Complete New Saint Joseph First Communion Catechism: Questions 1-54

1-4: God Made Us (Lesson 1) 5-9: God is Great (Lesson 2) 10-13: The Blessed Trinity (Lesson 3) 14-19: The First Sins (Lesson 4) 20-28: Our Own Sins (Lesson 5) 29-33: The Son of God Becomes Man (Lesson 6) 34-36: Jesus Opens Heaven for Us (Lesson 7) 37-43: The Sacraments of Baptism and Confirmation (Lesson 8) 44-45: What is the Sacrament of Penance? (Lesson 9) 46-47: How to make a good Confession (Lesson 10) 48-54: The Holy Eucharist (Lesson 11)
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1. Who made you?
God made me.
2. Did god make all things?
Yes, God made all things.
3. Why did God make you?
God made me to show His goodness and to make me happy with Him in heaven.
4. What must you do to be happy with God in heaven?
To be happy with God in heaven I must know Him, love Him, and serve Him in this world.
5. Where is God?
God is everywhere.
6. Does God know all things?
Yes, God knows all things.
7. Can God do all things?
Yes, God can do all things.
8. Did God have a beginning?
No, God had no beginning. He always was.
9. Will God always be?
Yes, God will always be.
10. Is there only one God?
Yes, there is only one God.
11. How many Person are there in God?
In God there are three persons - the Father, Son, and the Holy Spirit.
12. What do we call the three Persons in one God?
We call the three Persons in one God the Bless Trinity.
13. How do we know that there are three Persons in one God?
We know that there are three Persons in one God because we have God's word for it.
14. What is sin?
Sin is disobedience to God's Law.
15. Who committed the first sin?
The bad Angels committed the first sin.
16. Who committed the first sin on earth?
Our first parents, Adam and Eve, committed the first sin on earth.
17. Is this sin passed on to us from Adam?
Yes, this sin is passed on to us from Adam.
18. What is this sin in us called?
This sin in us is called original sin.
19. Was anyone ever free from original sin?
The Blessed Virgin Mary was free from original sin.
20. Is original sin the only kind of sin?
No, there is another kind of sin, called actual sin.
21. What is actual sin?
Actual sin is any sin which we ourselves commit.
22. How many kinds of actual sin are there?
There are two kinds of actual sin: mortal sin and venial sin.
23. What is mortal sin?
Mortal sin is a deadly sin.
24. What does mortal sin do to us?
Mortal sin makes us enemies of God and robs our souls of His grace.
25. What happens to those who die in mortal sin?
Those who die in mortal sin are punished forever in the fire of hell.
26. What is venial sin?
Venial sin is a lesser sin.
27. Does venial sin make us enemies of God or rob our souls of His grace?
No, venial sins does not make us enemies of God or rob our souls of His grace.
28. Does venial sin displease God?
Yes, venial sin does displease God.
29. Did one of the Persons of the Blessed Trinity become man?
Yes, the Second Person, the Son of God, became man.
30. What is the name of the Son of God made man?
The name of the Son of God made man is Jesus Christ.
31. When was Jesus born?
Jesus was born on the first christmas Day, more than two thousand years ago.
32. Who is the Mother of Jesus?
The Mother of Jesus is the Blessed Virgin Mary.
33. Is Jesus Christ both God and man?
Yes, Jesus Christ is both God and man.
34. Why did God the Son become man?
God the Son became man to satisfy for the sins of all men and to help everybody to gain heaven.
35. How did Jesus satisfy for the sins of all men?
Jesus satisfied for the sins of all men by His sufferings and death on the Cross.
36. How does Jesus help all men to gain heaven?
Jesus helps all men to gain heaven through the Catholic Church.
37. How does the Catholic Church help us to gain heaven?
The Catholic Church helps us to gain heaven especially through the Sacraments.
38. What is a Sacrament?
A Sacrament is an outward sign, instituted by Christ to give grace.
39. What does grace do to the soul?
Grace makes the soul holy pleasing to God.
40. What Sacrament have you received?
I have received the Sacrament of Baptism.
41. What did Baptism do for you?
Baptism washed away original sin from my soul and made it rich in the grace of God.
42. Are you preparing to receive other Sacraments?
I am preparing to receive the Sacraments of Penance, Holy Eucharist, and Confirmation.
43. What will Confirmation do for you?
Confirmation, through the coming of the Holy Spirit, will make me a soldier of Jesus Christ.
44. What is the Sacrament of Penance?
Penance is the Sacrament by which sins committed after Baptism are forgiven.
45. What must you do to receive the Sacrament of Penance worthily?
To receive the Sacrament of Penance worthily I must:
1. Find out my sins.
2. Be sorry for my sins.
3. Make up my mind not to sin again.
4. Tell my sins to the priest.
5. Do the penance the priest gives me.
46. How do you make a good Confession?
I make my Confession in this way:
1. I go into the confessional and knell.
2. I make the Sign of the Cross and say: "Bless me, Father, for I have sinned."
3. I say: "This is my first Confession"* (or, "It has been one week, or one month, since my last Confession").
4. I confess my sins.
5. I listen to what the priests tells me.
6. I say the Act of Contrition loud enough for the priest to hear me.
47. What do you do after leaving the confessional?
After leaving the confessional, I say the penance the priest has given me and thank God for forgiving my sins.
48. What is the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
The Holy Eucharist is the Sacrament of the Body and Blood of Our Lord Jesus Christ.
49. When does Jesus Christ become present in the Holy Eucharist?
Jesus Christ becomes present in the Holy Eucharist during the Sacrifice of the Mass.
50. Do you receive Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist?
I do receive Jesus Christ in the Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist when I receive Holy Communion.
51. Do you see Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist?
No, I do not see Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist because He is hidden under the appearances of bread and wine.
52. What must you do to receive Holy Communion?
To receive Holy Communion I must:
1. Have my soul free from mortal sin.
2. Not eat or drink anything for one hour before Holy Communion. But water may be taken at any time before Holy Communion.
53. What should you do before Holy Communion?
Before Holy Communion I should:
1. Think of Jesus.
2. Say the prayers I have learned.
3. Ask Jesus to come to me.
54. What should you do after Holy Communion?
After Holy Communion I should:
1. Thank Jesus for coming to me.
2. Tell Him how much I love Him.
3. Ask Him to help me.
4. Pray for others.