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Lourdes Pilgrimage:

Our Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage takes place this year from Friday, 24th August to Friday 31st August, for those travelling by coach or Jumbulance, this will leavem St Teresa of the Child Jesus on Thursday 23rd August.

Diocesan Lourdes Pilgrimage Director,
Deacon David Wakefield
lourdes@cliftondiocese.com

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Our theme this year is The Almighty has done great things for me, reflecting on the words of Mary in the Magnificat

 

 

Please select the day from the left of this page and follow us on our Journey.

You will be able to read and hear the Gospel for the day, see Bishop Declan introduce the day and hear the Homilies from the Masses.

You will also be able to see all the lovely pictures from the day.

Saturday 19th

Today we, the Clifton Pilgrims, together with the other dioceses and organisations that make up the Catholic Association, gather in St Bernadette’s Church for our first Mass together. Bishop Declan who is leading the pilgrimage, will focus on the concept “Man looks at appearances, God looks at the heart”. He writes “The pastoral theme this year is ‘The Almighty has done great things for me!’ These words obviously echo the song of praise by Mary, the mother of the Lord and the Immaculate Conception. In her life, by pondering and treasuring the mysteries of God which were entrusted to her, Mary grew in her relationship with God and came to be a model of discipleship for us all. Through her prayers may we grow in our understanding of what it is to be God’s people, committed to the mission of Christ.”

A pilgrimage is more than a journey. It is an encounter between a people of faith and God. Pilgrims journey with one another sharing their faith and celebrating it especially in the Mass. As we remember our Diocesan family at today’s Mass, please pray for us as we respond to Our Lady’s call to come in procession to the Grotto of Massabielle.

Below, Bishop Declan gives his first Reflection on the theme of the Pilgrimage and for today:

Gospel John 2:1-11

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee. The mother of Jesus was there, and Jesus and his disciples had also been invited. When they ran out of wine, since the wine provided for the wedding was all finished, the mother of Jesus said to him, ‘They have no wine.’ Jesus said, ‘Woman, why turn to me? My hour has not come yet.’ His mother said to the servants, ‘Do whatever he tells you.’ There were six stone water jars standing there, meant for the ablutions that are customary among the Jews: each could hold twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus said to the servants. ‘Fill the jars with water,’ and they filled them to the brim. ‘Draw some out now’ he told them ‘and take it to the steward.’ They did this; the steward tasted the water, and it had turned into wine. Having no idea where it came from – only the servants who had drawn the water knew – the steward called the bridegroom and said, ‘People generally serve the best wine first, and keep the cheaper sort till the guests have had plenty to drink; but you have kept the best wine till now.’

This was the first of the signs given by Jesus: it was given at Cana in Galilee. He let his glory be seen, and his disciples believed in him.

Lourdes 2017 – Saturday Gathering Mass

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Sunday 20th August

On Sunday morning, the Clifton pilgrims will join pilgrims from all over the world for the International Mass. This celebration, in the underground Basilica of St Pius X, will incorporate the languages of the many pilgrimages present in Lourdes, demonstrating the Universal mission of the Church.

In the first reading on this the 20th Sunday of the year, Isaiah reminds us to ‘have a care for justice’ and to ‘act with integrity’.

Let us pray that our pilgrims in Lourdes may be inspired by the love God shows to them and given the strength to be similarly loving to others.

Below, Bishop Declan gives his second Reflection on the Gospel for today:

Gospel Matthew 15:21-28

Jesus left Gennesaret and withdrew to the region of Tyre and Sidon. Then out came a Canaanite woman from that district and started shouting, ‘Sir, Son of David, take pity on me. My daughter is tormented by a devil.’ But he answered her not a word. And his disciples went and pleaded with him. ‘Give her what she wants,’ they said ‘because she is shouting after us.’ He said in reply, ‘I was sent only to the lost sheep of the House of Israel.’ But the woman had come up and was kneeling at his feet. ‘Lord,’ she said ‘help me.’ He replied, ‘It is not fair to take the children’s food and throw it to the house-dogs.’ She retorted, ‘Ah yes, sir; but even house-dogs can eat the scraps that fall from their master’s table.’ Then Jesus answered her, ‘Woman, you have great faith. Let your wish be granted.’ And from that moment her daughter was well again.

