- “PILGRIMAGES: Why do we do them and what are the benefits?” (written by Fr. James 2019/02/03)
- Vatican Instruction on the Parish & Parish pilgrimages to various Shrines
Travel with Fr. James Conlon on an Extraordinary Journey – Special Pilgrimage to Celebrate the Jubilee Year of St. James – 2021 – Lourdes, France, Fatima, Portugal, Santiago de Compostela, Spain: July 6 – 15, 2021.
Join our pastor Fr. James Conlon and noted Catholic tour guide and host, Teresa Torres along with your St. Francis parish community on a special pilgrimage to three of the most cherished pilgrimage sites in the world: Lourdes, Fatima, and Santiago de Compostela. Experience the beauty and blessings of these magnificent Marian Shrines, along with an opportunity to walk briefly on the official Camino path during the Jubilee Year of St. James.
Cost for this 10 day/8 night Jubilee pilgrimage:
$4299 (with roundtrip air)
$2699 (land only – airfare not included)
Save the Date! Tuesday, November 17th, 2020. There will be a special Zoom presentation with Fr. James, Teresa Torres and additional pilgrimage guests from Spain and Portugal on Tuesday, November 17th, 2020 (time to be determined). If interested, and for further information please contact David O’Brien of Corporate Travel Service at 734.223.3348 or firstname.lastname@example.org. Complete tour information and brochure will be on the St. Francis website (under Pilgrimages) or can be downloaded at: https://www.ctscentral.net/wp-content/uploads/2020/08/INTL_St.-Francis-of-Assisi_Conlon_Spain_202107-1.pdf
Vatican Instruction on the Parish and… Parish pilgrimages to various Shrines are precious instruments that can serve to strengthen fraternal communion, openness and welcome upon return to the Parish.
31. A Shrine, then, is analogous to a Parish in that it encompasses all the characteristics and services that ought to be found in the parish community, as it represents for the faithful the desired goal of their interior searching and a place where they can encounter the merciful face of Christ in a welcoming Church.
Frequenting Shrines can help the faithful rediscover their being “anointed by the Holy One” (1 Jn 2:20), that is to say their baptismal consecration. At such places, one learns to celebrate with fervour the mysterious presence of God in the midst his people in the liturgy, in the beauty of the evangelising mission of the baptised, and in the call to exercise charity in daily life.
St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Parish, 2150 Frieze Ave., Ann Arbor, MI 48104.