Pilgrimages

Beatitudes are Sunday Readings: Enjoy Fun, Amazing Homily on Location in Galilee

January 28, 2017

Fr. Scott Courtney LOVES the Beatitudes as you will see. Watch his 10-minute Homily at the Mount of Beatitudes while our chaplain in Israel. Enjoy!

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Ignatius Press prepares for 100th anniversary of Fatima with a historic pilgrimage and new release

January 23, 2017

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Contact: Rose Trabbic, Publicist, Ignatius Press, (239) 867-4180 or rose@ignatius.com Ignatius Press prepares for 100th anniversary of Fatima with a historic pilgrimage and new release San Francisco, November 21, 2016 – The long-awaited 100th anniversary of the appearances of Our Lady at Fatima in 1917 is around the corner, and Ignatius Press has exciting plans to […]

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Early Morning Via Dolorosa, Mass at Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and Dancing in Bethlehem

January 5, 2017

Our last day of pilgrimage was a fantastic conclusion to a deeply spiritual and whole lot of fun adventure. Enjoy today’s recap as we wake up at 5:00 AM to pray the Stations of the Cross before the streets of the Old City turn into chaos. Mass at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre (excellent […]

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“This is what Islam teaches you?”

January 5, 2017

Not too long ago I was shopping with my wife. A Muslim woman was in front of us in line arguing with the cashier. I knew she was Muslim because of the hijab around her head. I waited patiently. The cashier said, “The store’s policy is only one per customer.” The Muslim woman argued, “I want […]

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Screaming on Camels, Dead Sea Mud (yuck!), Jordan, Jericho and more

January 4, 2017

Fun day. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here). Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Mud in Dead Sea, camel rides and more. Enjoy!

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Fr. Matt Lays Down During Gethsemane Homily, Salvation Story, Upper Room…

January 3, 2017

Great day on Mount of Olives including Mass at Rock of Agony (homily here), Story of Salvation History in 24 minutes, Mount Zion, Tomb and more.

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Slinging Stones Where David Killed Goliath, Mass in a Cave, Touching Place of Jesus’ Birth….

January 2, 2017

All day in Bethlehem. We took everyone shopping and then to Mass in a cave where the shepherds kept their sheep (homily here). After eating swarma and falafil sandwiches (watch Fr. Gregory cooking falafils!) we touched the place where Jesus was born… …and then had a great time in the Elah Valley where David killed […]

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Boat Ride on Galilee, Mass at Peter’s House, Eating Fish Jesus Ate, Kids in Trees and more

January 1, 2017

What a fun day with the families – kids climbing trees like squirrels to listen to my talks. Great Mass on the Solemnity of Mary Mother of God where Jesus lived with Peter (homily here). Eating the fish Jesus ate and lots more – enjoy!

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With Families in Israel, Beatitudes, Wading in Galilee, Looking into Syria, and Much More

December 31, 2016

Fun watching all the young people interact and learn along the way. Everyone’s having a blast! Today we had Mass at beatitudes (homily here), priests gave their vocation stories on the buses, Caesarea Philippi where Jesus appointed Peter as the rock and gave him the keys. Also we stopped along the Syrian border and looked […]

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Following Jesus and Mary: Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth on Feast of Holy Family

December 30, 2016

What an amazing day with our families as we celebrated the Feast of the Holy Family at the House of the Holy Family in Nazareth with our FAMILY Holy Land Pilgrimage!! We also renewed our wedding vows in Cana and prayed Mass at the top of the Mount of Transfiguration. Enjoy Fr. Matt’s Homily and […]

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FAMILY Holy Land Pilgrimage off to a GREAT Start with Lots of Kids and Young People

December 29, 2016

Steve Ray here. I conceived of the idea of a Family Holy Land Pilgrimage a few years ago when I saw how many young people were leaving the faith as soon as they got into college. I remember how my four children were fundamentally changed by their early trips to Israel with us. I though, […]

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Israel Prime Minister Netanyahu Addresses Christians on Christmas

December 26, 2016

Janet and I are currently on our way to Israel to pick up our group of 100 passengers. This is a Family Holy Land Pilgrimage and we have a LOT of children on the trip. We want to impress them with the Truth of Christianity so that as they grow up they will never lose […]

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Was Jesus Really Born at THAT Place in Bethlehem?

December 21, 2016

In a few days we are leaving for Bethlehem. We will have Mass next week at a lot of holy sites with our group of Catholic families. To the left is a picture of Gethsemane on the western slope of the Mount of Olives. How do we know this is really Gethsemane? In a few days […]

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Steve’s Interview on Guadalupe and Conversion of Human Sacrificing Aztecs

December 14, 2016
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At Guadalupe All Day! Wow! Conversion of the Americas

December 12, 2016

Join  us as we tour the whole shrine and grounds of Guadalupe along with a special Mass in front of the Tilma of Our Lady. Amazing climb to the top of Tepeyac Hill where Our Lady appeared to St. Juan Diego. For the homily in front of the image of Guadalupe, click here.

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Aztecs, Human Sacrifice, Abortion, Gualupe & the Catholic Faith

December 12, 2016

 Today we visited the Aztec Temple in Mexico City. The cathedral of Mexico City was built right next to the 500 year temple. I did a lot of study on the Aztecs and their massive human sacrifices and cannibalism. I realized there was a great tie-in with the Catholic faith, the sacrifice of Christ and […]

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