Below Fr Michael Thomas has a lovely conversation with one of the many Pilgrims, Wyn, from his Parish in Minehead:

Angela Parry from St Bonaventure’s Parish in Bristol exlains to us why the torchlight Procession is so special to her and the many thousands of Pilgrims who take part.

Lourdes 2017 – Sunday Intenational Mass – Torchlight Procession

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Monday 21 August: Mary said to Bernadette “Would you do me the favour of coming here?” The Grotto, in the heart of the Sanctuary area, is where our Clifton Pilgrims gather on Monday morning for an open air Mass. At the Grotto, the place which Bernadette described as “my Heaven”, they will focus on Mary, help of the sick. As we pray for our sick pilgrims and all who serve those who are in pain, let us ask Mary to help us deepen our life of prayer and faith so that we may be inspired to see as God sees and may therefore more effectively serve God and one another. The call to reconciliation is part of the message of Lourdes and our afternoon Penitential liturgy will focus on the theme “Mary refuge of sinners”. It will be an opportunity to confess sins that have broken our relationship with God and with our neighbour, and a time to reflect on moments when we have failed in genuine love. Below, Bishop Declan gives his Reflection for the day: Mass – Gospel Luke 1:39-56 Mary set out and went as quickly as she could to a town in the hill country of Judah. She went into Zechariah’s house and greeted Elizabeth. Now as soon as Elizabeth heard Mary’s greeting, the child leapt in her womb and Elizabeth was filled with the Holy Spirit. She gave a loud cry and said, ‘Of all women you are the most blessed, and blessed is the fruit of your womb. Why should I be honoured with a visit from the mother of my Lord? For the moment your greeting reached my ears, the child in my womb leapt for joy. Yes, blessed is she who believed that the promise made her by the Lord would be fulfilled.’ And Mary said: ‘My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord and my spirit exults in God my saviour; because he has looked upon his lowly handmaid. Yes, from this day forward all generations will call me blessed, for the Almighty has done great things for me. Holy is his name, and his mercy reaches from age to age for those who fear him. He has shown the power of his arm, he has routed the proud of heart. He has pulled down princes from their thrones and exalted the lowly. The hungry he has filled with good things, the rich sent empty away. He has come to the help of Israel his servant, mindful of his mercy – according to the promise he made to our ancestors – of his mercy to Abraham and to his descendants for ever.’ Mary stayed with Elizabeth about three months and then went back home. Bishop Alan Hopes gave the Homily which you can hear below; Penitential Service – Gospel Matthew 25:31-40 Jesus said to his disciples: ‘When the Son of Man comes in his glory, escorted by all the angels, then he will take his seat on his throne of glory. All the nations will be assembled before him and he will separate men one from another as the shepherd separates sheep from goats. He will place the sheep on his right hand and the goats on his left. Then the King will say to those on his right hand, “Come, you whom my Father has blessed, take for your heritage the kingdom prepared for you since the foundation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me food; I was thirsty and you gave me drink; I was a stranger and you made me welcome; naked and you clothed me, sick and you visited me, in prison and you came to see me.” Then the virtuous will say to him in reply, “Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you; or thirsty and give you drink? When did we see you a stranger and make you welcome; naked and clothe you; sick or in prison and go to see you?” And the King will answer, “I tell you solemnly, in so far as you did this to one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did it to me” In the afternoon, the Young Leaders along with Dave Wheat made the trip up the Funicular Railway to the top of Pic Du Jur. Phil Gibbons spoke with them at the top:

Lourdes 2017 – Monday Grotto Mass

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Tuesday takes us to Bartres, a small village on the outskirts of Lourdes, where Bernadette stayed as a child. Our day starts with Mass in the Church of St John the Baptist, during which Bishop Crispian Hollis will give a personal reflection on the theme of the pilgrimage “The Almighty has done great things for me!”.

After Mass, our celebrations will continue over lunch in a local restaurant.

As we gather together as a Diocesan family, let us listen to God’s voice, to our Lady’s call and to Bernadette’s message so that we too will be able to say, “The Almighty has done great things for me!”

