Now, everyone can understand the teachings of the Catholic Faith that can transform their lives.
Read the Catechism in the context of the Scripture and Tradition that it draws upon using the brand new Foundations of Faith approach.
The entire Catechism is color coded using the Foundations of Faith approach so readers can easily understand how every single paragraph fits into the big picture of their Catholic Faith.
Each chapter begins with a list of key sources from Scripture and Tradition so readers are able to see the truth and consistency of divine revelation throughout the Church’s history.
Never-before-seen labels and charts, written in everyday language, lead Catholics through the Catechism and show how each teaching contributes to the fullness of our Faith.
Each of the 4 parts of the Catechism is color coded with the 4 unique colors of the Foundations of Faith approach to guide Catholics through each section and help them identify where key teachings are found in the context of God’s divine plan. Carefully designed, full-color pages include easy-to-understand headings, paragraph markers, and more to clearly present what we believe, how we worship, how we live, and how we pray.
Boxes at the beginning of each chapter list relevant sources from the New Testament, Old Testament, ecumenical councils, liturgy, and ecclesiastical writers, making it easy for Catholics to read the Catechism in the context of God’s divine revelation and make connections across the hiastory of the Church. A special, never-before-seen appendix explains hundreds of these sources in further detail.
In addition to clear and simple naming systems for the key teachings of the Church, color-coded boxes draw the reader’s attention to the “In Brief” paragraphs that summarize the Catechism’s content, quickly answering questions about the Church’s teaching on specific topics.
The first-ever edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the Foundations of Faith approach to understanding Catholic teaching.
What is the Foundations of Faith?
The Catholic Faith is rooted in Scripture and Tradition.
The truth and beauty of the Catholic Church is visible in the books of Sacred Scripture and the teachings of Sacred Tradition. Our Faith is rooted in sources such as the writings of early Church Fathers and the declarations of ecumenical councils. Its depth can only be fully revealed when it is understood in the context of its foundations.
The Catechism goes beyond rules and teachings—it is an expression of the eternal truth revealed to the Catholic Church.
The Catechism is a complete collection of what Catholics across the world believe. This eternal truth is built upon God’s Word and the revelation of Sacred Tradition to provide believers with a complete guide to how they should worship, live, and pray on earth to attain eternal life.
The Catechism shows Catholics how to build their lives upon the foundations of the Church and become a dwelling place of the Lord that radiates his glory.
The Catechism contains a call, a call for Catholics not only to read and understand its teachings but to live them. When Catholics discover the fullness of Christ’s Church and choose to live according to its teaching, they become a dwelling place for the light of Christ and shine forth in the world. The Catechism guides Catholics as they seek to become this dwelling place for Christ.
The 4 unique colors of the Foundations of Faith approach correspond to the 4 parts of the Catechism.
What We Believe
(Part One: The Profession of Faith)
How We Worship
(Part Two: The Celebration of the Christian Mystery)
How We Live
(Part Three: Life in Christ)
How We Pray
(Part Four: Christian Prayer)
The Catechism of the Catholic Church, Ascension Edition leads all Catholics, whether lifelong believers or new converts, to discover God’s plan of sheer goodness for their lives.
This treasure of Catholic wisdom is adorned with a white leatherlike cover, gold foil stamping, and 4 silky ribbons.
Dimensions: 6” x 9”
Frequently Asked Questions
What version of the Catechism is the Ascension Edition?
The Ascension Edition is the second edition of the Catechism of the Catholic Church with the revision to paragraph 2267 by Pope Francis. It is the most up-to-date version available.
Should Catholics read the Catechism?
Yes! The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains the truth and beauty of the Catholic Faith. Catholics can discover the fullness of what the Church teaches and all believers across the world believe in common by reading the Catechism.
What should I do if I don’t understand the Catechism?
Starting on January 1, 2023, Fr. Mike Schmitz will read through the whole Catechism in 365 days and provide expert commentary to help Catholics understand the teachings of the Faith in The Catechism in a Year podcast. Listen along with Catholics from around the world!
What edition of the Catechism will Fr. Mike Schmitz be reading from?
Fr. Mike will be reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church, Ascension Edition, which is the second edition with the revision to paragraph 2267 by Pope Francis.
Do I have to use the Ascension Edition for The Catechism in a Year?
While the Ascension Edition is the Catechism that Fr. Mike Schmitz will be reading from in the podcast, any second-edition Catechism can be used to follow along. Earlier versions can also be used though there may be some differences.
When does The Catechism in a Year podcast begin?
The podcast with Fr. Mike Schmitz begins on January 1, 2023. Episodes will be released daily for 365 days.