Holy orders reflect the faithful’s call to universal priesthood

Working side-by-side with the laity, one priest is reminded that he shares his vocation with all the baptized on the journey of faith.

From baptism to burial, the priest’s ministry is not his own

A young priest tells how on a single, typical day he is surrounded by life and death, and how priests continue the work of bringing Jesus to his people in every moment.

Holy orders is one sacrament with three unique degrees

Through ordination, the Holy Spirit sets apart men as bishops, priests and deacons, each serving the church in a way that helps reflect the full, perfect priesthood of Jesus Christ.

Lenten preparation and penance lead to a life of joy

The 40 days before Easter are a time to pray, fast and give alms, writes Msgr. Joseph Prior. These practices deepen our relationship with the Lord, and enable us to enter more fully into the mystery of his love.

Readings of the Holy Mass – First Sunday of Lent

Read or listen to the readings before Mass with these resources from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, using the New American Bible, Revised Edition.

Lent is time to notice God’s work, receive God’s mercy, pope says

Everyone experiences temptation, the pope said. Lent is a time to pause and step back from situations that lead to sin, a time to see how God is at work in others and in the world and, especially, a time to return to the Lord, knowing that his mercy is boundless.

Rooted in Lenten prayer, hope leads to conversion

The journey to Easter calls us to a change of heart, drawing us ever closer to Christ as our lives unfold.

Ashes on the outside call us to look inward during Lent

Ash Wednesday leaves an unmistakable mark, one that invites us to undertake a "spiritual do-over" by turning from sin and seeking the Lord.

Ash Wednesday can mark a rebirth of faith in lapsed Catholics

Although it's not a holy day of obligation, the first day of Lent attracts many inactive believers. Parishes can keep them coming back by offering plenty of opportunities to volunteer, pray and fast.

It’s OK to auction off a blessed car, even a Lamborghini

Father Ken Doyle replies to a letter writer curious about a car blessed by the pope that was auctioned to his favorite charities. Father Doyle also explores the link between Girl Scout groups and Planned Parenthood.