Communion of Saints
"holy things and persons" brought about through Eucharist and refers to the unity in Christ of all the redeemed, those on earth and those who have died
a Greek word for a duly summoned assembly; also church
the experience of isolation and misery resulting from powerlessness
people called together and assembled for a specific purpose
the body of codified laws governing the affairs of a Christian church
an official letter written by the Pope and sent to the whole Church and even to the whole world, to express Church teaching on some important matter.
the official teaching authority of the church which includes the Pope and bishops
a Hebrew title of respect for a Jewish scholar or teacher
The name given the assembly of people whom God has called together from the ends of the earth. This word has three meanings: the people of God, the local (diocese), and a building used for Christian worship.
Catechism of the Catholic Church
A collection of Catholic doctrine on faith and morals published in 1992 that serves Catholics as a teaching summary and "an authentic reference text."
the mystery of one God in three Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit
the only power we have against sin; pardon for one's actions; which includes the effort to let go of resentment, hatred, and hurt
Positive laws (sometimes called commandments) made by Church authorities as the minimum in prayer and moral effort, for the sake of their growth in love of God and neighbor
God's loving presence made visible and tangible in our life here and now
Sacraments of Initiation
Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, the process by which a non-baptized person is prepared to become a full member of the church
an experience of reuniting and reconnecting with God and others
essential principles of morality which can be known through good sense and human reason
any official letter written by bishops to their communities