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Ultreya is a Spanish word for "Keep on going!" or "Onward!" It is a weekly or monthly gathering of all Cursillo Group Reunions in an area to share prayers and songs and snacks. At each gathering, one member gives a witness talk about how our Lord is currently present in his or her life. Attendees on Cursillo weekends are sponsored by other members of the movement. If you live within the Archdiocese of St. Louis, and you think Cursillo might be for you, please feel welcome at a monthly Ultreya meeting near you.

United States Catholic Conference (USCC)

Civil corporation and executive agency of the National Conference of Catholic Bishops.

United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB)

The national membership organization of the Catholic bishops of the United States, through which they act collegially on pastoral, liturgical and public policy matters affecting the Catholic Church in the United States. Episcopal conferences were recommended by the Second Vatican Council and have duties enumerated in the 1983 Code of Canon Law and the 1998 apostolic letter Apostolos Suos. The USCCB traces its origins to the 1919 establishment of the National Catholic Welfare Conference. In 1966, the conference was reorganized as the canonical entity known as the National Conference of Catholic Bishops and its twin civil corporation known as the U.S. Catholic Conference. Another reorganization in 2001 resulted in the USCCB.

Vatican Congregation

A Vatican body which is responsible for an important area in the life of the Church, such as worship and sacraments, the clergy, and saints causes.

Vatican Councils

Councils called by the pope of all bishops of the Church. These councils are usually called to discuss specific matters of interest to the Church.

veneration of the altar

The reverencing of the altar with a kiss and the optional use of incense.


Also called evening prayer, vespers is part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the series of psalms, prayers and readings for different parts of the day that Catholic priests and deacons are obligated to pray daily. Often a new bishop will present his letter of appointment to the priests of the diocese during a vespers service at the cathedral.


The vesture the ministers wear.

vicar general

A priest, auxiliary bishop or coadjutor bishop who assists the diocesan bishop in the governance of the entire diocese.


A promise made to God with sufficient knowledge and freedom. Its purpose must be a moral good that, with God's grace, can be achieved. The promises spouses make to each other when they marry are vows. Men and women entering religious life take vows, typically of poverty, chastity and obedience. Celibacy is not a vow; it should be described as a promise.

washing of hands

An expression of the desire for inward purification.

witness, christian

Practical testimony or evidence given by Christians of their faith in all circumstances of life, by prayer and general conduct, through good example and good works, etc., being and acting in accordance with Christian belief, actual practice of the Christian faith.


Skull cap worn by the Pope (white) and bishops (purple) and Cardinals (red).

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