Sous la direction spirituelle de la FSSPX du District d’Asie
Dear Friends of SSPX Asia,
As most of you know, the SSPX is organising a pilgrimage of reparation to Fatima this coming August 2005. The District of Asia will be going, of course, and will be joining one of the American pilgrimages, since many professional ones are organised on this occasion. Besides the three official days of the SSPX pilgrimage (Aug. 20-22), we will be visiting Compostella and the Shrines of Portugal. The detailed itinerary is given below in Part 1.
Cost-wise, we in Asia have to handle our airfare expenses. The land-fare, as detailed in Part 2 (after the itinerary), is US$1495. To this one must add the airfare and perhaps some extra if we add 1-2 days in Paris on the way back (see Part 3). Our precise air-route and this last detail will be finalized by the end of February. I will be posted on our website.
Please notice that the pilgrims will be taken on a ‘first come first served’ basis, as places for the bus are limited.
I apologize for the delay in informing you of this pilgrimage. The tsunami relief effort has been and is still taking a lot of our attention.
I pray that Asia will be well represented as it was in Fatima in 1997 (35 pilgrims) and in Rome in 2000 (70 pilgrims).
Have a blessed and fervent Lenten Season
Fr. D. Couture †
District Superior for Asia
Part 1 – Itinerary
Shrines of Portugal
To Join the Act of Reparation in Fatima led by His Excellency Bishop Bernard Fellay
August 19 — 28, 2005
Visiting : Fatima • Coimbra • Guimaraes • Porto • Santiago de Compostela • Lisbon
Eucharistic Miracle at Santarem, Convent of Christ at Tomar, Our Lady of Fatima, Saint Isabel of Portugal, Good Jesus Shrine, Saint James Apostle, Monasteries of Alcobaca and Batalha, Sister Lucy’s Convent, Shrine of Our Lord of the Stone, and more.
Day 1 Friday, August 19
Flight from New York to Lisbon.
Day 2 Saturday, August 20
After the transatlantic flight, we will be arriving at the Lisbon International Airport. Our air-conditioned motor-coach will take us to Fatima. On our way, we will stop at Santarem to visit the Church of the Blessed Miracle, to pray before the crystal flask containing the Blood of Christ. This Eucharistic Miracle occurred in the 13th century. Afterwards, we will visit Tomar, a charming city founded by the first Grand Master of the Order of the Templars in Portugal, Gualdim Pais. There we will visit the majestic Convent of Christ, a 12th century monastery famous for its Templar’s Oratory. A short drive will take us to Fatima where we will have a welcoming drink, dinner, and overnight. (D)
Day 3 Sunday, August 21
Today, in the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima, join the thousands of parishioners in the protest against the profane acts performed in one of the most venerated Catholic shrines in the world. There will be a Pontifical Mass and the Stations of the Cross. Between the events, we hope to have guided visits to Aljustrel and Valinhos to see the houses where the little Fatima shepherds lived and the places of the apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Fatima, once a remote village, is now home to one of the most famous Marian shrines in the world. It witnessed a great miracle at the beginning of the 20th century, when the Mother of God appeared to three shepherd children to ask for consolation and reparation for sins committed against Her Immaculate Heart. Overnight in Fatima. (B)
Day 4 Monday, August 22
Today, we will continue with the acts of reparation and expiation at the Capelhina in Fatima. After the ceremonies, we will visit three shrines that are only a few miles from each other and all three indicate a location where Our Blessed Mother appeared to the shepherd children: Our Lady of Fetal, Our Lady of Ortiga, and Our Lady of Kazan. Many centuries before Our Lady appeared at Fatima, she appeared to a single little shepherdess at Reguengo do Fetal. She gave her the following message: « Tell the people of your village that I am the Mother of God, and that I wish them to build a shrine for me on this spot of the ferns, a shrine wherein I may be praised and honored. » The miraculous statue, which is kept in a niche above the main altar, depicts the Blessed Mother in a seated position with the Child Jesus on her left knee. It was found by villagers who went to view the spot at which the shepherdess had been graced by the Her apparition. The history of Our Lady of Ortiga involves a poor shepherdess, deaf and dumb. After the apparition she was cured and she related to the villagers the great wonder that had taken place. They followed her to the site of the apparition. There, to their amazement, they found in the midst of the ortiga bushes a wooden statue of Our Lady holding the Child Jesus.
The miraculous statue is of a venerable age and depicts a full-faced, crowned Madonna holding the Child Jesus on her right arm. Her left hand holds a book which the Child touches with His right hand. Among the Russian people, the icon of Our Lady of Kazan is one of the most beloved and venerated images of the Blessed Mother. The icon dates from the 13th century and was painted on wood in the typical Greek Byzantine style. It is almost entirely covered with gold and precious gems. The icon is thought to have been painted in Constantinople. Historians believe it was brought to Russia by way of the Black Sea and the Don River and then to the city of Kazan, where it was enshrined in a monastery.
