9 Day Journey to Portugal and Spain with Fr. Richard Bona

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9 Day Journey to Portugal and Spain with Fr. Richard Bona



Itinerary

The World Apostolate of Fatima, Cleveland Division ~ Our Lady's Blue Army and Father Richard Bona invite you to join us for a pilgrimage to Fatima and other shrines and religious places in Portugal and Spain. Pilgrimage is an ancient Christian practice to visit sacred places often associated with the resting place of great fi gures of Christianity or approved apparitions of Jesus Christ, the Blessed Mother and other saints. The goal is to use traveling and time spent in sacred places for prayer, doing repentance, adore Jesus Christ and ask the intercession of the saints for heavenly graces for ourselves and our loved ones. Join us in this spiritual journey as we honor our Lord, the Blessed Mother and the Saints.

Day 1 Nov 4th, Cleveland

Today we depart Cleveland on our overnight international fl ight to Portugal. Dinner and breakfast served on board.

Day 2 Nov 5th Porto/Santiago de Compostela

We arrive at Porto Airport in the morning and are greeted by our Regina Tour Escort. We board our deluxe motor coach and depart for Santiago de Compostela. We are reminded of the El Camino (The Way) where many pilgrims have walked in the Footsteps of St. James, called the Apostle of Christ. The road is lined with vineyards and fragrant eucalyptus groves. Our fi rst stop will be the Cathedral of St. James to celebrate Mass. After Mass we will walk behind the altar and tradition says,” we must hug” the dazzling statue of St. James before we descend into the crypt to see the relics of St. James known as the Patron Saint of Pilgrims. Since the discover of his tomb, numerous miracles have been claimed here. We check into our hotel and the balance of the day is at leisure. Dinner and overnight, (D)

Day 3 Nov 6h Santiago de Compostela

We return to the Cathedral for Mass and a tour of this huge cathedral dating back to the 12th century. Our local guide will give us a tour of the spectacular cathedral. Our tour continues with visits to the Plaza del Obradoiro, Archbishop's Palace and the Rajoy Palace. Balance of the day is at leisure to explore this World Heritage Site on your own and shop for the items most famous in this area, Chocolates, tile, gold, silver, lace. Dinner and overnight (B/D)

Day 4 Nov 7th Pontevedra/Braga/Porto

After breakfast we depart for Pontevedra for a brief tour of one of Spain's religious gems, a visit to Santa Maria la Mayor a 16th century church declared a small basilica by Pope John the 23rd. We continue our journey to Braga, the religious city to visit the Holy Mountain of Sameiro and Bom Jesus do Monte. The fi rst chapel was built over the hill dates back to 1373. Other chapels were built in the 15th and 16th centuries dedicated to the Holy Cross, Passion of Christ, Five Senses, and Three Theological Virtues. All are dedicated to Bom Jesus(Good Jesus). The stairway leading to the top of the hill and the chapels are zigzag with fountains in between. A breathtaking site, Mass will be celebrated here. Our last stop is Porto known for its famous Port Wine. Dinner and overnight. (B/D)

Day 5 Nov 8th Porto/Coinbra/Fatima

Porto is the second largest city in Portugal and deemed a World Heritage site by UNESCO and famous for its wine production. We will have an orientation tour of this lovely city and see where Sister Lucia entered the college of Vilar. The city is on the Douro River and gateway to trade routes. Our tour will take us to the Calis da Ribeira Dockside to see the outside cafes, antique boats, incredibly narrow streets with garden balconies. A must stop is to a winery to sample Porto's world famous wines. After a bit of the grape we continue to Coimbra a romantic city and one of Europe's oldest college towns. Our sightseeing tour will take us passed the University were we can still see students wearing their class robes as they transfer between classes. Our highlight will be to see the Carmelite Convent where Sr. Lucia lived for 57 yrs. She entered when she was 41 yrs old and passed away in 1997. Her body now lies in Fatima with Sts Jacinta and Francisco. Continue on to Fatima, check into our hotel for dinner and overnight, (B/D).

