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Published: Fri, 09 Dec 2016 11:10:16 +0000

 



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...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Family Activities and Devotions for Celebrating...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Is Easter This Year?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z




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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Pray the Saint Andrew Christmas Novena

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

In the Second Week of Advent, we ask Christ to move us to action, so that we can prepare ourselves for His coming at Christmas.



Preparing for Christmas With the Advent Wreath

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



Prayers for December: The Month of the...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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 Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 Does Advent Start This Year?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Is Immaculate Conception a Holy Day of...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Are the Holy Days of Obligation and...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



What Is Gaudete Sunday?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Should You Put Up Your Christmas Tree?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



What Are the Catholic Holy Days of Obligation...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are the Seven Sacraments of the Catholic...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



How to Win the War on Christmas

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Holy Days 2017

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

This 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.



How Could Someone Be Born Without Original Sin?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 Saint Nicholas Day This Year?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Scripture Readings for the Second Week of Advent

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



10 Prayers Every Catholic Child Should Know

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



What Are the Sacraments of Initiation?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



The Twelve Days of Christmas: Myths and Reality

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are Holy Days of Obligation in the...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Is the Virgin Mary's Birthday?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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?



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Justice: A Cardinal Virtue

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Why Must Catholics Go to Confession?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Saint Nicholas of Myra, Bishop and Wonder-Worker

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

Saint 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.



Scripture Readings for the Third Week of Advent

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

The 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.



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Confirmation?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Christmas: The Second Most Important Christian...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Catholicism 101: An Introduction to the...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are the Requirements for Getting Married...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Is the Visitation of the Blessed Virgin...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



What Are Last Rites, And How Are They Performed?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Is Pentecost Sunday This Year?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 10 Holy Days of Obligation in the...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Eternal Rest: A Prayer for the Souls in Purgatory

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Is the Sacrament of Baptism?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 the Anointing of the...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



How Do You Make the Sign of the Cross?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



The Feast of the Baptism of the Lord: A Theophany

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



A Prayer to Saint Nicholas for a Special Request

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

In this prayer to Saint Nicholas of Myra, we ask Saint Nicholas to intercede for us and for all who need his help.



What Does the Catholic Church Teach About...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are the Six Seasons of the Catholic...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Is Philip's Fast?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Is a Novena?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Should You Take Down Your Christmas Tree?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Do You Know the Act of Contrition?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



Prayers for March: The Month of Saint Joseph

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



A Prayer of Intercession to the Immaculate...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



Is Santa Claus Just a Secular Saint Nicholas?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

Is Santa Claus just a secular version of Saint Nicholas? The answer is not as simple as it may seem.



What Is the Catholic Sacrament of Holy Orders?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



When Is Epiphany This Year?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are the Eight Beatitudes?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



Scripture Reading for the Second Sunday of Advent

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

In 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.



When Is Ascension This Year?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are Patron Saints, and How Are They Chosen?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



Why Do Catholics Abstain From Meat on Fridays?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



A Novena for the Presentation of the Blessed...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



What Is the Sacrament of Communion in the...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



How Is the Date of Easter Calculated?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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?



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Miraculous Novena of Grace to St. Francis Xavier

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

This Miraculous Novena of Grace was revealed by St. Francis Xavier, the cofounder of the Jesuits.



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 to Saint Anthony for Any Need

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



The Future of Advent

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

Does Advent have a future? Only if we celebrate this period of preparation for Christmas. Learn how.



Catholic Liturgical Calendar for Advent (In...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



Prayer to Mary, Undoer of Knots

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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.



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Are the Three Theological Virtues?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

Find the names of the theological virtues.



A Prayer to the Virgin Immaculate

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

In this prayer, we ask the Virgin Mary, the Immaculate Conception, for the assistance we need in order to avoid sin.



All About Easter in the Catholic Church

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



The Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 Do Catholics Mean by Ordinary Time?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



Novena to Mary, the Undoer of Knots

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

The Novena to Mary, Undoer of Knots, asks the Blessed Virgin to intercede with Christ to untie the knots of sin in our lives.



Can You Name the 12 Fruits of the Holy Spirit?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



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

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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 Pentecost in...

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

Pentecost celebrates the descent of the Holy Spirit on the apostles. Learn more about this holiday that is often called the birthday of the Church.



Do Catholics Have to Attend Mass on January 1?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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



What Is the Eucharist?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

Find the three meanings of the Eucharist.



Who Are the 35 Doctors of the Church?

2016-12-09T11:10:16Z

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