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Tour Code PV3120
Starts Sat 16 May 2020
Finishes Thu 28 May 2020
Air & Tour $6,490 Twin Share
Single Room $1,690 Supplement
Prepaid Tips $220 per person
Deposit $800 non-refundable deposit
* Prices are based on a minimum group size of 40 paying pilgrims, calculated as at June 2019. Prices remain subject to possible changes in the unlikely event of significant exchange rate variations, airfare increases or minimum group size contingencies.
ROME EXTENSION (5 NIGHTS)
Dates Wed 27 May – Mon 1 Jun 2020
Air & Tour $2,590 Twin Share per person
Single Room $1,750 Supplement
Prepaid Tips $90 per person

* Prices are based on a minimum group size 30 paying pilgrims, calculated as at June 2019

ROME & OBERAMMERGAU EXTENSION (7 NIGHTS)
Dates Wed 27 May – Thu 4 Jun 2020
Air & Tour $4,590 Twin Share per person
Single Room price upon application
Prepaid Tips $135 per person

* Prices are based on a minimum group size 30 paying pilgrims, calculated as at June 2019

INCLUSIONS
AIRFARES
International return Economy Class airfare from Sydney • Flight(s) Tel Aviv to Rome and Rome to Munich for extensions (N.B. Airlines taxes are included on standard itinerary and subject to fluctuations).

ACCOMMODATION & MEALS
Moderate standard hotel and religious house accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily • 2 lunches in the Holy Land.

MISCELLANEOUS INCLUSIONS
Deluxe Air Conditioned Coach touring • Professional Pilgrimage Escort / Local Guides • Sightseeing and Entrance Fees • Fully Escorted by Pilgrimage Chaplain • Porterage at hotels • Harvest Backpack, Pilgrims Journal and Tour Wallet.

NOT INCLUDED
Visa Costs • Prepaid Tipping • Other meals not stated • Items of a personal nature including phone calls, laundry, beverages, etc. • Travel insurance.

CCD Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

  • 10 Nights / 13 Days
  • 22 Meals
  • Daily Mass
  • PV3120

60 years of supporting Catechists

Accompanied by Fr Michael McLean EV PP (Episcopal Vicar Education)

CCD Pilgrimage to the Holy Land Itinerary

10 Nights / 13 Days: Dead Sea (1 Night) / Ein Karem / Bethlehem (2) / Nazareth / Sea of Galilee (3) / Caesarea Philippi / Cana / Mt Carmel / Caesarea Maritima / Jerusalem (4)

Meal Code: (B) Breakfast (L) Lunch (D) Dinner

DAY 1SAT 16TH MAY 2020 – DEPART FOR JORDAN

DAY 2SUN 17TH MAY – ARRIVE AMMAN - MT NEBO - DEAD SEA (D)

Theme: Glimpsing the Promised Land

Arrive today into Jordan’s capital Amman. Travel west by coach to ascend Biblical Mt Nebo for a spectacular opening Mass. Here, at the site where the Old Testament opened its door to the land of the New, Moses looked over into the Promised Land and blessed Joshua who was to lead the Israelites under God’s protection (Joshua 1:6-9). Also see the stunning collection of Byzantine mosaics preserved within the shrine.

His Holiness Benedict XVI, on his pilgrimage to the Holy Land in 2009, said this while here on Mt Nebo: “Here, on the heights of Mount Nebo, the memory of Moses invites us to ‘lift up our eyes’ to embrace with gratitude not only God’s mighty works in the past, but also to look with faith and hope to the future which he holds out to us and to our world.” We too can seize this opportunity to thank God for our journey as we anticipate the blessings to come in the days that follow.

We continue to our hotel on the shores of the Dead Sea. Here we will unwind and take the ideal opportunity to float in the salty waters said to have healing qualities.

Dead Sea overnight

Day 3MON 18TH MAY – DEAD SEA TO BETHLEHEM (BD)

We make a visit to Bethany Beyond the Jordan, one of the most recent archaeological and religious discoveries. The five springs here form a tributary of the Jordan River, believed to be the Baptismal site of Jesus by John the Baptist.

We then cross the border into the Holy Land of Israel known as the land of the “fifth Gospel”. Continue to Bethlehem, the City of David.

Bethlehem overnight

Day 4TUE 19TH MAY – BETHLEHEM (BD)

Theme: The Birth of Jesus

We firstly travel out to Ein Karem, the birthplace of St John the Baptist and Church of the Visitation of Mary to Elizabeth “Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord?” (Lk 1:43). Pilgrims may choose to pray a mystery of the Rosary here as we walk up to this church dedicated to ‘The Magnificat’ – ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord’ (Lk 1:46). From here we come to the Church of St John the Baptist, built over a natural grotto identified as the saint’s actual birthplace.

