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Published: Mon, 13 Mar 2017 11:58:33 +0000

 



When Is Easter This Year?

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Easter is a moveable feast, which means that it falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Easter in this and other years.



How Do Catholics Count the 40 Days of Lent?

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Lent is 40 days long, but there are 46 days between Ash Wednesday and Easter. How can that be?



A Short History of Lent and the Lenten Fast

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Learn more about the history of Lent and the Lenten fast, why the Lenten fast is exactly 40 days, and why Sundays are not part of the Lenten fast.



What Are the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit...

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Learn 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.



Have You Memorized the Lord's Prayer?

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Find the text of the Our Father or Lord's Prayer, taught by Jesus Christ Himself to His disciples.



Act of Reparation for Blasphemies Against the...

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Through this Act of Reparation, we offer our prayers to make up for our sins and the sins of others who have taken Christ's Name in vain.



What Are the Rules for Fasting and Abstinence...

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Catholics are required to fast and abstain from meat at certain times. Find the rules for fasting and abstinence during Lent and on Fridays.



When Does Lent End? (The Answer Might Surprise...

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Every year, debate rages about when Lent ends. There are two correct answers (and neither one is Palm Sunday). When does Lent end?



Everything You Need to Know About Ash Wednesday

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What is Ash Wednesday, and how is it celebrated? Learn more about the history and rituals of Ash Wednesday.



What Are the Four Cardinal Virtues (And What Do...

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The cardinal virtues are the four principal moral virtues. All other virtues hinge on these four: prudence, justice, fortitude, and temperance.



What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...

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The seven sacraments are the life of the Catholic Church and the source of the graces that Christian need to live a Christian life.



Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?

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When and why do Catholics abstain from meat? Learn more about abstinence in the Catholic Church.



Counsel: A Gift of the Holy Spirit

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Learn more about counsel, the third gift of the Holy Spirit, which is the perfection of the cardinal virtue of prudence.



How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?

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Easter 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?



When Is Lent This Year?

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Lent, the season of penance and prayer before Easter, changes every year. Find the dates of Lent this year, previous years, and future years.



What Is the Apostles' Creed?

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The Apostles' Creed is the earliest profession of faith, a brief statement of the fundamental Christian beliefs.



What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?

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The Sacrament of Confirmation is the perfection of baptism in the Catholic Church. Learn about the history and practice of Catholic Confirmation.



Why Don't Roman Catholics Sing the Alleluia...

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As a form of penance and expectation, Roman Catholics don't sing the Alleluia during Lent. Learn more about the roots of this practice.



Why Do Catholics Fast? (And When Do They Do It?)

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What does fasting mean? Why and when do Catholics fast? Learn more about the spiritual discipline of fasting in the Catholic Church.



Does the Catholic Church Still Believe in...

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To paraphrase Mark Twain, the reports of Purgatory's death have been greatly exaggerated. Here's what the Catholic Church teaches about Purgatory.



When Does Lent Start This Year?

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Learn how the start of Lent is determined, and find the date when Lent begins in this, previous, and future years.



Can You Eat Meat on Ash Wednesday?

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Ash Wednesday is the first day of Lent, the season of preparation for Easter. Can you eat meat on Ash Wednesday?



What Is the Cardinal Virtue of Temperance?

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Learn more about temperance, the fourth cardinal virtue, which is concerned with the control of the desire for pleasure, both physical and spiritual.



Can Catholics Eat Meat on Good Friday?

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Catholics cannot eat meat on Good Friday, the day that Jesus Christ was crucified. Learn more about the practice of abstinence and the reasons for it.



When Is Ash Wednesday This Year?

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The date of Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, changes every year. Find the date of Ash Wednesday this year, and in previous and future years.



What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders?

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The Sacrament of Holy Orders is the continuation of Christ's priesthood. Learn about the history and practice of ordination in the Catholic Church.



What Is Lent? (Definition and FAQs)

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Learn more about Lent, the 40-day period of preparation for Easter Sunday and one of the major liturgical seasons of the Christian church.



10 Prayers Every Catholic Child Should Know

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These 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.



Everything You Need to Know About Lent in the...

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Do you have questions about Lent? Here are the answers. Find everything you need to know about Lent in the Catholic Church.



What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...

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Marriage is one of the seven sacraments of the Catholic Church. What are the requirements for having a Catholic wedding?



How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?

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The 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.



How to Pray the Hail Mary

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Find the text and the biblical source of the Hail Mary, the chief Catholic prayer to Mary, the Mother of God.



Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation?

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Is Ash Wednesday a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!



