Saint Patrick is the patron saint of Ireland and one of the most beloved saints in the English speaking world. The Church celebrates his feast on March 17.

In order to prepare for Easter, the most important feast in the life of the Christian believer, the Christian is invited to repent and return to God in fasting, prayer and good deeds. The fast lasts 40 days.

In order to prepare for the most important celebration in the Christian calendar - Easter - Christians fast for forty days (Lent). The Lenten fast begins on Ash Wednesday.

In Catholic tradition, the Carnival marks the period in which we stop eating meat as a preparation for the beginning of Lent, the forty day fast that precedes Easter.

Our Sister Gabriele from the Benedictine nuns on the Mount of Olives has written article for us about Saint Scholastica, the sister of the founder of the Benedictine Order, Saint Benedict. Her feast is celebrated on February 10.

Mar Maroun, a fourth century monk. Was the founder of the Maronite Church whose center today is in Lebanon. He was renowned because of his exemplary life, his spirituality and the miracles he performed.

Mother Josephine Bakhita was born in Darfur, Sudan in 1869 and died in Schio (Vicenza)  in 1947. She was canonized in 2009 and is the patron saint of Sudan.

Lucia from the Jerusalem community writes the story of Saints Simeon and Anne, who received Jesus when his parents brought him to the Temple. Their feast is celebrated the day after the Feast of the Presentation of Jesus in the Temple.

On February 2, the Catholic Church remembers the bringing of Jesus to the Temple by his parents when he was just 40 days old.

Anthony the Great, as he is known in Christian tradition, was an Egyptian monk in the fourth century, who is known as the Father of Monasticism.

On Sunday after Epiphany, the Catholic Church celebrates the Baptism of Jesus in the Jordan River.

Bethlehem continues to be the center today as well when Orthodox Christians celebrate Christmas. We wish them a happy feast.

The Epiphany (the manifestation) is celebrated on January 6 (or on the second Sunday after Christmas). The feast commemorates the visit of the wise men from the East, who came to adore Jesus Christ, the tender infant in Bethlehem.

The first of January is a special day in the Christian calendar but not because it is the beginning of the civil year.

When Jesus was born, King Herod decreed to kill all the children in Bethlehem under the age of two years old. The Church remembers these innocent children on December 28.

A few days after Christmas, the Church commemorates the Holy Family, the Blessed Virgin Mary, Saint Joseph and the infant child, Jesus.

Two days after Christmas, the Church remembers Saint John, whose writings emphasize Jesus’ commandment of love and the light that came into the world with Him.

One day after the joyful celebration of Christmas, the Church remembers her first martyr, Saint Stephen, stoned for his faith in Christ.

On Christmas, the Church remembers the birth of Jesus Christ. In the middle of winter, when the dark and the cold reign over the world, God sends us his son as a baby that is born in Bethlehem. Let us receive him with open arms and hearts full of joy. Father David shares some thoughts on the readings.

Father James Oclarit, a Filipino Passionist Father working in the Filipino chaplaincy, has sent us a beautiful description of Filipino tradition at Christmas time.