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Shrines of Eastern USA 2019

Fr Peter Stojanovic

A 16-day pilgrimage to the Shrines of Eastern USA with optional extension to Canada.

22 April – 7 May 2019. Accompanied by Fr Peter Stojanovic. Irondale (3 nights) / Saint Augustine (2) / Orlando FL / Washington DC (3) / Emmitsburg / Gettysburg / Philadelphia (1) / New York (3). Optional Canada Extension: Niagara Falls (2) / Toronto / Québec (3) / Montréal (2).

Shrines of Eastern USA
MEAL CODE: B: Breakfast   L: Lunch   D: Dinner
Day 1: Monday 22 April 2019 – Fly to the U.S.

On arrival at Birmingham airport we will be met and transferred by coach to Irondale – home to the Eternal World Television Network (EWTN).

Irondale overnight (D)

Days 2 & 3: Tuesday 23 & Wednesday 24 April – EWTN Pilgrimage

During the next two days our time here will include time at both EWTN and the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament. We may have the opportunity to:

• Attend a televised Mass
• Spend time in Eucharistic Adoration
• Receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation
• Hear Catechetical and Spiritual Talks
• Enjoy the unique experience of a Live Show and see some favourite EWTN hosts.
• Find a place for prayer and quiet contemplation among the gardens, paths and grottos around the Shrine.

Irondale 2 nights (BD)

Day 4: Thursday 25 April – Fly to Florida

Today we will be transferred to the airport for our flight connections to Florida. On arrival at Jacksonville airport we will join our coach and be transferred south to Saint Augustine, the oldest city in the U.S.

Saint Augustine overnight (BD)

Day 5: Friday 26 April – Saint Augustine

On September 8, 1565, Pedro Menéndez de Avilés landed and proclaimed this site for Spain and the Church. It was here that Menéndez knelt to kiss a wooden cross presented to him by Father Francisco López de Mendoza Grajales, chaplain of his expedition. It was on these grounds that Fr. López would celebrate the first parish Mass and begin the work at America’s first mission. It was at this sacred spot that the Spanish settlers would begin the devotion to Our Lady of La Leche that continues into the present.

Today we will spend some time at the Mission Nombre de Dios which traces its origins to the founding of the City of St. Augustine, America’s oldest city, in 1565. We also visit the Shrine of Our Lady of La Leche, built in the 17th century after the establishment of the Mission. Here we will celebrate our group Mass and can take some time for prayer and to wander the grounds. (Exposition 1-3pm each weekday) Nearby, we spend some time at the Ponce de Leon’s ‘Fountain of Youth’.

On April 2, 1513, Spanish explorer Juan Ponce de León and his crew became the first recorded Europeans to set eyes on Florida. Legend holds that they made this discovery while searching for the Fountain of Youth, a magical water source supposedly capable of reversing the aging process and curing sickness.

See the historic Castillo de San Marcos and Treasury Street - the narrowest street in the U.S., before taking a walk back in time along St George Street. In this street we will also find the Cathedral Basilica of St Augustine, known as America’s first parish.

Saint Augustine overnight (BD)

Day 6: Saturday 27 April – Saint Augustine to Orlando

We leave behind the country’s oldest city today as we journey south to Orlando to visit the National Shrine of Mary, Queen of the Universe. Here we will celebrate our group Mass on arrival and then have some time to admire the beautiful Basilica, outdoor chapel and Rosary Garden among other highlights. Enjoy some free time in the afternoon. Some may wish to explore the shops and restaurants of Downtown Disney!

Orlando overnight (BD)

Day 7: Sunday 28 April – Fly to Washington DC

We return to the skies today as we are transferred to the airport for our flight connections to Washington DC. On arrival we will be transferred to our hotel for check-in. Time permitting, en route we can visit the Smithsonian Air and Space Museum near Dulles airport.

Washington DC overnight (BD)

Day 8: Monday 29 April – Washington DC

Today we enjoy a full day guided tour of the city’s highlights. We take in the Holy Land Experience at the Franciscan Monastery and celebrate our group Mass here. Continue on to Capitol Hill where we visit the Capitol building, Library of Congress, Supreme Court (outside view), Lincoln Memorial; the Vietnam, WWII and Korean War memorials. During our tour we will also visit the new Museum of the Bible and take some time for a photograph opportunity of the White House.

Washington DC overnight (BD)

Day 9: Tuesday 30 April – Washington DC

We begin our day with a visit and Mass at the National Shrine Basilica of the Immaculate Conception, often referred to as America’s Catholic Church. The largest church in North America, we have time after Mass for a guided visit and to admire the architecture and beautiful sacred art.