When Is Good Friday This Year?

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Good Friday, the day on which Jesus Christ was crucified, falls on a different date each year. Find the date of Good Friday in this and other years.



What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?

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Why is baptism necessary, and what does it mean to be baptized? Learn about the practice of the Sacrament of Baptism in the Catholic Church.



Do You Know the Five Types of Prayer?

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There are five major types of prayer through which Christians communicate with God and the saints. Learn more about the five types of prayer.



Why Must Catholics Go to Confession?

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What is Confession, and why does the Catholic Church teach that Christians must confess their sins to a priest?



What Is Clean Monday?

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Clean Monday is the first day of Great Lent for Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Learn more about Clean Monday.



Learn the Act of Faith, a Common Morning Prayer

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Find the text of a traditional Act of Faith, a common morning prayer.



Can You Name the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

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Find the twelve Fruits of the Holy Spirit, works that we can perform only with the aid of the Holy Spirit.



What Is Prayer, and What Does It Mean to Pray?

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Prayer is a form of communication, a way of talking to God or to the saints. Learn more about prayer and how to pray.



Should Catholics Keep Their Ashes on All Day on...

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When you receive ashes on Ash Wednesday, do you have to keep them on all day?



Start Your Day With This Traditional Act of...

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Find the text of a traditional version of an Act of Charity, also called an Act of Love.



What Is Fat Tuesday? (And How Did It Get That...

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Learn about the traditional day of feasting before the Lenten fast begins.



When Is Holy Week This Year?

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Holy Week, the final week before Easter, covers different dates each year. Find Holy Week dates for this year, previous years, and future years.



What Are Last Rites, And How Are They Performed?

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Learn more about Last Rites, the sacraments and prayers that Catholics receive at the end of their lives.



What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...

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What does the Catholic Church teach about the Sacrament of Marriage, and how does the Sacrament of Marriage differ from a natural marriage?



Knowledge: A Gift of the Holy Spirit

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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.



What Is the Catholic Mass?

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The Mass is the central act of worship in the Roman Catholic Church. Learn more about the history and symbolism of the Catholic Mass.



Is Annunciation a Holy Day of Obligation?

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Is Annunciation a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!



The Prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian

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The prayer of Saint Ephrem the Syrian is a common Lenten prayer used by both Eastern Rite Catholics and Eastern Orthodox. Find the text here.



A Prayer to Our Lady of Fatima

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In this prayer, we ask Our Lady of Fatima to bring peace to our nation and to the whole world through a spiritual revival.



What Do Catholics Mean by Mortal Sin?

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What Are the Three Theological Virtues?

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Find the names of the theological virtues.



How Is the Date of Ash Wednesday Determined?

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Ash Wednesday, the first day of Lent, falls on a different date each year. How is the date of Ash Wednesday determined?



Everything You Need to Know About Saints in the...

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Many Christians misunderstand the Catholic devotion to the saints. Learn more about the Catholic understanding of the role of saints.



What Does Easter Mean to Catholics?

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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 Novena to Saint Anthony for Any Need

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In this novena to Saint Anthony, we seek Saint Anthony's intercession for our needs and promise to live more Christian lives.



What Are the Six Seasons of the Catholic...

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Learn about the six seasons of the Catholic liturgical year: Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time.



What Do Catholics Mean When They Talk About the...

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A triduum is a three-day period of prayer that recalls the three days that Christ spent in the tomb, from Good Friday until Easter Sunday.



Piety: A Gift of the Holy Spirit

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While wisdom and knowledge perfect the theological virtue of faith, piety, the sixth gift of the Holy Spirit, perfects religion.



What Is the Sacrament of the Anointing of the...

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The Sacrament of the Anointing of the Sick, traditionally known as Extreme Unction or Last Rites, is meant to heal both body and soul.



What Is Holy Week?

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The definition of Holy Week. Catholicism.



A Prayer to Be a Good Mother

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In this prayer, mothers ask for God's grace to cooperate with Him in the creation of new life and the salvation of their children.



What Is the Easter Triduum?

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Learn all about the Easter Triduum, the final days of the season of Lent, the period of preparation for Easter.



What You Need to Know About the Cardinal Virtue...

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Learn more about prudence, the cardinal virtue that allows us to determine what is good and what is evil.



Fortitude: A Cardinal Virtue and a Gift of the...

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Learn more about virtue of fortitude, a cardinal virtue and a gift of the Holy Spirit that allows us to overcome fear.



What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...

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Learn about the history and practice of the Sacrament of Holy Communion, the third of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Catholic Church.



