"The Penny Catechism"




54. Why did God make us?
God made us to love and serve Him.

55. How can we love and serve God?
We can love and serve God by keeping the ten Commandments and the precepts of the Church.

56. What are the ten Commandments?
The ten Commandments are:
1. I am the Lord thy God; thou shalt not have strange gods before Me.
2. Thou shalt not take the name of the Lord thy God in vain.
3. Remember thou keep holy the Sabbath day.
4. Honor thy father and mother.
5. Thou shalt not kill.
6. Thou shalt not commit adultery.
7. Thou shalt not steal.
8. Thou shalt not bear false witness against thy neighbor.
9. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's wife.
10. Thou shalt not covet thy neighbor's goods.

57. Why must we keep the precepts of the Church?
We must keep the precepts of the Church because they also are God's laws.

58. What are the precepts of the Church?
The precepts of the Church are:
1. To hear Mass on Sundays and Holydays of Obligation.
2. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
3. To confess at least once a year.
4. To receive Holy Eucharist at Easter time.
5. To contribute to the support of our pastors.
6. Not to marry contrary to the laws of the Church.

59. What are some of the sins committed against the ten Commandments?

Some of the sins against the ten Commandments are:

1. Not to say our prayers (morning, night, and table prayers).
Not to study our catechism.
To believe in dreams, fortune-tellers, omens and charms.
2. To take the name of God in vain.
To curse and swear.
3. To work on Sunday.
To miss Mass on Sundays and Holydays.
To be late for Mass.
To talk or act disrespectfully in Church.
4. To disobey parents or superiors.
To grieve them.
To be angry with them or to hate them.
5. To be angry. To hate.
To seek revenge.
To quarrel and fight.
To injure ourselves or others.
To be cruel to animals.
To expose body or soul to danger.
To eat or drink too much. To lead others into sin.
6. To look at, think or speak of immodest things.
To do immodest things alone or with others.
7. To cheat, to steal, to damage and destroy, not to pay your debts.
8. To tell a lie, to speak evil of others.

Against the Precepts or Laws of the Church:
Not to abstain from meat on forbidden days.
Not to make your Easter duty.
To spend the money parents give you for Church.

Against the Virtues:

To be proud, jealous, envious, miserly, greedy, or slothful.