Monthly Catechesis

Our Monthly Catechesis

We hope you find these free resources useful for month-by-month catechesis. We will be adding to these resources throughout the year.  Each month-by-month catechesis will include references to the Lives of the Saints.

The topics for the months are:

•  January - July: Virtue, The Spiritual Works of Mercy, and The Corporal Works of Mercy

•  August: The Beatitudes

•  September: Commandments and Conscience - Living Mercy

•  October: Mary, Mother of Mercy

•  November: History of the Church - The Mercy of Evangelization

What is Virtue?

The Catechism of the Catholic Church tells us that virtue "is an habitual and firm disposition to do the good.  It allows the person not only to perform good acts, but to give the best of himself.  The virtuous person tends toward the good with all his sensory and spiritual powers; he pursues the good and chooses it in concrete actions" (CCC 1803).

As we learn from St. Gregory of Nyssa, in short, "the goal of the virtuous life is to become like God."

Click here to read about virtue - what it is, how to develop it, and why it is important for Catholics to live lives of virtue.

What are the Works of Mercy?

As we read in the Catechism, "the works of mercy are charitable actions by which we come to the aid of our neighbor in his spiritual and bodily necessities. Instructing, advising, consoling, comforting are spiritual works of mercy, as are forgiving and bearing wrongs patiently. The corporal works of mercy consist especially in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned, and burying the dead.  Among all these, giving alms to the poor is one of the chief witnesses to fraternal charity: it is also a work of justice pleasing to God" (CCC 2447).

January

Catechetical Focus for the Month of January:

Virtue:
Faith

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Instruct the Ignorant

Corporal Work:
Feed the Hungry

Corporal Work of Mercy:
Give Drink to the Thirsty

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Counsel the Doubtful

Virtue: Hope
Virtue:
Hope

February

Catechetical Focus for the Month of February.

March

Catechetical Focus for the Month of March:

Virtue: Charity
Virtue:
Charity

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Admonish sinners.

Corporal Work of Mercy:
Clothe the Naked

Corporal Work of Mercy: Shelter the Homeless

Spiritual Work of Mercy:
Bear Wrongs Patiently

Virtue: Prudence
Virtue:
Prudence

April

Catechetical Focus for the Month of April:

May

Catechetical Focus for the Month of May.

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Virtue:
Justice

Spiritual Work of Mercy:
Forgive Offenses Willingly

Corporal Work of Mercy:
Visit the Sick

Corporal Work of Mercy:
Visit the Imprisoned

Spiritual Work of Mercy: Comfort the Afflicted

Virtue:
Fortitude

June

Catechetical focus for the month of June.

July

Catechetical Focus for the Month of July.

Virtue:
Temperance

Spiritual Work of Mercy:
Pray for the Living & Dead

Corporal Work of Mercy:
Bury the Dead

AUGUST

THE BEATITUDES

Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy.

SEPTEMBER

COMMANDMENTS AND CONSCIENCE

Living Mercy

OCTOBER

MARY, MOTHER OF MERCY

"Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy..."

 

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NOVEMBER

HISTORY OF THE CHURCH

The Mercy of Evangelization