Pilgrimages

?We are going to Oberammergau Germany in 2020 for the Passion Play with visits to Munich, Dachau, sites in Switzerland (Zurich and St. Galen with Swiss Guards) across the Alps into Milan Italy, meeting with Gianna Molla w/ extension to Rome and much more. Exciting additions. More soon.?

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Ignatius Press’s Joey Zarate took some amazing pictures of our latest pilgrimage to the Marian Shrines and more through Portugal, Spain and France. These photos are 100% professional and a delight to the eyes. We hope you enjoy them all. Thanks Joey!

We still have 15 seats open for the same trip in Oct-Nov.

Day 1: Arrival in Fatima
Day 2: Fatima, tours on the Basilica, Hamlets of the children, Valinhos
Day 3: Carmelite Convent, Coimbra, Bom Jesus de Monte
Day 4: Santiago de Compostela
Day 5: City of Leon and Burgos
Day 6: Loyola, St Ignatius of Loyola
Day 7: Lourdes, first day
Day 8: Lourdes, last day of the pilgrimage

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Why Our Pilgrimages Sell Out Months in Advance

by Steve Ray on May 27, 2017

Hello Elizabeth

I must tell you dear Elizabeth, Steve Ray’s Holy Land trip was even better than I could have imagined. It could not have been done better!

First, let’s start with the preparation. All the materials sent in advance, the preparations — all functioned flawlessly. I wrote to you about this in a previous email. From the start, we were treated like royalty and it never stopped.

From my experience, Amer was the man-on-the-ground whose job it was to make sure everything happened, and it happened on time without a hitch. If that man or any member of his family showed up in the LA area, I’d take off work if necessary, travel to wherever he was and take him and his travel companions out to a great dinner at a fancy restaurant in an attempt to return the favor for his unbridled hospitality. Wow was he great! A storehouse of knowledge with an intimate connection to the land.

And Stephen and Janet Ray. Where do I start? Steve’s done this so often and so well, he makes the complex seem effortless. Janet made sure we didn’t get lost or separated from the pack. With all the contacts that he and Amer have, we were able to do things that few could do. How many of the pilgrims get to celebrate Latin High Chant Mass at the Tomb in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for 50. Breathtaking. The experience of a lifetime.

And the people from the Food Donation Connection. They were so friendly and pious.

My wife Merle and I will never be the same. I’ve told all my friends about this trip and told them explicitly “You should go”.

So thank you Elizabeth. Thank you Amer and your family, Thank you Steve and Janet Ray. Thank you Bill and Sue for all that you’ve done for Merle and I.

I hear there are plans for a Part II trip in February of 2020. I told Bill — count Merle and I in.

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Lourdes all Day: Tour Bernadette’s Life and Closing Comments and Farewells

May 24, 2017

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for today and the later Mass for the Ascension. You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here and the second homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli here. Also a wonderful evening of comments about the trip […]

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Final Lourdes: Tour St. Bernadette’s Life; Farewells & Last Words

May 24, 2017

Great last day with tour of Bernadette’s home and sites along with two Masses including one for the Mass of that’s not the way God bring 2nd Ascension. You can hear the first excellent “summary” homily by Fr. John here in the second homily Fr. Andrew Apostoli here. Also a wonderful evening of comments about […]

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Lourdes All Day! (Parts 1 and 2)

May 24, 2017

We spent the whole day touring the Lourdes Shrine with a special meeting with the doctor in charge of all the decisions regarding accredited and official healings. We had Mass at the Grotto of Bernadette at which an Irish priest gave an excellent homily (here). After a free afternoon, which many used to go for […]

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Burgos Spain to Loyola (St.Ignatius) to Lourdes France

May 22, 2017

Wonderful day, great folks, conversion and vocation stories and the highlight – St. Ignatius and Loyola. Delightful and entertaining Homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli at Loyola basilica.

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The Stones Cry Out: What Does Archaeology Say about the Reliability of the Bible and the Catholic Faith?

May 22, 2017

How do we know the sites related to Jesus are authentic? Didn’t the truth of these places get lost in the mist of history? Is the Bible really historically reliable? Recently I did an interview with Tim Staples of Catholic Answers about the reliability of the Bible, the proof of archaeology and the authenticity of […]

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Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

May 21, 2017

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

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Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

May 21, 2017

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

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Driving thru Spain: Santiago to León to Burgos

May 21, 2017

Hope you enjoy joining us as we drive across Catholic and beautiful Spain. Here is Fr. Mark Mary’s Homily at the Cathedral of Burgos.

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Amazing Santiago de Compostela and World’s Largest Incensor

May 20, 2017

Santiago means “St. James” and this city boasts the tomb of Our Lord’s Apostle St. James. Enjoy this great day along with our pilgrims.

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Amazing Santiago de Compostela Spain with World Largest Incensor

May 20, 2017

Santiago means “St. James” and this city boasts the tomb of Our Lord’s Apostle St. James. Enjoy this great day along with our pilgrims.

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Fatima to Coimbra to Braga to Bon Jesus to Santiago

May 19, 2017

From Fatima Portugal to Mass at Coimbra where Sister Lucia spent the last 50+ years of her life in the Carmelite Monastery. See Fr. Andrew Apostoli’s homily here. Then to Braga for lunch and free time. Stories, prayers and discussions on the buses – fun times! Then to Bon Jesus, one of the most beautiful […]

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All Day in Fatima! Fr. Apostoli’s Talk and more

May 18, 2017

Join us today for a full day ALL Fatima seeing everything and having a deeply spiritual experience. We prayed the Rosary up to the place where the angel gave the children holy Communion. Fr. Andrew Apostoli gave a very profound to talk which you can watch Here are the highlights of our Fatima day!

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Arrival in Fatima!

May 17, 2017

Our group all arrived safely and had a great arrival in Fatima with Mass celebrated by Fr Mark Mary of EWTN and the homily by Fr. Andrew Apostoli. Everyone is excited and ready… …after a good night’s sleep we do EVERYTHING Fatima tomorrow!

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