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Celebrate the Easter season from Easter Sunday through Pentecost with written, audio and video resources.

Seasonal Features
Easter to Pentecost


Easter e-cards
Send cards to continue living the Easter message.



Sunday Soundbites
with Father Greg Friedman, O.F.M.

Easter Sunday
Second Sunday of Easter
Third Sunday of Easter
Fourth Sunday of Easter
Fifth Sunday of Easter
Sixth Sunday of Easter
Ascension of the Lord
Seventh Sunday of Easter
Pentecost


More Easter Inspiration

Sacred Art: Etching Faith Onto Eggs
The egg and the Easter season both symbolize new life. Sister Rita Keshock breathes new life into an ancient Byzantine style.

Immersed in God's Love: Our Sacraments of Initiation
Fr. Tom Richstatter, O.F.M. reflects on the sacraments at the heart of our Easter celebration.

Thérèse of Lisieux: Our Easter Season Spiritual Guide
If our life experiences and the Church’s liturgical year seem out of sync, this Doctor of the Church can help.

The Journey to Easter
A parish experiences the joys of the Easter Vigil as it welcomes new members into the Church.

The First Pentecost
A narrative account of the first Pentecost where a new Church has begun.

We Believe in the Resurrection
The Resurrection is the crowning event in the historical life of Jesus. Learn what happened during the Resurrection and how the Resurrection launched the Christian faith and shaped our belief in Jesus’ identity.

Easter and Sacraments of Initiation
Gifts of the Holy Spirit from the Catholic Update Video,
"Sealed With God's Spirit"

Called by Name from the Catholic Update Video,
"Adult Baptism: Exploring Its Meaning"

Life Is Yours from "Resurrection Power"
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Visitation: This is a fairly late feast, going back only to the 13th or 14th century. It was established widely throughout the Church to pray for unity. The present date of celebration was set in 1969 in order to follow the Annunciation of the Lord (March 25) and precede the Nativity of John the Baptist (June 24). 
<p>Like most feasts of Mary, it is closely connected with Jesus and his saving work. The more visible actors in the visitation drama (see Luke 1:39-45) are Mary and Elizabeth. However, Jesus and John the Baptist steal the scene in a hidden way. Jesus makes John leap with joy—the joy of messianic salvation. Elizabeth, in turn, is filled with the Holy Spirit and addresses words of praise to Mary—words that echo down through the ages. </p><p>It is helpful to recall that we do not have a journalist’s account of this meeting. Rather, Luke, speaking for the Church, gives a prayerful poet’s rendition of the scene. Elizabeth’s praise of Mary as “the mother of my Lord” can be viewed as the earliest Church’s devotion to Mary. As with all authentic devotion to Mary, Elizabeth’s (the Church’s) words first praise God for what God has done to Mary. Only secondly does she praise Mary for trusting God’s words. </p><p>Then comes the Magnificat (Luke 1:46-55). Here Mary herself (like the Church) traces all her greatness to God.</p> American Catholic Blog Someone once told Pope Francis that his words had inspired him to give a lot more to the poor. Pope Francis’s response was to challenge the man not to just give money, but to roll up his sleeves, get his hands dirty, and actually reach out and help.

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CATHOLIC GREETINGS
The Visitation
Mary’s song of joy on this occasion traces all her blessings to God’s generosity.

St. Joan of Arc
The piety of this 15th-century military heroine was not appreciated until centuries after her death.

Most Holy Body and Blood of Christ
Ultimately it is the Eucharist that feeds us and leads us to the heavenly banquet.

Ven. Pierre Toussaint
This former slave is one of many American holy people whose life particularly models Christian values.

Memorial Day (U.S.)
This weekend remember all those who have fought and died for peace.




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