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General Help / FAQs (click link to view)

* How is the Daily Digest Image Selected?

* How Are Other Items in the Daily Digest Selected?

* How Often Do Daily Digest Items Repeat?

* How Often is the Daily Digest Updated?

* How Important is the Indicated Date / Time to the Daily Digest Page?

* Does the Daily Digest Contain 'Breaking News'?

* Does the Daily Digest Contain Readings for Mass?

* Is the Daily Digest Suitable for all Persons?

* Is the Daily Digest Always Available?

* What if I Missed a Day of the Daily Digest?

* What if an Item Appearing on the Daily Digest is (or seems) Unsuitable For a Particular Day / Date / Etc.?

* Do You Recommend / Endorse Any Commercial Items Which May Appear on the Daily Digest (or elsewhere on this site)?

* Where Can I Get More Detailed Information Regarding a Particular Component of the Daily Digest?

* What Does "Trad." Mean? / What Does "New" Mean?

* When Does the Greeting at the Top of the Daily Digest Change?

* Why Does the Daily Digest Contain Information For Both the Traditional & New (Novus Ordo) Calendars?

* Why Does the Daily Digest Sometimes Refer to Fasting / Abstinence / Etc. Outside of Lent (and for most of Lent)? Are Catholics Required to Fast / Abstain / Etc. on These Days?

* Why Does a Message Sometimes Appear at the Top of the Daily Digest in Red? How Can I Update or Remove This Message? 

* What Are Some Other Things I Should Know Regarding the Daily Digest?

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* Blank Columns / Blank Space

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* Date / Time is Off

* Links On Top of Daily Digest Page Don't Work

* Items Are Out of Date

* Something Appears on the Wrong Day

* "For More Information Try..." Suggestion References Page / Section / Etc. That Does Not Contain Relevant Information

* Daily Digest is Not Available

* Some Text is Difficult to Read

* Error Message

* Link Goes to a Blank Page (or a "No records returned" message appears)

* Description Does Not Match Content

* Message Doesn't Change

* Problem With Daily Digest Page

* Other Technical Problems

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How is the Daily Digest Image Selected?

The main image on the Daily Digest page (top left) should correspond with the day of the week [except for certain holiday(s), e.g. Christmas], in accordance with the traditional practice of daily dedications / devotions. For more information regarding daily devotions, try clicking on the image (or click here).

How Are Other Items in the Daily Digest Selected?

Items may be "selected" (or rather, "assigned") in a variety of ways. For example:

* Items may be randomly (or 'semi-randomly') assigned [Note: Outside of certain holidays / feasts / etc., most items on the Daily Digest may be 'semi-randomly' assigned & cyclical (or somewhat cyclical).]

* Items may be assigned based on a certain date / feast / season / day of week / etc.

* Items may be specially designated for a certain particular feast(s) / date(s) / etc.

Note that items may be assigned in "cycles" (specified or 'randomized') or "approximate cycles".

It is important to note that:

* Component(s) of the Daily Digest may or may not be selected for specific days. It is possible, therefore, that some items may appear which seem unsuitable for a feast or due to current circumstances within the Church (or in the nation / world). We regret any such unfortunate occurrences and remind you that: (1) it is not our desire for any such suitable items to appear, and (2) that their appearance may have no connection whatsoever with current events / situations / etc.

* Most items are not selected and matched to specific days. We apologize if any are unsuited to any given day. Certainly, it is our hope that no items appear unsuitably.

* Items may appear on any season / day / etc., regardless of fitness for that season / day / etc. For example, it is possible that 'fun & activities' items may appear during Lent (even during Holy Week) and that papal items may appear during an interregnum. Also, links to commercial pages may generally appear even on Sundays and holy days. While we regret any unsuitableness, we certainly do not encourage Catholics to partake of any item which is not proper to the season / day / etc. Reminder: Catholics are bound to avoid activities which may hinder proper celebration of the Lord's Day or holy days (including unnecessary shopping).

* Daily Digest items may be assigned well in advance (e.g. years). While we reserve the right to change any item at our sole option, note that items may not be subject to change / update / correction / etc., even if certain conditions in the Church / world / etc. have changed and would make such Daily Digest changes / updates / corrections desirable.

* As indicated, items may have been randomly assigned years in advance. You should not assume that any item appearing in the Daily Digest appears there - or was placed on any particular day(s) - "on purpose".

How Often Do Daily Digest Items Repeat?

Items appearing on the Daily Digest may or may not reappear at a later time. Of those that do reappear, it is important to note the following:

* Items may appear more or less frequently, depending upon the size of the 'pool' from which they are taken. For example, some items may appear each year (e.g. feast days information, certain seasonal items, etc.), some may appear every other year or every few years. Some items that reappear may appear more or less frequently than others.

* Some items may 'always' appear (e.g. certain links / explanatory text / terms / etc.).

* The main image (top left) may be repeated weekly (or annually), as explained above (click here)

How Often is the Daily Digest Updated?

