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Parish Bulletin 6 September 2020

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time,  6th September 2020
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01.42 27 28 56.      

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Provincial Chapter: deferred to 2021

This 4-yearly Passionist meeting due in June 2020, then postponed to Oct. 2020, is now scheduled for summer 2021 at the earliest. The Provincial Superior in Dublin has outlined that local community “re-appointments will be made until the appointments after the next Provincial Chapter – whenever that may be.” Further, the Provincial will now discuss with each local superior, “your own situation” as well as each one’s availability for re-appointment. That discussion will take soon. If you have an opinion you wish to share about the situation at St Joseph’s going forward, you can email me {This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.}, speak by phone or personally. My own future is secondary to what is good for St Joseph’s in these unprecedented times. Future planning for St Joseph’s beyond the next Chapter, whenever it will be, must continue in this COVID-19 context. To stand still would not be right in any way. This is a time of grace filled with new opportunities. {Aidan}

Anyone with concerns about coming to a weekend Mass should, with a good conscience, join in Mass online or at a less-crowded weekday Mass. Please do not put yourself at risk or those at home or who work with you.

Mass Collection : € 785,83 ; ADP € 527 ; Donations : € 630 ; La Quête : €27. Thanks for your constant support.

Weekend Mass in September:

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.

Sunday Morning: 10 am. & 12 noon

Sunday Evening Mass: 6.30 p.m.

Registration for week-end Masses essential

St Joseph’s Masses in Sept. 2020:

8.30 a.m. Mon – Fri [No prior contact]

11.00 a.m. Saturday [No prior contact]

 6.30 p.m. Sat Vigil [Prior Registration] *

 10.00 a.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

 12.00 p.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

 6.30 p.m. Sunday [Prior Registration] *

*Mass registration:

Confession: Sat 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 pm   

           ***CCD Programme***

Registration 2021 is open on website Details of CCD classes will be sent soon. Plans are also being made for some CCD classes to be taken online.

New sacrament dates for last year's groups:

19 Sept Confirmation Retreat at 10 am: at St joseph's

10 Oct CCD First Communions at 11 a.m.

11 Oct CCD/Marymount Confirmation 3 pm  

Marymount 1st Communion; 17 Oct, 11a.m.

Summer Fair will be on Sunday, 27th Sept in St Joseph’s garden for our church.

Feasts: Tuesday: Our Lady’s Birthday; Wednesday: Bl Frederick Ozanam (SVP); Saturday: The Holy Name of Mary.

Men’s Spirituality group meets online on Saturday, 26th September. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women’s Spirituality Ministry is having an online session soon. Further info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Welcome back to those who have been away. Welcome into our midst to all new arrivals. Prayers go with those who have moved on from St Joseph’s or will shortly. This is a time of arrivals and departures. But like never before!

There is no shortage of reflection on the pandemic from all different angles. If ever there was new territory with no maps defining it, this is it. The danger I find is to either keep looking back to what is gone, often called ‘normal’, or to keep wishing that the future will bring it back. This was me at the beginning of lockdown. Mea culpa!

God’s gifts come wrapped in different ways and some are tightly wrapped and not easily opened. The present as we have it is an ‘interim’ time, calling us to reflection and a lot of prayer. The shore we have left is receding and the one to which we are headed is not yet in sight. Most of us like to see where we are going and even have an idea when we are likely to arrive.

This is a time when God is asking us to let Him lead us in a new way, without certainty. Many times, I have gone back to the words of St John Henry Newman as he sailed from Sicily trying to get back to England but not sure how his trip would work out.

“Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on; the night is dark, and I am far from home, lead thou me on. Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me. I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead thou me on.” [The Pillar of the Cloud, 1833]

Can I truthfully say that just one step is enough for me?

The truth for Newman was that he believed that God already knew how the journey would progress. Faith is tested by asking that one step at a time be enough. God reveals His will one step at a time. When in the past, it was often said that ‘this is the will of God’ for you, could it have been that ‘God’s will’ was being invoked to get greater human compliance?

It takes great faith and trust in God and each other to journey together into an unknown future. At the beginning of lockdown in March, I could see how I had taken weekends at St Joseph’s as ‘normal’. The great numbers coming to five Masses, the overflowing CCD classes, magnificent music and choirs and so many thriving groups meeting during the week. Baptisms, weddings, funerals were all part of the ebb and flow of our life at St Joseph’s. Then for almost 3 months the church doors were bolted, and the Eucharist went online. Who could ever have imagined that?

Not for one moment was God absent through those months. Now is the time when we can enter deeply into this ‘in between time’. To long for the return of the past or mark time until a new future comes on the horizon, is to do to the opposite of what St John Newman prayed. At times I forget that the leader of St Joseph’s is God to whom we pray, ‘Lead thou me on’.

These are grace-filled days when a new St Joseph’s is being born. The pandemic, tragic, unpleasant though it is, stopped the world in its tracks and changed so much that was taken for granted. Of course, I wish we could travel again on holidays and hug and shake hands. But these will return in God’s good time. ‘Lead Thou me on’.  {With prayers and blessings, Aidan}


Saint Joseph's Catholic Church
50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
33(0)1 42 27 28 56

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