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What is Lent?

Read about Lent, one of the most important seasons on the Catholic liturgical calendar, Ash Wednesday, Good Friday and more.

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What is the Liturgical Calendar?

Beginning the First Sunday of Advent, the Catholic Liturgical calendar contains information on the six Catholic Liturgical seasons including Advent, Christmas, Lent, the Triduum, Easter, and Ordinary Time.

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View the Full Liturgical Calendar

View all 365 days of the Catholic Liturgical calendar, including holidays, observances and feast days for a variety of Catholic saints.

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What is Advent?

Beginning the New Year in the Church, read about the holy season of Advent including its history and traditions.

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Novena

Signifying the nine days the Apostles prayed together between Ascension and Pentecost, a Novena is an opportunity to pray in a unique way. Learn more about the Solemn Novena to St. Jude that takes place five times each year at the National Shrine of St. Jude.

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History of Our Lady of Guadalupe Church

Home to the National Shrine of St. Jude, Our Lady of Guadalupe was the first Mexican parish established in the city of Chicago. Learn more about one of the oldest Mexican-American parishes in the United States and how it came to home the National Shrine.

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What is Pentecost?

Learn more about Pentecost, which comes ten days after the Feast of the Ascension of Jesus Christ, and is also known as "the birthday of the Church."

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St. Simon

Learn more about St. Simon the Zealot, who is often associated with St. Jude as part of an evangelizing team and whose Feast Day is also celebrated on October 28th.

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Prayer for Cancer

The first Wednesday of each month is a Day of Remembrance and Healing for Cancer at the National Shrine of St. Jude. Pray with us as we call upon St. Jude for the healing of cancer.

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Easter History

Easter is the oldest and the most important Christian holiday. Read more about the holiday that the entire Catholic liturgical calendar is built around.

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Lent Recipes

Check out our collection of meatless, Lent-friendly recipes that you and your family can enjoy throughout the Lenten season.

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Judas Iscariot

Read more about Judas Iscariot, who was one of Jesus’ twelve Apostles.

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