Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:10:16 +0000
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZAdvent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Immaculate Conception of Mary is the belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without Original Sin. Learn more about this ancient belief.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThese activities and devotions can help us celebrate Advent as it is meant to be celebrated so that we can greet Christmas with greater joy.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's conception without sin. Find the date of the Immaculate Conception in this and other years.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZA step-by-step guide on how to bless your Advent wreath, along with Advent wreath readings and prayers.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIn the Second Week of Advent, we ask Christ to move us to action, so that we can prepare ourselves for His coming at Christmas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Advent wreath is a popular Catholic custom. Learn about the history of the Advent wreath and how to use it to prepare for Christmas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind popular Catholic prayers for December, the Month of the Immaculate Conception.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind complete instructions on how to light your Advent wreath, along with links to Advent wreath prayers for each week of Advent.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn about the seven gifts of the Holy Spirit, as enumerated in Isaiah 11:2-3, which perfect the virtues of those Christians who receive them.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZAdvent, the period of preparation for Christmas, begins on a different date every year. When does Advent start in this, previous, and future years?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIs the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThis 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.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZHow did Gaudete Sunday get its name, and what is the significance of Gaudete Sunday?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZDo you know when to put up a Christmas tree? Find the traditional answer and some suggestions on when to put up your Christmas tree.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThere are ten Catholic Holy Days of Obligation, but only six are currently celebrated in the United States. Find the complete list.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe seven sacraments are the life of the Catholic Church and the source of the graces that Christian need to live a Christian life.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe cardinal virtues are the four principal moral virtues. All other virtues hinge on these four: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZDo you want to win the war on Christmas? Quite celebrating Christmas during the Advent season and celebrate Advent instead.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThis Catholic calendar for 2017 lists the dates of the Holy Days of Obligation in the United States, as well as the dates of moveable feasts.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZCatholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the date and day of the week for Saint Nicholas Day for this year, previous years, and future years.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind complete instructions for making your own Advent wreath and make the Advent wreath part of your Advent celebration.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind Scripture readings for each day of the Second Week of Advent, along with a brief commentary on each reading.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThese ten Catholic prayers are essential for children. Find links to all of the prayers, as well as tips on how to help your children learn them.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—are the three primary sacraments on which our life as a Christian depends.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThere are three answers to the question What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas? and one of them is correct.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind everything you need to know about Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church, the most important feasts in the Christian calendar.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZCatholics celebrate the Virgin Mary's birthday as the Feast of the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary. When is the Virgin Mary's birthday?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Feast of the Epiphany of Our Lord Jesus Christ is known for the visitation of the Wise Men. Learn more about one of the oldest Christian feasts.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about virtue of fortitude, a cardinal virtue and a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about justice, the cardinal virtue that is concerned with giving each person what he or she is rightfully due.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWhat is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZSaint Nicholas of Myra is a Christmas icon and one of the most beloved saints of all time. Learn more about the life and legend of Saint Nicholas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe readings for the Third Week of Advent from the Office of the Readings of the Liturgy of the Hours, the daily prayer of the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZA collection of Catholic prayers for the dead for November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Sacrament of Confirmation is the perfection of baptism in the Catholic Church. Learn about the history and practice of Catholic Confirmation.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZChristmas is the Christian feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the history of Christmas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWondering what Catholics believe and do? Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZMarriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Feast of the Visitation celebrates the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation. Learn about the Visitation of Mary.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about Last Rites, the sacraments and prayers that Catholics receive at the end of their lives.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZPentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. Find the date of Pentecost in this, previous, and future years.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the text of Eternal Rest, one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWhy is baptism necessary, and what does it mean to be baptized? Learn about the practice of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThere are five major types of prayer through which Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn more about the five types of prayer.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, is meant to heal both body and soul.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Sign of the Cross is the most common of all Catholic prayers, expressing the most essential Christian beliefs. Learn how to make the Sign of the Cross.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Baptism of the Lord, commemorating Christ's Baptism by St. John the Baptist, celebrates the revelation of the Trinity. Learn more about this important feast.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIn this prayer to Saint Nicholas of Myra, we ask Saint Nicholas to intercede for us and for all who need his help.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWhat does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage, and how does the Sacrament of Marriage differ from a natural marriage?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn about the six seasons of the Catholic liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn about Philip's Fast, the Nativity fast observed by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox in preparation for Christmas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWhat do Catholics mean when they refer to a prayer as a novena? Find the definition of novena and examples of popular novenas.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIs there a right time to take down your Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the full text and a complete explanation of a traditional form of the Catholic Act of Contrition, used in Confession and as part of daily prayers.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind prayer for March, dedicated to Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThis long and very beautiful prayer of intercession to the Immaculate Heart of Mary reminds us of the Blessed Virgin's complete submission to the will of God. In uniting ourselves with Mary, we draw closer to Christ, because no other human has been closer to Christ than His mother.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIs Santa Claus just a secular version of Saint Nicholas? The answer is not as simple as it may seem.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood. Learn about the history and practice of ordination in the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZEpiphany celebrates the visit of the three wise men to the Christ Child. Find the date of Epiphany in this year, previous years, and future years.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the text of the Eight Beatitudes, the blessings promised by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount to those who live the Christian life.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIn this reading from the book of Isaiah, the Lord calls on the inhabitants of Jerusalem to mourn for their past sins, yet they continue to celebrate.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Ascension of Our Lord is transferred from Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday in many dioceses. When is Ascension celebrated?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFew practices of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as devotion to a patron saint: a particularly holy person who intercedes for us with God.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWhen and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThis Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that Mary is the new Temple, in whom God has come to dwell.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the third of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZEaster is a moveable feast, which means that it occurs on a different date each year. How is the date of Easter determined for both Western and Eastern Christians?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Catholic Church dedicates the month of April to the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more, and find prayers for April.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThis Miraculous Novena of Grace was revealed by St. Francis Xavier, the cofounder of the Jesuits.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZDid the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind some of the most popular Catholic prayers for February, the Month of the Holy Family.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind prayers for the month of August, dedicated to the Immaculate Heart of Mary, which represents the desire of Mary to bring all people to her Son.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIn this novena to Saint Anthony, we seek Saint Anthony's intercession for our needs and promise to live more Christian lives.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZDoes Advent have a future? Only if we celebrate this period of preparation for Christmas. Learn how.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZAdvent is the time of preparation for the coming of Christ at Christmas. Find the dates of Sundays and feast days in Advent in this and future years.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThis 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.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZWhat does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZAn in-depth examination of the case of Fr. John Corapi, the Black Sheep Dog, including links to further analysis.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the names of the theological virtues.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIn this prayer, we ask the Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for the assistance we need in order to avoid sin.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe most important day in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Easter Sunday is the central feast of the Christian faith. Learn more about Catholic Easter.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary to announce that God had chosen her to be the Mother of Jesus Christ.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZOrdinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. What do Catholics mean when they refer to Ordinary Time?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZThe Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZEvery year, debate rages about when Lent ends. There are two correct answers (and neither one is Palm Sunday). When does Lent end?
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZPentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Learn more about this holiday that is often called the birthday of the Church.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZIs January 1, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZFind the three meanings of the Eucharist.
2016-12-09T11:10:16ZLearn more about the Doctors of the Church, great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith.