Lesson Thirty-Sixth of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 is the second of two lessons on the commandments, or precepts, of the Church.
The third commandment of the Church requires us to take part in the Sacrament of Confession at least once per year, in preparation for fulfilling our Easter Duty, which is the fourth commandment of the Church.
The fifth commandment requires us to support our pastors, parish, and school, while the sixth details the marriage laws of the Church.
The questions are numbered consecutively with Lesson Thirty-Fifth. For more information and links to other resources, click on each question below.
A. By the command of confessing at least once a year is meant that we are obliged, under pain of mortal sin, to go to confession within the year.
A. We should confess frequently, if we wish to lead a good life.
A. Children should go to Confession when they are old enough to commit sin, which is commonly about the age of seven years.
A. He who neglects to receive Communion during the Easter time commits a mortal sin.
A. The Easter time is, in this country, the time between the first Sunday of Lent
and Trinity Sunday
A. We are obliged to contribute to the support of our pastors, and to bear our share in the expenses of the church and school.
A. The meaning of the commandment not to marry within the third degree of kindred is that no one is allowed to marry another within the third degree of blood relationship.
A. The command not to marry privately means that none should marry without the blessing of God's priests or without witnesses.
A. The meaning of the precept not to solemnize marriage at forbidden times is that during Lent and Advent
the marriage ceremony should not be performed with pomp or a nuptial Mass.
A. A nuptial Mass is a Mass appointed by the Church to invoke a special blessing upon the married couple.
A. Catholics should be married at a nuptial Mass, because they thereby show greater reverence for the holy Sacrament and bring richer blessings upon their wedded life.