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.
(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.
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.
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.
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.
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
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.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture.
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian.
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar¬≠tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the King - dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
ST. BONIFACE (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means "he who does good.
ST. NORBERT (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse.
ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.
ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).
He was an English priest from York - shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk.
St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface.
ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).
These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology.
ST. EPHREM (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).
St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well.
BLESSED DIANA (1236).
She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.
St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus.
ST. BARNABAS (60).
St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan-gelist.
ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).
He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine.
ST. LEO III.
St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795.
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).
There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal.
ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).
He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias.
ST. VITUS (303).
Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus.
ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).
She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in France.
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).
He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus.
ST. BOTOLPH (680).
Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi¬≠nally called Saint Botolphstown.
STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).
They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.
ST. ROMUALD (1027).
He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint's life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.
ST. SILVERIUS (538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).
He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys.
ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France.
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).
He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London.
ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).
St. Audrey was an East Anglian princess, and later a queen. Driven to do so by her parents, she first married a prince named Tonbert, who died three years after their marriage.
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (1 B.C).
John the Baptist was the miraculous son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, given to them when Elizabeth was well beyond the years of childbearing.
ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).
St. William the Abbot (1142).
Of the many saints and holy people named William, none is better remembered than St. William of Monte Vergine, in Italy.
ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).
Sts. John and Paul (362).
These two notable Roman soldiers were martyred under the rule of the cruel Julian the Apostate. They were executed for refusing to support Julian's defection from the dog¬≠matic truths of the Catholic Church.
ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).
A Doctor of the Church, St. Cyril was "the soul of the Council of Ephesus" in 431.
ST. LRENAEUS (202).
This great saint was born to Christian parents in Asia Minor, and died when he was 72, the same age as Our Lady at her death. Irenaeus is one of the Fathers of the Church and is sometimes called "the father of Catholic theology.
ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).
Peter the Apostle, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was the son of a fisherman in Galilee, named Jona.
ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).
On this day the Church lovingly remembers the first fruits of the martyrs of the Church at Rome.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
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?