Pilgrimages

What a great pilgrimage to celebrate our Blessed Mother in the month of May. This is an adventure planned by Steve & Janet Ray and the Footprints of God. The best Catholic guide, hotels, bus, daily Masses, restaurants and sites. Our dear friend and marvelous priest Fr. Abel Ruiz along with Deacon Roy Gonzales will lead the way. This bi-lingual pilgrimage will be an exciting and spiritual adventure. Click here for the interactive map, itinerary and more. Registration on-line is available. For more info, contact footprintsofgod@ctscentral.net or at 866-468-1420.

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Did Catholics Invent Pilgrimages?

by Steve Ray on November 22, 2019

screen-captureNo, it was something the Holy Family and all Jews did at least once a year!

Look what the Catechism says: “[Jesus’] public ministry itself was patterned by his pilgrimages to Jerusalem for the great Jewish feasts” (583).

And the Psalmist wrote: “Thy statutes have been my songs in the house of my pilgrimage” (Psa 119:54 in RSV-Catholic Edition).

Remember when Jesus was lost in Jerusalem and his parents found him in the Temple? They were on pilgrimage:  “Now his parents went to Jerusalem every year at the feast of the Passover. And when [Jesus] was twelve years old, they went up according to custom” (Luke 2:41-42).

Along the way they sang the Pilgrimage Psalms, the Psalms of Ascent — Psalms 120-134.  Here is one of them:

Psalm 122:1 A Song of Ascents. Of David.

“I was glad when they said to me,
“Let us go to the house of the Lord!”
Our feet have been standing within your gates, O Jerusalem!
Jerusalem, built as a city which is bound firmly together,
to which the tribes go up, the tribes of the Lord,
as was decreed for Israel,
to give thanks to the name of the Lord.
There thrones for judgment were set,
the thrones of the house of David.
Pray for the peace of Jerusalem!
“May they prosper who love you!
Peace be within your walls,
and security within your towers!”
For my brethren and companions’ sake I will say,
“Peace be within you!”
For the sake of the house of the Lord our God,
I will seek your good.

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The pilgrimage is finally coming to an end and what a fabulous pilgrimage it was! Jim Carroll and his family, staff, Board members and volunteers were marvelous and we enjoyed everyone of them. The people were very punctual and disciplined which made for very smooth traveling.

This video is the end of our pilgrimage with farewells and comments that I think you will all enjoy!

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Day 8: Via Dolorosa, Holy Sepulchre, Western Wall and more with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 22, 2019

It’s awful early when your alarm rings at 4 AM but everyone thanked us later. We arrived at Herod’s Gate and started the Via Dolorosa at 4:45. It’s the best time when there are no crowds in the streets. We had Mass in the Blessed Sacrament Chapel in the Holy Sepulchre Church then walked to […]

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Day 7: Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea & Camels

November 21, 2019

Today is always a favorite. Some people stay behind to rest or visit friends, pray or visit sites they have their heart set on. But most of the folks join our optional excursion where we have a lot of fun. Enjoy!

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Day 6: Gethsemane, Mt. of Olives, Mount Zion, Upper Room & more

November 19, 2019

Moving 3 buses around is always a challenge but it’s going as smooth as silk and everyone is very happy. We are covering all the bases and doing it was great organization and joy! Today we started out with Mass and talks at Gethsemane. This is always a very moving place for people. From there […]

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Day 5 Bethlehem All Day with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 18, 2019

Two videos today to cover all the evening dancing. Today we leave Israel and enter the Palestinian territory and spend the day in Bethlehem. We start at the Olivewood Store where we hear the Our Father Prayer sung in the language of Our Lord. We had our Mass at St. Catherine’s at 11 AM. This […]

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Day 4: Mass at Capernaum, St. Peter’s Fish, Visitation & Jerusalem

November 17, 2019

Today we finished up our exploration of Galilee and the 3 year ministry of Jesus. We started the day with Mass at Capernaum where Jesus said, “Eat My Flash and Drink My Blood!“ I gave my talk entitled “Defending the Eucharist. St. Peter’s Fish for lunch. Then we headed south towards Jerusalem stopping along the […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border and more with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 16, 2019

There was a bike race today that closed the streets of Tiberias so we had to be very clever to get out of the hotel around the roadblocks and on the road to our pilgrimage sites today. We started with Mass at Beatitudes before driving to the northern tip of Israel along the Lebanese border […]

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Day 3: Beatitudes, Caesarea Philippi, Syrian Border and more with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 16, 2019

There was a bike race today that closed the streets of Tiberias so we had to be very clever to get out of the hotel around the roadblocks and on the road to our pilgrimage sites today. We started with Mass at Beatitudes before driving to the northern tip of Israel along the Lebanese border […]

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Day 2 Spirit Catholic Radio in Israel: Cana, Nazareth & Transfiguration

November 15, 2019

If you think 3 buses is cumbersome, think again. If organized and punctual withThe best team it runs as smooth as silk. We started with a sumptuous breakfast before heading to Cana to renew our wedding vows. Then Mass and Rosary at the Basilica of the Annunciation where 15-year old Mary heard the words, “Hail […]

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Day 2 Spirit Catholic Radio in Israel: Cana, Nazareth & Transfiguration

November 15, 2019

If you think 3 buses is cumbersome, think again. If organized and punctual withThe best team it runs as smooth as silk. We started with a sumptuous breakfast before heading to Cana to renew our wedding vows. Then Mass and Rosary at the Basilica of the Annunciation where 15-year old Mary heard the words, “Hail […]

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Holy Land Pilgrimage Day 1 with Spirit Catholic Radio

November 14, 2019

Everyone arrived in good order with no mishaps. Three brand new Mercedes buses with 152 excited pilgrims! Enjoy!

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A Boatload of Pictures from our Poland trip, Thanks to Tom

November 4, 2019

Enjoy all the pictures of our recent trip to Poland!
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Museum, Jordan River, Jericho, Qumran, Dead Sea, Camels & Farewells

October 18, 2019

The final day of our pilgrimage, a trip which has gone wonderfully smooth, spiritually, organized and fun. But today is our Optional Day where we mainly do fun things and go down into the Jordan Valley. Floating in the Dead Sea and camel riding is alwa…

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Church of Agony, Grotto of Our Lord’s Arrest, Tomb of Mary and more

October 16, 2019

We started the day with Mass at the Church of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemane. Near the Garden of Gethsemane is the cave where Jesus and his disciples were spending the night when Judas came and betrayed him. Nearby is the Church of the Tomb of Mary, are also called the Church of the […]

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