Holy Land Pilgrimage

 Msgr Kasza & St Therese Parish

Only $3,895 (double occupancy)

DAY 1 DETROIT>HOLY LAND
Depart Detroit on overnight flight to Tel Aviv.

 

DAY 2  TEL AVIV / NETANYA

Transfer to our hotel along the Mediterranean shoreline.  Dinner and overnight in Netanya.  D

 

DAY 3 CAESAREA MARITIMA / STELLA MARIS / CANA

After breakfast we leave for Caesarea, to view the impressive archaeological remains of the Roman and Byzantine city that once dominated the region. Here, God revealed to Peter the Good News was for the whole world.  From Caesarea Paul set sail for Rome for his future trial and martyrdom.  We then drive to Haifa where we will celebrate Mass and have lunch at Stella Maris Church on Mt Carmel.  We will visit Elijah’s Cave before departing 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 our hotel on the Sea of Galilee. B | L | D 

 

DAY 4  NAZARETH / MT TABOR

Today we drive to Nazareth where we will celebrate Mass in the Basilica of the Annunciation, and visit the Church of St. Joseph and Mary’s Well. We then travel 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 finish the day at Mt Tabor, the site of the Transfiguration, where Jesus revealed His glory.  Back to our hotel for dinner and overnight. B | D

DAY 5  SEA OF GALILEE / CAESAREA PHILIPPI

The day starts with a boat ride on the Sea of Galilee followed by a visit to the Mount of Beatitudes, scene of the Sermon on the Mount. Then to Tabgha where Jesus fed the 5,000 and onto the site known as “Peter’s Primacy” 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. We celebrate Mass and then enjoy a lunch of St Peter Fish, before going to Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus told St. Peter “You are the Rock, and upon this rock I will build my Church.”  B | L | D

 

DAY 6 JORDAN VALLEY / QUMRAN/ DEAD SEA

Today we depart Galilee and drive south 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 Holy Mass the local Franciscan school, we will visit Qumran and learn of the Dead Sea Scrolls.  After a float in the Dead Sea we drive up to the City of David - Jerusalem. B | D

 

DAY 7  EIN KAREM / BETHLEHEM

Begin the day with a visit to Ein Karem, birthplace of John the Baptist.  We visit the church commemorating his memory and the Church of the Visitation. We then drive to see the cave at the Shepherds’ Field which still has soot marks of the fires the shepherds lit to keep warm.   After lunch, it’s on 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 return to the hotel in Jerusalem. B | L | 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 to pray 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. After we celebrate Mass, we visit the Upper Room. B | D

 

DAY 9 JERUSALEM / VIA DOLOROSA / HOLY SEPULCHRE / WESTERN WALL

This morning we visit St Anne’s Church and the Pools of Bethesda where Jesus told the paralytic, “Stand up, take your mat and walk.” We then start the Via Dolorosa at the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death by Pontius Pilate. We process 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.  Back to our hotel for free time before our Farewell Dinner. B | D

DAY 10 HOLY LAND > DETROIT
Journey back home after a life changing pilgrimage to the Holy Land.  B

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