Bishop Declan’s daily Reflection can be seen below:

Bishop Crispian gave a very personal Homily in Bartres. You can hear it below:

Fr Michael Thomas spoke openly with Bishop Crispian after Mass about his Homily and the theme of this year’s Pilgrimage. You can hear that short coversation below:

Mass – Gospel

Reference: Luke 1:26-38

The angel Gabriel was sent by God to a town in Galilee called Nazareth, to a virgin betrothed to a man named Joseph, of the House of David; and the virgin’s name was Mary. He went in and said to her, ‘Rejoice, so highly favoured! The Lord is with you.’ She was deeply disturbed by these words and asked herself what this greeting could mean, but the angel said to her, ‘Mary, do not be afraid, you have won God’s favour. Listen! You are to conceive and bear a son, and you must name him Jesus. He will be great and will be called Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his ancestor David; he will rule over the House of Jacob for ever and his reign will have no end.’ Mary said to the angel, ‘But how will this come about, since I am a virgin?’ ‘The Holy Spirit will come upon you,’ the angel answered, ‘and the power of the Most High will cover you with its shadow. And so the child will be holy and will be called Son of God. Know this too: Your kinswoman Elizabeth has, in her old age, herself conceived a son, and she whom people called barren is now in her sixth month, for nothing is impossible to God.’ ‘I am the handmaid of the Lord,’ said Mary, ‘let what you have said be done to me.’ And the angel left her.

Lourdes 2017 – Bartres

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Wednesday – The Baths and the Stations of the Cross

“Go and drink at the spring”

(Mary to Bernadette 25th February 1858)

In the liturgy water is used, especially in the Baptism ceremony, to symbolise “the washing away of original sin”.

In a simple act of faith, imitating Bernadette’s actions of drinking and washing, pilgrims come to Lourdes to find purification of body and soul.

This morning, our Clifton Pilgrims have the opportunity to visit the baths to immerse themselves in the water. Many healings are associated with it. Bernadette said, “This water would have no virtue without faith.” It is God who heals through the intercession of the Virgin Mary and through the prayers of the faithful. Let us ask Mary, comforter of the afflicted, to intercede for those who need healing.

This afternoon our pilgrims will climb the hill of the Espelugues to discover the 115 statues that make up the 14 stations of the Passion of Christ. At each station they will reflect upon Jesus’ suffering and death.

Pope Francis, in his prayer to Our Lady, used these words “You who stood steadfast by the cross with unshakeable faith and welcomed the joyful consolation of the resurrection, you gather the disciples to wait for the Spirit, so that the evangelizing Church be born”. We are that Church, called to be a people of Hope, called to be witnesses, by the life we lead.

Today, Monsignor Vincent Harvey from the Portsmouth Diocese steps in and gives us our Daily Reflection. We caught up with him at the top of the High Stations way above Lourdes where he gives a personal Reflection for the day.

Gospel: Matthew 5:1-12

Seeing the crowds, Jesus went up the hill. There he sat down and was joined by his disciples. Then he began to speak. This is what he taught them:

‘How blessed are the poor in spirit:

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

Blessed the gentle:

they shall have the earth for their heritage.

Blessed those who mourn:

they shall be comforted.

Blessed those who hunger and thirst for what is right:

they shall be satisfied.

Blessed the merciful:

they shall have mercy shown them.

Blessed the pure in heart:

they shall see God.

Blessed the peacemakers:

they shall be called sons of God.

Blessed those who are persecuted in the cause of right:

theirs is the kingdom of heaven.

‘Blessed are you when people abuse you and persecute you and speak all kinds of calumny against you on my account. Rejoice and be glad, for your reward will be great in heaven.’

Bishop Philip Egan gave the Homily today and in his entertaining Homily, he expanded on the Gospel of the day. You can hearths below:

Since 1858, many sick pilgrims have come to Lourdes led by their faith. Here, “in Bernadette’s footsteps”, remembering that she herself was sick, they find hope, love and companionship.

On this our final day in Lourdes, we gather for the “anointing of the sick” and for our final thanksgiving Mass.

We pray that our sick pilgrims may receive the grace to accept their sufferings and offer them up lovingly to God. We also give thanks for our week in Lourdes and ask for the graces to recognise that the Almighty has indeed done great things for us.

