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The St. Mary’s Knights community and Fr. Bolding 

Invite you to Poland, Vienna, and Prague!

June 18 – 27, 2018

Sign up online! This is a limited availability pilgrimage. Max Group Size: 30

Poland is a particularly powerful example of God’s intervention in history. As pilgrims to Poland we seek to walk in the footsteps of some of our Faith’s greatest 20th century heroes: St. Maria Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe and, above all, St. John Paul the Great. Visiting the sites hallowed by their lives, we open ourselves to a deeper intimacy with the Lord and with His holy ones.

I believe this pilgrimage to Poland, in which we seek to walk in the footsteps of St. John Paul the Great, will be a beautifully fruitful and formative experience for the pilgrims. Poland lies at the crossroads through which every great and terrible movement of the 20th century passed and at which many of them collided. In a sense, the whole crisis of post-modernity can be read in its recent history and visited in its hallowed sites. But what makes Poland most special is the ways in which the Lord built up, strengthened, and enlivened his Church there to meet this critical moment of history. This pilgrimage will offer us the opportunity to draw near to the inspired actors of this drama- St. John Paul the Great, St. Maria Faustina, St. Maximilian Kolbe, Our Lady of Czestochowa. I hope that you will be able to join us.

*This special pilgrimage is open first to current students, parents, and staff. Others from the SMHS community are welcome to join but may be placed on a waitlist to ensure current students’ opportunity to participate. Thank you for your understanding.*

“The way Jesus shows you is not easy. Rather, it is like a path winding up a mountain. Do not lose heart! The steeper the road, the faster it rises towards ever wider horizons.” _ Pope Saint John Paul II

Our Itinerary

Monday June 18 | Day 1 | USA – Warsaw, Poland
Depart the USA for Warsaw, Poland. Meals will be served aboard your transatlantic flight.

Tuesday June 19 | Day 2 | Arrival in Warsaw
Upon arrival in Warsaw, you will be met by your Escort who will be with you throughout the entire trip. We will drive the beautiful Royal Route, and visit Łazienki Park with its evocative sculpture of Chopin surrounded by rose bushes. We will celebrate Holy Mass at the Church of St. Stanislaus Kostka and Shrine of Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko, priest and martyr whose powerful sermons encouraged the Polish people to stand for justice and freedom during the Solidarity movement of the 1980’s. He was brutally murdered by communist secret police in 1984. Here we will visit the museum of the martyr and pray at his tomb as through the intercession of the Saints and Blessed persons many healings have taken place. In 1987 Pope John Paul II prayed here at Popiełuszko’s tomb. This
afternoon, check in to your hotel in Warsaw and enjoy a delicious Polish dinner together before retiring to your room to rest. (Note: activities today depend on the actual flight arrival time. Some activities may be moved to following day.) (D)

Wednesday June 20 | Day 3 | Warsaw – Częstochowa – Kraków
Today we depart to Częstochowa, the most famous pilgrimage center of Poland, Jasna Góra Monastery. This is Poland’s national shrine and home of the Black Madonna, a sacred icon that is historically linked to protecting the Polish people. Said to have been painted by St. Luke the Evangelist on a cypress wood panel from a table used by the Holy Family in Nazareth, the image of Our Lady attracts millions of pilgrims from all over the world. Our guide and local Pauline monks will tell us about the violent history the icon has been through starting in 326 AD in Jerusalem, to 1430 when an invading soldier attempted to steal the painting, striking it twice with his sword. More recently during Russian occupation, they attempted to thwart any pilgrimage to the Shrine, unsuccessfully. The day before his death, Pope John Paul II sent a letter to the religious of the Shrine of Jasna Gora, in Częstochowa. “I entrust our Homeland, the whole Church and myself to her maternal protection,” said the Pope in his letter, addressed to Father Izydor Matuszewski, prior general of the monks of St. Paul the Hermit, of the monastery of Jasna Góra. We will have Holy Mass here with hundreds of other pilgrims. In the late afternoon continue to Kraków for dinner and overnight. (B, D)