Continue to Shepherd’s Field to celebrate Mass in a local cave to commemorate the appearance of the angels to the shepherds on that first Christmas night (Lk 2:8–16).

Our day will culminate at the Church of the Nativity, the oldest complete church in the Christian world (6th century) and birthplace of Jesus. Bow low and enter the grotto through the Door of Humility as we descend to the Holy Manger where a silver star in the floor marks the actual spot where Jesus was born. The star’s inscription reads in Latin: Hic de Virgine Maria Jesus Christus Natus Est (Here of the Virgin Mary Jesus Christ was born).

We will then visit the Milk Grotto, under the custody of the Franciscans in the Holy Land. The legend recalls how Mary spilt some milk while breast feeding baby Jesus in the cave and this is the reason for the “white” stone of the cave. Tradition also tells us that this site is the burial place of the innocent victims killed by Herod the Great after the birth of Jesus.

Bethlehem overnight

Day 5WED 20TH MAY – VIA NAZARETH TO GALILEE (BLD)

Theme: The Formative Years of Jesus

We depart Bethlehem and journey north to Nazareth, the town of Jesus’ childhood.

Explore nearby Nazareth Village, an authentic non-profit re-creation of the village life of Nazareth as in the days of Jesus. Here we will take a parable-rich walk back in time along the path which brings to life the environment and atmosphere which shaped Jesus’ early years and ministry. Complete our memorable visit with a fascinating first-century meal in a stone- dining area typical of the days of Christ.

Back in Nazareth township we enter inside the Basilica of the Annunciation where a traditional cave becomes the focal point as we ponder Mary’s response “Let it be done to me according to thy word” (Luke 1:38). After celebrating Mass, we will visit the nearby Church of St Joseph.

Travel on to our hotel on the shores of Lake Galilee “Go to Galilee and you will find him there” (Mt 28:7).

Sea of Galilee overnight

Day 6THU 21ST MAY – CAESAREA PHILIPPI, CANA & MT TABOR (BD)

Theme: The Transfiguration

Travel north this morning to Caesarea Philippi near the base of Mt Hermon, where the springs of Banias form the source of the Jordan River. In this tranquil place Jesus spent some quiet time with his disciples and later commissioned Peter “And I tell you, you are Peter and on this Rock I will build my church” (Mt 16:13).

We then come to the village of Cana where Jesus, at the request of His Mother, performed his first miracle transforming the water into wine at the wedding feast (Jn 2:1-11). Here, married couples may take the opportunity to renew their wedding vows, and single and widowed pilgrims will receive a special blessing.

Proceed to the foot of Mt Tabor before ascending by taxis up the narrow winding road leading to the majestic summit. Here Our Lord’s divinity shone forth in the Transfiguration (Mt 17:1-2). After Mass in this breathtaking setting we will better understand Peter’s words ‘Lord it is good for us to be here’.

We then return to our hotel before dinner.

Sea of Galilee overnight

Day 7FRI 22ND MAY – SEA OF GALILEE (BLD)

Theme: The Public Ministry of Jesus

Our spectacular day of pilgrimage begins at Capernaum, the once fishing village of the first apostles Peter, Andrew, James & John which also became the home town of Jesus and the scene of many of his miracles. Here he worshipped and taught in the synagogue where he promised the Eucharist by saying: ‘I am the bread of life … unless you eat the flesh of the Son of Man and drink his blood, you have no life in you’ (John 6:48-53).

Continue to Nof Ginosar Kibbutz, within which is preserved the 1st century ‘Jesus boat’ painstakingly raised and restored from the muddy lakebed in 1986.

Set off from here on a traditional sailing vessel for a spectacular Harvest highlight – a private Mass floating in the centre of Lake Galilee. Here we will recall the miracles of Jesus calming the storm and appearing to the apostles walking on this very water.

Continue back to the shore to enjoy a traditional ‘St Peter’s fish’ lunch to commemorate our Galilee experience.

By the shores of the lake we come to Tabgha – site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mt 14:20), and Church of Primacy of Peter.

Here Jesus challenged Peter and each one of us ‘Do you really love me, feed my sheep’.

Sea of Galilee overnight

Day 8SAT 23RD MAY – VIA MT CARMEL & CAESAREA MARITIMA TO JERUSALEM (BD)

Theme: The Beatitudes

Ascend the Mount of Beatitudes for Mass as we take time in this special place to ponder Jesus’ message of happiness – the Sermon on the Mount (Mt 5:1-12). Surrounded by prayerful gardens overlooking the north western shore of Lake Galilee, the eight sides of the church represent the eight beatitudes given by Jesus.

We then farewell Lake Galilee as we travel west to the Stella Maris Monastery at Mount Carmel. In the lower cave, Elijah was said to have meditated on his victory over the false prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:1-40).

