marry a person who is of the same sex.6-1. Q. What is the meaning of the commandment not to marry within the third degree of kindred?
b) Never marry a person who is not a Catholic.
c) Never marry a person who is related to within the third degree of kindred.
d) Never marry a person privately without witnesses.
e) Never solemnize marriage at forbidden times.
6-2. Q. What is the meaning of the command not to marry
A. The command not to marry privately means that none should marry without the Blessing of a Catholic Priest or Prelate or without witnesses.
6-3. Q. What is the meaning of the precept not to solemnize
marriage at forbidden times?
A. The meaning of the precept not to solemnize marriage at forbidden times is that during Advent and Lent the marriage ceremony should not be performed with pomp or a Nuptial Mass.
6-4. Q. What is the Nuptial Mass?
A. A Nuptial Mass is a Mass appointed by the Church to invoke a special Blessing upon the married couple.
6-5. Q. Should Catholics be married at a Nuptial Mass?
A. Catholics should be married at a Nuptial Mass, because they thereby show greater reverence for the holy Sacrament and bring richer Blessings upon their wedded life.
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