Holy Land  Pilgrimage

 St John Neumann Connect Group

August 25 - September 3, 2020

Holy Land Pilgrimage $3,995/person

August 25 - September 3, 2020

 

DAY 1 DETROIT

Begin our journey to The Holy Land, with meals and beverages served on board our flight.

 

DAY 2  TEL AVIV / NETANYA

On arrival in Tel Aviv we will be met and transferred to our hotel in Netanya on the Mediterranean coast.  Dinner will be served at the hotel.  D

 

DAY 3 NAZARETH / CANA / MAGDALA

After breakfast we leave for Nazareth, the town in lower Galilee where Jesus grew up.  We will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation and visit the Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. Then to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle of turning water into wine.  For those who wish, they may perform the renewal of their wedding vows. Continue to the fascinating Archeological Park in Magdala, the home town of Mary Magdalen.  Here we will see the first century synagogue, the Magdala Stone and parts of the ancient town.  On to our hotel at the Mt of Beatitudes. B | D

 

DAY 4  MT OF BEATITUDES / TABGHA / CHURCH OF THE PRIMACY / CAESAREA PHILIPPI

The day starts with Holy Mass at the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of the Sermon on the Mount.   Then to Tabgha where Jesus fed the 5,000 and The Church of the Primacy of Peter where Jesus told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” On to Capernaum where Jesus launched his ministry; see the synagogue dated to the time of Jesus and the church built over the site of Peter’s home. After enjoying a lunch of St Peter Fish, we head north to Caesarea Philippi at the foot of Mt Hermon, where Jesus told St. Peter “You are the Rock, and upon this rock I will build my Church.” Dinner and overnight at our hotel. B | L | D

 

DAY 5  MT TABOR / JERICHO / BAPTISMAL SITE / JERUSALEM

We start the day with with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a visit to Mount Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where Jesus revealed His glory.  Mass will be at the Basilica designed to represent the three tents Peter, James and John wished to erect. We then drive down the Jordan Valley to Jericho, the world’s oldest continuously inhabited city, to view the Mt of Temptation and see an example of a Sycamore Tree up which Zacchaeus climbed to see Jesus.  After lunch, we will go down to the Baptismal site on the River Jordan where John the Baptist lived, taught and baptized in the desert wilderness. After renewing our baptismal vows, we will drive up to Jerusalem to our hotel {TBD} for dinner and overnight.  B | D

DAY 6 SHEPHERD’S FIELD / BETHLEHEM / EIN KAREM

Begin the day with a visit to the caves at the Shepherds’ Field which still have soot marks of the fires the shepherds lit to keep warm.    After, we go to the Church of the Nativity in Bethlehem where will descend to the Grotto of the Nativity; here Jesus Christ was born to the Virgin Mary.   After Mass at the Church of St. Catherine and the Grotto of St Jerome, we travel to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist.  We visit the church commemorating his memory and the Church of the Visitation.  Back to the hotel in Jerusalem. B | D

DAY 7  QUMRAN/ DEAD SEA

After Holy Mass in the Chapel at Notre Dame Hotel, we drive to Qumran where we will learn about the Essenes and the Dead Sea Scrolls. We will then visit the Dead Sea where you will have the incredible experience of floating in this unique body of water.  We return to the hotel for an afternoon free to enjoy the Old City of Jerusalem.  Dinner and overnight. B | D

 

DAY 8  MT. OF OLIVES / GETHSEMANE / MT. ZION

We ascend Mount of Olives to visit the Pater Noster shrine where Jesus taught His disciples The Lord’s Prayer. Walking down the Palm Sunday Road we stop at the beautiful Dominus Flevit Church - “The Lord wept.”  We arrive at the Garden of Gethsemane and visit the Church of All Nations and celebrate Holy Mass at the “Rock of Agony,” identified as the place where Jesus prayed on the night of His arrest.  From there, we visit Peter in Gallicantu, “Crowing Rooster,” church built over the site of the house of the High Priest Caiaphas and commemorating Peter’s denial of Jesus. We then go to Mt Zion to visit the Upper Room and Dormition Abbey.  Return to hotel. B | D

 

DAY 9 ST ANNE’S CHURCH / POOLS OF BETHESDA / VIA DOLOROSA / HOLY SEPULCHRE / EMMAUS

This morning we start the day at St Anne’s Church, the birthplace of Our Lady’s mother.  We will also learn about the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic.  The we will then begin the Via Dolorosa (The Way of the Cross) sat the Antonia Fortress, where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. The Stations of the Cross lead through the markets of the Old City to the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. Here is the site of Calvary and the Tomb of Christ. Mass in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher.  After lunch, we will travel to Emmaus Nicopolis, just as the disciples did in Luke 24. Back to our hotel for a Farewell Dinner. B | D

DAY 10 HOLY LAND > DETROIT

Today we transfer to the airport for our flight home after a spiritual journey in the footsteps of Jesus.  Shalom and God bless!

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What’s  Included

  • Round trip airfare from Detroit

  • Meeting and assistance upon arrival and departure at Tel Aviv  airport 

  • Porterage at airport and hotels

  • 8 overnights at 4 star hotels -

  • Daily buffet breakfast and dinners in the hotels, begins with dinner on arrival day and ends with breakfast on departure day.

  • “St Peter’s Fish” lunch on the Sea of Galilee

  • 7 days sightseeing as per program with Catholic guide

  • Luxury air-conditioned coach w/ Wi-Fi

  • All entrance fees

  • Personal headsets throughout pilgrimage

  • Tips for driver and Catholic guide

  • Daily Mass w/ Msgr Patrick Halfpenny - Msgr Halfpenny was recently appointed Director for Priestly Mission by the Archbishop of Detroit and has been the spiritual leader on 12 pilgrimages to the Holy Land.

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