The Precepts of the Church

  • You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation  requires the faithful to participate in the Eucharistic celebration when the Christian community gathers together on the day commemorating the Resurrection of the Lord.
  • You shall confess your sins at least once a year   ensures preparation for the Eucharist by the reception of the Sacrament of Reconciliation, which continues Baptism’s work of conversion and forgiveness.
  •  You shall humbly receive your Creator in Holy Communion at least during the Easter season  guarantees as a minimum the reception of the Lord’s Body and Blood in connection with the Paschal feasts, the origin and center of the Christian liturgy.
  • You shall keep the holy days of obligation   completes the Sunday observance by participation in the principal liturgical feasts which honor the mysteries of the Lord, the Virgin Mary, and the Saints.
  •  You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence     ensures the times of penance which prepare us for the liturgical feasts; they help us acquire mastery over our instincts and freedom of heart.
  • The faithful also have the duty of providing for the material needs of the Church, each according to his abilities.