Pilgrimage Updates!

January 8-21, 2015 Holy Land Pilgrimage:

Registration is now open. Forms and brochures for the January 2015 Pilgrimage will be found here. 

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.



Register for Archdiocesan Gathering!

We want to invite you to join us for the Archdiocese of St. Paul and Minneapolis' annual Rediscover Event to be held October 3-4, 2014 at the Minneapolis Convention Center. We are expecting 12,000 people to attend from the area and surrounding dioceses. We also welcome friends from "out-of-town" to celebrate the Catholic Faith with us. This year's theme is "Horizon of Hope" because that is the core message of the Gospel and the Church. Please visit the Rediscover website for a line-up of speakers and to register.  

This will be a celebration to remember, so hope you can join us! On Friday evening, October 3, there are events specifically for young adults with fellowship, dynamic speakers like Fr. Mike Schmitz and Fr. Stan Fortuna, and music by Marie Miller.

On Saturday, October 4 there is a dual track of workshops for Latino and Anglo, ending together in Mass. There will be programs for both K-6 Program and 7-10 available with limited registration. The K-6 Program will feature a walk through the Bible, focusing on heros of hope in the Scriptures. There is also a program for grades 7-10. 


Papal Mass in Bethlehem

We had the marvelous change to experience the Papal Mass held in Bethlehem on May 25. The excitement of the local Christians from the Galilee, Gaza and Bethlehem was evident with their songs of welcome to Pope Francis led by a joyous choir and plenty of flags waving.

We stood in Manger Square for several hours before Pope Francis made his entry in the pope mobile. We had a quick glimpse of him as the vehicle drove toward the altar area. The backdrop of the altar area depicted three previous popes who have visited the Holy Land, Paul VI, St. John Paul 2 and Benedict XVI as well as Sts. Francis, Clare and Catherine standing to the side of the Holy Family. The Mass was mostly in Arabic with the Pope's homily in Italian about the dignity of children as a commentary to the Christmas Mass readings about the Birth of Christ. 


Registration Is Now Open for Jan '15!

Please join us January 8-21, 2015 for a pilgrimage to the Holy Land! It is eleven days of learning, visiting many amazing holy sites, making great new friends, being inspired by holy priests, and coming back with a life-time of memories! Click here for more information and registration forms.


Something New!

Today an announcement was made in the Archdiocese of St. Paul/Minneapolis about a new position to which I have been appointed: Evangelization Director. To read the full press release, please click here!

Here is an excerpt from it:

'The Archdiocese of Saint Paul and Minneapolis is pleased to announce that internationally known speaker and author Jeff Cavins has been appointed as the archdiocese’s Director of Evangelization.

Archdiocesan leaders say Cavins was a natural choice because of his deep love for Jesus Christ, his infectious enthusiasm, and his clear and engaging communication of the Catholic faith. The position was uniquely created in consideration of Cavins’ ongoing outside responsibilities.

“The Church exists to make the name of Jesus Christ known and loved”, said Archbishop John Nienstedt. “Jeff Cavins has dedicated his life to bringing others to God’s love through our Catholic faith. We are honored to have Jeff lead the evangelization efforts in this local Church; his calling reflects the core of our mission and his work has to date touched more than a million lives.”

“I am really excited to begin work right away in developing the new Office of Evangelization, which will oversee the archdiocese’s nationally recognized Rediscover: initiative and other faith outreach programs. There is no more important work than bringing the light of Christ to the world and bringing souls to the Lord,” said Cavins, who begins on March 17.'


12 Periods of Bible History

For those of you who are attending "Jesus the Rabbi: Following Him Day by Day," at St. Vincent's, here is the list of the 12 periods of Bible history and the 14 narrative books that tell the story. At our class on Tuesday evening, Jeff spoke about the Tools of a Disciple, which include the Catechism of the Catholic Church and the Bible. To know our story and our faith so we can "Go and make disciples," we have two amazing resources that explain it to us. The catechism explains the faith in an orderly way beginning with the Creed (our story), next the Sacraments (how to enter the story), Life in Christ (how to live in the story), and Prayer. Jeff taught how the narrative story of the Bible can read in 3 months by reading 4 chapters per day of the the 14 books listed on this download.

A full color chart of the 12 periods and 14 books that can tuck into your Bible is the basis for the Jeff's DVD series, "The Bible Timeline: the Story of Salvation." If you are looking for the chart, you can purchase it locally at St. George's Bookstore or order it from Ascension Press.

For those of you who would like to go deeper into the Catechism, the Archdiocese offers a two year program just on the catechism with many local dynamic teachers and priests as instructors at the Archbishop Harry J. Flynn Catechetical Institute.