Dear Friends, It is a joy to invite you to join us on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Since our youth we have been hearing the gospel stories about Jesus walking and teaching in Jerusalem, Capernaum, and Galilee. He worked miracles around the Sea of Tiberius, Jericho and Cana. He was born in Bethlehem, grew up in Nazareth, and was crucified at Golgotha. We will be seeing those places and much more. Our visit will give us an opportunity of walking in the footsteps of Jesus, our Blessed Mother and the first disciples.
Each day we will celebrate Mass and reflect on the gospel text appropriate to the place we visit. This will be a pilgrimage of a lifetime and it will forever change the way you read and understand the Scriptures. We hope you will be able to join us on what promises to be a grace-filled journey to the land from which has come our salvation.
Sincerely yours in Christ,
Father Robert Garon
FEBRUARY 16: DAY 1: DEPARTURE: Depart en route to the Holy Land with complimentary meals and beverages served aloft.
FEBRUARY 17: DAY 2: ARRIVE TEL AVIV: Upon arrival in Tel Aviv we are greeted by our Holy Land travel Center Representative and continue to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (D)
FEBRUARY 18: DAY 3: HAIFA, CANA, NAZARETH: This morning after breakfast, we begin our pilgrimage by visiting Haifa and the Summit of Mount Carmel, this magnificent garden features 19 terraces and its centerpiece, the gold-domed Shrine of the Bab. Later we head to Mt. Tabor, the site of Christ’s Transfiguration, and the beautiful scenery of the Valley of Jezreel. Here we celebrate mass. We visit the small village of Cana, site of Jesus’ first miracle at the wedding feast. Here, couples will have the opportunity to renew their wedding vows. Continue to Nazareth for overnight. (B, D)
FEBRUARY 19: DAY 4: TIBERIAS, SEA OF GALILEE: Begin the day with a visit to Capernaum where our Lord Jesus chose to center his ministry. Celebrate mass in the Church of St. Peter. At Tabgha, you will visit the Church of the Multiplication of the Fishes and Loaves, and visit the Chapel of Primacy of Peter. Then we take a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. Continue to the Mount of Beatitudes where our Lord preached to the multitudes. We then head to Nazareth where we visit the Basilica of the Annunciation for Mass at the Grotto, then continue to St. Joseph's Workshop, Mary's well. (B, D)
FEBRUARY 20: DAY 5: JERUSALEM: MT. OF OLIVES, GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE: This morning, drive to the top of the Mt. of Olives for a spectacular view of Jerusalem. Visit the Church of Pater Noster, the Chapel of Ascension, and then walk the "Palm Sunday Road" to Dominus Flevit, where Our Lord wept over Jerusalem. Continue to the Garden of Gethsemane and the Church of All Nations for Mass on the Rock of Agony. After lunch, we continue onto the Church of St. Peter in Gallicanctu (where Peter denied Christ), the House of Caiphas, the Church of the Dormition of Our Lady, and the Upper Room, commemorating the Last Supper. (B, D)
FEBRUARY 21: DAY 6: JERUSALEM: EXCURSION TO BETHLEHEM, EIN KAREM, CHURCH OF VISITATION: Today we start by celebrating Mass at Shepherds’ Field, and then visiting the Church of the Nativity, St. Jerome's Chapel, and St. Catherine's Church. After lunch we head to Ein Karem where we visit the Church of St. John the Baptist and the Church of the Visitation. The balance of the day is at leisure to browse in the local markets. (B, D)