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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.
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.
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.
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 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.
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.
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 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 Divine Mercy Sunday in 2015?
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). Find the date of Divine Mercy Sunday 2015.
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 Do Catholics Celebrate on Divine Mercy...
Learn more about this history and devotions of Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
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.
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.
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 Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
When Is Holy Week 2016?
Holy Week 2016 is the final week before Easter 2016. Find Holy Week 2016 dates.
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.
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.
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 Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
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.
When Does Lent End? (The Answer Might Surprise...
The day when Lent ends is the subject of much debate. When does Lent end?
Prayer for the Eighth Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the eighth day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for all the souls in Purgatory.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
Prayer for the Seventh Day of the Divine Mercy...
For the seventh day of the Divine Mercy novena, Christ asked Saint Faustina to pray for mercy for those most devoted to His mercy.
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
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.
Prayers for April, the Month of the Blessed...
The Catholic Church dedicates the month of April to the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more, and find prayers for April.
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.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
What Is Holy Week?
The definition of Holy Week. Catholicism.
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
When Is Easter This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
The 50 Days of Easter
Easter Sunday is just the beginning. Learn more about all of the holidays of the Easter season.
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?
What Is a Novena?
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
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.
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.
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 Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
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.
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.
When Is Lent in 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
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?
When Is Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and other Easter resources.
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.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
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 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 Pentecost Sunday This Year?
Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. When is Pentecost?
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
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 Is the Ascension of Our Lord?
Learn more about the Ascension of Our Lord, when the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven.
The History and Traditions 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 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?
Divine Mercy Devotions
Learn about the devotions that the Catholic Church encourages the faithful to practice in honor of the Divine Mercy of Jesus Christ.
What Is the Easter Triduum?
The definition of the Easter Triduum.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
All About Easter in the Catholic Church
Learn all about the history and practice of Easter in the Catholic Church, and find resources for the entire Easter season.
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 Holy Week in 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
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 Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders?
Learn about the history and practice of ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, in the Catholic Church.
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.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
Offer This Prayer for Your Deceased Father
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
Your First Prayer of the Day: The Morning...
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
What Are Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation 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 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.
When Was Easter 2013?
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
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 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 Is the Sacrament of Last Rites?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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.
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.
Who Was Sister Faustina of the Divine Mercy?
Learn about the life of Saint Faustina, known as the Apostle of the Divine Mercy.
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.
Kill the Fatted Calf!
When is a Friday not a Friday? When it falls in the Octave of Easter.
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.
When Is Lent 2016?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.
What Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
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.
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 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.
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
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.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
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 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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Is Ascension a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
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.
Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
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 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 Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
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.
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.
Prayer for the Fourth Day of the Divine Mercy...
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 Palm Sunday?
Learn the history of Palm Sunday, the triumphal entry of Christ into Jerusalem that marks the beginning of Holy Week.
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.
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.
Act of Adoration
In this Act of Adoration, we thank Christ for His continued presence among us, not just through His grace but physically, in the Holy Eucharist. His Body is the Bread of Angels, offered for our strength and salvation.
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.
Can You Name the 8 Beatitudes?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
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 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.
What Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
How Long Must Catholics Fast Before Receiving...
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
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.
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.
When Is Divine Mercy Sunday 2016?
Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated on the Octave of Easter (the Sunday after Easter Sunday). Find the date of Divine Mercy Sunday 2016.
When Is Holy Week in 2014?
Holy Week 2014 is the final week before Easter 2014. Find Holy Week 2014 dates.
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 Is the Easter Duty?
The Catholic Church requires all Catholics to receive Communion at least once during the Easter Season. Learn how to fulfill your Easter duty.
Why Don't Roman Catholics Sing the Alleluia...
As a form of penance and expectation, Roman Catholics don't sing the Alleluia during Lent. Learn more about the roots of this practice.
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.
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.
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 Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
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.
8 Catholic Prayers for the Month of May
The month of May is dedicated to the Blessed Virgin Mary. These prayers can be incorporated into our daily prayers during this month.
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.
Weekly Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
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.
A Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory
Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.
Thought of the Day: Works and Faith
Gregory the Great explains the Catholic understanding of the relationship between faith and works.
John Henry Newman's Translation of the Anima...
This beautiful prayer, which dates from the early 14th century, was translated by John Henry Cardinal Newman.
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?

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