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2. Catholic Practices

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Sacrament
A ritual or ceremony given by Christ to help believers grow in grace.
Holy
Being set apart for sacred/special purposes.
Baptism
The ceremony that welcomes a person into the family of God
Confirmation
Receiving the Gifts of the Holy Spirit to encourage a faithful life; strengthening the faith.
Eucharist
Receiving the body and blood of Christ
Reconciliation
The restoring of a broken relationship - primarily between humans and God - through the forgiveness of sins
Anointing of the sick
Healing and forgiveness of sins in preparation for the final journey
Matrimony
The joining of two people as one in marriage
Holy Orders
The giving of a distinct mission within the Church
Liturgical
A structured, formal worship ceremony in the Church.
Penitence
Showing regret for having done wrong.
Homily
A commentary or explanation of God's word.
Intercession
Saying a prayer on behalf of someone else.
Vigil
Watching, waiting when you might usually be asleep.
Non-liturgical
An unstructured, informal spontaneous time of worship.
Funeral rite
A ceremony carried out when a Catholic dies.
Requiem Mass
Mass to remember when someone has died.
Efficacy/efficacious
Something that can be effective and produce the desired result.
Prayer
Communication with God. 'The raising of one's mind and heart to God.'
Repentance
Changing your mindset, seeking forgiveness, acknowledging your sins.
Petition
An appeal or request asked of God.
Extempore
Speaking without preparation or script.
The Lord's Prayer
Jesus gave this to his disciples to say (in Matthew's Gospel 6:9-13): "Our Father who art in heaven, hallowed be your name. Your kingdom come, your will be done, on earth as it is in heaven. Give us tips day our daily bread; and forgive us our debts, as we also have forgiven our debtors; and lead us not into temptation, but deliver us from evil."
Piety
Showing reverence or religious characteristics.
Popular piety
Non-liturgical worship that extends the formal liturgy of the Church without replacing it (examples include the Rosary, Eucharistic adoration and the Stations of the Cross).
Blessed Sacrament
The real presence of Jesus in consecrated bread and wine.
Monstrance
A decorative frame.
Pilgrimage
A journey to a place of special religious significance - usually conducted to rededicate oneself to prayer and worship.
CAFOD
Catholic Agency for Overseas Development - a charity working in England and Wales to help those overseas.
Corporal works of mercy
Bodily actions - feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick.
Spiritual works of mercy
Comforting the sorrowful, forgiving offences, praying for people.
The Parable of the Sheep and Goats.
Teaching found in Matthew 25:40 - where Jesus says "Truly I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of my brethren, you did it to me."
Evangelism
Proclaiming and living out the Gospel.
Gospel
The good news of Jesus Christ bringing salvation and adoption into the Kingdom of God by the Paschal Mystery.
Mission
Something that an organisation aims to achieve.
Conversion
Changing from a previous worldview to another.
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