Ever imagined a journey to one of the important
religious place, venerating a relic while enjoying the splendor
of a very spectacular place often mentioned in the Bible during
the ancient times? Do you have the charisma and the passion for
arranging religious pilgrimage to the world’s most remarkable
places of worship in your parish or organization? Then St. Michael’s
National Travel Ministry is waiting for you!
The Saint Michael National Travel Ministry Program
is another avenue of St. Michael’s expression of commitment
as it promotes more intimate experiences of faith and fellowship
to Catholic to better encourage them to help their parish grow.
Join now the Saint Michael National Travel Ministry! Discover how
to deepen your parishioners or members knowledge and awareness of
the Catholic faith, culture, and history through the travel ministry.
Our travel partner Globus is a world-class leader
in escorting vacations, and specialists in pilgrimage travel.
With St. Michael National Travel Ministry, your passion for facilitating
pilgrimages, vacations, trips and other forms of travel for your
parish or organization will come a long way. You will not only get
to rub elbows with the top religious travel experts and visit key
religious destination, above all you will immerse into the richness
of our Catholic faith as you experience heaven on earth through
the pilgrimage travels.
Interested to discover Ireland’s history?
Then share your zeal to parishes and individuals for an 11-day tour
on the Irish Faith and History. Assist pilgrims and explore Our
Lady of Lourdes Church, St. Patrick’s Cathedral, and Oscar
Wilde’s Trinity College, Knock Shrine, Church of the Apparition,
Folk Museum, Croagh Patrick Visitor Centre, Kylemore Abbey, Aran
Heritage Centre and Burren Centre. Also explore dairy farm country
in the center of the “Emerald Isle”, enjoy an excursion
to Inishmore, relish a panoramic drive around “Ring of Kerry”
and a horse-drawn car ride through national park, drop by the world
famous crystal factory in Waterford, and see Ireland’s oldest
handweaving mill at Avoca.
If you wish you could also facilitate parishes and individuals for
an eight-day tour of the Legacy of Pope Paul II. Let pilgrims experience
first hand the Pope’s hometown, his favorite boyhood shrine,
his favorite Marian devotion site, the city and cathedral in which
he served as cardinal, and much more. Part of the pilgrimage is
a visit to Cathedral of St. John, Warsaw Ghetto, Franciscan Friary,
Shrine and the famous Black Madonna, Martyrdom Museum, St. Maximilian
Kolbe’s cell, Wawel Castle, St. Mary’s Church, and Shrine
of Divine Mercy.
You can also opt to volunteer for the 11-day tour
to Lourdes and Shrines of France and and aid pilgrims explore Notre
Dame Cathedral, Basilica of Sacre Coeur, Our Lady of the Miraculous
Medal Shrine, St. Vincent de Paul Shrine, St. Peter’s Cathedral,
Carmelite Convent, Our Lady of Lourdes Shrine, St. John Vianney
Shrine, and Basilica of the Sacred Heart. Also glimpse at the family
home of St. Therese, St. Bernadette’s and St. John Vianney.
You may also bathe in the healing waters, attend the “Blessing
of the Sick,” or join the evening’s rosary and candlelight
procession in Lourdes.
You could also share your fervor for the Classic Shrines of Italy
10-day tour and facilitate the parishes and individuals in experiencing
the best of Italy’s famous shrines and cities on this pilgrimage.
Help them discover the history, culture and architecture of Christian
faith from Rome, San Giovanni Rotondo to Assisi. Part of the journey
are stops to St. Paul Outside the Walls, the Catacombs, St. John
Lateran Basilica, the Holy Stairs, St. Mary Major Basilica, the
Vatican Museums and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and
Basilica, the Colosseum, Roman Forum. Also visit the Benedictine
Abbey, Padre Pio’s friary, Holy House of Loreto, St. Mary
of the Angels Basilica and the Portiuncula. Also indulge in the
sights and sounds of St. Francis and St. Clare of Assisi’s
Allotting some of your time for volunteer works at travel ministry
will come a long way especially for the Grand Catholic Italy. You
can assist pilgrims on a majestic travel from Rome to Venice and
visit the Holy Stairs, St. John Lateran Basilica, St. Paul outside
the Walls, St. Mary Major Basilica, the Catacombs, the Vatican Museums
and Sistine Chapel, St. Peter’s Square and Basilica, the Colosseum
and the Roman Forum. Also visit Benedictine monasteries, Padre Pio’s
friary, Shrine of Monte Sant’Angelo, Holy House of Loreto,
St. Anthony’s Basilica, and St. Mark’s Square.
Your participation to the travel ministry will not only enrich you
but it will quench you and your parish with the most intimate encounter
with the roots of our Catholic faith.
OF THE SAINTS
MARY, MOTHER OF GOD
Today we begin our new year at the Eucharistic Celebration. We thank God for Mary, Jesus' mother, who brought the Savior into the world. Because she is the mother of Jesus, God's Son, she truly is the Mother of God.
ST. BASIL AND ST. GREGORY NAZIANZEN
Sts. Basil and Gregory were born in Asia Minor in the year 330. This area is modern-day Turkey. Basil's grandmother, father, mother, two brothers and a sister are all saints.
