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A catechism that can easily teach all ages in the family, the Apostolate's Family Catechism is comprised of 304 questions and answers on the Creed, Sacraments, Prayer and Ten Commandments. Endorsed by Cardinal Joseph Ratzinger before he became Pope Benedict XVI, it has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism of the Catholic Church by the Ad Hoc Committee to Oversee the Use of the Catechism, United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, making it an approved resource for family, school and parish religious education programs. The Apostolate's Family Catechism contains over 800 theological pictures and catechetical diagrams to help the children learn. Teens and adults can learn more about each subject through the quotes or references from Sacred Scripture, Vatican II documents, the Catechism of the Catholic Church (CCC), Splendor of Truth and other papal documents, the CCC Compendium, US Catholic Catechism for Adults and other spiritual books. Inspiring prayers, both English and Latin, are woven into each chapter. It contains Doctrine, Moral and Worship exercises to apply the Faith. Thought Provokers are also included for family or group discussion.

In response to the needs of catechetical leaders, catechists, pastors, and parents, Our Sunday Visitor is proud to announce Alive in Christ, a premier religion curriculum that engages today's children.

*Jesus Christ is at the Center

Alive in Christ is intentional in its focus on the life, mission and saving work of Jesus Christ. This lays the foundation for a lifelong relationship with Jesus, who "...alone can lead us to the love of the Father in the Spirit and make us share in the life of the Holy Trinity"(CCC 426).

*Building Knowledge of, and Reverence for, Sacred Scripture

Sacred Scripture from both the Old and New Testament is presented in ways that encourage students to learn about the people and stories of the Bible and listen to the voice of God.

*Comprehensive Presentation of Catholic Teaching

Alive in Christ provides a comprehensive and systematic presentation of the Catholic faith. Key themes of Catholic teaching are repeated each year through a grade-level lens, building on the child's knowledge of the faith at each developmental stage.

*Unique and Effective Pedagogy

Mirroring the divine pedagogy, each lesson begins with God's invitation through Sacred Scripture and leads children to reflect on his Word, study it in Sacred Tradition, and respond with a lived faith.

*Developmentally Responsive and Appropriate

Written by a team of experts in child psychology, education and theology, Alive in Christ incorporates the most trusted research on how children learn and communicate. Faith concepts are presented at important developmental "windows"?ages when research in child development tells us that learning about a particular topic would be most effective.

*Putting Faith into Practice

Activities and questions throughout each lesson prompt children to relate knowledge of our faith with their life experience so they can apply the many ways we worship, live, pray, and serve together as Catholics.

*Complete and Purposeful Approach to Prayer and Worship

At every grade level, Alive in Christ intentionally incorporates the five basic forms of prayer and provides complete lessons on Church feasts and seasons.

*Tools for Involving Families in Children's Faith Formation

The "Family + Faith" page and an extensive website give families the tools they need to know what their children are learning, talk about their Catholic faith, and recognize ways they can apply it to their daily lives.

*Support for Both Novice and Experienced Catechists

Alive in Christ Catechist Edition empowers catechists with easy-to-use and effective tools for lesson planning, teaching and reinforcing faith concepts, and growing in their own relationship with Christ and his Church.

*Organized in a Convenient, Consistent, Time-Saving Format

The key concepts, doctrinal content, and chapter objectives are fully explained and conveniently located at the beginning of each chapter.

*Easy-To-Use Wraparound Lesson Plan

Clear, concise, wraparound lesson plan leads the catechist page-by-page through the effective three-step process with integrated connections to music, Sacred Scripture, teaching tips, liturgy links, and Catholic Social Teaching.

Part 1: The Sacraments in General

Chapter 55: Sacraments: Actions of Christ

Q. 190. In what way is the saving work of Christ continued? 

Q. 191. How does the Church continue Christ's work? 

Q. 192. What are the sacraments? 

Q. 193. What do the sacraments reveal? 

Q. 194. Why are the sacraments referred to as actions of Christ? 

Chapter 56: The Purpose of the Sacraments

Q. 195. Why did Jesus institute the sacraments? 

Q. 196. Why does the Church encourage Catholics to receive

the sacraments? 

Q. 197. What purpose do the sacraments serve? 

Chapter 57: Sacramentals

Q. 198. What are sacramentals? 

Q. 199. What is the effect of the sacramentals? 

Q. 200. What are some of the sacramentals? 

By Heart Catechism and Scripture Review 

Part 2: The Individual Sacraments: Baptism,

Confirmation, Penance

Chapter 58: The Sacrament of Baptism

Q. 201. What is the Sacrament of Baptism? 

Q. 202. What relationship with God is begun at Baptism? 

Chapter 59: The Sacrament of Confirmation

Q. 203. What is the Sacrament of Confirmation? 

Q. 204. What happens when we receive the seal of the Spirit at


Chapter 60: The Sacrament of Penance

Q. 205. What is the Sacrament of Penance? 

Q. 206. How does the Sacrament of Penance help us? 

Q. 207. If a Catholic has committed a mortal sin, is it necessary

for him to go to Confession? 

Q. 208. What does perfect sorrow for sin do for a person? 

Q. 209. What does the Church desire concerning Confession? 

Q. 210. What do we gain by confessing venial sins? 

Chapter 61: Reparation for Sin and Indulgences

Q. 211. Must we still suffer for our sins in other ways even

after they are forgiven?

Q. 212. What is an indulgence? 

Q. 213. How does the Church have the power to grant


Q. 214. What are the conditions for gaining an indulgence? 

Q. 215. May we gain an indulgence for the benefit of the departed? 

Q. 216. What is the difference between a plenary and a partial


Q. 217. What are some examples of partial indulgences? 

By Heart Catechism and Scripture Review 

Part 3: The Individual Sacraments: Holy Orders,

Anointing of the Sick, Matrimony

Chapter 62: The Sacrament of Holy Orders

Q. 218. What is the Sacrament of Holy Orders? 

Q. 219. What does episcopal consecration or ordination confer? 

Q. 220. What special grace is given by Jesus in the Sacrament

of Holy Orders? 

Q. 221. What can priests do as representatives of Jesus? 

Chapter 63: The Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

Q. 222. What is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick? 

Q. 223. When is the Sacrament of Anointing of the Sick

best received? 

Q. 224. What does the Church ask the Lord for by this anointing? 

Q. 225. What does the Church ask the sick to do? 

Chapter 64: The Sacrament of Matrimony

Q. 226. Who instituted marriage? 

Q. 227. Who elevated marriage to the dignity of a sacrament? 

Q. 228. Who are the ministers of the Sacrament of Matrimony? 

Q. 229. In what ways can we see the dignity of the Sacrament

of Matrimony? 

Q. 230. What do Christian spouses commit themselves to do

in the Sacrament of Matrimony? 

Q. 231. Why did God institute marriage? 

Q. 232. How long does the bond of sacramental marriage last? 

Chapter 65: The Sacrament of Matrimony and the Family

Q. 233. What is the purpose of conjugal love and family life? 

Q. 234. What is every family's calling? 

Q. 235. How does the Christian family show the Savior?s

living presence in the world? 

By Heart Catechism and Scripture Review 

Family Wisdom Library (additional cross-references for Q. 190-235)