California Missions Pilgrimage
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I invite you to explore the breathtaking beauty of California’s coastline while journeying in the footsteps of America’s newly-canonized Franciscan missionary, Saint Junipero Serra. Together we will explore the most important missions, focusing on Franciscan tradition and the life of St. Serra.
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Fr. Clement Niggel
Pastor, Our Lady of Belen Catholic Church
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Today we board our flights to San Francisco. Upon arrival, we immediately embark on our panoramic city sightseeing tour including the Civic Center, Opera House, Twin Peaks, Golden Gate Park, Japanese Tea Garden and the Presidio. We will celebrate Mass at the Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption. The Cathedral of Saint Mary of the Assumption is the principal church of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of San Francisco, the existing Cathedral is the third bearing this name. The first still stands and is now known as Old St. Mary’s and the second was destroyed by fire in 1962. After Mass, we will check in to our hotel for overnight. Overnight: San Francisco Area
Following a full breakfast at the hotel, we will proceed to the famed Sonoma Wine Region and Marin County area by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge. We will visit the Mission San Francisco Solano, which is nestled in the wine country 40 miles north of San Francisco and across from the site of the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. We will celebrate Mass at Mission San Francisco Solano and enjoy some free time for prayer and reflection. We then return to San Francisco for overnight. Overnight: San Francisco Area (B)
San Francisco, Carmel
After breakfast, we will celebrate Mass at National Shrine of St. Francis of Assisi. It is here that the relics of Saint Francis, Saint Clare, and Saint Anthony of Padua are contained. Following Mass, depart San Francisco for a visit of Mission San Juan Bautista also known as “Mission of Music.” While here we will view the only remaining original Spanish Plaza, surrounded by 30 buildings including the original adobe manjerio (nunnery). Next, we will enjoy a drive to Carmel by the Sea and stop for a tour of the Folktale Winery and Vineyards which will include tasting of six wines. We continue with a visit of San Carlos Borromeo Mission in Carmel, where St. Junipero Serra is entombed beneath the sanctuary of this church. We end the day in San Luis Obispo where we will retire for the evening. Overnight: San Luis Obispo Area (B)
San Luis Obispo, Santa Barbara
After breakfast, we will start our day with a guided tour of the beautiful church, gardens, school and museum that holds a collection of its artifacts at San Luis Obispo de Tolosa Mission. We will have lunch en route to Santa Barbara, a spectacular Southern California coastal community. In Santa Barbara, we will participate in a private guided tour of Old Mission Santa Barbara and celebrate Mass. Mission Santa Barbara’s namesake comes from the story of Saint Barbara, a girl who was beheaded by her father for following the Christian Faith. We will continue on to Ventura and arrive at our hotel for overnight. Overnight: Ventura (B)
Following breakfast, we depart Ventura and visit the Mission San Fernando Rey de Espana. Continue on to visit the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles. The way of life of the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles is rooted in the Gospel, and in the Carmelite spirituality of St. Teresa of Avila. “Carmel” means enclosed garden in which God Himself dwells. The divine indwelling in the soul is the foundation of Teresa’s doctrine. Arrive at hotel for overnight. Overnight: Pasadena (B)
Hollywood, Beverly Hills
After full breakfast at our hotel, we will celebrate Mass and partake in a private tour at the Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels. The Cathedral is widely known for enshrining the relics of Saint Vibiana and piece of the tilma of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Continue with the tour of Beverly Hills and Hollywood, including TLC Chinese Theatre, the Walk of Fame, Avenue of the Stars, Sunset and Wilshire Boulevards. Dinner will be at a local restaurant. Return to the hotel for overnight. Overnight: Pasadena (B)
Following breakfast at the hotel, we will transfer to Garden Grove/ Orange County for a visit at Christ Cathedral (the former Crystal Cathedral) which is now the home of the diocese. We will be touring its stunning facade and the magnificent gardens that surround it. Continue to San Juan Capistrano. Welcome to the “Jewel of the Missions”! Enjoy lunch, on your own, at a local restaurant and stop for some relaxation time at Dana Point. Continue to Oceanside and celebrate Mass at Mission San Luis Rey, also known as the “King of the Missions.” This mission is named for St. Louis who led the crusades to regain the Holy Land for Christ. Next, we will make our way to San Diego and check in to our hotel for overnight. Overnight: San Diego (B)
Today, after breakfast, we will explore San Diego. We will drive through Mission Bay Park and see Balboa Park. Celebrate Mass at Mission San Diego de Alcala, the “Mother of the California Missions”. This afternoon, enjoy some free time to relax, pray or explore San Diego. Tonight, we enjoy our last night with a farewell dinner at local restaurant. Overnight: San Diego (B)
Depart San Diego
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