St. Mary Catholic Faith Community
World Youth Day Pilgimage
Lisbon & Fatima
Spritual Director: Fr. Aaron Laskiewicz
Group Coordinator: Julianne Elouadih
July 30 - August 7, 2023
Lisbon (St. Anthony) · Santarem (Eucharistic Miracle) · Fatima · Sintra · Mata Beach
Your trip includes
- Round-trip airfare to Lisbon (including Airport Taxes and Fuel Surcharges)
- Accommodations in Lisbon Hotel in double occupancy
- ~ 7 nights: July 31 - August 7: Hotel Tivoli, Lisbon
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Transfers as per itinerary
- Breakfast daily at Hotel
- WYD Vouchers (Lunch and Dinners daily)
- Mineral Water with Meals
- Transportation by air-conditioned motor coach
- Tour Guide Throughout
- Sightseeing and Admission Fees
- World Youth Day Registration Fees (Vouchers, Booklets, Transportation, Insurance, and Pilgrim Kit)
- Mass daily & Spiritual activities
- Spiritual Director
- meals and beverages not mentioned, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1: Sunday - July 30 - Chicago - Lisbon
Depart from Chicago for your overnight flight(s) to Lisbon. Dinner and breakfast will be served on board.
Day 2, Monday, July 31: Arrive Lisbon (or a neighboring airport)
Upon arrival in Portugal, you will make your way through to Passport Control, Baggage Claim to collect your luggage, and then exit the baggage claim into the Arrival's Hall where you will be greeted by your 206 Tours representative. They will be holding a 206 Tours Sign, as well wearing 206 Tours Shirts/Jackets etc. You will be escorted to your bus that will then transfer that will then bring you to your Hotel. You will take part in a "Welcome Meeting" followed by the distribution of your World Youth Day Program / Vouchers / and Credentials. (Meeting time is pending arrival). Dinner and overnight.
Day 3, Tuesday, August 1: Lisbon: Day Tour
Today, you will start the day with breakfast, and then enjoy a panoramic tour of Lisbon, which will include St. Jerome's Monastery, built to give thanks to the Virgin Mary. We will drive by the Belem Tower and many other landmarks, like; the 25th of April Bridge, the Basilica of the Star, and the Marquee of Pombal Square. Our last stop will be St. Anthony's Church. The patron saint of lost things is best known as St. Anthony of Padua (Italy), but he was born and baptized here in Lisbon, Portugal. We will make our way to the "City of Joy" which is home to the World Youth Day Chapel for Reconciliation and other activities. We will celebrate Mass here, followed by dinner, and then return to our Hotel for a restful nights sleep.
*World Youth Day begins this evening with Mass
Day 4, Wednesday, August 2: "World Youth Day" Lisbon - Santarem - Fatima - Lisbon
Today, we will head to Fatima, on the way will stop in town of Santarem for Mass at St. Stephens Church, and to venerate the 13th Century Eucharistic Miracle. Continue to Fatima, a Hamlet of Aljustrel, the birthplace and home of the three (3) shepherd children. Here we will pray and meditate upon one of Our Blessed Mother's apparition sites. Our Lady appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia (age 10), Jacinta (age 7), and Francisco (age 9). These apparitions occurred monthly from May until October of 1917. Historically, as the entire world was in true turmoil, Our Lady's most prominent message during this time was to pray for world peace. The destruction of the world at that point in history was also mentioned by Our Lady in her messages of Fatima, and more specifically, in her second secret to the children. Our profoundly reflective day begins with a visit to the Little Chapel of the Apparitions. This simple, yet modern, chapel is the site where the Virgin Mary first appeared on May 13, 1917. Continue with a visit to the stunning neoclassical church, the Basilica of Our Lady of the Rosary. This Sacred space contains the tombs of St. Francisco, St. Jacinta, and Sister Lucia. View the monument that commemorates the Sacred Heart of Jesus, in the square. Due to Our Lady's consistency in Her messages to pray the Rosary, this Basilica also features fifteen altars, dedicated to the fifteen mysteries of the Rosary. While in the Basilica, you will be able to feel, through the Love of Our Lord and Lady, the many graces that were received here. Visit the Museum and exhibition "Fatima: Light and Peace". Continue with a visit to the Holy Trinity Basilica. After lunch, we will experience Christ's unconditional love by participating in the Stations of the Cross along the Via Sacra. The "Sacred Way" marks the path taken by the shepherd children of Fatima to their first apparition with Our Lady. It is composed of fifteen (15) small Chapels in commemoration of the Passion of Our Lord. The fifteenth station, the Resurrection, can be found close to the Chapel of Calvary, dedicated to St. Stephen, King of Hungary. The day ends with a visit to Valinhos, the site of Our Lady's August 1917 apparition, and the first and third apparition of the Angel. Your night will conclude by returning to Lisbon for dinner and overnight.
*This evening we will participate in organized World Your Day events as scheduled.
Day 5, Thursday, August 3: World Youth Day Lisbon
Today World Youth Day participants will have Catechesis Sessions with Bishops taking place at Churches and Schools throughout Lisbon. In the evening you will make your way to Park Eduardo for the "Welcoming Ceremony" with our Holy Father! Return to your Hotel for a restful nights sleep.
*"Welcoming Ceremony" with Pope Francis!
Day 6, Friday, August 4: "World Youth Day" Lisbon - Sintra - Lisbon
Following breakfast, we will make our way to the picturesque town of Sintra, a charming example of a Portuguese town where there are cobbled streets and traditional painted buildings fill with family operated cafes and unique shops. While there, we will explore its extravagant Palaces, ancient Castles, and incredible scenery. We will also stop by the pretty Church of Ingreja de Santa Maria, before some free time, and then continue back to Lisbon in order to participate in the Via Crucis. This evening will conclude with dinner and overnight.
*This afternoon enjoy organized World Youth Day events and the Stations of the Cross
Day 7, Saturday, August 5: "World Youth Day" Lisbon
Continue another day of experiencing the World Youth Day and its events. This evening we will take part in the "Pilgrim Walk" where all pilgrims will walk to Park Tejo to participate in the Evening Prayer Vigil with our Holy Father. Followed by dinner and overnight at your Hotel.
*Pilgrimage Walk, Evening Prayer Vigil and Adoration with the Holy Father.
Day 8, Sunday, August 6: "World Youth Day" Lisbon - Closing Mass - Mata Beach
Today we'll attend World Youth Day Mass of Sending which will take place at Park Tejo. This morning the Pope will concelebrate Mass with thousands of Bishops and Priests, and he will address young people, and those who are not so young, to send them out to the world to witness their faith, as the Lord did with his Apostles. After, we will walk back to the Hotel to freshen up, and then board our Bus and make our way to Mato Beach - one of Portugal's famous beaches For the remainder of the day, you will have free time to spend at your own leisure in Lisbon, followed by your final Dinner and overnight.
*World Youth Day "Closing Ceremony".
Day 9, Monday, August 7: Return Home
This morning we leave Lisbon for our return flight(s) home. We will bid farewell to our new friends and to a World Youth Day experience that will be in our hearts and minds for many years to come.
About your trip
The Shrine of Our Lady of Fatima is one of most famous Marian shrines in the world. 4 million Pilgrims visit Fatima each year! Many are drawn by the apparitions of the Virgin Mary to the three local shepherd children, in 1917. The Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to the shepherd children on the 13th day of six consecutive months in 1917, starting on May 13th until October 13th. The events at Fatima gained fame due to their elements of prophecy and eschatology, particularly with regard to possible world war and the conversion of Russia.