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Day One in St. Augustine Florida where Catholicism Came to America in 1565

Off to a great start on our St. Augustine Florida pilgrimage where Catholicism came to America. Perfect weather, great group of Catholics and exciting days ahead. At dinner tonight we had historian and scholar Dr. Mary Soha give us an introduction and overview of the history of Catholicism coming to America. She is an engaging and entertaining — and was full of information. A great start to our trip. Video of our day… Excellent homily

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Be the 1st ones back to the Holy Land! Seats available for December 27 and January 6 departures!

No lines!  No crowds! More time at holy sites and not rushed in prayer and Mass. A rare event in the Holy Land. Israel is slowly opening up and welcoming back select small groups. We have flights, hotels and our best friend and guide Amer is waiting for us. Dates and seats available – December 27-January 5  AND January 6-15 !!!! Join us for these unique opportunities. In 2019 over 4.5 million tourists crowded into

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Finally Heading Back to the Holy Land – need a few intrepid pilgrims to join us!

Israel is finally opening up after almost 2 years. We couldn’t be happier with the great expectation that our December 27 trip is going to fly! See the website here: https://www.footprintsofgodpilgrimages.com/pilgrimage/hl-122721/ Israel is slowly beginning to welcome small groups back and the country is empty and anxiously waiting for us. I cannot wait to take our first group over the Christmas break with no lines and no crowds. We will own the country! Stay tuned

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Farewell Dinner, Final Comments and Tearful Good-byes

The final dinner together is always a bittersweet experience. We have had a good time together for eight days and it’s fun to recall all the highlights in the new friendships, but it’s also sad that everyone is now heading home. We all rejoiced in the blessed time in these marvelous sacred sites and we had a very nice evening together. Glad we can share it with you! Hope you can join us as we

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Lourdes Day 2 Footprints of St. Bernadette

Relaxed morning; we didn’t even set the alarms. After a nice French breakfast we went to the Crypt in the Basilica for Mass (homily here). Then our walking tour following the footprints of St. Bernadette. We visited her home at the mill, where they spent their last days in the abandoned jail, her parish Church and much more. Always a delightful walk through the old city of Lourdes. After that we gave everyone the afternoon

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LINK FIXED: Early Mass at the Lourdes Grotto; tour of the Shrines; Talk by Head Doctor at Lourdes

We have finally reached our final destination which is Lourdes. We started the morning with the sunrise with Mass in the Grotto of our Lady and St. Bernadette. Our chaplain Fr. James Conlon was the celebrant. Marvelous with less than 50 people whereas last time there were about a thousand crowding into the Grotto for Mass. You can hear Fr. James’ fine homily here. Everyone had their covid test today which is required for re-entry

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