Journey south to the crusader port of Caesarea Maritima, built by Herod the Great. The centurion Cornelius was baptized here by Peter, becoming the first gentile convert to Christianity (Acts 10). Also see the harbour from which St Paul was taken to Rome.

Finally, we journey on and up to Jerusalem – the City of our God.

Jerusalem overnight

Day 9SUN 24TH MAY – JERUSALEM (BD)

Theme: The Agony in the Garden

Begin our Jerusalem pilgrimage as we proceed up to the Mt of Olives to visit the ‘Pater Noster’ Church where Jesus taught His disciples the Lord’s Prayer (Mt 6:7–15). Enjoy a panoramic view and photographic opportunity over the city. View also the Ascension Dome believed to mark the place where Our Lord ascended into heaven. The small round building contains a stone imprinted with what is said to be the footprint of Jesus.

Walk down the Palm Sunday Road as pilgrims to the Garden of Gethsemane, where we will enter the Church of the Agony containing the rock upon which Jesus is said to have prayed before his arrest. Here we will celebrate our group Mass. Prepare then for a memorable pilgrim highlight as we move to the private garden for a secluded time of prayer and reflection surrounded by ancient olive trees.

Visit the Israel Museum for a fascinating outdoor orientation viewing of the Second Temple Scale Model of Jerusalem as it was in the time of Jesus. In the adjacent Shrine of the Book Museum we view the Dead Sea Scrolls with our own eyes.

Jerusalem overnight

Day 10MON 25TH MAY – JERUSALEM (BD)

Theme: The Passion of Jesus

Today we come to Mt Zion to the house of the High Priest Caiaphas and into the Church of St Peter in Gallicantu commemorating Peter’s triple denial of Jesus. On its roof rises a golden rooster atop a black cross recalling Christ’s prophecy that Peter would deny him three times ‘before the cock crows’.

Enter the Cenacle room of the Last Supper (Upper Room) where we commemorate the institution of the Eucharist and the later descent of the Holy Spirit at Pentecost. After Mass and time here to sit and reflect we will continue to the Church of the Dormition identified as the place where the Virgin Mary died or ‘fell asleep’ as the name suggests.

Return to the Mount of Olives to visit the Dominus Flevit Church, built on the site where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Lk 19:41–44).

Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure.

Jerusalem overnight

Day 11TUE 26TH MAY – JERUSALEM (BD)

Theme: The Death & Resurrection of Jesus

Arise very early this morning as we return to the Old City of Jerusalem to commence our Stations of the Cross, beginning from the Antonia Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death. We pray and follow in Our Lord’s footsteps along the actual Via Dolorosa to culminate at the site of Calvary where we will celebrate Mass here in the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. Walk the stairway climbing to the actual site where the Cross of Jesus once stood. The glass panels reveal the natural rock below which we may come to touch with our pilgrim hands. Also enter the Tomb of Christ, the site believed to be where Our Lord lay buried for three days before rising from the dead.

After breakfast back at our hotel we re-enter the Old City precinct to the Church of St Anne, said to be built over the birthplace of the Virgin Mary. Continue to the adjacent Pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralysed man (Jn 5:2–9). See the Lithostrotos (pavement) in the Ecce Homo convent and the Flagellation and Condemnation Chapels which so vividly commemorate the last hours of Jesus’ life. We then come to the vicinity of the Temple Mount to view the Dome of the Rock, El Aqsa Mosque and the Western Wall (once known as the Wailing Wall).

Enjoy the remainder of the afternoon at leisure. After dinner we will gather for a Group Reflection, reflecting upon the past special days of pilgrimage.

Jerusalem overnight

Day 12WED 27TH MAY – DEPART HOLY LAND (B)

We farewell Jerusalem this morning as we are transferred back to Amman airport for our flight connections home.

Day 13THU 28TH MAY – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

  • “In this life we cannot do great things. We can only do small things with great love.”

    Saint Teresa of Calcutta
    March for Life

Post-Tour Option: 5 Night Rome Extension

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

DAY 12WED 27TH MAY – FLY TO ITALY (BD)

We farewell Jerusalem this morning as we are transferred to Tel Aviv airport for our flight connections to Italy. On arrival at Rome airport we will be met and transferred to our centrally located accommodation.

Rome overnight

DAY 13THU 28TH MAY – ROME PILGRIMAGE - THE MAJOR BASILICAS (BD)

Celebrate this morning a spectacular Mass at St Peter’s Basilica before coming to the nearby Vatican Museums. Wander the spectacular chambers leading to the Sistine Chapel to view Michelangelo’s masterpieces, including the magnificent fresco of the Last Judgment.

Continue through to the awe-inspiring St Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in the world for an informative exploration. Our guided tour will feature among other highlights Michelangelo’s stunning Pieta, the tomb of Pope St John Paul II, the great Confessional and the Crypt containing the tombs of several Popes.

