Corpus Christi, 14th June 2020
St JOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH
Tel: 01.42 27 28 56.
Fr Pat’s Priesthood Golden Jubilee: 28 June at 12 noon Mass, Reception in Garden to follow. This is good news at a difficult time. Regrettably places limited.
St Joseph’s Not Fully Reopened:
****Masses Already Started****:
8.30 a.m. Mon – Fri [No prior contact]
11.00 a.m. Saturday [No prior contact]
Masses from Sunday, 21st June:
10.00 a.m. Sunday [PRIOR CONTACT] *
12.00 p.m. Sunday [PRIOR CONTACT] *
*Information re reserving a place at one of these Masses on: www.stjoeparis.org
YouTube transmission of Mass continues.
Sunday Mass Obligation can be fulfilled at a weekday/Sun Mass in any church.
***CCD Proposed Programme***
Registration 2021 is open on website – Starting date to follow.
19 Sept Confirmation Retreat at 10 am: Mgr. Jachiet on Candidates Letters
10 Oct CCD First Communions at 11 a.m.
11 Oct CCD/Marymount Confirmation with Mgr. Jachiet. Rehearsal at 1.30 p.m. Confirmation begins at 3.00 p.m.
Marymount 1st Communion; 17 Oct, 11a.m.
Collection 7 June: € 345,96; Donations: €1,180. ADP:€1,579.72; For Poor:€1,550 Lenten Project to date: €8,971.29. Further update on Finance next week.
Full Reopening of Saint Joseph’s: not possible under present regulations. Restoration of our previous service will welcome all who wish to enter the House of God. At present 45 people can be present at a Mass in place of the usual 300-400 worshippers. Fr Pat, Pastoral Council, Stewardship Group and Ushers have done a huge amount to prepare and keep us all safe coming to the two Sunday Masses. Their time and energy given to achieve a safe return to Mass and Sacraments is truly admirable. We are in their debt.In the early church, they had to decide who was is in and who was not. Today parishes all over the world are facing who comes to Sunday Mass and who cannot. It took the guidance of the Holy Spirit for Apostles to realise that God does not have favourites.
The elderly, of whom I am one, are not encouraged to put our health at risk. People with elderly relatives at home and parents of young children will give serious consideration about coming to Mass in any church. This situation is not the fault of any person in particular, as the pandemic came upon us powerfully.
We do not know how long the present restrictions will last. I pray that soon we will be able to open wide St Joseph’s doors for all to come in and worship.
If the pandemic goes on for months, and please God that it does not, even when restrictions are gone, my prayer is that St Joseph’s will do what it has done in its past and emerge in a form that will begin our next 150 years. We can share together what the Spirit taught us during lockdown. God’s call to us is to ‘change our hearts’; this is easier to sing, than to do!
Sincere thanks for your patience and understanding for your priests. [Aidan]