Last update: February 21, 2012

Next CONFIRMATION is FALL of 2013

Two year class preparation began during the 2012-13 school year.

WELCOME TO THE CONFIRMATION WEBPAGE

Here you will find the requirements for the Sacrament of Confirmation.





According to the new Catechism, #1285, Article 2 The Sacrament of Confirmation:

Baptism, the Eucharist, and the sacrament of Confirmation together constitute the "sacraments of Christian initiation," whose unity must be safeguarded. It must be explained to the faithful that the reception of the sacrament of Confirmation is necessary for the completion of baptismal grace. For "by the sacrament of Confirmation, [the baptized] are more perfectly bound to the Church and are enriched with a special strength of the Holy Spirit. Hence they are, as true witnesses of Christ, more strictly obliged to spread and defend the faith by word and deed."



To be studied & known by all Confirmands (those to be Confirmed):


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Here are two list of items for your information.
The first you are to know for your interview with Father & then with the meeting with the Bishop before your confirmation. Please study hard!


You are to know the following items:



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Class List of Students The Ten Commandments The Traditional Precepts of the Church, The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy The Seven Sacraments Mortal & Venial Sins Who may be a Sponsor?
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit The Six Holy Days of Obligation The Church's Rules for Fast and Abstinence The Segments of the Church's Liturgical Year What is the MASS?
The Principal Parts of the Mass The Catholic Scriptures. The Lord's Prayer, The Hail Mary The Rosary in all of its Fifteen Mysteries The Act of Contrition Grace Before and After Meals Who is the Bishop of Peoria Diocese?

These items you are to be familiar with:


The Glory Be The Hail Holy Queen The Memorare, The Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity
Stations of the Cross To Correctly and Courageously Live One's Faith in the World
Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus


Catholic Apologetics (Defending the ancient Catholic Christian Faith) can be found at the following Catholic Web Sites:

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For Roman Catholic Documents (Encyclicals, Councils, etc.) try this link to Catholic Information Center on Internet.


For information regarding the Council of Nicaea, A.D. 325 check out this article at Catholic Bishops & Niceae


Are you a non-Catholic Christian who is attracted to the Catholic Church's claims of TRUTH but is still unsure of what to do about returning home to the Catholic Church, then check out, Returning Home.. Also, There is a new ministry run by former Protestants who have "made the leap" over the Tiber River and who have come home to Rome. That is, they have returned to full visible Communion to the Body of Christ, which is the Church. They can be reached at Coming Home Network. Are you willing to listen to those who have left various Prostestant denomenations and became a Catholic Christian? Then go to, Returning Home, Audio stories!




THE TEN COMMANDMENTS.

Jesus says, If you love me, keep my Commandments! Catholic Christians, then, keep, all of His Commandments, including the Ten Commandments given to Moses on Mount Sinai, & then to the Jews.

These Commandments can be found in the Bible in two places: Exodus 20 & Deuteronomy 5:6 ff. For a fuller understanding of these Commandments please consult the new Catechism of the Catholic Church. Here are the Ten Commandments from Deuteronomy:


1st. I AM the LORD, your God....you shall have no other gods before me!
2nd. You shall not take the name of the LORD, your God, in vain! ("For the LORD will not leave unpunished him who takes His name in vain.")
3rd. Keep Holy the Sabbath Day, as the LORD commanded you.
4th. Honor your mother & your father.
5th. You shall not kill.
6th. You shall not commit adultery.
7th. You shall not steal.
8th. You shall not bear false witness.
9th. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
10th. You shall not covet your neighbor's goods.


Jesus also gives us the great commandment to love also found in Deuteronomy 6: 4 "Hear, O Israel! The LORD is our God, the LORD alone! Therefore, you shall Love the LORD your God, with all your heart, and with all your soul, and with all your strength."

And Jesus adds, And LOVE your neighbor as yourself!


