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Pope

leader of the Catholic Church on earth, bishop of Rome, works with bishops to teach and guide the church

Bishop

an ordained priest who is the leader of a diocese and teaches the followers of Jesus

Priest

a man ordained to serve God and the church be celebrating the sacraments, preaching and saying mass

Monsignor

a title given to a priest of the Catholic Church

Diocese

an area made up of many church parishes that is led by a bishop

Monastery

a place where a group of men(women) live together so that they can support one another in their love for God and serve the church

parish

a part of a diocese under the direction of a priest

Vatican

the Pope's palace made up of a group of buildings in Vatican City where the Pope does his work to serve God's people along with the Cardinals who help him

Canonization

the process by which the Catholic Church formally recognizes a person as a saint

apostles

the special friends and followers of Jesus who were asked to carry out his mission in the world

cantor

the liturgical minister who leads the community in sacred song

Eucharist

the sacrament of Jesus's presence in the form of bread and wine

homily

a talk given at mass which helps the people understand and apply the Scripture readings

alb

the long white robe worn by a priest at mass

tabernacle

a place where consecrated hosts are kept

incense

the smoke or fragrance from a substance being burned

Beatitudes

sayings of Jesus that tell us how to live in God's kingdom in true happiness

chasuble

a vestment worn over the white alb by a priest at mass

Baptism

the sacrament we receive to become children of God and members of the Church and which takes away original sin

Confirmation

the sacrament in which we receive the gift of the Holy Spirit and are made a full member of the church

Reconciliation

sacrament that celebrates God's forgiveness of sin through the church

Matrimony

the sacrament that joins a man and woman in Christian marriage

Anointing of the Sick

the sacrament in which a priest prays for and anoits with oil a person who is sick of dying so that their body and spirit may be held by Jesus

Holy Orders

the sacrament where men are ordained to serve God and he church as deacons, priests or bishops

Communion

the sacrament of partaking in the bread and wine of Jesus

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