France Day 1: St. Terese of Lisieux

by Steve Ray on June 4, 2019

Arrival in Paris France. Drive to Lisieux to study and venerate St. Teresa of Lisieux, Doctor of the Church. Mass in Lisieux (Fr. Dan Good’s homily here). Arrival at our chateau which you have to see to believe. PART ONE: PART TWO: STEVE’S 6-MINUTE TALK ON SAINTS AND HOLINESS

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Our Weekend Walk through Paris, Preparing for Our Soon-to-Arrive Group

by Steve Ray on June 2, 2019

Janet and I always arrive early to make sure everything is prepared and ready for our group. Since it’s been a while since we have visited this area of France we came early to scout out all the places our group will visit in Paris and to meet with our agent and guide. I hope […]

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“The Longest Day” on Memorial Day in Prep for our own landing on Beaches of Normandy!

by Steve Ray on May 27, 2019

This week Janet and I are leaving for Paris France. Our group will follow us a few days later where we will be touring the Saints and Shrines of France. We will also be visiting Normandy where D-Day took place 75 years ago on June 6, 1944. Today we are watching that spectacular movie entitled […]

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Last Day Parts 1 & 2: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Mass at Tomb, Dancing in Bethlehem, Farewells

by Steve Ray on May 17, 2019

Our last day here in Israel was packed with events including free time. The climax of our trip was the Via Dolorosa and touching the top of Calvary where the blood of Jesus flowed. After that we had a tour of the church of the Holy Sepulchre before we had Mass with the Franciscans at […]

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Day 7: Mass at Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Upper Room, Mount Zion, Shroud Exhibit and more

by Steve Ray on May 15, 2019

In summary, today was surrounding the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion. We started with Mass at Gethsemane which for many people is the most moving site on the trip (homily here). Up to the Paternoster where Jesus taught his disciples to pray the Our Father and Ascended into Heaven. Upper Room and Church of […]

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

by Steve Ray on May 14, 2019

This is more of a fun day.  We had Mass to start the day at the Notre Dame chapel (homily here).  We visit the Israel museum to see the city of Jerusalem on a small scale from the time of Christ. We also see the Dead Sea Scrolls before descending down into the Judean wilderness […]

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