Pilgrimage

Screen Shot 2019-03-05 at 2.59.30 PMOn Al @KrestaAfternoon radio show at 5 PM Eastern to discuss Poland and an opportunity to walk in the footsteps of John Paul II. shorturl.at/gjoJP  You can listen the interview live at Ave Maria Radio. I will be telling of our adventures smuggling Bibles, medicine and money into Poland in 1983 when it was still under the Soviet Union.

We have taken pilgrimages to Poland and people are overwhelmed with the beauty, history, Catholicity and friendliness of this country.

We invite you to listen to this entertaining and instructive interview and check out our very affordable pilgrimage to Poland this August (great time of year to go).

Al and Sally Kresta will be our special guests on the pilgrimage! Check it out at http://shorturl.at/gjoJP

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We had to start very early this morning because the Church of the Holy Sepulchre is full like sardines during the day. Smart like a fox!

We walked the Via Dolorosa praying the Stations Of the Cross, climbed Mount Calvary and touched the cross where the blood dropped, took a tour of the church and then had High Mass in front of the Tomb before entering the tomb. Gospel and Homily here. Another amazing day with a lot of other things too. Enjoy!

THANKS, FUN & FAREWELLS

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Our Group after Mass at the Tomb!

by Steve Ray on March 18, 2019

Our group in Jerusalem on our last day after Mass at the Tomb!

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Fun Day: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Wumran, Dead Sea Float & Camel Rides!

March 17, 2019

This is the fun day. Mass at Notre Dame (homily here), museum, Jordan River… …culminating with camel rides, floating in the Dead Sea and dinner on the rooftop of Jerusalem . Enjoy!

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Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Mass at Gethsemane, Holy Shroud Exhibit

March 16, 2019

We intended to start the day with the OUR FATHER in the place where Jesus taught the disciples to pray it. Pater Noster is a church on top of the Mount of Olives from where Jesus also ascended into heaven. However, due to conditions out of our control like huge traffic jams and trash in […]

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Entering a Different World, Bethlehem! Join Us All Day for a Depth of History and Dancing

March 15, 2019

Today was difficult because the Jerusalem Marathon was taking place and all the streets are blocked off starting at 5:30 AM. To get out of Jerusalem we had to leave at 5 AM which added to the adventure. Join us as we go over the Mount of Olives where I give my talk on the […]

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From Galilee to Jerusalem: Mass at Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter’s Fish and Visitation

March 14, 2019

Big transition today from Galilee to Jerusalem. We started the day with a wonderful Mass at St. Peters House in Capernaum where Jesus lived during his three years of ministry (homily here). I gave my talk “Defending the Eucharist.“ Then we saw the ancient boat that was discovered from 2000 years ago before getting on […]

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Beatitudes for Mass, Caesarea Philippi, Druze Lunch, overlook Syrian Border, and much more

March 13, 2019

Pilgrims love starting the day on the tranquil Mount of Beatitudes where we have an outdoor Mass overlooking the Sea of Galilee (homily here). Time to pray and wander through the gardens. Both of our priests told their vocation stories on our drive north to the Lebanese border where we stop at Caesarea Philippi and […]

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Fishing Boats, Mass Atop Mt. Tabor, Wedding Vows Renewed in Cana, Nazareth

March 12, 2019

Stunning sunrise with fisherman coming in from the night. Mass on top of the Mountain of Transfiguration before renewing our wedding vows in Cana of Galilee. From there to a great lunch in Nazareth and visiting the Church of the Assumption where Mary heard the words “Hail Full of Grace…” (Homily here.) People think the […]

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El Al and United Flights Arrived in Israel!

March 11, 2019

Everyone arrived at the Ben Gurion airport in Tel Aviv without incident, no lost baggage and everyone excited and in good shape. We are now in Tiberias on the Sea of Galilee. We celebrated a devout Mass on the shoreline and shared a sumptuous  dinner. Everyone is now in bed getting rested up for our […]

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Thanks from a Deacon and his Wife – Lovely!

March 1, 2019

Dear Steve and Janet, We know you are most likely very busy preparing for your next Holy Land departure. It has been almost one week since our own return and the fruit of our Holy Land pilgrimage continues to manifest itself in our lives.  As Deacon Steve has said, it was a trip of a […]

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Two Seats Just Opened up for Holy Land in March

February 24, 2019

Our March pilgrimage to the Holy Land has been sold out for many months. However, two people just had to drop out which opens those two seats to anyone who wants them. If you’re interested in going with us in March and filling those last two seats, please see our website here with interactive map, […]

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Last Day, Fun Day! Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Dead Sea, Camels…

February 21, 2019

Today is the last full day of our pilgrimage. For those who started with us and Jordan it has been two weeks of adventures together. For those who joined us in Israel we’ve had eight days together. All has gone amazingly well but unhappily several people have come down with colds and fevers. Some people […]

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To the Cross with Jesus: Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Visit the Tomb, Western Wall, Dinner on the Roof

February 20, 2019

We walked out the door of the hotel at 3:30 AM and we carried our crosses along that Via Dolorosa. We all touched the top of Calvary before we had Mass where Jesus hung bleeding for our sins. It’s a good thing we started early this morning because by 5:00 AM the church was already […]

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Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mount Zion, Upper Room and more

February 19, 2019

We started the day with Mass at Gethsemane. The homily was exceptional and you can see/hear it here. From there we went to the top of the Mount of Olives to visit the cave where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father. It is also from here that Jesus ascended into heaven. Then […]

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All Day Bethlehem!

February 18, 2019

All day in amazing Bethlehem. I gave my overview of the history of Bethlehem as were driving through the checkpoint into the Palestinian West Bank. We give everyone time for shopping (which is our one and only time for doing such). Mass in a cave at Shepherds Field Next to the Church of Nativity to […]

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