The Catechism, cover to cover, in one year.

Read The Cat 1596-1650

September 14th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Marriage. Marriage is what brings us together today.

Today we wrap up the Holy Orders summary and jump into the sacrament of marriage.

The vocation to marriage is written in the very nature of man and woman, and, like the Trinitarian love of God, the love in a marriage is fruitful!

“Marriage helps to overcome self-absorption, egoism, pursuit of one’s own pleasure, and to open oneself to the other, to mutual aid and to self-giving.” -CCC 1609 (maybe we should put that in the vows!)

Jesus’ presence at the wedding at Cana is the confirmation of the goodness of marriage and it proclaims that marriage will be an efficacious sign of Christ’s presence.

Marriage isn’t for everyone. From the beginning of the Church, men and women have renounced the great good of marriage to follow Jesus. Certain persons are invited to follow Him in this way of life of which he remains the model. Virginity for the sake of the Kingdom.

You should go to confession before you get married. Try it, you’ll like it!

Then we talk about 3 types of marriage.

  1. Between two Catholics
  2. Between a Catholic and baptized, non-Catholic (mixed marriage)
  3. Between a Catholic and a non-Christian (Disparity of cult)

And for more info on annulments and divorce, you are going to have to listen to the podcast… or Read the Cat!


Read The Cat – 1541-1595

September 7th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

This week we are talking about the Priesthood!!!

Take away: The sacraments of Holy Orders were instituted by Christ and these orders are gifted to men who serve the Church in a profound way.

Beginning on paragraph 1541 the Cat gives us a taste of the different prayers used during the ordinations of Bishops, Priests, and Deacons.

At each of these ordinations the language used during the sacrament reflects the history from which each ordained office fulfills it’s old testament counterpart. For Bishops the correlation goes back to the descendants of Abraham were chosen to minister to the lord in the sanctuary, for priests the correlation goes back to the sons of Aaron who shared in the spirit of moses, and for deacons the correlation is drawn to the sons of Levi.
Continue Reading…


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Read The Cat – 1486-1540

September 6th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (2 Comments)

The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick

If there be a true way that leads to the Everlasting Kingdom, it is most certainly that of suffering, patiently endured. — St. Colette

These paragraphs of the Catechism speak extensively on suffering and how to unite one’s sufferings to the Cross of Christ. We dive into the sacrament of the anointing of the sick.

We also review briefly on the sacrament of confession. The video mentioned in the episode is here, and the other two here and here.



Read The Cat – 1431-1485

August 24th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Get your confession on!

This is all about Penance and the Sacrament of Confession.

Interior penance is all about fasting, prayer and almsgiving . . . and not shaving . . . OK, you can shave if you have to.

Reading sacred scripture, praying the liturgy of the hours and the Our Father, and every sincere act of worship or devotion drive us to conversion and contribute to the forgiveness of our sins.

Sin is first and foremost an offense against God, but also damages the communion with the Church. We need forgiveness from both.

Going into confession we need to have a contrition: sorrow of the soul and detestation for the sin committed, together with the resolution not to sin again (1451).

More on Catholic Confession here if you were curious:



Read The Cat – 1376-1420

August 17th, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Eucharist, Tabernacles, Faith and Sacraments of Healing… now on Read The Cat!


Read The Cat 1321-1375

August 16th, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Heaven on Earth

In this episode we talk about the gift of the Holy Eucharist. John 6 and the Last Supper… yeah, it’s pretty much a party of Jesus’ sacrifice and our opportunity to receive it.

CHALLENGE: Next time you go to mass try to really take a second and journal how we can better offer our lives to Christ. What can we eliminate in order for Christ to  really come into us in the Eucharist? How can we trade our brokenness for Christ fullness of  life?


Read The Cat – 1266-1320

August 3rd, 2012 | Posted by Cory in Podcast - (0 Comments)


Confirmation is often misunderstood, but as one of the three sacraments of initiation it plays a key role in our spiritual lives.

