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Trinity Sunday 2019

Dear Parishioners,

Few will forget the joy of last weekend as we celebrated the Feast of Pentecost. The Spirit of God could be seen in the eyes of the 43 girls and boys who received Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion on Saturday. They are a credit to their families and to CCD teachers. Their colourings of St Joseph on display on the ‘red wall’ were beautiful. Afterwards, they laughed, ate and drank in the garden.

That evening a parishioner was Confirmed with 440 other adults in church of St Sulpice. It was a privilege for me to concelebrate the Mass and witness the Holy Spirit coming on these adults.

At 11 a.m. Mass, on Sunday, Mgr. Pascal Gollnisch, of l’Oeuvre d’Orient, spoke movingly of the situation of Christians in Iraq and Syria. He expressed thanks for the great generosity of parishioners who donated €20,000 from the 2019 Lenten Project at St Joseph’s. His words on Pentecost Sunday linked us to our sisters and brothers suffering so greatly.

This led us, after Sunday morning Masses, to welcoming Mgr. Rambaud as delegate of Archbishop of Paris, + Michel Aupetit, to celebrate Confirmation for 32 Candidates from St Joseph’s CCD and Marymount School Paris. Mgr. Connolly and Fr Joe Delaney, Ireland, joined the concelebrated Mass and imposed hands over the Candidates. Along with their families and teachers, the Spirit revealed that the young have not given up on Jesus or on religious belief. They left me in awe at how active the Spirit is among them and how generous the young are in their response. The garden ‘party’ afterwards was superb, the centrepiece being a magnificent cake.

Evening Mass ended a weekend of blessings and manifestations that the Spirit truly comes to us at St Joseph’s in many and varied ways. Time was generously given by musicians, volunteers and families. The one language of many nationalities assembled was that of love and caring. We are truly blessed. There are few ‘ordinary’ weekends at St Joseph’s, but this past one was a bit special. The decoration of the Church with flowers beautifully arranged, created a setting to welcome the Spirit.

This is the 150th Year since the foundation of St Joseph’s on this site. The blessings of those years are not possible to calculate and are known only to God. Generations of believers from almost all nations on earth have found the peace of Christ here. Long before many parishes had a big laity participation, St Joseph’s was always a place where the input of laity, female and male, has been a characteristic of all that took place over a century and a half.

With this strong lay participation, in the past there was always a Passionist Community. St Joseph’s would not have been the same without Passionists at its heart. Passionist communities worldwide live the Passion of Jesus and minister to those going through their own passion today. The Crucified Christ heals the wounds of ‘crucified’ people. This is the prayer and life of all professed Passionists.

After almost 11 years at St Joseph’s, I am in no doubt that at avenue Hoche we have one of the finest parishes in the Catholic world. This is said speaking the truth in love. Where we find a better way of being God’s People, we learn and change. Reading in Acts of the Apostles of Paul going to Jerusalem to speak to Peter, I wondered if I should go to Rome and speak to Pope Francis about St Joseph’s!

You have always impressed me greatly by your love and loyalty to St Joseph’s and to the Passionists. You showed this during the three ‘Conversations’ requested by the Passionists. During these in December 2018, February and May 2019, you questioned how much longer having one Passionist assigned here will continue. You wrote to the Passionist superior asking that a community be restored at St Joseph’s. You sought a reply by 30th June.  I could not disagree with this in any way.

As regular parishioners, I greatly admire your patience and tolerance over the past ten months having me as the celebrant of whatever weekend Masses you attend. Some wonderful priests do come to assist with weekend Masses. Mgr. Connolly, Irish College, comes regularly to St Joseph’s for a weekend Mass. This is of great support. Ministry of priests is always with lay women, men and children as a foundation of our parish. This shows the Body of Christ in its diversity. By our Baptism we are missioned by God.

The celebrating of many weekend Masses at St Joseph’s, I have never felt as a ‘burden’, rather as a sheer joy. What a privilege it is to break the bread of God’s Word and share His Body with you. Mass is God’s powerful presence in our midst.

My prayer is for a new Pentecost soon at St Joseph’s when a Passionist Community is reinstated. The possibilities are infinite because the Holy Spirit will achieve great things through Lay/Passionist relationship. St Joseph’s will flourish as we celebrate the 300th Anniversary of the foundation of the Passionists by Saint Paul of the Cross.

At the Pastoral Council meeting on 24th June, I will set out a timetable for my departure from St Joseph’s. It must always be about St Joseph’s and never about me. St Joseph’s to continue welcoming people who come here from wherever, is our sacred mission. This retains all its validity and vitality. Last weekend shows how great is God’s power in our midst.

And what about me? All going well, in December 2020, I’ll be 50 years a priest. Any good associated with my name is God’s work, not mine. Early, I learnt that, “He must increase, and I must decrease”.

My motto always was and remains to this day: “So you, when you have done all that is commanded, you say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty’.” {Luke 17:10} It may have been my duty, but what a privilege for me.

This being my final bulletin reflection, sincere thanks to all who have read the bulletin over the past 11 years. Special thanks to those who have faithfully read the weekly bulletin online. You then shared your comments with me which were a great encouragement and support over these years. God Bless one and all.

Aidan Troy, C.P., Trinity Sunday 2019.


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