Pilgrimage

The next four pilgrimages to the Holy Land with Steve Ray are already sold out! Only 2 seats remain open for our February trip. March, May, June (France), September are all sold out! Hope you can jump in and get those last two seats.

February is Steve’s favorite month since crowds are down and temperatures cooler. Contact Kendall at kripley@ctscentral.net or at ?(866) 468-1420?.

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Pilgrims’ Fun, Comments & Farewells

by Steve Ray on January 6, 2019

Enjoy!

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Lots of fun and laughs. Enjoy!

Closing homily at Notre Dame here.

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Way of the Cross to Mass on Calvary, Tomb, Western Wall and more

January 5, 2019

In some ways today is the pinnacle of the whole pilgrimage, which is why we start up in Galilee and end up in Jerusalem for the Passion of Christ. Up early in the morning each carrying their own cross as we pray the Stations of the Cross we all arrive at the Church of the […]

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Day 6 Gethsemane, Mt of Olives, Mt Zion, Upper Room and more

January 4, 2019

Today was a great day preparing for the Passion of Christ tomorrow. Mass at Gethsemane (moving homily here soon), the Paternoster Church on Mount of Olives, lunch at a kibbutz, my 30 minute talk overlooking Jerusalem about the story of salvation history. Then we went to the Mount Zion to visit the place Mary fell […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

January 3, 2019

We went through the checkpoint from Israel into the Palestinian West Bank and entered Bethlehem at 8 AM in the morning. We learned about olive wood carvings and icons and had time to shop before Mass in a cave at Shepherds Field where the angels appeared on the first Christmas Eve. Homily here. Lunch of […]

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From Galilee up to Jerusalem: Capernaum, Boat Ride, st.Peters Fish, Visitation, Jerusalem

January 2, 2019

Today was our big day of transition from Galilee south and up to Jerusalem. We started our day with Mass at Capernaum before visiting the Mount of Beatitudes. You can hear/see Fr.Alfonso’s homily homily here. From there we drove to the ancient 2,000 year old boat and went out on the Sea in a real […]

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Day 3: Primacy of Peter, Caesarea Philippi, Druze Lunch, Syrian Border, Kurdish & Magdelena

January 1, 2019

Great day, beautiful weather! Mass on the shore of Galilee with waves splashing at Primacy of Peter. Excellent homily here. North to Lebanese border to visit Banias — biblical Caesarea Philippi — where Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock, Keys & Chair.” Continued further into Golan Heights to Druze restaurant for a unique lunch […]

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Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana of Galilee and Nazareth

December 31, 2018

It is always great to watch pilgrims see the Holy Land for the first time on the first day. What an excellent beginning! We started out with Mass atop the Mount of Transfiguration (homily here. Next we had renewals of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. Then a marvelous authentic Nazarene lunch at a family […]

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Arrival in Israel

December 30, 2018

Everyone arrived in good shape and ready to go. No lost luggage and no delays. First Mass on shore of Galilee (great homily hereI ) Everyone is now in bed along the shore of Gallilee ready for a big day tomorrow.

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Arrival in Israel

December 30, 2018

Everyone arrived in good shape and ready to go. No lost luggage and no delays. First Mass on shore of Galilee (great intro homily <a href=”https://youtu.be/L8pww5zsC_E” target=”_blank” rel=”noopener”>here</a>). Everyone is now in bed along the shore of Gallilee ready for a big day tomorrow.

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Pilgrimage with Steve Ray 100 Years Ago – Imagine with Real Photos

December 28, 2018

Step into a Time Machine and imagine what it would be like going back in time on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land with Steve and Janet Ray 100 years ago! I have used actual pictures from over a century ago to re-create what it may have been like. I hope you enjoy! And, I […]

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We Leave for Israel Today – Joining a Record Number of Tourists

December 26, 2018

ANOTHER RECORD FOR ISRAEL AS TOURISTS FILL HOTELS In October, approximately 1.36 million tourist stays were recorded, an increase of 12% compared with last year. Economic Research Department of the Israel Hotel Association published data for October 2018 for tourist stays in hotels compared to the same period in the past two years. (Pictures: Our Ron […]

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Farewells & Comments from Amazing Mexico!

December 5, 2018

It’s always sad to say goodbye to people after being with them 9 or 10 days. This pilgrimage through Mexico went flawlessly. We emphasized Guadalupe and the Catholic heritage of this land but also the cultural, historical, and fun aspects. We enjoyed the close contact and fellowship with the Mexican people . Everyone had a […]

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Last Day in Mexico: Xochimilco, Gondola Rides, Village Chapel for Mass and more

December 5, 2018

We are all still reeling from the experience as yesterday at Guadalupe. And this being our last day, is more for fun and relaxing before heading back to the United States. We started the day with a short drive to Xochimilco where we boarded colorfully  painted gondolas and went through the canals being serenaded by […]

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Guadalupe All Day! Day 8 of our Mexico Pilgrimage

December 3, 2018

Today is the pinnacle of our pilgrimage through Mexico. We started in the outlying areas learning the history, culture, and backdrop for the Catholic heritage of Mexico. We learned of the first Spanish missionaries who came, the first baptisms and the Mass conversions due to Our Lady of Guadalupe. Our guide Roberto is a wealth […]

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