Down the road, we come to the St John Paul II National Shrine. Highlights include the Redemptor Hominis Church and the opportunity to venerate a first class relic of the saint. Enjoy some free time this afternoon to rest or perhaps explore the Smithsonian Museums on the Mall (including Air and Space Museum, Natural History Museum, American History Museum).

Washington DC overnight (BD)

Day 10: Wednesday 1 May – via Emmitsburg to Philadelphia

We depart the nation’s capital today as we journey north to Emmitsburg, home to the Shrine of St Elizabeth Ann Seton, the first American-born saint. On arrival we will celebrate our group Mass before embarking on a visit including the homes she lived in, the museum and the Basilica dedicated to her. We then come to the Shrine dedicated to National Shrine Our Lady of Lourdes and enjoy some time to visit the grotto and wander the grounds. In nearby Gettysburg, we remember the great battles that took place during the American Civil War.

Finally we continue on to Philadelphia, the ‘City of Brotherly Love’. On arrival we will proceed to our centrally located accommodation for check-in before dinner.

Philadelphia overnight (BD)

Day 11: Thursday 2 May – Philadelphia to New York City (NYC)

We begin our day with a visit and Mass at the Cathedral of SS Peter and Paul. Our visit includes the opportunity to pray before the relics of St Katharine Drexel, foundress of the Sisters of the Blessed Sacrament and canonised in 2000. Reboarding our coach, we continue to the Shrine to St John Neumann, the first male American to be canonised. In the afternoon, we journey on to the ‘Big Apple’ – New York City!

New York City overnight (BD)

Day 12: Friday 3 May – NYC

We commence our time in New York with a prayerful visit to Ground Zero. We take time to remember those who lost their lives on September 11, 2001, and the heroes who sacrificed their own safety to save the lives of others. Our group Mass will be at the Catholic Memorial. Nearby we see the Trinity Church (Episcopalian Church) where St Elizabeth Ann Seton used to worship. Continuing on, see the site where she lived – now a Catholic church with a shrine dedicated to her. At Battery Park, enjoy a marvelous photo opportunity looking out on to the bay, and the Statue of Liberty. Nearby we come to the recently restored Old St Patrick’s Cathedral - the oldest cathedral in the city.

Continue on to St Patrick’s Cathedral. Built in the late 19th century, it is one of the landmarks of the city. Finally we travel out to the Shrine of St Frances Xavier Cabrini. We have the opportunity as pilgrims to pray before the remains of the saint enshrined in the chapel.

New York City overnight (BD)

Day 13: Saturday 4 May – NYC

Enjoy some free time today in the ‘city that never sleeps’. Perhaps do some shopping on Fifth Avenue; go to a show on Broadway; stretch your legs with a walk through the famous Central Park or ascend the iconic Empire State Building or the Rockefeller Centre to the ‘Top of the Rock’ observation deck to admire the breathtaking views over the city.

For our final night of pilgrimage, we will enjoy a celebratory final dinner together.

New York City overnight (BD)

Day 14: Sunday 5 May – Depart NYC

Today we will be transferred to the airport for our homebound flight connections.

(B) OR Join Canada extension as below.

Day 15: Monday 6 May – in Transit
Day 16: Tuesday 7 May – Arrive Australia
CANADA EXTENSION - Day 14: Sunday 5 May – NYC to Niagara Falls

Today we will be transferred to the airport for our flight connections to Canada. On arrival we will be met and transferred to the thunderous Niagara Falls.

Niagara Falls overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 15: Monday 6 May – Niagara Falls

Batten down the hatches today for an unforgettable exploration of this, one of the Seven Wonders of the World. Feel the thick Niagara Spray, as we board the ‘Maid of the Mist’ boat ride to the deafening base of the falls – you’ll be blown away! Enjoy some time at leisure before dinner.

Niagara Falls overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 16: Tuesday 7 May – Fly to Quebec

This morning we will be transferred to the airport for our short flight to Quebec City, the first French settlement in North America and reminiscent of a medieval European village.

Quebec overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 17: Wednesday 8 May - Quebec

This morning we enter by foot inside the walls of Old Quebec, part of the World Heritage listing of UNESCO. We will explore the narrow streets and founding churches of this beautiful Catholic city. Enter the city’s Notre Dame of Quebec Basilica for Mass - the oldest parish in North America dating back to the 17th century; the Citadel- most important fortification constructed in Canada during the British colonial period; and the Plains of Abraham among other highlights. Enjoy an afternoon at leisure to rest or wander the Old City at your own pace. Dine out this evening at a traditional Sugar Shack.