The MCS Daily Digest is 'automatically updated' each day (at midnight, server time). To view current version, use your browser's refresh button.

How Important is the Indicated Date / Time to the Daily Digest Page?

The date / time indicated on the Daily Digest page may be critical.  If the indicated date / time is off, the entire Daily Digest may be off. For more information, click here

Does the Daily Digest Contain 'Breaking News'?

The Daily Digest is not likely to contain 'breaking news'. For Catholic News, try the Catholic News Section. For 'breaking news' regarding this site, try the Notices page, Site Update Information page, and Calendar page.

Does the Daily Digest Contain Readings for Mass?

The Daily Digest does not contain readings for Mass. For readings for the Traditional Latin Mass or for the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass, try the link(s) provided in the Daily Digest under "Today's Liturgy"

Is the Daily Digest Suitable for all Persons?

The Daily Digest may not be suited to all ages or persons. Please note that we do not guarantee that any item on the Daily Digest is suited to any age(s) / individual(s) / group(s) / etc.

Is the Daily Digest Always Available?

The Daily Digest may not be available if the site is undergoing maintenance / if there are technical problems / etc. The Daily Digest may also be unavailable if the system date is off (click here for more information).

Note that if the Daily Digest is unavailable, various links may still appear at the top of the Daily Digest page. Some of these links, may still function (e.g. links at top, links marked with an asterisk*). [11/13 UPDATE: Links marked with an asterisk may no longer be available with the new format.]

What if I Missed a Day of the Daily Digest?

We are sorry, but we are unable to provide you with copies of the Daily Digest for days missed. Please be sure to visit each day.

Note: In the future, you may want to consider joining our mailing list(s), which may contain some/all Daily Digest content. For more information on our free mailing list, click here. For more information on our sponsored mailing list, try here.

What if an Item Appearing on the Daily Digest is (or seems) Unsuitable For a Particular Day / Date / Etc.?

As indicated above, we regret any such occurrence and remind you that:

* Items may have been randomly assigned years in advance. You should not assume that any item appearing in the Daily Digest appears there - or was placed on any particular day(s) - "on purpose".

* Component(s) of the Daily Digest may or may not be selected for specific days. It is possible, therefore, that some items may appear which seem unsuitable for a feast or due to current circumstances within the Church (or in the nation / world). We regret any such unfortunate occurrences and remind you that: (1) it is not our desire for any such suitable items to appear, and (2) that their appearance may have no connection whatsoever with current events / situations / etc.

* Most items are not selected and matched to specific days. We apologize if any are unsuited to any given day. Certainly, it is our hope that no items appear unsuitably.

* Items may appear on any season / day / etc., regardless of fitness for that season / day / etc. For example, it is possible that 'fun & activities' items may appear during Lent (even during Holy Week) and that papal items may appear during an interregnum. Also, links to commercial pages may generally appear even on Sundays and holy days. While we regret any unsuitableness, we certainly do not encourage Catholics to partake of any item which is not proper to the season / day / etc. Reminder: Catholics are bound to avoid activities which may hinder proper celebration of the Lord's Day or holy days (including unnecessary shopping).

* Daily Digest items may be assigned well in advance (e.g. years). While we reserve the right to change any item at our sole option, note that items may not be subject to change / update / correction / etc., even if certain conditions in the Church / world / etc. have changed and would make such Daily Digest changes / updates / corrections desirable.

We regret any confusion / inconvenience and apologize if any item appears at an undesirable time.

Do You Recommend / Endorse Any Commercial Items Which May Appear on the Daily Digest (or elsewhere on this site)?

No. We do not endorse / recommend any product / service / ad / advertiser / organization / group / institution / school / charity / business / provider / employer / individual / website / publication / message / information / instruction / assistance / opinion / point of view / activity / event / offer / offerer / request / requestor / seller / buyer / manufacturer / distributor / author / publisher / submitter / user / responder / transferor / vendor / recipient / sponsor / religious order / church / item / etc. even if information about it appears on our site (or other materials of ours), and we are not responsible for them. All participation is at your own risk and you have no recourse to us for any damages which may occur as a result of use of this site (or other materials). Remember that by using this site you agree to all our terms. For more information regarding commercial section terms, click here. For site terms, click here 

Where Can I Get More Detailed Information Regarding a Particular Component of the Daily Digest?

For more detailed information regarding particular Daily Digest components, scroll down [or return to links at top to navigate (look for those marked "DDC")].

What Does "Trad." Mean? / What Does "New" Mean?

The notations "Trad." and "New" which may appear on the Daily Digest may refer to the Traditional (Trad.) or Novus Ordo (New) calendars. 

"Trad." items may refer to traditional items (feasts / practices / etc.). Such items may be currently observed / no longer observed / observed on a limited basis or in limited areas / optionally observed / etc. Note that not all traditional items may be indicated with the "Trad." notation. Not all "Trad." items may be included.