The image was lost in 1209, when the Tartars sacked the city, destroyed the monastery, and killed its inhabitants. It was recovered more than 350 years later, in the year 1579, when the city was being rebuilt following a disastrous fire. It was discovered by a child among the rubble of her house. Named Matrona, the child of nine told of a heavenly Lady who indicated a place where she should dig to recover an icon. Many battles were won through Her intercession. Although it is uncertain how the image was removed from Russia, it is speculated by some that it was sold after the Revolution, together with other icons, church vessels, religious and national treasures, at a time when the new government was hard-pressed for funds. It eventually appeared in private hands in Poland, and then in England in 1935. It was also displayed with reverence in the Russian Orthodox Pavilion at the New York World’s Fair of 1964-65. The icon was eventually redeemed by the Apostolate of Our Lady of Fatima and was enshrined on July 26, 1970, in the Byzantine chapel of the Icon of Kazan in Domus Pacis, Fatima. Dinner and overnight in Fatima. (B, D)
Day 5 Tuesday, August 23
Today we depart Fatima towards the northern city of Guimaraes, the first capital of Portugal. On our way, we will stop at Coimbra, the birthplace of six kings and the seat of Portugal’s oldest and most illustrious university. There we will have a guided sightseeing tour of the city that includes visits to: the Old Cathedral, regarded as the finest Romanesque building in Portugal; the University, founded in 1290; the Santa Clara-a-Nova Convent where St. Isabel, Queen of Portugal, is buried; and finally, we will visit the convent where Sister Lucy lives. Tonight we will have dinner at our hotel in Guimaraes. (B, D)
Day 6 Wednesday , August 24
morning we start with a guided visit of Guimaraes. Framed by gently rising hills, this town is celebrated as the birthplace of the nation. There we will visit the Castelo de Sao Miguel (the Castle of St. Michael). It was built to deter the attacks by Moors and Normans in the 10th century. It was also the birthplace of Portugal’s first king, Alfonso Henriques. Then we will visit Nossa Senhora da Oliveira, a former monastery. Founded by Alfonso Henriques, the church was restored by Joao I in gratitude to Our Lady of the Olive Tree for his victory at Aljubarrota. In front of it is the Padrao do Salado, a 14th century Gothic shrine housing a cross. It commemorates how the church and square acquired their name. An olive tree was transplanted here to supply the altar lamp with oil, but it withered. In 1342, the merchant Pedro Esteves placed the cross on it, whereupon the tree flourished. The tree that stands in the square today dates only from 1985. Close to Braga, the seat of Portugal’s archbishops and the country’s religious center in the 12th century is Bom Jesus do Monte, Portugal’s most spectacular religious sanctuary. It features a steep Sacred Way with chapels showing the 14 Stations of the Cross of life-size terra-cotta figures. Afterwards, we travel south to visit Oporto, the capital of the Port wine. The guided sightseeing includes visits to the Se, Oporto’s cathedral built as a fortress church in the 12th and 13th centuries; Sao Francisco (St. Francis), with more than 450 pounds of gold encrusting the main altar, columns, and pillars; and the Renaissance church of St. Clare, presenting a strong contrast between its simple external façade and the opulent gilded woodwork of its interior. Afterwards, we will travel east down the Douro River to the Port Country to have a tour of the beautiful vineyard scenery. We will stop at one of the « quintas » to taste its wine. Dinner and overnight in Guimaraes. (B, LB, D)
Day 7 Thursday, August 25
Today we cross the border into Spain for a full day excursion to Santiago de Compostela. Here we will have a guided visit to the third most important Catholic pilgrimage site of the Middle Ages: the Cathedral of Santiago de Compostela, where the relics of St. James the Apostle are venerated. St. James journeyed to Spain in 40 AD to spread the gospel as far west as possible. He died a martyr’s death after returning to Jerusalem, and his remains were eventually returned to Spain. His relics are enshrined in the crypt located below the high altar. Then we will visit the Convent of San Martino Pinairo, an immense building which was constructed between the 17th and 18th centuries on the site of a 10th century monastery. The twenty thousand square feet of this building are connected by three long cloisters. Next we will visit the Monastery of San Paio de Antealtares. Its main façade dates back to the 18thcentury. The relief-work on the doorway depicts the flight to Egypt. The present building, dating from the 17th and 18th centuries, was built on the site of a 12th century convent. We return to Guimaraes for dinner and overnight. (B, D)
