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When Is Easter in 2015?
Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
When Is Halloween 2014?
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2014.
What Day Is Thanksgiving Day in 2014?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2014.
What Are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit...
Learn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3.
Catholic Holy Days of Obligation and Moveable...
This Catholic calendar for 2014 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.
Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?
Halloween is neither a satanic holiday nor a secular one, but a Catholic celebration that's almost 1,300 years old. Learn more about the Catholic origins of Halloween.
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation in 2015?
This Catholic calendar for 2015 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.
What Is All Saints Day?
All Saints Day is the feast day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, especially those who suffered martyrdom for Christ.
What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
When Is Holy Week in 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
When Is Ash Wednesday in 2015?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for the resurrection of Jesus Christ on Easter Sunday. Find the date of Ash Wednesday 2015.
What Is All Souls Day (And Why Do Catholics...
All Souls Day is a solemn celebration of the Catholic Church commemorating all who have died and now are in Purgatory. Learn more about All Souls Day.
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
When Is All Saints Day 2014?
All Saints Day celebrates the lives of all Christians who have died in a state of grace. Find the date of All Saints Day 2014.
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
10 Prayers Every Catholic Child Should Know
Find ten Catholic prayers for children, along with tips on how to help your children learn these prayers.
When Does Advent 2014 Begin?
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2014 begin?
When Is Good Friday in 2015?
In the Catholic Church, Good Friday is the day that we commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross, the act that brought salvation to all who believe. Find the date of Good Friday 2015.
Is All Saints Day a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is All Saints Day a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
Eternal Rest: A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
Find the text of one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
Do You Know the Five Types of Prayer?
Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.
Why Must Catholics Go to Confession?
What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
When Is All Souls Day 2014?
All Souls Day is a solemn feast commemorating those who have died and are now in Purgatory. Find the date of All Souls Day 2014.
What Are Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?
Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it does not occur on the same date every year. How is the date of Easter determined each year?
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders?
Learn about the history and practice of ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, in the Catholic Church.
What Does the Catholic Church Say About Marriage?
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
Can You Name the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
What Is a Novena?
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
Catholic Calendar for Lent 2015
Lent is a time of preparation for the death of Christ on Good Friday and His Resurrection on Easter. Here are the Sundays and major feast days for Lent 2015.
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
What Are the Sacraments of Initiation?
Learn more about the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—on which the rest of the Christian life depends.
When Is Lent in 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
Learn How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.
A Prayer to St. Gerard Majella for Motherhood
This prayer to St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and motherhood, is for women trying to conceive.
When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?
Many people today decorate their Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. But is there a proper time to put up your Christmas tree?
What Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
A Novena to Saint Anthony for Any Need
In this novena, we ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession and promise to live more Christian lives.
Prayers for October, the Month of the Holy Rosary
The month of October is dedicated to the holy rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. Learn how to pray the rosary and find other rosary prayers.
Do You Know How to Pray the Rosary?
Learn how to pray the rosary, the best-known and most popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
What Are the 7 Gifts of the Holy Spirit?
Find the names of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which help Christians to live a Christian life.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
When Is Thanksgiving Day in 2013?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2013.
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
When Is Easter in 2016?
Easter 2016 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2016 and links to other Easter resources.
When Is the Feast of Christ the King in 2014?
The Feast of Christ the King is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Christ the King 2014.
What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
Novena to Mary, the Undoer of Knots
The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2014
Advent, the beginning of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church, is a time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Advent begins four Sundays before Christmas. The following is a list of the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Advent 2014.
Fortitude: A Cardinal Virtue and a Gift of the...
Learn more about fortitude, the cardinal virtue and gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
What Is the Sacrament of the Anointing of the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites.
How to Pray the Hail Mary
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.
Fear of the Lord: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about the fear of the Lord, the last gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the confirmation of the virtue of hope.
What Did Pope Benedict Say About Halloween?
The U.K. Daily Mail claims that Pope Benedict declared Halloween dangerous and anti-Christian. But did he?
What Is the Feast of the Assumption of the...
Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
Did the Virgin Mary Die Before She Was Assumed...
Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.
Offer This Prayer for Your Deceased Father
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
Understanding: The Second Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about understanding, one of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that allows us to penetrate the mysteries of the Christian Faith.
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
All About the Season of Advent in the Catholic...
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.
What Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
When Is Pentecost Sunday 2015?
Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season in the Christian calendar, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Find the date of Pentecost Sunday 2015.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
When Is Easter This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots
This closing prayer for each day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, can be prayed by itself as a shorter version of the novena.
What Is the Catholic Mass?
The Mass is the central act of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and symbolism of the Mass.
When Is Halloween 2015?
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2015.
Have You Memorized the Morning Offering Prayer?
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
Have You Memorized the Lord's Prayer?
Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.
What Does the Immaculate Conception Really Mean?
Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. What is the Immaculate Conception?
A Prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel
This prayer to Our Lady of Mount Carmel is often tied to the Brown Scapular and is also recited as a novena before the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
What You Need to Know About the Cardinal Virtue...
Learn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.
Counsel: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence.
A Brief History of Catholic-Anglican Relations
What are the doctrinal and practical concerns that separate the Anglican and Catholic Churches?
Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to Saint Michael the...
This prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, used to be recited after every Low Mass.
How to Pray to the Holy Spirit for a Favor
This prayer to the Third Person of the Trinity is well suited for praying as a novena.
What to Know About the New Translation of the...
