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Farewells & Comments at Close of Pilgrimage

by Steve Ray on September 20, 2018


Enjoy the fun and camaraderie as everyone prepares to leave for home. Lots of fun, nice comments and endorsements.

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Israel Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass in Aramaic, Holy Shroud Exhibit, Ceremonial Entrance into Tomb

by Steve Ray on September 19, 2018


We started the day by leaving the hotel at 5 AM in the morning to walk the Via Dolorosa in peace and quiet after which we did a tour of the Holy Sepulchre  and touched the top of Calvary where the cross once stood. We then had Mass. Fr. Badway’s excellent final homily here.   His […]

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Israel Day 7: Gethsemane, Paternoster, Ascension, Western Wall, Mount Zion, Upper Room, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on September 18, 2018


A world wind day seeing lots of things in and around Jerusalem. First, was a very emotional and moving Mass at Gethsemane at the rock was Jesus sweat drops of blood.  You can see/hear Fr. Gavin’s homily here. From there to the top of the Mount of Olives where Jesus taught his disciples to pray […]

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Israel Day 6: Israel Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Riding Camels

by Steve Ray on September 17, 2018


We give everybody a free day today but we offer an optional tour for those who would like to go. Our Mass today was at the Notre Dame Center and you can see Fr. Gavin‘s homily here. We start at the Israel Museum and see the Temple Model and the Dead Sea Scrolls. Then we […]

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Israel Day 5: Bethlehem All Day – including Dancing!

by Steve Ray on September 16, 2018


Today we spent the whole day in Bethlehem. We did some shopping to support the local Christians (you have to see the store to believe it), and then we went to the Church of the Nativity to touch the birthplace of our Lord Jesus. Then we ate Schwarma and falafels before going for Mass in […]

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Israel Day 4: Capernaum, Boat Ride, St. Peter Fish, Visitation, Arrival in Jerusalem

by Steve Ray on September 15, 2018


Our final day in Galilee and we had Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood.” Fr. Gavin’s homily here. I also gave an abbreviated version of my talk “Defending the Eucharist.” Boat ride on the Sea of Galilee and viewing 2,000 year old “Jesus Boat.” Would you like  eating St. […]

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