Earlier this week I mentioned part of our parish’s plan for celebrating the Year of Faith, with a teaser for more to come.
The second part is designed to encourage parents to open the Catechism of the Catholic Church and get more familiar with the incredible riches contained within! Using the Year of Faith themes of the Creed and the Catechism, we’ve divided the Apostles’ Creed into seven parts (to fit with our schedule) and written questions to go with each:
- October – I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
- November – and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
- December – suffered under Pontius Pilate, was crucified, died, and was buried; he descended into hell; on the third day he rose again from the dead;
- January – 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.
- February – I believe in the Holy Spirit,
- March – the holy Catholic Church,
- April – the communion of saints, the forgiveness of sins, the resurrection of the body, and life everlasting. Amen.
Each month we’ll be giving parents a Cate-Quizm Challenge card with ten multiple-choice questions based on a section of the Catechism. The correct answers can be found in the paragraphs cited with each question, in many cases with the exact wording.
Parents are invited to bring the completed card back the next month to enter a drawing for a small prize (ours is a gift card to a local coffee shop). Of course, the mom-voice in my head is reminding me that the real prize everyone wins will be the wisdom and holiness gained from spending time learning more about the Faith. 😉
A few caveats, instructions, and extra bits of information:
- While these cards have been reviewed and edited, they have not been submitted to the imprimatur process. (I just wanted to state that up front.)
- Some of the answers seem really obvious, but it’s highly likely I have thrown in some twists with the sole purpose of tricking you. I recommend looking up the paragraphs even if you are pretty darned sure you already know the answers.
- Each answer is based ONLY on the paragraph(s) cited in the question. Yes, I know the Catholic Faith is rich and nuanced and there are all sorts of good arguments for expanded answers, but those discussions are for another time. One of the goals for this project is that it be simple and straight-forward so everyone can participate. (Apologies in advance to all you theologians and apologists.)
- You can check your answers on Family Formation‘s blog or facebook page before turning in your cards each month, but we will not be correcting your cards as if it were a test. (So those of you with any kind of test-related anxiety can relax and participate. We promise we will not be checking up on you!)
- I will also be publishing the cards on the blog and facebook. If you lose your card before the next Family Formation meeting, you’re welcome to print your own replacement.
- If there are any DREs who would like the entire set of cards, email us. They’ll all be completed soon and we’d be glad to share.