Bishop Steven Lopes, Ordinary of the Ordinariate of the Chair of St. Peter (OCSP)
is to visit
The Catholic Parish of St. Thomas More
SOLEMN PONTIFICAL MASS
SUNDAY, MARCH 5 at 12:30 p.m.
263 Roncesvalles Avenue, Toronto
Dear Friends,I have been invited, with the approval of the Archdiocese of Toronto, to accompany as chaplain, a group tour of the Holy Land during the first weeks of May (exact dates to be confirmed next week).Though this pilgrimage tour is designed for Catholics, all are welcome.Following is an outline of the tour in case you or someone you know might be interested. Please feel free to pass along the information as there are currently both double and single occupancy spaces available.Also, please let me know if you have any other questions or are interested.The cost per person for this tour is in the range of CAD 3,500 to 3,800 based on double occupancy. We can accommodate two more single occupancy travelers with a supplement of CAD 825, making the single cost including air, hotel, etc. $4,325 to $4,625.The following is a summary of inclusions and exclusions.HOTELS – 9 nights• 1 night at Grand Beach Tel Aviv or Seasons Netanya• 2 nights at Golden Crown - Nazareth• 1 night at Amman Rum or Olive• 1 night at Amara Palace Petra• 4 nights at Jerusalem Gold
INCLUSIONS• Round trip direct flights – Toronto to Tel Aviv by El Al Israel Airlines (to be confirmed)• Meeting / welcomed at Tel Aviv airport• Escorted transfers by licensed English speaking guide• 9 overnights as above mentioned HB (breakfast and dinner) - superior 3 stars• 8 full days of touring with English licensed speaking guide.• All visits and entrance fees as per attached suggested program• Daily Mass for those who wish to attend• Lunch in Petra• Deluxe air conditioned bus• Porterage service at hotels and airport• Kit to each participant (hat & map)• Bus sign specially made for the group.• Pilgrim certificate to each participant• Kenes (our tour operator) hostess during the Jerusalem check in.• Jordanian visa• Horse ride in Petra (Unfortunately, Indiana Jones can't make it.)
EXCLUSIONS- Personal expenses and extras- Medical and travel insurance (you will need this based upon age.)- Beverages at meals- Lunches other than the lunch included at Petra- Tips (guide – driver – hotels –waiters)- Departure border tax Israel to Jordan, currently $33 per person- Departure border tax Jordan to Israel, currently $15 per personWe are currently:
- Finalizing the brochure for interested individuals - available at the end of the month.
- An Information session after Sunday Mass at STM in February - date TBA. This will describe the tour and (potentially) be attended by a representative of El Al Israel Airlines. Assuming you respond positively, I would then undertake to firm up actual dates and fares.