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The Essential Catholic Handbook: A Summary of Beliefs, Practices, and Prayers


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How do Catholics pray the rosary?

What are the seven sacraments?

What saint's feast day is celebrated on July 4?

These and many other questions are answered in the Essential Catholic Handbook, a compact guide to the basic tenets of the Catholic faith, now fully indexed.

Presented in seven sections, this book covers fundamental Catholic doctrine in part one; part two details the Church's practices, including the commandments and Precepts of the Church, confession of sins, the corporal and spiritual works of mercy, and an outline of the liturgical seasons of the year.

Part three lists more than twenty significant prayers often used by Catholics, including the Memorare, Angelus, Act of Contrition, and the order of the celebration of the Mass. Part four details living the Catholic faith in the spirit of Vatican II, while part five offers an overview of the documents of this watershed ecumenical council.

A dictionary of essential Catholic terms is contained in part six; part seven gives a daily calendar of Catholic saints.

This newly revised resource is an invaluable reference for individuals and families, as well as a concise companion and cross-reference to the Catechism of the Catholic Church.


An invaluable reference for those who want a topical summary of "what it means to be Catholic."


Forward by John Cardinal O'Connor

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