Sunday, June 18, 2017 - Updated: 4:00 pm
The Pittsburgh Catholic is sponsoring its first pilgrimage to Mexico, with the centerpiece being a visit to the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe in Mexico City.
Set for Feb. 9-13, 2018, the spiritual director on the journey will be Father Carmen D’Amico, pastor of Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal Parish in Meadow Lands.
The pilgrims are scheduled to arrive in Mexico City on Friday, Feb. 9, for a brief orientation tour before heading to their hotel.
Day 2 will include Mass at Tulpetlac Church, site of the fifth apparition of Mary and healing of Juan Bernardino, and a visit to Cuatillan, the birthplace of Juan Diego, and the chapel where the first apparition occurred.
Next is a tour of the Church of San Francisco and the metropolitan cathedral, the national palace and anthropology museum.
The next day — Sunday, Feb. 11 — the group will experience the Our Lady of Guadalupe Shrine and celebrate Mass. The original sackcloth cloak of Juan Diego hangs above the main altar. They also will visit El Pocito Church and browse in the San Juan Market.
They will finish the day with a journey to the pyramids of Teotihuacan, “place of the sun and moon,” and the temple of Quetzalcoatl.
Their final day of touring will include morning Mass in Mexico City before heading to the colonial city of Puebla and its pottery works. The pilgrims will visit the cathedral, rosary chapel and Casa del Alfenique Museum.
They will stop in Cholula, with its famous pyramid and 365 churches, one for each day of the year.
The pilgrimage will include an experienced tour manager with Unitours Inc. and transportation in an air-conditioned motorcoach.
Anyone interested in learning more about the trip is encouraged to contact Marianna Pisano at 800-777-7432 or firstname.lastname@example.org.