The Paris-Chartres Pilgrimage occurs every year on the Feast of Pentecost in early summer, and is a multi-generational, multi-national gathering of Catholics who draw closer to God through the centuries-old act of pilgrimage.
The walk is roughly 62 miles over 3 days—beginning at daybreak on the Saturday before Pentecost, and ending with an afternoon mass on the Monday after Pentecost.
Its the summer travel season for many, and often families travel out of the country. In the rush to get everything arranged, sometimes things fall through the cracks. But mistakes can be costly….and even ruin an otherwise well-planned vacation.
For citizens of many countries , all children must present a valid passport for international air travel. This rule applies regardless of age, including infants and newborns.
A slight exception exists for citizens of the U.S.: if you’re traveling to Canada, minors 15 and younger may cross land or sea borders without a passport, but a certified copy of a birth certificate is necessary. But we suggest you get them a passport anyway. Most are good for five years and if any chances to travel come up, then you are prepared instead of having to wait weeks for a passport.
In almost 100% of the cases, if they do not have a passport they will not be allowed to board the plane for an international flight. The airline faces heavy fines for failure to follow this rule, so don’t bother asking them to break it…they won’t. So you can just get back in the car and drive home from the airport.
And don’t forget, if you are going on a cruise, the same requirements may be in effect if you are making a stop in any foreign country. It is best to just go ahead and get the passport.
There are a few other examples of passport problems that can crop up…….as we have outlined here. We suggest you check that article out.
Sunday, June 2: He will travel to Blaj to preside over the Beatification of the 7 Greek-Catholic martyrs. The Greek-Catholic Church is in communion with Rome and suffered persecution under the communists when their churches were forcibly merged with the Orthodox Church. Those who resisted were sent to concentration camps to die, including these seven bishops.
On March 15, 2019 a fire broke out in Notre Dame Cathedral in Paris. From early reports, it was feared it might be a total loss, but reports are that the Treasury was saved, which included priceless relics such as The Crown of Thorns.
Still….for the French it is the loss of a national treasure, and for Catholics everywhere it is sad to see a Cathedral that has survived wars and resurrections now in ruins.
The Cathedral has been under construction and could easily have been started by workmen….so before the rumor mill starts flying (and, yes there have been Catholic Church desecrations if France this year) let’s just pray for the firefighters and then wait for a conclusion as to the cause of the fire.
Although a major hub, the Dallas-Fort Worth Airport has not had any non-stop flights to Paris via the country’s carrier, Air France (other than a brief period right before 9/11).
American Airlines offers non-stop service to Paris, and has for several years. With their connections from many other U.S. cities in the Southwest, they are a good choice for travel to Paris.
However, if you were connecting to other French cities it was often thought more convenient to fly on Air France. Unfortunately you either had to connect through Atlanta (using Delta, Air France’s partner) or drive south to Houston to take Air France non-stop to Paris.
Beginning March 31, 2019, Air France began offering three flights a week (Wednesdays, Fridays and Sundays) until June 30, when they will expand to five flights per week (daily except Tuesday and Thursday). Then after the summer, they will go back to three flights weekly from September 4 through October 25. The airline will drop back to thrice-weekly service from Sept. 4 through Oct. 25.
After that, we don’t know if they will continue service from DFW….it will naturally depend upon the traffic they get during what is apparently a trial period.
Despite all the troubling news out there, we know that the vast majority of our priests are caring, and faithful to the Magisterium, but also……overworked. We forget how much is demanded of them daily, and that they–perhaps more than anyone–need a break from time to time.
Well, we have found an incredible solution…a pilgrimage to the Holy Land…….. especially designed for priests! And what makes it even more special, it’s led by Cardinal Raymond L. Burke.
The cost is around $2800 per person…a bit expensive on a priest’s salary (if he even gets one) but a few parishioners ( or just one) could easily pay for their priest to travel on this meaningful and rewarding pilgrimage. This would make a great thank-you gift for all that they do.
For more details on this pilgrimage for priests to the Holy Land click here.
It doesn’t happen often, but if it happens to you then once is enough to cost you hundreds…or even thousands of dollars. Not to mention the possible loss of time….either on vacation when you can’t get back home on schedule or prior to departing while you look for another option.
On March 27, 2019 discount carrier WOW Air suddenly discontinued operations.
WOW Air offered flights to Europe, North America and Tel Aviv through its hub in Reykjavik, Iceland.
No warning, no notice whatsoever. People waiting in line for flights suddenly found that their flight status went from “delayed” to ” cancelled”.
Bad enough if they were heading out of town…a trip back to the house would be necessary. But for those already out of town…and in most cases out of their home country….this meant finding a hotel room, then booking a flight on another airline (last-minute tickets are very expensive) and hoping you can get a seat.
Some airlines are offering “rescue fares” reduced prices for tickets….but you still probably aren’t getting money back from WOW Air, and even rescue fares are not cheap. You might, however, get your money back it you happened to take out travel insurance.
It is not the first time this has happened…..and probably won’t be the last (there have been six already this year). Most of these were either small carriers or discount carriers…but if you lose money it won’t matter what size the airline was.
That is one of the reasons that we recommend travel insurance and urge you toread our pageall about travel insurance. It can help you protect you and save you money.
If you are planning to attend the world-famous Oberammergau Passion Play, you had better make your arrangements sooner rather than later. Tickets went on sale beginning March 6, 2019 (Ash Wednesday) and they sell out quickly.
Every 10 years, the small town of Oberammergau, in Bavaria, is transformed as the village performs the scene of the Passion of Our Lord. Almost all the residents of the town (about 2200) are involved in the production and performance of this play, and roles are often handed down from generation to generation. And, starting on Ash Wednesday 2019, as established by tradition, the men have begun growing their beards and letting their hair grow longer in preparation (only those playing Roman soldiers and stage hands are exempt from this requirement).
The Oberammergau Passion Play next occurs May 16th thru October 4th of 2020. There are only so many performances available, and tickets are selling out quickly.
If you wish to attend, you can make your own arrangements and buy your own tickets, or book with many of the tour companies offering pilgrimages to the play. Some of these tours are just a few days long, but many others combine various locations as well as Oberammergau. If you book with a group we suggest it be a Catholic group since they will have a different perspective than a Protestant or secular group.
One itinerary we find particularly interesting is combining the Holy Land with Oberammergau. You will travel to the Holy Land and see where it all began, from the Annunciation to the Crucifixion, and then on to Germany to visit the Ettal Monastery, the healing shrine of Altotting, Munich and then the highlight of the trip: witnessing the passion Play. This itinerary, offered by Select International Tours, has eleven departures scheduled in 2020…..and, in addition to the itinerary we mentioned, some of them include a Danube River cruise or other extensions as well.
But it is very important to sign up right away. There are a limited number of seats and a limited number of performances, so once they are gone, they are gone until 2030.
You can check out the Official Oberammergau Passion Play website here.