By Tim Jimenez

By Tim Jimenez

PHILADELPHIA (CBS) – A group from Nazareth Academy in Northeast Philadelphia will leave this weekend for an overseas trip of a lifetime and the timing couldn’t have been better.

A Vatican City trip, planned months in advance. But now it’s taking on a whole new meaning.

“We’re watching history in the making pretty much. We’re going to see one of the Pope’s last appearances in the Vatican.”

That’s Nazareth Academy sophomore Regina Duesler, one of 44 members of the school’s Choral and Chamber Orchestra groups leaving for this weeklong trip. The plan; mass at St. Peter’s on Sunday followed by witnessing Pope Benedict say The Angelus, a traditional prayer said at noon.

And Next Wednesday, they’ll actually perform in St. Peter’s Basilica, including one song in Latin. A thrill says Junior Stephanie Spinosa.

“I’ve been cantoring at my parish since I’ve been in 4th grade so to have a chance to be able to sing at the front altar at the Vatican is such an honor.”

The students will also be blogging on their trip at