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Portolá 250 Kickoff Day 1

Determined to Lead Pilgrimage to Retrace St. Junípero Serra’s Steps in California

Yesterday, at 2:00 pm, Saturday, August 31st, Patrick Sabat, the custodian of the World-Famous International Pilgrim Virgin Statue of Fatima came to my neighborhood driving the slightly-well more than slightly-conspicuous Motorhome RV to pick me up to begin the journey to visit 21 Missions in 21 Days along with my colleagues Thomas McKenna and Anthony DeBellis. It was my son, Alex’s birthday and what better surprise than to be able to watch the neighborhood wonderment-what a great way to evangelize! He expects his friends to be asking him for weeks, ‘where is his dad now?’

The first step of the expedition started last night at Our Lady of the Rosary Catholic Church in Little Italy at 5:30 PM and arrived today, Sept. 1st, at the very first mission in Alta, California, the Mission Basilica San Diego de Alcalá. From there, the expedition will visit each subsequent mission across the state, with a Sept. 11 crescendo event on the Capital steps in Sacramento.

In addition to Catholic Action for Faith and Family, the expedition will be led by Knights of Columbus Color Corps and Knights on Harley Bikes, who will escort a World Apostolate of Fatima-wrapped RV Motorhome followed by a procession of cars and supporters. Also participating will be Catholic Daughters of America, Legion of Mary and other organizations whose members will make this pilgrimage to promote Christian values.

Please forward The San Diego Flyer to all your friends in San Diego to attend a tour stop and share around the world for prayer support.

To become part of the Portolá 250 pilgrimage, click here to send your intentions.

James Aitchison

“Always go forward and never turn back.”

~ St. Junípero Serra

P.S. Way to go Joe Pronechen. Also please read his terrific article published today at National Catholic Register.