Author and Host of Relevant Radio’s Patrick Madrid Show
Fr. Peter Fegan, O.P.
Saint John Vianney Seminary, Denver
Sunday, June 3: Flight to San Diego, CA
Our pilgrimage begins this morning as we depart for a flight to San Diego, California where our Canterbury host, pilgrimage chaplain, tour managers, and motor-coach drivers will meet and greet us. (itinerary continued below)
Sunday, June 3 (cont.)
Our journey north leads us to our first visit, the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá, known as the “Mother of the Alta California Missions”, where our chaplain will celebrate the opening Mass. Before arriving at our hotel, we will also visit the Mission San Luis Rey de Francia. St. Louis led the crusades to regain the Holy Land for Christ.
☾ Overnight Oceanside (Dinner)
Monday, June 4
We set off to visit and participate in Mass at the Mission San Juan Capistrano, named after the 14th century theologian, one of the most picturesque sites in all of California. Next, we’ll visit the famous Christ Cathedral (the former Crystal Cathedral), now the home of the diocese – and tour its stunning façade and the magnificent gardens that surround it. We continue on to visit the Carmelite Sisters of the Most Sacred Heart of Los Angeles in Alhambra where the sisters will serve us lunch. Next, we visit the Mission San Gabriel Arcángel, nicknamed the“Pride of the Missions” followed by a brief tour of the LA area.
☾ Overnight Ventura (Breakfast, Lunch & Dinner)
Tuesday, June 5
Morning visit and Mass at the Mission San Buenaventura, named after St. Bonaventure. We then visit the Mission Santa Barbara, known as the “Queen of the Missions.” Following a break for lunch, we’ll enjoy the lovely city of Santa Barbara and afterwards, we’ll proceed to the unique city of Solvang, where the old world charm of Northern Europe meets the blue skies of Southern California.
☾ Overnight Solvang (Breakfast & Dinner)
Wednesday, June 6
We depart the Santa Barbara area for the scenic drive to Carmel and Monterey. Before saying farewell to Solvang, we’ll enjoy a drive by of the Mission Santa Ines, followed by our drive north towards the Mission San Luis Obispo, where we will participate in Mass. We then proceed to the breathtaking Pacific Coast Highway, which will take us right along California’s coast line and through Big Sur, making picturesque stops to view the Bixby Creek Bridge, Pfeiffer Beach, and McWay Falls.
☾ Overnight Monterey (Breakfast & Dinner)
Thursday, June 7
After breakfast, we’re off to visit and participate in Mass at the Mission San Carlos Borroméo del río Carmelo, where St. Junípero Serra is entombed beneath the sanctuary of this mission church. We’ll view his sarcophagus as well as that of three of his fellow missionaries. This afternoon we will enjoy the beautiful 17-Mile Drive which takes us through coastline and the Pebble Beach Resort. This evening we will have leisure time for dinner down at the Cannery row in Monterey.
☾ Overnight Monterey (Breakfast)
Friday, June 8
This morning we travel north to visit the Mission of San José, an active participant in the Parish of St. Joseph. We break for lunch, then proceed to visit and participate in Mass at the Mission San Francisco de Asís, home to the “National Shrine Grotto of Our Lady of Lourdes.” We cap the day with some leisure time for dinner in the Pier 39 area of San Francisco.
☾ Overnight San Francisco (Breakfast)
Saturday, June 9
Following breakfast, we proceed to the famed Sonoma Wine Region and Marin County area by crossing the Golden Gate Bridge for a visit to the last of the originally established California Missions: the Mission San Francisco Solano, which is nestled in the wine country 40 miles north of San Francisco and across from the site of the Bear Flag Revolt of 1846. If time allows, we will have the opportunity to visit a Napa Valley winery. We finish our afternoon with the celebration of Sunday Vigil Mass at the Cathedral of Christ the Light, just as the last rays of sunlight shine through the cathedral’s glass ceiling. We’ll gather for our Farewell Dinner tonight.
☾ Overnight San Francisco (Breakfast & Dinner)
Sunday, June 10
With a renewed sense of pilgrimage and an invigorated love of our Catholic faith, we bid a farewell to our fellow pilgrims as we board our plane for the return flight home.
Your Pilgrimage Includes
Daily rosary, devotions, and the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass
Opportunities for confession and spiritual direction
4 Star deluxe hotel accommodations (all hotel taxes & fees)
Transportation by deluxe air-conditioned motor coach
Breakfast and dinner (see itinerary for details)
Wine served with dinners
Assistance of a Canterbury tour manager
Assistance of local guides
All sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
All gratuities for hotel staff and restaurants
Commentary by Patrick Madrid and Fr. Peter Fegan, O.P.
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