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...

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

112 19
Not Really Knowing What You Wanted To Fess Up To During Confession

98 17
Ash Wednsday Meant Having To Wear The Sign Of The Cross On Your Forehead All Day

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

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

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

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Wondering If A Sin Would Actually Send You To Hell

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

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Christmas Eve Meant Midnight Mass

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Praying To Saint Anthony Every Time You Lost Something

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The Joy Of Finishing Your Last CCD Class

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

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

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Guilt Is A Staple Of Your Personality

63 28
The Constant Wonder Of Why The Church Can't Design A Pew With A Cushion

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Agonizing Over What You Wanted Your Confirmation Name To Be

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

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

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Is That A Communion Dress Or A Wedding Gown?

48 27
Finding The Perfect Outfit For Easter Sunday Mass

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Getting Yelled At For Wearing The Rosary Like A Necklace

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

48 31
Seeing All Your Friends At Sunday Mass But Trying Not To Laugh

48 31
You Can Fold A Palm Frond Into A Cross In 30 Seconds

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

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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