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Of the diocese of Youngstown, ohio

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November 2010 All Saints Pilgrimage   

St. Mary/St. Frances Cabrini Parish

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November 1, (All Saints Feast Day) Canonization Process

                                                         Pilgrimage All Saints Day

     Monday:  Depart  Venice, Italy

November 2: (All Souls) Padua   Pilgrimage All Souls Day

Padua is an old university town with an illustrious academic history.  Padua is the home of the Basilica of St. Anthony.  This Basilica is one of the most popular pilgrimage destinations in Italy. St. Anthony was a simple man yet the people built one of the most lavish churches to house his body. The Basilica is filled with artwork about his life.  Padua University was founded in 1222 and in 1678, Elena Pisopia, was the first woman graduate. This University was one of the first founded in Italy.   Padua’s buildings also contain frescoes by Giotto. 

     Tuesday:  Arrive Venice, Italy.  Guided tour of Padua, Scrovegni Chapel, Mass at the Basilica of St. Anthony of Padua.

Venice:  Venice is one of the few cities in the world that can be truly described as unique.  It survives against all the odds, built on a series of low mud banks amid the tidal waters of the Adriatic Sea and regularly subject to floods.  Venice is a city of tiny islands, about one thousand of them.  No cars, taxis, motorcycles or trucks are permitted within the city of Venice.  If you arrive in a wheeled vehicle you must leave it in a parking lot on the city outskirts and enter Venice by boat or on foot.  Every single item arrives at its destination by water, and so must every visitor.  Take a water bus, water taxi or gondola to the landing point nearest your destination and then walk.   

November 3: (St. Martin de Porres, religious) Venice St. Martin de Porres

     Wednesday:  Guided tour of Venice, Mass at the Basilica of St. Mark, Doge Palace, private boat ride. St. Mark

Basilica of St. Mark

             Venice’s famous Basilica blends the architectural and decorative styles of East and West to create one of the greatest buildings in Europe.  The exterior of the basilica has an oriental appearance There are mosaics on the five main doors and the main door is framed by some of Italy’s loveliest Romanesque carvings dating from 1240 – 1265.  In the 1100’s, all ships were expected to bring back from abroad by law a gift to adorn the House of St. Mark.    Until 1807, St. Mark’s was the private chapel of the Doge.  It has five domes with mosaics decorating them.  The Pentecost Dome is probably the first dome to ever be decorated with mosaics.  St. Mark’s remains are housed in the altar. 

               Doge Palace (Venice) Palazzo Ducale or Doge’s Palace.  Doge was the name for a ruler.  Doge Palace was the home of all of Venice’s rulers.  This palace was founded in the 9th century.  It is a Gothic structure built from pink marble.  The ground floor or base of the palace is constructed completely of arches.

Bridge of sighs named such because of the prisoners being taken to the prison.

Overnight in Padua St. Anthony of Padua


November 4: (St. Charles Borremeo, bishop) Ravenna, Florence St. Charles Borremeo

Ravenna:  Ravenna rose to power in the first century BC under the Emporer Augustus.  As Rome’s power declined, Ravenna was made the capital of the Western Empire (AD402).  A role it held until the 6th century.  Ravenna is known for its mosaics that span the years of Roman and Byzantine rule.  Ravenna converted to Christianity in the second century. 

       Mausoleum of Galla Placidia is located behind San Vitale and is known for its ancient and breathtaking mosaics.  The mausoleum is a small, brick structure that dates from 430 AD.  Galla Placidia, a powerful Roman Empress, was never buried in this mausoleum but she commissioned the building to be built.  Historians think she is buried in Rome.  This plain building has sunk 4 ˝ feet in 1600 years and is filled with glittering treasures of mosaics.  One of the most beautiful is a mosaic of the Good Shepherd. 

     Thursday:  Depart for Ravenna, Guided tour of beautiful mosaics of St. Vitale, Mausoleum of Galla Placidia,  Depart for Florence.  St. Vitale

Overnight in Florence

November 5: Florence

     Friday:  Guided tour of Florence, Academia Museum (Michelangelo’s David), Duomo and Baptistry, Church of Santa Croce.


             Florence is a city of culture.  It dates back to 59 BC.  By the 13th century, the city was a major power in Italy.   The city is known for its art and outdoor markets.  We will see the works of Da Vinci and Michelangelo.  You will hear a lot about the Medici Family’s influence on Florence. 

