RENEWAL OF FAITH COMMITMENTS AT PENTECOST

At Easter all Catholics are encouraged to renew their baptismal promises. At Pentecost all Catholics are likewise called to renew the commitment to living their faith in the life of the Church that they made at Confirmation.

This outline is offered as an aid to setting goals for living the faith as a committed Catholic Christian. When completed, do not return this to the parish but keep it as a reminder of your own challenges to live out your faith.

I promise to reject Satan, sin, and the glamour of evil: ____Yes ____No

I believe in God the Father, Jesus Christ, the Holy Spirit, the Catholic Church, the resurrection of the Body, and everlasting life: _____Yes _____No

I will strive for spiritual growth:
By daily prayer:
____Mornings _____Evenings _____At Mealtime
____Prayer visits to the church ____Weekly Mass Attendance
____Daily Thought for the Day (The Word Among Us, etc.)

By reading the Bible:
____1 chapter daily (ideal) ____ 1 chapter weekly
____Reading the Sunday readings before Mass each week

By educating myself about my faith by
_____reading Mississippi Catholic (mississippicatholic.com)
_____looking at the diocesan website (jacksondiocese.org)
_____reading Pope Benedict's weekly talks (vatican.va)
_____reading the parish bulletin/website (stmarybasilica.org)
_____reading other Catholic publications (available in the church library)
_____participating in parish educational programs (RCIA, Why Catholic?, Bible study)
_____By promising to always receive Holy Communion devoutly and prayerfully and never to do so If I am in a state of serious sin.
_____By promising to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation ____at least twice yearly or____whenever I have committed serious sin

I will strive to live a moral life
___By observing the 10 Commandments
___By observing the Precepts of the Church
___By practicing the Corporal and Spiritual Works of Mercy

By refraining from:
_____sinful/lustful thoughts, attitudes, or actions
_____use of pornographic material (print or internet)
_____making judgments about others
_____starting/passing on rumors
_____acting in anger or revenge
_____unfair or unscrupulous business practices

I will strive to actively live my faith in my community
____By living my faith in my/our family; by sharing my faith with others; and my being always authentic in my efforts to live my faith.
____By never acting on the basis of incorrect information about my faith: I will always verify first.
____By being an active member of my parish community (conditions listed here)
____Regular weekend Mass attendance
____Serving in at least one liturgical role each month (usher, greeter, server, cross bearer, lector, Eucharistic minister)
Please specify_______________________________________________________________________________

_____Participating in parish life, parish programs, parish organizations, etc

Please specify_____________________________________________

Making a financial contribution to the parish in an identifiable, meaningful, and regular way.
I intent to contribute $_______weekly $_______monthly $________Yearly total

_____ By living my faith in service to the community of Natchez
_____ Work at the Stewpot at least once per month ______Help with Habitat houses
_____ Give emergency assistance ______Help individuals in need


The one aspect of my faith life that I know I can change and I intend to change is (be specific)

Ten Commandments
  1. I, the Lord, am your God. You shall not have other gods besides me.
  2. You shall not take the name of the Lord, your God, in vain.
  3. Remember to keep holy the Sabbath Day.
  4. Honor your father and your mother.
  5. You shall not kill.
  6. You shall not commit adultery
  7. You shall not steal.
  8. You shall not bear false witness against your neighbor.
  9. You shall not covet your neighbor’s wife.
  10. You shall not covet anything that belongs to your neighbor.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To counsel wrongdoers;
To bear wrongs patiently;
To forgive offenders willingly;
To comfort the afflicted;
To pray for the living and the dead.

Corporal Works of Mercy
To feed the hungry;
To give drink to the thirsty;
To clothe the naked;
To shelter the homeless;
To visit the sick;
To visit the imprisoned;
To bury the dead.
Spiritual Works of Mercy
To instruct the ignorant.
To counsel the doubtful.
To counsel wrongdoers;
To bear wrongs patiently;
To forgive offenders willingly;
To comfort the afflicted;
To pray for the living and the dead.

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