Explaining the teachings of the Catholic Church, including the Sacraments, the Precepts, Prayer, Virtues, and muchmore, this manual is written in question and answer format and is an attempt to meet the preliminary needs of the non-Catholic inquiring into the teachings of the Catholic Church. It is hoped that this little book will help explain the teachings of the Church in such a way that the reader may be induced to inquire for further knowledge.Impr 1927, 90 page book.
Illustrating the Catholic Catechism.
The great value of illustrations in teaching children and the uneducated is universally acknowledged. Examples stimulate the imitative instinct, consequently they are a powerful factor in education. The examples in this book are taken from newspapers, schoolbooks, volumes of sermons, and spiritual works and have been arranged and adapted to serve the desired end.
Impr 1906, 596 pg book.
Rev. Francis Spirago.
In the nineteenth century, repeated efforts had been made in the United States towards an arrangement by which a uniform textbook of Christian Doctrine might be used by all Catholics. At last, in 1885, was issued "A Catechism of Christian Doctrine, Prepared and Enjoined by Order of the Third Council of Baltimore." Although the council had desired a catechism "perfect in every respect" (Acta et Decr., p. 219), theologians and teachers criticized several points. Soon various editions came forth with additions of word-meanings, explanatory notes, some even with different Arrangements, so that soon there was a considerable diversity in the books that go by the name of Baltimore Catechism; however, all editions maintain uniform doctrinal teaching. Below we show the more popular Baltimore Catechisms, which were used to instruct generations of Catholics since they first appeared in 1885.
All books in this series are authentic reprints (as all of our books). No revisions or “updates” have been made. Many Baltimore Catechisms on the market today have only the basic answer and have been gutted of a more complete explanation and Scriptural reference. We assure our faithful customers that all Catechisms are complete without any revision or “update” of any kind.
Set available (Primer not included in set, must be ordered separately) in drop down list below!
Baltimore Catechism Primer. A Catechism Primer of Christian Doctrine by Roderick MacEachen, D.D.. Impr 1910. Contains 34 short lessons. This is a Child’s Prayer Book. It is touchingly simply, and millions of copies sold in the last century. It contains no “baby talk,” no sentimentalism, no distracting figures of speech. Every phrase is in the simply and natural language that children would utter in spontaneous, sincere prayers. Many grown-ups love to use this prayer book because of its devout sincerity. 72 page booklet. N-BCP
Baltimore Catechism #1. A Catechism of Christian Doctrine Prepared and Enjoined By Order of the Third Plenary Council of Baltimore. Impr 1885. Contains 33 lessons along with prayers and hymns. 64 page booklet. Usually used in grades 1 through 4. N-BC1
Baltimore Catechism #2. Impr 1911. Contains 37 lessons of considerably more depth and explanation. We have been told this version of Baltimore #2 is comparable to the #3 versions on the market. 128 pages N-BC2
Baltimore Catechism #3. An Advanced Catechism of Catholic Faith and Practice. For Use in the Higher Grades of Catholic Schools. Compiled by Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien. Impr 1901. The aim of this Advanced Catechism is to show that the feasts, devotions, and practices of the Church, together with the duties of the Christian life, are the logical out-growth of the revealed truths of Faith and Morals. It is hoped, the advanced pupils will be able to see clearly the intimate relations between Catholic Faith and Practice, and will grow in admiration and love of the living and practical truths taught and enforced by the Church. 251 page book. N-BC3
Baltimore Catechism #4. Also called An Explanation of the Catechism of Christian Doctrine No. 4. For Use of Sunday School Teachers and Advanced Classes by Rev. Thomas L. Kinkead. Impr 1891. This book is intended for use in high schools, academies and advanced classes in Sunday schools. 421 questions with detailed answers, often over a page in length. A wonderful reference work that will serve the teacher or parent for a life time. 400 pages, PB. N-BC4
By Rev. William L. Doty.
By skillfully employing the technique of narrative and dialogue. Fr. Doty has succeeded in vividly dramatizing the religious truths of the Catechism in terms of everyday living. He has done this by taking situations and incidents that arise in the lives of average boys and girls and building around them interesting stories which illustrate the teachings of the Church.
176 page book, Impr 1948.
By Rev. W. Faerber. Imprimatur 1897.
“Seek ye therefore first the kingdom of God and His justice” Matt. 6,33 Many will remember this Catechism from years past for the clever explanations in small print for many of the questions. For example, Question 276: “How must we resist temptations? We must resist temptations immediately by praying, and by turning our thoughts to other things.” Then in small print: “When a spark of fire falls on our clothes we shake it off instantly.” An intermediate Catechism, it contains 486 questions and answers, often with detailed explanation in smaller print, Prayers and Instructions, Devotions for Confession and a section on the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass and Latin Mass Prayers for servers and singers.
132 page book.
an Historical, Doctrinal, Moral, and Liturgical Exposition or Catholic Religion.
Translated from the French of Abbe Gaume by Rev. F. B. Jamison
The great merit of the Catechism of Perseverance as a text-book for the more advanced instruction of young persons in the history, doctrines and practices of the Christian religion, has been universally admitted. The plan followed by the author is such as to facilitate very much the acquisition of this necessary knowledge, by presenting a connected idea of religion from the creation of man to the end of time. For a more particular explanation of his method, we refer the reader to his introductory remarks. The first edition of the abridged work in English was received with the warmest commendations of the press. In presenting it again to the public, we beg leave to state that it has undergone a careful revision, and many inaccuracies of expression have been corrected. A table of contents has also been added, which will be found very convenient in a book containing so many details. We offer it therefore with confidence to the Catholic community, hoping that it will meet their approbation and answer the important ends for which it was designed.
