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Trusting in Divine Providence is not easy, but is the best thing one could ever do!
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The Pilgrim's Way

Mater Dei's Newsletter
(November 3rd, 2020) Feast of St. Martin de Porres (U.S.A. Presidential Elections)

Your prayers have never been so important for America and the world! Keep them coming! The U.S. Presidential Elections, the continued barrage of Covid-19 media reports and renewed terrorism attacks in Paris and Vienna, are enough to make anyone experience high levels of anxiety! When confronted with the anxiety of an unknown future, we should never forget that we are children of God! Remembering and meditating on this fact should be enough to fill us with peace and joy! Our Abba (Daddy) is in control! And since He is in control, let us learn to trust Him! In the mean time, we must pray! Pray constantly by offering all our work, all our pains, all our setbacks, for the sins committed against the Sacred Heart of Jesus! We must make many acts of sorrow and acts of reparation, and always speak the truth with charity! Trusting in Divine Providence may not be easy, but it is attainable, with God's Help. So let us ask for that help! For nothing is impossible for God! Remember that no matter who wins the U.S. Presidential Elections, no matter what happens to our beloved country and the rest of the world, God is still our Father, and we should never be afraid...for I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord. (Romans 8:38-39)
 
Don’t miss out on your 2021 Pilgrimage by delaying your registration.  If you have any concerns or questions regarding travel during Covid-19, please feel free to contact us via phone or email!


November 6th will be the last day to register and obtain a $100 per person "Early Angel Discount" on several of our pilgrimages (Holy Land in March, Camino in April - currently sold out but accepting waitlist registration with grandfathered discount, and Hungary and Poland in May! 

* Please find below information about obtaining new U.S. Passports. You must not delay applying for your passport due to backed up orders. 

Hope to see you on a Mater Dei Pilgrimage in 2021!

Thank you for your prayers for our apostolate, our pilgrimages and our pilgrims!

Juan Landa

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POLAND, with LITHUANIA or with HUNGARY or with Czech Republic CATHOLIC PILGRIMAGES 
HUNGARY & POLAND
(May 3rd to the 13th, 2021)

LITHUANIA & POLAND
(August 2nd - 13th, 2021, from Minneapolis) or
(Sept. 26th to Oct. 7th, 2021, from Chicago)


CZECH REPUBLIC & POLAND
(September 14th to 25th, 2021, from Denver)

Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy by visiting Poland by visiting the Birthplace of St. Faustina and her Baptismal Church. Pray at the place where she first saw Jesus of the Divine Mercy!  Pray a Chaplet where she entered the Convent in Warsaw, and also at the Divine Mercy Shrine (site of the Tomb of St. Faustina).  Pray before the original Icon of Our Lady of Czestochowa in Jasna Gora!  Visit Wadowice, the birthplace of Saint John Paul II!  Visit Auschwitz & Birkenau, the former nazi concentration camps (place where St. Maximilian Kolbe and St. Teresa Benedicta of the Cross were martyred).  Learn about the life of St. Maximilian Kolbe at the City of the Immaculata in Niepokalanow. Visit the unique Salt Mines of Wieliczka with its underground Church. Tours of Warsaw and Krakow are included and so much more!


Poland with Hungary Begins with fascinating, beautiful and romantic Hungary, where we learn about the origins of our Faith in Central Europe and how these Christians heroically defended Christianity against invading forces. Visits in Hungary include Budapest, Mariaremette, Lazar Equestrian Farm and much more. This pilgrimage travels through Slovakia and continues to Poland.  It comes with special inclusions not typically included with other Mater Dei pilgrimages. If you ever wanted to go to Poland, but also sail the beautiful Danube River, this is your pilgrimage!


Poland with Lithuania: Begins with Poland, and continues the Divine Mercy Saga in Vilnius, Lithuania to witness the original Painting of Divine Mercy and pray the Chaplet at the cell where Jesus taught the Chaplet to St. Faustina.  Also in Lithuania visit the site of the very peculiar Apparition of Our Lady of Siluva, and the famous Hill of Crosses and the famous icon of Our Lady, Gate of the DawnNo other pilgrimage covers the story of Mercy than this one! If you ever wanted to go to Poland, this is your pilgrimage! You also get beautiful Lithuania!



Poland with Czech Republic: Begins with Poland and ends in Česká Republic (Czech Republic), staying at the breathtaking Capital of Prague, described by many travelers as the most beautiful city in Europe!  Experience the famous Church of Our Lady of Victory, housing of the original Infant of Prague, one of the oldest devotions in the Church. Enjoy a Walking Tour of Old Prague, including the Prague Castle and St. Vitus Cathedral (Mass* to be celebrated here where you can pray at the Tomb of St. John Nepomucene
), the Old Town Square and nearby churches. Walk on the infamous Charles Bridge and fulfill the tradition of touching the statue of St. John Nepomucene where he was martyred!  Enjoy a day trip to Karlstejn Castle, a massive countryside castle that served as a place for safekeeping of the Imperial Regalia as well as the Bohemian/Czech Crown jewels, Holy Relics, and other royal treasures.

