Anticipated Program for Pilgrimage to Rome, Italy, April 6 to 18 2017
Day 1 - Thursday April 6th
Thursday afternoon – depart from local area airport for Rome Italy On Air Canada at 4.00 p.m. via Montreal
Before departure – anticipated Mass of thanksgiving at Blessed Trinity on Wednesday April 5 for all participants and families
Parents say good bye and boys and leaders clear airport security check point
Arrive at the gate to await aircraft boarding.
Pre-board flight as a youth group
Pushback from gate for departure to take off runway and flight to Rome Italy with an aircraft change in Montreal
Flying time 8 hours and 30 minutes to 11 hours and 50 minutes pending point of departure with a dinner after takeoff and a light breakfast before landing. We will encourage boys to sleep while on the aircraft! (we hope)
Day 2 - Friday, April 7h
Arrive at Rome at 8.50 a.m. local time at Rome (FCO) Airport
Clear local customs
Claim all baggage and clear baggage hall and meet greeting Italian Explorer Leaders
Board charter bus to the small city of Soriano north of Rome
Above photo of Italian Timber Wolves on a similar train ride to the camp in Soriano with their Akela.
Arrive at local train station and then bussing to National Italian Explorer Camp just north of Soriano Italy
Approx. 3.30 p.m. Arrive at Italian camp in Soriano known as the FSE Italian National Centre
3.45 p.m. Unpack and rest, prepare for dinner – local program activities till Italian boys arrive
5.30 p.m. Explorers meet arriving Italian Explorers and commence camp.
7.30 p.m. Timber wolves camp begins – St. Francis of Assisi meal
Day 3 - Saturday April 8th
7.00 a.m. Rise and shine, into uniforms, breakfast and arrival of Italian Timber Wolves (Italian Explorers are already at the camp).
Our Timber Wolves will play and work with the Italian Timber Wolves all throughout the camp!
FNE Timber Wolves will be housed in cabins on bunk beds. The Italian Timber Wolves (two different groups) will visit one on the Saturday of camp and the other on Sunday due to local Palm Sunday celebrations.
FNE Explorers will camp with and cook with Explorers in tents away from the Timber Wolves at a location at the same camp.
There will be patrol vs. patrol activities, cooking and building activities going on throughout camp.
The Italian troop(s) will camp out throughout the entire weekend with our FNE Explorers.
Day 4 - Sunday April 9th
Sunday joint outdoor Mass or Mass inside a cave at the camp that acts as a chapel for Palm Sunday.
Italian timber wolf showing off to his FNE brothers that they too can build a snowman!
Our timber wolves will be well challenged from a physical perspective as illustrated below.
Our Explorers will need to know basic morose code and semaphore signals to be able to send messages!
3.30 p.m. Camp ends and to Rome by train and then bus to the Legionaries of Christ Seminary in central Rome!
7.00 p.m. Arrive at Seminary, boys assigned to facilities (bunk beds with sheets for each), uniforms to be washed for use later on in the week. Orientation and rules re behavior while in the seminary.
8.30 p.m. Dinner, prepare lunch for the following day, prepare overnight bags for Assisi / Loreto trip (breakfast to be prepared by kitchen staff to tale on bus to eat on the way to Assisi). Catch up on sleep on the bus.
9.30 p.m. Evening prayers and then off to bed for a well needed night’s sleep. Code of silence in effect once in bed.
Day 5 - Monday April 10th
5.00 a.m. Rise and shine
5.30 a.m. Early morning departure to Assisi by coach liner, we will be staying overnight in Loreto. Eat breakfast on the bus.
8.30 a.m. Arrival in Assisi
9.00 a.m. Mass at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi at the Basilica of St. Francis
We will be holding a private Mass at the tomb of St. Francis of Assisi pictured below!
10.30 a.m. Visit to the Basilica of St. Clair of Assisi and then visit the town,
Noon Picnic lunch and sightseeing in and throughout Assisi in teams
2.00 p.m. Depart for St. Mary of the Angels
5.30 p.m. Depart for Loreto
7.30 p.m. Arrive at Loreto and settle into hotel rooms
8.00 p.m. Supper (in a restaurant)
9.00 p.m. Night prayers, work on Diary
9.30 p.m. To bed, code of silence in effect!
