Patrick Halligan, Derek Skekel

Thomas Trs, John W Ladly, Christine Allridge

Adrian Gostling, Josephine Howley, Dan Harrison

Denis Ryan, Elizabeth Lampley, Peter Church

Catherine Coulon, Christopher Corcoran

John O’Shea, Ellen Donovan, Ann Sherlock

May They Rest in Peace


Jesus used three parables about the attitude to those who wandered away and were lost and how the communities must rejoice when they return and are found. St. Luke reminds the early church that all exclusion or intolerance of others, no matter if it is by those most pious and devout, is incompatible with the gospel. The Father’s joy at the return of what was lost is without condition.

Exodus 32:7-11,13-14

The chosen people apostatised but Moses pleaded on their behalf, asking God to remember his promises. God’s pardon and favour will always be greater than the unfaithfulness of his children.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Paul has been seized, pardoned and saved by Christ. This was the foundation of his apostolic mission: to bear witness to the gospel of grace.

Luke 15:1-32

A shepherd seeking his lost sheep, a woman her lost money, a father patiently waiting the return of his son: the three are figures of the Father of Mercy. This is the reply of Jesus to the elder sons, the chosen people, who are scandalised at the warm welcome he gave to sinners.

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the following who are ill

Daniel Kelleher, Salvina Barber, Mary May

Ann O’Connor, Rosanna Joseph, Richard Lamb

Ann Higgins, Jonathan Eley, Annie Childs, Karen Oates

Kim Nichol, Matt Butler, Rachel Antonella Rizzo

Michael & Joan Clements, Leslie Sebastian

Gloria Soar, Micky Bennett, Rizzo Enzo

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5.00pm - St. John Vianney, Stoneleigh Road, Clayhall, IG5 0JB

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Readings for Mass

Exodus 32:7-11,13-14

The Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened. The Lord spoke to Moses, ‘Go down now, because your people whom you brought out of Egypt have apostatised. They have been quick to leave the way I marked out for them; they have made themselves a calf of molten metal and have worshipped it and offered it sacrifice. “Here is your God, Israel,” they have cried “who brought you up from the land of Egypt!”’ the Lord said to Moses, ‘I can see how headstrong these people are! Leave me, now, my wrath shall blaze out against them and devour them; of you, however, I will make a great nation.’ But Moses pleaded with the Lord his God. ‘Lord,’ he said ‘why should your wrath blaze out against this people of yours whom you brought out of the land of Egypt with arm outstretched and mighty hand? Remember Abraham, Isaac and Jacob, your servants to whom by your own self you swore and made this promise: “I will make your offspring as many as the stars of heaven, and all this land which I promised I will give to your descendants, and it shall be their heritage for ever.”’ So the Lord relented and did not bring on his people the disaster he had threatened.

1 Timothy 1:12-17

Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I thank Christ Jesus our Lord, who has given me strength, and who judged me faithful enough to call me into his service even though I used to be a blasphemer and did all I could to injure and discredit the faith. Mercy, however, was shown me, because until I became a believer I had been acting in ignorance; and the grace of our Lord filled me with faith and with the love that is in Christ Jesus. Here is a saying that you can rely on and nobody should doubt: that Christ Jesus came into the world to save sinners. I myself am the greatest of them; and if mercy has been shown to me, it is because Jesus Christ meant to make me the greatest evidence of his inexhaustible patience for all the other people who would later have to trust in him to come to eternal life. To the eternal King, the undying, invisible and only God, be honour and glory for ever and ever. Amen.

Luke 15:1-32

There will be rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner. The tax collectors and the sinners were all seeking the company of Jesus to hear what he had to say, and the Pharisees and the scribes complained. ‘This man’ they said ‘welcomes sinners and eats with them.’ So he spoke this parable to them: ‘What man among you with a hundred sheep, losing one, would not leave the ninety-nine in the wilderness and go after the missing one till he found it? And when he found it, would he not joyfully take it on his shoulders and then, when he got home, call together his friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” he would say “I have found my sheep that was lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there will be more rejoicing in heaven over one repentant sinner than over ninety-nine virtuous men who have no need of repentance. ‘Or again, what woman with ten drachmas would not, if she lost one, light a lamp and sweep out the house and search thoroughly till she found it? And then, when she had found it, call together her friends and neighbours? “Rejoice with me,” she would say “I have found the drachma I lost.” In the same way, I tell you, there is rejoicing among the angels of God over one repentant sinner.’ He also said, ‘A man had two sons. The younger said to his father, “Father, let me have the share of the estate that would come to me.” So the father divided the property between them. A few days later, the younger son got together everything he had and left for a distant country where he squandered his money on a life of debauchery. ‘When he had spent it all, that country experienced a severe famine, and now he began to feel the pinch, so he hired himself out to one of the local inhabitants who put him on his farm to feed the pigs. And he would willingly have filled his belly with the husks the pigs were eating but no one offered him anything. Then he came to his senses and said, “How many of my father’s paid servants have more food than they want, and here am I dying of hunger! I will leave this place and go to my father and say: Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you; I no longer deserve to be called your son; treat me as one of your paid servants.” So he left the place and went back to his father. ‘While he was still a long way off, his father saw him and was moved with pity. He ran to the boy, clasped him in his arms and kissed him tenderly. Then his son said, “Father, I have sinned against heaven and against you. I no longer deserve to be called your son.” But the father said to his servants, “Quick! Bring out the best robe and put it on him; put a ring on his finger and sandals on his feet. Bring the calf we have been fattening, and kill it; we are going to have a feast, a celebration, because this son of mine was dead and has come back to life; he was lost and is found.” And they began to celebrate. ‘Now the elder son was out in the fields, and on his way back, as he drew near the house, he could hear music and dancing. Calling one of the servants he asked what it was all about. “Your brother has come” replied the servant “and your father has killed the calf we had fattened because he has got him back safe and sound.” He was angry then and refused to go in, and his father came out to plead with him; but he answered his father, “Look, all these years I have slaved for you and never once disobeyed your orders, yet you never offered me so much as a kid for me to celebrate with my friends. But, for this son of yours, when he comes back after swallowing up your property – he and his women – you kill the calf we had been fattening.” ‘The father said, “My son, you are with me always and all I have is yours. But it was only right we should celebrate and rejoice, because your brother here was dead and has come to life; he was lost and is found.”’

Twenty Fourth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Sunday 15th September

‘I have found my sheep that was lost’

Fr Adrian Graffy reflects

Chapter 15 of the Gospel of Luke contains three parables: the parables of the lost sheep, the lost coin and the prodigal son. The first two parables are given above and we will focus …..

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