Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the 2nd Sunday of the Easter Season: this year on April 23, 2017. This Sunday has been variously known as the Octave of Easter, Low Sunday, White Sunday, or St. Thomas Sunday but has been promoted as the Sunday of Divine Mercy since the canonization of Sister Faustina Kowalska in 2000. Divine Mercy is the Easter Gift that the Church receives from the risen Christ and offers to humanity.
Which of the following statements about Divine Mercy Sunday is true?
A) Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated world-wide on the Sunday after Easter.
B) Sister Faustina Kowalska was instrumental in developing the image of the Divine Mercy as a result of visions she experienced while at prayer.
C) Divine Mercy is a gift to all of humanity and not reserved to believers alone.
D) All of the above.
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The Standing Rock Sioux Tribe has been in the news lately with their efforts to halt the progress of the Dakota Access pipeline. Which of the following statements about this issue is false?
A) The U.S. Army Corps promised the tribe an environmental-impact review of the pipeline in December.
B) A district court judge denied their request to halt the drilling on Feb. 13, 2017.
C) The tribe is taking legal action against President Trump’s executive order because they say it disregards treaty rights and violates the law.
D) Chief Arvol Looking Horse, of the Lakota, Dakota and Nakota Nations says the Creator designed Mother Earth simply as a resource of life and not the source of life itself.
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Last year (2016) was a leap year. In leap year, an extra day on February 29 is added to the calendar as a corrective measure, because the Earth does not orbit the sun in precisely 365 days. Without leap days, the calendar would be off by 5 hours, 48 minutes, 45 seconds each year. After 100 years, the seasons would be off by 25 days. The extra leap day adjusts this drift. When will the next leap year occur?
Black History Month, also known as African-American History Month, is an annual observance in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom for remembrance of important people and events in the history of the African diaspora. It is celebrated annually in the United States and Canada in February, and the United Kingdom in October.
Which of the statements below is true?
A. Kwanzaa is celebrated each year during Black History Month.
B. The National Underground Railroad Freedom Center in Cincinnati, Ohio, features programming exclusively concerned with the historical Underground Railroad.
C. Most Public Libraries feature displays and programming highlighting the history and accomplishments of Black Americans during February each year.
D. February has been designated Black History Month in the United States since 1964.
Friday, January 20, 2017 is Inauguration Day for the president and vice-president elect.
Which of the following statements is true?
a) The terms of the outgoing president and vice president end at noon on Inauguration Day.
b) The date and time for the Inauguration is set by the Constitution.
c) The number of consecutive terms a president may serve is set in the 22nd Amendment to the Constitution.
d) All of the above.
Many stories exist about the evolution of St. Nicholas, the early Christian bishop, into our modern day Santa Claus.
Which statement concerning this fourth-century saint is not true?
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A) The hanging up of stockings by the fireplace is a tradition that arose from the legend of the poor man’s dowry-less daughters.
B) St. Nicholas is also a patron saint of sailors because he protected some sailors caught in a storm off the coast of Turkey.
C) The sailors of the Italian port of Bari carry his statue out to sea each year so he can bless the waters.
D) St. Nicholas became popular again in the Elizabethan era when writers, poets and artists rediscovered the old stories.
Sunday November 6, 2016 will mark the end
of Daylight Savings Time in the United States.
Which of the following statements concerning this annual change
is not true.
A) The time change takes place at 2 am.
B) Because of the time change everyone gets an extra hour of sleep in the spring.
C) The return to Standard Time in the fall means that the mornings are lighter but the evenings get dark earlier.
D) With the fall change to Standard Time anyone who forgets to reset the alarm clock will arrive one hour early to Church on Sunday.
The Transitus of St. Francis of Assisi is celebrated on October 3rd, the night before his feastday. Which of the following statements concerning the Transitus is true?
a) Franciscans celebrate the passing of St. Francis at a special service called the Transitus.
b) Francis asked that the brothers sing the Canticle of Creation when he was dying.
c) Francis blessed the brothers as he lay dying.
d) Francis’s body was raised in the air as he lay dying.
Mother Teresa of Calcutta will be canonized on September 4, 2016. Which of the following statements is not true.
A) Mother Teresa was born in Macedonia in 1910.
B) Mother Teresa founded the Missionaries of Charity in 1928.
C) Mother Teresa won the Nobel Peace Prize in 1979.
D) The Missionaries of Charity provide comfort and care for the needy, dying, sick and "poorest of the poor" all over the world.
Clare of Assisi (July 16, 1194 – August 11, 1253) was born Chiara Offreduccio and became one of the first followers of St. Francis of Assisi. She founded the Order of Poor Ladies and her feast day is observed on August 11. The following statements recount some of her accomplishments. Can you identify the one that occurred on her deathbed?
