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In Ascension’s The Catechism in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz guides you through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 episodes, providing explanation, insight, and encouragement along the way.
Unlike any other Catechism podcast, The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) podcast follows a reading plan inspired by Ascension’s Foundations of Faith approach, a color-coded approach that reveals the structure of the Catechism, making it easier to read and understand. With this podcast, you’ll finally understand what it means to be Catholic and how the beliefs of the Catholic Faith come together.
Listen and…
Read the ENTIRE Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days
Understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter
Understand how Church teaching is rooted in Sacred Scripture
Absorb over 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition
Encounter God’s plan of sheer goodness for your life
Each 15-20 minute episode includes:
A guided prayer to help you enter into each episode
A reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
An explanation from Fr. Mike Schmitz about the reading
The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz‪)‬ Ascension

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In Ascension’s The Catechism in a Year podcast, Fr. Mike Schmitz guides you through the entire Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 episodes, providing explanation, insight, and encouragement along the way.
Unlike any other Catechism podcast, The Catechism in a Year (with Fr. Mike Schmitz) podcast follows a reading plan inspired by Ascension’s Foundations of Faith approach, a color-coded approach that reveals the structure of the Catechism, making it easier to read and understand. With this podcast, you’ll finally understand what it means to be Catholic and how the beliefs of the Catholic Faith come together.
Listen and…
Read the ENTIRE Catechism of the Catholic Church in 365 days
Understand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matter
Understand how Church teaching is rooted in Sacred Scripture
Absorb over 2,000 years of Sacred Tradition
Encounter God’s plan of sheer goodness for your life
Each 15-20 minute episode includes:
A guided prayer to help you enter into each episode
A reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church
An explanation from Fr. Mike Schmitz about the reading
The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    Day 29: Knowing the Name of God

    Day 29: Knowing the Name of God

    We can learn a lot about the nature of God from his Divine Name revealed in Scripture. When God said to Moses, “I am who I am,” this was a revelation of a name as well as a refusal of a name. Fr. Mike explains how this mystery reveals truths about God: he is infinitely above all things; we cannot comprehend him, yet he draws close to us. This Divine Name expresses the steadfast, faithful, unchanging love of God for his people, even when we betray and abandon him. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 205-211.


    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy


    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 15 min
    Day 28: The Nature of God

    Day 28: The Nature of God

    In this episode, we discuss the nature of God, “who” God is, beginning with God the Father. Our reading explains how the Creed begins with God the Father because he is the first Divine Person of the most Holy Trinity. God is one Divine Being made up of three persons, and his identity is a deep mystery. Fr. Mike explains that God is a single ‘what’ made up of three ‘who’s.’ Despite this mystery, God is not an anonymous force. He has revealed himself to us by making his name known to us, and he has thus made himself accessible. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 198-204.


    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy


    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 15 min
    Day 27: The Gift of the Creed

    Day 27: The Gift of the Creed

    Today we learn that the Catechism we are reading follows the structure of the Apostles’ Creed with frequent references to the Nicene Creed for further details and explanations. Together, these Creeds aid us in articulating the beliefs we share with all members of the Catholic Church. Fr. Mike discusses why St. Ambrose refers to the Creed as “an ever-present guardian” and “treasure of our soul.” He encourages us to not take this gift for granted. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 193-197.


    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy


    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 11 min
    Day 26: Communion of Believers

    Day 26: Communion of Believers

    Today we further realize the sense of the word “credo,” meaning “I believe.” As we read the Apostles’ Creed and the Nicene Creed, we discover the differences between the two and come to understand how the Nicene Creed, which came centuries later, expands upon and explains the beliefs of the Apostles’ Creed. Fr. Mike tells us that these Creeds help us to share the essential elements of Catholicism, acting as “symbols of faith,” and encouraging communion between believers. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 185-192.


    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy


    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 19 min
    Day 25: Summary of Faith

    Day 25: Summary of Faith

    Today we learn that we must not believe in anyone but God. As Catholics, we can’t pick and choose the areas of Church teaching we want to accept; we must believe the entire truth of the Faith because we believe in God, who has revealed it to us. Fr. Mike teaches us to pray daily to be good students as we learn and grow from our mother, the Church. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 176-184.


    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy


    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 12 min
    Day 24: Unity of Faith

    Day 24: Unity of Faith

    As we wrap up the current section, we learn about the unity of faith and how the Church is meant to be united in Christ through apostolic succession. In addition, Fr. Mike reminds us that, as Catholics, we don’t just believe in formulas. We believe in the realities those formulas express. Lastly, Fr. Mike encourages us to trust in the Church, who guards the truths of the Faith and passes them down through the ages. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 170-175.


    For the complete reading plan, visit ascensionpress.com/ciy


    Please note: The Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

    • 15 min

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guildwoman ,

Thank you for your deep faith!

Fr. Mike has the gift of reading and understanding the wisdom of our Holy Church. One thing you said is its okay to have questions when we say yes to God and trust he uses the Church as a vehicle to knowing loving and obeying him. As a life long Catholic I have already said yes! Now I want to know the things I have said yes to. I am enjoying so much this podcast. Thanks be to God!

aprendiendomife ,

Understanding our Catholic faith

I am glad to be listening to the podcast . I study English as a second language for 2 1/2 years and the way F. Mike is explaining our beautiful faith is enough for me to understand him. Very clear in his explanations which is helping me kind of put things in order as far as my beliefs and the teachings of the church.
Thank you F. Mike for this !

💪💃🏃💪👉 ,

Stick with it!!

The first few days may seem a little slow, but I promise - stick with it! It’s so enlightening and already is helping to deepen my understanding of the faith.

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