Tuesday, November 22, 2022

Giving Thanks

Hello Readers..... Giving thanks for a multitude of blessings - large - small. I know I have been quiet these last few months - life does happen to all of us - life - living - gets in the way occasionally of our normal schedule. Most of you know that I am deeply involved with planning for our Fatima-Lourdes Pilgrimage next September and for some reason - blame it on COVID - this pilgrimage has consumed more time than any pilgrimage normally would. But - it is a good use of time - energy.

We are a few days from Thanksgiving - a time when we should pause - stop - rest - take time to be thankful - for all the blessings we have experienced in the last year. Primarily I am first - foremost - thankful for a Loving God - the One who walks with me daily as I navigate my life. Secondly I am thankful for my wife - sons - grandchildren - in-laws - all my relatives - friends - they are the frosting on the cake of my life. We all know that frosting adds texture - flavor - to the basics - these people do exactly that. Without them - life would be rather dull.

Last weekend I had the privilege to preach at Holy Mass - celebrating the close of the current Liturgical Year - celebrating Jesus Christ - King of the Universe. It was a very good celebration - the parishioners were very responsive to my humble words - for that I am grateful. This coming weekend we mark the beginning of the new Liturgical Year with four complete weeks of Advent. Most years we do not get the full four weeks - this year we do - four weeks to contemplate our relationship with Jesus - with God. Unlike Lent when we tend to focus on how poorly we live our lives - in Advent we spend time on our goodness - how good we have managed to become - how much more we can do in our daily walk with Jesus. In reviewing our lives we in turn come to understand that we are all good people - each coping with issues that affect how we live our lives. Understanding that - we realize how well we are prepared to celebrate the birth of Our Lord at Christmas. Four weeks to review - reflect - to prepare for His Second Coming - His Coming into our lives - at some future point in time - at Christmas.

Happy Thanksgiving

Deacon Dale

Tuesday, September 6, 2022

Fatima Burgos Montserrat Lourdes Barcelona Pilgrimage

Happy September! Yes it has been a bit since I last posted; however, I am not down - nor - out. I have been busy - not posting on this blog - rather taking care of ordinary family issues which take precedence over this blog.  Obviously - as with most - family comes first. I will not bore  you with the details - many of you very likely are coping with the same issues.  In spite of my absence from this blog - I have been busy arranging our pilgrimage for 2023.  As noted in the title - we will be visiting Portugal - Spain - France.  On this pilgrimage we will visit Fatima - Burgos - Montserrat - Lourdes and Barcelona.  Primarily a Marion focused pilgrimage - we will visit other sites of cultural and educational interest. All arrangements have been made - travel partner locked in - hotels - airfare - tour bus - travel options - all in place.  Registrations have been coming in and it appears that this will be an interesting - spiritual - fun group to lead.

To view the itinerary click this link:  Itinerary

We have arranged to have our own priest travel with us - daily Mass will be available.  Our priest is Father Antony Maria Minardi OSB - a monk from Marmion Abbey.  Father Antony is young - energetic - very spiritual.  He is a great addition to our team.  

For a quick highlight into the pilgrimage view this short video:  Fatima Lourdes Video

As of this date the bus is one-third full - there is still plenty of time to join us.  There is an early registration discount that is good until February 2023 - but do not wait too long. Once the bus
is full we will not be able to accept additional passengers. 

If you have question and need to contact me - please email DeaconTravel

Deacon Dale 


Monday, August 8, 2022

Fatima - Lourdes Pilgrimage Explained

We are now accepting registrations for our 2023 pilgrimage to Portugal - Spain - France. Primary locations that we will visit is Fatima Shrine - Burgos Cathedral - Lourdes Shrine - Montserrat - La Familia Sagrada in Barcelona.  Other locations will also be visited.  Holy Mass is included on most days.  This trip is a spiritual - educational - fun adventure that everyone will enjoy.  Families - couples - singles are all invited to join us.  You do not have to be Catholic to travel with us and on all of our pilgrimages over the past 12 years, our groups have been very mixed.  Visit our web site at www.DeaconTravel.org or www.CaminoWalkers.com for links to the full itinerary with links to registration materials and a promotional video that explains all the ins and outs of this trip.  Early registration earns discounts - also free transportation to the airport**, free loyalty bonus dollars - earn $150 towards our 2024 June pilgrimage to Italy.  

                                        check out this video click here

Deacon Dale 

Friday, July 8, 2022

Announcing 2023 Pilgrimage to Fatima - Lourdes and More!

