DaTechGuy Trip to alabama with WQPH Part 2

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DaTechGuy Trip to alabama with WQPH Part 2

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89329” align=“aligncenter” width=“440”]Castle San Miguel Cas­tle San Miguel[/caption]We left the abbey head­ing for Shirine of the most blessed sacra­ment, pick­ing up our guest house peo­ple on the way.

There is a sin­gle entrance to the site down a coun­try road filled with farm­land horses and cat­tle graz­ing calmly nearby giv­ing no clue as to what is to be found at the end of the road.

There were very few mem­bers of the group who had been to the shrine and the Cas­tle that sits upon it but even so it remained an impos­ing sight as you approach it.

When you walk into the medieval style keep this is what you see

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89557” align=“alignleft” width=“150”]OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA The Con­fer­ence Room[/caption]this is the area used for con­fer­ences din­ing (items are catered and brought in). It also con­tains the rather large and very catholic gift shop full of coins, prayer cards and medals. As our catholic sup­ply store in the Fitch­burg area closed I loaded up on small bot­tles for holy water to be given out a few of which I filled from the taps con­nected to huge tanks of holy water kept in the nativ­ity area next to the castle

For those who are not catholic be aware that all such items are just that items that can be bought and sold until blessed by a priest or dea­con, once blessed they can NOT be sold either by a gift shop or by the per­son who had them blessed. No legit catholic gift shop will sell a blessed item.The Courtyard

We then filled into the con­fer­ence room for a talk on the ori­gins of Mother Angel­ica, her voca­tion and the Shrine of the most blessed sacra­ment. I set up a mic for the talk next to her podium so I caught all of her speech but in the Q & A you’ll only hear the “A” not the “Q”

When the talk was over we headed for mass at the lower chapel where Mother Angel­ica is buried. No pho­tog­ra­phy is allowed there so nat­u­rally I have no images to show you. I was struck that not only was the Liturgy of the Eucharist cel­e­brated Ad Ori­en­tem but com­mu­nion was received kneel­ing at the altar rail with an altar boy hold­ing a salver under a chin, both of which I found very appealing.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89722” align=“alignleft” width=“150”]Touring the Eucharistic Center Tour­ing the Eucharis­tic Center[/caption]After mass we had some time before our tour of the John Paul II Eucharis­tic Cen­ter we spent some time at the grave of Mother Angel­ica. We pressed rosaries against her grave that the sta­tion planned to give away and prayed a rosary for the per­son who would be receiv­ing it.

A bit later we vis­ited the Eucharis­tic Cen­ter. The last time I was there the young knights of the Holy Eucharist were the tour guides, but they had been trans­ferred to Nebraska so a gen­tle­man name Micah gave the tour.

When the Tour was over he took a few min­utes to speak to me about his job.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89724” align=“alignright” width=“150”]The Vast Collection of Relics of Saints The Vast Col­lec­tion of Relics of Saints[/caption]

When the tour was over and after a quick sand­wich we had free time. I spent mine at Mother’s grave with sev­eral hun­dred rosaries say­ing a Hail Mary over each as I touched them to her grave.

Soon it was time to head back to St. Bene­dict Abbey where I vis­ited and filmed the famous Grotto.

And inter­viewed Brother Christo­pher who gave us the his­tory of brother Joseph

From there we were back to the cafe­te­ria at St. Bernard Abbey where I inter­viewed one of the stu­dents who attended the school.

[cap­tion id=“attachment_89730” align=“alignright” width=“150”]At St. Bernard Abbey At St. Bernard Abbey[/caption]However at this point things took a turn for the worse. Our bus dri­ver had been a tad under the weather on day one, by that evening he was in hor­ri­ble pain. we had a pair of nurses on the trip who took a look at him and it was decided he needed to get to the local hos­pi­tal. We had no way of get­ting him there. The Taxi ser­vices stopped run­ning early, there was no Über or Lyft and we failed to get ahold of the local parish or Knight of Colum­bus that we hoped to get a hand from. Even­tu­ally our dri­ver drove to the hos­pi­tal in his bus with our nurses with him while the rest of us took up a Rosary Cir­cle. One of the Nurses takes up the story.

