Feast of Saint Patrick/Lent - This is another very popular holiday that is not a holy day of obiligation, well... unless you're in Ireland.  Nonetheless it is a very popular drinking holiday in the United States.  Saint Patrick was a very real person though.  A child of Roman citizens in the time when England was controlled by Rome.  He was kidnapped as a child and taken to Ireland.  When he finally escaped and returned home, he vowed to return to Ireland and evangelize the Catholic faith…

Feast of Saint Patrick/Lent - This is another very popular holiday that is not a holy day of obiligation, well... unless you're in Ireland. Nonetheless it is a very popular drinking holiday in the United States. Saint Patrick was a very real person though. A child of Roman citizens in the time when England was controlled by Rome. He was kidnapped as a child and taken to Ireland. When he finally escaped and returned home, he vowed to return to Ireland and evangelize the Catholic faith…

Feast of Saint Valentine/Lent - This is one of the Lenten holidays that is not a day of obligation, but very widely celebrated by everyone.  It does actually celebrate the life and death of a Catholic priest that was martyred in the late Second century.  The more popular holiday came about in the fourteenth century in England, by Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle, when they used the feast day to associate the Saint the romantic, courtly love by exchanging secret love notes on February 14th.

Feast of Saint Valentine/Lent - This is one of the Lenten holidays that is not a day of obligation, but very widely celebrated by everyone. It does actually celebrate the life and death of a Catholic priest that was martyred in the late Second century. The more popular holiday came about in the fourteenth century in England, by Geoffrey Chaucer and his circle, when they used the feast day to associate the Saint the romantic, courtly love by exchanging secret love notes on February 14th.

Easter/ Divine Mercy Sunday - This is a Catholic solemnity celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus.  This feast of Divine Mercy, as recorded in her diary, Saint Faustina receives from Jesus himself the promises of Grace related to the Devotion of Divine Mercy.  It's a newer Catholic holiday, but a beautiful message nonetheless.

Easter/ Divine Mercy Sunday - This is a Catholic solemnity celebrated on the Sunday after Easter, the Octave of Easter. It is originally based on the Catholic devotion to the Divine Mercy that Saint Faustina Kowalska reported as part of her encounter with Jesus. This feast of Divine Mercy, as recorded in her diary, Saint Faustina receives from Jesus himself the promises of Grace related to the Devotion of Divine Mercy. It's a newer Catholic holiday, but a beautiful message nonetheless.

Lent/Easter - This is it people... it's the be all, end all of Catholic holidays.  This day is meant to commemorate the Resurrection of the Lord.  It is the end of the fasting of Lent and one of the most joyous days of the religious calendar.  For so many Americans it marks the beginning of Spring and all of the rebirth and renewal that goes along with that.

Lent/Easter - This is it people... it's the be all, end all of Catholic holidays. This day is meant to commemorate the Resurrection of the Lord. It is the end of the fasting of Lent and one of the most joyous days of the religious calendar. For so many Americans it marks the beginning of Spring and all of the rebirth and renewal that goes along with that.

Mardi Gras/Lent - So here we go... Mardi Gras, definitely one of my favorite Catholic holidays.  Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday marks the end of the Carnivale season and proceeds Ash Wednesday.  Most every Catholic community in the world has celebrations culminating in parades and masked balls that start this weekend and continue until Mardi Gras.  The drinking, feasting, and general debauchery (and by debauchery, I mean awesomeness) is the last hoorah before the abstinence and fasting of Lent.

Mardi Gras/Lent - So here we go... Mardi Gras, definitely one of my favorite Catholic holidays. Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday marks the end of the Carnivale season and proceeds Ash Wednesday. Most every Catholic community in the world has celebrations culminating in parades and masked balls that start this weekend and continue until Mardi Gras. The drinking, feasting, and general debauchery (and by debauchery, I mean awesomeness) is the last hoorah before the abstinence and fasting of Lent.

Feast of Saint Joseph/Lent - This is another heritage holiday.  The story goes that in the Middle Ages Italy experienced a famine, the people prayed to Saint Joseph and shortly thereafter the havest, which was expected to be quite bad ended being a bumper crop.  Italians have been celebrating the holiday with elaborate multi-course meals.  You know Italians and the mangia:)

Feast of Saint Joseph/Lent - This is another heritage holiday. The story goes that in the Middle Ages Italy experienced a famine, the people prayed to Saint Joseph and shortly thereafter the havest, which was expected to be quite bad ended being a bumper crop. Italians have been celebrating the holiday with elaborate multi-course meals. You know Italians and the mangia:)

Ordinary Time... This is what the mantle looks like when there is nothing going on.  In the Catholic Church, its called Ordinary Time... since that sounds better than Not-Holiday Time, we'll go with that.  The candles are blue just to match the room they are in (they'll change with the holidays). Just to put the issue down now... yes, that is my gun; yes, it is always there; yes, I hunt because while Bambi is cute, he is also yummy.

Ordinary Time... This is what the mantle looks like when there is nothing going on. In the Catholic Church, its called Ordinary Time... since that sounds better than Not-Holiday Time, we'll go with that. The candles are blue just to match the room they are in (they'll change with the holidays). Just to put the issue down now... yes, that is my gun; yes, it is always there; yes, I hunt because while Bambi is cute, he is also yummy.

Christmas/New Year... Well here we are in the middle of the Christmas season.  This is the actual 12 Days of Christmas.  It runs from December 25 to January 6th.  There are a bunch of Catholic holidays in this time.  One of the most important is January 1st, but there is a whole other explanation for that.

Christmas/New Year... Well here we are in the middle of the Christmas season. This is the actual 12 Days of Christmas. It runs from December 25 to January 6th. There are a bunch of Catholic holidays in this time. One of the most important is January 1st, but there is a whole other explanation for that.

Halloween - Though seldom thought of as such, Halloween or All Hollows Eve is celebrated as the vigil of All Saints Day.  All Saints Day is an the day of obligation in the Catholic church and is followed by All Souls Day.  Both days are set aside to honor and remember those that have passed, and while it should be a very sober time, it's easy to see the connection to the secular holiday that we all celebrate.  The candle colors are orange, purple, and black.

Halloween - Though seldom thought of as such, Halloween or All Hollows Eve is celebrated as the vigil of All Saints Day. All Saints Day is an the day of obligation in the Catholic church and is followed by All Souls Day. Both days are set aside to honor and remember those that have passed, and while it should be a very sober time, it's easy to see the connection to the secular holiday that we all celebrate. The candle colors are orange, purple, and black.

Free printable page featuring ten activities for Catholic families during Lent and Holy Week.

10 Lent and Holy Week Activities for Catholic Families Printable

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