St. Genevieve was born around 422 in Nanterre, a small village four miles from Paris. While still very young, she desired to devote her life to Jesus.
ST. ELIZABETH ANN SETON
St. Elizabeth was called "Mother Seton" by everyone knew her by when she died on January 4, 1821, in Emmitsburg, Maryland.
ST. JOHN NEUMANN
St. John Neumann was not only quiet, he was short-five feet, two inches tall. His eyes were very kind and he smiled a lot.
BLESSED ANDRE BESSETTE
St. Alfred Bessette was born on August 9, 1845, not far from Montreal, Canada. He was the eighth of twelve children.
ST. RAYMOND OF PENYAFORT
St. Raymond was born between 1175 and 1180 in a little town near Barcelona, Spain. He was educated at the cathedral school in Barcelona and became a priest. .
St. Thorfinn's life were discovered in details long after his death. He died in 1285, in a monastery in Belgium. Fifty years later, his tomb was accidentally opened during some construction work.
ST. JULIAN AND ST. BASILISSA
St. Julian and St. Basilissa were husband and wife. They lived in the early part of the fourth century.
St. William came from a wealthy French family. Even as a boy, he did not waste time fooling around or being idle.
St. Theodosius was born in Asia Minor in 423. As a young man, he set out on pilgrimage to the Holy Land.
ST. MARGUERITE BOURGEOYS
St. Marguerite was born in Troyes, France, on April 17, 1620, but spent most of her eighty years in Montreal, Canada.
ST. HILLARY OF POITIERS
St. Hilary was born into a pagan family on 315 in Poitiers, a town in France. His family was rich and well-known. Hilary received a good education.
St. Macrina and her husband learned the high price of being true to their Christian beliefs.
ST. PAUL THE HERMIT
St. Paul was born into a Christian family in the year 229. They lived in Thebes, Egypt. Paul's parents showed him by their own lives how to love God and worship him with one's whole heart. Paul
ST. BERARD AND COMPANIONS
Six Franciscan friars accepted from St. Francis of Assisi an assignment to go to Morocco. They were to announce Christianity to the Muslims.
ST. ANTHONY OF EGYPT
St. Anthony was born in 251 in a small village in Egypt. When he was twenty years old, his parents died. They left him a large estate and placed him in charge of the care of his young sister.
Blessed Christina lived in the sixteenth century. She was born in Abruzzi, Italy. Her baptismal name was Matthia. As she grew up, Matthia felt the call to a life of prayer and penance.
St. Canute was a strong, wise king of Denmark. He lived in the eleventh century. Canute was a great athlete, an expert horseman, and a marvelous general.
ST. FABIAN AND ST. SEBASTIAN
St. Fabian was a pope who died a martyr in 250. It was during the persecution by Emperor Decius.
St. Agnes was a Roman girl who died in 304. She was just twelve years old when she suffered martyrdom for her faith.
ST. VINCENT OF SARAGOSSA
St. Vincent was martyred in Spain in 304. This was the same year that Agnes was martyred in Rome.
ST. JOHN THE ALMSGIVER
St. John was a dedicated Christian nobleman. He used his wealth and position to help poor people. After his wife passed away, John became a priest and bishop. In 608, he was consecrated the patriarch of Alexandria, Egypt.
ST. FRANCIS DE SALES
St. Francis was born at the de Sales castle in Savoy, France, on August 21, 1567. His wealthy family provided him with an excellent education. By the age of twenty-four, Francis was a Doctor of Law.
CONVERSION OF ST. PAUL
St. Paul lived at the time of Jesus but as far as we know they never met. Paul was first called Saul. As a young man, he was a very bright student of the Hebrew religion.
ST. TIMOTHY AND ST. TITUS
St. Timothy was born in Lycaonia in Asia Minor. His mother was a Jew and his father was a Gentile.
ST. ANGELA MERICI
St. Angela was born in the small Italian town of Desenzano, Italy, around 1474. Her parents died when she was ten. She and her only sister, who was three years older, loved each other very much.
ST. THOMAS AQUINAS
St. Thomas lived in the thirteenth century. He was the son of a noble family of Italy. He was very intelligent, but he never boasted about it. He knew that his mind was a gift from God.
St. Gildas was born around the year 500 in Britain. He set out as a young man to practice a self-sacrificing lifestyle.
St. Bathildis was a frightened, Christian English girl could have never imagined what her future would be like.
ST. JOHN BOSCO
St. John Bosco was born in Turin, Italy, on August 16, 1815. His parents were poor farmers. When John was two, his father died. John's mother struggled to keep the family together.
PHOTO OF THE MONTH
of the Relics of the Passion
for Holy Relics)
Why did Jesus, the sinless one sent from the Father in heaven,
submit himself to John’s baptism? John preached a
baptism of repentance for the forgiveness of sins (Luke
3:3). In this humble submission we see a foreshadowing of
the “baptism” of Jesus bloody death upon the
cross. Jesus’ baptism is the acceptance and the beginning
of his mission as God’s suffering Servant (Isaiah
52:13-15; 53:1-12). He allowed himself to be numbered among
sinners. Jesus submitted himself entirely to his Father’s
will. Out of love he consented to this baptism of death
for the remission of our sins. Do you know the joy of trust
and submission to God?