The notation "New" may refer to the Novus Ordo (New Order) calendar (of the 1960's or later). Such items may be currently observed / no longer observed / observed on a limited basis or in limited areas / optionally observed / etc. Note that not all "new" items may be indicated with the "New" notation. Not all "New" items may be included.

"New" and "Trad." items may or may not fall on the same day.

Note that any applicable item - regardless of calendar - may be changed / may not be current / may no longer be observed / may be of limited observance / may be transferred / may change (or may have already changed) from the date indicated / etc. Also note that the Daily Digest may be prepared many years in advance and may not include more recent changes to feasts / practices / etc. 

When Does the Greeting at the Top of the Daily Digest Change?

The greeting at the top of the Daily Digest changes based on the following schedule:

* Morning: Midnight to just before noon

* Afternoon: Noon to just before 6:00 p.m.

* Evening: 6:00 p.m. to just before midnight

Note that the above is based on server time, which may differ from the actual time in your time zone. Should this occur, we regret any confusion or inconvenience. Note: Click here for more information.

Why Does the Daily Digest Contain Information For Both the Traditional & New (Novus Ordo) Calendars? [Dual Calendars]

The Daily Digest may contain information from both the Traditional & New (Novus Ordo) calendars because both calendars are in use in the Church. Note that those who attend the Traditional Latin ('Tridentine') Mass generally follow the Traditional Calendar, while those who attend the Novus Ordo (New Order) Mass of the 1960's generally follow the new calendar.

Note: For more information on the Traditional Calendar, try the Latin Mass / Catholic Tradition Section of this site. For more information on the differences between the Traditional & Novus Ordo Mass, try here.

Why Does the Daily Digest Sometimes Refer to Fasting / Abstinence / Etc. Outside of Lent (and for most of Lent)? Are Catholics Required to Fast / Abstain / Etc. on These Days?

Catholics are bound to observe all days of fasting / abstinence / penance / etc. which are currently prescribed by the Church (and those items alone are strictly required).

It should be noted that since Vatican II, various traditional observances have been changed / curtailed / eliminated. Many Catholics, however, still - of their own free will - follow the traditional practices which have been recommended from time immemorial [e.g. the Lenten fast ("the observance of Lent is an essential mark of Catholicity", Dom Gueranger), Rogation Days, Ember Days, Friday abstinence, etc.] and which have served her members so well for so many years.

Therefore, although certain traditional practices may not be strictly required, they may be desirable / recommended. For this reason, information about such practices may be included with the Daily Digest.

"The observance of Lent is the very badge of Christian warfare. By it we prove ourselves not to be enemies of the cross of Christ. By it we avert the scourges of divine justice. By it we gain strength against the princes of darkness, for it shields us with heavenly help. Should mankind grow remiss in their observance of Lent, it would be a detriment to God's glory, a disgrace to the Catholic religion, and a danger to Christian souls. Neither can it be doubted that such negligence would become the source of misery to the world, of public calamity, of private woe." (Pope Benedict XIV, 1741 A.D.)

Note: For more information on traditional prayers & practices, click here.

Why Does a Message Sometimes Appear at the Top of the Daily Digest in Red? How Can I Update or Remove This Message?

Messages may sometimes appear at the top of the Daily Digest to remind visitors of an important item (e.g. the recitation of the Angelus / Regina Caeli three times each day). 

It is important to note that these messages may appear at a given time for a given number of minutes based on server time. If you are in an area outside the server time, the messages may not be timely for you. We regret any inconvenience or confusion.

To update the message (if applicable), click your browser's refresh button. 

To remove the message (as applicable), click your browser's refresh button after the message is scheduled to disappear (e.g. in five minutes or so, as applicable).

What Are Some Other Things I Should Know Regarding the Daily Digest?

In addition to all other information contained on this Daily Digest help page (and linked pages), please also note the following regarding the Daily Digest:

* Daily Digest items are not comprehensive

* We make no guarantees regarding accuracy / timeliness / referencing / applicability / etc. of any item

* The Daily Digest is based on the indicated date / time. If the indicated date / time is off, the entire Daily Digest may be off. For more information, click here

* All Daily Digest items (including order / content / appearance / etc.) are subject to change at any time without notice

* Items may be regional. Note that most items on the Daily Digest may be for the U.S. (e.g. date / time / holydays / etc.)

* Collects / prayers / scripture / etc. may not be for the indicated feast day (items may appear on any day and have no connection with any particular feast)

* Some / all of the Daily Digest content may be prepared year(s) in advance 

* Titles / references / translation / wording / order of items / etc. may vary

* Dates / ages / etc. may be approximations

* We do not necessarily endorse any item appearing on this site and we are not responsible for the views of others, regardless of whether information about them appears on our site

* Any Canon Law referred to on this site may not be most current and should be discussed with a competent canon layer, as applicable

* Various items which may appear on this site (e.g. Church disciplinary items / penalties / etc.) may not be current and may be subject to change. For current items, contact your parish / diocese

* We may rely on unverified facts / opinions / translations / etc. of others

* This site is not "in real time"

* We may change spelling / capitalization / punctuation / wording / etc. of any item

* Quotes & other items may be partial

* Lengths of quotes / prayers / Q & A / etc. may vary

* Items on the Daily Digest are necessarily brief. All items, however, should be considered in their full context

* No items on the Daily Digest should be taken as a political statement or a stand on political matters

* Writings / utterances / etc. which are contained on the Daily Digest may be addressed to the clergy, they may not be directed at the laity or to any specific individual. They may not be directed at your or to any particular person or person(s). Also, various styles of writing / speaking are used (therefore, various quotations may have different meanings than those in modern times may take them to mean). Remember also that not all items are to be taken literally.

