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Last updated on 21 May 2024

Faith formation based on the Catechism of the Catholic Church.
The Catechism is not a textbook, a collection of ideas, or a set of rules. It is the faithful echo of a God who wishes to reveal himself to us and desires us to respond.

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There are four parts to the Catechism. The four parts or pillars are:

  1. The Profession of Faith
  2. The Celebration of the Christian Mystery
  3. Life in Christ
  4. Christian Prayer 

Resources

Proclamation Video – The first video is meant to rouse the spiritual curiosity that allows us to be prepared to hear the Gospel message. These videos explore the world and our human experience, and we hope these videos would be especially attractive to those who may not want to watch a video that directly addresses the doctrines of the faith.

Explanation Video – The second video breaks open the content of the passage of the catechism we are addressing in the unit. This video is much more straightforward and is guided by a discussion back and forth between two voices who are exploring the truths of the faith.

Connection Video – The third set of videos is meant to be a real-life application of the passage from the catechism. The tone of this video is often playful and it is meant to connect with the audience on a more practical level that is relevant to their life.

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Watch the curated playlists prepared by Real+True here.

Part 1 – The Profession of Faith

UnitProclamationExplanationConnection
1 CCC 1-25
The life of man is to know and love God.  
What would Earth be like without maps?Is there a plan for my life?  What the Catholic Church actually teaches, about everything
2 CCC 26-49
The desire for God is written on the human heart
Searching for our originsThe desire of the human heartWhat our desires tell us about God
3 CCC 50-141
God desires to reveal himself to us  
What selfies tell us about ourselves  How does God reveal himself to us?  The Big 3: Scripture, Tradition, and the Magisterium  
4 CCC 142-184
Faith is a free and personal response to God made possible by grace 
The power of ‘call & response’ in music  What does it mean to ‘have faith’?  How can we grow in faith?  
5 CCC 185-231
I believe in God
What’s in a name?  Who is God?  What is the Creed and why is it important?
6 CCC 232-421 
The Father Almighty
The mystery of lifeThe story of creationYour story and THE story
7 CCC 422-682
Jesus is true God and true man
Was Jesus a Real Person (or Really God)?Why did God become man?What does it mean to have a relationship with God?
8 CCC 683-747 
The Holy Spirit is the Lord and Giver of Life
The power of breathWho is the Holy Spirit?What it means to be transformed by the Holy Spirit
9 CCC 748-975
The Holy Catholic Church
The difference between given and chosen familiesOne, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic“Church” vs “church”
10 CCC 946-962 
The Communion of Saints
Who are the best role models?What is the ‘communion of saints’?Two things Catholics should know about the communion of saints
11 CCC 976-987 
The Forgiveness of Sins
Is there room for mercy in the justice system?How can the Catholic Church forgive sins?How to forgive
12 CCC 988-1065 
The Resurrection of the Body & Life Everlasting
How to die wellWhat happens after we die?Why Catholics believe in “life everlasting”
Part 1 of the Catechism

Part 2 – Liturgy

UnitProclamationExplanationConnection
13 CCC 1066-1209
Liturgy  
The Power of Public ActsWhat is liturgy?Who does what in the liturgy?
Why the priest mixes water and wine at Mass
14 CCC 1113-1134, 1210-1211
Sacraments
Why do we look for meaning in signs?What are the sacraments?Where are the sacraments found in the Bible?
Are the sacraments just cultural traditions?
15 CCC 1213-1284
Baptism
Have you ever wanted a second chance at life?What is Baptism?Why are we baptized with water?
How does baptism change you?
16 CCC 1285-1321
Confirmation
Signed, sealed, and confirmedWhat happens at Confirmation?Is Confirmation a graduation from our faith?
Why do we take a saint’s name at Confirmation?
17 CCC 1322-1344
Eucharist
How the Eucharist is “food for the journey”How God is with us in the EucharistIs Jesus really present in the Eucharist?
Who is worthy to receive the Eucharist?
18 CCC 1345-1419
Holy Mass
The Jewish Roots of Catholic MassThe Holy Mass, explained by the CatechismWhat does my personal prayer have to do with Mass?
What’s happening during the Eucharistic liturgy?
19 CCC 1420-1498
Reconciliation
Where does guilt come from?How sins are forgiven through the Sacrament of ReconciliationHow to prepare for a good Confession
Do I really need to confess my sins to a priest?
20 CCC 1499-1532
Anointing of the Sick
How community and connection lead to healingWhat is the Anointing of the Sick?When should you get ‘Anointing of the Sick’?
Why doesn’t God just heal people?
21 CCC 1533-1600
Holy Orders
Why does the Catholic Church have priests?How are priests ordained for ministry?What is the difference between Deacons, Priests, and Bishops
22 CCC 1601-1666
Marriage
Commitments vs promises: what’s the difference?What makes Catholic marriage a sacramentWhat are marriage vows and why are they so important?
What’s the difference between divorce and annulment?
23 CCC 1667-1679
Sacramentals
Why are mementos so important to us?What are sacramentals?Are Catholics superstitious?
How to use Holy Water
24 CCC 1680-1690
Funerals
Is life a tragedy?Funerals and hope at the end of our sacramental lifeHow to Attend a Funeral (and Support those Grieving)
Why do Catholics pray for the dead?
Part 2 of the Catechism

Part 3 – Life in Christ

UnitProclamationExplanationConnection
25 CCC 1699-1729
Life in the Spirit
The connection between happiness and relationshipsThe surprising truth about your desire for happinessThe most common misconception people have about freedom
26 CCC 1730-1802
Freedom, Morality, and Conscience
The Relationship Between Choice, Emotion, and LogicWhat does the Catholic Church say about freedom and morality?How to Make Moral Decisions with an Informed Conscience
27 CCC 1803-1948
Sin, Virtues, and The Human Community
How Helping Others Changes UsWhat are the virtues and how do they help us?Why Willpower Alone Won’t Lead to Holiness
28 CCC 1949-2051
Salvation and Grace
Are people inherently good or evil?What is God’s plan for salvation?Does God expect us to be perfect?
29 CCC 2052-2082
The Ten Commandments
How the Laws of Nature and Morality are ConnectedThe Ten Commandments: God’s Law of LoveDecoding the Ten Commandments
30 CCC 1716-1729
The Beatitudes
Does chasing happiness make us unhappy?The Happy Paradox of the BeatitudesIs it possible to live the beatitudes in real life?
31 CCC 2083-2195
Love God with all your heart
Change your Focus, Change your LifeThis is the Most Important Relationship in your LifeIs it a sin to say “OMG?”
Part 3 of the Catechism

Themes

ThemeProclamationExplanationConnection
The Eucharist is sacrifice and communionWhat does ‘sacrifice’ really mean?How the Eucharist is both sacrifice and communionHow silence can change your life

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