Day 8 Friday, August 26
Today we travel south towards Lisbon; we will make a stop at the Dominican Abbey of Santa Maria da Vitoria (Our Lady of Victory) at Batalha, a masterpiece of Portuguese Gothic architecture. The pale limestone monastery celebrates the victory at Aljubarrota in 1385. Afterwards, we will stop at Portugal’s largest church, the Monasterio de Santa Maria de Alcobaca. It is famous for its simple medieval architecture. Founded in 1153, the abbey is closely linked to the arrival of the Cistercian order in Portugal in 1138 as well as the birth of the nation. We continue traveling south to the enchanting town of Obidos, enclosed within 14th century castellated walls. Here we will visit the closeby Baroque Sanctuary of Our Lord of the Stone, an early Christian stone crucifix on the altar remains a venerated item. Tonight we will have dinner at our hotel in Lisbon. (B, LB, D)
Day 9 Saturday, August 27
This morning includes a sightseeing tour of Lisbon, visiting the Se (Lisbon’s Cathedral) to venerate the relics of St. Vincent, the city’s patron saint. Close by, we will visit St. Anthony’s Church, where St. Anthony of Padua was born. We will also see St. Roch’s Church with its remarkably rich interior. A monument to the wealth of the Age of Discovery, the Monasterio dos Jeronimos (Monastery of the Order of St. Jerome) is the culmination of Manueline architecture. Commissioned by Manuel I in 1501, soon after Vasco da Gama’s return from his historic voyage, it was financed largely by « pepper money », the profits made from the spice trade. The monastery was entrusted to the Order of St. Jerome until 1834, when all religious orders were disbanded. Your afternoon is free to visit one of the extraordinary museums in Lisbon. Tonight we have our farewell dinner at a typical Portuguese restaurant. Overnight in Lisbon. (B, FD)
Day 10 Sunday, August 28
Transfer to the airport for your flight back to the USA. (B)
Part 2 – Cost of the pilmigrage
Regina Pilgrimages by Orbis Vacations
Shrines of Portugal
To join the Act of Reparation that the SSPX will have in Fatima
August 19 to 28, 2005
$2,295 per person, double occupancy (FROM THE USA)
$1,445 per person, double occupancy, land only (FOR ASIAN PILGRIMS)
$345 single room supplement
Daily Mass by a SSPX Priest
Scheduled flights JFK to Lisbon, Lisbon to JFK (FOR US PILGRIMS ONLY)
Airport-hotel transfers on scheduled flights
Sightseeing by deluxe coach throughout the pilgrimage
A professional tour director to accompany the group
Sightseeing with local guides
Admission fees for all included sightseeing
Three and four star hotel accommodations
Meals as specified in the itinerary
Tips for porterage at hotels, service charges, and governmental taxes
Reservation and Payments:
Initial (NON REFUNDABLE) deposit of US$200 per person and a complete registration form are the requirements to hold a reservation.
Latest day to enroll March 30, 2005. (FOR ASIAN PILGRIMS, DEAD LINE TO ENROLL IS MARCH 20 — MONEY TO BE GIVEN TO FR. COUTURE IN SINGAPORE. MRS DIANA LIM, OF KUALA LUMPUR WILL BE ACTING AS HIS SECRETARY. HER EMAIL ADDRESS IS Mrs. Lim email
The form of payment accepted is only by check, made out to Orbis Vacations (FOR US PILGRIMS.) FOR ASIAN PILGRIMS, THE PAYMENT MUST BE MADE TO FR. COUTURE IN US$ -US$200 — MADE PAYABLE TO SSPX ASIA. HE WILL PAY ORBIS VACATIONS DIRECTLY.
Balance of the payment is due 90 days prior to departure, May 20, 2005. FOR ASIAN PILGRIMS, THE BALANCE OF THE PAYMENT WILL BE MAY 10 WITH THE SAME ARRANGEMENTS AS IN THE PREVIOUS POINT.
(FOR US PILGRIMS:) Air availability is limited, so we advice to register as soon as possible. Registrations are processed in the order received. FOR ASIAN PILGRIMS, AIRLINES AND TIMING WILL HAVE TO MATCH VERY CLOSELY. WE WILL RECOMMEND ONE AIRLINE TO FACILITATE LOGISTICS, BUT IF ANOTHER AIRLINE IS CHOSEN, PLEASE CHECK WITH FR. COUTURE IF THE TIMING IS ACCEPTABLE. WE CANNOT HOLD BACK THE WHOLE GROUP FOR ONE PILGRIM ARRIVING MUCH LATER.
Please read the terms and conditions stated at Regina Pilgrimages website
Part 3 – Asian travel plans
At the moment of writing, we have not yet finalised which airline we will take to Lisbon. It might well be AirFrance, which would enable us to make 1-2 day stop-over in Paris on the way back, and visit some of the famous pParisian shrines (Rue du Bac – Miraculous Medal, St Vincent de Paul, Martyrs of the French Foreign Missions, etc.) That would mean 1-2 extra hotel nights, meals and and transport in Paris. These extra days would be optional.
Fr. Thomas Onoda is the priest-in-charge for Japan and Korea : Fr. Thomas Onoda email
Fr. Joven Soliman for the Philippines : Fr. Joven Soliman email
Fr. Couture for the rest of Asia, via Mrs. Lim in KL :Mrs. Lim email
The three above priests will be joining the pilgrimage.
For any further questions, please contact Mrs Lim in KL.
Fr. D. Couture † – SSPX
District Superior for Asia