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Year of Faith Freebie for DREs

October 1, 2012

Here at the Church of Saint Paul, the Family Formation staff is very excited about the Year of Faith and all the potential graces that are just waiting to be poured out onto our families as they grow in their knowledge and love of Christ and the Church He established!

The Cate-Quizm Challenge is designed to encourage parents open their copies of the Catechism of the Catholic Church and get a little more familiar with the beautiful depth of the Catholic Faith.  It is accessible to beginners, and will challenge those who are already familiar with the Catechism as well.  The details of the Challenge can be found in this post from last week, and since the cards for the year are ready to go, you can print them all from this file.  Note: It’s designed to be printed two-sided and will have two half-size cards per page.

I’ll be blogging individual cards and the answers (and possibly other updates) throughout the school year, but for planning purposes thought it might be helpful for you to have everything up front.

One more thing – I’m sure you’re a bunch of smarties, but as a time-saver having the answers might be helpful as well.

The Cate-Quizm Challenge

September 22, 2012

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:

  1. October – I believe in God, the Father Almighty, Creator of Heaven and earth;
  2. November – and in Jesus Christ, His only Son Our Lord, Who was conceived by the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary,
  3. 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;
  4. 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.
  5. February – I believe in the Holy Spirit,
  6. March – the holy Catholic Church,
  7. 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.

Bible and Catechism in a Year

December 8, 2009

Hello Everyone,

Last night at Monday night Family Formation I encouraged you all to start reading the Bible more.  In order to help that along I mentioned the idea of reading the Bible through in a year.  Here is one of many guides available on the internet: Bible and CCC in One Year.  What makes this one a bit more interesting is the fact that a) it is not restricted to starting in January.  You can actually start whenever you want.   b) it is the Catholic Bible that you are reading through and  c) it also has a plan for you to read through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in a year.  Hopefully this will inspire you to do a bit more in your daily prayer time.  I have found this guide very helpful in mine.

Yours in Christ,

Matthew Brounstein


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