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CCD Vocab Words

Actual Grace the help god gives in our particular need or to do a particular good act or avoid evil
Ascension when the risen Jesus is taken up into heaven
Annunciation the visit of the angel Gabriel to Mary to tell her that she would be the Mother of God and give birth to the Savior. This feast day is celebrated on March 25th.
Advent the season of four weeks before Christmas in which the church prepares to celebrate the birth of christ
Anointing of the Sick one of the sacraments of healing for people who are seriously ill, elderly, or in danger of dying. In the sacrament the person's forehead and hands are anointed with the blessed oil of the sick
Apostles the twelve men Jesus chose to be his closet followers and to share in his work and mission in a special way. For example: Peter, James, John, and Matthew
Assumption Mary, the mother of god, was taken up into heaven, body and soul. The feast is August 15th
Baptism the sacrament that makes a person a child of god and a member of the church. It takes away original sin and personal sin
Bible God's word written by humans and inspired by the Holy Spirit
Beatitudes Jesus eight teachings about the meaning and path to true happiness
Blasphemy the sin of showing contempt or lack of reverence for God or his name
Canonization the process by which the Catholic Church officially declares someone with heroic virtue, a saint
Catholic a word that means "universal". The church is meant for all people in all times and all places
Church the community of all baptized people who believe in the blessed trinity and follow Jesus
Chastity a moral virtue that helps individuals maintain the right balance of body and spirit in human sexuality. Helps individuals express their sexuality in the right way for their state in life (married, single, ordained, consecrated)
Character a permanent, sacramental, spiritual seal that strengthens us to do gods work. a seal is given in baptism, confirmation and holy orders.These sacraments can only be received once.
Christ a word that means anointed one. Jesus is the anointed one who was sent by god to save the people.
Communication of Saints All the faithful. That is all on earth, in purgatory and in heaven.
Contrition true sorrow for disobeying God through sin and a commitment to avoid sin in the future
Conversion a sincere change of ming, heart, and desire to turn away from sin and evil and turn toward God.
Confirmation The Sacrament of Initiation through which the spiritual life received in Baptism is strengthened and the person is sealed with the Gift of The Holy Spirit
Conscience the God given ability that helps individuals know the difference between right and wrong
Covenant a sacred promise between God and Humans. God made the first covenant with Abraham
Creed a formal statement of what is believed. The word creed comes from the Latin for "I believe". There are two main creeds of the church: The Nicene Creed and the Apostles Creed.
Cardinal Virtues Prudence, Justice, Fortitude, and Temperance- these four are important moral virtues to which all others are connected
Corporal Works of Mercy actions that care for the physical needs of others, such as; feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, and visiting the sick
Devotions popular prayers and practices that honor Jesus, Mary, and the saints. An example is the Rosary, and the Stations of the Cross
Decalogue another name for the Ten Commandments; the Greek phrase meaning "ten words"
Diocese a particular or local Church; a community of faithful united under the leadership of the bishop. A diocese is usually a set geographical area. We belong to the Archdiocese of Newark.
Discernment the process by which a person reflects, discusses and prays about how God might be calling him/her to live out a particular vocation
Doctrines official teachings of the church
Domestic Church a term used for the Christian Family. It is here that as a community the children learn first about God through the love, teaching, and good example of parents, and other family members
Evangelists one of the four authors of the Gospels: Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The word is also used for those who actively spread the christian faith
Easter The day that Jesus rose from the dead
Eternal This word means "without end." It is a term we use about God who has no beginning and no end. He always was and always will be
Eucharist the sacrament of Jesus body and blood
Encyclicals official letters written by the pope, usually addressed to all church members
Faith believing in god and all that he has revealed. Faith is both a gift from God and a free human choice
Free Will The ability to choose and make decisions on a person's own without being forced to choose or act in certain way. God gave us the gift of Free Will so that we could make our own decisions and choose to love him
Grace The free and undeserved gift God gives us so we can become his adopted children
Gospels Matthew, Mark, Luke, and John. The first four books of the New Testament that contains the life of Jesus
Good Friday the day that Jesus died on the cross for our sins
Heaven the state, or experience, of being happy with God forever, eternal life with God
Hell the state or experience of eternal separation from God
Holiness a state of becoming more God-like, living in his presence and with his love. All people are called to be holy.
Holy Orders The sacrament at the service of communion in which a man promises to dedicate his life to God and the church and is ordained as a deacon, priest or bishop.
Idolatry the sin of putting other people's things in God's place, or before God, in our lives
Immaculate Conception The church's teachings that Mary was preserved free from original sin from the first moment of her conceptions. In other words, Mary was preserved from original sin from her birth
Incarnation the mystery of the second person of the blessed trinity, the Son of God, assumed human nature and became man while remaining God. Jesus is both true God and true man
Infallible the quality of being free from error. A teaching on faith or morals in infallible when the pope declares it so, as the head of the magisterium, or teaching authority of the church.
Inspiration the process which the Holy Spirit assisted the human authors of the bible
John the Baptist John was a relative of Jesus and the son of Elizabeth and Zechariah. He baptized people in the Jordan River, including Jesus, and is considered the last prophet before Jesus.
Justice The constant and firm desire to give God and other people what is their due as children of God made in his image and likeness and possessing human dignity
Kingdom of God God's rule of love, peace, and justice in our hearts, lives, and world
Last Supper the final meal that Jesus shared with his apostles before his crucifixion. During this meal Jesus gave us the Eucharist. This day is celebrated on Holy Thursday
Last judgment Christ's judgement of the living and the dead that will occur at his second coming at the end of time
Laity Baptized members of the church who shared Jesus mission and witness to him and his message. You are of the laity.
