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
ST. JUSTIN, MARTYR (165).
He lived in Palestine. He was converted to the Catholic Faith by the reading of Holy Scripture.
STS. MARCELLINUS AND PETER (304).
Marcellinus was a priest and Peter an exorcist (one of the minor orders), who both lived in Rome and labored there under the cruel Emperor Diocletian.
ST. CHARLES LWANGA AND COMPANIONS (1886-1887).
These were 22 young men and boys, from 13 to 30 years old, who were mar¬≠tyred for the Catholic Faith in Uganda in Africa after undergoing cruel torments.
ST. CLOTILDE (545)
St. Clotilde was a queen, the wife of King Clovis of the Franks. Her husband brought the French people as a nation into the Catholic Church in 496, when he was baptized at Rheims by St. Remigius. Her husband died in 511, and St. Clotilde was left a widow for 34 years.
ST. FRANCIS CARACCIOLO (1608).
He was born of a royal family in the King - dom of Naples. As a little boy he started reciting the rosary daily. Very early in his life he contracted leprosy, and was miraculously cured of it. Francis spent every possible moment of his life in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament.
ST. BONIFACE (755).
Saint Boniface was born in England, in 680. His name in English was Winfrid, which in Latin is translated to Boniface, and means "he who does good.
ST. NORBERT (1134).
He was born near Cologne, in Germany, and was educated at the court of the emperor. After a somewhat worldly life, he was struck down one day by lightning while riding on a horse.
ST.PHILIP THE DEACON (FIRST CENTURY).
He was one of the Seven Deacons ordained by the Apostles, as we are told in the Acts of the Apostles, Chapter 6.
ST. ROBERT OF NEWMINISTER (1159).
He was an English priest from York - shire, England, who became a Cistercian monk.
St. Willibald was a bishop and missionary. A native of Wessex, England, he was the brother of Sts. Winebald and Walburga and was related through his mother to the great St. Boniface.
ST.MEDARD AND GILDARD (558).
These two French saints were twin brothers, as we are told in the Roman Martyrology.
ST. EPHREM (373).
St. Ephrem the Syrian is both a Father and a Doctor of the Church. He was born in Mesopotamia, not far from the place where Adam and Eve lived in the Garden of Eden.
ST. COLUMKILLE (597).
St. Columbkille, also known as Columba, was born in Donegal, Ireland, on the feast of St. Ambrose, on December 7. Columbkille founded many monasteries and churches not only in Ireland, but in Scotland as well.
BLESSED DIANA (1236).
She was a Dominican nun, a native of Bologna, Italy. Despite opposition from her noble born family, Diana gave up the world to follow Jesus and became a nun.
St. Getulius was martyred with Amantius, Caerealis, and Primitivus.
ST. BARNABAS (60).
St. Barnabas was the cousin of St. Mark the Evan-gelist.
ST. JOHN OF ST. FACUNDO (1479).
He was born in northern Spain, in the town of St. Facundo. He was a brilliant and attractive young boy, educated in the household of a bishop, and became one of the Hermits of St. Augustine.
ST. LEO III.
St. Leo III is remembered as Charlemagne's pope. The cardinal priest of Santa Susanna, Leo was unanimously elected to the papal see in 795.
ST. ANTHONY OF PADUA (1231).
There is no more loved and admired saint of the Catholic Church than Anthony of Padua. Though his work was in Italy, he was born in Portugal.
ST. ELISEUS (NINTH CENTURY B.C).
He was an Old Testament prophet, the disciple and companion of St. Elias.
ST. VITUS (303).
Vitus, whose name can also be Guy, was a child saint, entrusted by his pagan parents to the care of a Catholic nurse, Crescentia, and her husband, Modestus.
ST. GERMAINE COUSIN (1601).
She was the daughter of a poor farmer who lived near Toulouse in France.
ST. JOHN FRANCIS REGIS (1640).
He was one of the greatest priests of the Society of Jesus.
ST. BOTOLPH (680).
Botolph was a Benedictine, and an Englishman, with over 70 churches dedicated to him in England. An English town, origi¬≠nally called Saint Botolphstown.
STS. MARK AND MARCELLIAN (THIRD CENTURY).
They were twin brothers and deacons of the Church at Rome who were martyred under Diocletian.
ST. ROMUALD (1027).
He was a Benedictine monk, and later an abbot. He was the founder of the Camaldolese Order of the Benedictines in 1024. This saint's life was written by another holy man, Saint Peter Damian, Doctor of the Church.
ST. SILVERIUS (538).
This 60th Pope of the Catholic Church suffered great persecution for defending the dogmatic truths of the one true Church founded by Jesus Christ.
ST. ALOYSIUS GONZAGA (1591).
He was born on March 9, 1568, and is the model of the virtue of holy purity for all young Catholic boys.
ST. PAULINUS OF NOLA (431).
Paulinus was born at Bordeaux, France, of one of its noblest and wealthiest families. He was appointed by the Roman Emperor, Prefect of all France.
ST. THOMAS MORE (1535).
He was the wonderful English martyr, Chancellor of the Realm, who was beheaded on Tower Hill, just outside London.
ST.AUDREY (ETHELDREDA) (679).
St. Audrey was an East Anglian princess, and later a queen. Driven to do so by her parents, she first married a prince named Tonbert, who died three years after their marriage.
THE NATIVITY OF ST. JOHN THE BAPTIST (1 B.C).
John the Baptist was the miraculous son of Sts. Zachary and Elizabeth, given to them when Elizabeth was well beyond the years of childbearing.
ST. WILLIAM THE ABBOT (1142).
St. William the Abbot (1142).
Of the many saints and holy people named William, none is better remembered than St. William of Monte Vergine, in Italy.
ST. JOHN AND PAUL (362).
Sts. John and Paul (362).
These two notable Roman soldiers were martyred under the rule of the cruel Julian the Apostate. They were executed for refusing to support Julian's defection from the dog¬≠matic truths of the Catholic Church.
ST. CYRIL OF ALEXANDRIA (444).
A Doctor of the Church, St. Cyril was "the soul of the Council of Ephesus" in 431.
ST. LRENAEUS (202).
This great saint was born to Christian parents in Asia Minor, and died when he was 72, the same age as Our Lady at her death. Irenaeus is one of the Fathers of the Church and is sometimes called "the father of Catholic theology.
ST. PETER AND PAUL(67).
Peter the Apostle, the first Pope of the Catholic Church, was the son of a fisherman in Galilee, named Jona.
ST.THE FIRST MARTYRS OF ROME(64).
On this day the Church lovingly remembers the first fruits of the martyrs of the Church at Rome.
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?