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(From the February 20, 2014 edition of the Inland Register)
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In February 2015, I will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Leaving Spokane on Feb. 2 and returning on Feb. 12, folks joining me on this pilgrimage will be blessed with a unique opportunity to enter into the season of Lent (Ash Wednesday is on Feb. 18 in 2015). And what better way to submerse ourselves into the spirit of Lent than by literally following in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and treading the path that He Himself trod some 2,000 years ago!
When we leave for the Holy Land soon after the conclusion of the Christmas season, what better way to enjoy a deeper relationship with the Lord than by praying at the Grotto of his birth and visiting the Nativity Church! What a tremendous blessing it will be to share our pilgrimage experiences with family and friends at home during the Lenten season, we who will have had the joy of praying at the site where Jesus was buried and rose again! What a powerful and profound experience it will be to enter into the sorrowful mystery of the Lordís Passion, walking the Via Dolorosa where he himself walked and carried his Cross on the way to Golgotha.
The Stations of the Cross that we see in every Catholic church began as a devotion to the Passion of Jesus for Christians who lived too far away from the Holy Land to see the sites for themselves Ė a way for such Christians to share in the Lordís Passion in their homeland when they might never be able to travel so far to where it all happened.
But now, with this unique pilgrimage opportunity, we can visit the Holy Land and see for ourselves the sites that tell the story of the Stations.
A Catholic pilgrimage company, Tekton Ministries, has been working with me in developing and promoting this Holy Land pilgrimage. The Franciscan Foundation for the Holy Land will accompany us and lead us through our pilgrimage journey once we arrive.
Pilgrimage highlights will include Mount Carmel, the Mount of the Beatitudes, the Mount of Olives, the River Jordan, Golgotha, the Empty Tomb, and many other churches and shrines.
Day 1, Feb. 2: depart from Spokane.
The projected cost for this pilgrimage is $3,800 per person, which includes air fare, accommodations, all gratuities, and two meals daily. This cost is only an estimate at this point because changes in air fare may affect costs.
Some of my Stevens County parishioners have already signed up, as well as others from the Cathedral of Our Lady of Lourdes. Fourteen spots have been taken, out of a total of 40, so at press time, only 26 spots on the pilgrimage remain.
Contact me as soon as possible to reserve a spot, and I will send you a registration form. Contact me also if you would like to have more information or if you would like to see a more detailed itinerary. Call (509) 935-8028 or email email@example.com, or visit our parish web site: www.chewelahcatholic.org.
May God bless our Holy Land pilgrimage, and may every pilgrim be richly blessed with the grace of our Lord Jesus Christ, the love of God our Father, and the communion of the Holy Spirit.
Father Jeff Lewis, Chewelah, Wash.
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