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When Does Lent End? It Depends
The day when Lent ends is the subject of much debate. When does Lent end?
Can Catholics Eat Meat on Good Friday?
Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, is one of the most sacred days in the Christian calendar. Can you eat meat on Good Friday?
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
What Day Is Easter in 2015?
Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
When Does Lent Start and End in 2014?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2014.
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?
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.
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 Was Easter 2013?
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
2014 Catholic Holy Days of Obligation and...
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.
What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
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.
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?
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
The History of Holy Saturday
Holy Saturday is the final day of Lent, of Holy Week, and of the Easter Triduum. Learn more about Holy Saturday.
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.
How the Catholic Church Celebrates Easter
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.
Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
What Day Is Good Friday in 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.
Why Abstinence Is Important to Catholics
What does abstinence mean? Why and when do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
What Do Catholics Have to Do on Holy Days of...
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
2014 Catholic Lenten Calendar
Lent is a time of preparation for Easter. Find the dates of the Sundays and major feast days that fall in Lent 2014.
Why Do Catholics Fast?
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 This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
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 Is the Easter Triduum?
The definition of the Easter Triduum.
What Are the 10 Holy Days of Obligation in the...
The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation here.
What Happens During Holy Week?
The definition of Holy Week. Catholicism.
6 Holy Days of Obligation for U.S. Catholics
The Catholic Church in the United States currently celebrates six Holy Days of Obligation each year. Find a list of the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation in the United States here.
Prayer for the First Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the first day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for of all mankind, especially sinners.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About Easter in the...
Learn all about the history and practice of Easter in the Catholic Church, and find resources for the entire Easter season.
When Is Holy Week in 2014?
Holy Week 2014 is the final week before Easter 2014. Find Holy Week 2014 dates.
When Is Holy Thursday in 2014?
Holy Thursday is the day on which Christians celebrate the Last Supper, at which Christ instituted the Sacrament of Holy Communion. When is Holy Thursday 2014?
Maundy Thursday - Definition of Maundy Thursday
The definition of Maundy Thursday.
Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar 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.
Roman Catholic Liturgical Calendar 2013
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.
When Is Easter 2016?
Easter 2016 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2016 and links to other Easter resources.
What Day Is Ash Wednesday in 2014?
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.
When Was Good Friday in 2013?
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Find the date of Good Friday 2013.
When Does Lent Begin in 2014?
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2014 begin?
When Is Good Friday 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.
When Is Ascension Thursday and Ascension Sunday...
The Ascension of Our Lord celebrates the day that Christ ascended bodily into Heaven. Find the date of Ascension 2014.
Triduum - Definition of Triduum
The definition of triduum. Catholicism.
When Is Divine Mercy Sunday in 2014?
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). Find the date of Divine Mercy Sunday 2014.
Prayer for the Second Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the second day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for priests, monks, and nuns.
Why Do Catholics Go to Confession?
What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?
When Is Holy Week 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
Catholic Guide to Palm Sunday
Learn the history of Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem that marks the beginning of Holy Week.
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
What Is Lent?
The definition of Lent. Catholicism.
Why Roman Catholics Don't Say 'Alleluia' During...
Throughout the liturgical year, the Catholic Church makes certain changes to the Mass to reflect the liturgical season. Next to the change in the color of the priest's vestments, the absence of the Alleluia during Lent is probably the most obvious. After the time of penance and waiting is over, the Alleluia will return at the celebration of Jesus Christ's resurrection at the Easter Vigil.
The Requirements for Getting Married in the...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
Prayer for the Third Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the third day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for all the faithful.
The Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit
Learn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3.
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 40 Days of Lent
Learn more about the history of the Lenten fast, why it is exactly 40 days, and why Sundays are not part of the Lenten fast.
When Is Holy Saturday 2014?
Holy Saturday, the final day of the Paschal Triduum, is the day before Easter Sunday. Find the date of Holy Saturday 2014.
Moveable Feast - Definition of Moveable Feast
The definition of a moveable feast in the Catholic Church.
On what day did Christ rise from the dead?
: On what day did Christ rise from the dead? : Christ rose from the dead, glorious and immortal, on Easter
Prayer for Fourth Day of Divine Mercy Novena
For the fourth day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for those who do not believe in God and those who do not know Christ.
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
Divine Mercy Sunday
Learn more about this history and devotions of Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
Prayer for the Fifth Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the fifth day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for those who, while Christians, have separated themselves from the Roman 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.
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 the Easter Duty in Roman Catholicism?
The Catholic Church requires all Catholics to receive Communion at least once per year, during the Easter Season. Find out why, and learn the requirements for fulfilling your Easter duty.
