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Holy Land Pilgrimage with Fr. Dennis Hayes, CC

Event Date: 
March 07, 2014 (All day) to March 17, 2014 (All day)

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Visit the places where Jesus called his disciples, calmed the storm, walked on water. Visit the site of St. Peter's first profession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah, the Church of the Annunciation; and the site of Jesus' first miracle, amongst many other wonderful sites.

The Holy Land is truly a place of awe and spiritual growth. Take a journey through the earliest days of Christianity and recount the many amazing moments we read about in the Bible everyday.

Download the PDF here; or, see the schedule below.

Holy Land Pilgrimage

March 7th to 17th 2014 – (11 Days)

With Fr. Dennis Hayes of the Companions of the Cross

The tour begins Friday, March 7th, 2014.

Friday March 7th: Departure

Afternoon departure from Ottawa via Toronto to connect with a direct flight to Tel Aviv aboard Air Canada. In flight meals provided.

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Morning arrival in Tel Aviv where we will be met by our tour guide. Transfer to a first class hotel where you will have time to rest and freshen up. Dinner and an evening Mass at our hotel in Tel Aviv (Grand Beach Hotel – 1 night).

Sunday March 9th : Joppa / Caesarea / Mount Carmel

Morning visit to nearby Joppa (Jaffa), where St. Peter raised Tabitha from the dead and stayed at Simon the Tanner’s house (Acts 9:36-43). Then we drive north through the beautiful Valley of Sharon to Caesarea, an ancient port built by Herod in 22 B.C. It was here that St Peter baptized the Roman soldier Cornelius after he had received the Holy Spirit (Acts 10:1-48). St Paul was imprisoned here for several years and gave an eloquent defence of his faith before King Agrippa (Acts 23:23- 26:32). We continue on to Mount Carmel, site of the Prophet Elijah’s challenge to the pagan prophets of Baal (1 Kings 18:1-40) and where St Simon Stock in the 12th century had a vision of the Blessed Mother giving him the Brown Scapular. We will celebrate Mass in a Carmelite monastery at Muhraqa, visit Megiddo which has a breathtaking view of the entire Valley of Jezreel, described by St John the Evangelist as the future site of Armageddon (Rev. 16: 14-16). Then on to Tiberias and our first class hotel overlooking the Sea of Galilee. Dinner and overnight (Caesar Hotel – 3nights).

Monday March 10th: Capernaum / Golan Heights / Mount of Beatitudes

We begin our day with a splendid boat ride on the Sea of Galilee. It was here that Jesus called his first disciples while they were fishing (Mt. 4: 18-22), calmed the storm (Lk. 8:22-25) and walked on the water (Mt. 14: 22-32). Once back on shore we will visit Tabgha, site of the multiplication of the loaves and fishes (Mk. 6:30-44) and Capernaum, where Jesus preached in the synagogue and healed many people (Mk. 1:21-34). Then on to the majestic Golan Heights to visit Caesarea Philippi, site of St Peter’s first profession of faith in Jesus as the Messiah. In return, Jesus declares St Peter to be the “rock” upon which he will build his Church (Mt. 16: 17-20). Now we will continue on to the scenic Mount of Beatitudes, site of Our Lord’s Sermon on the Mount (Mt. 5: 1-7:28), where we will celebrate Mass. Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

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Tuesday March 11th : Mount Tabor / Nazareth / Cana

Ascend to the top of mystical Mount Tabor, where we will celebrate Mass in the Church of the Transfiguration (Lk. 9:28-36). Then on to Nazareth, home of Jesus, Mary and Joseph (Lk. 2:39- 40). Here we will visit the Church of the Annunciation (Lk. 1:26-38) and see Mary’s well. Visit nearby Cana, where Jesus performed his first public miracle by changing water into wine during a wedding feast (Jn. 2:1-11). Dinner and overnight in Tiberias.

Wednesday March 12th: Jordan River / Beit Shean

Time to relax beside this picturesque sea where Jesus walked, before our late morning Mass at St Peter’s Church in Tiberias. This will be followed by a renewal of our Baptismal vows in the Jordan River, where Jesus came to be baptized by John the Baptist (Mt. 3:13-17). We will stop at Beit Shean, an ancient city dating from the time of King Saul, and view the beautiful mosaics, the remains of a Roman theatre and other ongoing excavations. And then, as the late afternoon sun casts long shadows on the ancient hills, we will catch our first glimpse of the Holy City of Jerusalem. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem. (Leonardo Hotel – 4 nights).

