Tag Archive for: Pilgrimage Mary

The Children of Fatima

Looking for information about our Radio Encore Broadcast of Fatima – Discovering the Message of Mary?

Podcast Episode

This week’s virtual pilgrimage will be a unique one, join Renee Polka, a member of our Speaker Team, who will share with you the experience of Jacinta – 7 years old, her 9-year-old brother Francisco, and their 10-year-old cousin, Lucia. Three three shepherd children from Fatima, Portugal, witnessed the apparitions in the early 20th century.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • The children’s interactions with Our Lady
  • Visions which Our Lady revealed to the children and why?
  • Renee’s experience on her visit to Fatima, Portugal

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Jewel for the Journey

“Putting up with any sacrifices that are asked of us in our day-to-day lives becomes a slow martyrdom which purifies us and raises us up to the level of the supernatural, through the encounter of our soul with God, in the atmosphere of the presence of the Most Holy Trinity within us. We have here an incomparable spiritual richness!” – Servant of God Lucia Santos

Guest Information

Renee Polka

Renee has a background in education, linguistics, and fundraising. She currently works in the non-profit sector raising funds for community health and wellness initiatives. In 2015, Renee attended the Theology of the Body Institute for the Head and Heart Immersion course with Christopher West, and has taken continuing education courses in theology with Father Nathan Cromly of the St. John Institute. She teaches CCD at St. Brigid Church, in San Antonio, TX.


A Closer Look at The Children of Fatima and The Mirace of the Sun:

Where is Fatima, Portugal?

Schoenstatt Shrine & May Blossoms

In this week’s spiritual pilgrimage, join Angela Sealana as she leads us on a journey to a very special Marian shrine; the original located in Schoenstatt, Germany; and identical shrines located throughout the world!

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Be taken on a journey through the story of the founding of Schoenstatt, one of the first Marian movements of the 20thcentury that survived World War I and even the concentration camps of WWII
  • You’ll hear a description of the Schoenstatt Shrine, and learn about the meaning behind each carefully selected element
  • And discover a special, simple spiritual practice that your whole family can follow called May Blossoms which can not only improve your family life but also your personal lives.

We are so grateful to this month’s sponsor, Dian Coleman in memory of Ronald Coleman, who made this podcast episode possible.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Our mates must be able to sense our Catholicism through our whole being. Every action must bear the stamp of belonging to God…” – Servant of God Josef Engling

A Closer Look at the Schoenstatt Shrine & May Blossoms:

Get More Out of Your Journey with This Suggested Reading:

Blog: A Simple Way to Boost Your Spiritual Life –Advice from a Young Soldier

Find books about Schoenstatt through your local Schoenstatt Shrine. Locate the nearest Schoenstatt Shrine here

May Blossoms, written by the Schoenstatt Junior Sodality, 1916

Map of Schoenstatt Shrines:

A Journey with Terra Sancta Ministries

Come on a journey with Mary Jane Fox to Terra Sancta Ministries in Pontiac, MI! To help guide us on our spiritual pilgrimage is Fr. Alex Kratz, OFM. He is Co-Founder & Spiritual Director of Terra Sancta Ministries, oversees St. Joseph Chapel and the Shrine of the Immaculate Heart of Mary in Pontiac where the ministry is headquartered.

During this spiritual pilgrimage, we will:

  • Learn about the history of Terra Sancta Ministries and its mission.
  • Be introduced to the Confraternity of the Holy Rosary.
  • Discover what pilgrims can experience while visiting the Shrine.
  • Much more!

For more information about Terra Sancta Ministry and Shrine, click here.

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Jewel for the Journey:

“Remember that when you leave this earth, you can take with you nothing that you have received–only what you have given; a full heart, enriched by honest service, love, sacrifice and courage.” – St. Francis of Assisi

A Closer Look at Terra Sancta Ministries:

Images courtesy of Terra Sancta Ministries or captured from their Official Facebook Page.  All rights reserved.

Where is Terra Sancta Ministries?

A New Journey to the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal

This week’s spiritual pilgrimage takes us to 140 Rue du Bac, in the heart of Paris, France. Join Mary Jane Fox, as she takes us on a new journey to the Chapel of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal!  In this very chapel, the Virgin Mary appeared to St. Catherine Laboure in 1830 and instructed Catherine to have a medal struck after the model image that was presented to her. It was called the Medal of our Lady of the Immaculate Conception in the beginning. However, as medals were distributed and worn by Christians; many conversions and even miracles occurred! For these reasons, the Medal came to be called the Miraculous Medal.

During our journey, you will hear about:

  • Mary’s apparition in Paris and to whom she appeared
  • The incorrupt body of St. Catherine Laboure
  • How people have experienced miracles and graces related to the Miraculous Medal
  • … much more!

For a complimentary Miraculous Medal along with a pamphlet explaining its significance, call us at 210-521-3377.

Featured Image: “The Protection of God is Always There!”, by Lawrence OPCC BY-SA 2.0

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Jewel for the Journey:

“From Mary we learn to surrender to God’s Will in all things. From Mary we learn to trust even when all hope seems gone. From Mary we learn to love Christ her Son and the Son of God!” – St. Pope John Paul II

Photos of the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal:

Where is the Chapel of the Miraculous Medal?

Poland – Our Lady of Czestochowa

Come along with Eddie Reyes and Debbie Garza, pilgrimage group leaders for Pilgrim Center of Hope to the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland! A pilgrimage destination for hundreds of years, this monastery dates back to the 14th century. Jasna Góra has become one of the most venerated sites in Catholicism, due in part to the Black Madonna of Częstochowa, which is a 14th-century icon credited with many miracles.

