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Informational meeting Feb. 3 for Italy pilgrimage

(SNR) - Father Christopher Barak will lead a pilgrimage through Tekton Ministries to Italy October 14-27, 2019.

In the cities of Rome, Assisi, Cascia, Siena, Loreto, Lanciano, and San Giovanni Rotondo pilgrims will pray at the holy shrines and tombs of saints, celebrate daily Mass, see beautiful artwork, architecture, and natural scenery, and experience Italian meals, cappuccino, and gelato.

Father Barak will host an informational meeting Sunday, Feb. 3 at 2 p.m. in the John XXIII Diocesan Center, 3700 Sheridan Blvd. in Lincoln. (In case of snow, the meeting will be postponed to Sunday, Feb. 10).

“To make a pilgrimage is to go on a journey with Jesus,” Father Barak said. “He takes you to special places where He blesses you with special favors, insights and healings that make you a holier person. People remember years later of blessings they received from God when they went on a pilgrimage, for example, to a saint’s tomb or to St. Peter’s Basilica.”

Father Barak said this pilgrimage includes places to help pilgrims see the great history and universality of the Church, as well as experience the spiritual closeness of the saints with them in their daily struggles and joys.

The five days in Rome will include visits to the four major basilicas including St. Peter’s Basilica where the body of St. John Paul II is venerated; a Wednesday papal audience; a visit to the Vatican Museums and the Sistine Chapel; walks through historic areas of Rome; and visits to the Trevi Fountain, the Spanish Steps, the Coliseum, the catacombs and Holy Stairs on which Jesus walked when being sentenced by Pontius Pilate.

In several different churches pilgrims will venerate the relics of numerous saints, including St. Paul, St. Monica, St. Catherine of Siena, and St. Agnes, St. Ignatius of Loyola, St. Cecilia, and wood relics of the manger from Bethlehem, the table of the Last Supper, and of the True Cross.

Other places on the pilgrimage include: Nettuno and the tomb of St. Maria Goretti; Cascia and the tomb of St. Rita; Assisi and the tombs of St. Francis and St. Clare, the crucifix that spoke to St. Francis, and the convent of St. Clare; Siena, the home of St. Catherine and the famous Palio horse race; Loreto and the House of Mary; San Giovanni Rotondo, the tomb of St. Padre Pio, and the chapel in which he received the stigmata; and Mount Gargono and the shrine of St. Michael the Archangel, where in 490 A.D. he appeared to the local bishop and promised protection of the area from invaders.

Pilgrims will venerate the Eucharistic miracles displayed in Cascia, Siena, and Lanciano, and recall the miracle of the Eucharist at the convent of St. Clare in Assisi.

“My hope is that the pilgrims will sense the love of our heavenly Father on this holy journey,” Father Barak said. “Then they may come to see better the love He shows them along their journey of life.”

For a brochure and registration, visit Tektonministries.org. More information is available from Jeannie Moxley, 402-421-1730.

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