Pilgrimage to Rome 2019Publish Date: Mon 30th Jul 2018
The Catenian Association Pilgrimage March 17th to 24th 2019
Pauline and I are delighted to be able to lead this Catenian Association Pilgrimage to Rome in this 110th year anniversary year. The programme is both spiritual and social and Bishop John Arnold of the Diocese of Salford has kindly offered to accompany us as our spiritual advisor. This is a Pilgrimage open to everyone in the Association and we would be most pleased to welcome members and families from across the world.
Everyone will be given the opportunity to enhance the Pilgrimage by offering to act as a lay reader, altar server, cantor, organist, offertory processor or Eucharistic Minister and we look forward to welcoming as many of you as possible.
Places are limited so please book early!
John & Pauline Hogan.
‘The Pilgrimage is being organised and handled by PAX Travel on our behalf and booking Forms will be available from them. There will be a full advertisement in September Catena’
Day one – Sunday 17th March
UK - Rome
Scheduled flights from several UK airports, and from Dublin to Rome. Meeting and assistance on arrival. Transfer to our centrally located four start hotel. Dinner will be in our hotel tonight, before which there will be welcome introductions (flight time permitting).
Day two – Monday 18th March
St Mary Major, Holy Cross in Jerusalem, St Paul Outside the Walls
and the Beda College
After breakfast, we join our coach and transfer to the Basilica of St Mary Major (Santa Maria Maggiore) the largest of the Roman Churches, and the only one in which Mass has been celebrated since it was founded in the 4th Century. Pope Sextus III dedicated the Church to Mary after the council of Ephesus (431). It is one of the patriarchal basilicas to be visited in order to make a proper pilgrimage to Rome. We celebrate the opening Mass of our Catenian Pilgrimage, followed by a guided tour of the Basilica. This morning we also visit the Basilica of the Holy Cross in Jerusalem (Santa Croce in Gerusalemme) which was consecrated to house the relics of the Passion of Jesus Christ brought to Rome from the Holy Land by Empress Helena. Today lunch is at choice. This afternoon we drive out to St. Paul Outside the Walls, which houses the tomb of the Apostle to the gentiles. St. Paul’s was nearly totally destroyed by a fire in 1823 but was rebuilt reflecting its original form of a Roman basilica. The walls of the church are adorned with portraits of all the popes and the cloister dating from the thirteenth century boasts some brilliant Cosmati mosaic work. After our visit we walk across the road to the Beda College (English seminary for late vocations to the priesthood and religious life) to meet some of the staff and students. We return to our hotel for dinner.
Day Three – Tuesday 19th March
The Papal Basilica of St Peter & the Catacombs of St Calixtus
This morning we transfer by coach to one of the holiest places for Catholics, the Papal Basilica of St Peter, thought to be built over the burial place of the Saint, our link between Christ and the Church. We celebrate an early Mass in the Basilica (Papal schedules permitting). There will be a guided tour of the basilica before we walk to the Giubileo restaurant where lunch today will be included. After lunch we drive along the ancient Roman thoroughfare, the Appian Way to reach the Catacombs of St Calixtus, the most extensive in Rome, where the earliest Christians were buried in great number including several Popes and saints such as the martyr, St Cecilia. A guide will escort us through the labyrinth of tunnels. A coach transfer back to the hotel will be provided. After some free time for dinner which, this evening, is at choice, we meet in the hotel and join our coach for a Rome at night panoramic coach tour.
Day four – Wednesday 20th March
Papal Audience & the English College
This morning we drive to St. Peter’s for the weekly general audience with the Holy Father (providing that he is resident in Rome at the time). Lunch today is at choice. Early afternoon we join our coach and transfer to the English College, in the Via Monserrato, where Newman called on Dr Wiseman, the Rector, twice during his first visit. We hope to meet priests and students from various dioceses in England and Wales, and to celebrate Mass. The rest of the afternoon is at leisure. This evening dinner will be included in the hotel.
Day five – Thursday 21st March
St John Lateran, Vatican Museums & Sistine Chapel
After breakfast in the hotel, we join our coach and transfer to the Cathedral of Rome, St. John Lateran (one of the four patriarchal basilicas, where John Henry was ordained deacon on 24th May, 1847) where we celebrate Mass. After a guided tour of the Basilica we cross the road to see the Scala Santa – the steps brought back from Jerusalem by Empress Helena in the 4th century and said to be those ascended by Christ on his way to Calvary. Our included meal today will be lunch taken at a typical Roman restaurant after which we return to the hotel. Later afternoon we drive into the Vatican for a private visit to the Vatican Museums, where we will be guided around the sumptuous rooms in calm and quiet and reach the renowned Sistine Chapel, where we will fully appreciate the chance to see this without the bustle and noise of the crowds. We will say Evening Prayer in the historic surroundings of the Chapel, where Conclaves are held to elect the Popes. Dinner this evening is at choice.
Day six – Friday 22nd March
Monastery of St Benedict, Subiaco
This morning after an early breakfast we transfer by coach to Subiaco to visit the Monastery of St Benedict which enshrines the cave (Sacro Speco) in which St Benedict lived as a hermit before he organised his first monastic community. Here Mass will be celebrated. Today lunch will also be included at the Foresteria of Santa Scolastica. After lunch, there will be some free time to visit the monastery of St Scholastica which, founded in 520AD, is one of the oldest Benedictine monasteries in the world. Coach transfer back to the hotel will be provided. This evening dinner is at choice.
Day seven – Saturday 23rd March
Ancient Rome and Gala dinner
This morning we concentrate on the glories of Ancient Rome. We transfer by coach to the Basilica of San Clemente for a visit. Here we hope to celebrate Mass. We will then have the opportunity to appreciate the grandeur and immense scale of ancient Rome by walking past the Colosseo and the Roman Forum. Coach transfer back to our hotel will be provided. Today lunch is at choice and the rest of the afternoon free for your own explorations. This evening our Gala dinner in the hotel will bring our week’s pilgrimage to a memorable and fitting conclusion. We will gather first for a reception before enjoying a gourmet dinner (wine included).
Day eight – Sunday 24th March
After breakfast we transfer to Rome Airports for our return flights to the UK and Ireland.
PRICE: £1,072 without flights
Includes: 7-nights accommodation in shared twin or double-bedded rooms with en suite facilities at the Cicerone Hotel, Rome. Meal plan: 7 American buffet breakfasts; 3 dinners in the hotel, 2 lunches at restaurants in Rome, lunch at La Foresteria di St Scholastica during the day excursion to Subiaco, 1 gala dinner in the hotel preceded by a reception. All coach transfers and touring in Rome as per the itinerary. Italian-speaking tour managers. Local English-speaking guides when appropriate to the itinerary. Headsets included with guided walking tours. A tour of the Vatican Museums to include a visit to the Sistine Chapel, after normal opening hours. All entrance fees as per the itinerary. Tickets for the Papal General Audience on Wednesday 20th March. Tour of the English College by one of the students. Daily Masses booked as per the itinerary. ATOL and AITO financial protection.
Extras: Return flights from the U.K. and Eire to Rome. Supplement for single room for 7 nights at £230 per person. Travel insurance (We offer Travel & General Insurance cover, currently at £33.00). City tax in Rome.
The price are guaranteed until TBA. Any bookings received after this date may be subject to a flight surcharge.