In this 1st grade lesson we study the Precepts of the Catholic Church. These precepts are the basic rules for our participation in the Church which Jesus built upon Peter.
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The Pope and the Church are responsible for the care of God’s children. The Church has rules for how She helps us follow God’s Commandments. These rules are called precepts.
Let’s look at the Precepts.
1. ATTEND MASS ON SUNDAYS
Before the Church, God’s children didn’t have what we call Mass. They worshipped God on the Sabbath. This kept the Third Commandment: keep the Lord’s Day holy. Because the Mass is different from the old Sabbath, the Church tells us that we must go to Mass on Sunday. We must also go on Holy Days of Obligation. This is how Catholics keep the Third Commandment.
2. CONFESS YOUR SINS AT LEAST ONCE A YEAR
We must go to Confession at least once every year. It is better to go many times a year. Confession helps us stay holy.
3. RECEIVE JESUS IN THE EUCHARIST AT LEAST DURING THE EASTER SEASON
The reason we go to Mass is to be close to Jesus and receive Him in the Holy Eucharist. After First Holy Communion, we must receive the Holy Eucharist at least once every year. Because Jesus should be the center of our life, it is best to receive Him in the Holy Eucharist at least once a week.
4. OBSERVE THE DAYS OF FASTING AND ABSTINENCE SET BY THE CHURCH
On certain days of the year the Church wants us to fast and abstain. When we fast, we eat less food than we normally do. When we abstain, we don’t eat meat. Fasting and abstaining from meat are ways to understand the great sacrifice Jesus made for us.
5. WE HAVE A DUTY TO PROVIDE FOR THE CHURCH
The Church does so much for us! We should be thankful for the hard work the Church does to help our souls be holy. We show we are thankful by helping our parish. We can offer our time, our talents, and our treasure.
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The Church helps us follow God’s Commandments with precepts.
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