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.

The four weeks that precede Christmas are known, in the Christian tradition, as Advent. The faithful anticipate the coming of the Lord and prepare themselves to receive him with great joy at Christmas. Father David Neuhaus SJ describes this special period.

In the Hebrew Speaking Catholic communities, the Feast of Christ the King Son of David is celebrated within the Great Advent (see here). In the rest of the Church it signals the end of the liturgical year and the beginning of Advent. This year it is celebrated on November 20.

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 he 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.

This is a brief list and explanation of the different types of feasts in the Catholic Church.