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Getting Around on this Web Site

The content of this web site is organized within similar groups. Because there are many content items with direct and indirect relationships, links among the items are established to move from one to another. These links take the form of images, color-underlined text, a group of buttons as a Common Navigation Menu and context function action buttons.

Links can take you to a completely different web site, another document page on this web site or another document location on the same page.

Often it is convenient to use browser utilites like the vertical scroll bar or the keyboard arrow and pagination keys to move up or down within a document. At times, it is more convienent to use the BACK control of the browser vs. moving vertically within a document to find a link.

Image Links

When moving your mouse over some images, the mouse pointer will change its displayed form to identify the image is a link. This "mouse-over" method is used on the Common Button Menu and selected images throughout the web site.

Icon & Embedded Image Navigation

Graphic images can contain links. There are five icon image links at the top right on the Home document. These links take you to external web sites. In addition there are two Bible image links on the left side in the bottom portion of the document.

  1. Vatican - The Holy See This link will take you to the Vatican—The Holy See web site.
  2. Oblates of St. Joseph This link will take you to the web site of the Oblates of St. Joseph—Holy Spouses Province.
  3. Diocese of Scranton This link will take you to the web site of the Diocese of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
  4. United States Conference of Catholic Bishops This link will take you to the web site of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.
  5. Catechism of the Catholic Church This link will take you to the Catechism of the Catholic Church on the Vatican web site.

Images can also be embedded within text paragraphs. On the Pentecost Devotion document, there is an image link, The Sacramental Economy & The Seven Sacraments, embedded within the text. This link takes you to a different location on this web site where you will find a document about the sacramental economy of the Church.

EWTN, Global Catholic NetworkThere are also images posted alongside the left or right of text paragraphs throughout the site that link to other locations. When the mouse pointer moves over an image associated with a link, the pointer changes shape. Look to the right of this paragraph where an example of an graphic icon navigation link to the Eternal Word Television Network web site can be found.

Common Navigation Menu

This Common Navigation Menu appears on major pages of this web site. If it does not display on a document, use the browser BACK control to move onto a document page with the Common Navigation Menu display.

Context Buttons

A Context Button is labeled with the purpose of the function executed when the button is selected.

Text Links

The traditional way to link within hypertext documents, such as this web site, is to use colored, underlind text. On this site blue is used for both text links and paragraph headings. Text links are color and underlined. Blue (pale) or Blue (dark) text, including headings with no underline are not links. Text that is NOT COLORED is NOT A LINK even if underlined. Example text links are New American Bible and CCC for the Catechism of the Catholic Church which you will encounter at various locations throughout this web site.

Word Look Up

Online Reference
Dictionary, Encyclopedia, Literature, etc.
Look Up Instructions
  1. Enter the word you want to look up into the box just right of the label "Word:"
  2. Dictionary & thesaurus is the default look up reference. If you want a different reference, click on the to select other reference documents. You can also select languages other than English.
  3. Word (the default), Starts with, Ends with or Mentions can be used to further qualify the look up criteria. Use the pick list box just right of the "by:" label.
  4. Click on the button to perform the look up.

Reference Notes

Throughout this site you will find some prose with a reference to external documents. The reference is the smaller (75% of normal size) text immediately following the prose. It typically takes the form of a document name and location within the named document.

The abbreviation cf. is used for the word confer. It means to compare or consult. Thus cf. is often used by authors in the text of their article or book to refer to other material which may provide auxiliary information or arguments to the understanding of theirs.

Paragraphs quoted from a particular Church document begin with a number on the left margin which is the reference of the paragraph within the document. Most quoted text on this web site is from the CCC. Numbered paragraphs from other sources will be identifed by the document name and may include section symbol marker "§" preceeding the paragraph number.


Following the text of this example is a reference to a Vatican II document Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy paragraph six. Cf. SC 6.


Following the text of this example is a reference to a Vatican II document Constitution on the Sacred Liturgy paragraph six.—Vatican II, Sacrosanctum concilium § 6 (1963)

The following is paragraph fourteen from Sacrosanctum concilium and has an embedded reference to the New Testament, First Letter of Peter, chapter two, verse nine and another reference to 1 Peter, chapter two, verses four through five.


14. Mother Church earnestly desires that all the faithful should be led to that fully conscious, and active participation in liturgical celebrations which is demanded by the very nature of the liturgy. Such participation by the Christian people as "a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a redeemed people" 1 Pet. 2:9; cf. 2:4-5, is their right and duty by reason of their baptism.—Vatican II, Sacrosanctum concilium (1963)


Some portions of content on this web site are quoted from various sources; consequently, abbreviations used throughout this web site may vary. For example, in the Catechism of the Catholic Church the book of Micah of the Old Testament is abbreviated "Mic" and the book of Zechariah is abbreviated "Zech". In the Saint Joseph Edition of The New American Bible, Micah is abbreviated "Mi" and Zachariah is "Zec".

Books of the Bible

The following abbreviations are used for the books of the Bible as defined within the Saint Joseph Edition of The New American Bible:

Abbreviations for the Books of the Bible
Old Testament   New Testament
 The Pentateuch  The Gospels
Gn Genesis   Mt Matthew
Ex Exodus   Mk Mark
Lv Leviticus   Lk Luke
Nm Numbers   Jn John
Dt Deuteronomy    
    Acts Acts of the Apostles
 The Historical Books
Jos Joshua    
Jgs Judges   New Testament Letters
Ru Ruth   Rom Romans
1 Sm 1 Samuel   1 Cor 1 Corinthians
2 Sm 2 Samuel   2 Cor 2 Corinthians
1 Kgs 1 Kings   Gal Galatians
2 Kgs 2 Kings   Eph Ephesians
1 Chr 1 Chronicles   Phil Philippians
2 Chr 2 Chronicles   Col Colossians
Ezr Ezra   1 Thes 1 Thessalonians
Neh Nehemiah   2 Thes 2 Thessalonians
Tb Tobit   1 Tm 1 Timothy
Jdt Judith   2 Tm 2 Timothy
Est Esther   Ti Titus
1 Mc 1 Maccabees   Phlm Philemon
2 Mc 2 Maccabees   Heb Hebrews
 The Wisdom Books  The Catholic Letters
Jb Job   Jas James
Ps Psalms   1 Pt 1 Peter
Prv Proverbs   2 Pt 2 Peter
Eccl Ecclesiastes   1 Jn 1 John
Song Song of Songs   2 Jn 2 John
Wis Wisdom   3 Jn 3 John
Sir Sirach (Ecclesiasticus)   Jude Jude
 The Prophetic Books  Rv Revelation
Is Isaiah    
Jer Jeremiah    
Lam Lamentations    
Bar Baruch    
Ez Ezekiel    
Dn Daniel    
Hos Hosea    
Jl Joel    
Am Amos    
Ob Obadiah    
Jon Jonah    
Mi Micah    
Na Nahum    
Hb Habakkuk    
Zep Zephaniah    
Hg Haggai    
Zec Zechariah    
Mal Malachi