Pilgrimages

A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray and ascended into heaven.

From there we went to the Western Wall on the eve of Yom Kippur–very interesting! Then lunch at Ramat Rachel Kibbutz.  Our next stop was Mount Zion or we visited the Upper Room and the Dormition of Mary.

Some free time followed and then we gathered on the roof of Jerusalem for dinner—the 4th floor of the Notre Dame Center in the open air in an elegant setting was good food and wine overlooking the Holy Sepulchre  in the Holy City of Jerusalem. It is the Eve of Yom Kippur!

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We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here.

We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we drive down in elevation 4150 feet to the Dead Sea and Jordan River. We renew baptismal vows and pray the Mystery of the Baptism of Our Lordo at the Jordan River.

Then we go into Jericho for lunch and to see the Mount of Temptation and a sycamore tree. Then to Qumran followed by swimming in the Dead Sea and riding camels. A fun day was had by all!

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Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day – including Dancing!

by Steve Ray on September 16, 2018

Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus.

Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in a cave where the shepherds heard the proclamation of the angels on the first Christmas Eve. Fr. Gavin’s excellent homily is here.

I gave my talk “Story of Salvation History“ looking out over the city of Jerusalem from a higher vantage point.

We ended the day in a “Bedouin tent“ restaurant where we ate a whole roasted lamb and everybody DANCED. This is in the second video for today. Don’t quit watching until you see all of our group dancing out on the dance floor. Fr. Gavin won the award for the best dancer of the evening! It was really a lot of fun!

DINNER AND DANCING IN BETHLEHEM

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

September 15, 2018

Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.” Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. […]

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Israel Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Golan Heights, Tabgha, Primacy & Magdelena

September 14, 2018

We started our day at the Mount of Beatitudes and had Mass at the same place Jesus gave his sermon. You can watch Fr. Gavin Badway’s homily here. Then up to Banias which in the Bible is called Caesarea Philippi where Steve gave his talk “Peter: the Rock the Keys in the Chair.“ We drove […]

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Israel Day 2: Transfiguration, Cana & Nazareth

September 13, 2018

Mass at Mount of Transfiguration (Fr. Gavin’s excellent homily here), renewal of wedding vows in Cana and all kinds of amazing things in Nazareth. Enjoy today’s video!

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2nd Half of our Group Arrive in Israel

September 12, 2018

The second half of our group, those who did not join us in Jordan, have arrived in good shape. We picked them up at the airport in Tel Aviv and brought them up to Tiberias where they arrived on the shores of the Sea of Galilee. We had a great dinner and Mass and they […]

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Jordan Day 5: Baptism Site and Crossing into Israel

September 12, 2018

We left Madaba Jordan and went down to the lowest place on the face of the earth for a Mass  on the shore of the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized. For Fr. Gavin‘s family, click here. We spent the morning learning and investigating the site and then drove north along the Jordan River and […]

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Jordan Day 4: Petra! Cooking Class and more

September 11, 2018

One of the  Seven Wonders of the World and a site related to biblical history with both Moses and St. Paul, today we toured Petra! This is one of those sites that seems to be on everyone’s Bucket List. We left our beautiful Marriott Hotel and entered the massive  and colorful sandstone corridors leading up […]

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Jordan 3: Biblical Sites of Nebo and Machareus; Madaba and drive to Petra

September 10, 2018

Always great to visit these biblical sites in Jordan. We started the day with Mass at Mount Nebo where Moses looked out over the Promised Land and died. Father Gavin gave another excellent family which you can listen to here. I gave my talk there at the end of Moses’ life which you can see/watch […]

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Jordan Day : Mass at Our Lady of The Mountains, Birthplace of Elijah, Roman Jerash, Jabbok River

September 9, 2018

Great first day! We left early and drove north up into the mountains of Jordan just 20 miles south of the Sea of Galilee for Mass at Our Lady of the Mountains where a miracle took place. You can hear Fr. Gavin‘s homily here which was one of the finest opening homilies for a pilgrimage […]

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Our Group Arrives in Amman Jordan

September 8, 2018

Happy to say that everyone arrived safely and in good order. Only one glitch with a few folks from Florida (Fr. Gavin and Janine among them) who got diverted but they arrived at 2 AM. The Queen Alia International Airport in Amman Jordan is an amazingly beautiful modern airport.  Jordan is one of the safest, […]

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$500 Discount for October 2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage – once only opportunity

September 6, 2018

Due to some last minute cancellations, we are offering $500 off per person to fill the bus. An offer like this has never been made in our history and will not be made again.
Download the brochure here.
Call Corporate Travel at 866.468.1420 or email Ken…

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$500 Discount for October 2018 Holy Land Pilgrimage – once only opportunity

September 6, 2018

Due to some last minute cancellations, we are offering $500 off per person to fill the bus. An offer like this has never been made in our history and will not be made again.
Download the brochure here.
Call Corporate Travel at 866.468.1420 or email Ken…

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Why Visit Mexico? Why Visit Guadalupe? Is it Safe? Join us!

August 23, 2018

Let’s deal with the big issue first: IS IT SAFE? First, we would never take pilgrims anywhere that is not safe. We have done this tour of Mexico a number of times and it has always been perfectly clean, safe and friendly. There is a lot of bad news in the media about Mexico, but […]

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Teresa Tomeo Invites you to join her in Jordan & Israel with Steve & Janet Ray

August 19, 2018

Deepen Your Faith With A  Retreat & Pilgrimage to the Holy Land February 13-22, 2019 Join Hosts Steve & Janet Ray and Teresa Tomeo with husband Deacon Dominick Pastore for a beautiful, inspiring, and faith-filled 10-Day Retreat and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February! Sea of Galilee You’ll visit the major places of Our […]

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