How Well Do You Know Catholic Feast Days?


By: J.P. Naomi

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Think you have what it takes to name these special Catholic celebrations? Take this quiz now to test your knowledge of the many important days in the church.

What is the name of the Catholic feast day that celebrates the resurrection of Jesus Christ?

Easter Sunday typically falls in March or April. Easter Sunday begins the 50 days of Easter.


The Sunday before Easter Sunday is known as ________ Sunday.

Palm Sunday celebrates Jesus' triumphal entry into Jerusalem from the desert.


Also known as The Lord's Passion, this is the day in which Catholics reflect on the suffering and death of Jesus Christ...

Good Friday commemorates the crucifixion of Jesus and his death at Calvary. It is the Friday immediately preceding Easter Sunday.


Forty days after Easter Sunday is known as _________ Thursday.

Ascension of Christ, or Ascension Thursday, is the day in which Catholics and Christians alike celebrate the ascension of Jesus into Heaven.


_________ is celebrated on the 50th day after Easter when the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles.

Pentecost is also called Whitsunday. It is said the Holy Spirit descended upon the Apostles while they were in Jerusalem celebrating the Feast of Weeks, as described in the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2:1-31).


On January 6th, Catholics celebrate Three Kings Day which is also known as the Feast of the _______.

Observed by Christians, the Epiphany is a feast day that celebrates the revelation of God incarnate as Jesus Christ. It is also known as Theophany.


On which day do Catholics celebrate and remember The Last Supper?

Holy Thursday commemorates the Last Supper of Jesus with the Apostles. It is the fifth day of Holy Week.


Following Halloween, this Catholic feast day is on November 1st each year...

Also known as All Hallows' Day, All Saints Day celebrates and honors all the saints, known and unknown.


When is the Feast of All Souls' Day celebrated?

All Souls Day commemorates the souls of Christians who have died. Christians tend to remember their deceased relatives on this day.


Catholics on the Emerald Isle celebrate this Patron Feast Day on March 17th...

Along with mass in the morning, many Irish Catholics will celebrate this feast day with parades, Irish soda bread, potato soup and green beer!


To whom are the 31 days of the month of May dedicated?

Catholics and Christians alike celebrate Mary, the mother of Jesus, throughout the entire month of May. Young boys and girls also make their First Holy Communion during the month of May.


This Saint is known as the Little Flower and her feast day is celebrated on October 1st with lots of roses...

On the feast day of St. Therese, roses are traditionally blessed and given to the sick, elderly or other special-needs parishioners. Roses are a symbol of St. Therese.


What is the name of the feast which celebrates the Blessed Virgin Mary conceived without sin?

The Immaculate Conception is celebrated on December 8th each year. It is a holy day of obligation in the Catholic church.


Many Italian Catholics celebrate the Feast of St. _________ of Padua which falls on June 13 each year.

St. Anthony of Padua was born Fernando Martins de Bulhoes in 1195. He was born in Lisbon, Portugal and died in 1231 in Padua, Italy.


Catholics and Christians around the world celebrate the birth of Christ on this day...

Christmas Day is a holy day of obligation for Catholics. It is required that Catholics receive Communion on this day.


New Year's Day, or January 1st, is known as the Feast of _______.

Mary receives special adoration from Catholics on January 1st - not to be confused with the month of May which is dedicated in its entirety to her.


What is the season of 40 days leading up to Easter known as?

Many Catholics will offer up a Lenten sacrifice during those 40 days.


What is the name of the day which begins the 40 days of Lent?

Ash Wednesday can fall as early as February 4th or as late as March 10th. Lent represents the 40 days Jesus spent fasting in the desert where he was tempted by Satan.


What is the name of the feast which celebrates both the body and soul of Mary taken up into Heaven?

The Assumption of Mary is celebrated on August 15th each year. She was so holy that she was assumed fully into heaven upon her death.


Which feast day celebrates the close of the Christmas season?

The Baptism of Christ is the feast day which commemorates Jesus' baptism in the Jordan River by John the Baptist. It is now celebrated on the Sunday following the Epiphany.


On this special feast day, white beeswax candles are blessed during or after mass...

The Feast of Candlemas is also known as the Feast of the Purification of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is celebrated on February 2nd.


March 19th celebrates ________, the spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary.

The Feast of St. Joseph is celebrated annually on March 19th. It is the Patron Feast day for Poland and Canada. It also serves as Father's Day in some Catholic countries, such as Spain and Italy.


On which day is the Great Easter Vigil held?

Also called the Paschal Vigil or simply Easter Vigil, this service is held between sunset on Holy Saturday and sunrise on Easter Day.


Hispanic Catholics celebrate the Feast of Our Lady of _________ about two weeks before Christmas every year.

Our Lady of Guadalupe is also known in Spanish as Virgen de Guadalupe - the Blessed Virgin Mary's title.


What is the name of the season which precedes Christmas?

Advent represents the 'coming' of Jesus Christ. The season prepares for the celebration of the Nativity of Jesus.


This is the name of the feast celebrated 60 days after Easter.

Corpus Christi is also called Corpus Domini. It is celebrated 60 days after Easter or the Sunday immediately following.


On which day is the Solemnity of St. Peter and St. Paul commemorated?

This feast commemorates the martyrdom of the apostles Saint Peter and Saint Paul. They were martyred in Rome.


July 26th celebrates the Feast of St. _______, the mother of the Blessed Virgin Mary, and grandmother of Jesus.

The Feast of St. Anne is celebrated on July 26th according to the Western Christian Calendar, and on July 25th on the Eastern Christian Calendar.


September 8th celebrates the Nativity of _______, as she was born without sin.

Mary's birth, by her mother Saint Anne, is known as the Nativity of Mary or the Birth of the Virgin Mary.


July 26th is the feast day of St. ________, the father of the Blessed Mother Mary.

The first mention of Joachim and Anne appear in the apocryphal Gospel of James. They are not mentioned in the Bible.


Celebrated on June 24th, the Feast of St. ____________ celebrates he who baptized Jesus Christ.

John the Baptist was born in the late 1st century BC.The Church of St. John the Baptist is a major shrine in Jerusalem.


This patron saint of travelers is celebrated on July 25th, the feast day of ________.

A martyr, St. Christopher is believed to have died circa 251 in Asia Minor. He is believed to have carried a child across a river before the child revealed himself as Christ.


Known as the patron saint of animals, as well as the country of Italy, this saint's feast day is celebrated on October 4th.

Born Giovanni di Pietro di Bernardone in or around 1191, St. Francis of Assisi is associated with Italy, as well as animals and the natural environment.


An influential philosopher, theologian and the patron saint of academics, this saint is celebrated annually on January 28th...

Born in the Kingdom of Sicily in 1225, Tommaso d'Aquino died on March 7, 1274 in the Papal States.


Canonized on April 27, 2014, this Saint served as Pope of the Catholic Church from 1978 - 2005. His feast day is celebrated on October 22nd.

Pope John Paul II was born Karol Jozef Wojtyla in Wadowice, Poland in 1920. His motto was Totus Tuus (totally yours).


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