Hello, dear friends!
I would like to invite each of you to consider attending our pilgrimage to Rome, Assisi, and Medjugorje or passing along the information to someone you know would like to make a pilgrimage. Our final deadline for registration is February 1st, 2014.
Our chaplain, Fr. Angelo, would like very much to return to Medjugorje in thanksgiving to God and the Blessed Mother for his vocation. After his first trip to Medjugorje, he received his call to the priesthood. I would really love to give him the chance to go!
Please consider taking our pilgrimage itinerary to your prayer group or Bible study. Many college students I know love to take pilgrimages in the summer. You never know who God may be calling...
Medjugorje, Bosnia-Herzegovina and Rome and Assisi, Italy
May 20th - 30th
$3,199 from Pittsburgh (pilgrims can leave from ANY airport, but price may vary)
download registration form here: https://docs.google.com/file/d/0BxJYPUi ... DJraW1PSlU
Our Facebook group: https://www.facebook.com/medjugorjepilgrimage
MAY 20th USA - ROME Depart in the evening on a transatlantic flight to Rome, Italy.
MAY 21st ROME - ASSISI Arrive Rome in the morning, transfer to Assisi. Enjoy an orientation to the Piazza Commune. Strolling the tree lined street toward the city gate. We’ll appreciate the stunning vistas of the Spoleto Valley and watch the Assisi sing as the swoop toward the valley below. At the Piazza Vescovado visit the ancient fountain near the Bishop’s residence where St. Francis stripped himself of all worldly possessions and gave himself only to God. Celebrate Holy Mass at the Chiesa Nuova, marking the site where Francis was imprisoned by his father. Dinner.
MAY 22nd ASSISI Breakfast. Visit San Damiano Church where Jesus came to life from the crucifix and spoke to Francis. From here we'll visit the Portiuncola Chapel in the Basilica Our Lady of the Angels, where Jesus and Mary appeared to Francis. A Plenary indulgence blessing is granted for pilgrims who pray there. Holy Mass in the ancient Chapel of Tears. Afternoon visit to the Family Home/Birth Place of St. Francis and to the Basilica of St. Clare to see the still incorrupt body of St. Clare. We will pray in front of the same crucifix from which Christ spoke to Francis. Visit the Basilica of St Francis and the Crypt Tomb of St Francis. Dinner.
MAY 23rd ASSISI - ROME Breakfast. Depart for Rome, stop at the Portiuncola Chapel for Mass. We take a tour of some of Rome's Major Bascilias: St Mary Maggiore, St John Lateran, a visit to the miraculous image of Our Lady of Perpetual Help, St Anthony Basilica, Santa Scala (Holy Steps) and a short stop at the Roman Coliseum. Dinner.
MAY 24th ROME Breakfast. Visit the Vatican Gardens behind the Pope’s residence with our private guide, tour of Sistine Chapel and a St. Peter Basilica. Afternoon SCAVI tour below the crypt of St. Peter Basilica, walking below the ancient Roman necropolis where the bones of St. Peter were discovered. Few pilgrims make this tour! Free time and the possibility of ascending the Cuppola Rotunda of St. Peter’s. Dinner.
MAY 25th ROME - MEDJUGORJE Breakfast. The group will go down into the catacombs of St. Peter’s Crypt for a private Mass near the bones of St. Peter the Apostle. At noon the Holy Father, Pope Francis will greet the pilgrims on St. Peter’s Square with a special blessing. After lunch transfer to Rome’s airport to catch a flight to Croatia. Upon arrival, transfer by bus to Medjugorje and check-in at the Two Hearts Hotel, Dinner in Medjugorje.
MAY 26th - 29th MEDJUGORJE Medjugorje is a simple mountain village. During our stay, we will share our faith with people from all over the world. Each morning at 10:00am, we meet at St. James Church for the English language Mass. Our tour guide will escort us to “Podbrdo” Hill. Pray before the statue of Our Lady The Queen of Peace. In 1933 the villagers built a 30’ high cross on the anniversary of Jesus’ crucifixion on top of Cross Mountain. We will climb the mountain through the Stations of the Cross. Also, visit and pray at “Blue Cross”, a place of prayer at the foot of Podbrdo. We will have the chance to attend meetings and talks with parish priests (subject to their availability and health during our trip). We will also visit the community of Cenacolo (a rehab center). In the evening, join the villagers at 5:00pm (or 6:00pm daylight savings time) to pray the rosary. Followed by Croatian Mass during which there is the blessing of the items you have with you. Adoration takes place on Wednesdays and Saturdays later in the evening, and veneration of the Holy Cross takes place on Fridays later in the evening. We will have time for personal prayer and re- flection.
MAY 30th MEDJUGORJE – USA Early morning departure to the airport, arriving back home in the evening.
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