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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 Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit...
Learn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3.
What Is Pentecost Sunday?
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
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.
When Is Ascension 2015?
The Ascension of Our Lord celebrates the day that Christ, in the presence of His apostles, ascended bodily into Heaven. Find the date of Ascension 2015.
When Is Easter in 2015?
Easter 2015 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
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.
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 Is the Ascension of Our Lord?
Learn more about the Ascension of Our Lord, when the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven.
Is Ascension a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
Act of Consecration to the Holy Ghost
This prayer is primarily used in the Novena to the Holy Ghost, but it is a good prayer to say anytime to rededicate ourselves to the Holy Spirit.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
In this prayer, which is part of the famous Novena to the Holy Ghost recited every year between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, we ask Christ, Who promised the Holy Spirit to the apostles, to send His Spirit to us that we may receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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 Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
What Is a Novena?
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
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.
When Is Pentecost Sunday This Year?
Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. When is Pentecost?
The First Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
The first day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost reminds us that we need the grace of the Holy Spirit to live our lives as Christians.
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.
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
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.
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.
What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
When Is Holy Week 2016?
Holy Week 2016 is the final week before Easter 2016. Find Holy Week 2016 dates.
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.
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 Corpus Christi 2015?
Corpus Christi falls on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday,which is one week after Pentecost Sunday.But in the U.S,it will be celebrated Sunday,June 7,2015.
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.
Prayers for May, the Month of the Virgin Mary
The Catholic Church dedicates the month of May to the Blessed Virgin Mary. Learn more, and find prayers for May.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
Why Does the Catholic Church Have So Many...
If Christ is the head of the church and he came to free people from bondage to the law, then why are there so many man-made rules in the Catholic Church?
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
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.
When Is Ash Wednesday 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.
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
Second Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
For the second day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, the prayer, verse, and meditation remind us that the fear of the Lord, one of the gifts of the Holy Spirit, is the beginning of wisdom.
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.
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.
What Are Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
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?
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
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?
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.
When Is Trinity Sunday 2015?
Trinity Sunday falls one week after Pentecost Sunday, and it is the day that the Catholic Church has set aside to honor the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—the Holy Trinity.
When Is Good Friday in 2015?
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Find the date of Good Friday 2015.
The Third Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the third day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, we pray for the gift of piety.
Offer This Prayer for Your Deceased Father
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
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.
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 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.
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 the Feast of the Sacred Heart 2015?
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of the Sacred Heart 2015.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
The Fourth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the fourth day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, we pray for the gift and virtue of fortitude.
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.
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
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.
Your First Prayer of the Day: The Morning...
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
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.
The Fifth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the fifth day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, we ask for the gift of knowledge.
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
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.
When Is Pentecost Sunday 2016?
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Find the date of Pentecost Sunday 2016.
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.
When Is Assumption 2015?
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Find the date of Assumption 2015.
What Are the Seven Deadly Sins?
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
The Sixth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the sixth day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, our prayer, verse, and meditation focus on the gift of understanding.
The Ninth Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the ninth day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, we pray for the fruits of the Holy Spirit, which reinforce our desire to do good.
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.
A Prayer for the Gifts of the Holy Spirit by...
In this prayer, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we ask the Holy Spirit to grant us His seven gifts.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
When Is Lent 2016?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.
What Is the Feast of Corpus Christi?
The Feast of Corpus Christi celebrates the mystery of the Body and Blood of Christ. Learn more about the Feast of Corpus Christi.
The Litany of the Holy Spirit
This litany reminds us of the many attributes of the Holy Spirit, while asking for His guidance and grace as we struggle to grow in our spiritual life.
What Is Trinity Sunday?
Trinity Sunday, also known as Holy Trinity Sunday, celebrates the most fundamental of Christian beliefs—belief in the Holy Trinity.
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
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.
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?
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.
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.
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?
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
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.
The Fatima Prayer for Each Decade of the Rosary
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.
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 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.
When Is Pentecost Sunday in 2014?
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.
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.
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus
The Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost Sunday. Learn more about this celebration of Christ's love for mankind.
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 Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
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.
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.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
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 Act of Consecration to the Holy Spirit
By submitting our will to the Holy Spirit, we grow in holiness. This act of consecration expresses our desire to unite ourselves to the Spirit's will.
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
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.
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.
Can You Name the 8 Beatitudes?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
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.
A Prayer in Time of Earthquake
In this prayer, we ask God that the physical destruction of an earthquake may be turned to the spiritual well-being of those who have survived.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
The Many Dates of Pentecost
Like Easter, Pentecost Sunday is a moveable feast. Learn more about Pentecost and how to determine the date of Pentecost in any given year.
A Prayer to the Blessed Virgin Mary for May
In this beautiful prayer, to be offered during the Marian month of May, we ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for her protection and for the grace to imitate her in her love of Christ, and Christ in His love of her.
The Seventh Day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost
On the seventh day of the Novena to the Holy Ghost, we pray for the gift of counsel.
A Prayer to the Holy Ghost by Saint Catherine...
This short prayer, written by Saint Catherine of Siena, asks the Holy Spirit to unite us to Him and to infuse us with His grace.
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?
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 Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and other Easter resources.
Hail Holy Queen (The Salve Regina)
The Hail Holy Queen or Salve Regina is one of four special anthems to the Virgin Mary that are prayed as part of Catholic daily prayers.
The 50 Days of Easter
Easter Sunday is just the beginning. Learn more about all of the holidays of the Easter season.
What Is the Easter Triduum?
The definition of the Easter Triduum.
Temperance: A Cardinal Virtue
Learn more about temperance, the cardinal virtue concerned with the control of the desire for pleasure, both physical and spiritual.
How Long Must Catholics Fast Before Receiving...
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
Weekly Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
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.
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.
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 Ascension 2016?
The Ascension of Our Lord celebrates the day that Christ ascended bodily into Heaven. Find the date of Ascension 2016.
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.
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.
What Catholics Mean When They Talk About...
An ejaculation, sometimes also called an aspiration, is a short prayer meant to be memorized and repeated throughout the day.
A Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima
In this prayer, we ask Our Lady of Fatima to bring peace to our nation and to the whole world through a spiritual revival.
What Is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
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 Holy Week in 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
What Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
When Is Lent in 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
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 Prayer for the Help of the Blessed Virgin Mary
This prayer, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary's help, is addressed to God, the source of all blessings.

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