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Catechism of the Catholic Church Discussion Series:
Where We’ve Been, Where We Are, Where We’re Going

The Discussion Series on The Catechism of the Catholic Church here at St. Louis King of France Parish began on Tuesday, February 4, 2014, and will continue meeting weekly through Lent and up to and including Tuesday, April 8, 2014, the Tuesday before Holy Week. The meetings take place from 7-8 PM every Tuesday in the St. Louis King of France Parish Hall, which has easy entrance off of the parking lot in the rear of the Church. We began by looking at Part I of The Catechism which addresses the “Profession of Faith.” The individual topics surveyed here were man/woman’s capacity for God, the Revelation of God, the transmission of divine Revelation, sacred Scripture and sacred Tradition, and man/woman’s response. This discussion forms the doctrinal basis for all of the other topics that follow. Next, based on the interests of the participating group, we moved into Part III “Life in Christ,” and the various moral and ethical issues in this area. They include the dignity of the human person, vocation to beatitude, freedom, the morality of human acts and passions, moral conscience, the virtues, and sin. We have also already covered the topics of the human community, the person and society, participation in social life, social justice, the moral law, grace and justification, and the Church as Mother and Teacher, and some of the detailed background and meaning of the twelve statements of faith in the Apostles’ Creed. During the last session of the series we will consider the seven Sacraments from Part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, reference numbers 1210-1666. The sacraments comprise the core of Catholic liturgical life, and their history is fascinating. In addition, only Catholic and Orthodox Christians accept the fullness of grace in all seven Sacraments, the development of which is even more thought-provoking.

The discussion, presentation and questions in each session have all been going well. Please do not be put off by the seeming formality of some of the topics, but feel free to come with your thoughts and questions, and I am sure you will not be disappointed. As we begin Lent this is a wonderful exercise in which to participate, namely, to learn more about the Catholic Faith and Church which we all cherish. Since it is a series, with individual topics for each session, you can attend all ten or select one or more according to your time and interests. Thanks so much to all who have participated thus far and to all the ladies and gentlemen who have brought baked goods. We all look forward to welcoming new participants to help us observe the Great Lent. Participating in this last session would be a wonderful way to prepare for the celebration of the Sacred Triduum and the Solemnity of the Resurrection of the Lord Jesus Christ. I hope you can join us for session ten!


Fr. Joe Hurtuk, SM