Ever wonder or been asked why Catholics do or believe the things we do and been at a loss for the answer? You are not alone. The message of our faith, to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ, may seem simple, but in practice, it can be quite challenging. Why Catholic is a program that will provide a journey through the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC) contains the comprehensive teachings of the Catholic faith. As such, it can be a bit daunting to read (and most who have read it would not describe it as a page turner). It is divided into 4 major sections and it is the goal of the Why Catholic program to “discover” each section over the course of a 4 year period. St. Augustine Parish is one of many parishes in the Archdiocese of Boston to deliver this program to its parishioners. Each spring and fall (beginning with Lent 2012) we will offer six week sessions of small group faith sharing to explore each of the 4 sections of the Catechism.
The 4 sections are:
- Christian Prayer – entitled “Pray” and covered in Lent and Fall 2012
- The Profession of Faith – entitled “Believe” and covered in Lent and Fall of 2013
- The Celebration of the Christian Mystery – entitled “Celebrate” and covered in Lent and Fall of 2014
- Life in Christ (Christian Morality) - entitled “Live” and covered in Lent and Fall of 2015
The current Why Catholic? session (the first part of Believe) began the week of February 13th and runs throughout Lent. The next session will be offered in Fall 2013 and will focus on the Nicene Creed. When we recite the Creed at Mass we profess the truths that we, as Catholics, believe. This session of Why Catholic? gives us the opportunity to explore the basic tenets of our faith and offers insight on what it means to be Catholic. It also includes a special emphasis on the central mystery of our Christian faith – the Blessed Trinity. Not only do we have the opportunity to look at the truths, we also are invited to make personal connections and note the impact these truths have on our daily lives.