The Catenians Pilgrimage to Fatima
Led by Fr Kevin Foulkes, 10th - 16th March 2020
A pilgrimage to Fatima was the only aspect of my time as National President that Linda and I feel strongly about going on. Our personal experience of Fatima began with the pilgrimage led by PGP. David Rowley and Eileen. We found the experience truly uplifting spiritually as well as offering the opportunity to see something of the rich history and culture of Portugal.
We will be accompanied by Fr. Kevin Foulkes who is a parish priest in Salford Diocese and personal friend of many years standing. Fr. Kevin will say Mass for us each day and lead us in other liturgies.
The pilgrimage is open to all, and both Linda and I hope that you, and your friends will join with us on what promises to be a truly rewarding experience both spiritually and socially.
Phil and Linda Brown
Scheduled flights from various U.K. airports and Dublin to Lisbon. Transfer by coach to Fatima where we check into our hotel, the Dom Gonçalo for dinner and a six-night stay. Hopefully the first Mass of the pilgrimage will be in Fatima this afternoon.
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 will be at choice today. After which we 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 in our hotel.
This morning we drive a short distance south from Fatima to Santarem, one of the oldest cities in the world, and home to one of the oldest Eucharistic miracles in the world, dating back to the 13th century. In 1997, the Shrine celebrated the 750th anniversary of the first date associated with the Eucharistic miracle. This holy miracle remains the second most famous after that of Lanciano in Italy. The church of St Stephen where the miracle occurred was subsequently renamed the Church of the Holy Miracle, after church authorities had exhaustively investigated it and approved the miracle. We hope to celebrate Mass at the Church. After which there will be the opportunity to visit the new museum located at the rear of the altar. We then drive to the estate of Quinta da Lagoalva, not far from the Douro river, to enjoy two hours of three wine tastings with olive oil, cheese, chourico and bread. There will also be the chance to purchase fine Portuguese wines, from their vast collection. Return to Fatima for dinner.
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 and lunch will be at choice. 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 in our hotel.
Tomar has been a Catholic town since the taking back of this part of Portugal from the Moors in the 12th century. At first it was under the command of The Knights Templar, who constructed the awesome castle and convent of the order of Christ, which became the Templar headquarters. In 1314, when the Templars were being suppressed by the Papacy, a new order, the Knights of Christ was established. The Convento de Christo is one of the most magnificent buildings in Portugal and we will have a guided visit spending some time here before continuing to the Church of St John the Baptist and the Chapel of our Lady of The Conception. The rest of the day will be at leisure. Mass will be celebrated at one of the churches in Tomar. Return to Fatima in the late afternoon.
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 at choice today, with the final dinner in our hotel this evening.
After the closing Mass of the pilgrimage (time permitting), transfer by coach to Lisbon Airport for our return flights to the U.K. or Dublin.
THIS PILGRIMAGE IS FOR CATENIAN MEMBERS ONLY
This tour involves a substantial amount of 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.
This itinerary is a guide and subject to change.
Photo by: Johann Jaritz
Photo by: Johann Jaritz
Single room supplement: £142
10/03/20 - 16/03/20
Return scheduled flights: Heathrow, Gatwick, Manchester or Dublin to Lisbon (flights from other departure airports to Lisbon, if available at the time). Current (as of July 2019) U.K., Ireland and Portugal airport departure taxes. 1 piece of checked in luggage per person: Ryanair - 20kg, TAP - 23kg, easyJet - 20kg, BA - 23kg. 6 nights’ accommodation in shared* twin or double-bedded rooms with en suite facilities at Dom Goncalo (4-star) www.hoteldg.com/en. Meal plan: 6 breakfasts, 6 dinners in the hotel (final evening). All coach transfers and touring in Portugal as per the itinerary, by air-conditioned coach. Portuguese and English-speaking tour manager to accompany the group. Local English-speaking guides where appropriate to the itinerary. All entrance fees as per the itinerary. Daily Masses and other devotions booked as per the itinerary. Production of order of service and readings for the Masses. All gratuities to hotel, restaurants, drivers and local guides. ATOL and ABTA financial protection (depending on whether flights are booked with Pax Travel or not). *If you select to share a twin room when booking but have no one to share with, we will try to pair you up with someone of the same gender in the group. However, if there is no one available to pair you up with we will charge a supplement of £71 as you would have single occupancy of the room.
Travel insurance. Meals not included in the itinerary. Supplement for single occupancy of a double room for 6 nights: £142. Transport within the U.K. Catering during the flights. Fuel surcharges and airport departure tax increases if passed on by the airline.
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