A) Clare’s mother Ortolana, and her sisters Beatrix and Catarina, joined the Poor Ladies at San Damiano.
B) Clare left her home to follow Francis on Palm Sunday in 1212.
C) Pope Gregory IX granted Clare and her sisters the Privilegium Paupertatis which guaranteed their right not to accept any possessions.
D) Clare, armed only with the Blessed Sacrament, met the army of Frederick II as they prepared to plunder Assisi and they fled the city without inflicting any harm.
E) Clare wrote the Rule of Life for the Poor Ladies of San Damiano, the first monastic rule known to have been written by a woman, and it was approved by the Pope on August 9, 1253.
Mary Magdalene is known as Mary of Magdala and sometimes the Magdalene. She traveled with Jesus as one of his followers and is said to have witnessed Jesus’ crucifixion and resurrection. Which of the following statements about Mary Magdalene cannot be historically substantiated?
A) Jesus cast seven demons out of her.
B) She is considered a saint by Catholic, Eastern Orthodox, Anglican and Lutheran churches.
C) She was a repentant prostitute or loose woman.
D) She is named at least 12 times in the Gospels, more than most of the apostles.
Next week we celebrate the Fourth of July, also known as Independence Day.
Which of the following statements concerning this annual summer holiday is not true?
A) July 4th has been a federal holiday in the United States since 1941.
B) The tradition of Independence Day celebrations goes back to the 17th century and the American Revolution (1775-83).
C) July 4, 1776 is the date the delegates to the Continental Congress adopted the Declaration of Independence.
D) On July 2, 1776 the Continental Congress voted in favor of independence.
A popular short prayer taken from the words of Scripture is "Lord Jesus, son of the living God, have mercy on me, a sinner." What is the name given to the prayer?
A) The Prayer for Mercy
B) The Jesus Prayer
C) Praying the Gospel
D) St. Mark’s Prayer
May is one of two months of the year devoted to the Blessed Mother. What is the other month?
Arbor Day is a national holiday usually celebrated on the last Friday of April, the 29th this year.
Which of the following is celebrated on Arbor Day?
Pope Francis has issued a new document on "The Joy of Love," or Amoris Laetitia.
"Amoris Laetitia" is an example of:
A) Papal exhortation
B) Vatican newsbrief
C) Papal encyclical
D) Ecclesiastical canon
Families celebrate Easter in many ways: special meals, Easter egg hunts, baskets of treats, visiting family, etc.
The Church also celebrates the feast of Easter with great ceremony. Which of the following statements is not true.
A) The liturgical season of Easter is celebrated for 50 days, concluding with Pentecost Sunday.
B) The first eight days of Easter Time are called the "Octave of Easter" and are celebrated as solemnities of the Lord.
C) The fortieth day after Easter is the Feast of the Ascension which is observed as a Holyday of Obligation
unless it is assigned to the Seventh Sunday of Easter by the Diocese.
D) The liturgical color for Easter is purple.
St. Patrick is the patron saint and national apostle of Ireland
who is credited with bringing Christianity to Ireland.
March 17 is widely accepted as the date of St. Patrick’s death in A.D. 461.
Was there really a St. Patrick? Definitely.
Did he really drive the snakes out of Ireland? Probably not.
We wear a shamrock on St. Patrick’s Day because Patrick used its three leaves to explain the Trinity.
But, as far as we know, he never drank green beer or ate green eggs and ham!
Which of the following statements is not true?
A) St. Patrick was not Irish, but was born in Britain around 350 AD.
B) There are more people of Irish descent living in America than in Ireland.
C) The first St. Patrick’s Day parade actually began in 1762 in America.
D) Green eggs and ham is a popular dish which originated in Ireland.
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Lent is a season of penance for all who wish to grow closer to God. Catholics are reminded that the Church requires the faithful to observe specific acts of penance. Which of the penitential acts below is not required during Lent?
A) Supporting the fish fries held by local parishes.
B) Fasting on Ash Wednesday and Good Friday by all who are between the ages of 18-59.
C) Abstaining from meat on Ash Wednesday and the Fridays during Lent by all over the age of 14.
D) Members of the Eastern Catholic Churches are to observe the particular law of their own sui iuris Church.
St. Josephine Bakhita is the patron saint of Sudan and intercedes for all who are victims of slavery because:
A) She was kidnapped and sold into slavery and was forced to convert to Islam.
B) She found freedom in Italy in 1889 and was baptized and became a Canossian sister.
C) She died in 1947 at Schio, Italy and declared a saint in 2000.
D) All of the above.