Thursday March 13th: Jerusalem

Our day begins on the Via Dolorosa where we will celebrate Mass at the Lithostrotos, the Antonio Fortress where Jesus was condemned to death. We will continue on to the Chapels of Condemnation and Flagellation and begin to pray the Stations of the Cross as we make our way to the Church of the Holy Sepulchre. This is the holiest site in all of Christianity, where Our Lord was crucified, died, was buried and rose to life again (Jn. 19:1-20:30). Then we will visit the Mount of Olives, with a panoramic view of the old city of Jerusalem, visit the chapel of the Ascension, the Pater Noster Church and walk down the “Palm Sunday Road,” stopping at Dominus Flevit Chapel where Jesus wept over Jerusalem (Lk. 13: 31-35). We will continue on to the Garden of Gethsemane, site of the Agony in the Garden (Mt. 26:36-46). After lunch we will drive to Mt. Zion where we will visit the Upper Room, Pentecost site (Acts 2:1-4). Stop at the Tomb of David and the Church of St. Anne built by the Crusaders alongside the Pools of Bethesada, where Jesus healed a man who had been sick for 38 years. Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Friday March 14th: Jerusalem / Ein Karem / Bethlehem

Today we will visit the Model City of Jerusalem as it was during the time of Jesus, then stop at Yad Vashem, Israel’s memorial to the Holocaust. Next we will proceed through the Judean Hills to Ein Kerem, birthplace of St John the Baptist where we will celebrate Mass at the Church of the Visitation. It was here that Mary proclaimed the Magnificat (Lk.1: 39-56). After lunch we continue on to nearby Bethlehem where we will visit and pray at the Church of the Nativity, site of Jesus’ birth (Mt. 2: 1-12). Then we will visit the Church of St Catherine, where

beneath the sanctuary there are three caves. Two of these caves house the Chapel of St Jerome, who lived here when he translated the Old and New Testament into Latin (The Vulgate). The adjacent Chapel of the Innocents recalls the terror of Herod the Great who ordered the slaughter of the male children of Bethlehem. Time to shop for souvenirs in Manger Square and a visit to Shepherds Field, where shepherds heard the angels sing “Glory to God in the Highest” at the birth of Jesus (Lk. 2:1-20). Dinner and overnight in Jerusalem.

Saturday March 15th: Masada / Dead Sea / Qumran

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Sunday March 16th: Jerusalem

We will celebrate Mass this morning at the Basilica of St Stephen. The remainder of the day will be a free for further explorations, shopping or rest. Farewell dinner at our hotel in Jerusalem.

Monday March 17th: Return to Canada

We will say farewell to Israel and embark on our return flight to Canada on Air Canada.

Tour Cost:

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  • $2999.00 CDN per person - double occupancy
  • $675.00 airport taxes & fuel surcharges (subject to change)

  • $750.00 single supplement

  • $350.00 deposit due at time of booking


  • Airfare Ottawa – Tel Aviv – return
  • Hotel accommodation with breakfast and dinner daily

  • Deluxe motor coach and guide

  • All admission fees to sites, hotel taxes and service charges

  • Tips to the guides, bus drivers and hotel restaurant staff for meals included

  • Porterage at airport and hotels

Not Included:

  • Lunches
  • Optional cancellation insurance extra, can be purchased at time of deposit

Insurance: All inclusive trip cancellation insurance is recommended through Tips Travel Insurance , which will protect against cancellation charges due to sickness, accident or death of an immediate family member. It also covers baggage loss (limited), medical expenses and return transportation home. Semi-inclusive non-medical insurance is also available. *Contact Gail Goshko for rates.

Passports: Must be valid six months after your date of return.

Information Meeting: Sunday October 6th 2013, at 2:30pm in St. Mary’s Church Hall, corner of Bayswater and Young Sts., Ottawa

Payment: Make cheques payable to: International Heritage Tours, c/o Ari Bower, 7117 Bathurst St., Thornhill, Ontario L4J 2J6. Credit card payments are subject to a service charge.
Balance Due: January 7th, 2014

Note: Trip will operate with a minimum of 25 passengers.
Rates are subject to change due to currency fluctuations, fuel surcharges or other unforeseen circumstances.

For information and reservations call:

Gail Goshko 613-744-1418