On October 20, the departure time from Newark will be at 06:00PM from Terminal B on TAP (Portuguese Airlines) flight # 104 to Lisbon.
On October 30, the return will arrive in Newark, Terminal B at 03:35PM TAP flight # 103 from Lisbon.
We recommend that everyone check in for the flight 2-3 hours before departure, given the lengthy security lines.
We will be sending you all the documents to distribute to the group about 2 weeks before scheduled departure. Everyone will get a travel portfolio containing itineraries, flight information, emergency contacts, bag tags, name tags and other goodies.
Very Rev Robert Hospodar, JCL
Fr. Hospodar is the Chancellor of the Eparchy of Passaic, NJ for the Byzantine-Ruthenian Catholic Church and Pastor of St Mary’s Byzantine Catholic Church in the Lower Eastside of New York City. He is a long-time patron of our Pauline Book & Media Center in Manhattan and a friend of the Daughters of St Paul community. He recently has inquired into the Institute of Jesus the Priest, one of the ten institutes founded by Blessed James Alberione, so this pilgrimage is a chance for him to understand and learn about the Pauline life, charism and mission in greater depth. He is a canon lawyer, historian, sports fanatic and reads about jurisprudence in Italian for fun.
2. You will arrive in Milan at 11:40AM the following day. The group will have an opportunity to do some sightseeing in Milan via motor coach, so it should not be too tiring. The drive from Milan to Alba should take about 1 hour.
Suggested tips:3. Tips: we recommend giving the bus driver $3.00 per day, per person = $33.00 total
The tour guide should get $5.00 per day per person = $55.00 total
The hotel chambermaid should get $2.00 per day = $20.00 total
Euros are preferred and the rate of exchange right now is around 1.25 but could easily change by October.
4. It is a good idea to use a Debit Card. Pilgrims should check with their banks ahead of time to make sure their pin numbers are compatible with Italian ATM machines. Credit cards charge 5% on transactions, and should only be used for large purchases. Travelex offers prepaid cards that we strongly recommend, since they only charge about 1% per transaction. Travelex can be accessed via the internet at travelex.com. You can lock into a low exchange rate and the card can be used as a credit or debit card good for 4 years.
5. It is better to exchange money once in Italy, perhaps exchanging a little bit at the airport. The amount of cash to bring along depends on the individuals. Total tips will average $110.00 for the whole stay, which converted to EUROS, right now would be about EURO 85.00
6. October weather brings warm days and cool nights. Layers work best and definitely comfortable shoes.
7. One suitcase alone should be checked no heavier than 50 lbs. Additional bags will be charged by the airlines and Select International is not responsible for additional charges for baggage and/or weight excess. One carry-on is permitted that should fit in the overhead compartment or underneath the seat and weigh no more than 40lbs.
8. The return time into Newark (EWR) from Rome (FCO) via Lisbon (LIS) is 03:35PM on October 30.
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October 20 – 30, 2010
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Thursday October 21 DAY 2- Milan- ALBA
We visit the home of Don Alberione, Mother Thecla, Timothy Giaccardo and Basilica of St. Paul where Famiglia Christiana is printed. Continue to the Church of San Damiano which was Canon Chiesa's parish where M. Thecla was a catechist and where she met Alberione. The Shrine of the Moretta, the Madonna, where Bishop Re gave Alberione his first assignment as a journalist in charge of the Gazetta D'Alba is in Alba. The seminary of Alba where Alberione was educated and met many of his future Paulines. The Cathedral of Alba is where Alberione received "the inspiration" to begin the Pauline Family. The site near the Cathedral which was the first apartment/convent of the Daughters of St. Paul and their little book store. We end the day with a visit to the Daughters of St. Paul Motherhouse and the bindery operated by our truly senior Sisters. Overnight in Alba. (B.D)
Saturday October 23 DAY 4 ALBA and the surrounding area
Alberione was born in Fossano, but raised on "The Agricola" near the town of Cherasco where his pastor, Fr. Montersino really encouraged his studies and his vocation. The Church of St. Martin is there as well as the little church of the Madonna delle Grazie, a shrine which young Alberione passed everyday to get to school and where he stopped often to pray. Cherasco even today is a beautiful little town. Street signs are both in English and French. Then a visit to the town of Bra, to the Shrine of Our Lady of the Flowers where Alberione's mother dedicated him to the Blessed Mother. This is very close to Alba, and a place really significant in the life of Alberione. Overnight in Alba. (B.D.)
