catholicism 29 Things That Only Make Sense If You Grew Up Catholic  

Ann Casano
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List Rules Vote up the truest things about growing up in the Catholic faith.

Every church has its own set of traditions and rituals. These funny things about growing up Catholic will bring you right back to the hard wooden pew on Easter wearing your Sunday best and trying not to laugh at your best friend who is making faces during the Sermon. 

Have you ever tried to wear the Rosary as a necklace? Agonize over your confirmation name? Been to church on Christmas Eve for a four hour Midnight Mass? Those things only Catholics understand are sure to make you chuckle.

There are so many beautiful Catholic churches around the world with incredible architecture and breathtaking stained glass windows, but that doesn’t mean there aren’t some weird beliefs that only people who had to attend CCD every week through eighth grade would understand. From Baptism, to Communion, to Confirmation, check out these things that only make sense if you grew up Catholic.

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Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up, Sit Down, Stand Up, Sit Down...

85 11
Not Really Knowing What You Wanted To Fess Up To During Confession

75 9
Ash Wednsday Meant Having To Wear The Sign Of The Cross On Your Forehead All Day

77 14
The Sheer Awkwardness Of Having To Shake Strangers Hands During The Sign Of Peace

77 15
The Excitement Of First Communion Because You Finally Get To Taste The Body Of Christ

64 13
Finding The Perfect Balance Of What To Give Up During Lent That Would Be Legit But Not Totally Kill You

63 14
Having A Favorite Hymn And Lowkey Being Excited When It Started In Mass

66 23
Christmas Eve Meant Midnight Mass

56 18
You Never Wanted To Eat A Steak So Badly More Than A Friday During Lent

53 17
Wondering If A Sin Would Actually Send You To Hell

52 17
Praying To Saint Anthony Every Time You Lost Something

49 17
The Joy Of Finishing Your Last CCD Class

60 25
Finally Tasting The Communion Wafer And Being Disappointed Because It Tasted Like Cardboard

53 20
The Immense Guilt Of Giving In And Eating A Burger On A Friday During Lent

Things That Only Make Sense If You Grew Up In Small Town Texas

54 22
Wanting So Badly To Drink "The Blood Of Christ" Because It's Wine

54 23
Guilt Is A Staple Of Your Personality

46 20
The Constant Wonder Of Why The Church Can't Design A Pew With A Cushion

40 17
Getting The Evil Eye From Dad Because Your Brother Made You Laugh During The Sermon

44 22
Agonizing Over What You Wanted Your Confirmation Name To Be

44 22
Getting Yelled At For Wearing The Rosary Like A Necklace

40 20
You Can Fold A Palm Frond Into A Cross In 30 Seconds

38 19
Seeing All Your Friends At Sunday Mass But Trying Not To Laugh

39 20
Is That A Communion Dress Or A Wedding Gown?

35 17
Finding The Perfect Outfit For Easter Sunday Mass

41 29
Thinking That It Might Be Pretty Cool To Be A Priest Or A Nun

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Eagerly Anticipating The Reading Of The Lord's Prayer Because That's The Only Prayer You Actually Know By Heart

31 24
Youth Group Meetings Meant Free Pizza And Soda

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Being Told To Leave Room For The Holy Spirit Between You And Your Partner At Church Dances

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The Priest Made You Cry During Your First Confession