Search Rules

This search engine helps you find documents on this website. Here's how it works: you tell the search service what you're looking for by typing in keywords, phrases, or questions in the search box. The search service responds by giving you a list of all the Web pages in our index relating to those topics. The most relevant content will appear at the top of your results.

How To Use:

  1. Type your keywords in the search box.
  2. Press the Search button to start your search.

Or, you can choose some preset searches that we have set up.

Just click on the word below.

  1. Angels
  2. Biography/Auto-Biography
  3. Blessed Mother - Devotions,Apparitions
  4. Catechetics - Catechisms/RCIA/Religious Ed
  5. Church History
  6. Catholic Music
  7. Ecumenism - Relationship With Other Religions
  8. Encyclicals - Papal Encyclicals/Papal Writings
  9. Catholic Fiction - Leisure Reading
  10. Liturgy - Mass, Lectionaries, Worship
  11. Marriage/Family - Relationships, Mens and Womens Issues
  12. Miscellaneous
  13. Morality - Ethics, Morality
  14. Miracles
  15. Pastoral Care - Counseling/Grief/Healing/Spiritual
  16. Philosophy
  17. Parish Ministries/Leadership
  18. Prayer - Meditation
  19. Pro-Life/Social Justice - Respect Life, Natural Family Planning, Medical Ethics, Social Justice
  20. Rosary
  21. Sacraments - All Sacraments
  22. Scripture Bible, Bible Studies/Commentaries
  23. Saints - Canonized Saints
  24. Theology - Theology/Apologetics/Evangelization
  25. Trinity - Father, Son and Holy Spirit/Charismatic
  26. Vatican/Popes
  27. Vocations - Religious Orders

Tip: Don't worry if you find a large number of results. In fact, use more than a couple of words when searching. Even though the number of results will be large, the most relevant content will always appear at the top of the result pages.

More Basics - An Overview

What is a Word?

When searching, think of a word as a combination of letters and numbers. The search service needs to know how to separate words and numbers to find exactly what you want on the Internet. You can separate words using white space and tabs.

What is a Phrase?

You can link words and numbers together into phrases if you want specific words or numbers to appear together in your result pages. If you want to find an exact phrase, use "double quotation marks" around the phrase when you enter words in the search box.

Simple Tips for More Exact Searches

Searches are case insensitive. Searching for "paul" will match the lowercase "paul" and uppercase "PAUL".

Including or excluding words:

To make sure that a specific word is always included in your search topic, place the plus (+) symbol before the key word in the search box. To make sure that a specific word is always excluded from your search topic, place a minus (-) sign before the keyword in the search box.

Example: To find books by Scott Hahn & Kimberly Hahn, try "Scott+Kimberly+Hahn".

Expand your search using wildcards (*):

By typing an * within a keyword, you can match up to four letters.

Example: Try wish* to find wish, wishes, or wishful.

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