Dear Parishioners and Guests:
Happy Easter to All! We can now sing out Alleluia as we celebrate the awesome Gift of New Life in the Resurrection of Jesus Christ. Our Lenten Journey has brought us through the remembrance of the suffering and death of the Lord and now we can proclaim boldly the Truth of truths that He is Risen from the dead. Jesus Christ is Risen! Alleluia!
The next several weeks of the Easter Season, lasting from now until Pentecost, invite us to contemplate the meaning of the Gift of Resurrection and to open our hearts and lives to the influence of the Holy Spirit Who has been poured out on us in Jesus Christ. May we continue to grow in our gratitude for all that God has done for us, and may we share our Joy in the Resurrection with the world.
This Monday, April 21, our group of pilgrims will depart for an adventure of a lifetime: the visit to the Tomb of our Patron Saint Timothy in Termoli, Italy, and then the experience of Rome at the time of the Canonization of Pope John XXIII and Pope John Paul II. I will share the day-by-day itinerary in the bulletins this week and next so you can follow us with your prayers. Be sure you and all your concerns go with us as we journey together.
Day 1 – Monday, April 21: Depart
Day 2 – Tuesday, April 22: Arrive
/ Termoli After
arrival in the " Rome ",
we will be met at the airport and board our motor coach for the drive to
Termoli located on the beautiful Adriatic coast. Eternal City
Day 3 ‐ Wednesday, April 23: Termoli Today we will enjoy a tour of Termoli including visits to the Cathedral which contains the relics of St. Timothy, the Castle, the
. Old Town
Day 4 ‐ Thursday, April 24: Termoli / Lanciano / Manoppello / Termoli This morning we will take an excursion to Lanciano, site of the 8th century Miracle of the Eucharist, where bread and wine became real flesh and blood. After Mass in Lanciano we will proceed to Manoppello where we will visit the Basilica of Volto Santo which contains an image on a thin veil which is known as the Holy Face of Manoppello and has been reputed to be the Veil of Veronica.
Day 5 ‐ Friday, April 25: Termoli / San Giovanni Rotondo / Termoli Today we will take an excursion to the nearby town of
. We will spend the day
touring this quaint 11th century town where the famous Padre spent most of his
life. We will have the opportunity to visit the Shrine for Mitigating Suffering
which he founded, the Capuchin Monastery where he lived, the San
Giovanni Rotondo delle Grazie, the Church of Santa
which was completed in 2004 and Padre Pio’s Tomb. Next drive up to Monte Sant’
Angelo for a breathtaking view of the Padre Pio Pilgrimage Church and
a visit to the Grotto of Michael the Gargano Peninsula Archangel.
Day 6 ‐ Saturday, April 26: Termoli /
This morning we will depart
for Rome .
Upon arrival in Rome we will enjoy a walking tour including visits to the Trevi
Fountain where a coin thrown over your shoulder will guarantee you another
visit to Rome; the Pantheon; Piazza Navona with the famous Bernini's fountains;
and Campo de' Fiori, one of the most colorful street markets in Rome. Rome
Day 7 ‐ Sunday, April 27:
Today we will attend the canonization ceremony of Popes John Paul II
and John XXIII. Rome
Choose one or the other of these sites and do some research for yourself about the place we are visiting and the Saints associated with that place. That way you can share in the graces of the pilgrimage a little more personally. You’ll also be able to ask the pilgrims questions when we return.
Since I will be out of the Country next weekend, you get a preview of the bulletin for Divine Mercy Sunday with the continuing itinerary.
This week, the Pilgrimage continues with the Canonization Sunday and the experience of
Day 7 ‐ Sunday, April 27:
Day 8 ‐ Monday, April 28:
Today a full day of exploring
begins with a visit to St. Peter's Basilica. Our guide then takes us through
the Rome and
the Sistine Chapel with its awesome frescoes painted by Michelangelo. In the
afternoon our sightseeing includes visits to St. Mary Major Basilica, St. John
Lateran, Vatican Museum , the
Holy Stairs, the Old Appian Way and the St. Sebastian Catacombs. San Clemente
Day 9 – Tuesday, April 29: Rome This morning our sightseeing of "Ancient Rome" includes visits to the Roman Forum, the Colosseum, St. Peter in Chains featuring Michelangelo's "Moses" and St. Paul Outside the Walls, where Mass will be celebrated. This evening enjoy a farewell dinner at a local restaurant.
Day 10 ‐ Wednesday, April 30:
/ Rome U.S.A.
As we return, we will be getting ready for the many events of the month of May, including First Holy Communion on Saturday and the celebration of May Crownings for the PSR and for the School.
Friday evening, the Diocese of
will ordain five
young men to the diaconate. They will
serve as deacons for a year and then be ordained to the priesthood for the
Diocese. As you know, I am personally
eager for a young man from St. Timothy Church to join their ranks. Do you notice any who show the marks of such
a call to service? Tell them you are
praying for them to answer my prayer! Columbus