In the afternoon, visit the impressive St Mary Major Basilica. Onwards to the Basilica of St John in Lateran (First Papal residence) and the adjacent Holy Stairs brought from Jerusalem to Rome in 326AD by St Helena (as a favourite of pilgrims, these steps may only be ascended on the knees). Visit also the Basilica of Santa Croce in Gerusalemme with its extraordinary collection of relics from the Holy Land.

Rome overnight

DAY 14FRI 29TH MAY – ROME PILGRIMAGE (BD)

We begin our day at the Church of the Gesu for Mass, frequented by our own St Mary of the Cross during her time in Rome. This Church remains the Mother Church of the Jesuit Order (1568) and it is here where St Ignatius of Loyola lies in repose. Adjacent to the church we will visit the Ignatian Rooms. Visit the Church of St Ignatius with its amazing ceiling painted to look like a dome.

We then enter the Chiesa Nuova on the Corso Vittorio Emanuele which houses the body of St Philip Neri. Here we can seek his powerful intercession at the conclusion of our pilgrimage.

In the afternoon we make a special visit to the Congregation of the Doctrine of Faith, Congregation for the Causes of Saints and the Congregation for Divine Worship and the Sacraments, where we will meet with either the Prefect or a staff member and have a brief presentation on what their congregation does and have a short time of Q & A’s. (Subject to availability and confirmation.)

Rome overnight

Day 15SAT 30TH MAY – ROME PILGRIMAGE - SAINTS & MARTYRS (BD)

This morning we enter into the most visited attraction in Rome – the Colosseum. In 1749 Pope Benedict XIV declared the Colosseum a sacred site, as it was a place where early Christians had been martyred. View also the Circus Maximus and the Roman Forum en route.

Journey this afternoon out to the majestic Basilica of St Paul Outside the Walls. Originally consecrated in 324, the saint’s tomb is visible now under the Papal Altar. We will celebrate a wonderful Mass here as a special tribute to the Church’s greatest evangelist.

Continue then to the ancient Catacombs for a memorable guided tour to marvel at these underground burial tunnels for Christians and Hebrews. Return to our hotel for some free time before dinner.

Rome overnight

Day 16SUN 31ST MAY – ROME PILGRIMAGE (FEAST OF PENTECOST) (BD)

Papal Events (Subject to the Pope’s presence in Rome)

We will proceed to St Peter’s Square where the Holy Father is expected to celebrate Holy Mass for the Feast of Pentecost. He will then pray the Regina Coeli in celebration with pilgrims from around the world.

Some free time will be afforded this afternoon to discover the sights of Rome. Strolling through the streets is like walking through the pages of a history book. Indulge in a gelato or enjoy a coffee while absorbing and admiring the history of this ancient city. Marvel at the Pantheon; toss a coin into the Trevi fountain.

This evening we will set out early to the lively Trastevere district and visit the lovely Church of Santa Maria in Trastevere. Stroll on to enjoy a wonderful Italian evening of food and traditional at a traditional Italian restaurant as a fitting celebration on the birthday of the Church and our final night of pilgrimage!

Rome overnight

Day 17MON 1ST JUNE – DEPART ITALY (B)

OR Continue with Oberammergau extension.

Day 18TUE 2nd JUNE – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA

Post-Tour Option: Oberammergau Passion Play

2 Nights / 3 Days
In a five-hour-performance, more than 2000 participants bring the story of Jesus of Nazareth to the impressive open-air stage of the Passion Play Theatre. In total, Oberammergau expects 450,000 visitors at 103 playing dates. The Passion Play is uniquely connected to the culture of Bavaria and its well-preserved tradition.

Meal Code: (B) = Breakfast (L) = Lunch (D) = Dinner

DAY 17MON 1ST JUNE – FLY ITALY TO MUNICH (BD)

We farewell the Rome today as we fly to Germany. Upon arrival our coach takes u south to the vicinity of the village of Oberammergau, home to the world-renowned Passion Play.

Every ten years affords pilgrims the great privilege of witnessing the world-renowned Passion Play of Oberammergau. For over 300 years this picturesque village in the Bavarian Alps has re- enacted the passion of Jesus, and people of every religious denomination have been drawn to this cherished spectacle.

Oberammergau overnight

DAY 18TUE 2ND JUNE – OBERAMMERGAU - THE PASSION PLAY (BD)

Today we travel to the village of Oberammergau, home to the world-renowned Passion Play.

Every ten years affords pilgrims the great privilege of witnessing the world-renowned Passion Play of Oberammergau. For over 300 years this picturesque village in the Bavarian Alps has re- enacted the passion of Jesus, and people of every religious denomination have been drawn to this cherished spectacle.

Oberammergau Region overnight

DAY 19WEDNESDAY 3RD JUNE – DEPART GERMANY (B)

Day 20THURSDAY 4TH JUNE – ARRIVE AUSTRALIA