* Users are reminded that even saints and popes (when not speaking ex cathedra) are not infallible

* Items may be direct quotations even if not in quotation marks. Items in quotation marks may be 'loose' quotations

* Items may appear in any order (or in no particular order)

* Items may be based traditional and/or new calendar(s)

* We do not guarantee authorship of any item, regardless of any notations which may appear

* Refer to the Reflections Notice regarding all quotations which appear on this site (click here)

* Refer to the Scripture Caution regarding all Scripture which may appear on this site (click here)

- - - Troubleshooting - - -      [Topic Summary]

Troubleshooting: Blank Columns / Blank Space

This may not be an error. There may be nothing for that date (e.g. no holidays on the secular calendar, no items which are recommended / required for that date, etc.). Also, note that blank space may be expected when an item in one column is shorter than an item in the column to the left or right of it.

Troubleshooting: Recommended / Required Field is Blank

This may not be an error. There may be nothing for that date. For a list of items which may be included as 'recommended / required', see Table #1 below.

Troubleshooting: Secular Calendar is Blank

This may not be an error. There may be nothing for that date. For a list of secular holidays which may be included on the Daily Digest, see Table #4 below.

Troubleshooting: Date / Time is Off

The date / time indicated on the Daily Digest page may affect page content. If the wrong date appears:

* The entire page may be off

* No content may display

Remember, however, that the system date / time is based on the server date / time and is NOT based on your computer or your location. The server time may be on any applicable time zone (e.g. Eastern, Central, Pacific, etc.). Differences between the server's time zone and your actual time zone are to be expected and are not considered technical problems. Please do not report such differences to us.

To check the system date / time, click here

To view the current system date / time on the Daily Digest page, use your browser's refresh button. [Note: The date / time which is indicated on the Daily Digest page may be the date / time the page was loaded.]

If the system date / time is persistently and significantly off - and not as a result of time zone differences - consider reporting this matter to us. Click here to report problems with the system date / time.

Troubleshooting: Links On Top of Daily Digest Page Don't Work

If the Daily Digest is unavailable, various links may still appear at the top of the Daily Digest page. Some of these links, however, may not function (e.g. links in the shaded box not marked with an asterisk*). This is not considered a technical problem. Rather, it should be resolved when the Daily Digest once again becomes available. Note: Click here for 'Is the Daily Digest Always Available?'   [11/13 UPDATE: Links marked with an asterisk may no longer be available with the new format.]

Troubleshooting: Items Are Out of Date

If items are out of date, consider:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

Also note that the Daily Digest may be prepared years in advance. Therefore, it is possible that certain item(s) may be out of date. We regret any confusion or inconvenience.

Troubleshooting: Something Appears on the Wrong Day

If something appears on the wrong day, consider:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

If the above does not resolve the problem, it may simply be an error. If so, we apologize for any inconvenience. Please note that if the error only involves one day, there is no need to notify us. If the error persists, however, it may be helpful to advise us.

Troubleshooting: "For More Information Try..." Suggestion References Page / Section / Etc. That Does Not Contain Relevant Information

"For more information try..." suggestions may be provided for your convenience. Although these suggestions may be helpful in locating relevant information, you should note that:

* There is no guarantee that suggested sections / pages / etc. will contain any relevant information

* Suggested sections / pages / etc. may not necessarily contain the 'most relevant' information

* Suggested sections / pages / etc. may not necessarily contain the only relevant information

* Depending on the page / section / etc., content may change regularly and relevant information may no longer be available

* All site content is subject to change without notice

* There may be no other relevant information anywhere on the site, regardless of any "for more information try..." suggestion

Troubleshooting: Daily Digest is Not Available

If the Daily Digest is not available, try

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

* Reviewing all applicable site notices (e.g. those on the Notices page, Site Update Information page, Calendar page)

If the above items do not address / correct the problem, consider returning at a later time (or on another day). If the problem is unexpected and persists over several days, it may be helpful to advise us.

Troubleshooting: Some Text is Difficult to Read

While we have found it necessary for aesthetic reasons to use some small text / light-colored text / background colors / etc. on the Daily Digest, we regret any inconvenience for those who find it difficult to read. To better read text on this site, you may consider adjusting your browser settings. Also, you may use copy/paste to read small text.

Note: For optimal display of this site, try here  for system recommendations / requirements. 

