Opening hours of the Sanctuary

Church of the Nativity
6.30 – 19.30 (summer)
5.30 – 18.00 (winter)
Sunday morning the Grotto is closed

St. Catherine
6.00 – 19.00 (summer)
5.30 – 18.00 (winter)

Shepherds’ Fields
8.00 – 18.00 (summer)
Sunday: 8.00 – 11.45 / 14.00 – 17.30 (summer)
8.00 – 17.00 (winter)
Sunday: 8.00 – 11.45 / 12.00 – 16.30 (winter)

Milk Grotto
8.00 – 18.00 (summer)
8.00 – 17.00 (winter)

Holy Mass:
Holy Mass can be celebrated in the Grotto of the Nativity, by previous reservation at the Franciscan Pilgrims' Office - FPO

Mass times:

St. Catherine Parish Church

Sunday:
6.30 am, Italian
7.30 am, Arabic
9 .00 am, Arabic
11.00 am, Arabic

Weekday:
6.30 am, Italian
7.00 am, Arabic
On Saturday
4.30 pm, Arabic (winter)
6.30 pm, Arabic (summer)


St. Francis Chapel

Wednesday:
4.30 pm, Arabic (winter)
5.30 pm, Arabic (summer)


Grotto of the Nativity – Altar of the Magi:

Sunday:
5.00 am, Italian (winter)
6.00 am, Italian (summer)
8.30 am, Italian (winter)
9.30 am, Italian (summer)

Weekday:
5.00 am, Italian (winter)
6.00 am, Italian (summer)
7.30 am, Italian (winter)
8.30 am, Italian (summer)


Feasts and Celebrations during the year:


Nativity of the Lord: 25 December
Holy Innocents: 28 December
Mary, Mother of God − Theotokos: 1 January
Epiphany: 6 January
St. Catherine: 25 November
St. Jerome: 30 September

Reservations for Masses and Contacts

Reservations for Masses for priests and Catholic groups, certificates for pilgrimages in the Holy Land:
Franciscan Pilgrims' Office - FPO
tel: +972 2 6272697 E-mail: fpo@cicts.org


For informations:

Christian Information Centre - CIC
(inside Jaffa Gate, opposite the Citadel)
tel: +972 2 6272692 fax: +972 2 6286417
e-mail: cicinfo@cicts.org


Contacts:

Bethlehem − Franciscan Convent
Convento Santa Caterina “ad Nativitem”.
P.O.B. 45
Bethlehem
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Tel:
+970. 02 / 274.24.25
+970. 02 / 274.30.84
+970. 02 / 277.61.72 (nunnery)
Fax:
+970. 02 / 277.61.71 (convent)
+970. 02 / 276.56.97 (sacristy)
+970. 02 / 277.61.27 (nunnery)

Bethlehem − Parish
Manger Square - P.O.B. 45
Bethlehem
PALESTINIAN AUTHORITY

Tel: +970. 02 / 274.33.72
Fax: +970. 02 / 274.01.03
e-mail: pscbet@palnet.com


Accommodation:
Pilgrims are welcomed by the Franciscan friars who manage the Casa Nova for pilgrims and the Orient Palace Hotel. These facilities have a long tradition of hospitality. Their contacts are:

Casa Nova for pilgrims 

P.O.B. 996
Bethlehem
Palestinian Authority


Tel.: +970. 2 274.39.81

Tel.: +970. 2 274.39.84

Tel.: +970. 2 276.56.60

Tel.: +970. 2 276.56.61

Fax: +970. 2 274.35.40


E-mail: info@casanovapalace.com


Orient Palace Hotel

P.O.B. 996 
Bethlehem
 Palestinian Authority


Tel.: +970. 2 274.27.98

Fax: +970. 2 274.15.62


E-mail: info@casanovapalace.com