Pilgrimages

IMG_7139Soon we will take another group to Bethlehem to buy quality Olive Wood products make and sold by the local Christians.

When we bring our groups here we only take them to shops that sell the REAL DEAL, real Olive Wood products carved by the local Christians who are in much need of our help.

In this way, you are insured of getting the best quality product AND certain you are helping the local Christians.

Lots of the things for sale in the Holy Land are cheap knock-offs. What a shame to get junk and fail to support the local Christians. This also goes for products that are sold in parishes in the USA.

$_1Make sure the people selling in the parishes are REALLY Catholics and have the REAL products. There are many scams even in the US.

Here is a recent piece exposing the Chinese scams. It begins,

BETHLEHEM, West Bank (AP) — Christmas is approaching and pilgrims and tourists have begun to arrive, crowding the souvenir shops that line the narrow streets and alleys of Bethlehem, the biblical town revered as Jesus’ birthplace.

IMG_6345But when visitors choose to take a piece of the Holy Land back home with them, they better check the labels. Many souvenirs — including the West Bank town’s trademark rosary beads — are imported from abroad, mainly China.

A small number of souvenir shops are now trying to fight the trend, stocking their shelves almost exclusively with locally made products. Shopkeepers say that while their wares may be more expensive, the quality is much better and they give an important boost to the struggling economy.

For the whole article, click here.

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Learn about the Protest-ant Reformation

by Steve Ray on March 24, 2017

See the Interactive Map, Itinerary and more HERE. For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth at emarkey@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

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Learn about the Protest-ant Reformation

by Steve Ray on March 24, 2017

See the Interactive Map, Itinerary and more HERE. For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth at emarkey@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

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Understanding the Protest-ant Deformation – an invitation

March 24, 2017

See the Interactive Map, Itinerary and more HERE. For more information or to register, contact Elizabeth at emarkey@ctscentral.net or (313) 744-2530 or toll-free 1-800-727-1999, ext.150.

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ANNOUNCING: Saints & Shrines of Italy: One of a kind Pilgrimage!

March 17, 2017

We have just finalized the plans for a new and one of a kind pilgrimage through arguably the most beautiful country in the world – Italy. We will be joined by Teresa Tomeo of Catholic Connections. It is called the Saints & Shrines of Italy and start in Milan and slowly works down through magnificent […]

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Rennovation of Holy Tomb almost Complete

March 11, 2017

During our last five trips to Jerusalem the Tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre has been going through much needed restoration – but it sure was a hassle and and eyesore. But this month it is finally coming to completion. On our next trip in April (sold out) we will see the Tomb in […]

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Restoration at Tomb of Holy Sepulchre coming to and end!

March 11, 2017

During our last five trips to Jerusalem the Tomb of Jesus in the Holy Sepulchre has been going through much needed restoration – but it sure was a hassle and and eyesore. But this month it is finally coming to completion. On our next trip in April (sold out) we will see the Tomb in […]

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Eloquent Letter about Holy Land Pilgrimage

March 9, 2017

Steve and Janet, We would like to thank you and Janet for a once in a lifetime experience in the Holy Land. From day one, this journey has been the work of God.  Our last minute addition to the trip was no accident and truly the work of God. The trip itself was well organized and […]

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Eloquent Thanks for Holy Land Pilgrimage

March 9, 2017

Steve and Janet, We would like to thank you and Janet for a once in a lifetime experience in the Holy Land. From day one, this journey has been the work of God.  Our last minute addition to the trip was no accident and truly the work of God. The trip itself was well organized and […]

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Power of the Rosaries from the Holy Land!!

March 3, 2017

A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in Sydney Australia with the Olive Wood Rosary I sent her which had touched all the holy sites. Greetings in the Lord Jesus Steve and Janet!!! and welcome home from what looked like a thoroughly blessed pilgrimage to the Holy Land!!   I saw your wonderful videos […]

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Power of the Olive Wood, Holy Land Rosaries

March 3, 2017

On each of our trips we offer olive wood Rosaries to our groups. These are made by Sisters in Bethlehem. We touch them to all the holy sites, especially all the Rosary sites. They are all blessed in Jerusalem before the pilgrims head back home. A Mother Superior wrote to me about her experience in […]

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Discovering Egypt’s St Macarius Monastery and Bones of John the Baptist and Elisha

February 27, 2017

Today we went into the deserts of Egypt to find the monastery of St. Macarius which was built in 365 A.D. It still has 160 monks. We celebrated the Divine Liturgy with the monks and we accomplished what we intended to do with the bones/tombs of John the Baptist and Elijah’s the Prophet. During our […]

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Risking Our Lives to Discover the Birthplace and Tomb of the Prophet Elisha

February 25, 2017

Today my wife and I traveled through the Palestinian West Bank discovering the birthplace and the tomb of the Prophet Elisha. (Picture: Electric fence border of Israel. Hilltop marks birthplace of Elisha the prophet) We are scouting and preparing for our next Footprints of God DVD on Elijah-Elisha. Hope you enjoy the video of our […]

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Putting our Lives at Risk :-) to Discover Birthplace & Tomb of Elisha

February 25, 2017

 Today my wife and I traveled through the Palestinian West Bank discovering the birthplace and the tomb of the Prophet Elisha. We are scouting and preparing for our next Footprints of God DVD on Elijah-Elisha. Hope you enjoy the video of our adventures today. Do you remember the story in 2 Kings 13:21 where a […]

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Via Dolorosa like Jesus and Mass at Calvary and Entering the Tomb

February 23, 2017

Starting your day at 4:00 AM we went on the Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and then entering the tomb. Enjoy! Farewells & Comments

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Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and Discovering Empty Tomb

February 23, 2017

Starting your day at 4:00 AM we went on the Via Dolorosa to Mass at Calvary and then entering the tomb. Enjoy! Farewells $ Comments

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