World Youth Day Celebration Pilgrimage
Our Lady of Mercy Parish, Jersey City, NJ
New York State / Montreal / Quebec City
July 24 – 27, 2013
8:00 AM Depart from Our Lady of Mercy Parish and travel to Fultonville, NY
11:00 AM Approximate arrival time at the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs
The site of the Shrine of Our Lady of Martyrs was once a 17th century Mohawk village called Ossernenon where three Jesuit missionaries were martyred during the 1640s. Father Isaac Jogues, Rene Goupil, a Jesuit brother, and John Lalande, a lay missioner, are the only canonized American martyrs. Together with five Jesuit priests killed in the native missions of Canada, they are known as thr North American Martyrs. The “Lily of the Mohawks,” Saint Kateri Tekakwitha, was born here in 1656.
In 1884, the site was purchased from a local farmer by Father Joseph Loyzance, S.J., pastor of St. Jseph’s Church in Try, NY. He called it “Our Lady of Martyrs” for the Blessed Mother who stood at the cross of Jesus. The first mass was celebrated on the Feast of the Assumption, August 15, 1885, the 243rd anniversary of Father Jogues arrival at the village as a captive.
By 1895 more property and a larger chapel were needed to accomodate thousands of pilgrims who arrived by boat, train and on foot. The addition included “the Ravine,” the holy place where a grieved Father Jogues interred the bones of Rene Goupil in an unmarked grave.
With the canonization of the North American Martyrs in 1930, an even larger church was needed. The construction of the Coliseum was completed in 1931, and holds 6,500 people with standing room for an additional 3,500.
Tday the Shrine is comprised of 400+ acres of flowered landscapes and tree-studded slopes and lawns. Five chapels, two museums, a candle shrine, Jesuit cemetery, outdoor Stations of the Cross and Visitor Center and Gift Shop provide places for Mass and prayer, private devotions and reflections, and education and enjoyment.
In its 125th Anniversary year of 2010, the Shrine is a natural reliquary sanctified by the blood of the martyrs, a place of peace and reconciliation that the Auriesville saints procured.
1:00 PM Lunch in Fultonville, NY (passenger expense)
After lunch we will continue onto Montreal
5:30 PM Check into our hotel: Holiday Inn Midtown, 420 Sherbrooke Quest, Montreal, Quebec H3A 1B4.
6:30 PM Included dinner this evening.
Included breakfast at your hotel prior to check out.
Meet your local guide in the lobby who will provide narration about the cosmopolitan city of Montreal on your way to Saint Joseph’s Oratory of Mount-Royal.
The basilica is dedicated to Saint Joseph, to whom Brother Andre credited all his reported miracles. These were mostly related to some kind of healing power, and many pilgrims (handicapped, blind, ill, etc.) poured into his Basilica, including numerous Protestants. On display in the basilica is a wall covered with thousands of crutches from those who came to the basilica and were allegedly healed. Pope John Paul II deemed the miracles to be authentic and beatified Brother Andre in 1982. In October 2010, Pope Benedict XVI canonized the saint.
A reliquary in the church museum contains Brother Andre’s heart, which he requested as a protection for the basilica. More than 2 million visitors and pilgrims visit the Oratory every year.
Lunch on your own and free time in Old Town Montreal.
2:30 PM Depart for Quebec City
5:00 PM Check into your beautiful hotel
The Hilton Quebec, Rene-Levesque Est, Quebec, QC G1R4P3
Included dinner and free evening.
Included breakfast and hotel check out.
Short overview tour of Quebec City, then visit the Basilica of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre
The Shrine of Sainte-Anne-de-Beaupre, located only 20 minutes from Quebec City, welcomes almost a million visitors annually. For over 350 years, people of all ages have been gathering at this Shrine dedicated at this Shrine dedicated to Saint Anne, the grandmother of Jesus. Through the beauty of numerous artistic masterpieces (paintings, mosaics, stained-glass windows, stone and wooden sculptures), discover the extraordinary history of Saint Anne and the important role she played in the faith of our people.
Then, make a stop at Montmorency Falls before returning to Montreal for your last overnight.
3:30 PM Depart Quebec City for Montreal
6:00 PM Dinner included upon arrival in Montreal
8:00 PM Check into your hotel: Holiday Inn Midtown, Montreal
Included breakfast at your hotel.
8:00 AM Depart for home making rest/meal stops on the way.
3:00 PM Approximate arrival in Jersey City
Per Person Pricing as follows:
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The above pricing includes the following:
Round trip transportation via deluxe motor coach
3 night’s hotel, taxes and baggage handling
All admissions to sightseeing
Local guides as listed
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