Lent the season of 40 days during which the Church gets ready for easter. It is a time of prayer, good works, and sorrow for sin. Lent begins with Ash Wednesday.
Liturgy the official public worship of the church
Liturgical Year the Church's calendar of public celebration of the whole Paschal Mystery through seasons and saints
Magisterium the living teaching authority of the church first held by Peter and the Apostles and passed down through the generations to the Bishops with the pope as their head
Marks of the Church One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic- the four essential characteristics of the church and her mission
Martyr a person who loses his and her life for witnessing for Christ. The word martyr means witness
Mary Mary, the mother of god. We honor Mary and ask her to pray for us and bring our prayers to her son, Jesus. We do not worship Mary because worship is reserved only for God. Another name for Mary is blessed Mother.
Miracles A sign or wonder such as a healing, which can take place only through the power of God. Jesus preformed many miracles such as walking on water, healing the blind man and turning water into wine
Modesty a moral virtue that helps individuals respect their sexuality by being discreet and decent in the ways they dress, talk, and act
Mortal Sin a grave sin by which someone turns completely away from God. The three conditions of moral sin are: the matter must be serious; the person must know the action is a serious sin, and the person must freely choose to do it
Mystery a truth of faith that cannot be fully understood but that is believed because God has showed it in sculpture, in the life of Jesus or in the teachings of the church
Nativity of Jesus Christ the birth of Jesus
Natural Law God's fatherly instruction that is written on the hearts of all people and understood through our intellect
New Testament the second part of the bible that tells of the life and teaching of Jesus, his followers, and the early church
New Commandment Jesus command, recorded in John 15:12 to "love one another as I have loved you"
Original Sin The sin of the first humans that brought sin, suffering and death into the world. All humans are born with original sim and that is why we are tempted to sin
Old Testament the first part of the bible that is about God and his people before Jess was born
Offices of Christ The three roles of Jesus as priest, prophet and king that describe his mission and work among God's people. All those who are baptized share in these three roles
Parables A simple story that helps us understand a bigger concept or mystery. Jesus told many parables such as the parable of the lost son, the rich young man and the parable of the mustard seed
Particular Judgment Judgment that takes place at the moment of death for each person and is rewarded with the blessing of heaven or purification in purgatory or condemned to eternal separation in hell
Paschal Mystery Christ works of redemption through his passion, death, resurrection, and ascension into heaven
Pentecost the day 50 days after Jesus resurrection on which the Holy Spirit comes down upon the apostles
Prophet a messenger from God who speaks the truth and calls the people to justice
Prayer raising one's heart and mind to God
Precepts of the Church Church laws that name specific actions that all Catholics must carry out to help them grow in love with God and neighbor
Purgatory a state of purification between death and heaven that removes an remaining personal obstacles to eternal union with God
Pope the successor of Peter, who was the first pope. The pope is also the bishop of Rome and the head of the entire Catholic Church. Our current Pope is Benedict XVI
Rosary prayers(Creed, Our father, Hail Mary, Glory be) that are said on beads while reflecting on the life of Jesus and Mary
Sacraments instituted by Christ and given to the church as outward signs of his grace
Sacraments of Initiation Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation
Sanctifying Grace Gods divine life within us that makes us his friends and adopted children
Saint a person who led a holy life by giving God glory and who now enjoys eternal life with God in heaven
Salvation the loving action of God's forgiveness of sins and the restoration off friendship with the father brought by Jesus Christ
Scandal the destructive behavior, by which a person deliberately leads another person to sin through his or her own action or inaction
Sermon on the Mount A collection of Jesus teachings in Matthew's Gospels
Seven The number of sacraments. Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist, Reconciliation, Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony, and Holy Orders
Social Sin the sinful action of social structures that result from personal sin and the lead to social conditions that do not reflect or promote the law of love
Soul the spiritual principle of humans. The spiritual principle inside you that reflects God.
Sin A deliberate decision to go against God and o what is wrong
Ten Commandments These are ten fundamental moral laws given by God to Moses on Mt. SInal. They are found in the Old Testament. They teach us how to live a moral life.
Theological Virtues Are Faith, Hope, and Love. These are gifts from God that helps us believe in him, trust in his plan for us and love him as he loves us
Tradition The living and true teachings of Jesus and his good news of salvation that are passed down in the Church from generation to generation
Transubstantiation the process by which through the power of the Holy Spirit and the words and actions of the priest, the bread and the wine are transformed into the body and blood of Christ during the Eucharistic prayer of the Mass
Transfiguration the revelation of Jesus divine glory to Peter, James, and John
The Triduum the word means "three days." The Triduum are the three high holy days of the Catholic calendar, Holy Thursday, Good Friday, and Easter Sunday
Trinity the mystery of one god in three divine persons; Father, Son, and Holy Spirit- also called the Blessed Trinity or Holy Trinity
Two Natures of Jesus Jesus is both human and divine
Venial Sin a less serious sin that weakens, but does not destroy, a person's relationship with God and other people
Virtue a strong habit of doing good that helps people make good moral decisions
Visitation Mary visits her cousin Elizabeth. Mary is pregnant with Jesus and Elizabeth is pregnant with John the Baptist
Vocation A holy calling from out Baptism to love and serve God and others. This calling can be lived out through various states of life; Married, single, priest, brother, and sister.
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