Join Father Chris Kardzis, pastor of Sacred Heart Catholic Parish in Fremont, Ohio, on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! The Holy Scriptures will be illuminated for our pilgrims through the very environment in which God chose to become man. Breathe in the sea air at the sites around the Sea of Galilee. Visit the Mount of Beatitudes, Capharnaum, Cana, Nazareth, Mt. Tabor, and Caesarea Philippi. Pray at the birth place of our Lord in Bethlehem. Renew your baptismal vows at the Jordan River. Ascend to Jerusalem to visit the Upper Room, pray in the Garden of Gethsemane, descend into the pit where Jesus was held after being arrested, walk the Via Dolorosa, stand where Mary stood at the foot of the cross, and enter the Empty Tomb. Your faith will never be the same. Fr. Kardzis will offer the Sacrifice of Holy Mass at many of these holy sites.
*Subject to change
Day 1 – October 25 (Mon): DEPART THE USA
Overnight flight to Tel Aviv
Day 2 – October 26 (Tues): ARRIVE TEL AVIV / TRANSFER TO TIBERIAS
On arrival in Tel Aviv we will be met by our Catholic Tour Guide and proceed to our hotel in Tiberias. Dinner is at our hotel this evening. (D)
Day 3 – October 27 (Wed): NAZARETH / CANA
Drive to Nazareth, the site of Mary’s home and the town where Jesus played as a child, learned a trade, and grew to manhood. We will have Mass in the Church of the Annunciation. We continue to Cana, where Jesus performed His first miracle. There we will visit the Franciscan chapel for a renewal of wedding vows. Return to Tiberias for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 4 – October 28 (Thurs): SEA OF GALILEE SITES
Today we spend the day around the Sea of Galilee. We will visit Tabgha where it is believed that Jesus fed the crowd of 5,000. A short distance away is what is known as “Peter’s Primacy”, the site where, after His resurrection, Jesus met with his disciples and told Peter to “feed my lambs; feed my sheep.” There we will celebrate Mass. We make the short drive to Capernaum where Jesus began his Galilean ministry, see the synagogue which dates to the time of Jesus and the site of Peter’s home. We return to Tiberias for dinner. (B, D)
Day 5 – October 29 (Fri): MT. BEATITUDES / CAESAREA PHILIPPI / GOLAN HEIGHTS
This morning we visit the Mount of Beatitudes for Mass and reflection time. We then drive to the Golan Heights to see the site of Caesarea Philippi, where Jesus asked his disciples “Who do People say that I am”. (B, D).
Day 6 – October 30 (Sat): MT. TABOR / SAMARIA / JACOB’S WELL / JERUSALEM
Today we begin our journey with Je- sus to Jerusalem where He is condemned crucified and is raised from the dead. We begin that journey as Jesus did by a trip to Mount Tabor where Jesus is transformed before Peter, James and John and they glimpse a sign of his glory before they witness His passion and death. Following Mass, we head to Jerusalem via Samaria where we stop to visit Jacob’s Well. Here Jesus had the encounter with the Samaritan woman. Continue to Jerusalem to check into our Hotel. (B, D)
Day 7 – October 31 (Sun): BETHLEHEM & DEAD SEA SCROLLS
Today we travel to the Shepherds’ Field for Mass in the Shepherds’ Cave. We enter the town of Bethlehem to visit the Church of the Nativity and then return to Jerusalem for a background lesson on the history of the Holy City as we visit the Model of Jerusalem in the 2nd Temple Period. The Old Walled City today has changed since the time of Jesus. We then visit the museum where the Dead Sea Scrolls are kept. Return to our hotel for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 8 – November 1 (Mon): MT. OF OLIVES & MT. ZION
This morning we will overlook Jerusalem where Jesus wept over the city. It is known as Dominus Flevit. We will walk down the hill and at the bottom visit the Garden of Gethsemane along with the Church of All Nations. We continue by bus across the Kidron Valley to the site of Caiaphas’ Palace where Jesus experienced the Jewish portion of His trial. The site is known today as St. Peter in Galicantu. We will visit the upper Room where Jesus had his last Supper. We return to our hotel for dinner. This evening, pending confirmation, we will have a Holy Hour in the Garden of Gethsemane. (B, D)
Day 9 – November 2 (Tue): VIA DOLOROSA & HOLY SEPULCHRE
We begin the morning early as we gather at the Antonio Palace to walk the Via Dolorosa, the Way of the Cross. We conclude at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, the site where Jesus was crucified and buried. Here we celebrate Mass. Return to the hotel for breakfast before returning to the old City to visit St. Stephen’s Gate and
the Church of St. Anne. We will visit the Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic before heading to the Western retaining Wall of the Temple. The remaining portion of the day will be free to walk in the Old City or to return to the hotel for rest and dinner. (B, D)
Day 10 – November 3 (Wed): DEAD SEA / QUMRAN / JERICHO / JORDAN RIVER
Today we have drive to the Dead Sea to visit the site of Qumran where the Dead Sea Scrolls were uncovered. Continue to the Jordan River where Jesus was baptized, here we renew our Baptismal Promises. We continue to Jericho for Mass after which we view the Mount of Temptation and see a Sycamore Tree to remember the story of Zacchaeus. We end the day at the Dead Sea where you may “float” in the lowest place on earth. Return to Jerusalem for dinner. (B, D)
***Departing flight could range from late this evening to very early the next morning.
Day 11 – November 4 (Thurs): RETURN TO THE USA.
NOTES: While no changes are anticipated, there may be occasions when alterations become necessary due to changes or closures beyond our control. All Masses listed are subject to final confirmation.
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9 Nights in 4 star hotels
Breakfast and Dinner daily + 2 Lunches
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Private motor coach throughout
Transfers from international airport
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Private Mass arrangements
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