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When Is Lent 2016?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.
When Is Ash Wednesday in 2016?
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 2016.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Ash Wednesday
What is Ash Wednesday, and how is it celebrated? Learn more about the history and rituals of Ash Wednesday.
Can You Eat Meat on Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for Easter. Can you eat meat on Ash Wednesday?
What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
When Does Lent 2016 Begin?
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2016 begin?
What Is Fat Tuesday?
Learn about the traditional day of feasting before the Lenten fast begins.
Should Catholics Keep Their Ashes on All Day on...
When you receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, do you have to keep them on all day?
Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
How Do Catholics Count the 40 Days of Lent?
Lent is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. How can that be?
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Lent 2016
Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2016, as well as links to further information.
When Is Ash Wednesday This Year?
The date of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, changes every year. Find the date of Ash Wednesday this year, and in previous and future years.
When Is Holy Week 2016?
Holy Week 2016 is the final week before Easter 2016. Find the dates of Holy Week 2016, and the major celebrations of Holy Week.
Why Is Fat Tuesday Also Known as Shrove Tuesday?
Find the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and learn about the history and traditions of the last day before Lent begins.
When Does Lent Start This Year?
Find the date when Lent begins in this, previous, and future years.
Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar 2016
This Catholic calendar for 2016 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.
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.
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?
When Does Lent End? (The Answer Might Surprise...
The day when Lent ends is the subject of much debate. When does Lent end?
Ultimate Collection of Meatless Recipes for Lent
Lent recipes do not have to mean bland food. Find delicious recipes for Lent—and meatless recipes that can be used on Fridays throughout the year!
A Short History of the Lenten Fast
Learn more about the history of the Lenten fast, why it is exactly 40 days, and why Sundays have never been part of the Lenten fast.
What Is Lent? (Definition and FAQs)
Learn more about Lent, the 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Christian church.
How Is the Date of Ash Wednesday Calculated?
The first day of Lent, Ash Wednesday, falls on a different date each year. How is the date of Ash Wednesday calculated?
Delicious Recipes for Mardi Gras
Find Fat Tuesday and Mardi Gras recipes from around the world, and learn about Mardi Gras, Pancake Day, Shrove Tuesday, Carnival, and Fat Tuesday traditions.
When Is Mardi Gras 2016?
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 2016.
When Is Good Friday 2016?
Good Friday 2016 is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Good Friday 2016.
Is Chicken Meat? And Other Surprising FAQs...
Everything you ever needed to know about Lent but were afraid to ask.
What Is Clean Monday?
Clean Monday is the first day of Great Lent for Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Learn more about Clean Monday.
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.
When Is Easter This Year?
Find the date of Easter in this year, previous years, and future years, as well as the date of Eastern Orthodox Easter, and learn how the date of Easter is determined.
Everything You Need to Know About Lent in the...
Do you have questions about Lent? Here are the answers. Find everything you need to know about Lent in the Catholic Church.
When Is Lent This Year?
Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, changes every year. Find the dates of Lent this year, previous years, and future years.
When Is Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and other Easter resources.
Why Don't Roman Catholics Sing the Alleluia...
As a form of penance and expectation, Roman Catholics don't sing the Alleluia during Lent. Learn more about the roots of this practice.
What Are Holy Days of Obligation in the...
Find everything you need to know about Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
What Determines the Date of Ash Wednesday?
Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on a different date each year. What determines the date of Ash Wednesday?
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 Is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception...
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's conception without sin. Find the date of the Immaculate Conception in this, previous and future years.
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
Scripture Readings for Ash Wednesday Through...
The readings for Ash Wednesday through the First Week of Lent from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.
When Is Pentecost Sunday This Year?
Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. Find the date of Pentecost in this, previous, and future years.
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.
When Is Palm Sunday 2016?
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Find the date of Palm Sunday 2016.
When Christmas Falls on Friday, Can Catholics...
What happens when the laws of fasting and abstinence collide with the celebration of a great feast like Christmas?
What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Do You Know What Mardi Gras Actually Means?
What is Mardi Gras? Catholicism.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
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 Christian feast.
A Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes
This Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes can be prayed at any time, but it's especially appropriate in the days before February 11, the Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
When Is Mardi Gras This Year?
Mardi Gras is the final day before Lent, the season of preparation for Easter. Find the date of Mardi Gras in this, previous, and future years.
When Is Holy Thursday 2016?
Holy Thursday is the day that Catholics commemorate Christ's Last Supper. Find the date of Holy Thursday 2016.
The Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian
The prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian is a common Lenten prayer used by both Eastern Rite Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Find the text here.
When Is Pentecost Sunday 2016?
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Find the date of Pentecost Sunday 2016.
What Is Good Friday?
Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the death of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the history and rituals of Good Friday.
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 Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
Opening Prayer of the Novena to Our Lady of...
This prayer can be prayed either as the opening prayer of each day of the Novena to Our Lady of Lourdes or by itself for nine days, as a shorter version of the novena.
Can Catholics Eat Meat on Good Friday?
Can you eat meat on Good Friday, the day that Jesus Christ was crucified? And if not, why not?
Eternal Rest: A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
Find the text of Eternal Rest, one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
The History and Traditions of Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum. Learn more about Holy Saturday.
