Deepen Your Faith With A 

Retreat & Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

February 13-22, 2019

Join Hosts Steve & Janet Ray and Teresa Tomeo with husband

Deacon Dominick Pastore for a beautiful, inspiring, and faith-filled

10-Day Retreat and Pilgrimage to the Holy Land in February!

Sea of Galilee

You’ll visit the major places of Our Lord’s life, including Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Capernaum, and of course, Jerusalem.

Church of the Holy Sepulchre

Jerusalem with the powerful Western Wall, the Via Dolorosa,

Calvary, the Church of the Holy Sepulchre, and so much more.

Garden of Gethsemane

This pilgrimage is open to everyone, but we are giving a special invitation to Deacons and their wives to join this trip. The pilgrimage will give special emphasis to the ministry of a deacon, with the expertise of Deacon Dominick Pastore and his wife, Teresa Tomeo, and give an opportunity for deacons to see the Gospel in full color, learn, pray and go home enriched, with their ministry enhanced. We will also have a Mass that we do not include on other trips — the place of St. Stephen’s Martyrdom at the Church of St. Stephen in Jerusalem.

A Special Invitation from

Deacon Dominick Pastore & his wife Teresa Tomeo


You Can Also Take Advantage of an

Optional Pre-Trip to Jordan

Carved Wall at Petra, Jordan

Make the Bible come alive by visiting Amman, Petra, the Roman city of Jerash, the Jordan Valley and more, to see Old and New Testament landmarks, such as the Jabbok River where Jacob wrestled with the angel, Machaerus where John the Baptist was beheaded, and Mar Elias (Tishbe), the Prophet Elijah’s hometown. You will even see Bethany-Beyond-the-Jordan where John the Baptist baptized Jesus. You will then travel into Israel to meet the main pilgrimage group.

This is one trip you will not want to miss!

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Ireland Day 9 Farewells

by Steve Ray on August 14, 2018

Janet and I were overwhelmed with hugs and prayers and thanks for this beautiful pilgrimage through Ireland. It ran perfectly smoothly without any glitches and we covered all the territory we intended to following the Catholic Heritage of the Emerald Isles.

Today the group all left on various buses and half of them on their own, since they came land only, and everyone is smiles and joyful. Our guides Batt and Deirdre and our drivers were excellent and together with all of the individual pilgrims we had a harmonious and delightful trip together around this historic and Catholic country.

Here’s a short video of the goodbyes and farewells.
Our guides Batt and Deirdre and our drivers were excellent and together with all of the individual pilgrims we had a harmonious and delightful trip together around this historic and Catholic country.

Here’s a short video of the goodbyes and farewells.


This was our last day in Ireland and we spent a wonderful time in Dublin. We visited the big churches, the Garden of Remembrance and gave everybody a lot of free time.

Mass at St. Teresa’s Carmelite Church. Fr. James Conlon’s final pilgrimage homily here.  A great Mass in a group picture and lots of fun together. Enjoy!


Ireland Say 7: Dublin Tour, Trinity Collge, Book of Kells, Mass in JH Newman’s Church, Merry Ploughbiys

August 12, 2018

We had pretty good weather today and it was enjoyed by everyone. After a delicious breakfast we took a driving tour of Dublin. We hit all the main sites and some of them that are not main sites but very interesting and instructive. The “Famine Monument“ was very sad and gave a good depiction of […]

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Ireland Day 6: Kilkenny, Glendalough, St. Kevin’s into Dublin

August 11, 2018

Rainy Irish day which gave us all a sense of what Ireland is often like. Everyone is doing well and having a great time. Today we left Clonmel and drove to Kilkenny to see this fabulous castle and medieval town. From there to Glendalough where we saw a movie about the monastic site, had a […]

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Ireland Day 5: Blarney Castle, Rock of Cashel, Holycross, Clonmel, Batt’s Storytelling

