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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 Halloween 2015?
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2015.
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.
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.
When Is Holy Week 2016?
Holy Week 2016 is the final week before Easter 2016. Find Holy Week 2016 dates.
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 Easter in 2015?
Easter 2015 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
What Is the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary?
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8, exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
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?
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 Are the Requirements for Getting Married...
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Prayers for September, the Month of Our Lady of...
Find prayers for the month of September, which is dedicated to Our Lady of Sorrows.
How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
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.
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 the Sacrament of Baptism?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
What Is the Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy...
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) celebrates the instrument of our salvation. Learn more about this ancient feast.
When Is Lent 2016?
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2016.
What Is a Novena?
What do Catholics mean when they refer to a prayer as a novena?
What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
A Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin...
This Prayer for the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary makes a perfect novena in preparation for celebrating the Virgin Mary's birthday.
The Virgin Mary's Birthday
When was the Virgin Mary born? Find the date, and learn about the traditions surrounding the Virgin Mary's birthday.
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 Saint Monica for Mothers
This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.
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.
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?
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.
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.
Learn the 'Come Holy Spirit' Prayer
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
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.
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.
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.
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 Thanksgiving Day in 2015?
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2015.
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.
Learn the Guardian Angel Prayer
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
A Prayer in Honor of the Sorrows of the Blessed...
In this lengthy but beautiful prayer, we present our own sorrows and ask Mary to intercede for us with her Son.
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 Eucharist?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
What Are the Three Theological Virtues?
Find the names of the theological virtues.
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 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.
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.
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 a Saint?
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
Offer This Prayer for a Deceased Mother
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
When Is Pentecost Sunday 2016?
Pentecost Sunday celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Find the date of Pentecost Sunday 2016.
Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
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 Does Advent 2015 Begin?
When does Advent 2015 begin? Catholicism.
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.
Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
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 Are the Holy Days of Obligation for...
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
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 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?
Your First Prayer of the Day: The Morning...
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
Do You Know the Act of Contrition?
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
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.
Why Do Catholics Pray to Saints?
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
When Is Easter 2017?
Easter 2017 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2017 and other Easter resources.
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.
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.
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.
When Is All Saints Day 2015?
All Saints Day celebrates the lives of all Christians who have died in a state of grace. Find the date of All Saints Day 2015.
Should Catholics Celebrate Halloween?
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.
What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
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.
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.
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.
Weekly Prayers for the Souls in Purgatory
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
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?
Why Can't Women Be Priests in the Catholic...
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
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.
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?
feast of the exaltation of the holy cross,...
The Feast of the Holy Cross is also known as the Triumph of the Cross. When is the Exaltation of the Cross?
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 Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
Can You Name the 8 Beatitudes?
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
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?
What Day Is Easter in 2014?
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
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 Holy Days of Obligation?
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
St. Aloysius Gonzaga's Prayer Commending...
In this beautiful prayer, composed by Saint Aloysius Gonzaga, we pledge ourselves to Mary, that she may intercede for us so that our will may be aligned with the will of Christ.
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.
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?
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 Sacrament of Last Rites?
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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.
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.
A Prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo
In this prayer to Saint Augustine of Hippo, we ask the great convert to Christianity to intercede for us, that we may abandon evil and embrace virtue.
What Is Pentecost Sunday?
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
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 Easter This Year?
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
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.
All About the Season of Advent in the Catholic...
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.
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.
Prayer to Saint Gregory the Great, Pope and...
This prayer to Saint Gregory the Great calls to mind the definitive role played by this pope in shaping the medieval Church.
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.
Seven Steps to Making a Better Confession
Want to make a good Confession? Follow these seven steps.
A Short Prayer to Mary Most Sorrowful
This short prayer, or aspiration, addresses the Blessed Virgin Mary under two important titles, Our Lady of Sorrows and Mary, Mother of Christians.
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 All Souls Day (And Why Do Catholics...
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.
What Is the Jesus Prayer?
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
The Feast of the Immaculate Conception
The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
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.
A Prayer to the Mother of Sorrows
In this prayer, we ask Mary to pray for us, so that we may look forward to the joy that comes from remaining faithful witnesses to Christ.
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 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 Christian feast.
A Prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows
In this prayer to Our Lady of Sorrows, we call to mind the pain endured both by Christ on the Cross and Mary, as she watched her Son be crucified.
Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent 2015
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 2015.
What Are the Seven Deadly Sins?
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
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.
When Is the Feast of Christ the King 2015?
The Feast of Christ the King is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Christ the King 2015.
Prayer for the Seven Gifts of the Holy Ghost
In this prayer, which is part of the famous Novena to the Holy Ghost recited every year between Ascension Thursday and Pentecost Sunday, we ask Christ, Who promised the Holy Spirit to the apostles, to send His Spirit to us that we may receive the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit.
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
Justice: A Cardinal Virtue
Learn more about justice, the cardinal virtue that is concerned with giving each person what he or she is rightfully due.
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 an Act of Hope Prayer?
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
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.
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.
A Prayer of Saint Augustine to the Blessed...
In this prayer, Saint Augustine of Hippo illustrates both Christian reverence for the Mother of God and the proper understanding of intercessory prayer.
What Is the Sacrament of Reconciliation?
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
What Is All Saints Day?
All Saints Day is the feast day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, especially those who suffered martyrdom for Christ.
Grace After Meals: A Forgotten Prayer
Find the text of a traditional Catholic Grace After Meals.
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.
What Is the Apostles' Creed?
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
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.
When Is the Feast of the Assumption in 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 Is Holy Week in 2015?
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
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.
An Aspiration to the Virgin Most Sorrowful
In this short prayer, or aspiration, we unite our sorrows to those of Our Lady of Sorrows—Mary, the Virgin Most Sorrowful.
Who Are the 35 Doctors of the Church?
The Doctors of the Church are great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith. Learn more about the Doctors of the Church.
How Do Catholics Define Prayer?
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.
Pope Leo XIII's Prayer to Saint Michael the...
Find the text of the prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, which used to be recited after every Low Mass.
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.
When Is Corpus Christi 2016?
The Feast of Corpus Christi is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Corpus Christi 2016.
When Was Easter 2013?
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
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.

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