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Words spoken by the priest during the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation to grant forgiveness of sins in God's name.

Ark of the covenant a wooden chest that housed the tablets of the Ten Commandments. The Israelites carried it wherever they went as a reminder that God was with them.

When the Risen Jesus was taken up to Heaven to be with God the Father forever.

"The second step in the process of becoming a Saint, in which a venerable person is recognized by the Church as having brought about a miracle through his or her prayers of intercession."

Teachings of Jesus that show the way to true happiness and tell how to live in God's Kingdom.

"The sin of showing disrespect for the name of God, Jesus Christ, Mary, or the Saints in words or action."

A declaration by the Pope naming a person a Saint. Canonized Saints have special feast days or memorials in the Church's calendar.

"The four principal moral virtues-prudence, temperance, justice, and fortitude-that help us live as children of God and from which the other moral virtues flow. We strengthen these good habits through God's grace and our own efforts."

"The theological virtue of love. It directs us to love God above all things and our neighbor as ourselves, for the love of God."

A moral virtue and one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit that helps us to act and think in ways that are appropriate and pure.

"Common good the good of everyone, with particular concern for those who might be most vulnerable to harm."

Another name for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation; an essential element of the Sacrament when you tell your sin to the priest.

The God-given ability that helps us judge whether actions are right or wrong. It is important for us to know God's laws so our conscience can help us make good decisions.

Corporal Works of Mercy actions that show care for the physical needs of others.

A sacred promise or agreement between God and humans.

"The way God makes himself, and makes his plan for humans, known to us."

The sin of resenting what others have or being sad from wanting for yourself what belongs to others.

Eternal life life forever with God for all who die in his friendship.

"The Sacrament in which Jesus shares himself, and the bread and wine become his Body and Blood."

Sharing the Good News of Jesus through words and actions in a way that invites people to accept the Gospel.

The theological virtue that makes it possible for us to believe in God and all that he helps us understand about himself. Faith leads us to obey God.

"To be constant and loyal to your promises and commitments to God and others, just as he is faithful to you."

"The Cardinal Virtue that helps you show courage, have strength to get through difficult times, and not give up on doing good."

Free will being able to choose whether to obey God or disobey God. God created us with free will because he wants us to make good choices.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit seven powerful gifts God gives us to follow the guidance of the Holy Spirit and live the Christian life.

"Word that means ""Good News. "" The Gospel Message is the Good News of God's Kingdom and his saving love."

God's free and loving gift to humans of his own life and help.

The law to love God above all else and to love others the way you love yourself. It sums up all God's laws.

The sin of desiring to gain earthly goods without limits or beyond what you need.

The joy of living eternally in God's presence.

Being separated from God forever because of a choice to turn away from him and not seek forgiveness.

Unique and pure; set apart for God and his purposes.

"The mystery of one God in three Divine Persons: Father, Son, and Holy Spirit."

"The theological virtue that helps us trust in the true happiness God wants us have and in Jesus' promises of eternal life, and to rely on the help of the Holy Spirit."

Human dignity the worth each person has because he or she is made in the image of God.

The moral virtue that helps us to know that God is the source of everything good. Humility helps us to avoid being prideful.

The sin of worshipping an object or a person instead of God. It is letting anything or anyone become more important than God.

The truth that God kept Mary free from sin from the first moment of her life.

The mystery that the Son of God became human in order to save all people.

Giving God what is due him. This virtue also means giving each person what he or she is due because that person is a child of God.

"Kingdom of God God's rule of peace, justice, and love that exists in Heaven, but has not yet come in its fullness on Earth."

All the baptized people in the Church who share in God's mission but are not priests or consecrated sisters or brothers; sometimes called lay people.

"God's final triumph over evil, when Christ will come again and bring the Kingdom of God to its Fullness."

Liturgical year the feasts and seasons of the Church calendar that celebrate the Paschal Mystery of Christ.

"The teaching office of the Church, which is all of the bishops in union with the Pope."

"A person who gives up his or her life to witness to the truth of Christ and the faith. The word martyr means ""witness. ""."

"The Mother of Jesus; the Mother of God. She is also called ""Our Lady"" because she is the Mother of the Church."

Kindness and concern for those who are suffering. God has mercy on us even though we are sinners.

A job or purpose of the Church. The Church's mission is to announce the Good News of God's Kingdom.

"A moral virtue and one of the Fruits of the Holy Spirit that helps us dress, talk, and move in appropriate ways."

"Living in right relationship with God, yourself, and others. It is putting your beliefs into action."

Mortal sin a serious sin that causes a person's relationship with God to be broken.

The deliberate killing of another person when the killing is not in self-defense.

The first sin committed by the first people and passed down to everyone.

"The individual judgment by God at the time of a person's death; when God decides, after a person's death, where that person will spend eternity according to his or her faith and works."

"The mystery of Jesus' suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension."

"A Saint who has a particular connection to a cause, place, type of work, or person. For example, if a person or city shares the name of a Saint, that Saint is a patron."

A state of calm when things are in their proper order and people settle problems with kindness and justice.

"The prayer, offering, or good work the priest gives you in the Sacrament of Reconciliation."

Precepts of the Church some of the minimum requirements given by Church leaders for deepening our relationship with God and the Church.

God's loving care for all things; God's will and plan for creation.

"The Cardinal Virtue that helps us be practical and make correct decisions on what is right and good, with the help of the Holy Spirit and a well-formed conscience."

A state of final cleansing after death and before entering into Heaven.

An action taken to repair the damage done from sin.

To turn our lives away from sin and toward God.

The event of Jesus being raised from Death to new life by God the Father through the power of the Holy Spirit.

Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation the Sacrament in which God's forgiveness for sin is given through the Church.

"Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick the Sacrament that brings Jesus' healing touch to strengthen, comfort, and forgive the sins of those who are seriously ill or close to death."

Sacramental seal a rule that a priest is not to share anything he hears in confession.

Worthy of reverence and devotion.

Another name for the Bible; Sacred Scripture is the inspired Word of God written by humans.

"God's Word to the Church, safeguarded by the Apostles and their successors, the bishops, and handed down verbally ' in her creeds, Sacraments, and other teachings ' to future generations."

A person whom the Church declares has led a holy life and is enjoying eternal life with God in Heaven.

The loving action of God's forgiveness of sins and the restoration of friendship with him brought by Jesus.

"Effective signs of God's life, instituted by Christ and given to the Church. In the celebration of each Sacrament, there are visible signs and Divine actions that give grace and allow us to share in God's work."

"A deliberate thought, word, deed, or omission contrary to the law of God. Sins hurt our relationship with God and other people."

The spiritual part of a human that lives forever.

"Spiritual Works of Mercy actions that address the needs of the heart, mind, and soul."

"The way we appreciate and use God's gifts, including our time, talent, and treasure and the gift of creation."

"The Cardinal Virtue that helps you use moderation, be disciplined, and have self-control."

Wanting to do something we should not or not doing something we should.

The summary of laws that God gave Moses on Mount Sinai. They tell what is necessary in order to love God and others.

"Theological virtues the virtues of faith, hope, and charity (love), which are gifts from God that guide our relationship with him."

"Venial sin a sin that hurts a person's friendship with God, but does not completely break it."

God's plan for our lives; the purpose for which he made us.

Solemn promises that are made to or before God.

"To adore and honor God, especially at Mass and in prayer."