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


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 daysUnderstand the essentials of the Catholic Faith and why they matterUnderstand how Church teaching is rooted in Sacred ScriptureAbsorb over 2,000 years of Sacred TraditionEncounter God’s plan of sheer goodness for your lifeEach 15-20 minute episode includes:A guided prayer to help you enter into each episodeA reading from the Catechism of the Catholic Church An explanation from Fr. Mike Schmitz about the readingThe Catechism of the Catholic Church contains adult themes that may not be suitable for children - parental discretion is advised.

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  • lola_8913
    Last year, I was called to start my journey in Catholicism. I was lost for 17 years battling with my faith and drifting from Christ. I started getting random signs to come back. Ft. Mike popped up on my YouTube suggestions…How? I do not know. But after watching his presentation on the intimacy of the Eucharist I dove deeper into Catholicism. I reached out the week before Easter to my local Catholic Church and they got me into RCIA 23-24. It is important to me that if I decided to be Catholic I wanted to look at the Catechism and say whole heartedly and confidently, “Yes. I understand it, and I believe this.” Thanks to this podcast I can and will. This Easter I am going to receive my First Communion and Confirmation. I am excited and eternally grateful for everyone that was involved with this podcast and every listener that prayed for me as a fellow listener. I will continue to pray for everyone. God Bless you all!
  • Rootiekazoo
    Pre-Episodes #CIY 2023 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻
    Yay! Hi all. Excited to take this journey with you all #CIY family. God Bless all worldwide and here we go again;) Hope all had a blessed Thanksgiving 2022:) Thanks so much Father Mike-eee, we love you forever, prayers galore;) Peace be with you and one and all. 🙏🏻🦃❤️ A Blessed Advent Season to all. Suga Suga 🍯🍯🍯 Happy Birthday, Jesus. 🙏🏻❤️🙏🏻 Momma and I are doing the #CIY together this year 2023. Yay! 😂 Here, here to the entire #CIY family, blessings to all. 🦋🦋🦋 A Blessed Lenten Season 2023 to you, yours and ours worldwide. May we all be blessed in unity and peace. ✨😂🙏🏻 Just the sight of your face Fr. Mike, cracks me up like a mutha, lol. 😆😆😆. #CCC check, check, check it out #Catechism Of The Catholic Church. May showers bring spring flowers, God is great! 🙏🏻❤️☘️ Happy Mother’s Day 2023 to all . Our family couldn’t be more thrilled with the gift of my Momma’s 11th great granddaughter today on Mother’s Day. Alleluia! God is great! Peace be with one and all. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻. Sweetest family of seven thus far eva! 🙏🏻❤️😂🥲 I was listening to “Godsplaining.” They rock check-check it out. Awesome podcast;). Thank you, Jesus. God bless you and all Fr. Mike-eee. 💐 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻😻😻😻. A Blessed Lenten season 2024 to all worldwide. 🙏🏻🙏🏻🙏🏻 keep on trucking.
  • Caro2013EdSuDani
    Excellent learning! Look forward to it every morning
    I have learned so much with Father Mike. He shares his vast knowledge in a way that makes it easy to understand complex topics. His teaching entices reflexion and desire to know more. God bless you Father. May the Lord continue to guide and protect you always.
  • Angels2Guideme
    Thank You for Your Ministry
    Father Mike, I am so grateful and thankful for your sharing the gospel with us everyday. I have been listening daily to your Bible in a Year and it’s Catechism companion. I am grateful for your descriptions and explanations and I thoroughly enjoy your energy and your pleasing disposition. I pray for you and for all who listen and May God touch more hearts with each passing day and guide them to your podcasts. God bless you!
  • María-T
    Thank you
    God Bless your ministry Father Mike
  • klfugit
    Love CIY!
    I converted to Catholicism a couple of years ago. I wanted to read the Catechism but always seemed like a daunting goal. But Catechism In a Year has been a wonderful resource to understand the faith even more. I love how Fr Mike explains each part. I had listened to Bible in a Year podcast the year before and between these two podcasts I feel like I truly have a better understanding. Even my husband who grew up Catholic has enjoyed listening to the podcast with me and we have discussions about it.
