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Welcoming the New Year!

In the first part of January we continue to rejoice and celebrate Christ's birth. We have the wonderfulfeasts of Mary where wehonorMary's highest title, and then we follow the Magi to the crib as they bring their gifts of gold, frankincense and myrrh on the Epiphany. Finally we reach the culmination of this season with the Baptism of Our Lord by St. John the Baptist. With a touch of sadness we take down our decorations and enter into the liturgical period known as Ordinary Time where we will devote ourselves to the mystery of Christ in its entirety.

This is a time of growth and an opportunity to allow the dignity of Sunday to shine forth. The opening days of January may be cold and nature bleak, but the Church still glows with the peace and joy of Christmas. You may also have adopted a New Years resolution as a way to better yourself in 2011! Whether it is a bad habit you are trying to change or a good habit you're trying to put into place, we invite you to think of something God would like you to change. We invite you to take a deep breath, say an ardent prayer, and try to tackle this resolution head on. While God sometimes asks of us what seems impossible, it never is, for He never gives a goal beyond our reach. As St. Francis of Assisi said, "Start by doing what is necessary, then do what is possible; and suddenly you are doing the impossible."

May this New Year bring you the spiritual blessings and peace your soul longs for, and may your habits over the years become stepping stones to bring you home safely.

WINNERS of the 206 Tours Pilgrim Contest!


The winners of our pilgrim contests have been decided. It is with great pleasure that we announce:

Brian Flannery as the winner of our Pilgrimage Story contest, and Jack Brito as the winner of our Photo contest!
Their submissions were astoundingly spiritual and truly inspiring. 206 Tours would like to thank everyone who entered the contests, it was a privilege getting to read all the submissions that our beloved pilgrims chose to share with us.

If you would like to read the winning submissions for our Pilgrim contests, we invite you to CLICK HERE and visit the website to see several other pilgrim submissions: www.206tours.com/contest!

IRELAND: The 50th International Eucharistic Congress

Ireland is the third-largest island in Europe and is surrounded by hundreds of islands and islets. Long known as the "Isle of Saints and Scholars", Ireland was the epicenter of Christian learning while the rest of Europe was in the Dark Ages. As the home of Saints Patrick, Bridget, Columba, and many more, Ireland also provides many faith-based attractions- from the Book of Kells, an elaborately scripted 9th-century version of the Four Gospels, to the Knock Shrine, a leading Marian pilgrimage site, to historic abbeys, cathedrals, churches, and high crosses.

Upcoming in 2010, Pope Benedict XVI announced that the 50th International Eucharistic Congress will be held in Dublin in June 2012. This will mark the 50th anniversary of the inauguration of the Second Vatican Council. The Council marks an important moment of renewal and deepening of the Church's teaching and of her understanding as the Body of Christ and the People of God.
Since Pope Benedict XVI's announcement, many people people have been asking "what exactly is a Eucharistic Congress and what is its purpose?" A Eucharistic Congress is an international gathering of people which aims to:
* promote awareness of the central place of the Eucharist in the life and mission of the Catholic Church
* help improve understanding and celebration of the Liturgy
* draw attention to the social dimension of the Eucharist

The Congress normally takes place every four years. The daily celebration of the Eucharist is at the very heart of the Congress. The wider programm includes other liturgical and cultural events, testimonies, and workshops during the week of the Congress. The most recent Congress was held in Quebec in 2008 and was a source of encouragement and renewal for the thousands of pilgrims who participated.

A Eucharistic Congress was held in Ireland in 1932, and people from all over the world have begun sending memorabilia relating to the 1932 Congress, some of which will be on display at a special exhibition in 2012. The theme for the Eucharistic Congress is "The Eucharist: Communion with Christ and with one another." The hope is that the theme will contribute to an enriched understanding of the Eucharist as true personal Communion with Jesus Christ and to a renewed understanding of the Church. In the Eucharist we are invited to a personal act of encounter with the Lord who gives himself for us, in Word and Sacrament. That encounter opens the path for new relationships in which we, as Church and as individual Christians are invited to engage in a social mission, in which we in turn are given for others.

The Eucharist is bread for the life of the world (Jn 6:51).