Today Bishop Declan gives us his final Reflection:

St Bartholomew

Anointing of the Sick – Gospel John 19:25-27

Near the cross of Jesus stood his mother and his mother’s sister, Mary the wife of Clopas, and Mary of Magdala. Seeing his mother and the disciple he loved standing near her, Jesus said to his mother, “Woman, this is your son.” Then to the disciple he said, “This is your mother.” And from that moment the disciple made a place for her in his home.

Bishop Peter Doyle gave a very inspiring Homily where he spoke about today’s Gospel:

Mass – Gospel John 1:45-51

Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found the one Moses wrote about in the Law, the one about whom the Prophets wrote: he is Jesus son of Joseph, from Nazareth.” “From Nazareth?” said Nathanael, “Can anything good come from that place?” “Come and see,” replied Philip. When Jesus saw Nathanael coming he said of him, “There is an Israelite who deserves the name, incapable of deceit.” “How do you know me?” said Nathanael. “Before Philip came to call you,” said Jesus “I saw you under the fig tree.” Nathanael answered, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God, you are the King of Israel.” Jesus replied, “You will see greater things than that.” And then he added, “I tell you most solemnly, you will see heaven laid open and, above the Son of Man, the angels of God ascending and descending.

Bishop Pat Lynch gave the final Mass Homily

Lourdes 2017 – Thursday – Anointing Of The Sick

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Whilst in Lourdes, Phil Gibbons popped in to the Accieul hospital which is located over the river from the Grotto. The Accueil Notre-Dame allows assisted pilgrims the chance to experience their pilgrimage in the best possible conditions.

Below you can hear the podcast Phil made on his visit wher he meets helpers, nurses and Priests who all give up thier time to volunteer for a week to be part of the whole Lourdes experience. He starts off by speaking with Brendan who is one of the committed helpers, and asked him to explain about the hospital:

You can see all the pictures, hear the podcasts and see Bishop Declan’s video reflections for the 2017 pilgrimage here

Lourdes – Accieul Hospital

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Re-live the 2016 Lourdes pilgrimage below

‘Merciful like the father’

“The pastoral theme in Lourdes this year takes up the theme of Mercy, following the inspiring lead of Pope Francis. Normally when authority, including church authority, declares a year of this, or a week of that, or a day of the other, we take absolutely no notice; but this one has worked, for some reason. This is possibly because we live in a thoroughly merciless world (just look at what the newspapers are saying today about politicians or footballers) and we long for that divine quality of compassion. So I think that the Pope is onto something here; and once you start to look for mercy in the Bible, you find it is absolutely everywhere. So God is of the same view”

Fr Nicholas King SJ, Chaplain to the sick

Below is an introduction from Fr Nick King who is preaching all the Homilies this week (apart from the one n Bartres) with the theme of ‘Mercy’


All the homilies and pictures from Lourdes can be found by going to the tab on the left.

The Lourdes Pilgrimage theme 2016.

‘Merciful like the father’

“The pastoral theme in Lourdes this year takes up the theme of Mercy, following the inspiring lead of Pope Francis. Normally when authority, including church authority, declares a year of this, or a week of that, or a day of the other, we take absolutely no notice; but this one has worked, for some reason. This is possibly because we live in a thoroughly merciless world (just look at what the newspapers are saying today about politicians or footballers) and we long for that divine quality of compassion. So I think that the Pope is onto something here; and once you start to look for mercy in the Bible, you find it is absolutely everywhere. So God is of the same view”

Fr Nicholas King SJ, Chaplain to the sick

Saturday saw the first gathering of the Pilgrims from the UK. The Gathering Mass was held at St Bernadette Church and the first of several Homilies were given by Fr Nicholas King SJ, Chaplain to the sick.

Prayer at the beginning of the Pilgrimage:

O Mary Mother of Jesus,
I thank God through you for a safe journey here,
Help me to spend these days in prayer and penance
in close union with you.

Teach me to love God and my neighbour more and more.
Help me to do what you would like me to do whilst I am here.
Help me to pray as you helped Bernadette pray.
Obtain from me, and for those for whom i promised to pray,
all the graces and favours which you know will be good for me.

