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St. Michael the Archangel, defend us in battle; be our safeguard against the wickedness and snares of the devil. May God rebuke him, we humbly pray. And do you, O prince of the heavenly host, by the power of God, cast into Hell Satan and all the evil spirits who prowl about the world seeking the ruin of souls. Amen. Advertise Now

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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

FOR ADULTS: AN EXAMINATION OF CONSCIENCE

Mortal Sins

This examination of conscience is not intended merely as a checklist to be used prior to confession. The purpose of this examination is to help souls to know what actions or attitudes are sinful and the gravity of the particular sin. The hope is that this knowledge will serve to keep people from committing these sins.


*  Three things are necessary for a sin to be mortal:

1.Serious matter (things listed on this sheet);

2. Knowledge or firm belief that the act is seriously wrong prior to committing the act;

3. Full consent of the will.


All three of these conditions must be present simultaneously for a sin to be mortal. This means that if you did not know the act was seriously wrong, then you are not guilty of having committed a mortal sin. If you did not will the act, e.g., if you were forced or if it was in a dream, you are not guilty of having committed a mortal sin. All mortal sins committed since your last confession must be confessed by both type and number, i.e., the title of the sin and how many times it was done. If there is a mortal sin from the past that was forgotten and has not been confessed, it should be confessed at your next confession. It is not necessary to confess venial sins, but it is a good and pious practice.


1. I am the Lord your God. You shall not have strange gods before me.

- Involvement in occult practices, e.g., witchcraft, ouija boards, seances, palm reading, tarot cards, hypnotism, divination, astrology, black magic, sorcery, etc.

- Involvement in or adherence to New Age or Eastern philosophies, atheism or agnosticism

- Apostasy (leaving the Church)

- Adherence to a schismatic group

- Putting faith in superstition, e.g., horoscopes, good luck charms, etc.

- Joining the Masons or other secret society

- Receiving Holy Communion in the state of mortal sin

- Receiving the Sacraments of Confirmation or Matrimony while in the state of mortal sin

- Willful participation in illicit (non-emergency) “General Absolution” services

- Being married by a Justice of the Peace or by a minister of another denomination (without dispensation)

- Involvement in false or pagan worship

- Willfully denying the Faith of the Catholic Church

- Despair of God’s grace or mercy

- Presumption (committing a mortal sin with the idea that you can just go to confession)

- Hatred of God

- Simony (buying or selling spiritual things)

- Failure to receive Holy Communion at least once per year ( if possible, during the Easter Season)

- Desecration of the Holy Eucharist


2. You shall not take the name of the Lord your God in vain.

- Using God’s name intentionally as a curse

- Seriously wishing evil upon another

- Serious slander or insult of a sacred person or object

- Making an oath in a secret society

- Telling a lie or withholding a serious sin in confession

- Blasphemy (words of hatred, reproach or defiance toward God; speaking ill of God)

- Perjury (lying under oath)

- Swearing false oaths


3. Remember to keep holy the Lord’s Day.

- Missing Mass on Sunday or a Holy Day of Obligation without a serious reason

- Doing unnecessary work on Sunday for a long period of time, i.e., more than several hours

- Intentional failure to fast or abstain on appointed days

- Requiring employees to work on Sunday in non-essential occupations


4. Honor your father and mother.

- Serious failure to care for aged parents

- Serious neglect of the duties of one’s state in life

- Serious disrespect for or disobedience to parents, superiors or authorities

- Wishing death or evil on parents

- Abuse or serious neglect of children

- Failure to baptize children in a reasonable time (within a few months) after birth

- Serious neglect of the religious education or upbringing of children

- Failure to carry out the last will of deceased parents


5. You shall not kill.

- Murder, homicide or manslaughter

- Procurement of an abortion

- Promoting, counseling or paying for an abortion

- Knowingly voting for someone who is pro-abortion

- Willfully injuring or trying to hurt another person

- Willfully leading another into serious sin

- Driving dangerously or recklessly

- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol

- Willfully harboring hatred for another

- Taking or selling illegal drugs

- Willful drunkenness

- Self mutilation

- Excessive tattoos

- Excessive body piercing

- Piercing of the nipples or sexual organs

- Sterilization

- Promotion of or involvement in euthanasia

- Serious entertainment of suicidal thoughts

- Attempting or intending suicide

- Willful failure to bury the body or ashes of the dead

- Willful engagement in unjust lawsuits

- Bigotry (hatred for persons of other races)

- Intentionally placing temptation before the weak


6. You shall not commit adultery.

- Adultery

- Fornication (intercourse prior to marriage)

- Masturbation or other impure acts with self

- Homosexual acts

- Using a contraceptive

- Dressing or acting in a manner intended to cause arousal in another (spouses excepted)

- Kissing or touching another passionately for the purpose of arousal (spouses excepted)

- Allowing another to kiss or touch you in a sexual manner (spouses excepted)

- Intentionally causing a sexual climax outside of intercourse

- Onanism, i.e. intentional withdrawal and non-vaginal ejaculation

- Flagrant immodesty in dress

- Bestiality (sexual acts with animals)

- Oral Sex (oral stimulation permitted as foreplay in marriage - ejaculation must be vaginal)

- Anal sex or other degrading sex practices

- Prostitution

- Rape

- In-vitro fertilization or artificial insemination

- Surrogate motherhood

- “Selective reduction” of babies in the womb

- Types of fertility testing that involve immoral acts

- Involvement in or support of human cloning

- Willful divorce or desertion

- Incest

- Polygamy or polyandry (many wives/husbands)

- Cohabitation prior to marriage

- Destroying the innocence of another by seducing or introducing them to immorality

- Lust in the heart (“if I could I would”)

- “Swinging” or wife swapping

- Transvestitism or cross dressing


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MAY 1
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER

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MAY 2
ST. ATHANASIUS

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MAY 3
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES

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MAY 4
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS

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MAY 5
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA

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MAY 6
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL

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MAY 7
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI

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MAY 8
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE

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MAY 9
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI

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MAY 10
ST. ANTONINUS

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MAY 11
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI

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MAY 12
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS

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MAY 13
ST. ANDREW FOURNET

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MAY 14
ST. MATTHIAS

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MAY 15
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER

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MAY 16
ST. UBALD

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MAY 17
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON

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MAY 18
ST. JOHN I

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MAY 19
ST. CELESTINE V

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MAY 20
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA

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MAY 21
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD

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MAY 22
ST. RITA OF CASCIA

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MAY 23
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI

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MAY 24
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND

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MAY 25
VENERABLE BEDE

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MAY 26
ST. PHILIP NERI

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MAY 27
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY

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MAY 28
BLESSED MARGARET POLE

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MAY 29
ST. MAXIMINIUS

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MAY 30
ST. JOAN OF ARC

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MAY 31
THE VISITATION OF MARY

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