We will depart in transit (CDG) to Paris.
Your dedicated Spiritual Journey tour guide who will accompany you throughout your trip will greet you in Paris. We will depart Paris heading to Lisieux, stopping in the city of Rouen, which is the capital city of Normandy. We continue to our hotel in Lisieux. In the afternoon we will visit the sites of St. Therese, the Little Flower of Jesus, including the Buissonnets and the Basilica in Lisieux. We will celebrate the opening Mass of our journey at the Carmel Chapel. We will end the day with dinner at the hotel.
Today we will make our way to Mt. St. Michel, a major place of religious expidition during the Middle Ages. The place is named after the eighth century Bishop of Avranches who saw St. Michael the Archangel three times in his dreams on this site. The Benedictines constructed a magnificent abbey here in 966. A local Benedictine community has overseen the religious activities here since 1969. I tis here where we will celebrate Mass which will be followed by a visit of the World War II Museum. We will close with dinner at a local restaurant in Lisieux.
This morning we will make our way north to the Normandy Beaches, recalling the D-Day Invasion. After visiting the museum and the memorial, we will return to Lisieux for Mass at the Basilica. The remainder of the day will be at leisure. We will conclude the day with dinner at the hotel.
This morning we will celebrate Mass and transfer to Paris in order to board our high speed TGV train to Lourdes. In the afternoon we will arrive in Lordes, where our representative of Spiritual Journey will meet us. We will be transferred to our hotel where we will eat dinner.
We will begin the morning with Mass before enjoying a walking tour ‘In the Footsteps of Bernadette.’ We will visit the Cachot, a former jail cell that once served as the Soubirous family’s home, the parish church, Fr. Peyramale’s Presbytery, the Hospice and the Boly Mill. In the afternoon at 4:30 the Procession of the Blessed Sacrament and the Blessing of the Sickwill take place. After dinner at the hotel, we will return to the Sanctuary for the Rosary and Torchlight Procession, which begins at 8:30PM. After the procession, we will return to our hotel for the evening.
After an early morning Mass, we will depart Lourdes by motor coach and will make our way across southern France, stopping in the walled city of Carcassonne. We will continue our journey and arrive in Avignon for the evening where we will have dinner at a local restaurant.
After a brief sightseeing tour of Avignon, we will depart to Ars, the site of the Shrine of St. John Vianney of Ars, Patron Saint of Parish Priests. Pope John Paul II was a pilgrim here in 1986. We will visit the basilica that houses the Saint’s incorrupt body, and then continue to the Chapel of Our Lady of Ars, one of the favorite devotions of St. John. In Ars, we will celebrate Mass and offer special prayers for the priests of our Diocese. Our evening will conclude with dinner at the hotel.
This morning in Ars we will visit the museum that is in honor of St. John Vianney. We will then proceed to Lyon where we will celebrate Mass and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Mt. Fourviere, which overlooks the city. We will have some time for shopping and leisure in Lyon before returniing to the hotel in Ars for dinner that evening.
We will depart Ars and begin the day with a stop at the Shrine of the Sacred Heart in Paray Le Monial, where St. Margaret Mary Alacoque received her visions of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. We continue to Nevers, site of repose of St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Here we remember Father Thomas Frederick Price of Wilmington, the first native-born North Carolinian to be ordained a priest. Fr. Price asked that his heart be buried at Nevers near the tomb of St. Bernadette to whom he had a great devotion. After a visit and Mass here, we will continue our ride to Paris where will will enjoy dinner and the evening.
This Morning we will visit two of the great churches of Paris, the first being, the Cathedral of Notre Dame. This is possibly the most famous cathedral in the world devoted to the Blessed Mother. At the Basilica of the Sacred Heart (Sacre Coeur) we will celebrate Mass and aquirea spectacular view of the city. This afternoon you are at leisureto explore or relax. The motor coach will return to the hotel, however, those wishing to stay may want to discover the nearby artist’s quarters of Montmartre and return to the hotel on their own. Dinner this evening will be at a restaurant close to the hotel.
Today we will make an excursion to Chartres. Chartres is home to Our Lady of Chartres Cathedral, is a long a place of pilgrimage and houses the most remarkable collection of stained glass in the entire world, illustrating the Bible and lives of the Saints. After a visiting and celebrating Mass here we will make our way back to Paris where we will close our day with dinner at a restaurant near our hotel.
This morning we will visit and celebrate Mass at the Shrine of St. Catherine Laboure. I tis here where the tradition of the Miraculous Medal began, (and the nearby sights of the repose of St. Louise de Marilac and St. Vincent de Paul). The afternoon you will be at leisure to enjoy the city. This evening we will enjoy a Seine River cruise and a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
This morning we will celebrate the final Mass of our pilgrimage before transfering to the Paris Airport for our flight back.
NOTE: While no changes are anticipated, there might be occasions when certain alterations become necessary to this itinerary due to changes in airline schedules or for other reasons. All Masses are subject to final church schedules.
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