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Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
Learn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3.
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.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2014.
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.
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2014.
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
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.
Find ten Catholic prayers for children, along with tips on how to help your children learn these prayers.
What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?
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.
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
Find the text of one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.
Ember Days mark the change of both the natural and the liturgical seasons in the Christian Church. Learn more about this ancient practice.
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2014 begin?
Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Want to make a good Confession? Follow these seven steps.
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?
Find the names of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which help Christians to live a Christian life.
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
In this novena, we ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession and promise to live more Christian lives.
Learn about the history and practice of ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, in the Catholic Church.
Learn more about the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—on which the rest of the Christian life depends.
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.
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
This prayer to St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and motherhood, is for women trying to conceive.
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
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.
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
Find the names of the theological virtues.
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
Easter 2016 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2016 and links to other Easter resources.
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
This prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, used to be recited after every Low Mass.
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
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.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites.
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.
What does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.
The Mass is the central act of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and symbolism of the Mass.
Learn more about fortitude, the cardinal virtue and gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.
The day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, especially those who suffered martyrdom for Christ.
Learn how to pray the rosary, the best-known and most popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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.
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
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 is the difference between prayer and worship?
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
A complete list of the changes to the people's parts in the new translation of the Mass.
Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) celebrates the instrument of our salvation. Learn more about this ancient feast.
Learn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.
Learn more about understanding, one of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that allows us to penetrate the mysteries of the Christian Faith.
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2013.
This prayer to the Third Person of the Trinity is well suited for praying as a novena.
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.
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.
Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.
Find the prayers and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Novena, revealed to Saint Faustina by Christ Himself.
This prayer to the patron saints of doctors invokes Cosmas and Damian for physical and spiritual healing.
Learn more about the scapular, a small religious object worn by Catholics and tied to a particular devotion.
Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. What is the Immaculate Conception?
Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
All Souls Day is a solemn feast of the Catholic Church commemorating all of those who have died and now are in Purgatory. Learn more about All Souls Day.
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
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?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?
Learn more about the life of Saint Matthew, one of the Twelve Apostles of Christ and the first of the four evangelists.
Learn more about counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence.
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
The Feast of Christ the King is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Christ the King 2014.
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
This short novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally prayed nine times per day for nine days.
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2015 begin?
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.
Find the text of the Glory Be, one of the earliest known prayers to refer to the Holy Trinity.
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.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
In this prayer, a mother asks St. Gerard Majella, patron of mothers, to intercede for her and her child during childbirth.
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.
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?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
Is All Saints Day a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.
The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.
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.
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
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.
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.
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.
A meditation on the role that Mary played in our salvation and a plea for her intercession so that we may follow her example in following Christ her Son.
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.
Learn more about prayer and how to integrate prayer into every aspect of your daily life.
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
Find the text of a traditional version of an Act of Charity, also called an Act of Love.
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2015.
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.
Learn more about justice, the cardinal virtue that is concerned with giving each person what he or she is rightfully due.
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
Learn more about temperance, the cardinal virtue concerned with the control of the desire for pleasure, both physical and spiritual.
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Find the date of Pentecost Sunday 2014.
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Find the date of Good Friday 2014.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8, exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). Find the date of Divine Mercy Sunday 2015.
Find prayers for the month of September, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
The precepts of the Church, also called the commandments of the Church, are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful.
This Catholic calendar for 2013 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.
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.
Holy Week 2014 is the final week before Easter 2014. Find Holy Week 2014 dates.
An introduction to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.
The Doctors of the Church are great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Learn more about the Doctors of the Church.
Extreme Unction is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Find the text of a traditional Catholic Grace After Meals.
There are three answers to the question What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas?, and one of them is correct.
Many Christians misunderstand the Catholic devotion to the saints. Learn more about the Catholic understanding of the role of saints.
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 2014.
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?