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The Sunday of Holy week which begins with the reading of one of the gospel accounts of Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, shortly before his arrest and trial.

A parable is a story using a figure of speech in order to make a deeper point of faith. This was Jesus' favorite way of teaching.

A portion of the diocese with people and families as members and a priest to lead them.

An elected group of parishioners who along with the pastor come to a consensus anything pertaining to the welfare of the parish.

We pray at every Mass that "Christ will come again." This coming of Christ at the end of all time is called the Parousia (pronounced par-oo-zia).

A term to describe the events that bring us salvation through Jesus: his life, death, and resurrection.

The ordained person, usually a priest, who is responsible for leading a parish.

Paul goes from persecuting Christians to being their most influential missionary, establishing many Christian churches throughout the Mediterranean.

One way to refer to the sacrament of Reconciliation and within that sacrament to the responsibility to show a change of heart and life by doing some action/prayer.

The time during the first part of the Mass, in which we acknowledge our sinfulness and ask for God's mercy and forgiveness, usually by praying "Lord have mercy, Christ have mercy, Lord have mercy."

The name given to the first five books of the Bible-Genesis, Exodus, Leviticus, Numbers, Deuteronomy.

The day on which the apostles and early Church experienced the gift of God's Spirit in their lives, giving them the courage and the words to go forth and witness to Christ (see Acts 2:14).

Baptized people who belong to the family of God and believe in God.

A single or married man who is ordained to assist in ministry in the Church, especially the ministry of Christian service.

The main spokesperson and leader of the Twelve special apostles Jesus chooses to represent the twelve tribes of Israel.

Pope

Leader of the Catholic Church all over the world. He is the successor to St. Peter the apostle.

He is the current head of the Catholic Church and bishop of Rome.

He was pope for 27 years before the current Pope Benedict XVI and the 264th pope overall. He was well known for his travels throughout the world.

Pope between 1958-63. He was responsible for beginning the second Vatican Council in 1961, which changed many things in the Church.

A vow to live with only what is needed to get by: little money, few possessions.

The practice of turning our minds and hearts to God. God wants us to experience a special relationship with him. For that to happen we must spend time with our minds and hearts open to God

A form of prayer that asks for God's help in some area of life.

A form of prayer that blesses and praises God for any or all things. It is taken from a Jewish form of blessing prayer called the berakah.

Prayers after the homily and creed which end the first part of the Mass, when we pray for ourselves and the needs of all people everywhere.

Duties of Cacholic Christians,There are 7 duties available for Catholic.

A principle of Catholic social doctrine that in the pursuit of the common good, those who are the poorest and most marginal have the greatest claim on such resources.

When possible, Jewish parents brought their newborn child to the Temple for an offering and a blessing.

During the second part of the Mass when we bring up ordinary bread and wine as an offering to be blessed.

A man ordained in a special ceremony and given responsibility to share with the bishop in celebrating the sacraments, preaching, and ministering to the needs of the people.

Jesus offered his life for all people and continues to intercede for us in prayer. All Christians share in the priesthood of Jesus by being baptized.

One of the two core principles that form the heart of Catholic social doctrine.It safeguards both the individual and the whole community as decisions are made.

A crucifix that leads the procession and recession of the liturgical ministers at the beginning and end of the celebration of the liturgy.

A prophet was a person who spoke God's word to the people.

The act of lying face down, usually in front of the altar. It symbolizes humility and surrender.

The name given to a group of Christian churches that split off from the Catholic Church in the 16th century, who do not recognize the authority of the pope or the necessity of the sacraments.

This is a book of the Old Testament, part of what is called wisdom literature, which collects many traditional sayings and maxims into one book, including a praise of divine Wisdom.

A set of 150 songs/poems which are collected into one book of the Old Testament. There are psalms of praise, of sorrow, of anger, of trust, and of wonder.

A process of penance or purification that makes the soul ready for full union with God after death.

A small, white linen cloth to cleanse the chalice.

A container for the communion host so that communion can be given outside the Mass to those who are sick.