Troubleshooting: Error Message

If you experience an error message with the Daily Digest, consider:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

* Reviewing all applicable site notices (e.g. those on the Notices page, Site Update Information page, Calendar page)

If the above items do not address / correct the problem, consider returning at a later time (or on another day). If the problem is unexpected and persists over several days, it may be helpful to advise us.

Note: For further technical assistance regarding this site, click here.

Troubleshooting: Link Goes to a Blank Page (or a "No records returned" message appears)

If a link goes to a blank page, consider:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

* Reviewing all applicable site notices (e.g. those on the Notices page, Site Update Information page, Calendar page)

* For 'no records returned' messages, remember that:

* This message may appear by default on all search pages because you have yet to enter any data for a search. If this message appears after you have entered data, there may be no records matching your criteria. 

* If this message appears on a 'view all' page, there may be no records in that section. Remember that records may be added / deleted at any time (and may 'expire' automatically). For timetable information, try here. Note: If there are no records, why not submit your own? Look for the 'Add' record link (e.g. at top of screen)

* If this message appears unexpectedly, the site may be experiencing technical problems. If you encounter this message unexpectedly, be especially sure you have visited the following links for site update information / alerts / planned outages / etc.: Notices | MCS Calendar | Site Update | Daily Digest.

If the above items do not address / correct the problem, consider returning at a later time (or on another day). If the problem is unexpected and persists over several days, it may be helpful to advise us.

Note: For further technical assistance regarding this site, click here.

Troubleshooting: Description Does Not Match Content

Should a description not match content, try:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

* Reviewing all applicable site notices (e.g. those on the Notices page, Site Update Information page, Calendar page)

If the above items do not address / correct the problem, consider returning at a later time (or on another day). If the problem is unexpected and persists over several days, it may be helpful to advise us.

Note: For further technical assistance regarding this site, click here.

Troubleshooting: Message Doesn't Change

 

 

Should a component on the Daily Digest not change, try:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

* Reviewing all applicable site notices (e.g. those on the Notices page, Site Update Information page, Calendar page)

If the above items do not address / correct the problem, consider returning at a later time (or on another day). If the problem is unexpected and persists over several days, it may be helpful to advise us.

Note: For further technical assistance regarding this site, click here.

Troubleshooting: Problem With Daily Digest Page

 

 

Should you experience another problem with the Daily Digest, consider:

* Refreshing the page

* Checking the system date (see question above)

* Reviewing all applicable site notices (e.g. those on the Notices page, Site Update Information page, Calendar page)

If the above items do not address / correct the problem, consider returning at a later time (or on another day). If the problem is unexpected and persists over several days, it may be helpful to advise us.

Note: For further technical assistance regarding this site, click here.

Troubleshooting: Other Technical Problems

For additional assistance with technical matters, consider the following (click link to view):

* Help

* FAQs

* Technical Assistance

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Regarding Errors / Omissions / Etc. in the Daily Digest / Consequences of Using the Daily Digest / Etc.

We are not responsible for any errors / omissions / etc. in the Daily Digest. Remember that the Daily Digest is not comprehensive. Inclusion of any item does not necessarily imply our endorsement or agreement. Not all item(s) may be appropriate for any / every individual / group / situation / etc. We provide no guarantees regarding the Daily Digest and we are not responsible for any consequences related to the use of the Daily Digest. Use of this site is at your own risk. By using this site you indicate agreement to all our terms. For more terms information, click here.

Regarding All Quotations (Including Scripture Quotations) / Facts / Q & A Items / Etc.

* Refer to the Reflections Notice regarding all quotations which appear on this site (click here)

* Refer to the Scripture Caution regarding all Scripture which may appear on this site (click here)

* Also see all items herein and on Daily Digest page, and site terms (click here)

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Daily Digest Terms of Use

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Daily Digest Component: Welcome

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Daily Digest Component: Thought for the Day

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Daily Digest Component: Scripture for Today

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* Words of Our Lord, Jesus Christ: Biblical quotes from Jesus

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Daily Digest Component: Catholic Calendar

Day of the Week

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Feasts

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* A good Catholic should do much more each day to live their faith than what is indicated as 'recommended / required' (including morning offerings, daily prayers, evening prayers, rosary, examinations of conscience, praying, good works, acts of reparation, meeting one's obligations, avoiding sin, observing monthly/daily dedications, etc.)

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Daily Digest Component: Thought From Today's Liturgy of the Hours

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Quotation from the Liturgy of the Hours

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Daily Digest Component: Secular Calendar (U.S.)

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Secular Holiday

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See Table #4 below

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Annually

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Daily Digest Component: Today's Recommended Spiritual Exercise

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"Spiritual activities / suggestions / etc. or activities / suggestions / etc. with a spiritual (or other) benefit"

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* Some items may be indulgenced. Contact the Church for more information on indulgences.

