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Communion of Saints

everyone who believes in and follows Jesus—people on Earth and people who have died and are in purgatory or heaven

Concluding Rites

the last of the four parts of the Mass, when we are blessed and sent out into the world to share the Good News of Jesus with others

confession

telling your sins to the priest

conscience

an ability given to us by God that helps us make choices about right and wrong. This gift helps us desire to do good and know what God wants us to do.

Consecration

the part of the Eucharistic Prayer in which the priest prays the words of Jesus over the bread and wine, and these elements become the Body and Blood of Christ

contrition

being sorry for your sins and wanting to live better

conversion

the continual process of becoming the people God made us to be. It is a response to God’s love and forgiveness and a turning away from sin.

covenant

a sacred promise or agreement between God and humans

creed

a statement of the Church’s beliefs

crucifix

a cross with the body of Jesus on it. The crucifix reminds us of Jesus’ sacrifice and God’s unconditional love and mercy.