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Answers to All Your Questions About Confirmation in the Catholic Church

Confirmation is one of the seven holy sacraments in the Catholic Church. It’s a time of prayer, celebration, and commitment to a life dedicated to Jesus Christ. Over the centuries, Confirmation has gone through quite an evolution.
In fact, it first began as part of the Sacrament of Baptism. But today, it’s widely accepted to [...]

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Answers to All Your Questions About First Communion in the Catholic Church

Receiving the Holy Eucharist for the first time is an important rite of passage for Catholic children. After all, the Eucharist is the most important part of every Catholic Mass, serving as the moment in which Jesus Christ presents himself to his followers.
The Sacrament of the Holy Eucharist was instituted by Christ at the Last [...]

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Catholic Lenten Season: Everything You Need to Know About Lent

Lent is a season of repentance, observance, and preparation in the Catholic Church. As His Holiness Pope Francis tells us, “Lent is a time of renewal for the whole Church, for each community, and every believer.” Above all, he affirms: “It’s a time of grace.”

For 40 days and nights each spring, Catholics pray, fast, and [...]

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Choose Your Own Advent-ure: How Your Family Can Take Part in 4 Advent Traditions

For centuries, Advent has been a religious and spiritual cornerstone of the holiday season, encouraging Christians to slow down, reflect, and meaningfully prepare for the Christmas celebration.
Over the years, many practices and cultures have influenced how we celebrate the Advent season—with four core symbols emerging and cementing themselves as seasonal musts: Advent Calendars, Advent Wreaths [...]

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Easter Basket Gift Ideas for Catholic Kids, Teens, & Adults

The giving and receiving of Easter baskets is a centuries-old tradition, signaling the beginning of spring, the end of the Lenten season and fasting, and the rise of Jesus Christ from the dead.
Whether you’re looking to stuff the baskets of children, teens, or adults, we’ve put together a compilation of some of our most popular [...]

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9 Inspiring Lenten Quotes & Sayings from Pope Francis

Lent is a time of prayer, reflection, fasting, penance, and preparation, honoring the ministry, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ. This year, the beginning of the 40-day and 40-night event — Ash Wednesday — falls on Feb. 14, with the season coming to a close Saturday, March 1, the night before Easter Sunday.
To aide you [...]

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7 Interesting & Surprising Facts About Lent

Lent is a period of repentance and reflection. A time to come to terms with human nature and grow in our faith through prayer, confession, fasting, and almsgiving.
Although surprising to the uninitiated, the Lenten season culminates in a holiday more important to Christians than Christmas: Easter. And while Easter is a joyous occasion for [...]

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Penitence, Death, Resurrection: Understanding the Symbols of Lent

The Lenten season is the most significant time in the Catholic calendar, even more so than Advent and the Christmas season. During Lent, we mourn Christ’s sacrifice on the cross, repent of the sins that made His suffering necessary, and rejoice in His resurrection. These mysteries are at the very foundation of our faith.
The [...]

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The 7 Best Apps for Staying on Track During Lent

Can your smartphone bring you closer to God?
There’s no denying that smartphones can be isolating and distracting. Staring at that screen causes the world to disappear. Meaningful human interaction is often replaced with a stream of likes and shares.
It’s no surprise, then, that some choose to give up smartphones or social media for Lent [...]

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Q&A with Fr. Joseph Johnson: Honoring Advent Tradition & the Theme of Love

For centuries, the Advent tradition has encouraged faithful Catholics to find hope, peace, joy, and love through their preparation for Jesus Christ’s birth and His second coming. Of course, as our world has evolved, traditions have also evolved—and it can be hard to slow down and truly give ourselves over to the season. That’s where [...]

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