  • Feel the Kneel
    Even better the second time
    I’m re-listening to the CIY and it keeps me going to ensure that I’m in grace with the Church. I’m thankful that this podcast was developed to help us to understand the CCC.
  • Jav Solo
    As with Bible in a Year, Father Mike offers concise and clear answers to questions I have had about the Catholic faith and the traditions we have!
  • tuturyo
    Beautiful app!
    It’s my 2nd year listening to this podcast and also the Bible in a year. I want to suggest if you are planning to do this app in Spanish language? I am bilingual and I shared with family and friends who speak Spanish and they are amazed of the great way that this app brought a big change into their life. Please if you can do it in Spanish would be a great espiritual instrument for the Hispanic people. Thank you to all the team of Ascension , Mr. Jeff Cavins and specially to Fr. Mike, I can assure you of my daily prayers.
  • Mirsopeña
    Really strengthened my faith
    I was born and raised Catholic and have never read the catechism and actually understood it. This podcast reinforced my faith and made me live my faith and know myself blessed to be catholic! What a gift! The most complete religion, thank you Father Mike that you made this and explained it so we can understand and live our faith even more! God bless you! We’re praying for you.
  • sclb71
    A Few Good Men
    Father Mike! When you tell the “A Few Good Men” analogy, please, please make sure you are referring to the Marines as Marines, not “soldiers”. Thanks!!
  • Mine Renfro
    I just started listening to this podcast and have learned so much about the Why of the Catholic faith. Thank you and praying for you, Father Mike. Best, Mini
  • deartola
    A year long Emaus walk
    I listened to this podcast over the last year after finishing the Bible in a Year podcast. I really appreciated the explanation of the core beliefs of the Catholic Church broken down by themes and FULLY supported by the scriptures and especially the way the Old and New Testaments are woven together into the coherent world view that is the Catholic Church. Each day Fr. Mike opened the scriptures up to a fuller understanding. It was as if I were walking with Jesus on that day on the road to Emaus! If you’re Catholic do yourself a huge favor and commit to listening to this, I can guarantee you it will be worth your while! If you are not Catholic but are open to understanding why the church teaches what it does then do yourself a favor and listen to this podcast too! I can guarantee it will break down the objections you might have to the Catholic faith.
  • Joker457
    Fantastic Insights and Understanding
    For anyone looking to gain a greater understanding of the faith I highly recommend this podcast. Father Mike is the perfect balance of knowledgeable, light hearted, and solemn throughout the series. Fair warning, this is not “background noise” on your car ride but a series that challenges you and makes you pay attention.
  • ocsh615
    Such a blessing
    I start my day with CIY and BIY. This a second time around for me. I am learning more, understanding more and feeling more and more yearning for the messages conveyed with each reading. Thank you Father Mike and all who help to bring this to us every day. I have the Ascention App which gives so much background to Must add that Jeff Cavins is just amazing in his knowledge. I follow him on Hallow every day too.
  • EstoVirretrograde
    After 2rounds of BIAY and now Catechism in a year, ready to learn how to put it into practice with the Science of Sainthood! Thank you Father Mike and hello Matt Leonard! The journey continues! God bless. G Cool.
  • Jose Caps
    Beautiful words and CCC just wow
    Love his fire and passion that makes me want to hear it more. I stopped but now I’m hearing it again and whether it’s here or on the ascension app. I want to go back and forth to hear it’s beautiful words teach me what I need and should know. And if anyone wants to know this is not for Catholics only but also for any other person. It’s to help you understand not what Catholics believe but also what the actual Christianity faith and it’s people Christian’s believed with so much in faith. It’s to give you a guide to understand what they know, does for, believed when the world wasn’t enough. This book and in the Bible shows you. A side by side book that gives you more than just faith, but also theology, history, and more. And with the Bible next you as you’ve read it and/or listen to it. You will garner more than just an insight. You will get the whole complete package that makes us and always the children of God.
  • Owill4
    Teaching not proving
    Fr. Mike admonished that you shouldn’t listen to a podcast if you think it’s one star. Fair point. As I’ve heard elsewhere, it’s difficult to get from the Bible to Christianity. The podcast presents Catholicism as equally rooted in the Bible and the tradition of the Church. It’s about what Catholicism is but not why, as a series of rules and exclusions. If you think of Catholicism as a series of rules, you’ll learn a lot.