Join us on these amazing Divine Mercy pilgrimages following the lives of great Saints like Saint John Paul IISt. Maximilian KolbeSt. Faustina Kowalska, Blessed Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, and many others!

To see our Poland with Lithuania, or with Hungary or with Czech Republic pilgrimages, please click >>here<< for our Poland combinations webpage.  
* Note: Some of these brochures are not finished yet. Reply to this email if you wish to receive the brochure before it is released to the public.

 

Until recently, passport applications were taking up to 5 months! This was due COVID-19 closures of Passport offices. You can now apply for routine service and expect to receive a passport in 10-12 weeks. You also have the option of paying an additional $60 for expedited service to receive your passport in 4-6 weeks.

These processing times apply to applications submitted by mail and in-person at an acceptance facility in your community. Most acceptance facilities such as post offices, clerks of court, and libraries are open and accepting passport applications. 

All of passport agencies and centers are processing passport applications. To prevent the spread of COVID-19 and protect our workforce and customers, we are prioritizing in-person appointments at our agencies and centers to customers who are traveling internationally in the next 72 hours (3 business days) due to a life-or-death emergency. Many agencies and centers are offering a limited number of appointments for customers who have urgent international travel in the next 72 hours (3 business days) for reasons other than a life-or-death emergency.

Do you keep the promises you make to yourself? Now is the time to make your dream pilgrimage the Mater Dei way! Come follow in the Footsteps of Christ!  
No one does the Holy Land like Mater Dei!  An amazing and unforgettable Pilgrimage!  Follow in the footsteps of Christ!!  Walk (and pray) the real Way of the Cross!  Sail the Sea of Galilee! Touch the Jordan waters!  Touch the rock of Calvary!  Visit and pray inside the empty Tomb of Jesus, where He Resurrected! Immerse yourself in the Gospels! Our pilgrimage has unique features that will help make this journey more memorable. No words are good enough to describe the feeling of this pilgrimage!! We promise you, the Mass, Rosary, and Bible will never be the same!  

Several non-private opportunities still available!

 
March 15th - 27th, 2021: Departing city Pittsburgh, PA

April 5th - 15th, 2021: Departing Minneapolis, MN

April 19th - 30th, 2021: Departing city Chicago, IL

June 14th - 25th, 2021: Departing Minneapolis, MN

July 19th - 30th, 2021: Departing Chicago, IL & Madison, WI

September 20th - October 1st, 2021: Departing city TBA

October 5th - 15th, 2021: Departing city TBA

October 17th - 30th, 2021:  Departing city TBA

November 11th - 22nd, 2021: Departing Chicago, IL & Madison, WI

 
Links to all 2021 brochures will be available soon!

To visit our Holy Land page, click >here

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OUR LADY OF GUADALUPE
MEXICO
June 4th - 11th, 2021
*(with Drew Mariani from Relevant Radio)

Join Mater Dei on its most spiritually impacting and inspirational Marian Pilgrimage visiting fascinating places where we learn about the early stages of our faith in the Americas. See the places where evil was conquered under the mantle of the Blessed Virgin Mary!  Experience the gorgeous colonial city of Puebla. Visit the largest pyramid in the world in Cholula.
Visit the amazing St. Michael’s Miracle and Our Lady of Ocotlan where you'll hear about astounding testaments of faith.  Experience all the beautiful and cultural places of the new world’s largest city, Mexico City, including the home of St. Juan Diego, the remains of Blessed Miguel Pro, Ancient Teotihuacan, the canals of Xochimilco, the churches of Coyoacan, and of course, visit twice the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe. See the only true picture of Our Lady that is Divinely created! 

Reply to this email if you wish to receive this brochure before the public does!
CAMINO DE SANTIAGO!!! The Camino, The Way of St. James is SOLD OUT!!!  Accepting WAIT-LIST reservations for April 22nd to May 3rd,  2021!!!  This pilgrimage plans to make brief visits to Lourdes, Torreciudad and El Pilar Marian Shrines!
IMPORTANT!! Accept no substitutes! Mater Dei has an expert team assisting our pilgrims along the way! Our exclusive escorted system is perfect for first timers as well as repeat Camino pilgrims.  We NEVER stay in hostels or lower class hotels! We stay in real nice hotels, some of these are historical properties! 
To join the wait-list, send your application in as if you were joining the pilgrimage. Questions? Contact us at questions@materdeitours.com or phone (800-515-2632).

Currently, most airlines are operating with Covid-19 safe rules in place. Hepa filters make airline travel very safe now. However, most of the countries we have pilgrimages to next year are still closed to US Citizens due to Covid-19. If these countries remain closed to US Citizens around 90 days prior to departure, it is very likely that Mater Dei Tours will need to postpone the pilgrimage. 

Thank you for your support and prayers for our apostolate! We are praying for your intentions at every Mass during our pilgrimages! 

 
Juan Landa & Staff at Mater Dei
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