Holy Hill was dedicated as a minor basilica by then Archbishop Timothy Dolan on Nov. 19, 2006. There are fewer than 60 minor basilicas in the United States.
Mass will be celebrated at the basilica by Bishop Ricken. Following Mass, Carmelite Fr. Don Brick will give a presentation about the shrine. Lunch will be served at Holy Hill. Pilgrims will then have time to pray, walk the grounds and visit the gift shop prior to travel to La Crosse.
Dinner is scheduled at North Country Steak Buffet in La Crosse. The group will lodge at Stoney Creek Inn and Conference Center in Onalaska.
Breakfast at the hotel will kick off the itinerary for Thursday, July 18. Pilgrims will have free time to see devotional areas at the Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe prior to a directed tour by Greg Marco, pilgrimage coordinator, of the shrine church and works of art.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Guadalupe was dedicated on July 31, 2008. The 100-acre grounds include a visitors’ center, a rosary walk, Stations of the Cross, a friary and a votive chapel. Among its works of art is a mosaic of Our Lady of Guadalupe in the sanctuary that measures 9-feet by 6-feet, created by the Vatican Mosaic Studio.
Mass will be celebrated in the shrine church. Lunch will follow on site. Pilgrims will then have more free time to pray at devotional areas on the grounds and visit the gift shop. A wine tour and tasting is scheduled for the afternoon. Following dinner, the motor coach will return to Onalaska for lodging.
The final day of the pilgrimage, Friday, July 19, will begin with breakfast at the hotel. The motor coach is expected to arrive at the Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help early in the afternoon. Pilgrims will gather for lunch at the shrine. A guided tour will follow.
The Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help is built directly over the site where Mary appeared to Adele Brise in 1859. The Marian apparition at the shrine was granted official church approval on Dec. 8, 2010.
Pilgrims will have time to visit the gift shop and grottos and pray in the crypt. Mass in the shrine church will close the pilgrimage. The motor coach will return to the Diocese of Green Bay campus at approximately 5 p.m. on July 19.
Recitation of the rosary and opportunity for confession will be offered before each Mass. Cost is $375 per person based on double occupancy. An additional $75 is required for single occupancy. All meals, tips and taxes are included. All pilgrims under the age of 18 must be accompanied by a paid adult. The pilgrimage capacity is 110. For a complete brochure or to register, contact Amy Kawula, (920) 272-8212; email: [email protected].