Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Guadalupe and Mexico City
Spiritual Director: Fr. Rogelio Gonzalez
Group Leader: Cora Reyes
April 8 – 13, 2024
Mexico City: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cholula, Puebla,Coyoacan
Mexico City: Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, Cholula, Puebla,Coyoacan
On this six-day Catholic pilgrimage, you will bask in the beauty of the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe, at the foot of the hill where Our Lady appeared to Saint Juan Diego. Celebrate Mass and pray at one of the holiest sites in the Western Hemisphere! Visit other sites in Mexico City like the tomb of Blessed Miguel Pro, and see the extraordinary Mesoamerican pyramids in the city of San Juan Teotihuacan. You will also spend a day in beautiful Puebla to see the incorrupt body of Blessed Sebastian of Aparicio, Santo Domingo Church, and local markets famous for their colorful pottery. Join us and soak in the stunning culture and faith surrounding the most well-known Marian apparition!
Your trip includes
- Lunches, Tips to your guide & driver.
Day 1 | Monday, April 8: Depart USA for Mexico City
This morning, you will make your way to your local airport for your flight(s) to Mexico City. You will begin your stay with the holy sacrifice of the Mass either at the hotel or a church, depending on the time of arrival. Tonight you will have the pleasure of meeting and enjoying dinner with your fellow pilgrims and staying overnight at the hotel.
Day 2 | Tuesday, April 9: Mexico City: Visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe
This morning we will proceed to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe (Patroness of the Americas). This Shrine was built in response to Our Lady’s request to the visionary, St. Juan Diego Cuauhtlatoatzin. Upon arrival at the Shrine, you will celebrate Mass. Following Mass, you will join the other pilgrims as you kneel in front of the “Tilma”, where Our Lady’s image was miraculously imprinted. We will continue to San Juan Teotihuacan, a UNESCO World Heritage Site. According to mythology, this site was chosen to be the center of the universe, and from then it became a prominent political and religious center from the second century until the ninth century. While in San Juan Teotihuacan, you will enjoy lunch at a nearby restaurant, followed by a guided tour of the Archaeological zone. While on this tour, you will view the pyramids of the Sun and Moon, the Temple of Quetzalcoatl, and local art markets. Your fun-filled busy day will culminate with a delicious dinner and overnight at your hotel.
Day 3 | Wednesday, April 10: Mexico City: Holy Family Church, Museum, Metropolitan Cathedral and Historic Center
This morning your day begins with breakfast and then we depart to the Holy Family Church, where you will view the tomb of Bl. Miguel Agustin Pro, the Jesuit martyr. In the Mexican Revolution, a time of great religious persecution occurred in Mexico and Fr. Pro was exiled from Mexico. However, he returned to Mexico and was aided by a clandestine group who helped him hide from authorities. During the persecution, he assisted many individuals in their spiritual, as well as temporal needs. Although he helped many, he was eventually arrested and killed. His final words before the firing squad were “Viva Cristo Rey! (Long Live Christ the King!)” At this Church, you can pray to this great martyr and venerate his relics. We will have time for celebrating a Mass here. We will also visit the small, but very inspiring Museum dedicated to Blessed Miguel Pro. We will continue to the Plaza of Santo Domingo. This Plaza has many reasons of interest such as the “evangelists” court (wage writers) where in the past people who not read and write wrote letters for the illiterate. The Church of Santo Domingo dates to the 18th century and was designed by the same architect (Pedro de Arrieta) who built the old Basilica at the Shrine of our Lady of Guadalupe. Inside the temple you will see several chapels one of which is dedicated to the Virgin of the Rosary. Here we would like to invite you to pray the rosary. Another chapel is dedicated to the Spanish Virgin of Covadonga, patroness of the Asturian Immigrants and another Chapel dedicated to the “Lord of the Rebozo”. Lunch at a neaby restauran, followed by the visit to the Metropolitan Cathedral of the Assumption of the Most Blessed Virgin Mary into Heaven. Consecrated in 1656, it is the largest cathedral in the Americas and is the seat of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Mexico. Guided tour of the historical centre and we will finish our day with the visit the Museum of Anthropology. Dinner and overnight at your hotel.
OPTIONAL at $175: Performance of the Folkloric Ballet at the Palacio de las Bellas Artes.
Day 4 | Thursday, April 11: Cholula/Puebla
A fun-filled day is ahead of you. Enjoy a spectacular drive to what is known as Mexico’s most beautiful city – Puebla. On your ride, you will climb to over 10,000 feet above sea level, and view two magnificent peaks; one that is covered with snow and the other that is an active volcano. We will begin our visit in Cholula at the Great Pyramid, one of the largest archeological sites and pyramid of the New World. On top of it we will see the Church of Our Lady of Remedies (from below). For those who wish to climb up the hill, a magnificent view will wait for you. Next, we will visit the visit the beautiful Churches of Santa Maria Tonanzintla and San Francisco Acatepec, two jewels on local sacred artwork. Lunch at El Mural de los Poblano. After lunch we will have time to walk the historical centre of Puebla and see the Cathedral dedicated to the Immaculate Conception, a treasure of colonial art, the Church of St. Dominic to admire the Chapel of Our Lady of the Rosary built in 1690. This is an outstanding example of Mexican Baroque, with dazzling use of gilded stucco and onyx stonework. The Church of St. Francis of Assisi, where you will view the incorrupt body of Blessed St. Sebastian of Aparicio where we will say Mass. Return to Mexico City for dinner and overnight.
Day 5 | Friday, April 12: Shrine of our Lady of Gudalupe/Coyoacan
Today we will spend our morning at the Shrine of our Lady. Here we celebrate the Mass. Departure to Coyoacan, the bohemian neighborhood, once the home area of Frida Kahlo and Diego Rivera. We will have lunch at Los Danzantes and in the afternoon our Guide will take us on a guided tour to the Church of San Juan Bautista, the market and Frida Kahlo Museum. Free time to enjoy Coyoacan. Afterwards, return to your hotel to get ready for your farewell dinner in a very special location. Overnight at your Hotel.
Day 6 | Saturday, April 13: Mexico City – Return home
This morning you will make your way to the airport for your return flight(s) from Mexico City to your final destination. If time permits, we will celebrate Mass at the hotel.
*206 Tours Disclaimer:
Occasionally local religious and national holidays, weather, traffic conditions and other events may necessitate changes in the sequence of events or the missing of certain events/places. Though every effort will be made to follow the itinerary, it should be considered as an indication, rather than a contract of events and places to be visited.
About your trip
The Shrine at Guadalupe is considered the holiest place in the Western Hemisphere. St. John Paul II preached to millions of the faithful from this holy Shrine during his 1979 visit to Mexico. The Basilica commemorates the Virgin Mary’s appearance to a humble Indian and honors her request that a Shrine be built in Her honor. In December of 1531, Juan Diego informed a skeptical bishop of his encounter with Mary. A few days later, Juan returned to the site of the vision and once again Our Mother appeared. The humble man relayed the bishop’s request for proof of Her visitation, whereupon the Virgin instructed Juan to gather roses from the frozen, rocky terrain and present them to the bishop. Remarkably for the cool season, he found a great number of roses strewn all around. Gathering the roses in sackcloth, he hurriedly took them to the bishop. When he opened the cloak to present the roses to the cleric, it was not Only *the blooms that amazed the bishop. Stamped on the humble cloth was an image of the Virgin! The same miraculous image exists for you to see, hanging in splendor above the main altar.