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Catholic Social Teaching: Human Dignity

Catholic Social Teaching: Human Dignity

Catholic social teaching has been called the Church’s best-kept secret. This week we begin a four-part series on the principles of CST.


Planning Your Catholic Wedding: Ten Tips

Are you planning to get married in the Catholic Church? Congratulations! Whether your wedding is next month or next year, here are some helpful tips for making it a ceremony to remember.


The Easter Vigil

For the Catholic Church, the Easter Vigil is its most important feast. Participants joyously celebrate Christ’s rising from the dead and welcome new members into the Church. But the Easter Vigil doesn’t just celebrate something God did in the past; it also celebrates what God is doing in our lives today.


How Do Catholics Observe Holy Week?

The most solemn week of the Christian calendar begins on Palm Sunday, April 1. During these days leading up to Easter, the Catholic Church will celebrate some of its most moving liturgies, including the Mass of the Lord’s Supper on Holy Thursday and the observance of the Lord’s Passion on Good Friday.


How To Go To Confession

How To Go To Confession

It’s Lent, when many Catholics receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in order to prepare for Easter. Has it been a while since you’ve gone to confession? Here are six simple tips that will make it easier to return to the sacrament.


What Does the Church Say About Contraception?

What Does the Church Say About Contraception?

What does the Catholic Church really teach about married love, contraception, and Natural Family Planning? Read our FAQs and learn the facts.


Why Do Catholics Give Things Up for Lent?

For many Catholics, Lent means giving up a favorite food or recreation. These small sacrifices are in keeping with the penitential nature of the season. But there’s a right way and a wrong way of giving something up for Lent, says Paulist Father Larry Rice.


What Do Catholics Believe About Lent?

For Catholics, Lent is a special time marked by repentance, prayer, fasting and works of charity. Read a brief introduction to this holy season.


The Church’s Best Kept Secret

The Church’s Best Kept Secret

The Church’s social teaching is always relevant, but many seem to discover it only during election years. Here’s a brief introduction to its main principles.


Excommunication

Excommunication

What does it mean to say that someone has been excommunicated from the Catholic Church? This penalty is incurred for specific public acts that the Church finds singularly offensive. But no one is beyond the reach of God’s grace and mercy.


Ordinary Time

There’s nothing “ordinary” about Ordinary Time, says Fr. Rice. This liturgical season, which began January 10, offers the opportunity to grow in our faith through our everyday experiences.


A Spiritual End-of-the-Year List

It’s the end of the year–a time to evaluate and to make lists: best movies, biggest news stories, best dressed, and so on. In the Catholic spiritual tradition, we have a method of self-evaluation that might be a valuable spiritual exercise at this time of year. It’s called an “examination of conscience.”


A Little Advent Music

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?


The Immaculate Conception

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?


How to Pray With Your Spouse: Four Simple Steps

How to Pray With Your Spouse: Four Simple Steps

Many couples would like to pray together, but don’t know how to begin. Here are four simple steps to get started, based on the structure of the Mass.


The Advent Wreath

The Advent Wreath

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

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.”


What is the Catholic Worker Movement?

What is the Catholic Worker Movement?

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.


What Do We Know About Angels?

What Do We Know About Angels?

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?


Why Does a Catholic Wedding Have to Take Place in a Church?

Why Does a Catholic Wedding Have to Take Place in a Church?

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.


What Rights Do Catholics Have in the Church?

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.


What is the Kingdom of God?

What is the Kingdom of God?

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.


Precepts of the Church

Precepts of the Church

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.


Why Do Catholics Make The Sign of the Cross?

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.


What is World Youth Day?

What is World Youth Day?

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?


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