May 29, 2015

Itinerary for pilgrimage to Our Lady of Bethlehem 2015

FRIDAY, June 5th:
8:30 am Mass at Mission San Juan Bautista
9:30 am Breakfast (provided)
10:15 am Departure
1:00-1:30 pm Lunch break
4:30-5:00 pm Arrive Queen of Heaven Cemetery Chapel
5:00-5:30 pm Benediction
Drive back to San Juan Bautista to retrieve vehicles
6 pm Dinner at Veteran's Memorial Park
9 pm Compline

SATURDAY, June 6th.
7:00 am Pack Up Camp/Drive to Queen of Heaven Cemetery
8:00 am Mass
9:15 am Breakfast before leaving (bring your own)
10 am Departure
1:00-2:00 pm Lunch Break (Castroville)
5:00pm Arrive St. Jude’s Church in Marina
Drive to Monterey Camp
6 pm Dinner
9 pm Compline

SUNDAY, June 7th.
Must be up early to get to Marina to start about 7:30am so we can get to Carmel by 2:30pm.
6 am Breakfast
7:00 am Drive to Marina
7:30 am Departure from Marina
11:00 am Lunch (Monterey)
12:00 pm Trek Uphill to Carmel
3 pm Mass at Mission Carmel with procession of Blessed Sacrament

Please pray this novena to Our Lady of Bethlehem for the success of the pilgrimage.  The following is the prayer that has been said for the past 5 years:

Novena To Our Lady Of Bethlehem

Dear Lady of Bethlehem, Virgin most pure, Mother of our Savior, may the memory of the cold night Thy Divine son was born cause Thy powerful intercession to overcome the world’s coldness towards the Babe of Bethlehem. Let the flames of love from Thy Immaculate Heart conquer the hearts of all thy children.
Do Thou who suffered such great loneliness when Thy Son was taken from Thee, look with pity upon the void in the hearts of those who know and love Him not. Lead them to Him and His Angels and Saints. Do
Thou who journeyed wearily to Bethlehem, look down with mercy upon mankind trudging along the way of evil, lost and confused. Guide us to Thy Son and the heavenly home He has prepared for us.
Look down with compassion upon us, as we commend to Thy maternal care the needs of Holy Mother Church, our beloved country, our state  and  our families. We place all our petitions at Thy blessed feet. Through Thy powerful intercession may God grant us and the whole world the sacred joy of Bethlehem.
Do Thou also regard with favor our beloved Father Junipero Serra, who brought Thy image to this land and whose remains rest in peace in Thy sanctuary. May he who in life held Thee in such great honor and first made Thy Son known on these shores, be found worthy to be raised to the altars of sainthood.
Our Lady of Bethlehem, pray for us, now and in the hour of our death. Amen.

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