  • Goeto Dantes
    Thank you!
    Incredible thank you Fr Mike!
  • comicjunkie7773
    So wonderful
    Father Mike always ends with “I can’t wait to see you tomorrow”. It wasn’t long before I couldn’t wait to see him too.
  • I’m Praying for YOU
    Exceptional podcast!!!
    Thank you, Father Mike, for your genuine encouragement and expert review of the Catechism. Most definitely has helped me with transformation to a more informed, engaged and prayerful Catholic journey.
  • Alex from Maine
    Amazing blessing
    Fr. Mike is such an amazing communicator and spiritual father. This podcast will certainly help develop your faith and lead you to a better understanding of the Church and her teachings.
  • Jack603
    Thank you Father Mike and the Ascension Team!
    A friend told me about this podcast back in August and I’ve been listening each day ever since through pillars 3 and 4. Listening to you explain the Catechism has brought new and amazing insights about my faith that I never fully understood or appreciated. My analogy is like when you see a movie out of focus, you may see large shapes or colors but not details. Your podcast has brought God’s word and plan for salvation into crystal clear focus for me. I really have enjoyed the explanation of the 10 commandments & the 7 petitions of the Lord’s Prayer. Thanks so much for what you do!
  • Alewat
    You don’t know what you don’t know until you know what you don’t know- get it? I’m a better Christian for having studied the Catechism with Fr.Mike; and understand & appreciate my Catholic faith better. Catechism in a year opened my eyes to how deeply rooted in the Bible our faith is. It educated and clarified misconceptions I had, revealed the value of the guidance provided by the Catechism as I love & serve God. More importantly the pace, breakdown into pillars and conclusion with and in-depth study on prayer is a beautiful way for me to have studied the Catechism. Thank you Fr. Mike and Ascension press.
  • Notre Jim
    Future Saint
    Fr. Mike will be canonized some day. I hope I get to meet him in heaven. I listened to both the Bible in a Year and the Catechism in a Year in 2023. This year I’m doing the Bible in a Year again. I’ll come back to the Catechism in a Year for a second time in 2025.
  • FollowerinChrist__
    Brought me closer to my faith, thank you Father Mike!
  • ilulli
    What a treasure to have gone through the catechism
    I learned so much, deepened my love for God and committed myself to strengthen my relationship with Him. Thank you Fr Mike (and team) for the insightful commentary, which clearly explained the catechism text that can sometimes be difficult to fully understand.
  • we r fun
    Starting Year 2!
    What a Blessing this podcast has been. I’ve been learning so much along with “Bible in a Year”. Thank you Father Mike & Ascension Press
  • StarofDreams
    Thank you Father Mike for helping me grow this year in my faith. It was truly a blessing for me everyday. I can’t thank you enough.
  • Cadet Rowe
    What’s Next?
    Eucharistic Miracles in a Year?
  • ChiefMira
    Thank you
    Thank you Father Mike for another great year.
  • rendy_1
    So valuable
    After being with your daily readings completing Bible in a year, twice (2021 & 2022), and just completed Catechism in a year… Im going to miss you Fr. Mike! So thankful for these podcasts! I’m looking for a new project…. Thanks so very much Ascension and Fr. Mike, I would have never completed this on my own! The learning experience was amazing! God’s Blessings to you all!
  • FAITH365.
    AMEN!!! Thank you Thank you Thank you
  • Tyytttttttyybbbbbrrrewwww
    Thank you for providing an interpreter for my Holy Life In and With GOD🙏🏼🙏🏼
  • Speed racer 194
    We are good because He is Great
    From Him, all things good are brought into being. Through Him, the sinful are granted forgiveness. In Him, the faithful find the Path Of Righteousness. Fr. Mike, in the last year you have taken so many of His plans and perfections and brought them to the lowly and the spiritually suffering. May The Lord bless you for all of the good you do in His name. May God Bless you for your knowledge and articulation, in this program as well as all endeavors that you take upon yourself in His Name for our sake. May God The Father’s gifts continue to do such good through you, may The Lord Jesus Christ ease any and all burdens that you encounter, and may The Holy Sprit continue to see you through each day of your earthly life until you reach your deserved home. Thank you, Happy New Year, and God Bless.