Early morning departure to Assisi by coach liner, we will be staying overnight in Loreto.
Eat breakfast on the bus.
Day 6 - Tuesday, April 11th
6.00 a.m. Rise and shine
6.30 a.m. Breakfast
7.15 a.m. Departure for Mass
8.00 a.m. Mass at the Basilica of the Holy House
11.00 a.m. Depart for the Adriatic Sea (via Alvata) to swim and play sports
1.45 p.m. Lunch
2.45 p.m. Departure for the Seminary
6.30 p.m. Arrive at the Seminary
Showers then rest and work on diary
Pick up clean uniforms and prepare for wearing next day and make lunches for next day
8.30 p.m. Supper
9.30 p.m. Bed and Code of Silence
Day 7 - Wednesday April 12th
6.00 a.m. Rise and Shine and get into full and complete spotless uniform
6.30 a.m. Breakfast
7.10 a.m. Depart for St. Peter’s (by train)
8.30 a.m. Arrive at St. Peter’s
Historical facts, rosary in teams, Trivia in teams.
10.30 a.m. General Audience with the Holy Father at the Vatican!
12.00 Lunch – while in line for entrance into the Vatican Museum
12.45 p.m. Vatican Museum one of the best in the world by far, so much to see and take in for all ages!
Visit to the Sistine Chapel to contemplate the sheer beauty and the meaning of the Last Judgement.
(It is here that the new Pope’s are selected by the Cardinals after the death of a Pope).
5.00 p.m. Shopping for your family members and yourself to bring back treasures to share
with loved ones and to treasure for decades to come highlighting your once in a life time Pilgrimage
6.45 p.m. Mass in Church by St. Peter’s Train Station.
7.45 p.m. Train back to the Seminary
8.30 p.m. Dinner
9.15 p.m. Evening prayers
9.30 p.m. Showers
10.00 p.m. Bed and code of silence in effect!
Day 8 - Thursday April 13th – Holy Thursday
6.00 a.m. Rise, Morning Prayer, meditation
6.30 a.m. Breakfast
7.10 a.m. Departure to train station
9.00 a.m. Praying and reflecting at the Holy Stairs, going up on our knees
http://www.medjugorjeusa.org/holystairs.htm for prayers on each step
10.00 a.m. Depart to Holy Cross in Jerusalem Church
10.30 a.m. Visiting the relics: thorns of Christ’s crown, the sign on the cross – "Jesus, the King of the Jews"
Visit to the Church of the Holy Cross (where we will see pieces of the cross that
Jesus was crucified on plus a name and the sign on the cross plus 2 thorns
from the crown of thorns placed on his head.
11.30 a.m. Depart for St. John Lateran’s Basilica
12.30 p.m. Visit to St. John Lateran’s Basilica
Visit this website for a real taste of what we will see – AWESOME!
1.00 p.m. Depart for St. Mary Major Basilica
1.30 p.m. Visit to St. Mary Major Basilica
2.30 p.m. Rosary prayers
3.30 p.m. Termini train back to the Seminary
4.30 p.m. Showers, into full uniform and preparation for Mass
6.00 p.m. Mass of the Lord’s Supper at the Seminary 8.30 p.m. Dinner
9.15 p.m. Eucharistic Adoration
10.00 p.m. Bed and code of silence
Day 9 - Good Friday – April 14th
8.00 a.m. Rise, morning prayer
8.30 a.m. Breakfast
9.15 a.m. Morning Meditation, Jesus Trial before Pilate
9.45 a.m. Movie: The Passion
11.45 a.m. Snack
12.15 p.m. Shroud of Turin Tour http://www.theholyshroud.net
1.15 p.m. Diary Time
1.30 p.m. Jesus – Seven last words talk
2.00 p.m. Lunch (hot)
3.00 p.m. Depart for Basilica of St. John Lateran
5.00 p.m. Passion of our Lord at St. John Lateran 7.00 p.m. Depart for Coliseum area
8.00 p.m. Packed supper at Coliseum
8.30 p.m. Rosary
9.15 p.m. Stations of the Cross with Pope Francis http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=U9IkIu8v6DI&feature=related
11.15 p.m. Depart for the Seminary
11.40 p.m. Bed and lights out Holy
Day 10 - Saturday, April 15th
8.30 a.m. Rise and morning prayers
9.00 a.m. Breakfast
9.45 a.m. Talk in the Chapel (Jesus is NOT present)
10.30 a.m. Sports tournament
12.20 p.m. Sports tournament continued
1.15 p.m. Swim
2.15 p.m. Lunch
3.15 p.m. Chaplet of the Divine Mercy in Song
3.45 p.m. Mandatory nap / rest period on bunks
5.00 p.m. Showers and into full uniform
5.30 p.m. Board games
7.30 p.m. Spiritual talk
8.00 p.m. Dinner
9.30 p.m. Easter Vigil Mass with Legionaries After Mass ends immediately to bed, lights out and code of silence in effect
Day 11 - Easter Sunday, April 16th
6.30 a.m. Rise and shine and breakfast and in full and complete spotless uniform
7.15 a.m. Depart for Mass
10.30 a.m. Easter Sunday Mass with the Holy Father and 100,000 plus other people!
