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the central table at the front of the church where the Eucharist is celebrated


the people gathered together for worship


the Sacrament in which a person is immersed in water or has water poured on him or her. Baptism takes away Original Sin and all personal sin, and makes a person a child of God and member of the Church.


the Word of God written in human words. The Bible is the holy book of the Church.

Book of Gospels

the book containing the Gospel readings from which the priest or deacon proclaims the Gospel during Mass

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


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


a statement of the Church’s beliefs


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


the Sacrament in which Jesus shares himself, and the bread and wine become his Body and Blood


God’s free and loving gift to humans of his own life and help

Holy Trinity

the one God in three Divine Persons—God the Father, God the Son, and God the Holy Spirit

Ite missa est

the dismissal said by the priest in Latin. It means “Go, the dismissal is made.”

Liturgy of the Eucharist

the second main part of the Mass that includes Holy Communion

Liturgy of the Word

the first main part of the Mass during which we hear God’s Word proclaimed

Paschal Candle

a large, decorated candle sacrifice giving up something out of love for that is lit from the new fire at the Easter Vigil. This candle is lit at all masses during the Easter season. It is also lit at Baptisms and funerals.

Paschal Mystery

the mystery of Jesus’ suffering, Death, Resurrection, and Ascension

Penitential Act

a part of the Introductory Rites at Mass, when we are called to think about our sins and ask for God’s mercy

Prayer of the Faithful

prayer at Mass for the needs of the Church and the world

Real Presence

the teaching that Jesus is really and truly with us in the Eucharist. We receive Jesus in his fullness.

Sacred Scripture

another name for the Bible. Sacred Scripture is the inspired Word of God written by humans.


giving up something out of love for someone else or for the common good (the good of everyone). Jesus sacrificed his life for all people.


heroes of the Church who loved God very much, led holy lives, and are now with God in heaven

Seven Sacraments

special signs and celebrations that Jesus gave his Church. They allow us to share in God’s life and work.


the special place in the church where the Blessed Sacrament is reserved after Mass for those who are ill or for Eucharistic Adoration


the process by which the power of the Holy Spirit and the words of the priest transform the bread and wine into the Body and Blood of Jesus