You can hear this first Homily below and see some pictures from the Mass:

Lourdes 2016 – Gathering Mass

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 On Sunday the International Mass was held in the St Pius X Basilica. After the Mass, the Bishops led the Pilgrims into the Grotto.
Gospel:Through towns and villages Jesus went teaching, making his way to Jerusalem. someone said to him, ‘sir, will there be only a few saved?” He said to them, “Try your best to enter by the narrow door, because I tell you, many will try to enter and will not succeed. Once the master of the house has got up and locked the door, you may find yourself knocking on the door, saying ‘Lord, open to us’ but he will answer, ‘I do not know where you came from.’ Then you will find yourself saying’s once ate and drank in your company; you taught in our streets’ but he will reply, ‘I do not know where you came from. Away from me, all you wicked men!’
Then there will be weeping and grinding of teeth, when you see the Abraham and Isaac and Jacob and all the Prophets in the kingdom of God, and yourselves turned outside. And men from East and West, from North and South, will come to take their places at the feast in the kingdom of God.
‘Yes, these are now the last who will be first, and those first who will be last’”

International Mass

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Monday morning with the sun shining, all the Pilgrims were led into the Grotto by the Bishops and Clergy.

Gospel: Luke 1:26-38

In the sixth month, God sent the angel Gabriel to Nazareth, a town in Galilee, to a virgin pledged to be married to a man named Joseph, a descendant of David. The virgin’s name was Mary. The angel went to her and said, “Greetings, you who are highly favored! The Lord is with you.”
Mary was greatly troubled at his words and wondered what kind of greeting this might be. But the angel said to her, “Do not be afraid, Mary, you have found favor with God. You will be with child and give birth to a son, and you are to give him the name Jesus. He will be great and will be called the Son of the Most High. The Lord God will give him the throne of his father David, and he will reign over the house of Jacob forever; his kingdom will never end.”
“How will this be,” Mary asked the angel, “since I am a virgin?”
The angel answered, “The Holy Spirit will come upon you, and the power of the Most High will overshadow you. So the holy one to be born will be called the Son of God. Even Elizabeth your relative is going to have a child in her old age, and she who was said to be barren is in her sixth month. For nothing is impossible with God.”
“I am the Lord’s servant,” Mary answered. “May it be to me as you have said.” Then the angel left her.

The second of several Homilies were given by Fr Nicholas King SJ, Chaplain to the sick.

Grotto Mass

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Monday afternoon and all the Pilgrims entered through the Door of Mercy which is just inside St Michael’s Gate. Gospel: Luke 4: 14-22 Jesus, with the power of the Spirit in him, returned to Galilee; and his reputation spread throughout the Countryside. He taught in their Synagogues and everyone praised him. He came to Nazara, where he had been brought up, and went onto the Synagogue on the Sabbath day as he usually did. He stood up and read and they handed him a scroll of the Prophet Issiah. Unrolling the scroll he found the place where it is written: The spirit of the Lord has been given to me, for he has anointed me. He has sent me to bring the good news to the poor, to proclaim liberties to captives and to the blind new sight, to set the downtrodden free, to proclaim the Lord’s year of favour. He then rolled up the scroll, gave it back to the assistant and sat down. And all eyes in the Synagogue were fixed on him. Then he began to speak to them, “This text is being fulfilled today even as you listen.” And he won the approval of all, and they were astonished by the gracious words that came from his lips.

Door Of Mercy

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On Tuesday everyone made the trip to nearby Bartres. The village is famous for its association with St. Bernadette Soubirous. St. Bernadette was sent there in her infancy to a wet nurse, and again in her early teens to work for the same lady as a shepherdess. Today, the village is visited by numerous pilgrims who come to pray at the village church and venerate a relic of the saint.

Bishop Declan gave the Homily and reminded everyone why Pilgrimage is so important:

Joining us in Bartres were two other Bishops. Bishop Crispian and Bishop Christopher Budd. Phil Gibbons thought it would be a good idea to sit under a tree away from the hot sun and talk with them:

Pilgrims come to Lourdes for many reasons. In 1858 Lourdes rose to prominence in France and abroad due to the Marian apparitions seen by the peasant girl Bernadette Soubirous, who was later canonized. Shortly thereafter the city became one of the world’s most important sites of pilgrimage. Today Lourdes hosts around six million visitors every year from all corners of the world.