For your information: Protestants follow the list of Commandments taken from the Book of Exodus, which has a slightly different ordering of Commandments but the same ones!
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The Traditional Precepts of the Church

What is a "Precept"? A precept is a positive law (sometimes called commandments) made by the Church authorities to guarantee for the faithful the indispensable minimum in prayer & moral effort, for the sake of their growth in love of God and neighbor. (CCC 2041)

CCC 2041 to 2043: There are six precepts for all Roman Catholics to uphold: these are:

1st Precept:

"You shall attend Mass on Sundays and on Holy Days of Obligation and rest from servile labor."

(This fulfills the 3rd Commandment of the Ten: please note, to go to Mass for Worship of God, and to rest from unneccesary labor.)


2nd Precept:

"You shall confess your sins at least once a year."

(This precept is to allow you to receive Holy Communion at least once a year if you are in a state of Mortal Sin which cuts one off from God's Grace.)


3rd Precept:

"You shall receive the sacrament of the Eucharist at least during the Easter season."

This precept is often called the, "Easter Duty," and is connected to going to confession first, before receiving Holy Communion.)


4th Precept:

"You shall observe the days of fasting & abstinence established by the Chruch."

(Those Baptized Catholics, age 14 & older to age 70, are obligated to FAST from food twice a year: on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday--the beginning and ending of LENT. A FAST means, only one major meatless meal, and other foods which combined would not make a meal by itself. Any medicine or health problems do not count!)
ABSTINENCE means to not have meat during the Fridays of LENT & Ash Wednesday. The Church, however, highly recommends keeping every Friday meatless, as a penance & the good of one's spiritual life. It has been recommended that meatless Fridays be done in reparation for the sin of Abortion.



5th Precept:

"You shall help to provide for the needs of the Church."

(This means offering your time (volunteering), talent (e.g. serving at Mass, lectoring, ushering, singing, playing an instrument at Mass), & tithing/money (e.g. for the spread of the Gospel.).


6th Precept:

"The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his abilities."

(e.g. for the upkeep of the local parish via the collection at Mass, & local Church/Diocese, e.g. via Annual Diocesan Appeal.)


Lastly, there use to be a precept which stated that all baptized Catholics need to be married according to the Laws of the Church viz. to be married in the Church with a Catholic Priest! If a Catholic gets married outside the Church, e.g. Justice of the Peace/Courthouse, they are not married in the eyes of the Church. This does not apply to Protestants and those Catholics not in communion with the Church.

While this is not listed in the traditional "precept" this is still the Canon Law of the Church for all baptized Catholics: they must be married according to the Laws of the Church.

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The Spiritual and Corporal Works of Mercy: CCC 2447

SPIRITUAL WORKS OF MERCY: a. Instructing the ignorant; b. advising the doubtful; c. consoling, d. comforting the sorrowing, e. forgiving offenses, f. patiently forbearing wrongdoing to self;


CORPORAL WORKS OF MERCY: a. Feeding the hungry, b. clothing the naked, c. visiting the sick & imprisoned, d. sheltering the homeless, e. giving alms to the poor, f. burying the dead.



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The Seven Sacraments

BAPTISM, CONFIRMATION, EUCHARIST (The sacraments of initiation); PENANCE, MARRIAGE, PRIESTHOOD, ANNOINTING OF THE SICK (aka "Last rites").

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The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit; see Isaiah 11: 1-3

WISDOM, UNDERSTANDING, KNOWLEDGE, COUNSEL, PIETY, FORTITUDE, & FEAR OF THE LORD. See CCC 1830

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The Twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit

CHARITY, JOY, PEACE, PATIENCE, KINDNESS, GOODNESS, GENEROSITY, GENTLENESS, FAITHFULNESS, MODESTY, SELFCONTROL, & CHASTITY.
See St. Paul's letter to the Galatians 5:22--23 (Vulg.)

