Ever imagined a journey to one of the important
religious place, venerating a relic while enjoying the splendor
of a very spectacular place often mentioned in the Bible during
the ancient times? Do you have the charisma and the passion for
arranging religious pilgrimage to the world’s most remarkable
places of worship in your parish or organization? Then St. Michael’s
National Travel Ministry is waiting for you!
The Saint Michael National Travel Ministry Program
is another avenue of St. Michael’s expression of commitment
as it promotes more intimate experiences of faith and fellowship
to Catholic to better encourage them to help their parish grow.
Join now the Saint Michael National Travel Ministry! Discover how
to deepen your parishioners or members knowledge and awareness of
the Catholic faith, culture, and history through the travel ministry.
Our travel partner Globus is a world-class leader
in escorting vacations, and specialists in pilgrimage travel.
With St. Michael National Travel Ministry, your passion for facilitating
pilgrimages, vacations, trips and other forms of travel for your
parish or organization will come a long way. You will not only get
to rub elbows with the top religious travel experts and visit key
religious destination, above all you will immerse into the richness
of our Catholic faith as you experience heaven on earth through
the pilgrimage travels.
Interested to discover Ireland’s history?
Then share your zeal to parishes and individuals for an 11-day tour
on the Irish Faith and History. Assist pilgrims and explore 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.
If you wish you could also facilitate parishes and individuals for
an eight-day tour of the Legacy of Pope Paul II. Let pilgrims 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.
You can also opt to volunteer for the 11-day tour
to Lourdes and Shrines of France and and aid pilgrims explore 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.
You could also share your fervor for the Classic Shrines of Italy
10-day tour and facilitate the parishes and individuals in experiencing
the best of Italy’s famous shrines and cities on this pilgrimage.
Help them 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
Allotting some of your time for volunteer works at travel ministry
will come a long way especially for the Grand Catholic Italy. You
can assist pilgrims on a majestic travel from Rome to Venice and
visit 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.
Your participation to the travel ministry will not only enrich you
but it will quench you and your parish with the most intimate encounter
with the roots of our Catholic faith.
OF THE SAINTS
ST. JOSEPH THE WORKER
This is St. Joseph's second feast day on the Church calendar of celebrations. We honor him also on March 19. St. Joseph is a very important saint.
St. Athanasius was born around 297 in Alexandria, Egypt. He devoted his life to proving that Jesus is truly God.
ST. PHILIP AND ST. JAMES
Both of these saints were part of the original group of Jesus' twelve apostles.
BLESSED MARIE-LEONIE PARADIS
Blessed Marie-Elodie Paradis was born in the village of L'Acadie in Quebec, Canada. It was May 12, 1840.
ST. JUDITH OF PRUSSIA
St. Judith lived in the thirteenth century. She was born in Thuringia. This was in what is now central Germany. She wanted to model her life on the example of St. Elizabeth of Hungary.
BLESSED FRANCOIS DE MONTMORENCY LAVAL
Blessed Francois was the first bishop of Quebec City, Canada. He was born in 1623 in a small town in France.
BLESSED ROSE VENERINI
Blessed Rose was born in Viterbo, Italy, in 1656. Her father was a physician. Rose entered the convent but returned home after a few months.
BLESSED CATHERINE OF ST. AUGUSTINE
St. Catherine was born on May 3, 1632, in a little village in France. She was baptized the same day.
BLESSED NICHOLAS ALBERGATI
Blessed Nicholas was born in Bologna, Italy. Nicholas' family could afford to send him to the university where he began to study law.
St. Antoninus lived in the fifteenth century. Even as a boy he showed that he had good sense and will power.
ST. IGNATIUS OF LACONI
St. Ignatius was the son of a poor farmer in Laconi, Italy. He was born on December 17, 1701.
ST. NEREUS, ST. ACHILLEUS AND ST. PANCRAS
Sts. Nereus and Achilleus were Roman soldiers who died around 304. They were probably Praetorian guards under Emperor Trajan. We know little else about them.
ST. ANDREW FOURNET
St. Andrew Fournet was born on December 6, 1752. He was from Maille, a little town near Poitiers, in France. Andrew's parents were religious people.
St. Matthias was one of Our Lord's seventy-two disciples.
ST. ISIDORE THE FARMER
Saint Isidore was born in 1070, in Madrid, Spain. His parents were deeply religious. They named their son after the great St. Isidore, archbishop of Seville, Spain.
St. Ubald lived in twelfth-century Italy. He was an orphan raised by his uncle, a bishop. Ubald was given a good education.
ST. PASCHAL BAYLON
St. Paschal, a Spanish saint, was born in 1540. From the time he was seven, he worked as a shepherd. He never had the opportunity to go to school.
ST. JOHN I
St. John I was a priest of Rome. He became pope after the death of Pope St. Hormisdas in 523. At that time, Italy's ruler, Theodoric the Goth, was an Arian.
ST. CELESTINE V
Peter di Morone was the eleventh of twelve children. He was born around 1210 in Isernia, Italy. His father died when he was small.
ST. BERNARDINE OF SIENA
St. Bernardine of Siena was born in 1380 in a town near Siena, Italy. He was the son of an Italian governor.
BLESSED EUGENE DE MAZENOD
Blessed Eugene was born in France in 1782. He became a priest in 1811. Father Eugene was sensitive to the needs of the poor and he ministered to them.
ST. RITA OF CASCIA
St. Rita was born in 1381 in a little Italian village. Her parents were older. They had begged God to send them a child. They brought Rita up well.
ST. JOHN BAPTIST ROSSI
St. John Baptist Rossi was born in 1698 in a village near Genoa, Italy. His family loved him. They were proud when a wealthy couple visiting their town offered to educate him. His parents knew the couple and trusted them.
ST. DAVID I OF SCOTLAND
St. David was born in 1080. He was the youngest son of St. Margaret, queen of Scotland, and her good husband, King Malcom.
Venerable Bede, the English priest, was famous as a saint, a priest, a monk, a teacher and a writer of history. He was born in England in 673.
ST. PHILIP NERI
St. Philip Neri was born in Florence, Italy, in 1515. As a child, his nickname was "Good little Phil." He was always so jolly and friendly that everyone he met loved him.
ST. AUGUSTINE OF CANTERBURY
St. Augustine was the abbot of St. Andrew's monastery in Rome. Pope St. Gregory the Great chose him and forty other monks for a mission dear to his heart.
BLESSED MARGARET POLE
Blessed Margaret was born in 1471. She was the niece of two English kings, Edward IV and Richard III. Henry VII arranged her marriage to Sir Reginald Pole.
St. Maximinius was a bishop who lived in the fourth century. It is believed that he was born in Poitiers, France. As a young man, he heard of a saintly bishop of Trier, in Gaul.
ST. JOAN OF ARC
St. Joan was born in 1412. Her hometown was Domremy, a little village in France. Jacques d'Arc, her father, was a hard working farmer.
THE VISITATION OF MARY
Visitation means "visit." The Archangel Gabriel told the Blessed Virgin Mary that her cousin Elizabeth was going to have a baby.
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?