Below is a podcast that was recorded at Bartres with a few of the Clifton Pilgrims:

Cathy and Linda have been good friends for eight years after meeting in Lourdes. Below is a short recording of a conversation they had whilst in Bartres:

Day In Bartes

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Gospel: John 1; 45 – 51
Philip found Nathanael and said to him, “We have found him of whom Moses in the Law and also the prophets wrote, Jesus of Nazareth, the son of Joseph.” Nathanael said to him, “Can anything good come out of Nazareth?” Philip said to him, “Come and see.” Jesus saw Nathanael coming toward him and said of him, “Behold, an Israelite indeed, in whom there is no deceit!” Nathanael said to him, “How do you know me?” Jesus answered him, “Before Philip called you, when you were under the fig tree, I saw you.” Nathanael answered him, “Rabbi, you are the Son of God! You are the King of Israel!” Jesus answered him, “Because I said to you, ‘I saw you under the fig tree,’ do you believe? You will see greater things than these.” And he said to him, “Truly, truly, I say to you,[a] you will see heaven opened, and the angels of God ascending and descending on the Son of Man.”

Fr Nick King’s Homily:

Mass With Presentation Of Hosptalite Insignia

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Gospel: Mark 2; 1 – 12

And when he returned to Capernaum after some days, it was reported that he was at home. And many were gathered together, so that there was no more room, not even at the door. And he was preaching the word to them. And they came, bringing to him a paralytic carried by four men. And when they could not get near him because of the crowd, they removed the roof above him, and when they had made an opening, they let down the bed on which the paralytic lay. And when Jesus saw their faith, he said to the paralytic, “Son, your sins are forgiven.” 6 Now some of the scribes were sitting there, questioning in their hearts, “Why does this man speak like that? He is blaspheming! Who can forgive sins but God alone?” And immediately Jesus, perceiving in his spirit that they thus questioned within themselves, said to them, “Why do you question these things in your hearts? Which is easier, to say to the paralytic, ‘Your sins are forgiven,’ or to say, ‘Rise, take up your bed and walk’? But that you may know that the Son of Man has authority on earth to forgive sins”—he said to the paralytic— “I say to you, rise, pick up your bed, and go home.” And he rose and immediately picked up his bed and went out before them all, so that they were all amazed and glorified God, saying, “We never saw anything like this!”

Fr Nick’s Homily:

Anointing Of The Sick

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On Thursday all Pilgrims had the chance to spend time in the Grotto. Many Pilgrims were experiencing the Grotto at various times of the day and night, but this was a very special time after the Anointing of the Sick Mass.

Private Time In Grotto

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Gospel: Luke; 15; 1 – 3 11 – 24
Now the tax collectors and sinners were all gathering around to hear Jesus. But the Pharisees and the teachers of the law muttered, “This man welcomes sinners and eats with them.”
Then Jesus told them this parable:

“There was a man who had two sons. The younger of them said to his father, ‘Father, give me the share of the property that will belong to me.’ So he divided his property between them. A few days later the younger son gathered all he had and traveled to a distant country, and there he squandered his property in dissolute living. When he had spent everything, a severe famine took place throughout that country, and he began to be in need. So he went and hired himself out to one of the citizens of that country, who sent him to his fields to feed the pigs. He would gladly have filled himself with the pods that the pigs were eating; and no one gave him anything. But when he came to himself he said, ‘How many of my father’s hired hands have bread enough and to spare, but here I am dying of hunger! I will get up and go to my father, and I will say to him, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son; treat me like one of your hired hands.” ’So he set off and went to his father. But while he was still far off, his father saw him and was filled with compassion; he ran and put his arms around him and kissed him. Then the son said to him, ‘Father, I have sinned against heaven and before you; I am no longer worthy to be called your son.’But the father said to his slaves, ‘Quickly, bring out a robe—the best one—and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. And get the fatted calf and kill it, and let us eat and celebrate; for this son of mine was dead and is alive again; he was lost and is found!’ And they began to celebrate.

Fr Nick King’s Homily:

Final Thanksgiving Mass

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