Papal Mass in Catholic Mauritius, with Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, Sept 2019

• FULLY BOOKED • Led by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, with Papal Mass • 6 – 13 September 201

Join Radio Veritas, The Southern Cross and Spotlight.Africa on this special trip to Mauritius to attend Pope Francis’ PAPAL MASS in the capital Port-Louis on 9 September. We will also have opportunity to see some of the important sites of CATHOLIC MAURITIUS. We will be based in a wonderful 4* beach resort where we can relax or participate in adventurous activities, including canoeing, pedal boating, windsurfing, water-skiing, tennis (on a floodlit court) and much more. Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, our spiritual director, will offer a GUIDED RETREAT at the beach and be available for pastoral care.

The Ravenala Attitude Resort in Balaclava Bay on the north-west coast of Mauritius.

Friday, September 6
We meet at OR Tambo Airport in Johannesburg for our flight departing at 13:35 to Port-Louis. We arrive in the capital of Mauritius at 19:35 (note the two-hour time difference) and transfer to our resort, located at Balaclava Bay on the island’s the north-west coast.

Saturday, September 7
Today we explore Catholic Mauritius with a professional guide. We go to St Francis of Assisi Church at Pamplemousses, followed by a visit to one of the oldest cemeteries on the island. The church is the oldest standing edifice of the Catholic faith on Mauritius, dating to the 1750s. At Port-Louis we visit the Shrine of Pere Laval, with the tomb of the Apostle of Mauritius, a French Spiritan priest who was the first of the country and of his order to be beatified, in 1979. We then visit the Cathedral of St Louis, which was built in 1814/15 and promoted to cathedral in 1847.

We round off our Catholic tour at Marie Reine de la Paix, an open church built in 1940/41 on the side of Signal mountain, where you have a beautiful panoramic view of Port-Louis. Presiding over the church and looking over the city is a 3 metre-high marble statue of Our Lady holding a globe.
Before returning to our resort, we have time at leisure in Port-Louis.

 

Pope Francis before a Papal Mass in Dublin last year and the Cathedral of Port-Louis

Sunday, September 8
After breakfast, we have Sunday Mass. After that we have the day at leisure, just relaxing at one of the resort’s two pools or at the beach, or making use of the many activities offered.

Monday, September 9
Today is the day we see Pope Francis at the Mass (venue to be confirmed at the time of writing). In the morning we are collected by a private tour bus which takes us to Port-Louis. The bus takes us back to our resort after the Papal Mass. The Pope chose the date because it is the feast day of Blessed Jacques-Désiré Laval (1803-1864), the missionary who evangelised Mauritius.

The Church of St Francis and the Shrine of Pere Laval.

Tuesday, September 10
Today we have the whole day off to relax or taking advantage of the many activities offered at our resort.

Wednesday, September 11
Today we have the very special experience of a half-day retreat at the beach, guided by Fr Russell Pollitt SJ, our spiritual director, as the waves of the Indian Ocean lap on the shore on this tropical island to remind us of God’s creation. We spend the afternoon at leisure.

Marie Reine de la Paix and panoramic view of Port-Louis from the outdoor church

Thursday, September 12
Today we have the whole day off to relax or taking advantage of the many activities offered at our resort.

Friday, September 13
We check out of our hotel and make our way to the airport. We are expected to land in Johannesburg at 11:50 am.

Breakfast and dinner with drinks included every day. 
Lunch included on four days.

No visa required for SA citizens!
(Passports should be valid for at least six months from date of departure from Mauritius)

Est. price: R29,352 per person (ex-JHB; subject to rates and airport tax fluctuations, minimum 28 travelling).

Includes All flights ex-Johannesburg (incl. airport taxes), accommodation in a 4-star resort (sharing) with daily breakfast and dinner, and lunches on four days (drinks with meals included), transfers, travelling on air-conditioned luxury buses, English-speaking tour guide, entrance fees as per itinerary

Excludes Tips, insurance, personal expenses, travel to and from O.R. Tambo Airport/Jhb.

A deposit of R5,000 accompanied by the booking form and copy of your passport (included in the itinerary) secures your place on this unforgettable pilgrimage.

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