Saturday, May 31, 2014

Join Us on the Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome

With Fr. John Zuhlsdorf, as chaplain.  

We welcome those pilgrims seeking a truly Catholic tour. 

Click here for the brochure and registration to reserve your spot:

This is an international event which will include Catholics from across the globe.

Join us on the 3rd Annual Summorum Pontificum international pilgrimage to Rome in gratitude for Pope Benedict's historic 2007 Apostolic Letter.  In conjunction, we will also be celebrating the 10th anniversary of the establishment of the international organization of Catholic youth, Juventutem.

Pilgrims will attend two Pontifical Masses sung in the Extraordinary Form of the Roman Rite.  One, celebrated by Cardinal Pell, will be held at the Roman parish of Santissima Trinita, while the other will be celebrated by Cardinal Burke at the Vatican Basilica's altar of the chair.   

Our pilgrimage is under the patronage of St. Agnes, Virgin and Martyr.

Tour Details:

Dates: October 20-30, 2014.

Cost: $3,799.

What is included:

Round-trip direct air transportation from New York City.
9 nights accommodation at 4-Star Hotel Ponte Sisto.
All breakfasts, two lunches, four Roman dinners served with local wine.
Excellent local guides.
Complete sightseeing program.
Deluxe motor coach for airport transfers and sightseeing.
Catholic travel escort and guides.
Day trip to Orvieto to see Eucharistic miracle.
Sighseeing and entrance fees according to itinerary.
Adequate free time for rest, prayer and exploration of the city.  
Daily Mass in the Usus Antiquior.

Rome hotel info:

Hotel Ponte Sisto, centrally located in Rome, has been the property of the Pallottine Fathers for many years.  Opened in 2001 as a renovated hotel, this is where the future Pope St. John Paul II lived when he first arrived in Rome in 1946.  Located just a brisk walk from many Rome attractions, one can easily reach Trastevere, Largo Argentina, Piazza Navona, Piazza Farnese and Campo de’ Fiori.  It is situated across the street from the FSSP parish, Santissima Trinia’ dei Pellegrini on the Via dei Pettinari, 64.

How to register:

To reserve your seat, download a brochure, read and fill out the application, and fax, e-mail, or send via post with $1,000 deposit to Orbis Catholicus Travel.

Daily Itinerary:
Monday, October 20, 2014 - Depart USA

Depart USA on overnight flight to Rome, Italy. 

Tuesday, October 21, 2014 – Rome

Arrive at Rome airport, meet our OC Travel escort, and depart by private motor coach to our hotel in Rome.  Check into hotel.  Enjoy the afternoon at leisure to take in the sights and sounds of the city.  Mass and special welcome dinner served with Roman delicacies and fine Italian wines.  Overnight in Rome.  (Dinner)

Wednesday, October 22, 2014 – Rome

Papal General Audience in St. Peter’s Square.  The pope addresses all present with a brief catechesis.  The pilgrims from around the world greet him.  Concludes with Our Father in Latin and papal blessing.  Group lunch on the Borgo Pio.  Group “Scavi” Tour to see the tomb of St. Peter.  Overnight in Rome.  (Lunch)  

Thursday, October 23, 2014 – Rome

Mass and breakfast.  Christian Rome open bus tour with stops at major religious sites of the city: St. Peter’s Basilica, the largest church in Christendom, and the tomb of St. Peter.  St. Mary Major, the largest shrine in Rome dedicated to the Blessed Virgin, and location of the reliquary of the manger crib from Bethlehem.  The Archbasilica of St. John Lateran, the former residence of the popes and cathedral church of Rome.  St. Paul’s Outside-the-Walls, which houses the tomb of St. Paul under its main altar.  Optional Solemn Vespers at FSSP parish at 7:15 p.m.  Overnight in Rome. 

Friday, October 24, 2014 – Rome, Vatican City

This morning, optional celebration of early Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica.  Visit the Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel on a private guided tour, where you will view some of the most inspiring works of visual art, including Michelangelo’s magnificent frescos of the Last Judgement and Creation.  Break for lunch.  Afternoon is at your leisure for souvenir shopping or exploring on your own.  Pontifical Mass with Cardinal Pell at 6:30 p.m.  Overnight in Rome.       

