generally identified as Thaddeus and many other titles. He is shown in icons with a flame around his head to represent the Pentecost. He died in the 1st century and we celebrate his feast day on October 28.
an apostle that preached in Greece and was very open to God. He is from the same town as Peter and Andrew and was the one to introduce Bartholomew to Jesus. He died by crucifixion in c.80 and his feast day is celebrated on the 3rd of May.
a Christian apostle and the brother of St. Peter. He was a fisherman and was called to be a "fisher of men." Andrew was a martyr through the death of crucifixion just like Jesus. Andrew's feast day is November 30. (today)
born in the 1st century and died in the 1st century. He grew up to be one of the twelve apostles and was usually known by his surname Nathaniel. He was introduced to Christ through another apostle named Philip.
best known for the betrayal of Jesus for 30 pieces of silver. Judas is mentioned in the synoptic gospels and in the Acts of the Apostles. After he turned Jesus in Judas returned the money to the priest, found a tree, and committed suicide by lynching himself.
the son of Zebedee and Salome, and brother of James, another of the Twelve Apostles. He was the author of several New Testament works and also another of the four evangelists. He was the last surviving of the twelve apostles and he died of natural causes.
an early Christian leader and was regarded as the first pope of the Roman Catholic Church. He and Andrew were the Sons of John or of Jonah. He was put to death at the hand of Nero and we celebrate his feast day on June 29.
James the Greater
brother of John and has this title to distinguish him from the other apostle James. He was one of the first ones to join Jesus Christ as an apostle and was also one of the three apostles Jesus chose to witness his Transfiguration. He died in 44 AD and his feast day is celebrated on the 25th of July.
one of the more obscure apostles of Jesus because little was recorded of him. His name is referred to in all the passages of the synoptic gospels and Acts that list the apostles. He named Peter and Andrew his brother and his feast day is October 28.
known for being one of the four evangelists and witnessed the Resurrection and the Ascension. Matthew was a tax collector before he was called by Christ. Matthew's feast day is the 21st of September, but his gospel is still here today.
James the Lesser
is Son of Alphaeus. He is rarely mentioned in the New Testament but when he is it is with an important leader in the New Testament church. He died in Egypt or Jerusalem and his feast day is celebrated on May 3rd.
is best known for questioning Jesus' Resurrection when he was first told about it. He had to stick his finger into Christ's side wound just to be convinced. He was the only apostle that went out of the Roman Empire to preach the Gospel. He died 21 December 72 and is feast day is celebrated on July 3rd.
another name for the Book of Revelation, the final book of the Bible, which is attributed to St. John and written during his exile on the island of Patmos.
an ancient heretical sect that believed, among other things, that salvation came from obtaining secret experiential knowledge.
the first of the Seven Sacraments and the door that gives access to the other Sacraments; first and chief Sacrament of Forgiveness of Sins.
a specific gift or grace of the Holy Spirit that directly or indirectly benefits the Church.
describes any book purporting to be inspired but ultimately not accepted by the Church as part of Sacred Scripture.
the entire assembly of the faithful People of God
Council of Jerusalem
a synod of the apostles AD 49 or 50 spoke with the authority of Christ in deciding that Gentile converts to Christianity didn't have to be circumcised according to the Law of Moses
Keys of the Kingdom
Jesus gives the "keys to the kingdom" to St. Peter, indicating that he would be both the leader in this Church and Christ's own representative on earth - the 1st pope
a formal synod of bishops from the whole inhabited world convened to define doctrine, regulate the Christian life, or apply discipline in the Church.
the eternal state of supreme and definitive happiness with God; communion of life and love with the Trinity and all the blessed.
the worship of God in Heaven by the angels and saints, led by Christ the High Priest, who re-presents the sacrificial offering of himself to the Father, thus renewing the work of our redemption.
a witness to the truth of the Faith in which a Christian endures suffering and even death for Christ
the principal sacramental celebration and worship of the Catholic Church , established Jesus at the Last Supper
the Bible; the canonical writings validated by the Church as inerrant and inspired by the Holy Spirit.
a Jewish festival, fifty days after Passover, celebrating the giving of the Law to Moses at Sinai.
People of God
all the faithful from among humanity who seek and desire to know and love God.
any individual who has died and been canonized by the Catholic Church , person goes to heaven
Vicar of Christ
term used for the Pope that emphasizes his role as a representative of Christ himself
Primacy of Peter
the position of being 1st rank or authority.
the literal meaning of the name Peter, taken from its Greek form Petros.
the Church's teachings that have been passed down through the ages through the successors of the Apostles.