Duomo and Baptistry

             Rising above the heart of the city, the richly-decorated Duomo – Santa Maria del Fiore- and its orange-tiled dome have become Florence’s most famous symbols.  This cathedral is Europe’s 4th largest church.  Next door is the Baptistry with its celebrated bronze doors that may date back to the 4th century making it one of Florence’s oldest buildings.  The doors of the Baptistry are housed in a museum and copies are on the doors now.  There are ten relief panels showing scriptural passages done by the artist Giberti. 

            Santa Croce is a Gothic church which began in 1294.  This church contains tombs and monuments of famous Florentines such as Michelangelo, Galileo and Machiavelli as well as frescoes by Giotto. 

            Academia Museum

            Statue of David (Michelangelo) In the Academy of Fine Arts, we will see Michelangelo’s statue of David done in 1504.  The statue is a colossal 17 ft. nude statue of the biblical hero David who killed the giant Goliath.  The David established Michelangelo, at the age of 29, as the foremost sculptor of his time.  His other masterpiece located there is of the four prisoners who are struggling to free themselves from the marble.  David is in enclosed in glass but imposing and powerful.  No pictures. 

Overnight in Florence

November 6: (Blessed Virgin Mary)  Assisi, Montepulciano (Tuscany)

Montepulciano is a medieval and Renaissance hill town in the province of Siena in southern Tuscany.  Montepulciano, with an elevation of 605 m, sits on a high limestone ridge.           Montepulciano is a major producer of food and drink.  Montepulciano is known world-wide for its fabulous wine.  Wine connoisseurs consider its Vino Nobile among Italy’s best.  Montepulciano is also known for its pork, cheese pasta, lentils and honey. 

The main street of Montepulciano stretches for 1.5 kilometers from the Porta al Prato to the Piazza Grande at the top of the hill.  The city is renowned for its walkable, car-free nature.  


     Saturday:  Visit Montepulciano, wine tasting in Tuscany.

Overnight in Assisi


November 7: (32nd Sunday Ordinary Time) Assisi

     Sunday:  Mass at the tomb of St. Francis, guided tour of Assisi, Basilica of St. Francis, Church of St. Clare, Church of La Porziuncola

Overnight in Assisi

November 8

     Monday:  Orvieto and Rome: Mass at the Duomo in Orvieto, guided tour of Orvieto, departure for Rome

Overnight in Rome 

November 9: (Dedication of the Lateran Basilica) Rome

     Tuesday:  Mass in the Basilica of St. Peter, guided tour of the Vatican Museum, Sistine Chapel, Basilica of St. Peter.  Shop in stores surrounding the Vatican.

Overnight in Rome

November 10: (St. Leo the Great, pope) Rome

     Wednesday:  Papal Audience at the Vatican,  guided tour of the Catacombs of St. Priscilla (Mass at the church), Basilica of St. John, the holy Cross of Jerusalem, Basilica of St. Mary Major

Overnight in Rome


November 11: (St. Martin of Tours) Rome  St. Martin of Tours

     Thursday:  Guided tour of the Basilica of St. Paul and the Abbey of the Tre Fontane, guided tour of ancient Rome including the Colosseum and the Roman Fora.


Overnight in Rome


The massive coliseum dates from AD 72, and the design has never been bettered.  It was constructed by Emperor Vespasian.  His goal was to gain popularity by staging deadly gladiator combats and wild animal fights for public viewing.  Vespasian ordered the Coliseum to be built on the site of Nero’s palace, to dissociate himself with the hated tyrant.  This is a functional stadium that once seated 55,000, its sophisticated backstage facilities allowed the arena to be flooded for mock sea battles.  Most ancient entertainment featured animals, slaves and gladiators, but few Christians were martyred here.  During the Middle Ages the Coliseum was a source of building stone, which explains the missing sections.  Parts of the Coliseum were used to build parts of the Vatican.  The gladiators were many times soldiers in training.  Their combat became a sport and slaves, prisoners of war and criminals were forced to fight men or wild animals to the death.  The arena floor covered a network of lifts and cages for wild animals.  The Velarium, a huge sailcloth awning which sheltered spectators from the sun, was supported by poles on the upper story. 


by Forbes


November 12: (St. Josaphat, bishop/martyr) Rome/Home

Friday:  Depart Rome                      


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Conneaut, Ohio 44030
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