Pilgrimages

Started with very moving Mass at Gethsemane with lots of tears and a fantastic homily you can watch here.

Paternoster Church and Ascension on Mount of Olives. Viewing American flags waiving with Israeli flags in the streets. Viewed the new US Embassy in Jerusalem.

Lunch at Kibbutz and everything Mount Zion: Dormition of Mary, Upper Room and St. Peter in Gallicantu followed by two hours free time.

AMAZING!!! We entered the crowded Holy Sepulchre without lines, escorted into the Tomb with blaring organ and greetings by the Franciscans! You won’t believe it!

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All Day Birth of Christ and Bethlehem

by Steve Ray on May 21, 2018

Driving thru Wall around Bethlehem, Shopping spectacular, Mass in Cave in Bethlehem, Shwarma or Falafil?, touching birthplace of Jesus, Carmelite Convent, and dinner with Passover Lamb and dancing.

Click here for Fr. Dan’s Bethlehem homily.

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Today was Pentecost Sunday which is very special for Janet and I and our family. It was 24 years ago today that we were received into the Catholic Church with tears of joy.

My eyes welled up with tears many times today just recalling that event while we’re traveling through the Holy Land. What a joy to share our conversion story with all of the pilgrims on the bus as we drove to Jerusalem.

We had Mass at Capernaum and even though it was Pentecost we celebrated the Mass of the Holy Eucharist because it was here that Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.“ You can hear Fr. Dan‘s homily here.

We took a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee, saw the ancient boat from Jesus’s time, are St. Peters Fish and drove to Jerusalem. We stopped along the way at the Church of the Visitation where Mary walked to meet Elizabeth.

Did you know that young Mary who was only about 14 or 15 years old walked almost 100 miles from Nazareth to the Hill Country of Judea to visit her relative Elizabeth?

After singing and praying at the Visitation we arrived in Jerusalem at our Notre Dame Center Hotel. Enjoy!

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Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border, Tabgha, Primacy & Feast

May 19, 2018

Another great day! Fr. Dan’s excellent homily at Beatitudes Here. Much of Steve’s talk about Peter at Caesarea Philippi here. PART 1 PART 2

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Transfiguration, Cana, Nazareth- Enjoy!

May 18, 2018

Enjoy  our first full day in the Holy Land. It’s always great to start with Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration and Fr. Dan did not disappoint us with his homilies at Transfiguration and Cana.

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Arrival in Israel; Mass on Shore of Galilee!

May 17, 2018

Everyone arrived in the Tel Aviv Airport safely and ready to go. We’re all excited for another excellent pilgrimage following our Lord and Lady.  Enjoy our arrival, trip up to Tiberias and Mass and the Sea of Galilee.  Very appropriate first Mass to open a Pilgrimage HERE.

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Arrival in Israel; Mass on Shore of Galilee!

May 17, 2018

Everyone arrived in the Tel Aviv Airport safely and ready to go. We’re all excited for another excellent pilgrimage following our Lord and Lady.  Enjoy our arrival, trip up to Tiberias and Mass and the Sea of Galilee.  Very appropriate first Mass to open a Pilgrimage HERE.

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How Well Do You Know Jesus and His Land? Multiple Choice Questions.

May 17, 2018

Here is a fun quiz to test your knowledge. How much do you know about Jesus and his Land? Answers are below in the Comments but DON’T CHEAT until you give it a hero’s try! 1. We have no record of Jesus visiting which place? a. The Phoenician Coast b. Tiberias c. Egypt d. Nain 2. […]

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Is it Safe to Join your Holy Land Trip with All that’s Going On?

May 15, 2018

Greetings from Jerusalem! I received this e-mail from a pilgrim registered for our September Holy Land Pilgrimage. Here is her question and my response: Hi Steve, Should we be concerned about our trip in September with all that’s going on there now? Dear Concerned Pilgrim: Not at all. I am in Jerusalem now and it […]

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On our way to Israel

May 14, 2018

Leaving for Israel with another sold-out pilgrimage. We NEVER  get tired of sharing our favorite places in the world! June already sold out. Few seats left for Jordan & Israel in September — www.FootprintsOfGod.com.

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Calling All Deacons (and their wives); Join us for our Deacon Holy Land Pilgrimage & Retreat

May 13, 2018

Share This With All The Deacons You Know and Their Wives! Inspiring Trip for Deacons & their Wives To Walk In The Footsteps of Jesus in The Holy Land, February 13-22, 2019 Mass at St. Stephen’s Church, The Site of the First Martyrdom Join Steve & Janet Ray and Deacon Dominick & Teresa Tomeo Pastore Join […]

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Exciting New Pilgrimage Destination! Saints & Shrines of France with Special 75th Anniversary of D-Day in Normandy

May 12, 2018

We JUST NOW arranged this tremendous new destination exploring the saints and shrines of France with some of the most beautiful churches in the world. Just wait until you see the itinerary! And a very special addition. We will be on the Beaches of Normandy to thanks our heroic fallen — and still living — soldiers […]

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Saints & Shrines of Italy Farewells

May 4, 2018

Kind words and farewells.

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Last Day: Vatican Museums, Sistine Chaoel, Mass with JPII and Faustina, Free Afternoon, Farewell Dinner

May 4, 2018

Today was our last full day of the pilgrimage. Everyone flies home tomorrow morning. This has been a remarkable and deeply spiritual and gratifying pilgrimage with a lot of wonderful Catholic folks. Today we walked to the Vatican and went through the museums seeing the very special Rafael Rooms, tapestries, statues, the map hallway and […]

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Papal Audience, Rome Walking Tour, Mass at Graphic Martyr Church and more

May 3, 2018

Papal Audience began our day — everyone go t good pictures and videos up close with Pope Francis. We left on a three hour walking tour through Rome which included the Trevi Fountain, lots of gelato, the Pantheon, Piazza Navona and more. We drove to St. Stefano’s Church for Mass where I gave an abbreviated […]

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Mass at JPII Altar, Last Steps of St. Paul, Catacombs and more

May 2, 2018

One of the irritating things for me when I’m trying to make these videos every day for our group and for a wider audience is that in many places they will not allow us to take photos or videos. So, how do I document the sites and our events? It happened to me twice today […]

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