The Canonization of Scripture and the
Catechism of the Catholic Church
The two most important resources used in the Our Catholic Faith study are Sacred Scripture and the Catechism of the Catholic Church. Examine the historical and substantive differences between the Catholic Bible and the Protestant Bible. Learn why the Catechism, with its quotations from the Church Fathers, documents of the Magisterium, and treasury of the saints, is an invaluable resource that explains and deepens our faith.
 
The Fathers of the Church
Early Church history is seen best through the eyes of the Church Fathers, the early century Christians who were often witnesses of the Apostles and their disciples.  Through their writings, they preserved the unity and integrity of the early Church, defended and often died for the Faith. Discover how their teachings and lives have inspired Christians throughout the world and have brought many back to the Catholic Church.
 
The Papacy and the Teaching Authority of the Church
The Papacy and the establishment of the Church's teaching authority have been issues of debate among non-Catholics for centuries.  The Papacy, apostolic succession, and the teaching authority of the Church are rooted in scripture as well as documented in the writings of the early Church Fathers. Examine the scriptures in the Old and New Testaments that shed light on the passages that support the Papacy and its responsibilities for teaching and governing a unified Church down through the ages. 
 
The Sacrament of Baptism
Baptism is a sacrament of faith that initiates us into a community of believers. The Bible teaches that man's first sin severed our relationship with God and stained us with original sin.  Learn the importance of baptism, how God re-unites us with Him through this sacrament, and the grace it infuses.
 
The Sacrament of Reconciliation
Man sins, yet God is merciful. Through the scriptures, learn how Jesus gave his Apostles and their successors the power to forgive and bind sins. This lesson provides scriptural foundation for the four elements of reconciliation: contrition (sorrow for sin, repentance), confession, satisfaction (reparation, penance) and absolution. It offers insight into why we confess our sins to a priest and why it is necessary for the health of the soul.
 
The Sacrament of Holy Eucharist
The Church identifies the Holy Eucharist as "the heart of the mystery of the Church," "the source and summit of Christian life," toward which all other sacraments point.  The sacrifice of the Holy Mass, the Eucharist, is pre-figured in the sacrifices of the Old Testament. Through biblical study and readings from the early Church Fathers, gain an appreciation for the Church's universal and unchanging doctrine of the Real Presence of Christ in the Eucharist.  
 
The Sacrament of Matrimony
Explore marriage through biblical history and theology, from the Garden of Eden to the Wedding Feast of Cana. This chapter examines why Holy Matrimony is celebrated as a sacrament of the Church. Learn the meaning of sacramental marriage in contrast to civil marriage, and compare contemporary social trends to God's original plan for the permanent union of one man and one woman.  
 
Salvation and Redemption
The lawyer asked, "Teacher, what shall I do to inherit eternal life?" (Luke 10:25)  Catholics and non-Catholics often disagree on the answer to this question.  Learn through the scriptures what Christ requires for our salvation.  Understand why His redemption is offered for all, yet salvation is dependent upon the state of the soul at the time of our death. 
 
The Blessed Virgin Mary
Catholics revere Mary as St. Luke records, "All generations shall me blessed" (Luke 1:48).  From Old Testament pre-figurations, the New Testament, and the early Church Fathers, Mary's role as the "Blessed" mother of Christ has merited a unique place in Christian worship.   Devotion to Mary is distinct from the adoration given to God the Father, the Son and the Holy Spirit.  This lesson increases a reverence for Mary, the Mother of God, and explains how to pray the Rosary in her honor.  
 
The Communion of Saints
The communion of saints includes the saints in heaven, the souls in purgatory and the pilgrims on earth.  The prayers and sacrifices within the communion of saints help the faithful increase in holiness. Examine the historical significance and scriptures that support the Church's teaching of praying for souls in Purgatory.
 
The Dignity and Sanctity of Human Life
The Church offers a sure guide to complex life issues that confuse many believers. Discern the underlining truths in regard to:  capital punishment, "unjust" war, murder, homosexual acts, contraception, infertility treatments, embryonic stem cell research, cloning, euthanasia, and abortion. By understanding God's original plan for man, learn to recognize the present-day threats to human life and the obligations to protect and defend it.
 
The Liturgical Celebration
The liturgy of the Church is that of the early saints, substantially the same as it was 2,000 years ago.  Gain a deeper appreciation for the prayers, hymns, and gestures that unite and lift us up so that we may encounter Christ in the universal Mass, transcending culture, language or location.