in Question and Answer Format
The Reason for this Webpage
Below are two catechisms I wrote mainly for my children and grandchildren. One, My Little Catechism, is for beginners (up to Grade 4), and the other, My Free Catechism, is for older children and young adults. I've now decided to make these materials, or "books," available to other parents who feel the need to supplement their children's catechetical instruction in school with something more systematic.
Let me explain what prompted me to write these catechisms in the first place. I noticed that the books that my children and grandchildren have been using in school, while rich in salvation history, are somewhat weak in dogma, and the children seem to have a difficult time learning and retaining the fundamentals of the faith even after several years of religious instruction. So, I thought I'd write supplementary catechetical material that would have a more systematic and dogmatic approach. For this purpose, I decided to use a question-and-answer format, similar to the catechism I myself used when I was little. I figured that if it worked for me and for millions of other children a few generations ago, then it should work for my grandchildren as well. Below are the results of my effort to write the children's catechisms.
Just click the download buttons below, and your PDF reader should automatically open the desired document for you. You may then save the documents on your computer. These pdf files may be printed or uploaded to most children's iPads or tablets. Many older children have a computer tablet that they use for games. Once the books are uploaded to their tablets, the children can access their catechism as easily as they can activate their games.
I wrote these books solely for educational, home use, assuming that parents will also assist their children by clarifying or explaining anything they find unclear or answering their questions. All the books have an imprimatur. Please feel free to download, copy, and share these books with other parents or friends, or give them a link to this webpage. Just make sure that you don't charge anything for using these materials. You received them freely, so please share them freely.
For beginners up to Grade 4, or for those preparing for First Confession and First Communion:
For older children and young adults:
You might enjoy reading the same books on the Internet Archive website and also downloading them in other formats than PDF. Use the buttons below to bring you directly to the Internet Archive webpage where these books are located:
When you are on the reading screen of the Internet Archive, click on the page to turn it. It is cool because it reads like a book. If you want to download the book, you must scroll a little below the reading screen to see the various download options. Note that the hyperlinks do not work when you are on the reading screen. However, all the hyperlinks work when you download the books in PDF format.
The Apostles' Creed
Prayer and Christian Perfection
All 4 Books in one Merged File
w/ My Little Book of Prayers