Why We Come
Our French African Community
May 17– 27, 2016
During this Year of Mercy, we invite pilgrims to visit the Holy Land. Upon the invitation of the Holy Father, we opened a Holy Door, a Door of Mercy in designated Churches in the diocese: the Basilica of Gethsemane in Jerusalem, the Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth and the Church of Saint Catherine in Bethlehem. Pilgrims should not be afraid to come. Despite the tense situation in this land, the pilgrim route is safe and they are respected and appreciated by all sectors in the Holy Land.
His Beatitude Fouad Twal, Latin Patriarch of Jerusalem,
Who is organizing it? Fr. Jacek Orzechowski, OFM with the support and under the direction of the Holy Land Christian Ecumenical Foundation (www.hcef.org)
What will be the size of the group? Between 15 and 20 people.
What are some of the holy places that we will visit? The Basilica of the Annunciation in Nazareth, the Church of Nativity in Bethlehem, the Shepherd’s Fields in Beit Sahour, the Garden of Gethsemane, Jacob’s Well in Nablus, Mount Tabor, the place of Jesus’ Transfiguration, the Mount of Beatitudes, Tabgha, the Sea of Galilee (a boat ride), the room where Jesus had the Last Supper with his disciples, the Mount of Olives, the Holy Sepulchre where Jesus was crucified and his body laid into the tomb, and many other holy places. Mass will be celebrated at some of these places.
What is unique about this pilgrimage?
This pilgrimage brings people to some of the most holy places of our faith tradition and makes the Bible come alive. It also exposes our pilgrims to meet some of the most extraordinary people of the Holy Land – Christians, Jews and Muslims – who work together for justice, peace and reconciliation. Their inspirational testimonies not only allow the pilgrims to gain a deeper understanding of what is happening in the Holy Land; but they also build bridges of hope and solidarity.
Our mission trip from last week where 16 of our Camillus community partnered with St Bernard's Project and Church of the Annunciation is helping to rebuild this amazing city!
Join one of our Lenten, reflection small groups.
The weekly meetings will focus on Pope Francis’ recent encyclical:
Laudato Si: On Care for Our Common Home.
Click on the link below to check out the available locations and time slots of the small group meetings. You can register on-line at:
Session 1: The Agony in the Garden:
What is Happening
to our Common Home?
Personal, at-home reflection on the signs of the times:
In preparation for the 1st session, please choose at least two pieces of material from the following selection:
* 5-minute video “Drought, Water, War, and Climate Change” from Yale Climate Connection: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BbkNcvGHZwc
* BBC News: Guatemala families struggle for food in Central American drought: http://www.bbc.com/news/world-latin-america-34416771
* News: “Unprecedented Humanitarian Crisis Unfolding in Africa”: http://www.climatechangenews.com/2015/12/30/oxfam-unprecedented-humanitarian-crisis-unfolding-in-africa
* Video from PBS program: Extreme Realities. It investigates the link between extreme weather, climate change and threats to the national security. Advance to 12:30 to watch a section about the impact of climate change on the people of Bangladesh: http://www.pbs.org/video/2365380402
Also, read the following excerpts from Pope Francis’ encyclical Laudato Si’ (The link to the entire text of the encyclical is this:)
Selected passages from Laudato Si' (chapter 1)
# 2 This sister [the earth] now cries out to us because of the harm we have in acted on her by our irresponsible use and abuse of the goods with which God has endowed her. We have come to see ourselves as her lords and masters, entitled to plunder her at will. The violence present in our hearts, wounded by sin, is also reflected in the symptoms of sickness evident in the soil, in the water, in the air and in all forms of life. This is why the earth herself, burdened and laid waste, is among the most abandoned and maltreated of our poor.
In solidarity with Pope Francis’ Mass at the Mexican/US Border on, the student Franciscan Friars of Holy Name College invite you to a special evening of prayer and reflection for our immigrant and refugee brothers and sisters.
En solidaridad con la Misa que el Papa Francisco celebrará en la frontera de México con U.S.A. el miércoles 17 de Febrero, los frailes estudiantes franciscanos de Holy Name College te invitan a una tarde especial de oración y reflexión por nuestros hermanos y hermanas inmigrantes y refugiados.
En solidarité avec la messe du Pape François sur la frontière Mexique/États-Unis le Mercredi 17 Février, les frères étudiants franciscains de Holy Name College vous invitent à une soirée spéciale de prière et de réflexion pour nos frères et sœurs immigrants et réfugiés.
Where: St. Camillus Church, Silver Spring, MD
When: : PM to
Refreshments at Holy Name College will follow the Liturgy.
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