Archive for ‘Catholic 101’
While the Church is celebrating Advent, society is bombarding us with Christmas songs. Is there any Advent music to draw us into the spirit of the present season?
Our Lady of the Immaculate Conception, a feast celebrated on December 8, is the national patroness of the United States. Yet the term “Immaculate Conception” is often misunderstood. What does it mean?
From late November through December, Catholic parishes, and many families, will light the candles on their Advent wreaths. How did this popular custom come about?
Spiritual Direction is one of the Church’s great resources. Could you benefit from having a spiritual director? One wise director observes that spiritual direction is “always useful and sometimes necessary.”
Catholicism can be lived out in many ways. Members of the Catholic Worker Movement, founded by Dorothy Day ini 1933, commit themselves to voluntary poverty, prayer and non-violence. Their houses of hospitality provide food and shelter to thousands of people each year.
Angels seem to be everywhere in our culture–from popular books to greeting cards to movies. But what do we really know about these mysterious beings?
Website visitors sometimes ask how they can find a Catholic priest or deacon to officiate at their wedding that will not be held in a Catholic church. Have you wondered why Catholics are normally expected to marry in a Catholic church? Here’s the explanation.
Many Catholic laypersons don’t realize that they have certain rights in the Church, and those rights are protected by church law. Fr. Larry Rice identifies the major rights of the Catholic faithful.
Every time we recite the Our Father we pray “Thy Kingdom come.” The coming of God’s Kingdom was the central message in Jesus’ preaching, but it’s a complex idea. Fr. Rice sheds some light on the term.
We’ve all heard of the Ten Commandments, but do you know the Five Precepts of the Catholic Church? These “positive laws” set forth five obligations for Catholics. See what they are.
A distinguishing mark of Catholics is their use of The Sign of the Cross. This ancient gestural prayer is used to begin and end prayers, and at other times as well.
This week thousands of Catholic teens and young adults will gather in Madrid to celebrate World Youth Day. What is this life-changing event and how can you participate from your own home?
On Monday, August 15, Catholics celebrate the Assumption of Mary into heaven. It’s one of six Holy Days of Obligation in the Catholic Church. Do you know the others?
Why does the Catholic Church normally expect couples to get married in church? Fr. Rice explains that while the park or the country club may be beautiful, a Catholic wedding requires sacred space.
The “Unity Candle” has become part of many wedding ceremonies. Does it have a place in a Catholic wedding?
Will the real Mary Magdalene please stand up? We don’t know much about this saint, whose feast we celebrate on July 22. She probably wasn’t as portrayed in “The Da Vinci Code,” “Jesus Christ Superstar” or “The Passion of the Christ.” What we do know is that she was a woman of faith who stood by Jesus to the end.
It’s summer, and perhaps you have time for a little extra reading–maybe even some spiritual reading. But where to start? Here are a few suggestions.
On July 3, the celebrant at Sunday Mass will wear green vestments for the first time in four months. The change of color reflects the return to “Ordinary Time.” It’s the longest of the Church’s liturgical seasons and, says Fr. Larry Rice, the most challenging.
Is the end of the world near? How can we know? Catholics believe that we are already living in the End Times. Father Larry Rice explains why.
All Christians hope to get to heaven. But our traditional images of heaven–clouds, harps and white-robed angels–can make it seem somewhat boring. What’s the problem with our language about heaven?
On Sunday, June 5, most dioceses will celebrate the feast of the Ascension, when Jesus returned to the Father. Why couldn’t the risen Christ simply have stayed on earth, guiding the Church for all time?
The Catholic Church loves saints–so much, in fact, that it has designated particular saints as special advocates for individuals, countries and occupations. There is even a patron saint of the Internet: St. Isidore of Seville. How can patron saints help us?
Do Catholics “worship” Mary? What are some of the Church’s key beliefs about Mary? Read more about the first and greatest disciple of Jesus.
If you attend a Catholic Mass during the Easter season, you’ll hear a reading from the Acts of the Apostles. Why is this New Testament book unique and how does it speak to Christians today?
During the Easter Season, many liturgical readings focus on the activities of the Apostles and Disciples. Who are they and is there a difference?