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The Unity Candle

The “Unity Candle” has become part of many wedding ceremonies. Does it have a place in a Catholic wedding?


Who Was Mary Magdalene?

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.


What Do Catholics Read?

What Do Catholics Read?

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.


Ordinary Time?

Ordinary Time?

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.


What Do Catholics Believe About the End Times?

What Do Catholics Believe About the End Times?

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.


Heaven: Is That All There Is?

Heaven: Is That All There Is?

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?


Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

Pentecost: The Church’s Birthday

On Sunday, June 12, the Church celebrates the Feast of Pentecost, when Jesus’ disciples received the gift of the Holy Spirit. Read more about Pentecost and why it’s considered the Church’s birthday.


What is the Ascension?

What is the Ascension?

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?


What is a Patron Saint?

What is a Patron Saint?

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?


How Saints Are Made

How Saints Are Made

What does it take to be declared a saint in the Catholic Church? How many saints does the Church recognize? Can anyone become a saint? Here’s a short, step by step guide to the process.


What Does the Church Believe About Mary?

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.


What is the Acts of the Apostles?

What is the Acts of the Apostles?

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?


Apostles and Disciples

Apostles and Disciples

During the Easter Season, many liturgical readings focus on the activities of the Apostles and Disciples. Who are they and is there a difference?


Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

Why Do We Celebrate Easter for 50 Days?

For Catholics, Easter isn’t just one day, it’s a season. Why do we have 50 days to celebrate?


Why Do Catholics Celebrate the Easter Vigil?

Why Do Catholics Celebrate the Easter Vigil?

Why is the celebration of the Easter Vigil even more important than Easter Sunday?


What is Sacred Chrism?

During Lent, especially during Holy Week, priests in each diocese come together to celebrate the annual Chrism Mass. What is chrism and how is it used?


What Is the RCIA?

What Is the RCIA?

How does an adult convert enter the Catholic Church? Most go through a process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA). Read what this involves.


Why Do Catholics Go To Confession?

Easter’s just around the corner–a good time to think about going to confession. Haven’t been for a while? Don’t worry! Here are some resources that can help.


Finding Meaning in Suffering

Perhaps you’ve heard it before when you faced suffering in your life: “Offer it up.” It’s a hard saying, but what does it mean? How can “offering it up” help us to find meaning–and even joy–in our suffering?


The Stations of the Cross

The Stations of the Cross

Does your parish offer Stations of the Cross? Many parishes do, especially during Lent. What is this popular devotion that continues to attract so many people?


Is a Divorced Person Excommunicated?

Is a Divorced Person Excommunicated?

That’s a recent question from one of our readers. Read the answer here. And if you have a question, e-mail us at: marriage@usccb.org.


Lenten Practices

Lenten Practices

Lent begins on March 9. Traditionally, the 40 days of Lent are a time of fasting, prayer and almsgiving (good works). Read more about these Lenten practices.


Lent: Spring Cleaning for the Soul

Lent: Spring Cleaning for the Soul

Lent begins on Wednesday, March 9. The Church calls this a “joyful season” and invites its members to think about and deepen their relationship with God. Read more about this wonderful opportunity to prepare for Easter–and for eternal life.


Marriage: Unique for a Reason

Marriage: Unique for a Reason

The Catholic Church teaches that marriage is the permanent, faithful union of one man and one woman. The Catholic Bishops’ website, Marriage: Unique for a Reason, provides resources to assist with¬†catechesis and education for those who want to know more about this teaching.¬† The initiative includes videos, resource booklets, and an interactive website.


Why Isn’t Scripture Enough For Catholics?

Why Isn’t Scripture Enough For Catholics?

Scripture is not the only way in which God’s revelation has been passed down to humans. Read what the Catholic Church believes about Scripture and Tradition.


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