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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 Does Advent 2014 Begin?
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2014 begin?
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.
When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?
Many people decorate their Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. But is there a proper time to put up your Christmas tree?
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.
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 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.
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.
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.
When Is Holy Week in 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
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.
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.
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 Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
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.
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary
The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary celebrates Mary's dedication to God and her identification with the Temple of God. Learn more about this feast.
Pray the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena
The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of Saint Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas.
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.
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.
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
Six Steps to Lighting an Advent Wreath
Complete instructions on how to light the Advent wreath, with links to Advent wreath prayers.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
When Is Saint Nicholas Day 2014?
Saint Nicholas Day celebrates the life of Saint Nicholas of Myra, a fourth-century bishop best known today as the real-life model for Santa Claus. Find the date of Saint Nicholas Day 2014.
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 Lent in 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
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.
Preparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath
Learn about the history of the Advent wreath and how to incorporate it into your celebration of Advent.
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?
How to Make an Advent Wreath
Find complete instructions for making your own Advent wreath and make this custom part of your Advent celebration.
Celebrating Advent
These activities and devotions can aid us in celebrating Advent as it is meant to be celebrated so that, when Christmas arrives, we can greet Christ with joy.
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
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 Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?
One of saddest sights of Christmas is to see Christmas trees out at the curb on December 26. When should you take down your Christmas tree?
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.
What Are Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
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 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.
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.
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.
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
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 Does the Catholic Church Say About Marriage?
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
Is Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of...
Is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
What Is Philip's Fast?
Learn about Philip's Fast, the Nativity fast observed by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox in preparation for Christmas.
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
When Is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception...
The Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception celebrates the preservation of the Virgin Mary from the stain of original sin. Find the date of Immaculate Conception 2014.
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
Your First Prayer of the Day: The Morning...
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
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.
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.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
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 Is Gaudete Sunday?
How did Gaudete Sunday get its name, and what is the significance of Gaudete Sunday?
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.
A Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed...
This Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that Mary is the new Temple, in whom God has come to dwell.
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 November, the Month of the Holy...
Find popular Catholic prayers for November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
Advent Wreath Prayer for the First Week of Advent
In our prayer for the Advent wreath for the first week of Advent, we ask Christ to come, to set us free from our sins and from the punishment that we deserve. He is our salvation.
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?
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 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 the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
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 Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
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.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
About Catholicism's Novena of the Week
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
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 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.
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
Offer This Prayer for Your Deceased Father
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
What Does Epiphany Mean to Catholics?
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.
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 Thanksgiving Day in 2015?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2015.
How to Bless Your Advent Wreath (In Seven...
Find complete instructions on how to bless your Advent wreath at the beginning of Advent.
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.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
When Is Easter This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
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 Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
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.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
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.
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?
A Prayer for Government by Archbishop John...
This prayer, written by Archbishop John Carroll in 1791, is good to pray on national holidays, such as Independence Day and Thanksgiving.
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.
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.
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.
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 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.
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.
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 Does Advent 2015 Begin?
When does Advent 2015 begin? Catholicism.
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.
The Solemnity of Christmas in the Catholic Church
Christmas is the Christian feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the history of Christmas.
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.
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.
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 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 Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
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.
Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to Saint Michael the...
Find the text of the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, which used to be recited after every Low Mass.
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?
What Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
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.
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 Sacrament of Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
When Was Easter 2013?
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
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.
Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Advent is to turn to the Bible. In the Office of the Readings, part of the Liturgy of the Hours, the official prayer of the Church, the Church turns to the Old Testament book of the Prophet Isaiah for passages that are appropriate to every day of the Advent season. This article contains a link to the Scripture reading for each day of the first week of Advent, as well as a brief commentary on that reading.
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?
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.
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
Weekly Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
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.
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
Saint Gertrude the Great's Prayer to the Sacred...
In this prayer by St. Gertrude the Great to the Sacred Heart, we ask Jesus to conform our hearts to His and our wills to His will.
When Does Lent Start and End in 2014?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2014.
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?
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.
A Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory
Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.
Grace After Meals: A Forgotten Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Catholic Grace After Meals.
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.
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?
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.
How Long Must Catholics Fast Before Receiving...
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
What Is an Act of Hope Prayer?
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
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.
How Do Catholics Define Prayer?
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.
What Is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
When Is Ordinary Time?
Learn about Ordinary Time, one of the most confusing seasons in the Catholic Church's liturgical year. Includes an explanation and FAQs
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.
Do Catholics Have to Attend Mass on January 1?
Is January 1, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
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