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The Angel of the Lord appeared to Mary

Feast Day: Congregation for the Clergy, Solemnity of the Annunciation of the Lord

By • Catholic Online • 3/25/2011

With this greeting and with this happy annunciation, in its truest sense, the Gospel is initiated.  The angel's first word is 'joy': the new joy that comes from God, from his irrecoverable gift for us and through us and amongst us.  Or better yet, this joy comes from 'Emanuel - God is ...


The Angel appeared to Mary

Feast of the Annunciation of the Lord: Mary's Yes Invites Our Response

By • Catholic Online • 3/25/2011

"What came about in bodily form in Mary, the fullness of the godhead shining through Christ in the Blessed Virgin, takes place in a similar way in every soul that has been made pure. The Lord does not come in bodily form, for ´we no longer know Christ according to the flesh´, but He dwells in us ...


Jesus Transfigured

Congregation for the Clergy on the Second Sunday of Lent

By • Catholic Online • 3/21/2011

In time, following the Lord faithfully and humbly we will also be allowed to see, in our own lives, that progressive and profound event, that transfiguration which is called holiness.He has inserted us into His Church, the human company that, regenerated by the Holy Spirit, prolongs the presence of ...


As we reflect on the Transfiguration of Jesus on this Second Sunday of Lent, let us enter more deeply into the mystery by living in the Transfiguration now.

Second Sunday of Lent: Living in the Transfiguration, Beginning Right Now

By • Catholic Online • 3/21/2011

The Lord Jesus has also shown us the way up the mountain, inviting us into a new way of living in Him through living within the communion of the Church. Transfiguration begins right now and continues.  CHESAPEAKE, Va. (Catholic Online) - "Jesus took Peter, James, and John his brother, and ...


Archbishop Timothy Dolan

Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Realizing the Seriousness of Sin

By • Catholic Online • 3/21/2011

We need to be shocked by our sins, as the Holy Father says, and also be shocked that Jesus keeps us in His hand. The Sacrament of Penance accomplishes this in a supreme way. We prepare for confession by examining our consciences - looking hard, as it were, at the wretchedness in our heart. Then we ...


The Happy Priest: The Importance of Mortification

By • Catholic Online • 3/21/2011

Lent needs to be demanding.  It should be seen as a spiritual workout.  Lent is the gymnasium of the Catholic Church.  Asceticism comes from the Greek word askesis which refers to athletic training.  Asceticism  is the practice of the spiritual exercises that we do in order ...


The Happy Priest: The Transforming Power of the Cross

By • Catholic Online • 3/17/2011

The transfiguration of Jesus on Mount Tabor tells us that the glory of the resurrection will only take place through the sufferings of Good Friday. However, too many of our contemporaries are like those who stood at the foot of the Cross and cried out to Jesus that he should come down from the ...


Pope Benedict XVI giving an Angelus message

Pope Benedict XVI: The Eclipse of God Leads to a Loss of the Sense of Sin

By • Catholic Online • 3/15/2011

In substance it is a matter of following Jesus who turns decisively toward the cross, the culmination of this mission of salvation. If we ask: Why Lent? Why the cross? The answer, in radical terms, is this: because evil exists, or rather, sin, which according to Scripture is the deepest cause of ...


The aftermath of the devastating earthquake in Japan

Works of Mercy for Victims of Japanese Earthquake and Tsunami

By • Catholic Online • 3/15/2011

'Come, you who are blessed by my Father. Inherit the kingdom prepared for you from the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food, I was thirsty and you gave me drink, a stranger and you welcomed me, naked and you clothed me, ill and you cared for me, in prison and you visited ...


Jesus was tempted in the desert

First Sunday of Lent: Weapons of Penance,Prayer, Fasting and Almsgiving

By • Catholic Online • 3/14/2011

Let us ask for clear knowledge of our limits and our sins, the humility to know that always the tempter, that didn't even spare the Lord Jesus, traps us with his lies that are always the same from the Garden of Eden to the end of time: 'You will be like God' (Gen 3:5).  VATICAN CITY (Catholic ...





More Easter / Lent

'So it is written that the Christ would suffer and on the third day rise from the dead' - Luke 24:46

Ash Wednesday

Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption. continue reading


Palm Sunday

Palm Sunday, the Sunday before Easter, commemorates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem, an event mentioned in all four canonical Gospels. (Mark 11:1.11, Matthew 21:1.11, Luke 19:28.44, and John 12:12.19) ... continue reading


Holy Week

On Palm Sunday, we celebrate the first joy of the season, as we celebrate Our Lord's triumphant entrance into Jerusalem where he was welcomed by crowds worshiping him and laying down palm leaves before him. It also marks the beginning of Holy Week... continue reading


Holy Thursday

HOLY THURSDAY is the most complex and profound of all religious observances. It celebrates his last supper with the disciples, a celebration of Passover ... continue reading


Good Friday

On Good Friday, each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption. In the solemn ceremonies of Holy Week we unite ourselves to our Savior, and we contemplate our own death to sin in the Death of our Lord ... continue reading


Easter Sunday

Easter is the principal feast of the ecclesiastical year. Leo I (Sermo xlvii in Exodum) calls it the greatest feast (festum festorum), and says that Christmas is celebrated only in preparation for Easter. It is the centre of the greater part of the ecclesiastical year ... continue reading


Fasting and Abstinence

For most people the easiest practice to consistently fulfill will be the traditional one, to abstain from meat on all Fridays of the year. During Lent abstinence from meat on Fridays is obligatory in the United States as elsewhere. Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed (Lk. 5:35). continue reading


FAQs About Lent

Everything answered from when does lent end, ashes, giving something up, stations of the cross and blessed palms. The key to understanding the meaning of Lent is simple: Baptism... continue reading


Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion. First Station: Jesus is condemned to death... pray the stations now


What did you give up for Lent?

What did you give up for Lent?

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Lent / Easter News

Good Friday

  • Good Friday

    On Good Friday, the entire Church fixes her gaze on the Cross at Calvary. Each member of the Church tries to understand at what cost Christ has won our redemption.

    The Cross

    In the symbol of the Cross we can see the magnitude of the human tragedy, the ravages of original sin, and the infinite love of God. Learn More

Ash Wednesday

  • Ash Wednesday

    Ash Wednesday marks the beginning of the Season of Lent. It is a season of penance, reflection, and fasting which prepares us for Christ's Resurrection on Easter Sunday, through which we attain redemption.

    The Ashes

    The ashes are made from the blessed palms used in the Palm Sunday celebration of the previous year. The ashes are christened with Holy Water and are scented by exposure to incense. Learn More

Stations of the Cross

  • Stations of the Cross

    Stations of the Cross refers to the depiction of the final hours (or Passion) of Jesus, and the devotion commemorating the Passion.

    Opening Prayer

    ACT OF CONTRITION. O my God, my Redeemer, behold me here at Thy feet. From the bottom of my heart... Pray the Stations

Fasting & Abstinence

  • 'Christ Himself said that His disciples would fast once He had departed' Lk. 5:35

    Abstinence. The law of abstinence requires a Catholic 14 years of age until death to abstain from eating meat on Fridays in honor of the Passion of Jesus on Good Friday. Salt and freshwater species of fish, amphibians, reptiles and shellfish are permitted.

    Fasting. The law of fasting requires a Catholic from the 18th Birthday (Canon 97) to the 59th Birthday (i.e. the beginning of the 60th year, a year which will be completed on the 60th birthday) to reduce the amount of food eaten from normal. The Church defines this as one meal a day, and two smaller meals which if added together would not exceed the main meal.
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