Pilgrims will attend Mass and visit the Basilica of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
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Our Lady of Guadalupe
A five-day pilgrimage to Mexico City in Feb. 9-13, 2018, offers the opportunity to see the image of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the Mexico City basilica where Pope Francis delivered his blessing in February 2016.
Rev. Lawrence D'Anjou, pastor of St. Raymond Parish in Dublin, will be the spiritual director of the pilgrimage, sponsored by The Catholic Voice.
On Feb. 9, the pilgrims will depart from San Francisco for Mexico City. They will be met by their full-time guide, who will provide a brief orientation tour of Mexico City before going to the hotel for dinner and an overnight stay.
The next morning, Mass will be celebrated at Tulpetlac Church, the site of the fifth apparition of Mary and site of the healing of Juan Bernadino. Later, the pilgrims will visit Cuatillan, the birthplace of St. Juan Diego and the Chapel of Tepeyac, where the first apparition occurred.
The journey will continue to the Church of San Francisco, the Metropolitan Cathedral, the National Palace and the Anthropology Museum.
The jewel of the pilgrimage — the visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, the Patroness of the Americas —is the next morning. Mass will be celebrated there.
At the shrine, pilgrims will have the opportunity to view the original sackcloth of Juan Diego, which hangs above the main altar as testimony of Our Lady's miraculous appearances.
After a visit to El Pocito Church, the pilgrims will get a chance to browse and shop at San Juan Market before journeying to the Pyramids of Teotihuacan, "Place of the Sun and Moon" and Temple of Quetzalcoatl.
On the pilgrimage's fourth day, the pilgrims will leave Mexico City for the colonial city of Puebla and its pottery works. On the itinerary: Visit the Cathedral, the rosary Chapel, the Casza del Alfenique and return to Mexico City via Cholula, with its famous pyramid and 365 churches, one for each day of the year.
After enjoying a final dinner together and evening at their hotel, pilgrims will depart the next day for San Francisco.
Anyone interested in learning more about the pilgrimage is encouraged to contact Marianna Pisano at 800-777-7432 or email@example.com.
An informational meeting will be from 1-2:30 p.m. Sept. 16 at St. Raymond Parish's Kids Klub, 11555 Shannon Ave., Dublin. RSVP to Camille Tompkins, firstname.lastname@example.org or 510-419-1081.
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