Day 6/7 Nov. 9th/10th Fatima

The next two days will be spent visiting the Shrine and Churches of Fatima, Aljustrel, Valinhos, and the Stations of the Cross. We start each day with Mass, one day at the Capelinha, the Little Chapel of the Apparitions, and one at the Chapel inside the Domus Pacis Hotel, or one of the Basilicas on the shrine grounds. During the day we will gather to pray the Rosary with other pilgrims from around the world. Our sightseeing will start at the hamlet of Aljustrel, the shepherd children's home. She appeared to Lucia age 10, Jacinta age 7 and Francisco age 9. Our next stop is Valinhos where Our Lady appeared to the children after they were released from prison August 1917 and the fi rst and third apparition of the Angel. We will visit the church where they were baptized and the local cemetery. Our Lady appeared from May 1917 and continued each month until October 13th 1917. The message of Fatima has been the same to Pray for World Peace. Our visit to Fatima includes: The Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary where we can pray at the tombs of Sts. Jacinta and Francisco and Sr. Lucia. Mass can also be celebrated here. Next is the underground Basilica of the Holy Trinity consecrated October 12th 2007. The basilica can hold more than 9,000 pilgrims and has numerous chapels, one for Adoration, one for Reconciliation. There are chapels for quiet prayer and Meditation. After an early breakfast on day 7 we will experience Christ's unconditional love by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. The “Sacred Way” marks a path taken by the shepherd children of Fatima to their fi rst apparition with Our Lady. It is composed of fi fteen chapels in commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord. The fi fteen station, the Resurrection can be found close to the Chapel of Calvary. Dinner and overnight (B/D)

Day 8 Nov 11th Santarem/Lisbon

Today we bid farewell to Fatima as we head for Lisbon the capital of Portugal, fi rst stopping in Santarem, one of the oldest cities in Europe. We will visit the Church of St, Stephen which holds the oldest recorded Eucharistic Miracle, “The Bleeding Host” continuously on display since 1269 AD. Mass can be celebrated here. After Mass we enter Lisbon for a panorama tour of this charming Portuguese capital, to see the fanciful Belem Tower, Jeronimos Monastery, dedicated to the Virgin Mary, the Monument to the Discoveries and a visit to the Basilica and Church of St. Anthony (patron of lost objects). The balance of the day at leisure to explore the city on our own, eat lunch (on our own) at one of the fabulous cafes, shop for jewelry, tiles, laces, candy, wine and artifacts. Dinner and overnight. (B/D)

Day 9 Nov 12th Cleveland

After breakfast we depart for the Lisbon Airport arriving home the same day taking with us many blessings and memories to last a life time. (B)

*(B,L,D) = Breakfast, Lunch, Dinner

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Inclusions

Early Booking Discount:
$100 Discount with deposit by June 15, 2018

Included in the price:
• Roundtrip Air from Cleveland
• Airline taxes and fuel surcharges
• Superior 3 star and 4 star hotels
• Porterage for one suitcase
• Breakfast and dinner daily
• Wine Tasting in Porto
• Tour Escort from beginning to end
• Local Guides where needed
• Deluxe motor coach
• Daily Mass
• All sightseeing and entrance fees as per itinerary

Not Included:
• Lunch
• Tipping to Tour Escort and Driver
• Donations at Shrine and Churches
• Optional Travel Health/Cancellation Insurance $139 (highly recommended)
• Single Rooms $350 extra (limited single rooms available)

Contact Info:
Kathryn DeCapite, President / The World Apostolate of Fatima, Cleveland Division / PO Box 347036 / Parma, OH 44134
Phone: 440-241-5788 / Email: kdecapite@bluearmycleveland.com
or
Lucille / Regina Tours / Phone: 1-800 Catholic (228-4654) ext 208 / Email: lucille@groupist.com
Direct Booking Link: http://regina-tours.com/nov2018bluearmy


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