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Daily Digest Component: Today's Reflections

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* Saint: Quotation from Saint (or Blessed)

* Pope, Saint, Theologian, Council, Other: Quotation from Pope, Saint, Theologian, Council, Scripture, Other

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Daily Digest Component: Today's Prayer Request

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Request for prayers for indicated intention

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Daily Digest Component: Prayer for the Day

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How Often Repeated

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* Translation / capitalization / punctuation / wording / etc. may vary. Special characters, symbols, accents, etc. may be omitted.

* Translations may not be official

* Items indicated may not be, strictly speaking, "prayers"

* Prayers may be partial

* Prayers may not have ecclesiastical approval and may not be approved for public use, even if items contain certain notations (e.g. 'V.', 'R.')

* Titles may vary (and may or may not be original)

* Source may borrow from another source(s)

* We do not guarantee translation, categorization, referencing, accuracy, or anything else concerning any prayer

* We may change wording, punctuation, capitalization, shorten items, change ordering, add word(s), etc.

* If item is associated with any 'private revelation', we do not guarantee authenticity of any such 'revelation'

* References / titles / prayers may vary and may not be comprehensive

* We do not guarantee references or anything else regarding any prayer(s)

* Some prayers may appear in Latin (not Spanish!), as Latin is the official language of the Catholic Church. Considering that the Catholic Church is universal, it is fitting that she have a universal language and "pray in one tongue". Click here for more information on Latin.

* Some prayers may offer indulgences. Contact your parish / diocese for more information on indulgences.

* Sources may include: Raccolta, Scripture, saints, liturgy, etc.

* We make no guarantees regarding any prayer

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Daily Digest Component: Catholic Q & A

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* Q & A #1: Question & Answer [Topics May Include: Catholic History, Saints, Apologetics, Papal Facts, Wisdom of the Saints, Scripture, More...]

* Q & A #2: Question & Answer [Topics May Include: Catholic Tradition, Papal Documents, 'Tridentine' Mass, Latin Language, Sacraments, Theology, Definitions, Modernism, Misc.]

* Q & A #3: Question & Answer [e.g. from Catholic Catechism (Trent, Baltimore, Catholic Church, Neumann...)] 

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How Often Repeated

See above

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* Categories of questions may overlap 

* Catechism items are not intended to replace proper instruction in the Faith

* Questions and answers may not be complete and may depend on other questions / answers

* May include items from various catechism(s) besides those listed

* Items may or may not be direct quotations from catechisms (regardless of notations - e.g. "" marks). Note that items may be direct or 'loose' quotations, regardless of inclusion of or absence of quotation marks. We may add words / explanations / etc. to any item(s) without any special notation.

* Terms such as "I" / "we" / "our" / "your" / "you" / etc. may be from original sources (and may not refer to us / you / etc.)

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Daily Digest Component: Today's Liturgy

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Links for information on the Sacraments & Liturgy (Traditional & New) 

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How Often Repeated

N/A

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Daily Digest Component: Today in Catholic History (Highlights)

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Highlights from this date in history (events involving saints, popes, papal documents, councils, apparitions, and more...) 

How Selected

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How Often Repeated

Annually

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* Papal dates may be based on those in the Vatican View Section

* Today in History items are not comprehensive

* Items indicated are not necessarily the "most important" events on any given day

* Dates may be circa (even if they appear without this notation) 

* Dates may be "probable" / "most probable" / "presumed" / etc.

* Council opening / closing dates may be dates of first / last session

* 'Beginning of pontificate' may refer to election / coronation / consecration / etc. date (and may vary)

* We do not guarantee the authenticity of any apparition 

* Names may have alternate spelling(s)

* Persons may be known by various name(s)

* There may be more than one saint with the same or similar name(s)

* Items indicated may be limited to certain events or types of events

* Dates may be based on tradition

* Deaths of martyrs may be indicated as "death" / "martyrdom" / "execution" / etc.

* Martyrs may have had companions, even if only one individual is listed 

* May contain alternate dates - e.g. Jan. 1 (or Jan. 2). We do not guarantee that any indicated date is accurate

* Indicated day of death or martyrdom may actually be the feast day (or date indicated in martyrology) and not the actual date of death. Note that dates may be "celebrated dates" / translation dates / canonization dates / assigned dates / etc.

* Sources may include: Roman Martyrology, Catholic Encyclopedia, online sources, etc.

* We do not guarantee the beatification / canonization / etc. status of any individual

* We make no guarantee whatsoever regarding any Today in History item)

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Daily Digest Component: Important Site Information

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Description

Link(s) for important information about this site 

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N/A

How Often Repeated

N/A

In Case of Problem / 

Troubleshooting

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At minimum, we recommend that users review the following pages each day for important information about this site:

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Daily Digest Component: Today's Featured Links 

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Description

* Link #1: Link to page on this site (e.g. section page, add page, view page, search page)

* Link #2: Link to page on this site (Misc.)

