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Easter celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2015 and links to other Easter resources.
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.
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.
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.
Find the date of Easter 2014 and links to other Easter resources.
Holy Week 2015 is the final week before Easter 2015. Find Holy Week 2015 dates.
Learn the basics of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Confirmation in the Catholic Church.
Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
Learn about the practice and effects of the Sacrament of Baptism in 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.
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 text of one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
What is the Sign of the Cross, and how do Catholics pray it?
What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?
Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.
Find ten Catholic prayers for children, along with tips on how to help your children learn these prayers.
Prayer is how Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn about the five major types of prayer.
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?
Learn more about the four principal moral virtues.
Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
Discover what is currently known about the life and times of Saint Bartholomew, one of the twelve apostles of Jesus Christ.
What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage?
This traditional prayer in honor of St. John the Baptist has three parts, corresponding to the three stages of his life.
In this novena, we ask for Saint Anthony’s intercession and promise to live more Christian lives.
Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.
This prayer to St. Gerard Majella, the patron saint of mothers and motherhood, is for women trying to conceive.
The definition of a novena in Catholicism.
Easter 2016 celebrates the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Find the date of Easter 2016 and links to other Easter resources.
This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.
The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.
Learn about the history and practice of ordination, the Sacrament of Holy Orders, in the Catholic Church.
Find the text of one of the most well-known prayers to the Holy Spirit.
Halloween is the vigil of All Hallows Day or All Saints Day, an important Catholic feast. Find the date of Halloween 2014.
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.
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Communion in the Catholic Church.
Find the names of the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, which help Christians to live a Christian life.
Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
Find the text of the Guardian Angel Prayer, a good prayer to help children learn how to pray.
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?
Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.
This prayer for Saint Monica's intercession is particularly appropriate today, when mothers face such great challenges raising their children.
The season of Advent begins on a different date each year. When does Advent 2014 begin?
Learn more about the scapular, a small religious object worn by Catholics and tied to a particular devotion.
The Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary is celebrated on September 8, exactly nine months after the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.
Learn more about the sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—on which the rest of the Christian life depends.
The definition of Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church.
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.
The Mass is the central act of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and symbolism of the Mass.
Find the text of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition.
Learn more about those holy men and women who, through extraordinary lives of virtue, have already entered Heaven.
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2015.
Find the names of the theological virtues.
Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.
Which six Catholic Holy Days of Obligation are currently celebrated in the United States?
Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites.
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.
Easter, the greatest feast day in the Christian calendar, is a moveable feast. When is Easter this year?
This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.
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.
A complete list of the changes to the people's parts in the new translation of the Mass.
Last Rites is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
The reasons for the all-male priesthood.
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.
This prayer is a good way to remember our mother.
The Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary commemorates the death of Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven. Find the date of Assumption 2014.
Learn how to pray the rosary, the best-known and most popular devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary.
What is the difference between prayer and worship?
Few doctrines of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as the dogma of the Immaculate Conception. What is the Immaculate Conception?
Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?
Find the prayers and instructions for praying the Divine Mercy Novena, revealed to Saint Faustina by Christ Himself.
Find the names of the seven deadly sins, the tendencies that cause us to commit all other sins.
Find the names of the four primary moral virtues.
This short novena to Saint Jude and the Sacred Heart of Jesus is traditionally prayed nine times per day for nine days.
What does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.
Find the date of Easter 2013 and links to other Easter resources.
A traditional form of the Morning Offering prayer said by Catholics every morning.
Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.
Learn more about Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the coming of the Holy Spirit upon the Apostles and the Virgin Mary.
Thanksgiving Day is a national holiday with religious significance in the United States. Find the date of Thanksgiving Day 2013.
The Sacrament of Reconciliation is a common name used for the Sacrament of Confession.
The season of Lent, the time of preparation for Easter Sunday, begins on a different day each year. When does Lent 2015 begin?
Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and Fridays throughout the year.
This prayer to the Third Person of the Trinity is well suited for praying as a novena.
Find the text of the most common form of the Catholic Grace Before Meals.
Is the Catholic Church opposed to all stem-cell research?
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.
Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, delivered by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount.
Learn more about fortitude, the cardinal virtue and gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.
The Jesus Prayer is perhaps the most popular prayer among Eastern Christians, both Orthodox and Catholic.
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.
The Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross (September 14) celebrates the instrument of our salvation. Learn more about this ancient feast.
The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.
This prayer was written by Rafael Cardinal Merry del Val (1865-1930), the secretary of state for Pope Saint Pius X. It is a very good daily prayer.
How long must Catholics fast before receiving Communion, and what are the exceptions?
Every week, find a new novena selected by Scott P. Richert, the Catholicism expert for About.com.
A meditation on the Coronation of the Blessed Virgin Mary, the Fifth Glorious Mystery of the Rosary.
Find the text of the Glory Be, one of the earliest known prayers to refer to the Holy Trinity.
Is the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here.
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.
This prayer to Saint Michael the Archangel, written by Pope Leo XIII in 1886, used to be recited after every Low Mass.
Pentecost Sunday, which marks the end of the Easter season, celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the Apostles. Find the date of Pentecost Sunday 2014.
Learn about the history of patron saints, what they do, and how they are chosen.
This prayer, asking for the Blessed Virgin Mary's help, is addressed to God, the source of all blessings.
Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.
Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
This Novena to the Immaculate Heart of Mary is particularly appropriate to pray in the month of August, which is dedicated to the Immaculate Heart.
Good Friday is the day on which Christians commemorate the death of Jesus Christ on the Cross. Find the date of Good Friday 2014.
In this prayer, a mother asks St. Gerard Majella, patron of mothers, to intercede for her and her child during childbirth.
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.
Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints.
There have been 266 popes of the Roman Catholic Church. Find a comprehensive list here, divided up by historical era.
The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
Holy Thursday is the day that Christ celebrated the Last Supper with His disciples. Learn more about the history and practice of Holy Thursday.
The Feast of Christ the King is a moveable feast. Find the date of the Feast of Christ the King 2014.
The day on which Catholics celebrate all the saints, known and unknown, especially those who suffered martyrdom for Christ.
When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
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?
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.
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.
The De Profundis (Psalm 130) is a penitential psalm that is sung as part of evening prayer and in commemorations of the dead.
Saint Stephen was one of the first deacons and the first Christian martyr. Learn more about the life of Saint Stephen.
Find prayers for the faithful departed for each day of the week.
An introduction to the Joyful Mysteries of the Rosary, followed by meditations on each mystery.
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.
Learn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.
Learn more about prayer and how to integrate prayer into every aspect of your daily life.
Find the meditation for the first day of the Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots.
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.
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.
The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.
Help the Mission of Our Lady of the Angels spread the Gospel of Christ in inner-city Chicago.
Find the text of a traditional Catholic Grace After Meals.
Lent is the season of penance and prayer before Easter. Find the dates of Lent 2014.
Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in 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 2014.
Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.
The Fatima Prayer is commonly recited at the end of each decade of the rosary.
In this prayer, written by St. Alphonsus Liguori, we ask the Holy Spirit to grant us His seven gifts.
Good Friday, the Friday before Easter, commemorates the death of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the history and rituals of Good Friday.
Learn about Ordinary Time, one of the most confusing seasons in the Catholic Church's liturgical year. Includes an explanation and FAQs
Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.
Learn more about the fear of the Lord, the last gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the confirmation of the virtue of hope.
Extreme Unction is another term, rarely used today, for the Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick.
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.
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.
Learn more about piety, the gift of the Holy Spirit that perfects the moral virtue of religion.
Learn more about understanding, one of the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit that allows us to penetrate the mysteries of the Christian Faith.