Imprimatur 1850, 413 page book.
The Church at the Council of Trent, assembled Dec. 13, 1545, seeing the need of a uniform and comprehensive manual which would supply parish priests with an official book of instruction for the faithful, ordered the preparation of the work which has ever since been known as the Catechism of the Council of Trent. There is no single-volume work which so combines solidity of doctrine and practical usefulness with unction of treatment as does this truly marvelous Catechism. From beginning to end it not only reflects the light of faith, but it also radiates, to an unwonted degree, the warmth of devotion and piety.
664 page book, Impr 1923.
A teacher’s Aid-book in five parts with references to the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 This book is meant to be used with the Abbreviated Catechism, which forms the catechism-course for ‘senior’ children (elementary schools). It is, of course, no substitute for the doctrinal aid-book covering the same ground. 480 page book, impr 1939.
Written solely for entertainment!
By Herbert A. Kenny, A.B. & Geoffrey P Keane, A.B., M.D.
Fun for all ages! Share a fun and spiritually educational night with the family!
Contains 40 quizzes of 20 questions each and 2 “advanced” quizzes with 100 questions each. From the Author’s Preface: Although intended chiefly for Catholics, it should nevertheless by of interest to non-Catholics with a general knowledge of the Church. To Catholics and non-Catholics alike it should provide a ready reference book on a variety of matters.
216 page book, Impr 1945
A Catechism in Pictures
by Bishop Morrow.
This is the edition first printed in the 1950’s.
Very complete, it covers every subject from Angels to Zeal. Hundreds of beautiful illustrations! Prepared for those who desire to a have a concise knowledge of the doctrines and practices of the Catholic Church. It is a complete catechism, useful for ready reference, for it takes up in a clean and practical manner the questions and subjects that are likely to arouse the interest of the general reader, whether Catholic or non-Catholic. The perfect gift!
8 x 10. 415 pages.
Based upon the Third Plenary Council Catechism and the Decree of First Communion for Little Children. Arranged by Rev. Thomas J. O’Brien. Originally printed by Benziger Brothers in 1912. A touching little booklet with 13 line drawings that relate to the topic being taught. Includes instruction for Confession and Holy Communion and Hymns along with 27 Lessons.
42 page booklet.
By The Sisters, Servants of the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
Imprimatur 1927, 80 page book.
Full color pictures selected to be interesting to children! My Mass Book has been prepared primarily for children of the first three grades. My Mass Book represents an effort to bring the mysteries of our holy Faith to the sympathetic attention of little children in a manner suited to their capacity and to the deep direction of their lives toward God. To summarize, it is the wonderful story of how our Father, God, loves us, His children.
by the Right Rev. Mgr. J. H. Oechtering, V.G..
Imprimatur and Nihl Obstat, 1904.
From the Preface:
This book will receive a cordial welcome from parents and Catholic teachers. "The educational value of history is universally conceded, and no history has such lessons of wisdom and conduct to teach as that of the Church, which is the continuation of the life and work of Our Divine Lord. It is His permanent, visible presence in the world. It is the continuous verification of His words that the gates of hell shall not prevail. It is all-important, therefore, that the young be made acquainted with the leading facts of Church History, and a Catechism of Church History offers the simplest and most effective means of imparting to them this knowledge. The author of the present volume has had long experience as a pastor and teacher, and it is confidently believed that in publishing this work, he renders a genuine service to our schools." J. L. Spalding, Bishop of Peoria, March 1899.
137 pages, size 4.5" x 6.5". Book is in question/answer format. PB
Also known as the Catechism of Pope Pius X.
From the Notice:
“This Larger Catechism is intended for older children who have already been instructed in what is taught in the Short Catechism.
It is followed by an Instruction on the Principal Feasts of the Church and by a very short Summary of the History of Religion; so that nothing may be wanting to what is necessary to the religious instruction of the young.”
To the Lord Cardinal Peter Respighi:
“Clearly explains the rudiments of Holy Faith and those Divine Truths to which the life of every Christian should be conformed.
The use of this text will be obligatory for public and private instruction in the Diocese of Rome and in all others of the Roman Province, and we trust that all other Dioceses will adapt it and this have one text, at least for all Italy, which is a universal desire.”
357 page, softbound book.
Imprimatur, 1954. 256 page book.Father Grace, in the 1950s, offered a series of lectures for those inquiring about the Catholic Church and also for “cradle” Catholics who wanted a refresher course on the doctrines of the Church. The reader will appreciate that here is a book, composed of his lectures, that has converted tens of thousands to the faith in dozens of different countries and that the material is organized and easy and enjoyable to read; or, in other words, we can say it is both an effective and proper instruction of inquirers. In addition to the Catechumen or inquiring Catholic this book will be most helpful for the busy clergy or nun; it also is an excellent source for teachers of religion or theology in high school or college classes. May this book serve as a broad gateway, for numerous souls, to the truths that save in time and eternity.