Fatima & Rome Pilgrimage
100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun
Spiritual Director: Fr. Kaim
Group Leader: Marcie Girolamo
October 4 - 14, 2017MG100417
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located first class hotels: (or similar)
- ~ 5 nights | October 5-10: Residenza Madre Pie, Rome
- ~ 4 nights | October 10-14: 13 De Outubro Hotel, Fatima
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast and Dinner Daily in Fatima, 1 Dinner in Rome
- Wine with dinners that are included
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Local professional guides in Rome for 1 full day and 1 half day
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (1 piece per person)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver
Wednesday, October 4: Depart Chicago
Make your way to your local airport, where you will board your overnight flight(s). Your meals will be served on board.Today you will make your way to your local airport to your overnight flight(s) to Rome. Meals will be served on board.
Thursday, October 5: Arrive Rome
Welcome to Rome! Also known as, "The Eternal City." Upon arrival at Rome Airport, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Make your way to the Bus where your group will transfer to your hotel. Following check-in, you will have the remainder of the day to explore, shop or relax on your own before dinner. Overnight at your hotel.
Friday. October 6: Rome: Christian Rome
Following breakfast, we will make our way to the Trevi Fountain built in the 15th Century to mark the ending destination of the Aqua Virgo - a man-made channel erected in 19 B.C or Piazza Navona where at the center: Fontana dei Quattro Fiumi "Fountain of the Four Rivers. After free time for lunch we will visit the Basilica of St. John the Lateran, the Pope's cathedral church where relics of both Peter and Paul remain under the main altar. It was here that Pope Francis was formally installed as Bishop of Rome. Next we cross the street to see the Holy Staircase which is believed to be a staircase from Pilate's palace in Jerusalem and brought to Rome by St. Helen in the 4th century. We will climb the steps on our knees in memory of Christ's Passion. Continue to the Basilica of St. Mary Major, the most important and the oldest church dedicated to Our Lady. St. Mary Major contains a relic from the manger of the infant Jesus. We will celebrate Mass, and then make back to the hotel for overnight.
Saturday, October 7: Rome: Vatican Museum - Saint Peter's
Following breakfast, we will depart to celebrate Mass in the largest church in Christendom, St Peter's Basilica, built on the site where St Peter was martyred. Unsurpassed in beauty, a monument to the long history of the Catholic Church, to which pilgrims come from around the world, St Peter's is the grandest of the world's churches. Marvel Pieta and Bernini's amazing bronze canopy. Following Mass, we will visit of the Vatican Museums, containing a group of the most impressive edifices with hundreds of galleries filled with art treasures. See awe-inspiring relics, and works of art donated throughout centuries as tributes of faith. We'll cover The Tapestry Gallery, The Raphael Rooms and the most overwhelming Sistine Chapel, Michelangelo's Masterpiece, restored mural of the Last Judgment. The tour ends as we make our way back into St. Peter's Basilica. Pope Francis visited the tomb of St. Peter, following his elevation, for a visit of devotion that lasted 45 minutes. He is the first Pontiff to visit the necropolis since extensive archaeological excavations were conducted at the ancient site decades ago. We will also visit the tomb of St. John Paul II located at the Vatican. Overnight at your hotel.
Sunday, October 8: Rome: Papal Blessing, Angelus - Ancient Rome
Following breakfast, we will attend the Angelus led by His Holiness, Pope Francis. (Papal Blessing, Angelus: Is scheduled to take place every Sunday, pending the schedule of Pope Francis.) There will be free time for lunch, and then we will continue on to visit St Paul Outside the Walls. Continue our tour via the Appian Way -- the oldest road from Roman times--plus the famous Domino Quo Vadis Chapel; see the ancient Baths of Caracalla, Arch of Drusus; Tomb of Celilia Metella, and the catacombs of St Callixtus where the early Christians hid themselves to escape persecution. Return to your hotel for overnight.
Monday, October 9: Rome: Free Day
Breakfast will be served at your hotel this morning. You will have the entire day to explore, shop and reflect in Rome on your own or take a day trip to somewhere such as Assisi or Florence etc. Please speak to Fr. Kaim or Marcie for assistance with this. Any day trips taken will be at your own discretion.
Tuesday, October 10: Depart Rome - Arrive Lisbon - Fatima
Depart Rome and transfer to the airport for your flights to Lisbon. You'll be met upon arrival and transferred to your hotel in Fatima. Dinner and overnight in Fatima.
Wednesday, October 11: Fatima
After breakfast, we begin our tour of Fatima, where we will experience the beauty of this spiritual town. We will see the Basilica, the site of Francesco and Jacinta's graves, the Hamlet of Aljustrel, where the children lived, and Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's appearance after the children's return from prison. Experience Christ's love as you walk and follow the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra (The Sacred Way) culminating in the Chapel of Calvary, which overlooks all of Fatima. Join your prayers with those of pilgrims from around the world as you pray for the sick, drink water from the miraculous well. Attend the blessing of the sick and participate in nightly candlelight processions requested by Our Lady (pending schedule). Time for private devotions before dinner and a restful night's sleep.
Thursday, October 12: Fatima: Santarem - Fatima
Today, you will travel to the old city of Santarem. In Santarem, you will visit and attend Mass at the Church of St. Stephen, which holds a recorded Eucharistic Miracle: The Miracle occurred when a woman yearned to change the ways of her unfaithful husband and consulted a sorceress. The sorceress agreed that she would cure the husband's infidelity in exchange for a consecrated Host. The woman committed the sacrilege, but when she exited the church, the Host began to bleed. It bled so much that her fellow parishioners thought she had cut her hand. The woman ran home and hid the bleeding Host in a trunk. When her husband arrived home, the wife told him what she had done, and later that night there was a light emanating from the trunk. She and her husband began to kneel before the trunk. The following morning, the husband and wife brought the Host to the parish priest It was then moved to the Church of St. Stephen where another miracle occurred; the miraculous Host was originally put in a wax container however, when a priest opened the tabernacle to view the Host, the container was found broken, and the Host was found enclosed in a crystal pyx. Following your visit to this miraculous site, you will visit the Monastery of the Dominicans of Batalha which was built to commemorate the victory of the Portuguese over the Castilians in 1385. Later, visit Nazare, one of the most popular seaside resorts on the Silver Coast of Portugal! Return to Fatima for overnight.
Friday, October 13: Fatima: Anniversary Celebration
Today, on the 100th Anniversary of the Miracle of the Sun, is a day that you will have in your hearts, prayers, and memories for the rest of your life. Today we will make our way to the square, where we will join pilgrims from all over the world for the Anniversary Mass.
*The order of events are subject to change, due to the volume of pilgrims and expected program for the Anniversary. While we will make every effort to visit all of the sites as per the itinerary, some may have to be seen on another day. The Official schedule of events (Candlelight Procession, Blessings of the sick, Anniversary Mass, Mass at Chapel of Apparitions etc.) will not be finalized until closer to the event. Once released, we will update accordingly
Saturday, October 14: Fatima - Depart Lisbon - Arrive USA
After an early breakfast and heartfelt farewells, your group will leave by motor coach and transfer to Lisbon airport for return flight(s) home.