* Link #3: Link to page on this site (e.g. Reflections, Papal Document)

* Link #4: Link to page on this site (e.g. Scripture related)

* Link #5: Link to page on this site (commercial section) [not a sponsored link]

How Selected

See above

How Often Repeated

See above

In Case of Problem / 

Troubleshooting

See above

Note: Is a featured link not available? Does the content not match the description? Remember that the Daily Digest may be set up far in advance (even years in advance). Therefore, it may happen that a featured page is no longer available or that the content no longer matches the description. Should this occur, we regret any inconvenience.

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Notice Regarding Link #5

Link #5 is not sponsored, nor is it a recommendation of any advertiser or product / service. It is simply a link to a sponsored area of this site. Note that this link may not be matched to the day / feast / etc., but may be randomly assigned as with other content on the Daily Digest page. Note: Click here for more on how content may be selected for the Daily Digest.

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* We do not guarantee the content of any link. We do not guarantee that link descriptions match page content. 

* We do not guarantee the availability of any linked page.

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Daily Digest Component: Sponsorship Information (Today's Sponsor)

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Descr. / Answr. (may be partial)

Description

Link to 'Today's Sponsor'

How Selected

[Sponsored link]

How Often Repeated

N/A

In Case of Problem / 

Troubleshooting

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Daily Digest Component: Comments? Questions? Need Help?

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Link(s) for assistance, feedback, terms, technical assistance, etc.

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N/A

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Table #1 - Recommended / Required

The following items may be included in the Daily Digest Catholic Calendar under 'Recommended / Required'...              [More Info.]

Days / Dates

Item

Sundays

Mass Attendance (Sunday Obligation)

Holy Days of Obligation (see Table 1a)

Mass Attendance (Holy Day of Obligation)

Fridays [excepting Holy Days of Obligation]

Abstinence / Penance

First Fridays

Start / Continue First Fridays Devotion

First Saturdays

Start / Continue First Saturdays Devotion

Monthly (at minimum)

[Note: For convenience, a reminder may appear under 'Recommended / Required' on the first Saturday of each month.]

Confession

Ember Wednesdays and Ember Saturdays (Trad.)+

Fasting / Partial Abstinence (Trad.)

Ember Fridays (Trad.)+

Fasting / Abstinence (Trad.)

Rogation Days (Trad.)

Fasting / Abstinence (Trad.)

Vigil of Pentecost

Fasting / Partial Abstinence (Trad.)

Vigil of the Assumption (8/14) 

[Note: If 8/14 falls on a Sunday, it may be transferred to the previous day.]

Fasting / Abstinence (Trad.)

Vigil of All Saints Day (10/31) 

[Note: If 10/31 falls on a Sunday, it may be transferred to the previous day.]

Fasting / Partial Abstinence (Trad.)

Vigil of the Immaculate Conception (12/7) 

[Note: If 12/7 falls on a Sunday, it may be transferred to the previous day.]

Fasting / Abstinence (Trad.)

Vigil of Christmas (12/24)*

[Note: If 12/24 falls on a Sunday, it may be transferred to the previous day.]

* Note: May be anticipated on 12/23.

Fasting / Abstinence (Trad.)

Ash Wednesday

Fasting / Abstinence, Mass attendance recommended

Weekdays and Saturdays in Lent [Excepting Fridays]

Fasting / Partial Abstinence (Trad.)

Fridays in Lent

Abstinence, Fasting (Trad.), Stations of the Cross recommended

Good Friday

Fasting / Abstinence, Stations of the Cross recommended

Holy Saturday

Fasting / Abstinence (until noon) (Trad.)

3/11 - 3/19

St. Joseph Novena

Friday after the Ascension - Vigil of Pentecost

Novena to the Holy Spirit

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (2nd Friday after Corpus Christi)

Feast of Christ the King [Last Sun. in Oct) (Trad.), Last Sunday before Advent (New)]

Make / Renew Consecration to the Sacred Heart of Jesus

Feast of Our Lady's Queenship (5/31)

Immaculate Conception (12/8)

Make / Renew Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

12/17 - 12/23

O Antiphons

January 1

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Fridays in Lent 

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Holy Thursday

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Good Friday

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Sunday After Easter (Divine Mercy Sunday)

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Pentecost Sunday

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Feast of the Body & Blood of Christ [Thursday after Trinity Sunday]

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Feast of the Sacred Heart of Jesus [Second Friday after Corpus Christi]

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Feast of Sts. Peter & Paul [6/29]

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

August 2

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

November 1 - 8

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

Feast of Christ the King (New) [Last Sunday before Advent]

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

December 31

Plenary Indulgence (if available)

+ Note: September Ember Days in the Daily Digest may be based on the customary dating method in use for many centuries and may not reflect changes made by Pope John XXIII in the 1960's. 

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Table #1a - Holy Days of Obligation (U.S.)

The following dates may be included in the Daily Digest Catholic Calendar as Holy Days of Obligation...*                     [More Info.]

Date

Holy Day of Obligation

1/1

Circumcision of Our Lord (Trad.) / Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God (New)

(date varies) 

(40 days after Easter)

Ascension Thursday

8/15

Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

11/1

All Saints Day

12/8

Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

12/25

Nativity of Our Lord (Christmas)

* Note: Sundays are also holy days of obligation. 

