Preface To No. 3

I have been requested by several priests to prepare an abridgment of the "Explanation of the Baltimore Catechism" that would be suitable as a classbook for children who have been confirmed or who have completed the study of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2. The "Explanation" itself contains more matter than some of these children can master and it costs a little more than many of them can afford to pay. I have, therefore, selected from the list given in the back of the "Explanation" a large number of the more practical and important questions, to which I have added others, with answers, as full, brief and simple as the matter will permit. These questions and answers are added to those of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2, but with such distinction in type that all may see they are not a part of the Catechism prepared by the Council, but only a development of its meaning.

Whenever questions on the same subject are repeated in the book their object is to bring out some new point or to show their connection with the subject-matter there explained.


Rev. Thomas L. Kinkead


  1. The Lord's Prayer.
  2. The Angelical Salutation.
  3. The Apostles' Creed.
  4. The Confiteor.
  5. An Act of Faith.
  6. An Act of Hope.
  7. An Act of Love.
  8. An Act of Contrition.
  9. The Blessing before Meals.
  10. Grace after Meals.

Table of Contents

The Lessons of the Catechism

  1. On the end of Man
  2. On God and His Perfections
  3. On the Unity and Trinity of God
  4. On Creation
  5. On Our First Parents and the Fall
  6. On Sin and Its Kinds
  7. On the Incarnation and Redemption
  8. On Our Lord's Passion, Death, Resurrection and Ascension
  9. On the Holy Ghost and His Descent Upon the Apostles
  10. On the Effects of the Redemption
  11. On the Church
  12. On the Attributes and Marks of the Church
  13. On the Sacraments in General
  14. On Baptism
  15. On Confirmation
  16. On the Gifts and Fruits of the Holy Ghost
  17. On the Sacrament of Penance
  18. On Contrition
  19. On Confession
  20. On the Manner of Making a Good Confession
  21. On Indulgences
  22. On the Holy Eucharist
  23. On the Ends for which the Holy Eucharist was Instituted
  24. On the Sacrifice of the Mass
  25. On Extreme Unction and Holy Orders
  26. On Matrimony
  27. On the Sacramentals
  28. On Prayer
  29. On the Commandments of God
  30. On the First Commandment
  31. The First Commandment -- On the Honor and Invocation of the Saints
  32. From the Second to the Fourth Commandment
  33. From the Fourth to the Seventh Commandment
  34. From the Seventh to the Tenth Commandment
  35. On the First and Second Commandments of the Church
  36. On the Third, Fourth, Fifth and Sixth Commandments of the Church
  37. On the Last Judgment and Resurrection, Hell, Purgatory and Heaven

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