Sunday, September 4, 2011

Join the Adventure: Our Cross Country Trip

First stop? Mass to ask God's blessing on our trip
It may not be April, the time Chaucer's pilgrims began their journey to St. Thomas a Becket's shrine in Canterbury, but we are off on our own pilgrimage/adventure tomorrow as we begin our cross-country trip. We've closed the pool, enthroned the Sacred and Immaculate Hearts in the camper, packed our clothes and filled the pantry, downloaded the computer with a travel card, checked the car's fluids for high elevations, borrowed an i-pad, and instructed the house sitters. Whew!

Since all good things begin in the name of the Father, our first stop is 8:30 Mass at Sacred Heart in Winchester tomorrow, then off to Pittsburgh to meet friends for lunch. Then on to our first camping spot in Marblehead, Ohio. We will probably start off in the rain, a baptism for our trip, but Ohio is supposed to be sunny and, if the ten day forecast is accurate we will only see a few clouds between here and Champion, WI. There we will visit the shrine of Our Lady of Good Help, the only approved apparition site in the U.S. You'll just have to wait and visit the blog to see what happens next.

We hope to attend Mass in many places and have as many stories to tell as Chaucer's pilgrims. And we will take along our family and friends spiritually as our Yukon and our Trailmanor become our little church on wheels. Please pray for us as we travel as we will pray for all of you at home.

5 comments:

elf said...

Be safe and enjoy the country. I will be reading all your posts and traveling with you in spirit. I will keep you both in my prayers, too. Happy travels. Hope you avoid the heavy rains.
Love ya,
Emma

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thanks Emma,

We'll be visiting a lot of states we've never set foot in before: Wisconsin, Minnesota (for me), South Dakota, Wyoming, Utah, Montana and Idaho(if we run over the border when we're close, Arizona, and Kentucky. When we're done there will still be a lot of our still-to-visit list, but it will be much shorter than before.

Hugs!

Aunt Mary

krisvog said...

We'll be praying for your safe travels. If you happen to stop at the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament in Alabama, we would love to meet up with you. Also, if you get there and venture into Cullman, AL, the Catholic church in that town is worth a stop. It's called Sacred Heart and is breathtakingly beautiful. God bless you. Kristen

Mary Ann Kreitzer said...

Thank you for the prayers, Kristen. We often go through Alabama when we head to Texas to visit our children in Houston and Austin, but on this trip we'll be taking the northern route out west and coming back through the center of the country. We'll be heading east from Denver through Kansas, Missouri, Kentucky and West Virginia.

Is the Shrine of the Most Blessed Sacrament Mother Angelica's place? If yes, I agree, it is absolutely beautiful, especially the monstrance. We visited there and Cullman on one of our Texas trips and loved all the miniatures.

krisvog said...

Yes, that is Mother Angelica's place.