206 Tours is happy to announce that we will be offering a pilgrimage to Dublin for the 50th International Eucharistic Congress in 2012! This 11-day pilgrimage will have all 206 Tours regular inclusions, such as roundtrip airfare, transportation by air-conditioned motor coach, hotel accommodations, breakfast and dinner daily, Mass daily, sightseeing and admissions fees, and more! We are happy to assist you if you are also interested in visiting other destinations before or after this special event! No request is too big or small- 206 Tours has all the right connections.

For more information regarding this Eucharistic Congress in 2012, please contact
patrick@206tours.com (800-206-8687 ext. 109)!


Book Recommendation:
Building Better Families
by Matthew Kelly

Matthew Kelly is a motivational, Catholic speaker who has traveled the globe inspiring people with his life experiences, philosophies, and his faith. He has become a beloved client of 206 Tours and we are so pleased to recommend his most recent book: Building Better Families.

This book is an exploration of the family structure in today's culture, and how to transform your own family into loving, spiritual, and successful unit. He tackles topics such as what makes a successful parent, the needs of a child, and how to bring out the best in yourself and your loved ones. Matthew Kelly provides lots of daily examples and strategies to achieving this sought after goal.

To purchase this book, and find other resources related to the Matthew Kelly Foundation, we encourage you to visit: www.matthewkelly.org/bookstore





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206 Tours has added over 300 NEW Tours!
In an effort to provide more of what you are looking for, 206 Tours has recently added over 300 new pilgrimages to our tour series departures! This includes new destinations, such as Russia, as well as different country combinations. See the full list of our tour series trips at www.206tours.com/pilgrimages

Why Choose 206 Tours?
206 Tours management and employees are committed to do all we can to ensure that your adventure of approaching the Lord's holy and sacred sites is comfortable and pleasant. Our goal is to arrange a beautiful and spiritual pilgrimage for you. Find out more at: www.206tours.com/why

Recipe Suggestion:
Corned Beef & Cabbage

Corned beef and cabbage is a traditional Irish dish and the centerpiece for many St. Patrick's Day tables. Corned beef takes a long, lovely simmer and is complimented by potatoes, carrots and cabbage for a hearty and satisfying dish.

For the recipe and cooking instructions for this traditional Irish meal, CLICK HERE


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Upcoming 206 Tours Pilgrimages


Medjugorje with Fr. William Elder

January 23 - 31,2011



Fatima, Santiago DC, Garabandal, & Lourdes
with Fr. John Tino & Penny Abbruzzese

May 22 - June 1, 2011



Treasures of Northern Italy with Sr. Jeannine Gramick

March 20 - 27, 2011


Divine Mercy:

Poland & Prague with Fr. Michael Sparough & Fr. John Ferone

April 27 - May 7, 2011



Medjugorje with Doreen Duquette

April 4 - 15, 2011



The Holy Land with Fr. Stipe Renic

March 13 - 22, 2011



Rome with Rev Msgr. Francis W. Beach

March 14 - 22, 2011



Medjugorje with Wayne Weible

April 28 - May 6, 2011



Italy & Prauge with Fr. James Flynn

May 1 - 10, 2011



Medjugorje with Jerry Morin

April 27 - May 5, 2011


Seven Seas:

Scotland & Northumbria with Fr. Timothy Joyce, OSB

April 30 - May 13, 2011


Tour 206:

Guadalupe & Mexico City

February 21 - 26, 2011



Medjugorje with Fr. Chuck McCabe

March 10 - 18, 2011



The Shrines of Italy with Fr. Michael Brizio

March 20 - 29, 2011


Tour 105:

All Italian Shrines with Fr. Michael Brizio

March 20 - April 2, 2011


Tour 114:

The Holy Land & Rome

March 12 - 24, 2011


Fr. Ho:

Fatima, Spain, and Lourdes with Fr. Anthony Ho

March 13 - 22, 2011


Tour 111:

The Holy Land with Fr. Kevin White

March 26 - Apr 4, 2011



Medjugorje with Steven McDonald & Penny Abbruzzese

June 21 - 29, 2011


Tour 111:

The Holy Land

March 12 - 21, 2011


Tour 161:

Greece in Footsteps of St. Paul with 3-night Cruise

March 11 - 21, 2011



World Youth Day in Madrid for Group & Individual Packages

August 2011


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