International Aid to the Church in Need Pilgrimage to Fatima
12 September 2017 – 15 September 2017
Join us to commemorate the 100th anniversary of the Fatima Apparition, the 70th Anniversary of the Foundation of Aid to the Church in Need and the 50th anniversary of the charity’s Consecration to Our Lady of Fatima, as we come together with groups of pilgrims and ACN staff from around the world.
The itinerary is a guide and subject to change
Day one – Tuesday 12th September 2017
Heathrow - Lisbon - Fatima - Feast of the Most Holy Name of Mary. Our flight departs from Heathrow Airport at 8:10am, arriving at Lisbon at 10:45am. We travel for approximately for an hour and a half by coach, and check into our 4-star hotel in Fatima for a three-night stay. Lunch at choice.
In the early evening, we congregate with our fellow international ACN pilgrims at the Paul VI Auditorium, followed by the official opening of the pilgrimage and Rosary in the Shrine of the Apparitions. After supper at our hotel, later in the evening there will be an ACN candlelight procession with the statue of Our Lady of Fatima in the Sanctuary Square followed by Holy Mass for all ACN pilgrims celebrated in the Sanctuary Square. Dinner will be in our hotel.
Day two – Wednesday 13th September
After breakfast in our hotel, there will be a Rosary with all ACN international pilgrims in the Shrine of the Apparitions, followed by Solemn Holy Mass in the square, presided by ACN International President H. E. Mauro Cardinal Piacenza, for all the ACN international pilgrims.
After lunch at choice, we are free to visit the Shrines of the Apparitions of Our Lady and the angels, and see the homes of the children, and possibly relatives of Jacinta, Francisco and Lucia.
This evening, there will be a concert organised by ACN International at the Paul VI Auditorium. Then there will be the Rosary for all ACN international pilgrims in the Shrine of the Apparitions. Dinner will be in the late evening in our hotel.
Day three – Thursday 14th September
Feast of the Exaltation of the Holy Cross
Day of Prayer at the Basilica of the Most Holy Trinity. This morning will be free after breakfast, and there will be the opportunity for private devotions and shopping, or else the opportunity for a visit to the museum, O Milagre de Fatima, which recreates the historical events from the beginning of the 20th century, the apparitions of the Angel of Portugal, the apparitions of Our Lady of Fatima and the Miracle of the Sun.
Also, the Fatima wax museum next to the sanctuary is worth a visit, where the story of the Fatima witnesses and other historical events is told through wax figures.
Lunch is at choice, followed by Holy Hour in the Chapel of Divine Mercy. The rest of the afternoon will be for Testimonies and reflections from different guests from all around the world. These will be followed by the Rosary and Holy Mass. Dinner is included.
Day four – Friday 15th September
Feast of Our Lady of Sorrows
After breakfast, we take part in the concluding Holy Mass presided by Cardinal Piacenza in the Shrine of the Apparitions. The rest of the morning will be at leisure, with lunch at choice. In the afternoon we transfer to Lisbon Airport for our return flight, which arrives back at Heathrow at 10:55pm.
Please note: During the pilgrimage there will be the opportunity for silent adoration and confession will be available in different languages in the sanctuary as well as with our ACN U.K. Ecclesiastical Assistant, Fr Dominic Robinson SJ.
Price £654 Includes:
- Return scheduled flights Heathrow to Lisbon on TAP Portugal.
- Current U.K. and Portugal airport departure taxes.
- 1 piece of checked-in luggage up to 20 kg.
- 3 nights accommodation in shared twin-bedded rooms with private facilities at the Hotel Santa Maria in Fatima
- The hotel is approximately a 3 minute walk from the Sanctuary.
- Meal plan: 3 breakfasts and 3 dinners.
- Airport transfers in Portugal, by air-conditioned coach.
- ATOL and ABTA financial protection.
- Travel insurance currently at £26.00 per person.
- Single room supplement at £120 for 3 nights accommodation (limited number of single rooms available).
- Lunches and drinks.
- Fuel surcharges if passed on by the airline.
- U.K. transfers.
Pax Travel will be taking all bookings on behalf of Aid to the Church in Need. Please contact them on 020 7485 3003 or by emailing firstname.lastname@example.org for more information and to book your place.