This is Our Faith: A Catholic Catechism for Adults

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Introduction                                                                                        vii
Part 1: The Profession of Faith                                                           1
1.The Existence of God                                                                       3
2.God: Our Loving Creator                                                                13
3.Jesus: Lord and Messiah                                                                29
4.Jesus: Teacher and Savior                                                              45
5.The Holy Spirit: The Power of Love                                                 59
6.The Blessed Trinity: Unity in Community                                         73
7.People of God: The Christian Community                                       85
8.The Church: One, Holy, Catholic, and Apostolic                              99
9.Ecumenism: The Church and Other Religions                                113
10.The Communion of Saints and the Blessed Mother                     125
11.Christian Destiny: The Last Things                                               137
Part 2: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery            153
12.Celebrating the Paschal Mystery through
Liturgy and the Sacraments                                                               155
13. Two Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism and Confirmation             171
14.The Eucharist                                                                                187
15.The Sacraments of Healing: Penance and
the Anointing of the Sick                                                                     201
16.Sacraments at the Service of Communion I: Holy Orders             215
17.Sacraments at the Service of Communion II: Matrimony              227
Part 3: Life in Christ                                                                   241
18.Foundations of Catholic Morality                                                   243
19.Catholic Teaching on Social Justice                                              261
20.The Christian Call to Holiness                                                       279
21.The First Three Commandments: Love of God                             291
22.The Last Seven Commandments: Love of Neighbor                    303
Part 4: Christian Prayer                                                 323
23.Christian Prayer                                                                            325
24.The Lord’s Prayer                                                                         337
Appendix                                                                                            345
Additional Information                                                                        345
Traditional Prayers and Devotions                                                     349
Notes                                                                                                 355
Selective Glossary of Terms                                                              357
Index                                                                                                  365

This Is Our Faith: A Catholic Catechism for Adults is a bestselling overview of the faith for those preparing entry into the Church, as well as for both newly initiated and lifelong Catholics who wish to understand Church teachings more clearly. This revised and updated edition strengthens one of the strongest endorsements of the book: that it communicates important Church teachings in an engaging and understandable manner.

Revised and updated in collaboration with longtime RCIA leaders, this new edition of This Is Our Faith has been refreshed with two new chapters, with language and style more in line with the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and with updated cultural and historical references.

The text maintains the popular book’s accessible tone and easy-to-follow organization, following the four pillars of the Catechism:

  • the Profession of Faith
  • celebration of the sacraments, liturgy, and the Paschal Mystery
  • life in Christ: foundations of Catholic morality
  • Christian prayer

Chapters in each of the four parts lead with a thought-provoking story that connects the reader to important teachings, which are then communicated through an easy-to-understand question-and-answer format. Discussion questions and suggestions for additional reading are included for RCIA and parish adult-education groups wishing to explore Church teachings in a group environment.

This Is Our Faith provides a solid, clear presentation of the Catholic faith for adults at any stage in their faith journey.


"An inviting, accessible, complete explanation of the Catholic faith."

"This book is gold. I don’t think I’ve ever read a more inviting, accessible, complete explanation of the Catholic faith. This is Our Faith is more than a catechism; it is an invitation to believe! Pennock explains the faith with the patience of an experienced fellow traveler on the way to God. With a conversational style that combines question-and-answer with scripture reflection, prayer, and examples from the saints and human experience, he draws the reader into a living understanding of the faith. I highly recommend this to everyone with questions, wherever they are on their journey. It belongs on every Catholic’s bookshelf."

Sarah Christmyer
Codeveloper and author of The Great Adventure Catholic Bible Study program

"A valuable resource in faith formation for decades."

"This Is Our Faith has been a valuable resource in faith formation for decades and this new edition will solidify its place on the book shelves of parish leaders, catechists, and catechumens alike for years to come. I have always admired the work of Michael Pennock and his ability to make complex theological concepts accessible to beginners and those hungry to learn more about our Catholic faith."

Jared Dees
Creator of
Author of 31 Days to Becoming a Better Religious Educator

"Thorough yet never overwhelming."

"We have used This Is Our Faith with our catechumenates for ten years. Our RCIA team unanimously decided there is still no better catechism for our weekly RCIA sessions than This Is Our Faith. We especially like that it matches the general structure of the Catechism of the Catholic Church, and references it throughout. In addition, each chapter works wonderfully with our ninety-minute weekly sessions. The number of chapters corresponds quite well with the period from early September to Easter. The topics in This Is Our Faith are covered thoroughly yet are never overwhelming. The writing is crisp and accessible."

Dwight Johnson
Director of RCIA
Holy Eucharist Church in Cherry Hill, New Jersey

"Still the first book I go to for new seekers."

 "After more than thirty years in adult faith formation ministry, This Is Our Faith is still the first book I go to for new seekers, no matter their status. From the uncatechized to the fully initiated and practicing, there is something for everyone in This Is Our Faith—something accessible, something inviting, something understandable, something encouraging, and something wonderful!"

Martha Danks-Ferguson
Director of Adult Faith Formation
St. Anthony of Padua Catholic Church in Fresno, California




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