How Well Do You Know….

The Sacraments of Initiation?

Over the last three months I’ve commented on the Church’s Sacraments of Initiation.  Now it’s time to test your knowledge of them with a brief quiz.  Let’s see how well you do!  (Hint:  If you get stuck, all of the answers can be found in The Catechism of the Catholic Church. )


1. What are the sacraments of initiation?

a. Baptism

b. Baptism and Confirmation

c. Baptism and Eucharist

d. Baptism, Confirmation and the Eucharist

e. Baptism, Reconciliation and the Eucharist

2. True or False: After Baptism takes away original sin, our will is no longer inclined toward evil.

3. True or False: Original sin is a personal sin for which we are responsible.

4. True or False: Baptism is necessary for salvation.

5. Which of the following are the essential elements of Baptism?

a. Immersion in water and invocation of the Trinity

b. Immersion or sprinkling of water, presence of a priest, and invocation of the Trinity

c. Immersion or sprinkling of water, presence of a priest, and invocation of Jesus Christ, the second person of the Trinity

d. Immersion or sprinkling of water and invocation of the Trinity

e. Immersion or sprinkling of any clear liquid and invocation of the Trinity

6True or False: Baptism cannot be repeated.

7. Which of these statements regarding the Eucharist are true?

a. In the Eucharist we unite ourselves with the heavenly liturgy and anticipate eternal life

b. The Eucharist is the source and summit of Christian life

c. All of the ministries and sacraments of the Church are bound up with the Eucharist

d. As the source of all spiritual life, the Eucharist must be the first sacrament to be received

e. a, b and c above

8. True or False: Since the Catholic Church teaches that Christ is really present in the bread and wine, the sacrifice of the Eucharist is then a re-sacrifice of Christ on the altar.

9. True or False: In the celebration of the Eucharist with the apostles and his commandment to them to celebrate it until His return, Jesus constitutes the apostles as priests of the New Covenant.

10. The Eucharistic celebration always includes (pick any combination of the following):

a. the singing of a psalm of praise

b. the proclamation of the Word of God

c. thanksgiving to God

d. consecration of bread and wine

e. reception of the Lord’s body and blood

11. True or False: In the Mass it is Christ who both offers the sacrifice and is offered as the sacrifice.

12. Which of the following is true regarding the Eucharist? (Pick any combination of the following):

a. The Church encourages the reception of Communion even in the state of mortal sin

b. A Catholic is obligated to receive Holy Communion during both Advent and Lent

c. The Eucharist preserves us from future mortal sins

d. One is required to be in a state of grace to receive communion

e. The Eucharist wipes away venial sins.

13. To receive the sacrament of Confirmation one must: (Pick any combination of the following)

a. Be confirmed only by the local bishop

b. Be in a state of grace

c. Have the intention of receiving the sacrament

d. Have received the sacrament of Reconciliation prior to confirmation

e. Be  prepared to assume the role of disciple and witness to Christ.

14. Which of the following are the essential elements of Confirmation in the Roman Rite (pick any combination of the following;)

a. The words: “Be sealed with the gift of the Holy Spirit.”

b. The laying on of the minister’s hands

c. A symbolic slap on the cheek

d. The anointing of the forehead with sacred chrism

e. The reception of Holy Communion

15. Which of the following real or  symbolic uses of oil parallel the symbolism of anointing in the Rite of Confirmation?

a. It is a sign of abundance and joy

b. It cleanses

c. It heals, since it is soothing to bruises and wounds

d. It signifies beauty, health and strength

e. All of the above

So, how did you do?  Come back to this page next week and I’ll post the answers to these questions or, if you can’t wait to check your knowledge of these sacraments, you can find the answers in the Catechism.

Until next time, may God’s abundant blessings be with you and your family.

Deacon Mark