Pilgrimage to Celebrate the Centenary of Fatima
Our Lady and St George’s Parish, Walthamstow, London, 1 Sept - 6 Sept 2017.
Since 1917, millions of pilgrims have visited the sanctuary of Fatima in northern Portugal to call on the protection of Our Lady who appeared here to three shepherd children for six months in succession instructing them to convey her message to the world that mankind should show penance for their sins and pray the rosary every day. Our pilgrimage will take place during the 100th anniversary of the apparitions. The three, originally secret, messages of Fatima were for prayer, reparation, repentance and sacrifice, and the abandonment of sin.
The first secret was a vision of hell which contrasts with the heaven previously shown to the children by Our Lady. The second secret included Mary’s instructions on how to save souls from hell and convert the world to the Christian faith. The third secret gives a vision of the death of the Pope and other religious figures. The message shows a flaming sword coming into contact with Our Lady and dying out, suggesting that in the end, good triumphs over evil.
Day one – Stansted - Lisbon - Fatima
Scheduled flight from Stansted to Lisbon. We travel for approximately 1½ hours by coach, and check into our 3-star hotel in Fatima for a five-night stay. On each evening of our stay, if the torchlight procession takes place, we will be welcome to participate. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day two – Fatima - Aljustrel
Fatima is known as the Hope of the World, where Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children between 13th May and 13th October 1917. There will be a guided tour in the morning including a visit to the Basilica and the Chapel of the Apparitions, where Mass will be celebrated. Lunch is included today. We then proceed to Aljustrel for Stations of the Cross and to visit the Shrines of the Apparitions of Our Lady and the angels, and to see the homes of the children, and possibly relatives of Jacinta (and Francisco) and Lucia. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day three – Fatima
Today will be spent in Fatima. In the morning, we take part in the international Mass at the sanctuary. This afternoon there will be the opportunity for private devotions and shopping, or else the opportunity for a visit to the museum, O Milagre de Fatima, which recreates the historical events from the beginning of the 20th century, the apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun. Also, the Fatima Wax Museum, next to the sanctuary is worth a visit where the story of the Fatima witnesses and other historical events is told through wax figures. Lunch is included today and dinner will be in our hotel.
Day four – Santarem
We visit the church of “The Miracle of the Bleeding Host” where we have a short guided tour and Mass will be celebrated. There will be time for lunch at choice before returning to Fatima. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day five – Batalha - Nazaré - Alcobaca
After breakfast we drive to the 14th century monastery of Batalha dedicated to Our Lady, with its famous ornate cloisters (and English connections). We continue to the picturesque fishing village of Nazaré, first visiting the shrine of Our Lady of Nazareth, where Mass will be celebrated. We return to Fatima via the famous Abbey of St Mary in Alcobaca, one of the most beautiful religious buildings in Portugal. Dinner will be at the hotel.
Day six – Fatima - Lisbon - Stansted
Morning will be at leisure in Fatima. We transfer to Lisbon in the early afternoon and visit the church of San Antonio, where we can see the birthplace of St Anthony of Padua. Here we will celebrate Mass before transferring to Lisbon Airport for our return flight to Stansted.
This itinerary is subject to change without prior notification
This tour involves a substantial amount of long distance walking, some of which will be over irregular surfaces such as cobblestones and badly-maintained walking areas. If everyday walking is something you find difficult, this tour may be unsuitable for you.
Travel Insurance: £33
Single Room Supplement: £120
· Return scheduled flights from Stansted to Lisbon on Ryanair. Flight times to be announced later.
· Current U.K. and Portugal airport departure taxes.
· 1 piece of checked-in luggage up to 15kg.
· 5 nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities at the Hotel Casa das Irmas Dominicanas in Fatima (www.hotel-dominicanas-fatima.com).
· Meal plan: 5 breakfasts, 2 lunches and 5 dinners.
· All coach transfers and touring in Portugal as per the itinerary, by air-conditioned coach.
· Local English-speaking guides in Fatima, Santarem and Batalha.
· Entrance fees as per the itinerary.
· Pax Travel Portuguese-speaking Tour Manager.
· ATOL and ABTA financial protection.
· Daily Masses and other devotions booked as per the itinerary.
· Travel insurance currently at £33.00 per person.
· Single room supplement at £120 for 5 nights accommodation (limited number of single rooms available).
· Meals and drinks if not included in the itinerary.
· Catering during the flights.
· Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline.
· U.K. transfers.
· Gratuities to guides, hotel staff and coach drivers.
Terms of Payment:
Deposit of £200 (plus the insurance premium if the cover we offer is required) per person, with a completed booking form.
Final payment to be received no later than 30th June 2017.
The above price is guaranteed for bookings Pax Travel receives before Monday 16th January 2017. Bookings we receive after this date may be subject to a flight surcharge.