Pilgrimages

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Our group last week at the Holy Sepulchre.

Catholic Bishops of Holy Land Give 6-Point Evaluation of Current Events and Say Pope’s Visit Was a Pastoral and Ecumenical Success

BETHLEHEM, September 19, 2014 (Zenit.org) – Here is a statement from the ordinary session of the Assembly of the Catholic Bishops of the Holy Land, which met this week in Bethlehem.

The Heads of Catholic Churches in the Holy Land met on the 16th and 17th of September at the Caritas Betharram Center in Bethlehem to discuss the common challenges and issues facing their churches and countries.

Point 5. They reaffirm the Appeal of the Pilgrimage Committee in Jerusalem that pilgrims return without fear to the Holy Land. In fact, the pilgrims’ itinerary was always and is still very secure. Furthermore, pilgrims are a bridge of peace in this troubled area of the world.

See our Safety Video taken a few weeks ago while in the Holy Land below.

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Now that things have quieted down in Israel, many people are again looking for a good trip to the Holy Land. And do we have the trips for you!

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Work and school schedules a problem — no problem! We have a convenient pilgrimage planned over the Christmas break — from the day after Christmas until before work and school start after New Year’s.

Join our Family Holy Land Christmas Pilgrimage from December 26 – January 4. We have special events arranged for kids. We also have a great pilgrimage going February 11-20, 2015 and another May 11-20.

For all of our upcoming trips to Israel, Italy, Lourdes, Avila and Fatima, the Shroud of Turin and more visit www.FootprintsOfGod.com

FOR THOSE CONCERNED ABOUT SAFETY IN THE HOLY LAND 

Janet and I just returned from the Holy Land with 55 excited and grateful pilgrims. The comment we received the most from these pilgrims was, “This was a very safe and quiet trip. Thank you SO much for not canceling like so many other groups did.” 

Christmas shopping in Bethlehem

Many groups canceled precipitously because of the fighting with Gaza (a cyclical event that happens every few years). We understood the situation and knew, 1) it would not effect our travel route, and 2) it would be over before our groups arrived.

 And we were right. With fewer tourists it seemed we had the whole country to ourselves— NO LINES! Easy access to the holy sites and it will be like that for much of our October trip as well. 

Everyone loves the camel rides

I made movies of the our last trip but two you will find especially helpful (and comforting for those still a bit nervous). Here is me going around Jerusalem to show the normal life (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=xwqEo0NnyBY) and second our pilgrims with their post-pilgrimage assessments and comments (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=EVKfq8Rq-2o).

 Please feel free to contact Suzanne or Elizabeth at Corporate Travel if you would like to ask questions or discuss the trip further at 800-727-1999, extension 121 or 150. Also sparran@ctscentral.net.

You can email me too at sray@me.com. This will be an exciting boutique pilgrimage and trip with a one-bus group. We look forward to showing you our favorite places in the world, following the footprints of our Lord and Lady (we’ve been to Israel over 130 times :-)

Our hotel in Jerusalem

 

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I will not tell you it is safe to go to the Holy Land. I will let the pilgrims who just went with me tell you. Also, find out how I found Amer our guide and why I know our groups are in the best hands possible in the Holy Land.

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Camels, Dead Sea, Jericho, Qumran, Jesus’ Jerusalem, Authentic Baptismal Site and more

September 8, 2014

Day 8 of our pilgrimage. Always exciting. Enjoy.  

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Agony in the Garden, Prayer at Western Wall, Kibbutz Lunch, Upper Room, Bishop of Jerusalem and more

September 7, 2014

Another astounding day. We have to admit that we love the emptiness – 90% of groups canceled their trips to the Holy Land so we have no lines, no crowds, no pushing and shoving. My people were smart to trust me. It is quiet and safe and we are having a great time – the [...]

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Carrying our Cross to Calvary and the Tomb for Mass and much more

September 6, 2014

We started at 5:30 AM today to walk the Stations of the Cross before Jerusalem wakes up and the streets are jammed. We also have Mass at the Tomb at 7:30 so this give us time to walk to Calvary, tour the Holy Sepulchre and be seated for the High Mass with the Franciscans at [...]

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Dancing with Young Christian Arabs in Bethlehem

September 5, 2014

Wow, what a fun time!

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All Day in Bethlehem – “The House of Bread”

September 5, 2014

Enjoy today’s video and join us virtually for a pilgrimage through Bethlehem. More dancing to be added later :-)

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Great Day 4: Boat Ride, Eat My Flesh, Eat the Fish, Up to Jerusalem, Exclusive Entry to Christ’s Tomb and more

September 4, 2014

A whirlwind day with the morning finishing up in Galilee and then after eating St. Peter’s fish in Capernaum we headed south going up to Jerusalem. We stopped at the church of the visitation before arriving at the Notre Dame Hotel. After checking in we walked over to the Holy Sepulchre inside the old city [...]

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Roller Coaster Day: Holy Sites and Wonderful Adventures.

September 3, 2014

Today what’s an incredible day of many adventures. We started the day with Mass at the Mount the Beatitudes where Jesus taught the Sermon on the Mount. Then we went up to the Golan Heights to visit Caesarea Philippi where Jesus said “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my church”. Lunch [...]

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No Sirens, only Birds, Busy Streets and our Excited Pilgrims

September 2, 2014

Day Two is now complete. Full rich day with great weather and wonderful spiritual blessings (and great food too!) Started early with a ride up Mount Tabor to have Mass at the site of the Transfiguration. Then to Cana to renew wedding vows and on to an authentic lunch in Nazareth with mezza salads, chicken [...]

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No Missiles, just Happy and Excited Pilgrims Driving up to Galilee…

September 1, 2014

Here is the video for Day 1: Arrival and drive up to Galilee. All their families warned them it was dangerous. They all ask, “Danger, where? This is beautiful!!” We just finished dinner on the Sea of Galilee, had Mass in a thousand year old church in Tiberias and many are going to bed while [...]

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Jerusalem is Safe! Our 1st Day in Israel! – Video to Show Real Life on the Ground (not on CNN)

August 31, 2014

Hello Everyone. Janet and I have settled in, made sure everything is safe and in good order. We have the 60-seater bus ready to go with our new colorful 6′ x 2′ foot magnetic signs to slap on both sides of the bus. We have Rosaries for everyone to touch on the holy sites, our [...]

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We arrived in Jerusalem and all is well :-)

August 30, 2014

We arrived at the Tel Aviv airport this morning at 5:00 AM. It is no different from the 130 times we’ve arrived in the past. We’re now at the Notre Dame Hotel in Jerusalem, went out for dinner went to Saturday evening Mass and are now comfortably settled into our hotel. Our group is very [...]

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Long Term Cease-Fire Announced between Israel and Hamas

August 26, 2014

This is good news for our pilgrims as we are leaving this weekend for the Holy Land. We are very pleased that our full bus is still full and everyone trusted us to wait and watch and still go. Now their patience and trust will pay off with a wonderful pilgrimage following in the footprints [...]

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Last Chance for a Pilgrimages to Ireland, St. Paul Cruise and Israel

August 19, 2014

Our remaining four open pilgrimages in 2014 are selling fast – Only one seat left for Holy Land leaving August 31. Two have signed up in the last week. Full bus! Ireland has a few seats left leaving September 29. Going with Patrick Coffin and Irish priest Fr. Conlin. St. Paul Mediterranean Pilgrimage-Cruise “Seminar at [...]

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