As we return to the Ordinary Time of the Church calendar, we find ourselves between Scripture readings that focus on the birth of Jesus (and refer to places like Bethlehem, Nazareth, the Jordan River and Cana) and those that reflect on his Passion and death (and places like the Sea of Galilee, Jericho, Bethany, Mt Tabor, the dessert regions and of course the city of Jerusalem). These are places and events that we have heard about for years and perhaps have wondered what it would be like to visit.
If you have ever thought about his then you might be interested in joining St. Stanislaus Kostka parish in a pilgrimage in October 2017 (12th through 23rd). You can call the Parish Secretary (845-635-1700) for a brochure to find out the details and costs and to be informed about an informational meeting that will be scheduled sometime around the beginning of Lent where you can ask questions and express concerns you might have. One important question that we will discuss is the concern about safety and we hope to have a discussion led by a former member of the NY City Joint Terrorism Task Force who will speak of his knowledge about these concerns.
Something to keep in mind is that the cost mentioned in the brochure covers EVERYTHING except lunch each day, personal expenses, souvenirs, tips to the driver and guide, a bus to and from JFK and trip insurance which is highly recommended. Feel free to pass this information on to friends and relatives, even if they do not live locally or to call and speak with Fr Backes. A trip to the Holy land will give you an entirely new perspective about your faith and can be a lifechanging experience.