Questions on the Holy Eucharist
With Answers from the Catechism of the Catholic Church

This set of ten questions serves as an introductory tour to the Catechism of the Catholic Church and highlights the teaching that “the Eucharist is the sum and summary of our faith” (Catechism of the Catholic Church, n. 1327). Each paragraph of the Catechism is numbered for easy reference. The paragraphs listed in parentheses after each question provide the location of the answer to that question. The answers, drawn from the Catechism, follow each question. To explore the Catechism further, use the search, table of contents, and index tools available from St. Charles Borromeo Catholic Church (Picayune, Mississippi) at

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1. What sacrament is the source and summit of the Church’s life? (1324-1327)

2. What is the Real Presence? (1374, 1378-80)

3. Name some other ways Christ is present to His Church. (1373)

4. What do we offer to God the Father along with the Body of the Lord at Mass? (901, 1368)

5. Why do we need an ordained priest or bishop in order to celebrate Mass? (611, 1369, 1546-53)

6. Can Catholics receive Holy Communion at a non-Catholic church and vice versa? (1399-1401, 1336, 1213)

7. How does the Holy Eucharist commit us to the poor? (1397, 1373, 2449, 1379)

8. If we are aware of having committed a mortal sin, what must we do before receiving Holy Communion? (1415, 1457)

9. What virtue is necessary for a true gift of self in friendship? (2346-2347)

10. How did St. Teresa of Avila describe contemplative prayer? (2709)

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