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Table #2 - Traditional Calendar: Seasons

Traditional seasons may appear on the Daily Digest Catholic Calendar based on the following table...                        [More Info.]

Season

From

Through

Advent

First Sunday of Advent

12/23

Christmastide

12/24

1/13

Time after Epiphany

1/14

Sat. before Septuagesima Sunday

Septuagesima

Septuagesima Sunday

Tues. before Ash Wednesday

Lent

Ash Wednesday

Sat. before Passion Sunday

Passiontide

Passion Sunday

Holy Saturday

Paschaltide

Easter Sunday

Saturday after Pentecost

Time after Pentecost

Trinity Sunday (Sunday after Pentecost)

Sat. before First Sunday of Advent

Note: Technically speaking, seasons may not begin at 12:00 am on the date indicated. Rather, they may begin after certain part of the date indicated (or the previous day). 

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Table #3 - Novus Ordo (New) Calendar: Seasons

Novus Ordo (New) seasons may appear on the Daily Digest Catholic Calendar based on the following table...         [More Info.]

Season

From

Through

Advent

First Sunday of Advent

12/24

Christmas

12/25

Feast of the Baptism of the Lord 

Ordinary Time

Day after Feast of Baptism of the Lord

Tues. before Ash Wednesday

Lent*

Ash Wednesday

Holy Saturday

Easter

Easter Sunday

Pentecost

Ordinary Time

Monday after Pentecost

Sat. Before First Sunday of Advent

* Note: Some also refer to the Paschal Triduum (Holy Thursday - Holy Saturday) as a separate season in the Novus Ordo Calendar. In this case, the season of Lent would end on Spy Wednesday (the Wednesday before Holy Thursday). For a full 40 days of Lent (excluding Sundays), note that it should be reckoned from Ash Wednesday until Holy Saturday.

Note: Technically speaking, seasons may not begin at 12:00 am on the date indicated. Rather, they may begin after certain part of the date indicated (or the previous day). 

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Table #4 - Secular Holidays

The following dates may be included in the Daily Digest under 'Secular Calendar (U.S.)'...                                             [More Info.]

Holiday

Date***

New Year's Day

1/1

Inauguration Day

1/20 every four years (e.g. 2009), 1/21 if 1/20 falls on Sunday

King, Jr. Day

3rd Monday in January

Groundhog Day

2/2

Lincoln's Birthday

2/12

Presidents' Day

3rd Monday in February

Washington's Birthday*

2/22

First Day of Spring

Between 3/19-3/22

Note: Date indicated on MCS Daily Digest may be an approximation. Actual date/time may differ based on location/calendar/time zone

April Fool's Day

4/1

Daylight Savings Time Begins

Prior to 2007: 1st Sunday in April; 2007 & Later: 2nd Sunday in March

Secretaries Day

Wednesday of last full week in April

Tax Day

4/15 (unless on weekend or holiday - in which case on next non-weekend / holiday day)

Note: Tax day may be affected by/extended due to regional holidays/observed holidays which are not reflected on the MCS Daily Digest

Nurses' Day

5/6

Teachers' Day

Tuesday of 1st full week in May (Note: 'full week' is counted from Monday)

Mother's Day

2nd Sunday in May

Armed Forces Day

3rd Saturday in May

Memorial Day

Last Monday in May

Flag Day

6/14

Father's Day

3rd Sunday in June

First Day of Summer

Between 6/20-6/23

Note: Date indicated on MCS Daily Digest may be an approximation. Actual date/time may differ based on location/calendar/time zone

Independence Day

7/4

Labor Day

1st Monday in September

Grandparents' Day

Sunday after Labor Day in September

Patriot Day (Commemorates 9-11-01)

9/11

First Day of Autumn

Between 9/21-9/24

Note: Date indicated on MCS Daily Digest may be an approximation. Actual date/time may differ based on location/calendar/time zone

Columbus Day

2nd Monday in October

Boss' Day

October 16th (unless on weekend) [If on weekend, then observed on working day closest to October 16]

Sweetest Day

3rd Saturday in October

Daylight Saving Time Ends

Prior to 2007: Last Sunday in October; 2007 & Later: 1st Sunday in November

Halloween (All Hallows Eve)**

10/31

Election Day

Tuesday following the first Monday of November

Veterans' Day

11/11

Thanksgiving

4th Thursday in November

Pearl Harbor Day

12/7

First Day of Winter

Between 12/20-12/23

Note: Date indicated on MCS Daily Digest may be an approximation. Actual date/time may differ based on location/calendar/time zone

New Year's Eve

12/31

* Note: Item included for historical/reference value. Note that Washington was a known Mason.

** Item included on secular calendar to avoid confusion. Technically speaking, however, "All Hallows Eve" (the Vigil of All Saints Day) should be considered religious in nature. 

*** Where applicable, holidays may be observed on different date(s)


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