A Spiritual Journey & More with Fr. Joe Herzing

Shell Lake, Green Bay, Champion, Milwaukee & Madison Wisconsin

July 9-12, 2018

     Leave the ordinary at home and join us for a journey across Minnesota and into Wisconsin!!  This is your opportunity to accompany Father Joe Herzing, pastor at Little Falls and Belle Prairie, plus Laura and Gary Block for four days and three nights on a getaway like you’ve never experienced before.   You’ll visit the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help and Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. Tour the Basilica of St. Josaphat, enjoy a progressive ethnic dinner at Milwaukee’s last Polish restaurant as part of an evening food extravaganza and experience over 100 life-sized Biblical characters, including “The Last Supper” at the Museum of Woodcarving in Shell Lake.  Be part of a narrated boat cruise of the Milwaukee River, Harbor & Lake Michigan.  Lunch at Clover Meadow Winery operated by a family using ancient methods developed in 3rd century abbeys and monasteries.  Join Father Joe for Mass at four different locations.  Our Andy’s Charter Service motor coach departs Little Falls at 6:00 a.m. on Monday July 9th from the northeast corner of Wal-Mart and we’ll pick up in Royalton or Rice.  Our journey will take us through eastern Minnesota and over the border, into Wisconsin.  Father Joe will be saying a mid-morning Mass at St. Joseph Catholic Church in Shell Lake, Wisconsin.  Built in 1981, the church has a parish membership consisting of 125 families.  Following Mass, we’ll head to the Museum of Woodcarving.  Located in Shell Lake, the museum draws visitors from around the world to see over 100 life-sized Bible characters by Joseph Barta, including “The Last Supper” which took over four years to carve.  Back on the coach as we travel to lunch at Clover Meadow Winery nestled within some of the oldest forests in Wisconsin’s beautiful Bashaw Valley, known for its clear spring water and mild growing season. Clover Meadow is the only certified organic, travel green winery in the Midwest.   Soup and sandwiches will be enjoyed by everyone, plus there’s an option to taste some wines if you would like.  We’ll travel east today across Wisconsin until we arrive at Comfort Suites in Green Bay, our home for the evening.  Dinner is on our own tonight.     

    Day two begins with an early breakfast at the hotel and a Tuesday that includes traveling to the National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help in Champion.  On our way, we’ll stop at Holy Cross church and Mass with Fr. Joe.  Following Mass, we arrive at the Shrine which is situated on six acres of peaceful farmland in northeastern Wisconsin.  The site preserves the spot where the Queen of Heaven appeared to a young Belgian immigrant woman named Adele Brise in 1859.  Today, the red brick convent and school that Sister Adele built still stands.  The present Tudor Gothic church was built in 1942 and in the shrine’s crypt, just below the church is the exact spot where the remains of the two trees that the Blessed Mother stood between were found.  There are numerous places of prayer and reflection, such as the Apparition Chapel, various grottoes, Reflective grounds and many more.  Lunch is included at the Schoolhouse Café.  Please choose one of the sandwiches when you sign up….turkey & cheddar wrap – Italian sub or turkey & Swiss on cranberry bread!  Milwaukee, the largest city in the state of Wisconsin, is our next destination.   Our Milwaukee visit begins with a 90 minute cruise with Milwaukee Boat Line.  This is a narrated sightseeing cruise of the Milwaukee River, Harbor and Lake Michigan.  We’ll hear about Milwaukee’s history, architecture, waterways and current landscape from an entertaining guide and the captain.  Let’s check into our home for the next two evenings, the Best Western Premier, a newly renovated hotel in Brookfield and a coffee and cookies reception.   Dinner will be on your own this evening at a nearby restaurant or the Ground Round at the hotel.