August 10, 2018

Kissing the Blarney Stone, St. Patrick and Rock of Cashel, Mass at the 1100 AD Holycross Abbey (Deacon Floyd’s homily here). Delightful evening with storyteller Batt Burns! An 8-minute sampling of Batt Burns and his Irish storytelling here. OUR DAY’S ADVENTURES STEVE’S 5-MINUTE TALK  ON ST. PATRICK WHILE AT THE ROCK OF CASHEL

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Ireland Day 4: Killarney, Horse Jaunting, “Ring of Kerry” and Local Pub with Music & Dancing

August 9, 2018

New adventures and excitement in southwest Ireland. Today we left early and headed to the Lillarney National Park with some of the most beautiful landscapes in Ireland. I gave my talk on “Creation Screams of Existence of God” (see below). We visited Muckross House and walked through  The manicured gardens and pathways. Then 2 1/2 […]

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Ireland Day 3: Bunratty Castle, Mass at Holy Trinity and Arrival in Beautiful Sneem

August 8, 2018

Today it turned out to be great weather and everyone is rested up after two good full nights sleep 🙂 We left Galway and headed south to step back in time by visiting Bunratty Castle and driving past the city of Limerick. We had Holy Mass in the restored church of The Holy Trinity in […]

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Ireland Day 2: Apparition at Knock & Fun in Galway

August 7, 2018

The Apparition at Knock is a little known among Catholics but for me it is my favorite Apparation. It is called a Marian apparition but in reality it is a Eucharistic apparition because the center of everything as the Lamb Standing on the Altar. We had a beautiful Mass at the very chapel of the […]

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First Day in Ireland -Land of Saints & Scholars

August 6, 2018

Everyone arrived on time along with their luggage. We drove across Ireland to Clanmacnoise which was the ancient monastery built by Saint Caíron in the 500’s. We had Mass along the Shannon River in the same place Saint John Paul II celebrated Mass. Fr. James Conlon’s excellent  introduction, opening comments and homily here. Enjoy the […]

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Israel Breaks IncomIng Tourism Records for Mid-2018

July 13, 2018

JUST REPORTED BY THE STATE OF ISRAEL: “In June alone, 310,200 tourists entered Israel – an increase of about 2% compared with June of last year. (PICTURE: Our full bus of pilgrims in June 2018. One of 8 trips this year to the Holy Land.) “For the first time, Israel crossed the threshold of 2 […]

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Final Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Calvary, Western Wall, Farewells and more

June 28, 2018

Our last day was rich with spirituality, friendship and fun. We started out VERY early in the morning but everyone thanked us later 🙂 Fr. Sean Did a marvelous job leading us prayerfully through the Stations of the Cross leading to the type of Calvary. Our final Mass of the Pilgrimage was celebrated on the […]

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Day 7: Gethsemane, Mount of Olives, Mt. Zion, Entry into Tomb, Rooftop of Jerusalem…

June 26, 2018

Today we started with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. Fr. Sheridan’s emotional homily here. Then to the top of the Mount of Olives, an overview of Jerusalem that is spectacular and my talk “The Story of Salvation History“ with it all right before our eyes. Lunch at a Jewish Kibbutz, saw the new US Embassy […]

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Day 6: Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea & Camels

June 25, 2018

Great day of fun and adventure. Enjoy! Fr. Sean’s excellent and humorous homily here. Steve Ray’s 5 minute talk on “Temple, Circumcision and Gentile Salvation” here.

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Great Pictures, Charts and Info on the Church of the Holy Sepulchre

June 25, 2018

Since we are experiencing the amazing and rare Solemn Entry into the Holy Sepulchre to visit the tomb today ushered in by the Franciscans, I wanted to share these many beautiful and helpful pictures, diagrams, charts and more about the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem. See all this wealth of information written and visual. For me […]

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Day 5: Bethlehem all day with Mass in a Cave, Nativity, Dinner and Dancing!

June 24, 2018

A great day in Bethlehem starting with shopping at one of the most beautiful Christian shops in the city. Lots of fun! Then to the Church of Nativity to touch the birthplace of Christ. Very emotional! Have you ever eaten a falafel or Shwarma? That was our next stop. Very tasty! And we even got […]

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