The Baltimore Catechism on the Fourth to the...

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Lesson Thirty-Third of the Baltimore Catechism No. 2 provides an overview of the meaning of the Fourth, Fifth, and Sixth Commandments.



Learn How to Pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet on a...

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Learn how to pray the Divine Mercy Chaplet, a devotion revealed to St. Maria Faustina Kowalska, on a standard rosary.



Why Is Fat Tuesday Also Known as Shrove Tuesday?

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Find the meaning of Shrove Tuesday and learn about the history and traditions of the last day before Lent begins.



An Act of Spiritual Communion

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The Roman Catholic Church encourages the faithful to make frequent, if not daily, communion. When we cannot make it to daily Mass, however, we can still make a spiritual communion, in which we express our faith in Christ and in His Presence in the Eucharist, and we ask Him to unite Himself with us.



Prayer Before a Crucifix

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This prayer, recited before a crucifix, is often prayed after Communion or after Mass. The final words are from Psalm 21:17-18.



Prayers for November, the Month of the Holy...

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A collection of Catholic prayers for the dead for November, the Month of the Holy Souls in Purgatory.



Prayers for March: The Month of Saint Joseph

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Find prayer for March, dedicated to Saint Joseph, husband of the Blessed Virgin Mary and the foster father of Jesus.



What Are the Sacraments of Initiation?

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The sacraments of initiation—Baptism, Confirmation, and Holy Communion—are the three primary sacraments on which our life as a Christian depends.



The Glory Be: Learn About and Memorize This...

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Find the text of the Glory Be, one of the earliest known prayers to refer to the Holy Trinity.



Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

Wondering what Catholics believe and do? Learn about the basic beliefs and practices of Catholicism.



Eternal Rest: A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

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Find the text of Eternal Rest, one of the most common Catholic prayers for the dead.



What Holy Thursday Means to Catholics

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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 to Know About the New Translation of the...

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A complete list of the changes to the Catholic Mass, in the translation first used starting in Advent 2011.



A Catholic Prayer for the Dying

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In this prayer for the dying, we ask God to strengthen their souls so that they may approach Him in the hope of the resurrection.



What Is an Act of Hope Prayer?

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

Find the text of a traditional Act of Hope, a common morning prayer.



A Prayer to the Holy Ghost by Saint Catherine...

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This short prayer, written by Saint Catherine of Siena, asks the Holy Spirit to unite us to Him and to infuse us with His grace.



Justice: A Cardinal Virtue

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Learn more about justice, the cardinal virtue that is concerned with giving each person what he or she is rightfully due.



Why Is Wisdom the First and Highest Gift of the...

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

Learn more about the gift of wisdom, the perfection of faith.



Offer This Prayer for Your Deceased Father

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

This prayer is a good way to remember our father, especially on the anniversary of his death.



What Are the Eight Beatitudes?

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Find the text of the Eight Beatitudes, the blessings promised by Christ in the Sermon on the Mount to those who live the Christian life.



Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, Patron Saint of...

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

In this Prayer to St. Aloysius Gonzaga, we ask the patron saint of youth to help the youth of today.



All About Easter in the Catholic Church

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The most important day in the Catholic liturgical calendar, Easter Sunday is the central feast of the Christian faith. Learn more about Catholic Easter.



A Prayer to Saint Joseph for Fidelity to Work

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This prayer to Saint Joseph, patron saint of workers, helps us call to mind that all of our labor is part of our struggle on the road to heaven.



When Is the Annunciation This Year?

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The Annunciation of the Lord celebrates the angel Gabriel's appearance to the Virgin Mary. Find the date of the Annunciation in this and future years.



A Short Novena to Saint Jude, Patron Saint of...

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

This is one of the simplest and shortest novenas to Saint Jude, the patron saint of difficult causes.



A Prayer for Mercy on the Souls in Purgatory

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Those souls in Purgatory who are most forsaken can benefit from our prayers.



Ultimate Collection of Meatless Recipes for Lent

2017-03-13T11:58:33Z

Lent recipes do not have to mean bland food. Try these delicious meatless recipes for Ash Wednesday and the Fridays in Lent!



What Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?

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Few practices of the Catholic Church are as misunderstood as devotion to a patron saint: a particularly holy person who intercedes for us with God.



How to Pray to the Holy Spirit for a Favor

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This prayer to the Third Person of the Trinity is well suited for praying as a novena.



A Prayer for All the Deceased

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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.



What Is the Eucharist?

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Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.



What Is a Moveable Feast?

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The definition of a moveable feast in the Catholic Church.