Mexico City & Our Lady
of Guadalupe Pilgrimage
Spiritual Director: Fr. Xavier Bazil, HGN
November 11 - 16, 2021
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare from Seattle (SEA)
- All airport taxes & fuel surcharges
- Centrally located hotels: (or similar)
- ~3 nights: Nov 11 - 14: Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico City
- ~1 night: Nov 14 - 15: NH Puebla Centro Historico, Puebla
- ~1 night: Nov 15 - 16: Sheraton Maria Isabel, Mexico City
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily at your hotel
- Lunch daily at local restaurants (except on day of arrival/departure)
- Dinner daily at local restaurants
- Wine with dinners
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Assistance of a professional local Catholic guide(s)
- Sightseeing and admissions fees as per itinerary
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Luggage handling (upon arrival in Mexico City)
- Flight bag & portfolio of all travel documents
- Airline luggage fees. Meals not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1, Thursday, November 11: Depart for Mexico City
Depart from your local airport to Mexico City. Upon arrival, you will collect your luggage in the baggage claim area, and continue to the Arrivals Hall where you will be greeted by a tour guide and/or driver. Transfer to your hotel. Enjoy dinner and overnight in Mexico City.
Day 2, Friday, November 12: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe and San Juan Teotihuacan
After breakfast, depart for the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas), by way of the Plaza of the Three Cultures. You will first visit the Church of Santiago Tlatelolco where St. Juan Diego was baptized. This plaza is important as it symbolizes the unique blend of the pre-Hispanic, and Hispanic cultures that make up Mexico. Continue to the Shrine of Guadalupe, built in response to Our Lady's request to the visionary, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Upon arrival at the Shrine, you will celebrate Mass as you marvel at the brilliantly colored Basilica. Following Mass, join the other pilgrims as you kneel in front of the "Tilma", where Our Lady's image was miraculously imprinted. Following this visit, you will make your way to San Juan Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to mythology, this site was chosen to be the center of the universe, and from then on, it became a prominent political and religious center from the second century until the ninth century. While in San Juan Teotihuacan, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the Archaeological zone. View the pyramids of the Sun and Moon and learn how the Aztecs used to work the obsidian stone and the multiple uses of the Maguey Plant. Your fun-filled busy day will culminate with a delicious dinner and an overnight at your hotel.
Day 3, Saturday, November 13: Mexico City (National Palace temporarily closed)
This morning, your day will begin with breakfast, followed by Mass at the Holy Family Church, where you will view the tomb of Fr. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr. In a time of great religious persecutions, Fr. Pro was exiled from Mexico during the Mexican Revolution. However, he returned to Mexico and was aided by a secret ministry who helped him hide from authorities. During his time in Mexico, he assisted many individuals in their spiritual, as well as temporal, needs. He was eventually discovered, arrested and killed by authorities. While at the Holy Family Church, you may pray to this great martyr who remained filled with the joy of serving Our Lord even in the midst of very difficult times. You will also visit the small but very inspiring Museum dedicated in honor of Father Pro. There will be time for a prayer and a special blessing. After this visit, you will tour the oldest and largest cathedral in all of Latin America, the Metropolitan Cathedral. Throughout your time in the cathedral, you will be overwhelmed by the stunning paintings, altar pieces, and statues. Your tour continues with a transfer to the National Palace. This extraordinary palace has been a building of the ruling class of Mexico since the Aztec Empire's rule. During this visit, you will be able to view some amazing murals painted by Diego Rivera. Continue the day with a visit to the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This plaza contains two Holy places that are architecturally exquisite; the Church of Santo Domingo, the first church built by the Dominicans in 1576 and; the Shrine of Our Lady of the Rosary, the first Rosary Shrine in Mexico. Additionally, you will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Covadonga, the headquarters of the Confraternity of the Most Holy Rosary. This Shrine is dedicated to the Patron Saint of Asturias (Spain). Return back to your hotel to enjoy a delicious dinner and rest before the next day of activities.
Day 4: Sunday, November 14: Mexico City - Departure to Tlaxcala State: visit of Ocotlan and San Miguel de los Milagros, Puebla
After breakfast we will depart to Tlaxcala to visit San Miguel del Milagro, this is site where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro un 1631, directed him to the Grotto and to a well of miraculous healing water, today the well is pretty dry, but we can get some of the water from the sacristy. (Bring your bottle with you). Next we are off to the beautiful Basilica of Our Lady of Ocotlan, to admire the miraculous and perfectly preserve Image of Our Lady. The Image was found in a burned Ocote tree, after She appeared to the visionary Juan Diego Bernardino in 1541. Mass and time for collecting healing water from the well. Time for lunch followed by the afternoon drive to Puebla, dinner and overnight in Puebla.
Day 5, Monday, November 15: Puebla - Church of Tulpetlac - Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
After breakfast we will have short visit to Puebla's Cathedral St. Dominic's Church, and its Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary, along with the Church of St. Francis of Assisi, where you will view the incorrupt body of St. Sebastian of Aparicido. Then transfer to the Church of the 5th Apparition, where the Blessed Virgin Maria de Guadalupe appeared to Juan Bernardino, Juan Diego's uncle. Here you can find a well of healing water which locals drink from. Next, a return visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe to attend Mass, and bid farewell to Mary the Mother of God. Dinner and you last overnight in Mexico.
Day 6, Tuesday, November 16: Return Home
This morning, transfer to the airport for your return flight(s) home. You will say farewell to friends and a pilgrimage that will last in your memory for years to come.*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
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