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.

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.