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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 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 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.
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
When Does Lent End? (The Answer Might Surprise...
The day when Lent ends is the subject of much debate. When does Lent end?
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.
When Is Holy Week in 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
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.
When Is Lent in 2015?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 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?
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 Annunciation a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Annunciation a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
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.
The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord
The feast of the Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary to announce that she had been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord.
What Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
What Is Holy Week?
The definition of Holy Week. Catholicism.
Catholic Guide to Palm Sunday
Palm Sunday commemorates the triumphal entrance of Christ into Jerusalem, when palm branches were placed in His path, before His arrest on Holy Thursday and His Crucifixion on Good Friday.
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 This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this 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.
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 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.
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 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.
Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
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.
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 Easter Triduum?
The definition of the Easter Triduum.
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.
What Are Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation 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.
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.
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.
When Is Annunciation 2015?
The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary, announcing that she has been chosen to be the Mother of Our Lord. Find the date of Annunciation 2015.
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
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.
When Is Holy Week 2016?
Holy Week 2016 is the final week before Easter 2016. Find Holy Week 2016 dates.
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?
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.
What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
When Is Palm Sunday?
Palm Sunday, the final Sunday before Easter, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Palm Sunday for this and future years.
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!
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.
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.
When Was Easter 2013?
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Good Friday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
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 Short History of the Lenten Fast
Learn more about the history of the Lenten fast, why it is exactly 40 days, and why Sundays have never been part of the Lenten fast.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is Holy Thursday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
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 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.
When the Annunciation Falls on a Friday, Can...
The Annunciation sometimes falls on a Friday during Lent. Can you eat meat on the Annunciation?
What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
When Does Good Friday Fall 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 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?
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 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.
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.
What Do Catholics Mean When They Talk About...
Triduums recall the three days that Christ spent in the tomb, from Good Friday until Easter Sunday.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
Cardinal Newman's Offering of Oneself to Christ...
This prayer by John Henry Cardinal Newman is a perfect way to end a visit to the Blessed Sacrament.
When Is Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and other Easter resources.
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 Lent?
Find the definition of this major liturgical season of the Catholic Church here.
When Is Holy Week in 2014?
Holy Week 2014 is the final week before Easter 2014. Find Holy Week 2014 dates.
Start the New Year With Mary, the Mother of God
The Catholic Church begins the New Year with one of her most important feasts: the Solemnity of Mary, the Mother of God.
Catholicism Facts: What Does Maundy Thursday...
The definition of Maundy Thursday.
Seven Steps to Making a Better Confession
Want to make a good Confession? Follow these seven steps.
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
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.
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 Is Pentecost Sunday?
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
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 Is a Novena?
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
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.
What Is Passiontide?
The definition of Passiontide, in both the Extraordinary Form and the Ordinary Form of Mass.
Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
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.
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.
Catholic FAQs: What Is Holy Week and When Does...
Holy Week, the final week before Easter, covers different dates each year. Find Holy Week dates for this and future years.
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.
Everything You Need to Know 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.
Your First Prayer of the Day: The Morning...
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
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.
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
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.
Lent: When Does It Fall, and What Is It All...
Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, changes every year. Find the dates of Lent.
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.
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.
When Does Lent Start This Year?
Find the date when Lent begins in this and future years.
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 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 Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
What Is the Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
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.
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 Sacrament of Last Rites?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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.
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.
Is Ascension a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Feast of the Ascension of Our Lord a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
When Is Lent 2016?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.
How Do You Pray the Angelus?
The Angelus is an ancient prayer celebrating the Angel Gabriel's annunciation of the Lord to the Virgin Mary. Find the text of the Angelus.
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.
Thought of the Day: Our Neighbor's Reputation
We all know that lying is bad, but did you know that you can sin by telling the truth about someone else's sins?
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
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.
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.
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.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
What Do Catholics Celebrate on Divine Mercy...
Learn more about this history and devotions of Divine Mercy Sunday, celebrated on the Sunday after Easter.
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.
How to Say the Catholic Grace Before Meals
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
When Is Saint Joseph's Day in 2015?
Saint Joseph's Day celebrates the life of the foster father of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Saint Joseph's Day 2015.
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.
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 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.
When Is Ash Wednesday This Year?
The date of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, changes every year. Find the date of Ash Wednesday.
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?
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.
What Is a Moveable Feast?
The definition of a moveable feast in the Catholic Church.
Thought of the Day: Speaking Evil
Is it possible to do evil by speaking the truth? Yes. Find out how.
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 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.
Catholic Spiritual Readings for Each Day in Lent
An excellent way to focus our thoughts and deepen our understanding of the meaning of Lent 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 has chosen scriptural passages that are appropriate to every day of the Lenten season.
When Is the Annunciation This Year?
The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary. Find the date of the Annunciation.
What Is a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
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.
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.
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 Four Cardinal Virtues?
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
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 Is the Ascension of Our Lord?
Learn more about the Ascension of Our Lord, when the risen Christ ascended bodily into Heaven.
When Is Holy Thursday This Year?
Holy Thursday, the first day of the Triduum, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Holy Thursday.
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?
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?
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.
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.
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
Is Assumption a Holy Day of Obligation?
Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here.

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