     Day three begins with breakfast at the hotel.  Situated on 435 acres of rural countryside and nestled on the highest elevation in southeastern Wisconsin, is Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians. Father Joe will also be saying Mass for us this morning, shortly after we arrive.  One of the Sisters will share the history of Holy Hill with us just before noon.  Lunch is included at the Holy Hill Café with an assortment a sandwiches and soup.  We return to Milwaukee this afternoon for a guided tour of the Basilica of St. Josaphat.  Completed in 1901, the church was the only building in the country with a larger dome than the United States Capitol.  The stained glass windows were imported from Austria and a Roman artist and crew spent two years painting oil murals. This is as close as you can get to a European Cathedral.  It is the largest church in Milwaukee, with a seating capacity of over 1,000 on the main floor and hundreds more can be accommodated in the galleries.  It’s time to enjoy culinary delights of the city with our  progressive ethnic meal.  It all begins at the Wisconsin Cheese Mart and Spice House.  We will do a cheese, sausage and pretzel bread platter at the Mart and then head to the Spice House for a demonstration.  There’s a quick stop at the Milwaukee Public Market with some of the most unique, high quality selections of artisan ethnic products and freshly prepared foods are available.  Enjoy shopping at the independent merchants.  From there, it’s time for dinner at Polonez.  You’ll enjoy a generous family-style meal at Milwaukee’s last remaining Polish restaurant complete with green salad, cheese pierogi, mashed potatoes, sauerkraut, Polish sausage, pork cutlets, red cabbage, milk, tea and soda.  Italian cuisine is next as we travel to Glorioso’s Italian Market for shopping time and a cannoli.  Now let’s finish the day with a small scoop of custard from Leon’s Frozen Custard, a Milwaukee landmark and rumored to be the original inspiration of Arnold’s Drive-In from the TV show “Happy Days”.  

     This will be our final morning, so relax with breakfast at the hotel before we check out and begin our travels to the northwest.  Father Joe will have Mass this morning at Holy Redeemer Church in Madison, Wisconsin.  Completed in 1869 for the growing German population, at a cost of $28,000, in 2008 Holy Redeemer Parish merges with two other historic parishes to form Cathedral Parish.  Holy Redeemer Parish was linked to St. Raphael Cathedral which was destroyed by arsonists in 2005.  The newly merged parish will eventually have a new cathedral which is to be constructed on the site of St. Raphael.  It’s time for lunch at the legendary Nitty Gritty in Middleton.  We’ll have four entrée selections when we arrive.  What a wonderful journey we’ve experienced these past four days.  Arrival in Little Falls will be around 10:00 pm.  Please join us in July and sign up soon!!!!   Portions of the profits will go towards funding scholarships for Mary of Lourdes School!


$539 per person double occupancy                             $489 per person triple occupancy

$449 per person quad occupancy                                $719 single occupancy

$100 deposit per person required within 3 days of signing up.  Remainder due on June 10th.

Cancellation & Refund Policy

Transportation and lodging hosted by Gary Block Tours is arranged with independent firms.  Bookings for entertainment are arranged through independent hotels, theatres and other entertainment venues.  We take great pride in our selection of reliable firms.  However, we do not control these independent firms.  Sometimes shows or celebrity appearances are changed or cancelled without notice.  We cannot be responsible for claims or losses arising out of injury, accident, death, loss of enjoyment, frustration or inconvenience that arises from the act or omission of any independent firm supplying services to Gary Block Tours, or for mechanical breakdowns, governmental actions, acts of God, strikes or acts of war beyond our control.  We cannot be responsible for the consequences of your failure to follow instructions, including but not limited to check in, check out and baggage handling.  If events or reservations are cancelled or changed, we will make every effort to provide a comparable substitute tour experience. Deposits and payments are non-refundable unless the tour is cancelled.   

Ø  Comfortable Andy’s Charter Service transportation

Ø  One night accommodations at Comfort Suites – Green Bay, WI

Ø  Two night’s accommodations at Best Western Premiere - Brookfield ,WI

Ø  Mass at St. Joseph’s with Fr. Joe in Shell Lake, WI

Ø  Museum of Woodcarving – The Last Supper & Biblical carvings – Shell Lake, WI

Ø  Lunch at Clover Meadow Winery – Shell Lake, WI

Ø   Mass at Holy Cross with Fr. Joe – Green Bay, WI

Ø  National Shrine of Our Lady of Good Help – Champion, WI

Ø  Lunch at School House Café

Ø  Milwaukee sightseeing boat cruise – Milwaukee River, Harbor & Lake Michigan

Ø  Holy Hill National Shrine of Mary, Help of Christians – New Franken, WI

Ø  Mass at Holy Hill with Fr. Joe

Ø  History of Holy Hill with one of the Sisters & lunch at Holy Hill Cafe

Ø  Basilica of St. Josaphat guided tour – Milwaukee

Ø  Progressive Ethnic Dinner – Cheese Mart, Spice House, Public Market, Polonez Polish Café, Glorioso’s Italian Mkt, Leon’s Custard

Ø  Mass with Fr. Joe at Holy Redeemer Church – Madison, WI

Ø  Lunch at Nitty Griity – Middleton, WI

Ø  Eight  meals which includes three breakfasts, four lunches and one dinner

Ø  Fun and prizes

Ø  Hosted by Father Joe Herzing, plus Laura and Gary Block

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