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"Jesus' Baptism"

Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven, submit himself to John's baptism? John preached a baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke 3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of the "baptism" of Jesus bloody death upon the cross. Jesus' baptism is the acceptance and the beginning of his mission as God's suffering Servant (Isaiah 52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father's will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust and submission to God? Read More »

Jan 2006 - In Denver, Colorado (L to R) Mr. Thomas Pereira of St Michael Center and parish training consultant www.GrowYourParish.com , was invited by Globus-Cosmos religious travel team Ms.Amee Estill and Mr. Kevin Wright , religious travel manager, to begin a program to encourage the formation of travel ministries in parishes and to organize pilgrimages. Pastors and parishioners are encouraged to contact St Michael Center to learn more about the program as part of helping parishes grow their communities. Global-Cosmos, a 75 year old company, is the largest tour operator in the country.

Kevin Wright (left), acclaimed Catholic travel author and Religious Travel Manager for Globus and Cosmos; and Thomas Pereira (right) , founder and director of St Michael Center met in December 2005 in San Francisco to begin a National Travel Ministry for parishes with the mission of encouraging families to travel to religious, historical and cultural sights around the world.


Designed to serve the Catholic community in America by offering the opportunity of travel and fellowship in a relaxed environment, the opportunities are limitless. Whether it is a trip to the great Catholic shrines of Europe, the Biblical lands, or even a parish vacation to Hawaii, we offer you the very best faith-based travel experiences.


Our travel partner Globus and Cosmos is a world-class leader in escorted vacations, and specialists in pilgrimage travel. Their team of religious travel professionals is headed by Kevin J. Wright, an award-winning Catholic travel author.


Our pilgrimage trips are chosen to provide you or your parish an intimate encounter with the roots of our Catholic faith – whether it is walking in the footsteps of Pope John Paul II in Poland, praying at the site where Our Lady appeared in Fatima and Lourdes, or even touching Mt. Sinai where Moses received the Ten Commandments.


Traveling with St. Michael's National Travel Ministry is more than a journey, it is an immersion into the richness of our Catholic faith – and where the saints come alive.






The Irish Faith and History

11-day tour will let you become intimately involved in Irish faith and history as you visit Our Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Patrick's Cathedral, and Oscar Wilde's Trinity College, Knock Shrine, Church of the Apparition, Folk Museum, Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Kylemore Abbey, Aran Heritage Centre and Burren Centre. Also explore dairy farm country in the center of the "Emerald Isle", enjoy an excursion to Inishmore, relish a panoramic drive around "Ring of Kerry" and a horse-drawn car ride through national park, drop by the world famous crystal factory in Waterford, and see Ireland's oldest handweaving mill at Avoca.


The Legacy of Pope John Paul II

eight-day tour will allow you to experience first hand the Pope's hometown, his favorite boyhood shrine, his favorite Marian devotion site, the city and cathedral in which he served as cardinal, and much more. Part of the pilgrimage is a visit to Cathedral of St. John, Warsaw Ghetto, Franciscan Friary, Shrine and the famous Black Madonna, Martyrdom Museum, St. Maximilian Kolbe's cell, Wawel Castle, St. Mary's Church, and Shrine of Divine Mercy


The Lourdes and Shrines of France

11-day tour will immerse your faith as you visit Notre Dame Cathedral, Basilica of Sacre Coeur, Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Shrine, St. Vincent de Paul Shrine, St. Peter's Cathedral, Carmelite Convent, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St. John Vianney Shrine, and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Also glimpse at the family home of St. Therese, St. Bernadette's and St. John Vianney. You may also bathe in the healing waters, attend the "Blessing of the Sick," or join the evening's rosary and candlelight procession in Lourdes.


The Marian Shrines of Europe

11- day tour will allow you to visit three of Christianity's most famous shrines on this unforgettable pilgrimage- Lourdes, Fatima, and Santiago de Compostela. Stops along the way include a visit to Jeronimos Monastery, Church of St. Anthony, Church of the Holy Miracle, Prado Museum and Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar. Also visit St. Bernadette's birth and family homes, bath in the healing waters, attend the "Blessing of the Sick", or join the evening's rosary and candlelight procession.


The Classic Shrines of Italy


10-day tour will let you experience the best of Italy's famous shrines and cities on this pilgrimage. Discover the history, culture and architecture of Christian faith from Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo to Assisi. Part of the journey are stops to St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Colosseum, Roman Forum. Also visit the Benedictine Abbey, Padre Pio's friary, Holy House of Loreto, St. Mary of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncula. Also indulge in the sights and sounds of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi's hometown.


The Grand Catholic Italy

11-day tour will give you a majestic travel from Rome to Venice as you take pleasure in guided visits to the Holy Stairs, St. John Lateran Basilica, St. Paul outside the Walls, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Catacombs, the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter's Square and Basilica, the Colosseum and the Roman Forum. Also visit Benedictine monasteries, Padre Pio's friary, Shrine of Monte Sant'Angelo, Holy House of Loreto, St. Anthony's Basilica, and St. Mark's Square.