Quebec overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 18: Thursday 9 May - Quebec & Surrounds

Our journey draws us north this morning to the Basilica of St Anne de Beaupre. This is the oldest shrine in Canada and the largest in the world dedicated to St Anne, the mother of Mary. Also known as the ‘Lourdes of the new world’, many miracles have been attributed to this shrine. Located in a picturesque setting on the St Lawrence River, this beautiful sanctuary dates from the seventeenth century and draws more than two million pilgrims each year. Continue on to the nearby Canyon of St Anne where we discover by footpaths, lookouts, suspension bridges, and a succession of towering cascades rumbling between the abrupt walls of the canyon.

Our afternoon will include a visit to the Montmorency Falls (272 feet high!) and Orleans Island, which is considered to be one of the country’s first areas of colonisation and rich in faith heritage.

Quebec overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 19: Friday 10 May – Quebec to Montreal

Our pilgrimage takes us west today along the lush River Valley to Montreal, a lively cosmopolitan city, often compared to the city of Paris. We begin our time here with a walking tour through the area of Old Montreal. See the City Hall among other highlights.

Continue on to visit the Notre Dame Cathedral, one of the crown jewels in Quebec’s rich religious heritage. After Mass, we visit the Mary Queen of the World Cathedral. This amazing Cathedral is like a mini Vatican. Inspired by the Italian renaissance revival, Mary Queen of the World Cathedral was modeled after Saint Peter’s Basilica in Rome.

Montreal overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 20: Saturday 11 May - Montreal

This morning we visit Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount Royal. Founded in 1904, Saint Joseph’s Oratory is the largest shrine in the world dedicated to Saint Joseph and a world renowned place for pilgrimage associated with Saint Brother André, its founder. Here we will have a memorable Mass.

Nature, music, art and history make the Oratory one of the main attraction of Montréal. The distinctive architecture of the building, and especially its imposing dome, combined with its location on the mountainside, gives to Saint Joseph’s Oratory a remarkable physical and symbolic presence in Montréal. Enjoy the organ concerts, the carillon recitals and the melodious voices of the boys choir the Petits Chanteurs du Mont-Royal. In addition to the permanent exhibition of 200 nativity scenes from over 100 countries, the Oratory Museum presents several temporary exhibitions that allow visitors to discover the artistic and religious heritage of Quebec and elsewhere. From the lookout at Mount Royal, we enjoy a spectacular view over downtown Montreal, with a view of the river and beyond to the Monteregian Hills.

This afternoon we travel over the St Lawrence River and come to the Shrine of St Kateri Tekakwitha, part of the historic Jesuit mission of St Francis Xavier on the Native Reserve of Khanawake.

The St Lawrence River was the first road of faith and the first frontier in Canada. The country’s first battles and first miracles occurred on its shores. The first towns and chapels were erected there. Teaching sisters built schools in its cities and nursing sisters cared for the sick and the aged in hospitals built from timbers harvested on the shoreline. The river nurtured Canada’s first saints and citizens. We now come to explore this region as pilgrims to enrich our faith and to discover a unique courage and commitment. In 1677, Kateri fled from her Mohawk family to St Francis Xavier Mission on the St Lawrence River. When she died at age 24, she had become well known for her spirituality and love of God. Pope St John Paul II beatified her on the 300th anniversary of her death in 1980 and she was canonised in October 2012.

Montreal overnight (BD)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 21: Sunday 12 May - Depart Canada

Today we will be transferred to the airport for our homebound flight connections. (B)

CANADA EXTENSION - Day 22: Monday 13 May - in Transit
CANADA EXTENSION - Day 23: Tuesday 14 May – Arrive Australia

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AIR & TOUR PACKAGE COST Single Supplement Tipping
Pilgrimage Depart - Arrive Australia AUD AUD AUD
USA 9PV04 22 Apr - 7 May 2019 $8990 $1350 $240
Canada Ext. 5 May - 14 May 2019 $3350 $580 $150
NB: Costs have been based on prices as at March 2018 and must remain subject to possible change in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases and minimum group size (30) contingencies.

Airfares: Economy class airfare from Sydney/ Melbourne/Brisbane & Return (N.B. Airlines taxes are included on standard itinerary and subject to fluctuations).  Accommodation & Meals: Based on moderate standard accommodation throughout with breakfast & dinner daily.  Miscellaneous inclusions: • Deluxe Air- Conditioned Motor coach with driver • Local tour guide • Sightseeing and entrance fees throughout itinerary.  Not Included: Passport and Visa Costs • Prepaid Tipping • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance (Harvest will recommend a special group policy rate).

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