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The Pastor’s Connection – September 20, 2018

Pilgrimage to Italy  –  October 15-24, 2019


Father Dave will serve as the Spiritual Director on a pilgrimage to Italy in October of 2019. We will visit sites that are important in the history of our Church. Mass will be celebrated every day. Our journey begins in the ancient city of Orvieto, with day trips to Assisi and Florence. Along the way, we will stop at a vineyard in Montefalco for a wine tasting, and at a farm, where we will be involved in a cooking school for pasta and pizza. We will then travel to Rome, where we will tour the ancient sites of the Roman Forum, Circus Maximus, Palatine Hill, and the Colosseum. We will have a walking tour of the famous squares and fountains of Rome. We will spend a morning at Castel Gondolfo, the Apostolic Palace which is the summer residence of the pope. There we will see the Papal Apartment, paintings, vestments, uniforms, and the beautiful Barberini Gardens. Our last 2 days will be spent around Saint Peter’s Basilica, beginning with early morning Mass in the Vatican Caves. We will have a rare opportunity to have a private tour of the Vatican Museum and Sistine Chapel in the evening, after the normal visiting hours. After participating in the Papal Audience in Saint Peter’s Square on our last day, we will have the afternoon free to explore the city on our own.


This is a trip of a lifetime, and the time we spend in these ancient and holy places will transform our lives and deepen our faith. Seats on this pilgrimage are limited, so that we can travel in a group of between 30 and 40 people. If you would like more information, there are brochures available in the display to the right of the north church doors. The link to online information is  There will also be a presentation by Magi Travel, the tour company I have worked with since 1995. This gathering will be held on Sunday evening, October 28, at 7:00 p.m., in the Parish Library. This presentation is open to anyone who has already registered for the tour or has questions about the trip.


Father Dave is also planning a pilgrimage to the Holy Land in October of 2020. If you have ever thought about taking a trip where you could walk in the footsteps of Jesus, this would be an amazing opportunity!


Rainer Maria Rilke Quote


This past Sunday, I used a quote from Rainer Maria Rilke, a 20th-century poet and author from Austria. A number of people asked if I would share the quote. Here it is:


“Be patient, toward all that is unsolved in your heart. Try to love the questions themselves, like locked rooms and like books that are written in a very foreign tongue. Do not now seek the answers, which cannot be given you because you would not be able to live them. And the point is, to live everything. Live the questions now. Perhaps you will then gradually, without noticing it, live along some distant day into the answer.” – Rainer Maria Rilke

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