Well, of course I assume that they are!
I never ask about it because I'm Anglican and I rightly don't get a vote. *eyes personal lunch of pea soup and rye bread* LOL!
Please ask your Catholic friends as many 'questions' as you can think of. Just for information, of course. We Catholics, especially English speakers and, most of all, Americans, need all the help we can get in remembering what the heck our Church actually teaches.