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The Six Holy Days of Obligation

In addition to all Sundays of the Year, which are Holy Days of Obligation, Catholics are obligated to go to Mass on the following six days:


January 1st, Solemnity of Mary
May 24th, The Ascension of Our LORD
August 15th, Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary
November 1st, Feast of All Saints
December 8th, Feast of the Immaculate Conception
December 25th, Christmas
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The Church's Rules for Fast and Abstinence

Those Baptisted Catholics, age 14 & older to age 70, are obligated to FAST from food twice a year: on Ash Wednesday & Good Friday--the beginning and ending of LENT. A FAST means, only one major meatless meal, and other foods which combined would not make a meal by itself. Any medicine or health problems do not count!
ABSTINENCE means to not have meat during the Fridays of LENT & Ash Wednesday. The Church, however, highly recommends keeping every Friday meatless, as a penance & the good of one's spiritual life. It has been recommended that meatless Fridays be done in reparation for the sin of Abortion.

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The Segments of the Church's Liturgical Year

The Church's Liturgical calendar year begins with
ADVENT (the Priest wears purple vestments), then comes
CHRISTMAS (Priest's vestment is white), followed by
ORDINARY TIME (Priest wears green), Ash Wednesday begins
LENT (Priest wears purple), then
EASTER (Priest's vestment color is white), followed by
ORDINARY TIME (vestment color is green) until the Feast of Christ the King, the Last Sunday of the year. Then
ADVENT begins again.

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The Principal Parts of the Mass

There are two major parts of the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass: Liturgy of the Word & the Liturgy of the Eucharist.

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The Catholic Scriptures.

The Bible has been assembled over hundred of years before Christ, settleing on 46 books of the Old Testament of the Greek canon LXX, and then after Jesus Christ, 27 books were selected by the Catholic Bishops over the next 3 hundred years. The Catholic Bishops choose only those books which were inspired by the Holy Spirit and rejected books which were either clearly wrong (i.e. heretical: e.g. Gospel of Thomas, Gospel of Paul, etc.) and books which while good & inspirational, are not inspired by the Holy Spirit in the same way as the 27 books of the New Testament. For your information: Protestants follow the lead of Martin Luther who rejected seven books of the Old Testament by following a Hebrew Canon of Old Testament books which came about at A.D. 90 but the early Church used the Greek LXX Canon and still does to this day.

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The Lord's Prayer,

In St. Matthew's Gospel, ch. 6: 9 ff., Jesus' disciples asked Him how to pray and Jesus said,
Our Father, who art in Heaven, Hallowed be thy Name! Thy Kingdom come, thy will be done, On earth, as it is in Heaven. Give us this day, our daily bread, and forgive us our trespasses, as we forgive those who trespass against us. And lead us not into temptation but deliever us from evil. Amen!
(Also, ...deliever us from the evil one.)

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The Hail Mary

There is perhaps no other topic which divides Catholic Christians from their separated brethren than the role of the Blessed Virgin Mary within the Catholic Christian Church. In any event, Catholic Christian fulfill Scripture by calling Mary, the Blessed Virgin because she said, "All generations will call me blessed." (St. Luke 1:48)

But the prayer "Hail Mary" is itself from Scripture. It is taken from St. Luke ch. 1 where the Angel Gabriel says to her, "Hail Mary! Full of Grace! The Lord is with you!" The second part of the "Hail Mary" comes from Mary's visitation to her kinswomen, Elizabeth (the mother of John the Baptist.). Also, found in St. Luke's Gospel, ch. 1: 42. "Blessed are you among women! And blessed is the fruit of your womb. And we add, Jesus! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. AMEN!

Here is the entire prayer for you to know:

Hail Mary! Full of Grace! The LORD is with you! Blessed are you among women and blessed is the fruit of your womb, Jesus! Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners, now and at the hour of our death. Amen!

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The Glory Be

Glory Be to the Father, and to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit! As it was in the beginning, is now, and ever shall be, world without end. AMEN!