In the end our dri­ver got the treat­ment he needed while a sub­sti­tute dri­ver arrived from Atlanta while he waited to be treated. Iron­i­cally our sub­sti­tute had dri­ven for our tour leader Maryann before and while our pri­mary dri­ver would have a day of rest we would be get­ting ready for our trip to the EWTN stu­dio the next day.


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Castle San Miguel
Castle San Miguel
We left the abbey heading for Shirine of the most blessed sacrament, picking up our guest house people on the way.

There is a single entrance to the site down a country road filled with farmland horses and cattle grazing calmly nearby giving no clue as to what is to be found at the end of the road.

There were very few members of the group who had been to the shrine and the Castle that sits upon it but even so it remained an imposing sight as you approach it.

When you walk into the medieval style keep this is what you see

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The Conference Room
this is the area used for conferences dining (items are catered and brought in). It also contains the rather large and very catholic gift shop full of coins, prayer cards and medals. As our catholic supply store in the Fitchburg area closed I loaded up on small bottles for holy water to be given out a few of which I filled from the taps connected to huge tanks of holy water kept in the nativity area next to the castle

For those who are not catholic be aware that all such items are just that items that can be bought and sold until blessed by a priest or deacon, once blessed they can NOT be sold either by a gift shop or by the person who had them blessed. No legit catholic gift shop will sell a blessed item.

The Courtyard
The Courtyard

We then filled into the conference room for a talk on the origins of Mother Angelica, her vocation and the Shrine of the most blessed sacrament. I set up a mic for the talk next to her podium so I caught all of her speech but in the Q & A you’ll only hear the “A” not the “Q”

When the talk was over we headed for mass at the lower chapel where Mother Angelica is buried. No photography is allowed there so naturally I have no images to show you. I was struck that not only was the Liturgy of the Eucharist celebrated Ad Orientem but communion was received kneeling at the altar rail with an altar boy holding a salver under a chin, both of which I found very appealing.

Touring the Eucharistic Center
Touring the Eucharistic Center
After mass we had some time before our tour of the John Paul II Eucharistic Center we spent some time at the grave of Mother Angelica. We pressed rosaries against her grave that the station planned to give away and prayed a rosary for the person who would be receiving it.

A bit later we visited the Eucharistic Center. The last time I was there the young knights of the Holy Eucharist were the tour guides, but they had been transferred to Nebraska so a gentleman name Micah gave the tour.

When the Tour was over he took a few minutes to speak to me about his job.

The Vast Collection of Relics of Saints
The Vast Collection of Relics of Saints

When the tour was over and after a quick sandwich we had free time. I spent mine at Mother’s grave with several hundred rosaries saying a Hail Mary over each as I touched them to her grave.

Soon it was time to head back to St. Benedict Abbey where I visited and filmed the famous Grotto.

And interviewed Brother Christopher who gave us the history of brother Joseph

From there we were back to the cafeteria at St. Bernard Abbey where I interviewed one of the students who attended the school.

At St. Bernard Abbey
At St. Bernard Abbey
However at this point things took a turn for the worse. Our bus driver had been a tad under the weather on day one, by that evening he was in horrible pain. we had a pair of nurses on the trip who took a look at him and it was decided he needed to get to the local hospital. We had no way of getting him there. The Taxi services stopped running early, there was no Uber or Lyft and we failed to get ahold of the local parish or Knight of Columbus that we hoped to get a hand from. Eventually our driver drove to the hospital in his bus with our nurses with him while the rest of us took up a Rosary Circle. One of the Nurses takes up the story.

In the end our driver got the treatment he needed while a substitute driver arrived from Atlanta while he waited to be treated. Ironically our substitute had driven for our tour leader Maryann before and while our primary driver would have a day of rest we would be getting ready for our trip to the EWTN studio the next day.


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