The term pilgrim refers to a person who is on a journey in search of God. In a real sense, this word describes each of our lives; because each day that we live leads us ever closer to our destiny—union with God. As Catholics, we experience the Lord Jesus’ presence among us in many ways: through prayer, the Sacred Scriptures, the sacraments, etc. Traveling together on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land is yet another way that the life of Jesus Christ can come alive for us, as we encounter the spiritual presence of the Risen Lord in the places where He lived and ministered. This pilgrimage will be under the Spiritual Direction and Leadership of Rev. Michael Brzezowski Parish of the Holy Spirit in Kennewick, Washington. Group Coordinators: Ms. Cindy Ellis & Deacon Kenneth Ellis
Dear Fellow Pilgram,
Coordinator Cindy Ellis, her husband Deacon Ken Ellis and I would like to invite you to join us on a special pilgrimage to the Holy Land early next year.
A spiritual visit to the Holy Land is like no other experience you will have in your life. It is the land where Jesus was born, lived, worked, preached, died, and rose from the dead. We will visit many of these places on our pilgrimage. To highlight just a few sites among many … we will travel to Nazareth—the site of the Annunciation and where Jesus grew up—and walk the shores of the Sea of Galilee—where the Lord called the first disciples and taught them about the Kingdom of God. There will be an opportunity to see the “Jesus Boat,” which is a newly discovered fishing vessel from ancient times. On our way to Jerusalem, we will visit the Mount of the Transfiguration of the Lord. In Bethlehem, we will pray at the birthplace of Jesus—the Church of the Nativity. In Jerusalem, we will follow the Via Dolorosa (the Way of the Cross) and visit the Church of the Holy Sepulchre—the site of both Calvary and the tomb where Jesus was buried, and from which He rose from the dead. We will even relax one afternoon at the Dead Sea, with an optional saltwater swim at the lowest point on earth.
Each day of this pilgrimage will be steeped in prayer, reflection on the Gospels, and—of course—the celebration of the Holy Eucharist. Truly, this journey will be a cultural and spiritual opportunity of a lifetime. Cindy, Ken and I look forward to traveling with you on what promises to be a grace-filled pilgrimage.
Our trip will be very safe, abiding by all vaccination and COVID-19 protocols required by the local governments.
God’s Blessings, Fr. Michael E. Brzezowski, Spiritual Director
Based on double room occupancy and includes Round Trip airfare from Seattle (SEA) on non-refundable, restricted economy class group fares only on regularly scheduled IATA carriers.
Based on double occupancy - does not include airfare
Monday, January 30, Day 1
Depart USA We depart en route to Tel Aviv with complimentary meals and beverages served onboard.
Tuesday, January 31, Day 2
Arrive Tel Aviv / Transfer to Netanya We arrive in Tel Aviv this evening and we meet our tour guide upon arrival. Boarding our motor coach, we transfer to our hotel in Netanya for an overnight stay. Please note: Dinner will not be included at the hotel due to the late arrival.