During the nine days before Christmas, from December 17 to 24, the church marks a special period of preparation for the feast. The readings from the Gospel focus on the events leading up to the birth of Jesus in Bethlehem. Father David Neuhaus makes some comments on the first reading of this period: the genealogy of Jesus in Matthew 1:1-17.

This feast commemorates the apparition of the Virgin Mary to a young native American, Juan Diego, in Mexico in 1531.

On December 8 every year, the Catholic Church celebrates the Feast of the Immaculate Conception of Mary. This feast always falls in the period of Advent. What does it mean?

Saint Nicholas, a fourth century bishop, is the person behind the popular figure of Santa Claus.

Saint Sabba (439-532) is one of the great saints of the Holy Land – monk and founder of one of the most important monasteries in the Judean Desert.

Saint Francis Xavier is one of the patron saints of those sent on Christ’s mission. He arrived in the Far East, full of zeal to share the good news and died in China.

Charles de Foucauld underwent a strong conversion experience after living a life very far from God and then lived the rest of his life as an ascetic hermit. After his death, different groups of men and women religious were established according to his spirituality and among them the Little Brothers and Sisters of Jesus who have been very active in our Hebrew speaking Catholic communities since they were established and until today.

Saint Marie Alphonsine Ghattas is the foundress of the Congregation of the Holy Rosary, a congregation founded in the Holy Land in the 19th century.

Leo I, Pope and Doctor of the Church, was Pope from 440 to 461. He is named "the Great" and ranks among the most illustrious Popes.

In the Catholic Church, on November 9, the dedication of the Lateran Basilica, named for Saint John the Baptist and Saint John the Evangelist, is commemorated, it being one of the four principal churches in Rome. However, this day is important also for other reasons.

On this day, the Church of Jerusalem remembers all the saints that lived there and gave their witness in the Holy Land.

On the first of November, the Catholic Church commemorates the feast of All Saints and on November 2, the feast of All Souls. These two feasts are intimately connected to one another.

An explanation of a particular custom, the Great Advent, in the Hebrew speaking communities of the Vicariate of Saint James in Israel.

Saint Narcissus was a second century Patriarch of Jerusalem.

The Blessed Virgin Mary. Mother of Jesus Christ, lived here, in our country. Here she received the angel who announced to her that she would become the mother of "the son of the Most High" without knowing any man. The crucified Jesus handed her over as mother to the beloved disciple and thus she became the mother of the Church, and in a particular way the mother of the Church in her own country – the Land of Israel.

On October 22, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of a modern Pope, John Paul II (1920-2005). His papacy (1978-2005) was very eventful and one of the longest in Church history. His memory is celebrated both Catholics and Jews.

Luke wrote one of the four books of the Gospel of Jesus Christ included within the New Testament and also added a second volume on the history of the first communities that believed in Jesus.

Ignatius was one of the important theologians of the primitive Church. He died in Rome as a martyr when he was led into the Coloseum and was eaten alive by lions.

Teresa, who lived in the 16th century, was an educated woman and a Carmelite nun who left behind important writings that influenced the spiritual life of the Catholic Church.

On October 11, the Catholic Church celebrates the feast day of a modern Pope, John XXIII (1881-1963). His papacy (1958-1963) changed the face of the Church as he initiated the Second Vatican Council. He is remembered by both Catholics and Jews as "Good Pope John".