Catholic Community of St. Joseph Adrian
415 Ormsby Street
Adrian, MI 49221

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Nicene Creed

We believe in one God, The Father, the Almighty, Maker of heaven and earth, of all that is seen and unseen.

We believe in one Lord, Jesus Christ, the only Son of God, eternally begotten of the Father, God from God, Light from Light, True God from True God, begotten, not made, one in being with the Father; through Him all things were made. For us men and for our salvation He came down from heaven, by the power of the Holy Spirit He was born of the Virgin Mary, and became man. For out sake He was crucified under Pontius Pilate; He suffered, died and was buried. On the third day He rose again in fulfillment of the scriptures; He ascended into heaven and is seated at the right hand of the Father. He will come again in glory to judge the living and the dead, and His kingdom will have no end.

We believe in the Holy Spirit, the Lord, the Giver of Life, who proceeds from the Father and the Son, with the Father and the Son He is worshiped and glorified. He has spoken through the prophets.

We believe in one holy catholic and apostolic Church. We acknowledge one baptism for the forgiveness of sins. We look for the resurrection of the dead, and the life of the world to come. Amen.

The Ten Commandments

I. You shall not have strange gods before me.
II. You shall not take God's name in vain.
III. Remember to keep holy the Lord's day.
IV. Honor your father and your mother.
V. You shall not kill.
VI. You shall not commit adultery.
VII. You shall not steal.
VIII. You shall not bear false witness.
IX. You shall not covet your neighbor's wife.
X. You shall not covet you neighbor's goods.

The Great Commandments

I. You shall love the Lord your God with your whole heart, and with your whole soul, and with your whole mind.
II. You shall love your neighbor as yourself.

The Trinity

By the Blessed Trinity we mean one and the same God in three distinct Divine persons, the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.


A Sacrament is an outward sign instituted by Christ to give grace. The Sacraments are Baptism, Confirmation, Penance, Eucharist, Matrimony, Holy Orders, and Anointing of the Sick.

Cardinal Virtues

I. Prudence
II. Fortitude
III. Temperance
IV. Justice

Theological Virtues

I. Faith
II. Hope
III. Love

Seven Capital Sins

PRIDE ... Unrestrained appreciation of self.
GREED ... Immoderate desire for earthly goods.
LUST ... Longing for impure pleasures.
ANGER ...Inordinate desire for revenge.
GLUTTONY ... Unrestrained use of food / drink.
ENVY ... Sorrow over another's good fortune.
SLOTH ... Laxity in keeping the Faith and the practice of virtue, due to the effort involved.

Gifts of the Holy Spirit

I. Wisdom
II. Understanding
III. Council
IV. Fortitude
V. Knowledge
VI. Piety
VII. Fear of the Lord

Fruits of the Holy Spirit  

I. Charity
II. Joy
III. Peace
IV. Patience
V. Kindness
VI. Goodness
VII. Long-suffering
VIII. Humility
IX. Fidelity
X. Modesty
XI. Constinence
XII. Chastity

Spiritual Works of Mercy  

To counsel the doubtful.
To instruct the ignorant.
To admonish the sinner.
To comfort the sorrowful.
To forgive all injuries.
To bear wrongs patiently.
To pray for the living and the dead.

Corporal Works of Mercy

To feed the hungry.
To give drink to the thirsty.
To clothe the naked.
To shelter the homeless.
To visit the sick.
To visit the imprisoned.
To bury the dead.

The Last Things

I. Death
II. Judgement
III. Heaven
IV. Hell

The Beatitudes

I. Blessed are the poor in spirit, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
II. Blessed are they who mourn, for they will be comforted.
III. Blessed are the meek, for they will inherit the land.
IV. Blessed are they who hunger and thirst for justice, for they will be satisfied.
V. Blessed are the merciful, for they will be shown mercy.
VI. Blessed are the clean of heart, for they will see God.
VII. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they will be called children of God.
VIII. Blessed are they who are persecuted for the sake of justice, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Laws of the Church

I. To assist at Mass on all Sundays and holy days of obligation.
II. To fast and abstain on the days appointed.
III. To confess our sins at least once a year.
IV. To receive Holy Communion during the Easter time. To contribute to the support of the Church.
V. To observe the laws of the Church concerning marriage.

Holy Days of Obligation

January 1st Octave of the Nativity: Mary
40 Days after Easter Ascension Thursday
August 15th Assumption of the Blessed Virgin
November 1st All Saints Day
December 8th The Immaculate Conception
December 25th Christmas Day

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