A complete list of the changes to the people's parts in the new translation of the Mass.
What Is the Sacrament of Last Rites?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
What Are the Seven Deadly Sins?
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
Why Do Catholics Fast? (And When Do They Do It?)
What does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.
When Is the Virgin Mary's Birthday?
Catholics celebrate the Virgin Mary's birthday as the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When is the Virgin Mary's birthday?
About Catholicism's Novena of the Week
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
How to Pray the Divine Mercy Novena
Find the prayers and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Novena, revealed to Saint Faustina by Christ Himself.
A Novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of...
This short novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally prayed nine times per day for nine days.
When Does Lent 2015 Begin?
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2015 begin?
Halloween: A Catholic View
There's a reason why we dress up as ghoul and goblins on Halloween, and it's a Christian one.
The Fatima Prayer for Each Decade of the Rosary
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.
Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
The Glory Be: Learn About and Memorize This...
Find the text of the Glory Be, one of the earliest known prayers to refer to the Holy Trinity.
Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
An introduction to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.
What Does Easter Mean to Catholics?
What does the Catholic Church teach about Easter, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead? Learn more about Easter, the greatest feast in the Catholic Church.
What Is Pentecost Sunday?
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
What Is a Scapular? (And How Do You Wear One?)
Learn more about the scapular, a small religious object worn by Catholics and tied to a particular devotion.
Can You Name the 8 Beatitudes?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
Why Must Roman Catholics Go to Mass Every Sunday?
The Catholic Church says that all Catholics have an obligation to participate in Mass every Sunday. Why is that necessary, and how do we fulfill our duty to worship God?
What Are the 10 Holy Days of Obligation in the...
The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.
When Is Palm Sunday 2015?
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Christian churches distribute palms (and sometimes pussy willows) on Palm Sunday to commemorate Christ's triumphal entrance into Jerusalem.
When Was Easter 2013?
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
When Is Mardi Gras in 2015?
Mardi Gras, also known as Fat Tuesday or Shrove Tuesday, is the last day of feasting before Lent begins on Ash Wednesday. Find the date of Mardi Gras 2015.
How Long Must Catholics Fast Before Receiving...
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
Knowledge: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about knowledge, a gift of the Holy Spirit, which gives us the ability to judge all things according to the truth of faith.
How Could Someone Be Born Without Original Sin?
Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?
A Prayer to St. Gerard Majella for a Safe...
In this prayer, a mother asks St. Gerard Majella, patron of mothers, to intercede for her and her child during childbirth.
When Does Advent Start This Year?
Advent, the period of preparation for Christmas, begins on a different date every year. When does Advent start?
What Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
10 Catholic Prayers for November
Find popular Catholic prayers for November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
A Prayer for All the Deceased
This beautiful prayer, drawn from the Byzantine Divine Liturgy, reminds us that Christ's victory over death brings us all the possibility of eternal rest.
Everything You Need to Know About Prayer in the...
Learn more about prayer and how to integrate prayer into every aspect of your daily life.
What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas?
There are three answers to the question What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas?, and one of them is correct.
A Prayer to St. Margaret Mary for the Graces of...
In this prayer, we ask St. Margaret Mary to intercede for us with Jesus, that we may obtain the graces of the Sacred Heart.
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
A Prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary
In this prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, we ask the Virgin Mary to help us develop a habit of interior prayer through the daily recitation of the rosary.
Weekly Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
Saint Stephen, the First Martyr and First Deacon
Saint Stephen was one of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Learn more about the life of Saint Stephen.
The Litany of the Saints
The Litany of the Saints is one of the oldest prayers in continuous use in the Catholic Church. Find the text and history of the Litany of the Saints.
Learn About the Anti-Catholic Origins of the...
Learn more about Jack Chick, the anti-Catholic author who has waged a war against Halloween and the Catholic Church for 30 years.
Everything You Need to Know About Saints in the...
Many Christians misunderstand the Catholic devotion to the saints. Learn more about the Catholic understanding of the role of saints.
Humanae Vitae: A Summary
Learn more about Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirming the Catholic Church's traditional teaching on birth control and abortion.
Start Your Day With This Traditional Act of...
Find the text of a traditional version of an Act of Charity, also called an Act of Love.
How Do Catholics Define Prayer?
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.
When Is Thanksgiving Day in 2015?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2015.
A Novena to Saint Anthony Mary Claret for...
This Novena to St. Anthony Mary Claret is a powerful prayer for the healing of soul as well as body.
When Is Epiphany 2015?
Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ Child. What is the date of Epiphany 2015?
What Is Extreme Unction?
Extreme Unction is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
St. Margaret Mary's Invocation to the Sacred...
This short prayer was written by St. Margaret Mary Alocoque, whose visions of Christ in the 17th century are the source of the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
What Is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
What Is an Act of Hope Prayer?
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
The De Profundis (Psalm 130)
The De Profundis (Psalm 130) is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of evening prayer and in commemorations of the dead.
Everything You Need to Know About Pentecost in...
Pentecost marks the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Learn more about this holiday that is often called the
What Does the Feast of the Annunciation...
The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary to announce that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord.
Temperance: A Cardinal Virtue
Learn more about temperance, the cardinal virtue concerned with the control of the desire for pleasure, both physical and spiritual.
What Holy Thursday Means to Catholics
Holy Thursday is the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. Learn more about the history and practice of Holy Thursday.
A Prayer to Saint Monica for Mothers
This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.
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