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Trusting in Divine Providence is not easy, but is the best thing one could ever do! Divine Mercy is an incredible Gift from Jesus!
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The Pilgrim's Way

Mater Dei's Newsletter
(April 8, 2021 - Easter Octave & Divine Mercy Novena)

We hope you are enjoying the Easter Octave, making of each day in it, a true Easter Celebration! For most of us, in our lifetime, our prayers have never been so important for America and the world! Keep them coming! The news media persists in publishing stories that continue to increase our anxiety levels, but whenever we are confronted with the anxiety of an unknown future, we should never forget that we are children of God! Our Abba (Daddy) is in control! And since He is in control, let us learn to trust Him! Remembering and meditating on this fact should be enough to fill us with peace and joy! In the mean time, we must pray! Right now we are in the midst of the Divine Mercy Novena! Please pray it for souls and your own soul! We can also 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 a better effort to make more 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. For nothing is impossible for God!
 
Divine Mercy Sunday is upon us! Prayerfully consider one of our 2021 Pilgrimages to Poland with visits to Lithuania or Czech Republic. If you have any concerns or questions regarding travel during Covid-19, please feel free to contact us via phone or email!


* 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 & 2022!

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

Juan Landa

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4 Catholic Pilgrimages to POLAND!

2 with LITHUANIA, 1 with Czech Republic and 1 with HUNGARY

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)

HUNGARY & POLAND
(May 2nd to the 13th, 2022, from Chicago)

Immerse yourself in the story of the Divine Mercy by visiting Poland and seeing 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 LithuaniaStarts in 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 to see 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.
 


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!


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: The Hungary 2022 brochure is 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.

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, are still closed to US Citizens, without a quarantine requirement, due to Covid-19. If these countries remain closed to US Citizens during the registration deadline of each pilgrimage, it is very likely then that Mater Dei Tours will need to postpone the pilgrimage. 

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

 
Juan Landa & Staff at Mater Dei
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