October 8, 2000
Feast of Our Lady of the Rosary
Dear Children of Mary:
We would like to take this opportunity to introduce ourselves,
Alex and Beryl Lemos. We have been travel agents for 25 years.
Unknown to us, many years ago Our Lord started to prepare us for a
special mission. At this point, we were 'Sunday Catholics', thinking
we were on our way to Heaven...... little did we know!!!!!
In 1989, our inner healing and deeper relationship with Our Lord
and Our Mother began. This, we believe was our preparation for our
first visit as a family to Betania, Venezuela. After a most
beautiful experience in Betania, there was no turning back. We
dedicated our company to Our Blessed Mother and called ourselves
With God's help, we only focus on pilgrimages. We have taken 25
pilgrim groups to Betania and have been accompanied by our two sons
at least 20 times. Betania is truly home to us, and Maria Esperanza
and family are our very dear friends.
Again with God's help, we have organized and always accompanied
our pilgrimages to different religious shrines around the world. For
months before a pilgrimage, we pray at Mass and in front of the Most
Blessed Sacrament and ask Jesus and Mary to go ahead of us and do
all the planning and preparation... to take care of every minute
detail according to His Holy and Divine Will... and believe us,
they take care of every minute detail according to His Will.
Through these experiences, we are learning to trust in our God
and abandon everything to Him. There have been times when we have
taken 400 pilgrims, just the two of us and of course, our partners
JESUS & MARY. What better partners could we ask for!! By the
way, we have invited them to be our partners in our journey through
this earthly life.... HIS BURDEN IS EASY AND HIS YOKE IS LIGHT!
Our mission is to bring others to this realization, and this is our
fervent, daily prayer for all our pilgrims... those who have
traveled with us or will travel with us. We also pray that all of
Mary's Pilgrims will bring Jesus & Mary to all we come in contact
with... a snowball effect... so that every knee will bow and every
tongue confess that:
JESUS CHRIST IS LORD!
In the past eight years, with Jesus and Mary's help, we have been
organizing Marian Cruise Conferences. We sail in the Caribbean, the
Mediterranean and the Orient. We have a full Catholic Conference on
the ship. Our focus at our conference, as well as at our
ports-of-call, is to spread the MESSAGE OF FATIMA and DIVINE
MERCY. We carry a miraculous pilgrim statue of Our Lady of
Fatima, as well as a statue of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and St.
Our theme is always Our Lady of the Most Blessed Sacrament.
In preparation for our pilgrimages, as ask our pilgrims to DAILY:
hear Holy Mass, pray for at least one hour in front of the Most
Blessed Sacrament, read Holy Scriptures, pray the twenty decades of
the Rosary, make sacrifices and do penance for the success of OUR
On the ship, we enjoy the love of Jesus and Mary through at least
two Masses daily (also, one or two Masses for the crew daily),
Perpetual Adoration, fifteen decades of the Rosary, the Hour of
Divine Mercy, Bible studies, healing services, confessions, talks
and much more. Our priests are always available for spiritual
We are always accompanied by many Marian priests, sometimes up to
10. We are relying on Our Mother's chosen sons to lead and guide us.
We also have special speakers from around the world. Our priests and
speakers are given at least two opportunities, each, to address the
pilgrims. As soon as we dock, they are taken to the churches,
hospitals, prisons, schools, clinics, etc. to pray with and speak to
the local people.
We, the pilgrims go in procession with the local people to the
churches and celebrate Holy Mass. Thousands of rosaries and hundreds
of other religious articles are distributed by our pilgrims. We also
ask for food, clothing and religious articles to be brought for the
poor and distributed at the ports-of-call.
We pray that, if it is the Will of God, you will join us on one
of our very special pilgrimages. Please pray for our mission and our
family. May the HOLY SPIRIT guide us and MAY OUR FATHER'S
WILL BE DONE, with no exceptions. Let us challenge one another
to double our prayer lives and sacrifices as we enter the new
Millennium. May God bless you and your families abundantly and watch
over you at all times.
Yours in Jesus, Mary & Joseph,
Alex & Beryl Lemos