Jordan and Israel – February 2019 (SOLD OUT)
13 February 2019 to 22 February 2019
You can watch the full length Pilgrimage below or download it here.
Thanks from a Deacon and his Wife (and a Travel Agent) - Lovely!
Dear Steve and Janet,
We know you are most likely very busy preparing for your next Holy Land departure.
It has been almost one week since our own return and the fruit of our Holy Land pilgrimage continues to manifest itself in our lives. As Deacon Steve has said, it was a trip of a lifetime.
We each took away our own personal highs and many shared “couple” moments that we will remember in this lifetime and, God willing, take with us into the next.
We know you must receive many compliments for the well-planned and thought-out pilgrimages you lead. And, we would be ones who would echo that! For us, we could see how invested you both are culturally, socially and spiritually with our brethren in the Holy Land making this pilgrimage seem very personal.
Thank you for all you have done and continue to do to build up His kingdom. Our prayers are with you as you lead another group of God’s holy people.
May God bless each of you with peace, joy, good health and many blessings,
Deacon Steve and Carol
ADDED SUBSEQUENT TO POSTING THE DEACON’S E-MAIL
Brian and I agree totally. We were just watching the video of our Holy Land trip with you last September, and it reaffirmed our commitment to return to the Holy Land again with you next year. It is something we will remember for the rest of our lives. We have been blessed to have traveled quite a bit in our life, but nothing can compare to the Holy Land, and I would not travel there with anyone else but you.
And I am a travel agent and have many opportunities to travel with anyone I choose to go with. I have told many of my friends in our parish about your pilgrimages and encourage them to contact you so that they can have as wonderful and spiritual a journey as Brian and I did. God bless you and Janet. Hope to see you next year.
About the Pilgrimage
You can watch the Jordan extension of the trip here.
Scroll down towards the end to see the daily videos of our current trip…
This is our favorite time of year to visit the Middle East – smaller crowds and cooler weather. Lovely time to visit the Holy Land!!
On this pilgrimage that is open for all, we are also giving a special invitation to Deacons and their wives to join this trip along with Deacon Dominic Pastore and Teresa Tomeo Pastore. They will share a lot along the way — along with Steve Ray. The pilgrimage will give some special emphasize tp the ministry of a deacon and give an opportunity for them to see the Gospel in full color, learn, pray and go home enriched, with their ministry enhanced.
We will also have a Mass that we do not include on other trips — the place of St. Stephen’s Martyrdom at the Church of St. Stephen in Jerusalem
This is a beautiful time of the year to tour the Holy Land. Not too hot with fewer crowds. We have the best Mass sites selected for you and we will visit every Rosary site and pray that Mystery while there. For this group we are also including Mass at St. Stephen’s where the first martyr was stoned and buried. Join us!
Steve and Janet have partnered with the same Catholic Nazarene guide for all their trips over the last decade. Amer is a practicing Catholic and a walking encyclopedia. We consider him the finest Christian guide in the Holy Land–and we are not alone in that assessment. Having a Christian guide is very important.
You’ll enjoy Steve and Janet’s trusted hotels and delicious meals including some amazing dinner experiences away from the typical hotel buffets.
Wine is provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.
BELOW: OUR COOKING CLASS AND DINNER IN MADABA JORDAN WITH OUR CATHOLIC FRIENDS ELIAS AND FARIEL
You will receive their 110-page color handbook, daily YouTube videos so your family and friends can join you virtually every day and a fully edited movie of your trip upon your return home.
Steve personally teaches at the holy sites and shares experiences from over 150 previous trips to Israel and other biblical lands since 1995. We do everything we can to support the local Christians who only make up 1.5% of the population.
Daily Mass at the holiest sites and we pray every Mystery of the Rosary where it took place. Also, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Calvary and Mass at the Tomb.
Enjoy a group of like-minded Catholics from around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady. We will share ministry and ideas along the way– to help and encourage all the deacons and their wives.
Our priest will be one of Steve and Janet’s good friends who has joined them as chaplain numerous times. His name is Fr. Dan Good from Alabama and everyone loves his fine homilies, devout Masses and his joy and fun along the way.
An Invitation from Teresa Tomeo and Deacon Dom Pastore:
FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS ABOUT OUR DEACONS PILGRIMAGE
Is this Pilgrimage only for Deacons and their wives?
There is a special focus on inviting Deacons to participate on this pilgrimage, however, this all interested passengers are more than welcomed to join on this trip.
As a Deacon, will I be able to concelebrate at Mass?
We anticipate having a large number of Deacons traveling on this pilgrimage. For those who wish to concelebrate at Mass, we will ensure you have the opportunity to do so at least once during the trip. Details regarding the concelebration schedule will be forthcoming.
As a Deacon, what should I bring with me to concelebrate Mass?
Each Deacon who wants to concelebrate at Mass should bring a white alb, stole, and a current celebret with them on the pilgrimage. We also ask that you submit a copy of your celebret to our office no later than November 1, 2018.
Will we celebrate any Masses that relate specifically to deacons?
Yes, we will celebrate Mass at the site where St. Stephen the first deacon and martyr was executed by stoning.