Some Basics

The following links provide access to some of the most fundamental documents and resources for Catholics in the United States.  These “basics” are important for Catholics at all stages of their spiritual life, and provide a wealth of information on the teachings of the faith.

The Bible is the collection of our sacred scripture.  Though there are several accepted translations of the Catholic Bible, the New American version is provided here. Other Catholic versions (Approved for use) include the Jerusalem Bible, New Jerusalem Bible (NJB), the Revised Standard Catholic Edition (RSV), and the New Revised Standard Catholic Edition (NRSV), Douay-Rheims Version, Challoner-Rheims Version, Confraternitiy Edition, Today’s English Version – Catholic, and The Vulgate (In Latin).

The Catechism of the Catholic Church is a comprehensive text on the teachings of our faith.  It addresses a vast range of topics, from prayer to chastity, and is incredibly useful for those seeking to understand Catholic doctrines.

Daily Mass Readings are an essential part of every Christian life. The USCCB Calendar has each day’s Mass readings available online.

The Vatican is the official home page for the Holy See.  This site contains general information on subjects such as the Pope, the Vatican archives, and current events within the Church.

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops is an assembly of the hierarchy of the United States who jointly exercise certain pastoral functions on behalf of the Christian faithful in our country.  The USCCB website contains up-to-date information on the activities of he Church in the United States and across the globe, and also provides numerous resources related to Catholic teachings. Catholicism – this provides a great resource of basic information on the Faith. A guide site for anyone interested in learning about Catholicism,’s Scott P. Richert provides basics of the faith, current issues, prayers, novenas, and other relevant and interesting information. Though less concerned with theology and catechism than the above resources, Scott is nonetheless very well acquainted with them, and knowledgeable on what he writes about.

EWTN‘s website is a treasure of resources for Catholics. It has videos on how to pray most major Catholic devotions and maintains a large collection of various Catholic prayers, litanies, novenas, and more. It is a must have bookmark for any Catholic.


Writings of the Church

Writings of the Popes

  • Papal Encyclicals Online provides recent Church writings as well as relevant documents of the past.
  • The Vatican’s Papal Archives, featuring writings from Pope Leo XII through Pope Benedict XVI

Church Councils

Great Church Writings