What’s a “Practicing Catholic” Anyway?
You’re a “practicing Catholic,” but what does that actually mean? Can you name the five requirements for being one?
Yes, there are requirements! What are they? Where did they come from? Why should we do them? What—exactly—do we need to do?
Chances are, you’re already doing them.
But exploring these five “requirements”—or precepts, as they’re properly called—will help you stay close to Jesus Christ, and refocus on what’s most important.
The Five Precepts
Beyond plain obedience, the Five Precepts of the Church show us the way to a fulfilled and holy life.
They are God’s guardrails. They keep us out of danger. They are the foundation of the Faith.
Even if you’re a seasoned Catholic, examining these Five Precepts will help you take stock of your life and refocus on what’s truly most important.
In this series, you will learn:
- How to spend every Sunday as God intended (Session 2)
- Why these Catholic “requirements” are a mercy, not a burden! (Session 1)
- The best time to receive Holy Communion (Session 4)
- How the precepts point us to true joy and holiness (Session 7)
- …and much more!
Join us, and Fr. John Eckert, during this 7-part digital series as we unlock these requirements so you can follow Christ with confidence and dedication!
Father John Eckert
Fr. John Eckert is a priest of the Diocese of Charlotte, North Carolina. A cradle Catholic, he grew up surrounded by family, friends, and clergy who exemplified what it meant to truly live the Faith. This helped him discern his calling to the priesthood from a young age. He graduated from Saint Louis University in 2004 with a degree in Political Science and Communication. He entered seminary soon afterwards, studying at the Pontifical College Josephinum in Ohio. In 2010, he was ordained a priest for the Diocese of Charlotte. He has served as Parochial Vicar of Our Lady of Grace in Greensboro and as pastor of St. John the Baptist in Tryon. He now serves as pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Church in Salisbury, where he has been in residence since 2014.
Peter Gohn, a proud Irish Catholic and Massachusetts native, studied History and Theology at The Catholic University of America in Washington, D.C. He then spent several years teaching at Christ the King Catholic High School near Charlotte, North Carolina, while also working as a freelance editor. He joined The Catholic Company in 2017 and became a key member of the Good Catholic project soon after it was launched. When not writing, Peter is likely to be found re-reading his many books, playing his piano, or watching Boston sports. His deep love of ancient and medieval history lends itself to unpacking the many rich traditions of our Catholic faith. He and his wife currently reside in Charlotte, North Carolina.