What Is Palm Sunday?
Learn the history of Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem that marks the beginning of Holy Week.
When Is Ash Wednesday 2017?
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 2017.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the full text and a complete explanation of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition, used in Confession and as part of daily prayers.
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.
What Is the Easter Triduum?
The definition of the Easter Triduum.
When Is Epiphany 2016?
Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ Child. Find the date of Epiphany 2016.
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
All the Important Dates 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.
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.
When Is Good Friday This Year?
Good Friday, the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Good Friday in this and other years.
Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
Scripture Reading for Ash Wednesday
In this reading from the Prophet Isaiah, the Lord explains that fasting that does not lead to works of charity does us no good.
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 Are Last Rites, And How Are They Performed?
Learn more about Last Rites, the sacraments and prayers that Catholics receive at the end of their lives.
What Is Holy Week?
The definition of Holy Week. Catholicism.
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
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.
When Is Divine Mercy Sunday 2016?
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). Find the date of Divine Mercy Sunday 2016.
What Is a Novena?
What do Catholics mean when they refer to a prayer as a novena?
When Is Holy Week This Year?
Holy Week, the final week before Easter, covers different dates each year. Find Holy Week dates for this year, previous years, and future years.
When Is Annunciation 2016?
The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's announcement that the Virgin Mary had been chosen to be the Mother of Jesus. Find the date of Annunciation 2016.
Learn How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on a...
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.
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 Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
All About Easter in the Catholic Church
Learn all about the history and practice of Easter in the Catholic Church, and find resources for the entire Easter season.
Catholicism FAQs: What Is Laetare Sunday?
Laetare Sunday is the popular name for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Learn more about this important milestone in our Lenten journey.
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
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.
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.
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 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.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
Justice: A Cardinal Virtue
Learn more about justice, the cardinal virtue that is concerned with giving each person what he or she is rightfully due.
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.
What Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
When Is Holy Week 2017?
Holy Week 2017 is the final week before Easter 2017. Find Holy Week 2017 dates.
What Is Quinquagesima Sunday?
No longer officially marked by the Catholic Church, Quinquagesima Sunday still shows up in some liturgical calendars. What is Quinquagesima Sunday?
Saint Ephrem the Syrian, Deacon and Doctor of...
Saint Ephrem the Syrian is best known for his prolific hymn-writing and defense of orthodox trinitarianism against the Arians. Learn more about Saint Ephrem.
When New Year's Day Falls on Friday, Can...
What happens when the laws of fasting and abstinence collide with the celebration of a holiday like New Year's Day?
What Is a Moveable Feast?
The definition of a moveable feast in the Catholic Church.
When Is Ascension 2016?
The Ascension of Our Lord celebrates the day that Christ ascended bodily into Heaven. Find the date of Ascension 2016.
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
What Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
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.
When the Annunciation Falls on a Friday, Can...
The Annunciation sometimes falls on a Friday during Lent. Can you eat meat on the Annunciation?
God Reveals Himself to Us: The Epiphany of Our...
The Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is best known as the visitation of the Magi or Wise Men. Learn more about one of the oldest Christian feasts.
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.
What Is Pentecost Sunday?
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
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 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.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar 2017
This Catholic calendar for 2017 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.
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.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
When Is Palm Sunday This Year?
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Palm Sunday for this year, previous years, and future years.
When Is Laetare Sunday 2016?
Laetare Sunday, the Fourth Sunday in Lent, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Laetare Sunday 2016.
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.
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.
Offer This Prayer for Your Deceased Father
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
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.
Can You Name the 8 Beatitudes?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
When Is Ascension This Year?
The Ascension of Our Lord, a moveable feast, is transferred in many dioceses in the United States. When is Ascension celebrated?
When Is Holy Thursday This Year?
Holy Thursday, the first day of the Triduum, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Holy Thursday in this, previous, and future years.
Prayers for February: The Month of the Holy...
Find some of the most popular Catholic prayers for February, the Month of the Holy Family.
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.
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
Tips for Lenten Reading With Your Children
Lent is the perfect time to help your children develop the habit of reading the Bible daily. Here are some quick tips on how to make the process painless.
Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Lent
The readings for the Second Week of Lent from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.
What Is Prayer, and What Does It Mean to Pray?
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints. Learn more about prayer and how to pray.
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 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.
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.
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.
When Is Corpus Christi 2016?
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Corpus Christi 2016.
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
Can Catholics Eat Meat on the Assumption?
Like all feasts in the Catholic Church, the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary sometimes falls on a Friday. When it does, can you eat meat?
The Novena to the Holy Ghost
In the Novena to the Holy Ghost (also known as the Novena to the Holy Spirit), we ask the Holy Spirit to send us His seven gifts.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
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.
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.
The Christian Origins of Groundhog Day
Did you know that Groundhog Day has its origins in an ancient Christian feast? Learn the connection between Candlemas and Groundhog Day
Your First Prayer of the Day: The Morning...
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
When Is Easter 2018?
Easter 2018 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2018 and links to other Easter resources.
What's the Origin of the Term Good Friday?
If Good Friday is the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, why is Good Friday called good?

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