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The Acts of Faith, Hope and Charity

Act of Faith: "O my God, I firmly believe that you are one God in three divine persons, Father, Son, & Holy Spirit. I believe that your divine Son became man, and died for our sins and that He will come to judge the living & the dead. I believe these and all the truths which the Holy Catholic Church teaches because you have revealed them, who can neither deceive nor be deceived.'

Act of Hope: "O my God, relying on your infinite goodness & promises, I hope to obtain pardon for my sins, the help of your Grace, and life everlasting, through the merits of Jesus Christ, my LORD & Redeemer."

Act of Love: "O my God, I love you above all things with my whole heart and soul, because you are all good and worthy of all my love. I love my neighbor as myself for the love of you. I forgive all who have injured me, and ask pardon for all whom I have injured."

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The Hail Holy Queen

Hail Holy Queen, Mother of Mercy, Our Life, Our Sweetness, & Our Hope. To You Do We Cry, Poor Banished Children of Eve, To You Do We Send Up Our Sighs, Mourning & Weeping In This Valley of Tears! Turn, then, O Most Gracious Advocate, Your Eyes of Mercy Toward Us, And After This, Our Exile, Show Us The Blessed Fruit Of Your Womb, Jesus: O Clement, O Loving, O Sweet Virgin Mary.

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The Memorare,

Remember, O Most Gracious Virgin Mary, that never was it known, that anyone who fled to thy protection, implored thy help, or sought thy intercession, was left unaided. Inspired by this confidence I fly unto thee, O Virgin of virgins, my Mother. To thee do I come, before thee do I stand, sinful and sorrowful. O Mother of the Word Incarnate, despise not my petitions, but in thy mercy hear and answer me. AMEN!

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The Rosary in all of its Fifteen Mysteries

The Rosary is made up of three prayers: the "Our Father (Lord's Prayer)," the "Hail Mary," and the "Glory Be."

There are a total of fifteen Scriptual mysteries of the Rosary: five Joyful, five Sorrowful, & five Glorious.

Joyful Mysteries: (1) Annunciation of Archangel Gabriel to Mary, (2) Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth, (3) Birth of Jesus,
(4) Presentation of Jesus in the Temple (age 8 days old), and
(5) Finding of Jesus in the Temple (age 12).

Sorrowful Mysteries: (1) Agnoy in the Garden, (2) Wiped at the Pillar, (3) Crown of Thorns, (4) Carrying the Cross, (5) Being nailed to the cross & death.

Glorious Mysteries: (1) Resurrection of Jesus from the Dead, (2) Ascension of Jesus into Heaven, (3) Descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentacost, (4) Assumption of the Virgin Mary into Heaven, (5) Crowning of Mary as Queen-mother of Heaven.

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The Act of Contrition

Use the following for going to Confession and at any time you wish to pray. You may also use one that you learned by heart in the 2nd grade for the Sacrament of Penance/Reconciliation.

"O my God, I am heartly sorry for having offended Thee, and I detest all my sins because of Thy just punishments, but most of all because they offend Thee, my God, who art all good and deserving of all my love, I firmly resolve, with the help of Thy Grace, to sin no more and to avoid the near occasion of sin, AMEN!"

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Grace Before and After Meals

"Bless us, O LORD, and these Thy Gifts, which we are about to receive from Thy Bounty. Through Christ Our LORD, AMEN!"

"We give you Thanks, Almight God, for these & all thy blessings; you live & reign forever and ever. AMEN!'

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Stations of the Cross


The Stations of the Cross arose around a 1000 years ago when Spiritual Pilgrims to the Holy Land could not afford to go to Jerusalem because of money or war. Therefore, the traditional places of Jesus' last steps were "brought" back to the local parish where we can "walk" with Jesus at these 14 Stations of Jesus' Passion & Death on the Cross.

The individual Confirman will be required to practice this devotion at sometime during LENT. Sacred Heart has this devotion during the Friday evenings of LENT & St. Mary's has this before their Saturday evening Mass.

