The “Bare Minimum” for Catholics (The 5 Precepts of the Catholic Church w/ Br. Michelangelo)

You’ve heard of the Ten Commandments—but do you know what five precepts the Catholic Church says you must observe to be considered a faithful Catholic?

Today, Fr. Mark-Mary is joined by Br. Michelangelo to discuss the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church, often called the Commandments of the Church or the “bare bones of the Christian life.”

— Five Precepts of the Catholic Church —

  1. You shall attend Mass on Sundays and holy days of obligation.
  2. You shall confess your sins at least once a year.
  3. You shall humbly receive Holy Communion at least during the Easter season.
  4. You shall keep holy the holy days of obligation.
  5. You shall observe the prescribed days of fasting and abstinence.

To learn more about the precepts of the Catholic Church, check out Day 268 of “The Catechism in a Year” (with Fr. Mike Schmitz).

Meet Fr. Mark-Mary

Father Mark-Mary was ordained as a Franciscan Friar of the Renewal (CFR) in 2018 and lives at a friary in the Bronx.

The mission of the CFRs is to wholeheartedly embrace Jesus through fidelity to the Church and her Sacraments. Paired with their commitment to prayer, contemplation, and study of Sacred Scripture, the CFRs serve those around them, especially the poor, in the footsteps of Christ.

Discover beautiful music from the CFRs and Fr. Mark-Mary’s book Habits for Holiness: Small Steps for Spiritual Progressboth available from Ascension.