  • Ambulante de Dios
    What a blessing!!
    Thank you Father Mike!!
  • 22 Michelle
    Simply awesome! So blessed! I don’t want it to end!
  • GrammyVFP6
    I am a 67 year old cradle Catholic. I went to Catholic school and raised my family in the Catholic faith. I am a Eucharistic minister and I have taught religious education for many years, first while my children were growing up and now for my grandchildren’s classes. My faith has always been the main focus in my marriage, my family, my employment and my life in general. God comes first. I started listening to Catechism in a year because I LOVED Listening to Fr Mike in The Bible in a year, and thought it might be a nice addition to my morning routine. I have owned a Catechism for many years and used it periodically as a reference. I never imagined that I would read it cover to cover. Well, thanks to Fr Mike, I did and it has changed my life!!!!! Prayers that I have prayed all my life like the Nicene creed and the Our Father took on a whole new meaning. I returned to daily mass and LOVE participating in a new way, as a giver as well as a receiver. I have always loved the Eucharist but that too has taken on a new and deeper, more personal meaning. As I listened to the 3rd pillar, I was challenged and convicted, but I was also encouraged and motivated to look at my life and the world around me in a different light. I am a work in progress for sure, but I approach that work daily with a reminder that I am personally LOVED by God MY father and that his help and forgiveness are only a prayer away. I could continue to “GUSH” but I have rambled on too long already. I will close by saying THANK YOU , THANK YOU, THANK YOU Fr Mike. I will continue to pray for you and this community every day. I can’t wait to start again tomorrow!! God bless you Fr Mike!!
  • Una Hija muy amada
    A great blessing
    The Catechism in a Year has been a great blessing to me. The Lord has changed my heart in a marvelous way and I can’t thank God enough for this! Thanks to everyone who has contributed in making this podcast and thanks to Father Mike and Jeff Cavins, for being humble instruments of God. The Catechism in a Year… what a gift!
  • Libby.RN
    You won’t be disappointed
    Fr. Mike is the perfect person to lead this teaching. His enthusiasm for the Church and its teachings is infectious. He leaves you wanting and anxiously waiting for the next episode. He breaks down complex and sensitive topics for even a child to be able to understand, but without condescension. God bless Fr. Mike & those associated with CIAY. It’s been an informative and moving 365 days. Thank you for undertaking this endeavor & inviting us to join.
  • Airwolf69
    Thank you
    I’m so deeply thankful for the catechism and for the team presenting it to us in such an accessible way. Prayers for all!
  • LesThr
    Thank you!
    Thank you for this podcast! I hope you will develop more in the future. I enjoyed your insights and encouragement every day. I am praying for you.
  • Julsgc
    A great way to deepen your understanding of our catholic faith. Please consider saints in a year or a podcast on all the various feast days.
  • Duuuuuuuude!
    What’s next?
    Saints in a year?
  • Eazz10
  • Dbsvgjh
    Catechism in a year and Bible in a year
    Thank you for drawing me closer to God and the Church. Learning and trying the best to put into practice the scriptures. Love our Lord Jesus and his Father the creator of the universe. My boss is a Jewish Carpenter, Jesus Chist, Jesucristo Yeshua. May HE-AVA, be merciful to me and my love ones, the day we leave this earth. Doris 12/17/2023
  • Juleseight
    Try it!
    This is a great podcast and I am especially enjoying the episodes on prayer as it speaks directly to what I often struggle with in prayer!
  • Pjn1970
    53 YO cradle Cath separated mostly 25 years per life situations getting hard
    Wish I’d had this before my teen years and thru my early marriage years!
  • Mrs. Mariner
    Grateful for Father Mike
    Thank you bringing light to my life, it’s been a rough year and everyday I listen to you pushes me to make the time to bring God closer to my life and around me. Praying for you and everyone here. Thank you so much.
  • mmmnnnnnnn
    So good!
    I have tried to read the catechism for years but just couldn’t get into it. Now, with help, I am leaning!! Thank you Fr. Mike!
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