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Wednesday, April 15, 2009 • Posted April 14, 2009 10:00 PM

Residents at Live Oak Medical Center enjoyed a visit the morning of the 9th from about 60 second graders. They sang Easter songs and did a cute Easter skit for everyone before passing out Easter cards and art they had made while visiting with residents.

As the children left, they were given candy Easter eggs by the Activity Director and wished them a “Happy Easter”.

On the afternoon of the 9th, residents met in the dining room to dye Easter eggs for the Easter Egg Hunt the next day.

On Friday, the 10th, residents, family members, and children enjoyed the Easter Egg Hunt indoors and outdoors on the lawn. Afterwards, they all enjoyed refreshments of Easter cookies, punch, and boiled Easter eggs.

The wonderful gift bags from the Yucca Garden Club were passed out. Residents loved the stuffed pets tied onto the bags of candy.

We appreciate family members who came to enjoy this with our residents.

Doris and Robert Rahm have returned to their home in Hye after a 13 day Pilgrimage to the Holy Land. Upon their arrival in Tel Aviv, they proceeded to Mount Carmel and the Stella Maris Church built over the cave where the prophet Elijah lived. Here Father Gilberto Vallejo of St. Andrew Catholic Church in Pleasanton held his first mass. Here they also had a private audience with Archbishop Elias Chacour who has been nominated three times to receive the Nobel Peace Prize for his efforts to try to bring peace between the Palestinians and the Jews.

They traveled to Nazareth and visited the Basilica of the Annunciation built over the ruins of the home of the Virgin Mary where the Angel announced to her that she was to be the Mother of Jesus. Just a few hundred feet away was the Church of St. Joseph built over the Grotto of the Holy Family.

Next they drove to Galilee where Jesus spent the last three years of His life. At Capernaum Jesus lived in the home of St. Peter over the ruins of which St. Peter’s Primacy is built. They saw Tabgha where the multiplication of the Fish and the Loaves took place. Mt. Tabor, the site where the Transfiguration of the Lord took place, and the Church of Mt. Tabor built over the site, was a little more than a half hour away. The mountain where Jesus gave the Sermon of Beatitudes was also in the area.

Doris and Robert had their wedding vows renewed by Father Gilberto assisted by Father Edwin Vigil of Holy Spirit Church in San Antonio at the Church built over the ruins of the house where the wedding reception in Cana took place when Jesus performed his first miracle turning water into wine.

About two hours away from the Sea of Galilee was the Jordan River and the spot where Jesus was baptized by John the Baptist. The Israeli military had to unlock a gate and escort their bus to the river through “no man’s land”. Not far away was the city of Jericho, the oldest city in the world - 10,000 years. Here it was interesting to see the sycamore tree into which Zacchaeus, the wealthy tax collector, had crawled because when Jesus came to town he could not see him because he was too short and there was a very large crowd. It was amazing to see a healthy looking tree more than 2000 years old.

They drove to the Dead Sea where a few of the Pilgrims (Robert among them) got into the water and floated due to the heavy salt and mineral content of the water. The Dead Sea is getting smaller by about three feet annually.

They went into the Judean Desert where they saw the mountain where Jesus was tempted by the devil and where Jesus spent 40 days praying and fasting.

Their next visit was to the Basilica of the Nativity built over the cave where Jesus was born, and they went downstairs to venerate the spot of the Birth Here they had a Christmas mass. They visited the Milk Grotto, the Home of the Holy Family after the birth of Christ and before their exile to Egypt. They also visited Shepherd’s Field where the angels appeared to the shepherds to announce the birth of Christ. Before leaving Bethlehem, they visited the Carmelite Convent where Blessed Mary of Jesus Crucified who was born in 1846 and beatified by Pope John Paul II in 1983 lived.

The next and final stop was Jerusalem. Here they saw St. Peter Gallicantu where Peter denied Jesus three times and where Jesus was imprisoned Holy Thursday night. They also saw Lithostrotos, stone pavement area where Jesus was scourged, the Antonian Fortress where Pontius Pilate resided, the Chapel of Flagellation where Jesus took up his cross, the Church of St. Ann, the birthplace of the Virgin Mary, and the pool of Bethesda where Jesus healed the paralytic who had been there 38 years waiting for someone to push him into the pool so that he could be healed. Each Pilgrim had a turn at carrying a wooden cross walking the Via Crucis where Jesus walked on his way to Calvary to be crucified. A mass was celebrated at the spot where Jesus was crucified and each Pilgrim got to go into the tomb where He was laid after the crucifiction. All of this is enclosed in the Church of the Holy Sepulcher. There were side trips to the Western Wall or “Wailing Wall”, the Upper Room (which is not upstairs) where the Last Supper was held, the Mount of Olives, Ascension Hill where Jesus ascended into Heaven, the Church of the Pater Nostre where Jesus taught His Disciples to pray “Our Father”, the Church of Dominus Flevit where Jesus wept over the upcoming fate of Jerusalem, the Church of Agony built over the area where Jesus spent his hour of Agony in the Garden of Gethsemani where there are several olive trees that were there at the time that Jesus was there the oldest of which is 3000 years.

The final side trip was to Ein Karam where the Church of the Visitation is built over the site of John the Baptist’s birthplace and commemorating the visit of Mary to her cousin Elizabeth.

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