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A Profile Of The Catholic Adult

Personal Faith and Prayer

  • Committing to Jesus the God-man as my Lord Savior
  • Believing in God; Father, Son and Holy Spirit
  • Honoring Mary as the Mother of God and Mother of the Church
  • Honoring and drawing inspiration from the saints
  • Praying daily with an ever-growing awareness of God's role in my life and a deeping relationship with Him
  • Being open to the guidance of the Holy Spirit
  • Practicing faith, hope and love as the fundamental virtues of my life
  • Respecting and supporting the family as the first school of faith and the first school of love

Religious Knowledge

  • Knowing and understanding the basics of Catholicism as a foundatio for lifelong living of the Faith:
    • Scriptures, the Creed, Catholic doctrine and Church history
    • Liturgical rites, sacraments, sacramentals, symbols, seasons and major feasts
    • Reflecting on and thinking about faith and applying it to the culture in which I love

Personal Morality

  • Making daily decisions according to God's will, the commandments and the Church's teachings
  • Knowing how to forgive and be forgiven, how to heal and be healed
  • Examing my life and regularly celebrating Jesus' mercy in the Sacrament of Reconciliation
  • Applying Catholic principles to all my interpersonal relationships
  • Critiquing societal problems in light of Catholic social justice principles

Commitment to Eucharist as Central in My Life as a Catholic

  • Believing in Jesus' Real Presence in the sacrament of His Body and Blood
  • Understanding that building and living as a Eucharistic community is central to being Catholic
  • Living Eucharist every day and attending Mass each Sunday and holy day
  • Participating in the Eucharistic celebration by praying, responding, listening and singing

Community Membership

  • Contributing, in a parish community, to the support of others in faith, sacraments, service and social activities
  • Giving of my time, talent and treasure to my parish
  • Appreciating that the Roman Catholic Church is world-wide and diverse in its culture expressions
  • Respecting all God's people as our brothers and sisters in Christ and taking part in the work of ecumenism

Service and Ministry

  • Answering the Gospel call by responding to the needs of others, beginning with my own family
  • Showing concern for those suffering from poverty, loneliness, sicknes and unmet needs
  • Using my talents for others as, for example, catechist, lector, choir member, coach, committee member, altar server, Eucharistic minister

Living Out My Faith

  • Appreciating the co-operation and at times conflict between faith and culture
  • Being active in evangelization by inviting others to know and love Jesus Christ and the Church
  • Being able to express to others why I am a Catholic
  • Recognizing my need to continue studying my faith all through my life
  • Being a witness of Jesus' love in thought, word and deed
  • Ready, willing, and able to live ethically and morally on college campuses and the world of work