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Published: Tue, 17 Jan 2017 11:11:32 +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.



The Feast of the Immaculate Conception

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The Immaculate Conception is the subject of many misconceptions. Learn more about the feast and the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.



All About the Season of Advent in the Catholic...

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Advent is a period of preparation before Christmas. Learn more about the season of Advent in the Catholic Church.



What Does the Immaculate Conception Really Mean?

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The Immaculate Conception of Mary is the belief that the Blessed Virgin Mary was conceived without Original Sin. Learn more about this ancient belief.



What Is Gaudete Sunday?

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How did Gaudete Sunday get its name, and what is the significance of the Third Sunday in Advent?



Family Activities and Devotions for Celebrating...

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These activities and devotions can help us celebrate Advent as it is meant to be celebrated so that we can greet Christmas with greater joy.



When Is the Feast of the Immaculate Conception...

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The Feast of the Immaculate Conception celebrates Mary's conception without sin. Find the date of the Immaculate Conception in this and other years.



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.



When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?

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Do you know when to put up a Christmas tree? Find the traditional answer and some suggestions on when to put up your Christmas tree.



Praying With the Advent Wreath: The Prayer for...

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In the Advent wreath prayer for the Third Week of Advent, we ask Christ to grant us His grace that we may be prepared to welcome His Birth at Christmas.



How to Bless Your Advent Wreath (In Seven...

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A step-by-step guide on how to bless your Advent wreath, along with Advent wreath readings and prayers.



Six Steps to Lighting an Advent Wreath

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Find complete instructions on how to light your Advent wreath, along with links to Advent wreath prayers for each week of Advent.



What Are the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation...

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There are ten Catholic Holy Days of Obligation, but only six are currently celebrated in the United States. Find the complete list.



Prayers for December: The Month of the...

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Find popular Catholic prayers for December, the Month of the Immaculate Conception.



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.



Is Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of...

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Is the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!



Preparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath

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The Advent wreath is a popular Catholic custom. Learn about the history of the Advent wreath and how to use it to prepare for Christmas.



Pray the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

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The Saint Andrew Christmas Novena is prayed 15 times every day from the Feast of St. Andrew the Apostle (November 30) until Christmas.



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.



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

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



How Could Someone Be Born Without Original Sin?

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Catholics believe that three people were born without Original Sin. Who were they, and why do Catholics believe each was born without Original Sin?



When Is the Virgin Mary's Birthday?

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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?



How to Win the War on Christmas

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Do you want to win the war on Christmas? Quite celebrating Christmas during the Advent season and celebrate Advent instead.



The Twelve Days of Christmas: Myths and Reality

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There are three answers to the question What Are the Twelve Days of Christmas? and one of them is correct.



When Does Advent Start This Year?

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Advent, the period of preparation for Christmas, begins on a different date every year. When does Advent start in this, previous, and future years?



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.



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?



God Reveals Himself to Us: The Epiphany of Our...

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The 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.



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.



Christmas: The Celebration of the Birth of...

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Christmas is the Christian feast of the birth of Jesus Christ. Learn more about the history of Christmas.



Seven Steps to Making a Better Confession

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Want to make a good Confession? Follow these seven steps to get the most out of the Sacrament of Confession.



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.



The Twelve Days of Christmas . . . Haven't...

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Think the 12 Days of Christmas are the 12 days before Christmas? Think again! Keep Christ in Christmas by keeping Advent in Advent.



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 Visitation of the Blessed Virgin...

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The Feast of the Visitation celebrates the Virgin Mary's visit to her cousin Elizabeth shortly after the Annunciation. Learn about the Visitation of Mary.



Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...

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



How to Make an Advent Wreath (In Seven Easy...

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Find complete instructions for making your own Advent wreath and make the Advent wreath part of your Advent celebration.



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.



What Are Holy Days of Obligation in the...

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Find everything you need to know about Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church, the most important feasts in the Christian calendar.



The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: A Theophany

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The 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.



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.



When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?

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Is there a right time to take down your Christmas tree and other Christmas decorations?



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?



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.



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.



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.



When Is Pentecost Sunday This Year?

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Pentecost Sunday, which celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit, is a moveable feast. Find the date of Pentecost in this, previous, and future years.