12.30 p.m. Return to the Seminary
1.15 p.m. Lunch with the Legionaries – a GREAT EASTER SUNDAY FEAST!
2.30 p.m. Change into beach clothes and depart for Santa Marinella
3.30 p.m. Swim in the Mediterranean Sea
6.00 p.m. Supper by the Sea at a resort managed by the brother of Father Thomas as we
overlook the sea!
7.45 p.m. Return to the Seminary
8.30 p.m. Prepare lunch for the next day and evening prayers
9.00 p.m. Bed and code of silence in effect
Day 12 - Easter Monday April 17th
5.45 a.m. Rise and Shine and pick up meals for the day
6.35 a.m. Departure by train to St. Peter’s Basicalla
8.00 a.m. Morning Mass in St. Peter’s Basilica
The location below is where we will have Mass on Monday morning!
8.45 a.m. Breakfast on the steps of St. Peter’s Basilica (the largest church in the world!)
9.15 a.m. Tour of the Basilica http://saintpetersbasilica.org
Visit to the Tombs of the Popes http://saintpetersbasilica.org/Grottoes/JPII/Tomb%20of%20John%20Paul%20I...
11.30 a.m. Visit to the Cupola at St. Peter’s Basicalla (climb up to the top)
12.30 p.m. Lunch with bathroom break
1.00 p.m. Walk to Pantheon, Chiesa di Gesu, Gelato (ice cream), Piazza Navona etc.
After lunch visit to Chiesa di Gesu (to view relics of St. Francis Xavier and Ignatius Loyla and the original Sacred Heart painting as illustrated below. http://www.chiesadelgesu.org/index_en.html
Visit to Piazza Navona (Church of St. Agnes)
6.45 p.m. Train to return to seminary
7.15 p.m. Evening awards
8.30 p.m. Dinner
9.30 p.m. Night prayers, bed and code of silence in effect
Day 13 - Easter Tuesday, April 18th
6.45 a.m. Rise and shine, into full uniform and final packing
7.30 a.m. Breakfast
8.15 a.m. Depart for airport
9.00 a.m. Arrive at airport and check in
Visit Chapel if time allows
Final buying of gifts to take home / snacks
11.30 a.m. To the gate
12.30 p.m. Board aircraft
1.15 p.m. Afternoon – depart for home back to Canada
They will feed us a hot lunch and a snack before landing (so be prepared as the boys will be hungry for dinner when they get home).
Afternoon - Arrive home at 4.55 p.m. and clear Customs and claim baggage Clear baggage hall and greet parents and other family members with great joy and go home! Parents – check with your airline to be sure that the flight will be on time before heading out to the airport!
A diary of our last FNE Pilgrimage (our 3rd as FNE) to Rome Italy:
Day 1 - Thursday April 14th
For weeks and months on end some of our Timber Wolves and Explorers diligently set up and followed “countdown” clocks to the big day – 3 pm, Thursday, April 14, 2011. At long last it was all but 5 boys who showed up at the airport right on time. One of our Timber Wolves, Harry Kim, was already on route from Seoul, Korea to Rome with flight duration of 16+ hours. Within 16 hours and four meals later, Harry before we did by 90 minutes