We wish all our Jewish friends Happy Feast of Sukkot! Father David Neuhaus SJ proposes an answer to the question: What happened to Sukkot (the Feast of Tabernacles) in the Christian tradition?

In the Catholic calendar there are many feasts dedicated to the memory of the Blessed Virgin Mary, mother of Jesus Christ. The origin of the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary is in the Middle Ages, when, according to tradition, Mary appeared to Saint Dominic and handed him the rosary. The order spread the rosary as a popular prayer throughout the Catholic world.

October 4 is the Feast of Saint Francis of Assisi. Francesco (as he is known is Italian) was born in 1181 and died in 1226. Born into wealth, he chose poverty and thus presented his contemporaries with a living image of what a disciple of Jesus should be. He and those who followed him owned nothing but were always cheerful in proclaiming the message of God’s love for all creatures.

Thérèse of the Infant Jesus, a Carmelite nun, lived in France in the 19th century. She became famous because of her autobiographical writings which revealed the life of holiness of a simple woman, full of energy, in a closed, contemplative Carmelite convent. Her autobiography became a source of inspiration to many Catholics.

Lucia of the Jerusalem community writes to us about Mother Teresa, a glowing icon of God's love for the poorest of the poor. Her feast is celebrated on September 5.

Ignatius of Loyola founded the order of the Jesuit Fathers, which he named "Society of Jesus" in the 16th century. He also bequeathed to the Church a method to do "Spiritual Exercises", which help the faithful to discern their way in life.

These two sisters welcomed Jesus to their home in Bethany and later led Jesus to the tomb of their brother Lazarus.

Joachim and Anne are the parents of Mary, mother of Jesus and thus they are the grandparents of Jesus Christ. Although they are not mentioned in the New Testament, later writings tell their story.

Sharbel, a Lebanese Maronite monk and priest, lived a life of devotion to God as a man of prayer. In the Maronite Church, Sharbel is one of the most loved of the saints.

A disciple of Jesus, Mary Magdalene stayed with him until the end, when he died on the cross, and she was also among the first witnesses to his resurrection.

Jeremiah is one of the greatest of Israel's prophets. He suffered much because of his faithfulness to God during a period of sin and refusal of God's Word. The Catholic Church remembers him on July 21 each year.

The Biblical prophet Elijah is a central figure in the books that tell the story of the people of Israel. Tradition ties him to Mount Carmel and the Christians in the Holy Land celebrate him on July 20 each year, especially in Haifa.

On this feast, the Church remembers Mary, protectress of the Carmelite monks, who settled on Mount Carmel in Haifa.

Daniel, from the Jaffa community, has sent us a brief article about Saint Bonaventure, a great Franciscan theologian and a doctor (teacher) of the Church whose feast is celebrated on July 15.*

Sister Gabriele of the Benedictine Monastery on the Mount of Olives sent us this article about Saint Benedict. His feast is celebrated on July 11.

Maria Goretti was only 11 years old when she was murdered by a young man, who sought to rape her. She is the patron saint of rape victims.

The Apostle Thomas is best remembered because of his doubt when his fellow apostles told him that Jesus had risen from the dead and appeared to them. According to one tradition, he brought faith in the Risen Jesus to India.

The feast is celebrated 19 days after Pentecost, always on a Friday. Despite an ancient tradition of honoring the heart of Jesus, it was only in the seventeenth century that a nun, Marie-Margaret Alacoque, by emphasizing the importance of the heart of Jesus, succeeded in popular propagation of the veneration.

The feast has been celebrated on the Thursday after Trinity Sunday since the 13th century. In many communities throughout the world the feast is transferred to Sunday to allow the faithful to participate.

The feast of the Trinity (Father, Son and Holy Spirit) falls on the Sunday after Pentecost. The feast focuses on the unity of God after the main feasts of the Christian calendar.