Thursday, Dec. 8 - Immaculate Conception – holy day of obligation:
Wednesday, Dec. 7 - 5:10 PM Vigil Mass; Thursday, Dec. 8 – 8 AM, 12:05 PM, 5:10 PM, 6:15 PM en español
Marian Title of the Month
Our Lady of the Expectation
Feast Day - December 18
Among the most anticipated events in life is the arrival of a new child. The excited mother already begins to speak tenderly to her child, warmly snuggled in the womb. The whole Church waits in expectation with our Lady for the arrival of Emmanuel and we sing to this soon-to-be-born son of Mary in our carols and liturgies. There are some mothers, tragically due to the trials of life, whose anticipation of the birth of their children may not be total joy. Perhaps, this month, you can remember these sisters of ours in crisis pregnancy centers across the metro area and help bring joy to their time of expectation.
Pilgrimage 2017: Fatima, Avila, Loyola and Lourdes
Day 1 ~ Our pilgrimage to Fátima begins as we depart from the United States on an overnight flight to Lisbon, Portugal.
Day 2 ~ Upon arrival in Lisbon, we will drive via deluxe motor coach to the birthplace of St. Anthony of Padua, and then move on to St. Stephen’s Church in Santarém to adore the miracle of the Bleeding Host. In the afternoon we will settle into our hotel in Fátima. [Overnight Fátima]
Day 3 ~ In the morning, Mass will be celebrated at the Capelinha, built over the holm oak tree where Our Lady appeared five times to the three shepherd children—Lúcia, Francisco and Jacinta. Afterwards, we’ll tour the basilica and shrine. That afternoon, we will visit Aljustrel, where the angel of Fátima appeared, and Valinhos, where Our Lady appeared in August of 1917. At night, we’ll participate in the candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Fátima]
Day 4 ~ After Mass, we will visit the Atlantic coast, the beaches, and the markets of Nazaré. We will also visit the medieval town of Batalha, with its mighty church and the Abbey of Alcobaça. This evening, we return to the Sanctuary of Fátima for the nightly candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Fátima]
Day 5 ~ Today, we bid farewell to Fátima as we make our way via deluxe motor coach to Valladolid, Spain. En route, we will stop in Ávila, the town associated with St. Teresa. In Ávila, we’ll visit the Convent of St. Teresa (site of her birthplace), as well as other places associated with St. Teresa. [Overnight Valladolid]
Day 6 ~ As we continue our pilgrimage to Lourdes, we will visit Loyola, as well as the places connected with St. Ignatius. Following lunch, we’ll board our motor coach for the breathtaking passage over the Pyrenees. We will arrive in Lourdes, France, in time to join in the candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Lourdes]
Day 7 ~ After breakfast, we’ll enjoy a guided tour of St. Bernadette’s home, the basilica, and the environs which will give us a deeper understanding of St. Bernadette’s life and her relationship with Mary the Immaculate. This afternoon, take time to pray the Stations of the Cross and bathe in the healing waters. There will be a candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Lourdes]
Day 8 ~ Today is set aside to visit Lourdes at your leisure. We will gather for a closing Mass in the late afternoon followed by our Farewell dinner. Following dinner we will head to the shrine for the farewell candlelight Rosary procession. [Overnight Lourdes]
Day 9 ~ Following Mass, we say farewell to Our Lady and head to the airport for our flight home.
The rising smoke from a candle symbolizes our desires, our thoughts and prayers burning upwards toward the heavens as we pour out the fire in our hearts to God. For each donation, we will light a candle and pray for your intentions at our beautiful St.Francis Chapel, Prudential Center, Boston.
Join us on a pilgrimage to celebrate the 100th anniversary of Our Lady's apparition at Fatima