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LIVES OF THE SAINTS

APRIL 1
ST. HUGH OF GRENOBLE

St. Hugh was born in 1052 in France. He grew up to be tall and handsome, gentle and courteous. Read More »

APRIL 2
ST. FRANCIS OF PAOLA

St. Francis was born in the tiny village of Paola, Italy, around 1416. His parents were poor but humble.. Read More »

APRIL 3
ST. RICHARD OF CHICHESTER

St. Richard was born in England in 1197. He and his brother became orphans when Richard was very young. Read More »

APRIL 4
ST. ISIDORE OF SEVILLE

This saint was born in 556. Isidore's two older brothers, Leander and Fulgentius, became bishops and.. Read More »

APRIL 5
ST. VINCENT FERRER

A most wonderful Christian hero was St. Vincent Ferrer. He was born in Valencia, Spain, in 1350. Read More »

APRIL 6
BLESSED NOTKER

This Benedictine monk had once been a sickly child. He had a very noticeable speech impediment all his life. Notker was determined not to let it.. Read More »

APRIL 7
ST. JOHN BAPTIST DE LA SALLE

St. John Baptist de la Salle was born in Rheims, France, on April 30, 1651. His parents were from the.. Read More »

APRIL 8
ST. JULIE BILLIART

Mary Rose Julie Billiart was born in Belgium in 1751. Her uncle, the village school teacher, taught her to read and write. Read More »

APRIL 9
ST. WALDETRUDIS

Waldetrudis was born in Belgium in the seventh century. Her mother, her father and her sister have all been declared saints. Read More »

APRIL 10
BLESSED ANTHONY NEYROT

Anthony was born in northern Italy in the fifteenth century. He joined the Dominican order in Florence, Italy. The prior at that time was another saint.. Read More »

APRIL 11
ST. STANISLAUS

St. Stanislaus was born near Cracow, Poland, in 1030. His parents had prayed for thirty years for a child. Read More »

APRIL 12
ST. JOSEPH MOSCATI

His brother's death made a deep impression on Joseph. He asked Jesus in the Eucharist and Mary for.. Read More »

APRIL 13
ST. MARTIN

St. Martin was a priest of Rome who had a reputation for being well-educated and holy. He became pope in.. Read More »

APRIL 14
BLESSED LIDWINA

The name Lidwina means "suffering." Lidwina was from Holland. She was born in 1380 and died in 1433. Read More »

APRIL 15
BLESSED DAMIEN OF MOLOKAI

Joseph "Jeff" de Veuster was born in 1840, the son of Belgian farmers. He and his brother, Pamphile, joined the congregation of the Sacred Hearts. Read More »

APRIL 16
ST. BENEDICT JOSEPH LABRE

This French saint, born in 1748, led a most unusual life. He was the son of a store owner and was taught by his uncle, a priest. Read More »

APRIL 17
ST. STEPHEN HARDING

Stephen was a young Englishman who lived in the twelfth century. He was a good student who liked to learn. Read More »

APRIL 18
BLESSED MARY OF THE INCARNATION

Barbara was born in France in 1566. She was married to Peter Acarie when she was seventeen. She and her husband loved their Catholic faith and.. Read More »

APRIL 19
BLESSED JAMES DUCKETT

James Duckett was an Englishman who lived during the reign of Queen Elizabeth I. As a young man he became an apprentice printer in London. Read More »

APRIL 20
ST. AGNES OF MONTEPULCIANO

This saint was born near the city of Monte pulciano, Italy, in 1268. When she was just nine years old, she begged her mother and father to let her live at the nearby convent. Read More »

APRIL 21
ST. ANSELM

Anselm was born in northern Italy in 1033. From his home he could see the Alps mountains. Read More »

APRIL 22
ST. SOTER AND ST. CAIUS

St. Soter was pope long ago in the times of the Roman emperors. He was a real father to all Christians. Read More »

APRIL 23
ST. GEORGE

Pictures of St. George usually show him killing a dragon to rescue a beautiful lady. The dragon stands for.. Read More »

APRIL 24
ST. FIDELIS OF SIGMARINGEN

This saint's name was Mark Rey. He was born in Germany in 1578. Mark went to the famous University of Freigburg to become a lawyer. Read More »

APRIL 25
ST. MARK THE EVANGELIST

Mark lived at the time of Jesus. Although he was not among the original twelve apostles, he was a relative of St. Barnabas, an apostle. Read More »

APRIL 26
ST. RADBERTUS

This saint lived in ninth-century France. No one knows who his parents were. They left their newborn infant on the doorstep of Notre-Dame convent. Read More »

APRIL 27
ST. ZITA

Zita is known as the patron saint of domestic workers. She was born in the village of Monte Sagrati.. Read More »

APRIL 28
ST. PETER CHANEL

St. Peter Chanel was born near Belley, France, in 1803. From the time he was seven, he took care of.. Read More »

APRIL 29
ST. CATHERINE OF SIENA

Born in 1347, this well-known saint is the patroness of Italy, her country. Catherine was the youngest in a family of twenty-five children. Read More »

APRIL 30
ST. PIUS V

This holy pope was born in Italy in 1504. He was baptized Anthony Ghislieri. He wanted to become a priest, but it seemed as though his dream would never come true. Read More »

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