This Lenten Devotion takes about 25 Minutes and Fr. Sauppé will be taking names of those Confirmans present.


The First Station: Jesus is Condemned to Death

The Second Station: Jesus is Made to Bear the Cross

The Third Station: Jesus Falls the First Time

The Fourth Station: Jesus Meets His Afflicted Mother

The Fifth Station: Simon of Cyrene Helps Jesus to Carry His Cross

The Sixth Station: Veronica Wipes the Faces of Jesus

The Seventh Station: Jesus Falls the Second Time

The Eight Station: Jesus Speaks to the Weeping Women of Jerusalem

The Ninth Station: Jesus Falls the Third Time

The Tenth Station: Jesus is Stripped of His Garments

The Eleventh Station: Jesus is Nailed to the Cross

The Twelve Station: Jesus Dies on the Cross

The Thirteenth Station: Jesus is Taken Down from the Cross

The Fourteenth Station: The Body of Jesus is Placed in the Tomb

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To Correctly and Courageously Live One's Faith in the World

Catholic Christians who have been Confirmed, are now ready to confront these three: the world, the flesh, & the devil.
The World: represents all things material that led us away from God and appeals to the lust of the eyes.

The Flesh: represents our own sinful tendencies toward evil or sin. Sexual sins or sins of the mind e.g. greed, need to be conquered by the Blood of Christ. St. Paul says, "Flee Immorality!"

The Devil: is very real. The Devil, or Satan, or Lucifer, and his bad angels are roaming about, "like a roaring lion," looking to destroy souls. While the Devil has no power over us, he can tempt us to sin, as does the world, and our flesh.

We need to correctly & courageously confront these three sources of evil and we can with God's grace & Holy Spirit!

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Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus by St. Margaret Mary Alacoque (1647-1690)


To be said by the family together before the first Wed. in May 2001: signed by at least one parent or guardian.

"I give myself & consecrate to the Sacred Heart of our Lord Jesus Christ, my person & my life, my actions, pains, & sufferings, so that I may be unwilling to make use of any part of my being other than to honor, love, & glorify the Sacred Heart.
This is my unchanging purpose, namely, to be all HIS, and to do all things for love of HIM. I therefore take you, O Sacred Heart, to be the only object of my love, the guardian of my life, my assurance of salvation, the remedy of my weakness & inconstancy, the atonement for all the faults of my life & my sure refuge at the hour of death.
Be then, O Heart of goodness, my justification before God the Father, and turn away frm me the strokes of His righteous anger.
O Heart of Love, I put all my confidence in you, for I fear everything from my own wickedness and fraily, but I hope for all things from your goodness and bounty.
Remove from me all that can displease you or resist your holy will;
let your pure love imprint your image so deeply upon my heart, that I shall never be able to forget you or to be separated from you.
May I obtain from all your loving kindness the grace of having my name written in your heart, for in you I desire to place all my happiness & glory, living & dying in bondage to you."

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Who Is the Bishop of Peoria Diocese?

Most Rev. Daniel Jenky, D.D., Bishop of Peoria

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Who may be a Sponsor?


Ideally, a Confirmation Sponsor should be one of the Cathoic Godparents of the Confirmand. They are however, to be (CC #874) 1. a person picked by the parents; 2. 17 years old and up; 3. a Catholic who has been Confirmed and has received First Communion "and leads a life in harmony with the faith & role to be undertaken" thereby the Sponsor acts in place of the Christian Catholic community. As such, the Sponsor is one who is practicing their faith; 4. not be a father or mother; 5 must not be a non-Catholic (see 3 above).
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Class List of Students

Please note that the Student's sponsor must be a practicing Catholic and if they are not from Sacred Heart or St. Mary's then they must have a permission slip from their home Pastor saying that they are a Catholic in good standing with their parish!

