Parish Renewal Pilgrimages – Pilgrims of Hope – Harvest Journeys
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Parish Renewal Pilgrimages

Pilgrimage is an excellent tool to renew and revitalise parish communities. The simple exercise of setting out together on a spiritual journey to sacred places, is not only an ancient practice in the Catholic tradition, but can be an antidote to the modern malaise of individualism, secularisation, and faith deficit that work against building strong Christian communities. Harvest has a long tradition of designing and operating successful parish pilgrimages. Whether the occasion is to mark a parish milestone anniversary or achieve important mission goals, a pilgrimage can be a perfect vehicle to deliver the outcomes your parish community desires.

A group pilgrimage delivers

Spiritual Renewal

The stress and busyness of life can act as a barrier to personal reflection and spiritual growth. Time away on a pilgrimage results in faith renewal through opportunities for encounters with God, special Masses in sacred sites, and profound moments of prayer in holy places and amidst natural beauty.

Community

Strengthening of relational bonds, creating solidarity, community mindset and even lifelong friendships as a result. This happens naturally through conversations, shared experiences, prayer and Mass, and walking on the pilgrim’s road together.

Transformation

The external physical journey mirrors a spiritual journey within that can result in peace, hope and healing across many facets of one’s life. Many pilgrims experience this as transformation with a life-changing impact. Seeds sown on a pilgrimage can bear rich fruit in the life of a pilgrim once they return home.

Formation

Pilgrimage can help the individual re-centre themselves in Christ and discover God’s purpose for their life, thereby sharpening a sense of calling and mission. Whether it be faith formation or leadership development, parishioners bring home significant learnings and growth to apply to their daily lives and faith community.

Enjoyment

An enjoyable time around fellowship with like-minded people, whilst feeling comfortable and safe, and quite simply, just having fun! Whether it is sharing a great meal around the pilgrim’s table, or seeing an iconic tourist site one has always wanted to see, pilgrimage offers opportunities to create memories that can last a lifetime.

Harvest has developed a range of parish pilgrimages, inspired by the great saints to facilitate renewal. Why not choose one and start planning your parish pilgrimage for renewal today!

Lourdes France

Pilgrimage with Mary

10 nights from Lisbon to Lyon
Lisbon (1 night) • Fatima (3) • Alba de Tormes • Avila (2) • Segovia • Caleruega • Santo Domingo de Silos (1) • Loyola • Lourdes (3)

Prepare for an amazing journey of grace for our community family as we experience the tangible presence of Our Blessed Mother while continuing from town to town through the lives of great saints that will strengthen our mission together.

Assisi, Italy

Pilgrimage with St Francis

11 nights from Rome to Venice
Rome (4 nights) • Greccio • Assisi (2 nights) • Gubbio • Siena (1 night) • Florence (2 nights) • Bologna • Ravenna • Padua (2 nights) • Venice

The invigorating spirit of St Francis will be well and truly felt together as we pass through majestic Italian scenery and take hold of the spiritual treasures of this land so rich and bonding for us as we grow as one in love and unity.

Ephesus, Turkey

Pilgrimage with St Paul

11 nights from Greece to Turkey
Athens (2 nights) • Acropolis • Ancient Corinth • Kalambaka (2) • Meteora Monasteries • Berea • Thessaloniki • Kavala (2) • Ancient Philippi • Patmos (2) • Kusadasi (1) • Ephesus • Pamukkale (2) • Laodicea • Colossae.

A powerful pilgrimage of renewal awaits our faith family as as we follow the early footsteps of St Paul and take wisdom together from the trials and triumphs of the various people groups of the early church communities.

Pilgrimage with St Patrick

10 nights from Dublin to Dublin.
Dublin (1 night) • Via Glendalough • Kilkenny (2) • Rock of Cashel • Ardmore • Cork (1) • Tralee (2) • Dingle Peninsula • Cliffs of Moher • Ennis • Galway (1) • Knock • Westport (2) • Croagh Patrick • Dublin (1). Optional Belfast post-tour extension (3 nights).

Prepare to be carried along by the mighty spirit of Saint Patrick as we traverse the rich heritage of Catholic Ireland and come to  find deep renewal together through the places and graces of this breathtaking Emerald Isle.

Jerusalem Pink Sky

Pilgrimage with Jesus

9 nights from Tel Aviv to Tel Aviv.
Tel Aviv (1 night) • Haifa • Mt Carmel • Nazareth (2) • Mt Tabor • Cana • Sea of Galilee (2) • Mt Beatitudes • Jordan River • Jericho • Jerusalem (4) • Bethlehem day. Wonders of Jordan Optional 3-night extension.

As we literally walk in Jesus footsteps together as a parish community and celebrate the gospels coming alive before our very eyes, we will be bonded by memories of encounter and moments of Eucharist that will stay with us forever.

Twelve Apostles

Pilgrimage with St Mary MacKillop

10 nights from Melbourne to Adelaide
Melbourne (1 night) • Mary MacKillop Heritage Centre • Apollo Bay (1) • Great Ocean Road • The Twelve Apostles • Portland (2) • Hamilton • Mt Gambier (Blue Lake) • Penola (2) • Coonawarra Winery • Murray Bridge (1) • Hahndorf German Village • Barossa Valley (1) • Sevenhill Ignatian Centre & Winery • Adelaide (2).

Set out together on a true Australian Pilgrimage through the life and times of Mary MacKillop, as we rekindle the story, landscapes and spirit of Australia’s first Saint. Receive the warm hospitality of rural communities and be inspired by their faith.

Plan your Parish Pilgrimage now in 5 EASY STEPS

1. PLAN

Choose an existing Harvest itinerary or design your own by filling out a group enquiry form below.

2. PROPOSAL & PRICE

Receive from Harvest a customised detailed itinerary proposal with pricing options and inclusions.

3. PROCEED

Make a decision to proceed and a Harvest group manager will be assigned to your group to see your pilgrimage through to realisation and departure.

4. PROMOTE

Harvest will provide you with a promotional flyer for use throughout your networks, and further support you with group information sessions.

5. PREPARE

Travel documents, backpack, travel wallet, journal will be sent to each pilgrim along with helpful notes for chaplains and leaders. Then pack your bags and get ready to go!

Parishes are planning their participation it the Jubilee Holy Year 2025 with a dedicated pilgrimage.

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