By the command of confessing at least once a year is meant that we are obliged,
under pain of mortal sin, to go to confession within the year.
We should confess frequently, if we wish to lead a good life.
Children should go to Confession when they are old enough to commit sin, which
is commonly about the age of seven years.
He who neglects to receive Communion during the Easter time commits a mortal
The Easter time is, in this country, the time between the first Sunday of Lent
and Trinity Sunday.
We are obliged to contribute to the support of our pastors, and to bear our
share in the expenses of the church and school.
The meaning of the commandment not to marry within the third degree of kindred
is that no one is allowed to marry another within the third degree of blood
The command not to marry privately means that none should marry without the
blessing of God's priests or without witnesses.
The meaning of the precept not to solemnize marriage at forbidden times is that
during Lent and Advent the marriage ceremony should not be performed with pomp
or a nuptial Mass.
A nuptial Mass is a Mass appointed by the Church to invoke a special blessing
upon the married couple.
Catholics should be married at a nuptial Mass, because they thereby show
greater reverence for the holy Sacrament and bring richer blessings upon their