From the COMPENDIUM of the Catechism of the Catholic Church © Copyright 2005

As a means to offer our parishioners additional education on the tenets of the Catholic faith, we will be adding one page of the COMPENDIUM of the Catechism of the Catholic Church.

The Compendium, which I now present to the Universal Church, is a faithful and sure synthesis of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. It contains, in concise form, all the essential and fundamental elements of the Church’s faith, thus constituting, as my Predecessor had wished, a kind of vademecum which allows believers and non-believers alike to behold the entire panorama of the Catholic faith.

Joseph Cardinal Ratzinger, 2005

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Part Two Section One The Sacramental Economy - Chapter 2 The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

08-07-2022Compendium

249. Is everything immutable in the liturgy?

In the liturgy, particularly in that of the sacraments, there are unchangeable elements because they are of divine institution. The Church is the faithful guardian of them. There are also, however, elements subject to change which the Church has the power and on occasion also the duty to adapt to the cultures of diverse peoples.

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Part Two Section One The Sacramental Economy - Chapter 2 The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church

07-31-2022Compendium

Where is the liturgy celebrated?

245. What are sacred buildings?

They are the houses of God, a symbol of the Church that lives in that place as well as of the heavenly Jerusalem. Above all they are places of prayer in which the Church celebrates the Eucharist and worships Christ who is truly present in the tabernacle.

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Part Two Section One The Sacramental Economy - Chapter 2 The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church

07-24-2022Compendium

When is the liturgy celebrated?

241. What is the center of the liturgical season?

The center of the liturgical season is Sunday which is the foundation and kernel of the entire liturgical year and has its culmination in the annual celebration of Easter, the feast of feasts.

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Part Two Section One The Sacramental Economy - Chapter 2 The Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

07-10-2022Compendium

Who celebrates?

233. Who acts in the liturgy?

In the liturgy it is the whole Christ (Christus Totus) who acts, Head and Body. As our High Priest he celebrates with his body, which is the Church in heaven and on earth.

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Part Two Section One The Sacramental Economy - Chapter 1 The Paschal Mystery in the Age of the Church

07-03-2022Compendium

228. What is the relationship between the sacraments and faith?

The sacraments not only presuppose faith but with words and ritual elements they nourish, strengthen, and express it. By celebrating the sacraments, the Church professes the faith that comes from the apostles. This explains the origin of the ancient saying, “lex orandi, lex credendi, ” that is, the Church believes as she prays.

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