Also, all Confirmation Saints Name must be approved by Fr. Sauppé. Anyone officially declared a Saint or a Blessed may be used...but first ask Fr. Sauppé. A two page report on your saint is due the first Wed. of April.

LAST NAME FIRST NAME SPONSOR'S NAME SAINT'S NAME FAMILY CONSECRA- TION STATIONS OF THE CROSS PAPER FAMILY ROSARY
Barfell Arial Marie
Dowers Taylor Elaine
Echols De'ja
Ferpotto Nicholas
Fields Garrett
Flynn Austin Mikal
Flynn Dylan John
Goodman Jasmyn Marie
Hall Katey Maryann
Hammer Megan
Karuzis Tristan
Lyon Emma
Maxwell Travis
McFadden Ryne
McFadden McKenzie
McGee Katherine Michelle
McMasters Paige Mackenzie
Scott Rachel Eileen
Shannon Kyle D.
Stines Gavin
Studholme Derik

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What is the MASS?

The Mass is the celebratation of our Salvation! This Salvation was won for us by Jesus' Death on the Cross. At every Mass we are mystically at the foot of that Cross of Salvation. Jesus Christ commands us to receive His Body & His Blood, thereby participating in His New Covenant. At MASS we eat of His Body/His Blood, we remind ourselves of the one Covenant of Salvation. This is why Catholic Christians come to Mass every Sunday and Holy Days of Obligation, in short, to give THANKS to God for redeeming us, and offering us eternal Salvation, after judgement, with God the Father, Son, & Holy Spirit.


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Mortal & Venial Sins

Inspired by Holy Scripture, the Church teaches that there are sins which are deadly/mortal or otherwise cuts oneself off from God.

We call these deadly sins, Mortal Sins. St. John teaches, in 1 John5:16, "If anyone sees his brother sinning, if the sin is not deadly, he should pray to God and he will give him life. This is only for those whose sin is not deadly. There is such a thing as deadly sin, about which I do not say that you should pray. All wrongdoing is sin, but there is sin that is not deadly."
The Church calls these lesser sins (non-deadly sins) Venial Sins. Deadly sins are called Mortal because they cause spiritual death to the individual. St. Paul's letter to the Galatians, ch: 5, for a list of deadly sins: IMMORALITY, IMPURITY, LICENTIOUSNESS, IDOLATRY, SORCERY (DEADLY DRUGS), HATREDS, RIVALRY, JEALOUSY, OUTBURSTS OF FURY, ACTS OF SELFISHNESS, DISSENSIONS, FACTIONS, OCCASIONS OF ENVY, DRINKING BOUTS, ORGIES, AND THE LIKE. I warn you, as I have warned you before, that those who do such things will not inherit the kingdom o God." (Gal. 5:19 ff.)

Also see, his letter to the Romans ch.1: 29-30 & 1 Cor 6:9-10 (i.e. "Do you not know that the unjust will not inherit the kingdom of God? Do not be deceived; neither fornicators nor idolaters nor adulterers nor boy prostitutes nor practicing homomsexuals nor thieves nor the greedy nor drunkards nor slanderers nor robbers will inherit the kingdom of God."



If you are in a state of Mortal Sin, you must go to Confession, as soon as you are able, and you are not to receive Holy Communion until you go to Confession. Breaking any of the Ten Commandments, along with any of these Mortal Sins, cuts one off from God's saving Grace. Only the Blood of Christ can wash those sins away and we experience this washing in the Confessional.
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http://www.ewtn.com/library/MARY/BARBARA.HTM
Catholic Encyclopedia - Saint Barbara
Little is known about this Saint, no evidence of an ancient cult in her honor, and yet she became very popular in the Middle Ages.


http://www.ewtn.com/library/indexes/MARY.htm

Be sure to check out this personal account of being sent to death for Christ by an early Catholic Christian martyr named Perpetua:
http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/pages/frontline/shows/religion/maps/primary/perpetua.html

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