Thursday June 21 | Day 4 | Kraków – Shrine of Divine Mercy
This morning we will visit the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Łagiewniki; dedicated by Pope Saint John Paul II. We will have the opportunity to visit the convent chapel and pray at the Tomb of St. Faustina Kowalska. Interesting Fact: Jesus appeared to St. Faustina and showed her His Divine Mercy. Thanks to St. Faustina we have the beautiful Divine Mercy image and we celebrate the Feast of Mercy the first Sunday after Easter. We will spend time walking around the facilities, hearing a talk from the Sisters of Mercy and celebrating Holy Mass. On the same campus as the Divine Mercy Shrine, visit the newly constructed and dedicated St. John Paul II Institute. This enormous Church Museum is the world’s main shrine to the Saint, built as a complex to honor his life and ministry to the faithful. Upon return to the city center we enjoy a city tour of Kraków, Poland’s capital from 1038 to 1569 and residence of kings. With its charming blend of magnificent architecture, churches, cultural monuments, museums, and vibrant contemporary community, Kraków was designated by the European Union as the “Capital of Culture” in the year 2000. Tour highlights include the Old Town, Cloth Hall, Wit Stwosz’s acclaimed altar masterpiece at St. Mary’s Basilica, Jagiellonian University, and Wawel Castle and Cathedral – all remarkable symbols of Poland’s historic identity. This evening, our group program ends in the main square of Krakow, the historic ’ Rynek Główny’. Within ten minutes walk there are easily 100 restaurants to choose from dinner. We break into smaller groups with our parents, chaperones, and school staff for dinner. Gather again later this evening to return to the hotel together. Overnight in Kraków. (B)

Friday June 22 | Day 5 | Kraków – Auschwitz – Kraków
Today we venture out to the little village of Oświęcim, known better as the town where the German Nazi’s built Auschwitz, the death camp where millions of Poles, Jews, Christians and others lost their lives. A Private Guide will show us several gut wrenching sites, including the starvation cell where St. Maximilian Kolbe was martyred. This is an important lesson on recent history and Kolbe’s saintly martyrdom. Holy Mass will be celebrated at the nearby Center for Dialogue and Prayer, founded for those affected by the horrors of the German Nazi Extermination Camp- Auschwitz-Birkenau. This evening we return to Kraków where you will dine with the group and reflect on this emotional day. Overnight in Kraków. (B, D)

Saturday June 23 | Day 6 | Kraków – Vienna
This morning we depart Kraków for Austria by coach. Depending on the time of arrival, this evening we take the opportunity to explore Vienna, the City of Music. Tonight we enjoy an Austrian Wiener Schnitzel and Apfelstrudel, or other local dish together. Overnight in Vienna. (B, D)

Sunday June 24 | Day 7 | Vienna
Today we explore this captivating capital city. This includes: The Hofburg Palace, once the seat of the Austro–Hungarian Empire, magnificent Schönbrunn Palace, St. Stephen’s Cathedral, and other vivid reminders of Vienna’s imperial history. Vienna was home to many brilliant composers including Beethoven, Berg, Brahms, Gluck and Haydn and we spend time exploring the impact these
composers had on the city. (B, D)

Monday June 25 & Tuesday June 26 | Days 8 & 9 | Vienna – Prague
After breakfast we depart Vienna for the Czech Republic by coach. Today and tomorrow we will experience all that Prague has to offer. Take time to pray and learn of the Statue of the Infant Jesus of Prague. Our time here will include many fascinating sites such as Church of Our Lady Victorious, the Old Town, Lesser Town, St. Nicholas Church, Strahov Monastery, Wenceslas Square and the St. Vitus Cathedral, St. George Basilica, and Loreto Church. Explore the rich history of Prague and it’s Saints. When travelling in this area it is impossible not to hear the legends of the “Good King Wenceslas”. This Patron Saint of Bohemia is well known for giving alms to the poor and he is remembered as a martyr. We are also sure to cross the Charles Bridge where we have the opportunity to touch the St. John of Nepomuk statue. Our local guide will explain this long lasting tradition. For our last evening together, we will enjoy a special farewell dinner and cruise on the Vltava river! Overnight in Prague. (B, D)

Wednesday June 27 | Day 10 | Prague, Czech Republic – USA
In the morning, transfer to the airport in Prague for your flight back to the USA. (B)






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*This is a limited availability pilgrimage. Only 30 seats are available.*

Package Inclusions

    • Package Inclusions
      • Round Trip Air Transportation from Phoenix, other departures available, please inquire
      • Comprehensive Sightseeing as per itinerary in a Private Deluxe Motor coach overseas, with Guide/Escort
      • 4 star US equivalent hotel accommodations double occupancy with bath or shower (single supplement +$375)
      • Breakfasts in hotel, most dinners at hotels and at local restaurants. As indicated (B, D)
      • Hotel service charges and tax (at current rate)
      • US airport taxes, fuel surcharges included** (subject to change in the rare occasion that gov’t/airline fees and fuel costs increase drastically)
      • Daily Mass
      • TIPS ARE INCLUDED! $250 Value!

      NOT INCLUDED IN PACKAGE: Passport fees, meals not indicated in itinerary, items of personal nature, optional tours, tips for JPPT escort, etc. See Terms

      Pricing based on group size of 20. Max size: 30
      Package Cost per person: $3,800.00
      $1000 deposit due at registration
      Full Payment Deadline: February 19, 2018
      Tour ID: 18-06.18 SMHS

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