Join Us in Portugal - Spain - France

Early registration by September 1, 2022 earns $400 in discounts 

Click Link For Details 

Fatima - Lourdes Pilgrimage  

Friday, June 24, 2022

Just Because I Can

In life we have a lot of opportunities to make good - bad - decisions.  As intelligent - informed people of faith - we have been provided a ton of information to assist us when making any and all decisions.  Even in the face of controversy - misguided public opinion - we do not have to - go with the flow.  On the contrary - particularly as Christians - we are called to go against the flow of popular beliefs.  We - ourselves - may not win any popularity contests - but doing what is right - correct - just - does not make you an enemy - simply a person of conviction - standards.

Jesus was often misunderstood - even when He was attempting to bring goodness into the lives of others - many did not understand what He was attempting.  As Christians - Christ followers - His disciples - we are asked to stand strong in our knowledge and faith.  There are no options when facing wrong - uninformed ideas - concepts.  Standing firm in our beliefs - even when unpopular - is possible through the grace of God.  Nothing more - nothing less.  Just because I can do anything - does not mean I should.  Period

Deacon Dale 

Friday, May 27, 2022


IMHO - In my humble opinion - why are we begging - screaming - complaining - that our government leaders are not passing laws to protect our children?  Laws are written on paper - not in the hearts - minds - of those who choose to do wrong.  It seems to me that every school district - funded by the local citizens - can make any - all - rules regarding school hours - curriculum - and more.  SO......why can't they simply lock their doors - hire security personnel - install security cameras?  To me this seems so very easy.  Sure it may cost a few dollars - but our children's lives and the lives of our teachers are worth it.   AND... it can be done immediately.

Contact your school district today and ask them what security measures they have in place and if they don't - ask why... It not only takes a community to raise a child - also to protect them.  Time to quit blaming others and as a community ban together to get changes made today.

Deacon Dale 

Sunday, May 22, 2022

And In The Meantime.......

 Well it has been almost a month since my last post.  In that time we returned to Illinois - went to The Netherlands - back to Illinois - now back to our routine of mowing the lawn - living life in Illinois.  To say the least - it has been busy - very rewarding - looking forward to summer.  A quick recap on the traveling - no issues to cope with - some minor delays - being patient a big help.  Doing a Covid test to return to the States - very easy - negative results - no surprise.  The Netherlands was a pleasant distraction from all the crazy things going on back home in the States - good food - friendly people - an easy place to navigate.  We celebrated Mothers Day while there with a wine and cheese canal cruise in Amsterdam with a bunch of friendly tourists from all over the world.  If you have considered visiting The Netherlands - we definitely recommend - would return if the opportunity presents itself.

Keukenhof Botanical Gardens   Lisse, Netherlands

As Easter Season is rapidly coming to an end we count our blessings - the gift of life - the gift of love - family - friends - new opportunities - exciting challenges ahead. Walking though this life - with Jesus at our side - outstanding.  The thousands of tulips we saw at the Keukenhof gardens definitely made us stop - think - how beautiful life may be - if only we focus on the beauty that life offers us - rather than focusing on sad - unhappy things - events.  God is good - He calls each of us to receive the blessings He freely sends to us - every day of our lives.

