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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"
by Megan McKenna


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John of Capistrano: It has been said the Christian saints are the world’s greatest optimists. Not blind to the existence and consequences of evil, they base their confidence on the power of Christ’s redemption. The power of conversion through Christ extends not only to sinful people but also to calamitous events. 
<p>Imagine being born in the 14th century. One-third of the population and nearly 40 percent of the clergy were wiped out by the bubonic plague. The Western Schism split the Church with two or three claimants to the Holy See at one time. England and France were at war. The city-states of Italy were constantly in conflict. No wonder that gloom dominated the spirit of the culture and the times. </p><p>John Capistrano was born in 1386. His education was thorough. His talents and success were great. When he was 26 he was made governor of Perugia. Imprisoned after a battle against the Malatestas, he resolved to change his way of life completely. At the age of 30 he entered the Franciscan novitiate and was ordained a priest four years later. </p><p>His preaching attracted great throngs at a time of religious apathy and confusion. He and 12 Franciscan brethren were received in the countries of central Europe as angels of God. They were instrumental in reviving a dying faith and devotion. </p><p>The Franciscan Order itself was in turmoil over the interpretation and observance of the Rule of St. Francis. Through John’s tireless efforts and his expertise in law, the heretical Fraticelli were suppressed and the "Spirituals" were freed from interference in their stricter observance. </p><p>He helped bring about a reunion with the Greek and Armenian Churches, unfortunately only a brief arrangement. </p><p>When the Turks captured Constantinople in 1453, he was commissioned to preach a crusade for the defense of Europe. Gaining little response in Bavaria and Austria, he decided to concentrate his efforts in Hungary. He led the army to Belgrade. Under the great General John Hunyadi, they gained an overwhelming victory, and the siege of Belgrade was lifted. Worn out by his superhuman efforts, Capistrano was an easy prey to an infection after the battle. He died October 23, 1456.</p> American Catholic Blog When we are linked by the power of prayer, we as it were, hold each other’s hand as we walk side by side along a slippery path; and thus by the bounteous disposition of charity, it comes about that the harder each one leans on the other, the more firmly we are riveted together in brotherly love. —St. Gregory the Great

 
PICKS OF THE WEEK
When the Church Was Young
Be inspired and challenged by the lives and insights of the Church's early, important teachers.
Newly released in audio!
One of Merton's most enduring and popular works, now in audio!
Fearless
Learn about the saints of America: missionaries, martyrs, bishops, heiresses, nuns, and natives who gave their lives to build our Church and our country.
New Seeds of Contemplation
One of the best-loved books by one of the greatest spiritual writers of our time!
Catholics, Wake Up!
“A total spiritual knockout!” – Fr. Donald Calloway

 
CATHOLIC GREETINGS
Anointing of the Sick
May all who suffer pain, illness or disease realize that they are chosen to be saints.
St. John Paul II
“…let us always give priority to the human person and his fundamental rights.” St. John Paul II
Godparents
For the one to be baptized, godparents represent the Christian Catholic community, the Church.
Birthday
You have the heart and soul of a child of God, no matter how long you've been around.
World Mission Sunday
The Church in North America sprang from the blood of martyrs such as this missionary and his companions.



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