Morning departure to Mexico City. Upon arrival we are transferred to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe for welcome Mass. Depart by bus to Puebla for dinner and overnight.
Puebla - Tlaxcala
We start the day with a tour to the old city, the Cathedral, Dominican Cloister and the Rosary Chapel. Continue to Tlaxcala and the Shrine of San Miguel del Milagro. Celebrate Mass at the site where St. Michael the Archangel appeared to Diego Lazaro in 1631. See the image of Our Lady of Ocotlan burnt into a tree trunk after she appeared to Diego Bernardino. Perfectly preserved, the image in a tree resides in the Basilica of our Lady of Ocotlan. Dinner & overnight in Puebla
After breakfast, we will visit the Plaza of Santo Domingo. Inside the temple you will see several chapels one of which is dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary. Another chapel is dedicated to the Spanish Virgin of Covadonga, patroness of the Asturian immigrants: the Chapel dedicated to the “Lord of the Rebozo” and the Chapel dedicated to the “Lady of Sorrows”. Continue to the Church of Santiago Tlatelolco, where St. Juan Diego was baptized. Time for lunch and some rest. In the afternoon we will visit Holy Family Church, where you will view the tomb of Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr and venerate his relics. We will have time for celebrating a Mass, we will also visit the small, but very inspiring Museum dedicated to Blessed Miguel Pro. Before returning to our hotel, we will visit the actual place where Bl. Miguel was shot. Dinner and overnight at hotel.
After breakfast we visit the small Indian baroque Church of Tonantzintla and Cholula Church constructed on the top of the Great Pyramid. Continue to the Famous “Silver City”- Taxco. We get acquainted with the history of silver mining in Mexico, visit jewels of baroque style architecture – St Priscilla and St Sebastian Church where we celebrate Mass. Dinner & overnight in Taxco.
After breakfast, transfer to the Church of the 5th apparition in Tulpetlac, where the Blessed Virgin Mary appeared to Juan Bernardino, Juan Diego’s uncle. We continue to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. Upon arrival at the Shrine, you will join the other pilgrims as you kneel in front of the centuries old tilma where Our Lady’s image was miraculously printed. Private Mass will be celebrated in one of the Upper Chapels. Next, you climb Tepeyac Hill, visit the Old Basilica, the Chapel of the Indians, and the Chapel of the Well. Free time for lunch and shopping. Transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast we travel to Teotihuacan and the largest American Pyramids, the pyramid of the Sun and the Moon as well as the Pyramid of the “Feathered Dragon”, ranked among the biggest in the world. Mass at local Church. Dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we travel to Coyoacan. We will visit the San Juan Bautista Church and the Convent next to it. We will celebrate Mass at San Juan Bautista Church then head off to Xochimilco for a Trajinera ride. Return to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we depart early for Queretaro City. Mass at the Church of the Cross and have a short visit to the Franciscan Monastery where Fr. Junipero Sierra started his evangelization and founded the Franciscan Missions. Free time for lunch and in the afternoon, we will have time to enjoy the beautiful city of Queretaro with the Parish of the Sacred Heart of Jesus “Of St. Claire”, the Temple of Santa Rosa de Viterbo, which is a magnificent example of Mexican Colonial Baroque. Depart to Guanajuato, transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, early departure to the Cerro del Cubilete to celebrate Mass. Visit the Shrine of Santa Maria de Los Martires where we will see the relics of three Cristeros: Fr. Jose Trinidad Rangel Montano, Fr. Andres Sola y Molist and Sr. Leonardo Perez Larios. After lunch, we will visit Guanajuato, walking through its colorful narrow streets, admiring from outside the architecture of the Juarez Theater, Plaza Baratillo, Guanajuato University. We will also see the Templo de la Compania de Jesus, one of the largest constructions completed by the Jesuits in Mexico. Another jewel of Guanajuato is the Orange-yellow Basilica de Nuestra Senora de Guanajuato, which contains an image of the Virgin, patroness of the city. We will also see beautiful San Fernando square and the Church of Belen. After a delightful day, we will be on our way to hotel for dinner and overnight.
After breakfast, we will depart for San Juan de Los Lagos. We start with a visit to the Cathedral Basilica of Nuestra Senora de San Juan de Los Lagos, the second most visited Catholic center in Mexico after the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe. Mass will be celebrated at the Basilica. Continue to Santa Ana de Guadalupe and visit the house and the Shrine of San Toribio Romo, a martyr. Time to pray in front of his relics. On to the city of Guadalajara and transfer to hotel for dinner and overnight.
Guadalajara - Mexico City
After breakfast, we will visit the Cathedral with the Ossuary Consisting of a glass cabinet that exhibits the bones of 23 of the martyred saints of the Cristero Revolution. We will continue to Sahuayo. We will dedicate our time to St. Jose Sanchez del Rio, the youngest of the Cristero Martyrs. We will celebrate Mass at the Church of St. James where St. Jose was taken prisoner by the federal troops. We will have time to pray in front of his relics. Next, we will visit the cemetery where St. Joselito bravely declared his loyalty to Christ. Transfer to Mexico City. Dinner and overnight.
Return to Canada
After breakfast, transfer to the airport for our flight back to Toronto. Evening arrival.
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