Deacon Dale 

Sunday, April 24, 2022

Divine Mercy Comes and Goes

In February of 2000 in Chicago, IL - the Pastor of the Parish of St. Stanislaus Kostka - Father Anthony Bus - was interested in building a perpetual adoration chapel dedicated to the Divine Mercy.  He called Mr. Oscar Delgado his parishioner - who was very devoted to propagating the message and the devotion to the Divine Mercy - to help him in this project. Mr. Delgado had been involved in the establishment of a few adoration chapels and he agreed to meet to help to achieve this project.  This Parish is located right next to the Kennedy Expressway in Chicago. Hundreds of thousands of cars pass by every day, right next to the Parish. Mr. Delgado looked and said to Father Anthony - “By the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, I would like to commission a very large statue of the Divine Mercy and put it next to the Parish - so that millions and millions of people will see the statue of the Divine Mercy.”  So he called a famous Mexican sculptor - Gogy Farias - to make the statue of the Divine Mercy. It was made in Mexico City, Mexico in bronze - weighing 2 tons. It is 16 feet tall. He had the statue sent to Puebla, Mexico - so that it could be blessed on May 18th, 2000 in that city - because that was the site of the first foreign trip made by Pope John Paul II. It was blessed on May 18th - Pope John Paul’s birthday - by a special delegate from the Vatican. It was then transported to Chicago and it arrived on the feast of Corpus Christi in Chicago in June of 2000 - during the Great Jubilee Year.  It travelled to different parishes around Chicago and Illinois for three years. However, for various reasons, the statue was not to be permanently placed in Chicago.  On September 8th of 2003, Mr. Delgado gave the statue to our Blessed Mother - on her birthday and he put her in charge of where she wanted the statue of her Son to go.  At this time - during the International Congress of the Marian Fathers on the Divine Mercy in Poland - two Fathers said that the best place for the statue would be in Kibeho in Rwanda - where they were founding a Marian Formation Center. They proposed putting the statue of Jesus on a hill - about a mile from the Shrine of Our Lady of Kibeho.  They consulted with Mr. Delgado and  after he prayed about it - he agreed to send the statue of Jesus to Rwanda - forever. It came to the country of a Thousand Hills in the month of August,  2004 and it was installed in Kibeho, on the hill of Nyarushishi - on November 13, 2004. The official enthronement was celebrated on December 8, 2004 - the closing of the Jubilee of the 150th Anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception.  A few weeks prior to shipping that statue to Rawanda - Arlene Metcalfe - who was Head of the Worship Commission at St. Patrick Parish in Yorkville, IL at that time - made a phone call to the Chicago parish and was able to arrange for the statue to be brought to St. Patrick parish although public viewing had been stopped - where it sat on display outside the church for one week.  The local newspaper - the Beacon News - promoted this event by stating on the front page of their newspaper - Divine Mercy Comes to Yorkville.  That headline brought thousands of visitors to the parish for the week it was on display.  The simple act - attracted much attention to the parish - as well as introducing Divine Mercy to thousands.  St. Patrick Parish is staffed by the Marians of the Immaculate Conception - promoting the Divine Mercy devotions is one of their primary ministries.  
Jesus I Trust In You

On April 30, 2000 Pope John Paul II canonized St. Faustina Kowalska and that same day instituted the Second Sunday of Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday.  St. Faustina - in her diary - had written exclusively of Jesus' Divine Mercy. Her diary records over - over again how God's Divine Mercy is available to all - the littlest to the greatest - the most sinful to the holiest. In everyone's life God has revealed His awesome Divine Mercy.  Parishioners at St. Patrick very willing share the fact that they are a Divine Mercy Parish - hundreds have shared how they have personally experienced God's Divine Mercy.  Jesus promised to all - where two or more are gathered - He will be in their midst - listening - healing - offering His Divine Mercy.  At St. Patrick - the gift of Divine Mercy - experienced - freely shared with all.  In His Name what comes around goes around - no limits to His Divine Mercy.
Deacon Dale 

Tuesday, April 19, 2022


The Easter eggs are all gone - decorations put away - time to move on.  Today we do our best to make this an excellent day - today - always a good day - for a good day.  In this day we do our best - minor disturbances put aside - to make of this day what we will - what we can.  Making plans for tomorrow - part of today's plans - remembering - tomorrow never comes.  There is only - yesterday - what was - today - what is - tomorrow - never comes.  Although we have our expectations - often - many never materialize - occur - modified in their reality.  

God says to you - me - make of today what you will - tomorrow - may never come.  Do not put off for tomorrow what you can do - today.  Starting today - making plans for many tomorrows - some will come - others will not.  Travel plans underway - getting ready to leave this place - traveling back home - packing for an adventure in the Netherlands.  Blog posts will be on hold for a few weeks - God willing - they will return.  Eggs will come and go - but hope is eternal.  God has promised us - Jesus has told us - Hope is forever.

Deacon Dale  

Monday, April 18, 2022

Easter Monday

Today - Monday after Easter - fortified by yesterday's celebrations we begin Eastertide.  For the next seven weeks - daily - reminded - of His accomplishment - opening the gates of heaven for all.  All are invited - not all will respond - Free Will - an awesome gift - too often used to make wrong choices. 

God knew full well what He was doing when He gave us Free Will - knowing full well - some would make wrong choices.   We just celebrated the Triduum - Easter - for the majority - a great experience - for some - Easter eggs - jelly beans - bunnies.  Nothing wrong with those in addition to a spiritual experience - a few - Easter - very secular - non religious event.  This year we celebrated Good Friday - Easter Vigil with a community that is 98% Hispanic.  To hear their responses spoken at Mass - the energy - enthusiasm -  the excitement - far exceeding any prior times in our experience.  The energy shared by the priests - especially the Pastor - as he delivered his homily in both Spanish - English - stirred a full congregation - to Easter joy.  As he shared Jesus' victory over Death - as he baptized - confirmed - some thirty people - adults and youth - met with standing ovations - applause - an Easter celebration to be remembered.  Praying that this Easter joy - stays with all who attended - with all - who around the world - experienced similar services - the joy - that Jesus is Risen - that all carry that joy into the entire 50 days of Easter season and beyond.

Happy Beginning of Eastertide
Deacon Dale