Pilgrimage Updates!

January 2016 Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Our next scheduled pilgrimage to the Holy Land will be January 5-18, 2016 with an optional extention to Jordan. Registration is now open!  Click here for the most up-to-date information about this pilgrimage. 

Please view our photo gallery for a glimpse of some of our past pilgrimages.

Here is what a recent pilgrim had to say about our annual Holy Land pilgrimage!

 Thank you for a most wonderful, spiritual experience these past 2 weeks. The pilgrimage surpassed any expectations I had. Your teachings, Jeff, were so meaningful at each site. You are able to pull together all the history, the spirituality, the geography of the area, the archeological aspects, etc. so well to make the whole story make sense. You have challenged us to grow spiritually not only with questions to ask ourselves, but ways to ponder those question in our lives, and the wonderful "weapons" we have to tackle them, grow from them, and make necessary changes in our lives so that we may be better disciples of the Lord and spread the Good News to others. Certainly my times in adoration, and daily prayer will be enriched because of this Holy Land experience. ~~ Barb K

Please feel free to contact us at Cavins Tours phone number --763-420-1074.

 

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Friday
May152015

Big Project in the Works

Behold I Stand at the Door and Knock--Revelation 3:20We have been working for years to help people understand more about their faith through the scriptures. One missing component has been how to easily communicate God's plan of salvation to children. After adults have gone through the Great Adventure Bible Studies, many have asked, how can we pass this on to our kids? Through pilot programs and a great team of writers, Emily has launched a Kickstarter project to raise funds to make the first component in a full children's curriculum available.

It is called "Gen2Rev Storybook: A Walk through the Catholic Bible." It is a companion to the Catholic Bible that walks through the chronological story of salvation history from Genesis to Revelation in a simple format for parents and children to use. Families can read the Bible together and learn the Bible story and discover the 7 sacraments within sacred scripture as well as the mysteries of the rosary, the Creed and God's covenants. It's a critical link to taking the beautiful things of the Catholic church and pointing to their origins in sacred scripture.

The cover illustration depicts Jesus knocking at our door, ready to bring us the dinner of the eucharist!

If you can, please help make it happen! Click here to find Kickstarter project!

Thursday
Apr302015

Ready to Start a Bible Study?

You have options! Ascension Press has just released the "Magalog." It's the perfect way to browse through the offerings of Ascension Press for Adult and Teen Faith Formation. Present it to your pastor or Adult Faith Formation Director to explain the need for Bible study as well as how to choose the right one for your parish or group. It contains contact information for Study Consultants equipped to help you with any of your questions. Gear up for next fall's classes now!

This Magalog also features the recently recorded, new intro study "Unlocking the Mysteries of the Bible."

Call a Study Consultant at 800-376-0520

Wednesday
Apr222015

Come to the Holy Land!

Cantor Julia Waletzko and family at Church of Holy SepulchreCome and join us in the Holy Land next January 5-18! Special guest, Chris Stefanick, is coming too on his first pilgrimage to the Holy Land. We would be delighted to travel with you and show you the amazing holy sites. There is no place on earth quite like the stage of the Bible, where Jesus, Mary and the Apostles and all the saints of the Old Testament lived the most dramatic story ever! You will be blessed, inspired, make new friends, have fun and then return with memories to last a lifetime. Pilgrims tell us that they think about their experience everyday and that the readings at Mass come alive because they actually stood in many of the same places, Capernaum, Nazareth, Jerusalem, Bethlehem. Registration is open and filling up, so send in your deposit to save your spot! More details can be found here.

Wednesday
Apr152015

Special Honor!

We are looking forward to an exciting evening April 23 in Bloomington, MN because Relevant Radio (the radio station  on which Jeff hosted Morning Air) is giving him the "Christ Brings Hope" Award for his efforts in Evangelization. It is a beautiful time for us to look back on all the amazing blessings God has given us as we've tried to follow his call and reach the world for Christ. We are hoping to see many familiar faces of those who have labored with Jeff in the Catechetical Institute, the Great Adventure Bible Studies, Relevant Radio, various local parishes where Jeff has taught, fellow Holy Land pilgrims, supportive family and friends. 

This event is a fundraiser for Relevant Radio with guest speaker Fr. Rich Simon from Chicago. He's traveled with us to Israel and has been a fabulous promoter for the Great Adventure Bible Studies on his radio show, "Fr. Simon Says." Many other Relevant Radio personalities will also be present.

For those who contribute from the local archdiocese, a donor is giving matching funds designated to the local Catholic school of the donor's choice. For more information on this incentive or to register for the event, visit relevantradio.com

Thursday
Mar262015

Pilgrim's Reflection on the Via Dolorosa

Here is a meditation by one of our pilgrims on her journey along the Via Dolorosa, the path that Jesus walked to the place of his crucifixion in Jerusalem. On each pilgrimage we journey this meaningful path. This past January we had a wonderful group from Canada with us and Leslie Blair was among them. Her comments were also published by the Cochrane Eagle columnist, Warren Harbeck, Ph.D. (www.coffeewithwarren.com for March 26, 2015)

Leslie writes: "We had been to Bethlehem and touched the place of Jesus’ birth. We had crossed the Sea of Galilee – in a storm! We had touched the rock of His agony in the Garden, mindful of our own Gethsemanes. The next day, we would walk the Via Dolorosa, the Jerusalem street on which Jesus carried His cross to the place of His crucifixion. I looked forward to it with combined anticipation and dread. Though I want to walk where Jesus walked, I shrink from suffering; my imagination is vivid; I know how this particular journey ended on that Good Friday.

I pictured a quiet walk, with ample time for solemn meditation at the stations along the way. Perhaps there would be little shrines, gardens and plaques on this street; I thought the street itself would be set aside in some way for the thousands of pilgrims who visit.

The day arrived. Taking turns carrying the large cross, we make our way to the first station, meeting children on their way to school and people walking briskly to work. The first clue that my expectations were unrealistic is our having to squeeze past a garbage truck that was just small enough to negotiate the narrow street. To my surprise, people live and work, sell souvenirs, shop for groceries, take out the garbage, and drink coffee with their neighbours on the Via Dolorosa.

Simple numbered doors with small signs mark most stations along the way. Each station has a story: Jesus falls under the weight of the cross; Jesus meets Mary, His Mother; Simon helps Jesus to carry the cross; Veronica wipes the sweat and blood from Jesus’ face; and onward to the last stations at the traditionally-revered site of His crucifixion, burial, and resurrection, located within the ancient Church of the Holy Sepulchre, built over Golgotha and Jesus’ empty tomb.

People paid us no mind as, hearts aching, we relived the last hours of Jesus. They see so many pilgrims here. What did they feel when He passed by with His cross, I wonder. The Romans used crucifixion as a brutal way to keep the population in line. Most likely, people felt sorry for Jesus, but turned aside in helplessness. Maybe, busy with their own concerns, they didn’t notice at all. Would I have noticed the drama that infamous day in Jerusalem? I don’t know.

How easy it is for us to miss the holy:

What was on Jesus’ heart as He went to His death? I believe it was His deep love – His love for you and me."

–Leslie Blair, Cochrane