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 Are the 10 Holy Days of Obligation in the...

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The Catholic Church currently has ten Holy Days of Obligation. Find a list of and a short explanation of each.



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.



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.



When Is Epiphany This Year?

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Epiphany 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.



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?



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 Are the Eight Beatitudes?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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.



What Are the Ember Days?

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Ember Days mark the change of both the natural and the liturgical seasons in the Christian Church. Learn more about this ancient practice.



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 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 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?



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.



When Is Ascension This Year?

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The Ascension of Our Lord is transferred from Ascension Thursday to the following Sunday in many dioceses. When is Ascension celebrated?



Do You Know the Act of Contrition?

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Find 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.



Who Are the 35 Doctors of the Church?

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Learn more about the Doctors of the Church, great saints known for their defense and explanation of the truths of the Catholic Faith.



Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent (In...

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Advent 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.



What Is the Feast of the Assumption of the...

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Learn more about the Assumption of Mary, which commemorates the death of the Virgin Mary and her bodily assumption into Heaven.



Did the Virgin Mary Die Before She Was Assumed...

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Did the Blessed Virgin Mary die before she was assumed into Heaven? Find the traditional answer of the Christian Church, East and West.



What Is a Novena?

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What do Catholics mean when they refer to a prayer as a novena? Find the definition of novena and examples of popular novenas.



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.



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 Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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



12 Things to Know About the Case of Fr. John...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

An in-depth examination of the case of Fr. John Corapi, the Black Sheep Dog, including links to further analysis.



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.



What Are the Three Theological Virtues?

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Find the names of the theological virtues.



Scripture Readings for the First Week of Advent

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Scripture readings for each day of the First Week of Advent, along with a brief commentary on each reading.



Prayers for February: The Month of the Holy...

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Find some of the most popular Catholic prayers for February, the Month of the Holy Family.



A Prayer of Intercession to the Immaculate...

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This 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.



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.



Prayers for August, the Month of the Immaculate...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

Find 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.



A Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

This Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary reminds us that Mary is the new Temple, in whom God has come to dwell.



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

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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



The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

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The 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.



What Is Philip's Fast?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

Learn about Philip's Fast, the Nativity fast observed by Eastern Catholics and Eastern Orthodox in preparation for Christmas.



What Is the Role of a Catholic Bishop?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

Catholic bishops are the successors to the apostles. Learn more about the role and symbolism of the office of bishop in the Catholic Church.



Can You Name the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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



Prayers for April, the Month of the Blessed...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

The Catholic Church dedicates the month of April to the Blessed Sacrament. Learn more, and find prayers for April.



All About Easter in the Catholic Church

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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



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.



When Is Ash Wednesday This Year?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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 Are the Five Precepts of the Catholic...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

The precepts of the Church, also called the commandments of the Church, are duties that the Catholic Church requires of all the faithful.



Catholicism FAQs: What Is Laetare Sunday?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

Laetare Sunday is the popular name for the Fourth Sunday in Lent. Learn more about this important milestone in our Lenten journey.



The Top 10 Differences Between the Old Mass and...

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

What are the most obvious differences between the Novus Ordo Mass, introduced in 1969 by Pope Paul VI, and the Traditional Latin Mass?



An Ancient Prayer to Saint Joseph

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This ancient prayer to Saint Joseph, the foster father of Christ, is a powerful novena.



Do Catholics Have to Attend Mass on January 1?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

Is January 1, the Feast of Mary, Mother of God, a Holy Day of Obligation? Find out here!



What Do Catholics Mean by Ordinary Time?

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Ordinary Time makes up most of the liturgical year in the Catholic Church. What do Catholics mean when they refer to Ordinary Time?



How Do Catholics Count the 40 Days of Lent?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

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






The True Meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

The true meaning of the Twelve Days of Christmas is far deeper than the Christmas song suggests.



What Does Easter Mean to Catholics?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

What does the Catholic Church teach about Easter, the day Jesus Christ rose from the dead? Learn more about Easter, the greatest Christian feast.



When Is Saint Nicholas Day This Year?

2017-01-17T11:11:32Z

Find the date and day of the week for Saint Nicholas Day for this year, previous years, and future years.