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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 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 in 2015?
Easter 2015 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
A Prayer in Honor of Saint John the Baptist
This traditional prayer in honor of St. John the Baptist has three parts, corresponding to the three stages of his life.
What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
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.
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.
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?
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 Holy Week 2016?
Holy Week 2016 is the final week before Easter 2016. Find Holy Week 2016 dates.
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.
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.
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 the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
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.
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 Does the Catholic Church Teach About...
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
What Is a Novena?
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
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.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
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 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.
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 Is Lent 2016?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.
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.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
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.
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
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.
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 Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
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.
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.
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 Pray the Divine Mercy Novena
Find the prayers and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Novena, revealed to Saint Faustina by Christ Himself.
What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
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.
What Is the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin...
The feast of the Visitation celebrates the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation.
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
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 Is the Sacrament of Last Rites?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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.
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 Pentecost Sunday?
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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 Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
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?
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
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.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
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 the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
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.
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 Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
About Catholicism's Novena of the Week
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
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.
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
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.
The Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel
Learn more about the Feast of Our Lady of Mount Carmel, which celebrates the appearance of the Virgin Mary to St. Simon Stock on July 16, 1251.
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 Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
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?
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?
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 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.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
When Is Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and other Easter resources.
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
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.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
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.
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.
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.
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 Long Must Catholics Fast Before Receiving...
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
A Prayer to Saint Joseph for Workers
This beautiful prayer, composed by Pope John XXIII, asks Saint Joseph the Worker to help us regard our work as a means of growing in holiness.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
When Does Advent 2015 Begin?
When does Advent 2015 begin? Catholicism.
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.
Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
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
A Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory
Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.
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.
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.
A Novena to Saint Joseph
This is a good prayer for fathers to ask for the strength necessary to rear their children well, or for children to pray on behalf of their fathers.
Weekly Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
A Novena of Confidence to the Sacred Heart
In this novena to the Sacred Heart, we ask Christ to present our request to His Father as His own.
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.
A Novena to Saint Expeditus
In this novena, we ask Saint Expeditus to intercede for us for all the graces that we need in our life, from the gift of faith to the gift of final perseverance.
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 Novena to the Sacred Heart
In this Novena to the Sacred Heart, we pray for nine days in trust and confidence in the mercy and love of Christ, that He might grant our request.
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.
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?
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.
Meditations on the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary
An introduction to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.
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.
Prayers for June, the Month of the Sacred Heart
The month of June is dedicated to the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The Sacred Heart represents Christ's love for all mankind.
When Is Halloween 2015?
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2015.
When Is Easter This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
When Is Corpus Christi 2016?
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Corpus Christi 2016.
How Do Catholics Define Prayer?
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.
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.
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.
Is Assumption a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here.
First Day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots
Find the meditation for the first day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots.
What Is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
What Does Matrimony Mean?
Matrimony is another term for marriage and the proper term for the Sacrament of Marriage.
An Act of Consecration to the Sacred Heart
This prayer is often said on or around the Feast of the Sacred Heart.
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?
The Fatima Prayer for Each Decade of the Rosary
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.
Prayers for July, the Month of the Precious Blood
Learn about the Precious Blood of Jesus, the Catholic devotion for the month of July, and find prayers to the Precious Blood.
Prayer to Saint Thomas More
This prayer invokes St. Thomas More as the patron saint of lawyers, asking him to pray to God for the grace to rise to the highest standards of that profession. The final verse can also be prayed by itself as a prayer to St. Thomas More as the patron saint of large families.
Humanae Vitae: A Summary
Learn more about Humanae Vitae, Pope Paul VI's 1968 encyclical reaffirming the Catholic Church's traditional teaching on birth control and abortion.
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.
Can You Name the 8 Beatitudes?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
Grace After Meals: A Forgotten Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Catholic Grace After Meals.
Novena to Saint Joseph the Worker
This novena to Saint Joseph the Worker is perfect for when you have an important project or assignment that you are having trouble completing.
What Is an Act of Hope Prayer?
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
When Is Lent in 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
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?
The De Profundis (Psalm 130)
The De Profundis (Psalm 130) is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of evening prayer and in commemorations of the dead.
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.
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 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.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga, the Patron Saint of Youth
Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, patron of youth, lived a short life dedicated to prayer, study, and the care of others. Learn more about this Jesuit saint.
Meditations on the Glorious Mysteries of the...
An introduction to the Glorious Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.
A Prayer to Saint James the Apostle
In this prayer to Saint James the Apostle, we ask for the strength to be worthy followers of Christ.
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.
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.
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.

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