Listen to this week’s episode to learn all about it. (special section for catechists and those who teach Confirmation classes)


Read The Cat – 1211-1265

July 31st, 2012 | Posted by Dan in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Baptise!!!! This week’s all about Baptism!


Read The Cat – 1156-1210

July 20th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Liturgy and diversity.

Continued from last week, we talk about the how, when, and where of liturgy.


  • Singing and Music – A treasure of inestimable value
    • Combination of sacred music and words
    • “Singing is praying twice” – St. Augustine
    • Texts must always be in conformity with Catholic doctrine and they should be drawn chiefly from the Sacred Scripture and from liturgical sources.
  • Sacred Images – represent Christ
    • Even images of the saints signify Christ, who is glorified in them.


  • Once each week on Sundays – The Lord’s Day: The day of the Christian family, and the day of joy and rest from work.
  • Also over the course of an annual schedule full of seasons
    • Easter is the Feast of feasts or the Solemnity of solemities. The combination of Mentos and Diet Coke.
  • Constantly through the Liturgy of the Hours, AKA: Divine Office
    • Laity, too, are encouraged to recite the divine office (see links below)


  • Not in any one place but wherever the people gather.
  • The Church building is important, however. They contain the following:
    • Alter – The Cross is the alter of the new covenant. It is the center of the church.
    • Tabernacle – Should be in a most worthy place with the greatest honor.
    • Sacred Chrism – Oil used for anointings. reserved and venerated in a secure place in the sanctuary.
    • Chair (Cathedra) of the bishop or priest should express his office
    • Lectern (Ambo) – suitable place for announcing His message.
    • Baptistry or holy water font – should remind us of our baptism
    • There should be a place for confessions
    • And the church should be a space for recollection and silent prayer.
In addition to all this, we begin a new section that talks about the diversity within liturgy. It is great and important but must promote unity.

Pray the Liturgy of the Office: Divine Office Website - Universalis WebsiteAndroid App – iOS App

Or, the $20 app that I haven’t tried: AndroidiOS

Or, you can always buy the book(s).


Read The Cat 1101-1155

July 13th, 2012 | Posted by Kyle in Podcast - (0 Comments)

Light and darkness, wind and fire, water and earth, the tree and its fruit speak of God and symbolize both his greatness and his nearness. (CCC 1147)

We continue to talk about the Holy Spirit, who gives spiritual understanding to the Word of God.

Through the outpouring of the Holy Spirit, the Pascal mystery of Christ is celebrated, not repeated at Mass. The HS turns the bread into the body of Christ and wine into the Blood of Christ during the “epiclesis” (a vocab word that probably won’t ever help you on Jeopardy).

The Pascal Mystery is present in the 7 sacraments: Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Penance, Anointing of the Sick, Holy Orders, and Matrimony. These are instituted by Jesus Christ. Baptism, Confirmation and Holy Orders leave an indelible seal which means that they can never be repeated.

The purpose of the sacraments is to sanctify men, build up the body of Christ and to give worship to God. It nourishes, strengthens and expresses our faith! They are independent of the personal holiness of the minister but the fruits of the sacraments depend on the disposition of the one who receives them (CCC 1128).

Sacramental Celebration of the Paschal Mystery

  • Who celebrates the liturgy?
  • How is the liturgy celebrated?
  • When is the liturgy celebrated?
  • Where is the liturgy celebrated?

Who: heavenly powers, all creation, servants of the Old and New Covenants, new People of God (especially martyrs), Mother of God, Brode of the Lamb, and a great multitude which no one could number from every nation, from all tribes and peoples and tounges….. [catch your breathe].

How: Through signs and symbols like language, gestures, and actions – - these are the same ways we communicate with other men. Through the Liturgy of the Word, which is an integral part of the sacramental celebrations!

For more, stop by next week!


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