Holy Land with Fr. Scott Courtney April 2018 (SOLD OUT)
04 April 2018 to 13 April 2018
Off to Great Start in the Holy Land!
Opening day and all is well!
Eventful Day at Transfiguration, Cana and Nazareth
Join us for the highlights of our exciting first full day with this group. We started early to beat the crowds to Mount Tabor For Mass at the Mount of Transfiguration. You can enjoy Fr. Scott’s homily HERE.
Renewal of wedding vows in Cana of Galilee before an authentic Nazarene lunch in Nazareth. After a couple hours seeing the highlights of Nazareth and giving my talk “A Day in the Life of the Holy Family” we headed back to the hotel so everyone can have some free time and the sea of Galilee.
Northern Israel: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Primacy of Peter and more
Join us today in Northern Galilee. Enjoy the famous and fun homily at Beatitudes by Fr. Courtney here.
Capernaum, Boat Ride on Galilee, Visitation...
Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said “Eat My Flesh and Drink My Blood“. Another outstanding homily by Fr. Scott Courtney.
Then to see the 2000-year-old ancient boat from Jesus’ time and a boat ride on the Sea of Gallilee.
After eating St. Peter’s Fish we headed north to Jerusalem. I told my conversion story along the way and we stopped at the Visitation.
We arrived in Jerusalem at our Notre Dame Center where we had confession and a great dinner and everybody got a good nights sleep. Tomorrow it is all day in Bethlehem!
All Day Bethlehem!
Today we started out with supporting the local Christians in Bethlehem by buying olivewood and other religious items from their store. By doing so we helped over 65 Christian families.
Then we went to Shepherds Field where we had Mass in the Cave of the Shepherds. Enjoy another great Fr. Courtney homily here.
A nice Shwarma sandwich lunch at a simple Christian family restaurant and then on to the Church of Nativity where there were a lot of people. We did get our way down to touch the birthplace of Christ and to pray the Rosary at the Church of Saint Catherine in Bethlehem.
We then visited the Carmelite Monastery and went to a wonderful dinner with a whole lamb and a mountain of Palestinian rice with wine and good desserts. We then drove back through the checkpoint out of the Palestinian West Bank into Jerusalem.
Everyone had a great day and we are looking forward tomorrow to visiting the Mount of Olives and Mount Zion.
Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Rain, Mount Zion and more
Today we started out with Mass at Gethsemane. It is very moving and powerful for the people and some said it was a highlight of their trip so far. Fr. Scott’s homily is HERE.
Then to the top of the Mount of Olives and lunch at a Jewish kibbutz. Then to Mount Zion where we visited the Church of the Dormition of Mary and the Upper Room.
We saw the Holy Thursday Dungeon of Christ and the Holy Steps on which he walked in Saint Peter in Gallicantu where Peter denied Christ.
We arrived back at the hotel for the Shroud of Turin Exhibit, confession and a wonderful dinner.
Via Dolorosa, Mass at Calvary, Western Wall, Visiting Tomb, Dinner on Roof of Jerusalem...
There was too much happening today to fit in one 15 minute YouTube video so we have two shorter videos for you today.
To avoid the huge crowds we got up very early in the morning for the Stations of the Cross arriving at the Church of the Holy Sepulchre for our tour and Mass at Calvary.
We also went to the Western Wall, took a walk through the Old City of Jerusalem, visited the Tomb of Christ, had a free afternoon and had dinner on the Rooftop of Jerusalem.
Enjoy the Two Videos…
Full & Fun Final Day: Jericho, Camels, Dead Sea, Jordan River...
The last day is always fun and exciting.
We started off the day with Mass and breakfast at the beautiful and elegant Notre Dame Center. Father Courtney gave another wonderful homily to summarize the trip and to bless all the religious items.
From the Israel Museum to the Jordan River and from Jericho to Qumran.
In Jerusalem we are 3000 feet above sea level and we descend into the Judean Wilderness to the Jordan River which is the lowest place on the face of the earth which is 1250 feet below sea level.
But what everybody loves best is floating in the Dead Sea and riding the camels! 🐪 🐫
Good-byes, Farewells & Comments
Enjoy meeting our pilgrims and sharing their emotions, thoughts and good-byes.
About the Pilgrimage
PLEASE SCROLL TO THE BOTTOM FOR DAILY VIDEOS OF THIS TRIP — PLUS STEVE’S TALKS AND ALL THE HOMILIES.
Full Length Pilgrimage video (without homilies):
You can also download this video in High Def HERE .
Watch the daily videos and full homilies in the Journal below.
About this pilgrimage:
Fr. Scott Courtney is one of our favorite pilgrimage priests. Everyone loves to have him along! He now invites you to join us on a Holy Land pilgrimage along with his friends, fans and his parishes. Enjoy a group of like-minded Catholics from the Nebraska area and around the country for a marvelous pilgrimage through the land of our Lord and Our Lady.
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. He is considered one of the finest guides in the Holy Land. 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 provided with all dinners along with a wide range of cuisines to experience the Holy Land to it’s fullest.
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 most holy sites, pray every Mystery of the Rosary where it took place, pray the Stations of the Cross on the way to Mass at Calvary and the Tomb.
Our priest will be one of Steve and Janet’s good friends who has joined them as chaplain numerous times. His name is Fr. Scott Courtney and everyone loves his fine homilies, devout Masses and his joy and fun along the way.
Here you can view his famous homily given at the Mount of Beatitudes on a recent pilgrimage on which he joined us.