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 Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Learn About the Novena, or Nine Days of Prayer
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
What Is the Ascension of Our Lord?
The Ascension of Our Lord occurred on Ascension Thursday, 40 days after Easter Sunday, when the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven.
All About Ash Wednesday
What is Ash Wednesday, and how is it celebrated? Learn more about the history and rituals of Ash Wednesday.
What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
What Is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
When Is Lent This Year?
Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, changes every year. Find the dates of Lent.
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 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.
When Is Palm Sunday in 2014?
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, marks the beginning of Holy Week. Find the date of Palm Sunday 2014.
When Is Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
Everything You Need to Know About the Catholic...
The Mass, an ancient celebration, is the central act of worship in the Catholic Church. Through the Mass, the Sacrifice of Christ on the Cross is made present to the faithful, and they receive the grace that Christ merited for the world through His unselfish sacrifice.
Prayer for the Sixth Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the sixth day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for the most meek and humble souls and the souls of children.
Eternal Rest: A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory
Find the text of one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
When Is Holy Thursday 2015?
In the Catholic Church, Holy Thursday is the day that we celebrate the Last Supper, at which Christ instituted the Mass and the Sacrament of Holy Communion.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
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.
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?
Is the Ascension a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
Why do you call that day "good" on which Christ...
: Why do you call that day "good" on which Christ died so sorrowful a death? : We call that day "good"
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 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
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?
What Does the Catholic Church Say About Marriage?
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
When Is Easter 2018?
Easter 2018 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2018 and links to other Easter resources.
The New Translation of the Mass
A complete list of the changes to the people's parts in the new translation of the Mass.
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska of the Most Blessed...
St. Maria Faustina Kowalska is known as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy. Learn about the life of Saint Faustina.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
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 the Feast of Corpus Christi in 2014?
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Corpus Christi 2014.
How Long Must Catholics Fast Before Receiving...
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion?
When Is Holy Saturday 2015?
In the Catholic Church, Holy Saturday, the day before Easter Sunday, is the final day of the Triduum, the three days during which we commemorate Christ's Passion.
Can You Name the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?
The twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit are works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit. Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit here.
Scriptural Reading for Good Friday
Our deliverance is at hand. In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, St. Paul explains that the
Pentecost 101
After Easter Sunday , Christmas is the second-greatest feast in the Christian liturgical calendar , but
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.
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
When Is Easter 2019?
Find the date of Easter 2019 and links to other Easter resources.
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
When Is Pentecost Sunday This Year?
Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. When is Pentecost?
Scriptural Reading for Holy Saturday
The Old Covenant, St. Paul tells us in this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, has passed away, replaced by the New Covenant in Christ. Just as the Israelites whom the Lord led out of Egypt were denied entrance into the Promised Land because of their lack of faith, we, too, can fall and deprive ourselves of the Kingdom of Heaven.
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?
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?
Catholic Prayer for Help
In this novena, we ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession and promise to live more Christian lives.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
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?
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
What's 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 Our Father
Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
Easter Homily of St. John Chrysostom
Find the text of the famous Easter homily by St. John Chrysostom, read in many Eastern Catholic and Eastern Orthodox churches.
Who Was St. Gerard?
This prayer to St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and motherhood, is for women trying to conceive.
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!
What Is the Immaculate Conception?
Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. What is the Immaculate Conception?
What Are the Cardinal Virtues?
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
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.
When is Epiphany in 2014?
Epiphany, the 12th day after Christmas, celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ Child.
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 Seven Deadly Sins?
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
The Hail Mary
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.
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.
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.
Scriptural Reading for Holy Thursday
In this reading from the Letter to the Hebrews, St. Paul reminds us that Christ is the great high priest, like us in all things but sin. He was tempted, so he can understand our temptation; but being perfect, He was able to offer Himself as the perfect Sacrifice to God the Father. That sacrifice is the source of the eternal salvation of all who believe in Christ.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
When Does Lent Start This Year?
When does Lent start this year? Catholicism.
Litany of Humility
This prayer was written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), the secretary of state for Pope Saint Pius X. It is a very good daily prayer.
What Is Clean Monday?
Clean Monday is the first day of Great Lent for Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Learn more about Clean Monday.
Shrove Tuesday - Definition of Shrove Tuesday
The definition of Shrove Tuesday.
What is mortal sin?
: What is mortal sin? : Mortal sin is a grievous offense against the law of God. This is Question 54
What Is the Sacrament of Last Rites?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
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.
Prayer for the Ninth Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the ninth day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for all souls who have become lukewarm in their belief.
What Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
An Act of Faith
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.

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