Tuesday, December 16, 2008

2009 Lenten Pilgrimage to Sagrada Familia

Not the Sagrada Familia chapel in Guatemala that our parish mission group has helped with. (See a lofty mission) This is the Archdiocesan sister parish Sagrada Familia in the Dominican Republic.
The all-inclusive fee (between $1,800 and $2,000, depending on airfare) covers air and ground transportation, programs, guides, translation service, communal reflection and retreat, and simple meals and accommodations. A unique part of this experience is the opportunity to be hosted for four nights by La Sagrada Familia families who graciously welcome us into their homes.

This is different from the parish mission trips. It does not involve additional fundraising for things like medical supplies or for a project like the Guatemala chapel. Nor does include things like working in a medical clinic or school ... or laying concrete block for a retaining wall behind the swine shed. (See Casa de cerdos) Perhaps as a result, the pilgrimage requires only two orientarion sessions. It might be more what some people are looking for. I've heard some local judges and lawyers who were on prior pilgrimages speak about them very positively.

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