Saturday, October 25, 2014 – Rome, Vatican City

Mass, breakfast.  12:00 noon Solemn Pontifical High Mass at the altar of the chair in St. Peter’s Basilica with Leo Cardinal Burke.  Lunch in the neighborhood of the Vatican.  Free time to explore the pedestrian streets around the Vatican where there are various shops and cafes to taste the local food and drink.  Optional Rome by night walk at dusk to see the fountains and piazzas of the city.  Overnight in Rome.     

Sunday, October 26, 2014 – Rome, Vatican City

Mass and breakfast.  Leisurely walk along the Tiber River to the Vatican for the papal audience.  At 12:00 noon the Holy Father will appear at the window of his private apartment.  He will give a brief catechesis and greet the crowds gathered in the square below.  He will pronounce the apostolic blessing.  Group lunch.  Optional leisurely afternoon relics walk through downtown Rome.  Dinner on our own and overnight in Rome.  (Lunch)    

Monday, October 27, 2014 – Rome, Orvieto

Mass, breakfast, day trip for a break from the city.  Departure for the striking hilltop city of Orvieto, located in the Umbrian hills north of Rome.  Enjoy the scenery while seeing the Roman countryside.  See and pray before the Eucharistic miracle from 1263, a corporal that a consecrated host once bled upon.  Lunch on our own in Orvieto to savor the regional cuisine with optional shopping time for pottery and regional wine.  Overnight in Rome.

Tuesday, October 28, 2014 – Rome

After breakfast, private tour and Mass at the Catacombs of St. Priscila, which are among the finest and most important of Rome.  They originated in the second century and are part of a cemeterial complex, with a network of galleries that include what is believed to be the oldest image of the Blessed Virgin Mary, a fresco from the early 3rd century.  Lunch.  Group dinner in the Jewish ghetto.  Overnight in Rome.  (Dinner)

Wednesday, October 29, 2014 – Rome

Mass, breakfast.  In the morning, a private guided tour of Ancient Rome which includes the Roman Forum and Coliseum.  See where early Christian martyrs perished.  Lunch on our own in the neighborhood of the Coliseum.  Celebratory farewell dinner in Rome.  Overnight in Rome.  (Dinner)   

Thursday, October 30, 2014 – Depart Italy

This morning, transfer to Rome airport for return flights home.   

Thursday, May 29, 2014

Announcing: Summorum Pontificum Pilgrimage to Rome

We are very happy to announce a pilgrimage to Rome with our good friend Fr. Z as chaplain.

October 20, 2014 - October 30, 2014.

Please see here for details.

Reserve your spot as space is limited.

Included will be Pontifical Mass with Cardinal Pell on Friday, October 24 (at the parish of Ss. Trinita' dei Pellegrini), and Cardinal Burke on Saturday, October 25 (at St. Peter's Basilica).

More details will follow in periodic posts.

Welcome to those interested in a truly Catholic experience.

Daily TLM. 

Traditional Nuns Habits in the Vatican

Always an inspiration.

Seen in St. Peter's Square.

There is hope for the world.  

From the Vatican: Catholic France

The "Eldest Daughter" of the Church. 

Processional Banner in St. Peter's Square

Piazza Pio XII

The piazza adjoining Piazza San Pietro, named after Pius XII. 

The Foundation of the Jesuits

Ignatius and six companions dedicated themselves to the service of God at a chapel on the hill of Montmartre, outside Paris.  This was the foundation of the Society of Jesus.

Always a thrill to visit this holy place, when in Paris.   

Votive Mass for the Removal of Schism

Pray for Vocations

Rome Quotes

"Grazie John, Il Signore e Pio XII benedicano sempre te e la tua bella famiglia."


Tuesday, May 27, 2014

Saturday, May 24, 2014

How to Paint a Portrait

Teaching Your Kids About our Catholic Heroes

Read to them the lives of the saints. 

Rome's Clericus Cup

Hearty congrats to the "leoni d'Africa" of the Pontificio Collegio Urbano who are the AD 2014 winners of the ‪#‎clericuscup‬!