During this program, our hosts will discuss:

  • What will pilgrims see/experience at the monastery?
  • What is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa?
  • Why is the image of Our Lady of Czestochowa so important to the Polish people and to Catholics all over the world?
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord; my spirit rejoices in God my savior.” (Luke 1:46-47)

A Closer Look at Jasna Góra:

Where is Jasna Góra Monastery?

A NEW JOURNEY: Jerusalem – St. Anne Church & Sacred Music

Come on a journey with Angela Sealana as she guides us in an audio pilgrimage to the Church of St. Anne in Jerusalem, built over the Virgin Mary’s birthplace, the home of Mary’s parents Sts. Joachim and Anne.

During our journey, we will:

  • Learn about the history of this famous church and the City of Jerusalem itself
  • Take you on a guided walk through the Church –what you would see, experience, and hear as a pilgrim
  • Learn about the history of sacred music along with various samples, and will define some terms like Gregorian chant, Byzantine, etc.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“There is the music of heaven in all things, but we have forgotten to hear it until we sing.” – St. Hildegard of Bingen

Sacred Music Clips In this Program:

A Closer Look at St. Anne Church:

Video clip demonstrating the church’s extraordinary acoustics; Fr. Victor Shoemaker singing the Salve Regina

Where is St. Anne Church?

Washington, DC – Immaculate Heart Chapel

Come on an audio pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the Immaculate Heart Chapel, located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C.

During our time together, our Hosts discuss the following:

  • Is this the only chapel located in the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception?
  • Where in the Basilica is the chapel located?
  • What is the connection to St. Anthony Mary Claret to the Immaculate Heart of Mary?
  • Much more!

Image captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception website

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Jewel for the Journey:

“If you put all the love of the mothers into one heart it still would not equal the love of the Heart of Mary for her children.” – St. Louis de Montfort

Act of Consecration to the Immaculate Heart of Mary:

Queen of the Most Holy Rosary, and tender Mother of all people,
I consecrate myself to you and to your Immaculate Heart,
and recommend to you my family, my country, and the whole human race.
Please accept my consecration, dearest Mother, and use me as you wish
to accomplish your designs upon the world.
O Immaculate Heart of Mary, Queen of Heaven and earth,
rule over me, and teach me how to allow the
Heart of Jesus to rule and triumph in me and around me,
as it has ruled and triumphed in you. Amen.

A Closer Look at the Immaculate Heart Chapel:

Image captured from National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception website

Where is the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception?

To listen to our audio pilgrimage to Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception in Washington D.C., click here.

Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar – A New Journey

Come on an audio pilgrimage with Deacon Tom & Mary Jane Fox to the oldest church in the world devoted to the Virgin Mary. Located approximately 150 miles south of Lourdes, France to the historic city of Zaragoza, Spain.

During our journey, you will learn about:

  • How St. James the Apostle brought the Gospel of Jesus Christ here
  • St. James’ experience with the Virgin Mother of God.
  • Miracles which have occurred at this particular Marian Shrine.
  • The statue of Our Lady of the Pillar & the Pillar of Jasper.
  • Much more!

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Jewel for the Journey:

“In trial or difficulty, I have recourse to Mother Mary, whose glance alone is enough to dissipate every fear.” – Saint Therese of Lisieux


A Closer Look at the Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar:

Where is Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar?

Cover Photo by Jiuguang Wang (Creative Commons Attribution License 3.0)

Pillar and statue of Our Lady by David Abián (Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0)

Front of Basilica of Our Lady of the Pillar by Kreepin Deth (Creative Commons Attribution License 4.0)

Lourdes & St. Bernadette

This week Mary Jane Fox will take us on a virtual pilgrimage to Lourdes, in Western France. Visit the site where Mary, the Mother of God, revealed herself as the Immaculate Conception to St. Bernadette. Meet the young visionary, Bernadette Soubirous, and be transported to her home, to the Grotto where the Virgin Mary appeared to her, and to the healing baths that the Lady revealed to Bernadette.

Prayer to Our Lady of Lourdes
Oh, ever immaculate Virgin, Mother of Mercy, Health of the Sick, Refuge of Sinners, Comfortess of the Afflicted, you know my wants, my troubles, my sufferings. Look upon me with mercy. When you appeared in the grotto of Lourdes, you made it a privileged sanctuary where you dispense your favors, and where many sufferers have obtained the cure of their infirmities, both spiritual and corporal. I come, therefore, with unbounded confidence to implore your maternal intercession. My loving Mother, obtain my request. I will try to imitate your virtues so that I may one day share your company and bless you in eternity. Amen.

Lourdes Grotto Live Webcam

Jewell For The Journey

The Rosary is the most excellent form of prayer and the most efficacious means of attaining eternal life. It is the remedy for all our evils, the root of all our blessings. There is no more excellent way of praying. – Pope Leo XIII

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Cana of Galilee – Holy Land

Join us as we take a spiritual pilgrimage to Cana in the Galilee region of the Holy Land. We will visit the Wedding Church built over the site of the famous Wedding Feast attended by Jesus, his Mother, and his apostles; where the changing of water into wine took place.

During this program, also discover:

  • the significance of the Wedding at Cana
  • what it’s like to travel as a pilgrim to Cana
  • spiritual insights for our daily lives from Jesus’ first miracle