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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 Catholic Media

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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 143: Amen (2024)

    Day 143: Amen (2024)

    Congratulations, we have come to the conclusion of Part One of the Catechism! Fr. Mike reviews the last “nugget” section on death and judgment, inviting us to regularly ponder the moment of our own death and judgment before our Lord. We conclude today with an explanation of the meaning of the word “amen” and the significance it has for our belief in God. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1051-1065.


    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.


    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.

    • 16 min
    Day 142: The New Heaven and the New Earth (2024)

    Day 142: The New Heaven and the New Earth (2024)

    What will happen to humanity and the entire universe at the end of time? Fr. Mike shares with us the joyous hope of the new heaven and the new earth that awaits us after the Last Judgment. We learn that “at the end of time, the Kingdom of God will come in its fullness,” and all of creation will be redeemed and renewed. There will be no more weeping, mourning, nor pain, for death shall be no more. Fr. Mike invites us to hold on to this hope as we struggle on this side of heaven and await this great promise. Today’s Catechism readings are paragraphs 1042-1050.


    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.


    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 141: The Last Judgment (2024)

    Day 141: The Last Judgment (2024)

    We delve into the cosmic event that will take place at the end of time known as the Last Judgment. Fr. Mike explains the difference between the Last Judgment and our particular judgment at the time of our death. We learn that the Last Judgment will reveal the consequences of all our actions and how God’s justice triumphs over all the injustices we’ve committed and suffered. Fr. Mike emphasizes that the message of the Last Judgment is ultimately one of hope and conversion. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1038-1041.


    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.


    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.

    • 16 min
    Day 140: Purgatory and Hell (2024)

    Day 140: Purgatory and Hell (2024)

    Why do purgatory and hell exist? The Catechism teaches us today about the existence and the meaning of purgatory and hell. We learn that purgatory is a transitional state of purification while hell is the state of permanent separation from God. Fr. Mike reminds us that nobody drifts into heaven because “we cannot be united to God unless we freely choose to love him.” Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1030-1037.


    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.


    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.

    • 21 min
    Day 139: I Believe in Life Everlasting (2024)

    Day 139: I Believe in Life Everlasting (2024)

    Together, with Fr. Mike, we explore what happens to us at and after the moment of our death. We examine the importance of understanding that the Christian, who unites his death with Christ Jesus, takes a step towards Christ in everlasting life. Fr. Mike emphasizes that we have an active choice in our journey to our Father in heaven. We should not simply desire Heaven, but actively choose it. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1020-1029.


    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.


    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.

    • 18 min
    Day 138: Summary of the Resurrection of the Body (2024)

    Day 138: Summary of the Resurrection of the Body (2024)

    Together, with Fr. Mike, we arrive at the “nugget day” or summary for the Catechism paragraphs on the Resurrection and the Christian vision of death. Fr. Mike emphasizes that in the face of death, we must not grieve as though we have no hope. He also points out the importance of preparing for the hour of our death. Today’s readings are Catechism paragraphs 1012-1019.


    This episode has been found to be in conformity with the Catechism by the Institute on the Catechism, under the Subcommittee on the Catechism, USCCB.


    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.

    • 14 min

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I want to thank you to everyone involved developing CIY and BIY. I’m on my 5th year for biy and 2nd for CIY.

I’m praying for all involved and especially for Fr Mike. God Blessing to all!

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Fr. Mike, thank you bringing us the catechism and being our virtual spiritual advisor through your teachings about our beautiful faith. May God always be with you and protect you.

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Praying!

I do pray for you Father Mike. I pray that Our Father protect you from evil— the evil of a fallen heart and from the Evil One, who hates the Bride of Jesus. God has blessed you and you are a blessing to so many. “Please Lord put your fortress over him!”

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