Sunday October 24 DAY 5 – ASSISI
We are in Assisi home of St. Francis and St. Clare. The walking tour includes visits to the Basilica of St. Francis and Church of St. Clare as well as visits St. Mary of the Angels with the famous thornless rose bush, and San Damiano. Overnight Assisi. (B.D.)
Monday October 25 DAY 6 ASSISI-ORVIETO-ROME
We depart for Rome following Holy Mass. Enroute we stop in Orvieto to see the magnificent Cathedral and to view the Miracle of the Eucharist of Bolsena. Upon arrival in Rome settle into your hotel. Rest of the afternoon in Rome and evening is at leisure. (B.)
Tuesday October 26 DAY 8 CHRISTIAN and ANCIENT ROME
Our day is filled with visits to the major Basilica’s of Rome including the Basilica of Saints Mary Major & John Lateran, Holy Stairs and Holy Cross in Jerusalem. In the afternoon you tour Ancient Rome, highlighting the Coliseum, Piazza Venezia, Aurelian Wall, Spanish Steps, Trevi Fountain and other major sights of Rome. T he day ends at St. Peter’s Basilica where we have a guided tour with head phones and visit the Tomb of John Paul II. Overnight Rome. (B.)
October 27 DAY 8 Wednesday- Papal Audience-
The day starts with early Mass followed by the Papal Audience. We then walk over to the Vatican Museum where we have a private guided tour which includes the incomparable Sistine Chapel. Rest of the day is at leisure. Tonight you have the opportunity to sample some of the best food in the world when you explore Rome on your own. Overnight Rome. (B.)
Thursday October 28 DAY 9Sts. PETER AND PAUL in ROME
"St. Paul Tour" of Rome begins at the small church which enshrines the room believed to be St. Paul's apartment there. It is in the Jewish sector, not far from the Gesu. Then we drive the Apian Way to the famous church of Quo Vadis, located on the spot where Christ appeared to Peter, and the Apostle asked “ Domine, quo vadis? “ (Where are you going, Lord) and the Lord replied “I am going to Rome to be crucified for the second time”. Peter understood the message and returned to face his martyrdom. We also stop at the Inn where Paul stopped for rest, before arriving at the seat of the former Holy Roman Empire. We visit the Catacombs where the early Christians hid, prayed and buried their dead. Of special interest are the Catacombs of St. Sebastian with remnants of the original basilica dedicated to Peter and Paul. Continue with a visit St. Paul’s Basilica, built over the burial place of the Saint. Nearby is the sight of Three Fountains, said to spring up as the Apostles head bounced three times, after his beheading. Finally we see the Mamertine prison, where St. Peter and St. Paul were imprisoned. Overnight Rome. (B.D.)
Friday October 29 DAY 10 PAULINE FAMILY SITES IN ROME
Queen of Apostles Basilica, Blessed Alberione’s rooms, General House of the Daughters of St Paul, Church of the Divine Master of the Sister Disciples of the Divine Master, General House of the Society of St Paul.
Saturday October 30 DAY 11 – RETURN TO THE U.S.A
IMPORTANT DATES FOR RESERVING YOUR PILGRIMAGE
May31, 2010: $500.00 deposits per person individual deposit along with trip cancelation insurance/travel premium is due in order to hold space. MAY BE EXTENDED to ebd if JUNE. Please call if you have any other questions: Sr Margaret’s Cell Phone: 617-510-5409
July 17, 2010: 90-day review, all payments become non-refundable.
August 5, 2010 Final invoices issued and final payment is due. Name changes are not permitted after this date.
September 20, 2010 Documents are mailed out.
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