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Catholic Essentials

A Guide to Understanding Key Church Teachings

Finally, here is a book that provides brief teachings on the basics of the Faith for everyone. Quickly find answers you need to questions on faith, reason, Church governance, Christology, ecclesiology, Apostolic Succession, the Communion of Saints, the precepts of the Church, and much more.

You will learn—and be able to share—the meaning of the sacraments and the Sacred Liturgy, including the importance of Latin in the Mass, and aspects of the awesome mystery that is occurring. You will grow in reverence for the Holy Eucharist through the writings of saints such as Thomas Aquinas and the early Church Fathers.

Fr. Wade describes God's mercy in a relational way, noting that He manifests His mercy as a gift throughout our lifetime before the inevitability of His justice at our judgment. In addition, Fr. Wade addresses a wide variety of contemporary issues, including:

  • Which Church teachings apply to the many unhealthy beliefs promoted in our culture today

  • Points of confusion surrounding vocations to the priesthood and consecrated life

  • The definition of marriage and the vocation of parents

  • What the Church teaches about private revelation, the afterlife, and the Antichrist

  • Cultivating personal spirituality and virtues—regardless of your vocation

  • Modern dilemmas in moral theology, and much more!


I highly recommend Catholic Essentials for its solid doctrine, moral clarity, and compact practicality. It addresses real questions that ordinary people ask today.

Dr. Scott Hahn

Father Wade Menezes, CPM preserves his hallmark calm, clarity, and comprehensiveness, while allowing the reader to readily peruse, study, or pass on the essential doctrines and definitions of our Catholic Faith.

Thomas John Paprocki

This concisely ordered and engagingly written book lays out what we need to know and what we must know to grow in the Faith and in holiness. Fr. Wade continues to make us better Catholics and better people.

Paul Kengor

Given the challenges believers are facing from today’s toxic culture, Catholic Essentials is like a toolbox of truth at your side, helping you implement key elements of the Faith in your everyday life.

Teresa Tomeo






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