Cardinal’s “Short Catechism” on the Sacraments Published

January 01, 2011

Have you ever wondered what the sacraments of the Catholic Church mean and what their significance is to Catholics? Perhaps you have a relative who is about to get married or know a co-worker who is becoming a Catholic. In his new book, The Sacraments: A Continuing Encounter with Christ, Cardinal Donald Wuerl, Archbishop of Washington, walks readers through the seven sacraments and their role in the life of the Church.

The new book, published by Our Sunday Visitor is a “mini catechism” that draws from Cardinal Wuerl’s best-selling book, The Teaching of Christ, first published in 1976. Each of the Church’s sacraments are addressed in a clear and concise manner, including explaining the signs and symbols ritualized and the book includes discussion questions so readers may gain a deeper understanding of the sacraments. This book is a great resource for Catholics who want to learn more about their faith and an essential tool for catechists.

“The seven Sacraments, instituted by Christ, are the means by which the Catholic Church offers to each person the life giving love and presence of God, that is grace,” said Cardinal Wuerl in the introduction to the book. A video introduction by Cardinal Wuerl may be found on the archdiocese’s You Tube Channel (WashArchdiocese).

The Sacraments is available for purchase on and through Our Sunday Visitor.

Chieko Noguchi
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