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Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2014.
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.
Halloween is neither a satanic holiday nor a secular one, but a Catholic celebration that's 1,300 years old. Learn about the Catholic origins of Halloween.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2014.
Learn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3.
All Saints Day is the feast day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, especially those who suffered martyrdom for Christ.
Is All Saints Day a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
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.
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.
All Saints Day celebrates the lives of all Christians who have died in a state of grace. Find the date of All Saints Day 2014.
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2014 begin?
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
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.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
Find ten Catholic prayers for children, along with tips on how to help your children learn these prayers.
Find the text of one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
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.
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
All Souls Day is a solemn feast commemorating those who have died and are now in Purgatory. Find the date of All Souls Day 2014.
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
The U.K. Daily Mail claims that Pope Benedict declared Halloween dangerous and anti-Christian. But did he?
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
Many people today decorate their Christmas tree the weekend after Thanksgiving. But is there a proper time to put up your Christmas tree?
What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?
Learn more about Jack Chick, the anti-Catholic author who has waged a war against Halloween and the Catholic Church for 30 years.
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?
There's a reason why we dress up as ghoul and goblins on Halloween, and it's a Christian one.
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
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.
Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
The Feast of Christ the King is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Christ the King 2014.
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
Learn about the history and practice of ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, in the Catholic Church.
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
Learn more about the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—on which the rest of the Christian life depends.
In St. Alphonsus Liguori's Novena for the Holy Souls in Purgatory, we seek repentance and ask mercy for those who have died.
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
An ejaculation, sometimes also called an aspiration, is a short prayer meant to be memorized and repeated throughout the day.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2013.
In this novena, we ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession and promise to live more Christian lives.
Easter 2016 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2016 and links to other Easter resources.
Find the names of the theological virtues.
Learn how to pray the rosary, the best-known and most popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
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.
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
Find the names of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which help Christians to live a Christian life.
The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.
This prayer to St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and motherhood, is for women trying to conceive.
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
The month of October is dedicated to the holy rosary, one of the best known of all Catholic devotions. Learn how to pray the rosary and find other rosary prayers.
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2015.
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
Find popular Catholic prayers for November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
What are the doctrinal and practical concerns that separate the Anglican and Catholic Churches?
Learn more about fortitude, the cardinal virtue and gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.
Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.
Learn more about the fear of the Lord, the last gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the confirmation of the virtue of hope.
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
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.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites.
Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.
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.
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.
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.
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
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.
Learn more about understanding, one of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that allows us to penetrate the mysteries of the Christian Faith.
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
Find the prayers and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Novena, revealed to Saint Faustina by Christ Himself.
Advent, the period of preparation for Christmas, begins on a different date every year. When does Advent start?
This prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, used to be recited after every Low Mass.
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?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
The Mass is the central act of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and symbolism of the Mass.
This prayer to the Third Person of the Trinity is well suited for praying as a novena.
What does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2015 begin?
Learn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
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.
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. What is the Immaculate Conception?
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
The Litany of the Saints is one of the oldest prayers in continuous use in the Catholic Church. Find the text and history of the Litany of the Saints.
Learn more about counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence.
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.
A complete list of the changes to the people's parts in the new translation of the Mass.
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
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.
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
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?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
This short novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally prayed nine times per day for nine days.
Find the text of the Glory Be, one of the earliest known prayers to refer to the Holy Trinity.
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
Learn more about prayer and how to integrate prayer into every aspect of your daily life.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
Learn more about the scapular, a small religious object worn by Catholics and tied to a particular devotion.
Many Christians misunderstand the Catholic devotion to the saints. Learn more about the Catholic understanding of the role of saints.
An introduction to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
There are three answers to the question What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas?, and one of them is correct.
Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
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?
In this prayer, we ask Christ to cleanse the souls in Purgatory from their sins.
Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.
Find the text of a traditional version of an Act of Charity, also called an Act of Love.
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.
Lesson Twenty-First of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 discusses indulgences, the remission of temporal punishment for sin. Lesson Twenty-First contains 7 questions and answers, numbered consecutively with Lesson Twentieth, as well as links to other resources.
In this prayer, a mother asks St. Gerard Majella, patron of mothers, to intercede for her and her child during childbirth.
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2013.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2015.
Saint Stephen was one of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Learn more about the life of Saint Stephen.
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.
A prayer for the dead prayed by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox.
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
The De Profundis (Psalm 130) is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of evening prayer and in commemorations of the dead.
: What is Purgatory? : Purgatory is a state in which those suffer for a time who die guilty of venial
In this prayer to Our Lady of the Rosary, we ask the Virgin Mary to help us develop a habit of interior prayer through the daily recitation of the rosary.
Is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.