Catholic Shrines of France (Full)

A 12-Day Pilgrimage to France
With: Fr. Mark Moretti
September 19-30, 2013

St. Therese of Lisieux, St. Joan of Arc, Omaha Beach and More

Take a sweeping religious tour of Catholic Shrines across France that includes famous cathedrals, basilicas, shrines, and even the Normandy beaches where the Allied forces invaded France during the WWII. This Catholic pilgrimage tour will humble you with its sheer scope of history. In just twelve days, take in the countryside, beaches, and the City of Lights, Paris.

 

Itinerary:

 

Thursday, September 19: USA – Paris

Board your transatlantic flight to Paris, France.

 

Friday, September 20: Paris – Rouen – Lisieux

Upon arrival into Paris, meet your tour escort and travel to the port of Rouen to visit the site of St. Joan of Arc’s martyrdom, followed by a visit to Notre Dame de Rouen Cathedral. Afterwards, travel to Lisieux to visit sites related to St. Therese of the Child Jesus. Your visits include: Les Buissonnets, where St. Therese lived with her family before entering the convent; the Carmel Chapel, her resting place; and the Basilica of St. Therese, where the remains of her Blessed parents are enshrined. Welcome dinner and overnight in Lisieux. (WD)

 

Saturday, September 21: Lisieux – Normandy – Mont Saint-Michel

This morning travel to the Normandy beaches where the Allied forces invaded France during the WWII. Stop at Omaha Beach, the American Cemetery at Colleville Sur Mer, and the Pointe du Hoc. Afterwards travel to Mont Saint-Michel, encircled by the sea, and one of the most enchanting sights in France. Walk through the Grande Rue, the pilgrims’ route followed since the 12th century, now crowded with restaurants. Visit the abbey and its church. Dinner and overnight close to Mont Saint-Michel. (BB, D)

 

Sunday, September 22: Mont Saint-Michel – Pontmain – Tours

This morning travel to the shrine of Our Lady of Pontmain where in 1871 the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to four children signaling the end of the Franco-Prussian War. Continue to Tours, to visit the miraculous Oratory of the Holy Face, whose devotion was established universally in the late 1800’s by Pope Leo XIII. Then nearby visit the Cathedral of St. Gatien, founding bishop of the see of Tours. Dinner and overnight in Tours. (BB, D)

 

Monday, September 23: Tours: Excursion to Chenonceau and Amboise – Wine tasting

This morning, embark on an excursion to Chenonceau, probably the most romantic Chateau in the Loire region. Next, continue to the Chateau d’Amboise, where French kings lived in the 15th and 16th centuries. Afterwards, stop at a vineyard for wine tasting. Upon your return to Tours, visit St. Martin of Tours Basilica built above the remains of the pilgrimage church destroyed during the French Revolution; relics of St. Martin are kept in the crypt. Dinner and overnight in Tours. (BB, D)

 

Tuesday, September 24: Tours – Nevers – Paris

Travel to Nevers to see one of the most beautifully preserved incorruptible saints, St. Bernadette of Lourdes. Time to explore the convent where she departed from this life. Afterwards, travel to Paris for a panoramic view of the city en route to the hotel. (BB, D)

 

Wednesday, September 25: Paris

This morning visit the Church of the Miraculous Medal, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure. Pray before the heart of St. Vincent de Paul and the incorrupt remains of St. Catherine and St. Louise Marillac, co-founder of the Daughters of Charity. Nearby, visit the Chapel of St. Vincent de Paul housing the relics of this great saint, protector of the poor. Afterwards, visit the Museum of Foreign Missions Society, which displays artifacts and photographs of missionaries and martyrs from the Society established in 1658 that sent more than 4,200 priests to Asia. The museum displays artifacts and photographs of missionaries and martyrs. Then, travel to the Isle of Paris for a visit to the magnificent Sainte Chapelle, built to house Our Lord’s Crown of Thorns. Nearby, visit the famous Cathedral of Notre Dame built during the 12th, 13th, and 14th centuries, icon of the city of Paris. End with a visit to St. Etienne du Mont, the church built as a resting place of St. Genevieve, patron saint of Paris. (BB, D)

 

Thursday, September 26: Paris

This morning visit St. Denis Cathedral built to house his remains, where the Kings and Queens of France were buried. Continue to the artistic village of Montmartre for a visit to the Sacre Coeur Basilica, the place of St. Denis’ martyrdom, and to the adjacent St. Pierre Church, where the first Jesuits took their vows. Then visit La Madeleine, the church built in honor of St. Mary Magdalene, where some of her relics are preserved. Continue to the Arc of Triumph and the Champs Elysees for a visit to the Church of the Blessed Sacrament that houses the incorrupt body of St. Peter Julian Eymard, apostle of the Blessed Sacrament. Continue your sightseeing of Paris with the Concorde Square, the National Assembly, the Invalides, the Opera House, and the Louvre Gardens. (BB, D)

 

Friday, September 27: Paris

Take advantage of a free day to explore this enchanting city or to take an optional tour to Chartres and Versailles: visit the beautiful stained glass cathedral that was built to enshrine the veil of the Virgin Mary and then the famous, exuberant, and splendid Versailles Palace built by Louis XIV. (BB)

 

Saturday, September 28: Paris – Lourdes

Take an early TGV train to Lourdes. Arrive in the early afternoon for a guided walking tour of the sites related to the Apparitions and to St. Bernadette. After dinner, join the candlelight procession. (BB, D)

 

Sunday, September 29: Lourdes

A free morning for personal devotions or time to visit the baths. In the evening, join the processions. Enjoy a farewell dinner to celebrate the success of your pilgrimage. (BB, FD)

 

Monday, September 30: Return to USA

Transfer to Toulouse airport for your return transatlantic flight back home. (BB)

 

 

(BB) Buffet Breakfast; (D) Dinner; (WD) Welcome Dinner; (FD) Farewell Dinner

 

 

For more information, please contact Catholic Heritage Tours
or contact Mary Guyant, Group Coordinator, at (540) 347-5443 or metterguy@gmail.com

 

Call Catholic Heritage Tours today. We’ll show you how we can take your vision for a Catholic pilgrimage and turn it into reality. Take in the rich history of many centuries across this European cultural hub – call us at (800) 290-3876!

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