25th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 27th September 2020
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Dear Parents and 1st Communicants,
Because of increased rate of COVID infection, CCD Classes both this Sun and Sunday 4 Oct are CANCELLED. I regret that this is necessary. We want all to be healthy for First Communions on 10 Oct. @ 12 noon and 3 p.m.
CCD teachers have been in contact with parents about the number who can safely be present at each Mass. This is done to keep us safe and healthy. The cancellation of CCD classes on the next two Sundays is done for the same reason. God willing, we will be rewarded on 10th October with smiling faces as Jesus is received for the first time.
Dear Confirmation Candidates and Families: The retreat last Saturday morning was a time of reflection, discussion, and meeting Bishop Jachiet who joined us. The Confirmation will be on Sunday, 11th October at 3 p.m. Candidates and Sponsors are asked to arrive at St Joseph’s by 2.30 p.m. My regret is the number of family members who can be present is greatly reduced this year due to COVID. Marymount School Confirmations, by the Bishop of Nanterre, take place Fri. 16 Oct 5 p.m.
Collection 20 Sept : € 1,006.76 ; ADP : € 277 ; La Quête : € 2. Thanks for your constant and generous support.
St Joseph’s Masses in Oct. 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] *
*Preregistration for w/end Mass essential www.stjoeparis.org and follow link.
Confession: Sat 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 pm
Registration 2021 is open on website
10 Oct CCD First Communions: 12 noon & 3.00 p.m. [See message in first column.]
11 Oct Confirmation begins at 3 pm
Summer Fair today was cancelled.
Feasts: Monday: Martyrs of Japan; Tues: Saints Michael, Gabriel & Raphael; Wed: St Jerome; Thurs: St Thérèse of Child Jesus; Fri: Guardian Angels.
Lenten Project 2020: € 10,441.30 is amount you donated. A school friend of mine who died recently, left €2,500 for any good cause of my choice. €2,000 has been added to your donations and is going to Fr Rick, C.P. in Haiti. Total sent to Haiti: € 12,450.
The other €500 is going to l’Oeuvre d’Orient for Beirut. €500 had been sent immediately after the explosion.
A Reflection on weekend Readings
Stubborn people suffer and those dealing with them do also. To be free to change one’s mind, allows for a second chance. Some people, for instance, are not able to admit that they were wrong or made a mistake. If they did admit this, they could alter what they had said or done.
Today in Mass we have a reminder that to change one’s mind is not any disgrace, but rather a sign that one is open to other possibilities. From the prophet Ezekiel we hear that God allows us the freedom to change direction in our lives.
This is not always for the best. An example given is, ‘when the upright person renounces their integrity to commit sin and dies because of this, he dies because of the evil that he himself has committed.’ This is mortal sin that kills the life of God in the soul. We extinguish the Spirit that lives within us.
Then there are the moments of grace, ‘when the sinner renounces sin to become law-abiding and honest, he deserves to live. He has chosen to renounce all his previous sins; he shall certainly live; he shall not die.’ Even though Ezekiel knew nothing about the Sacrament of Penance that would become a channel of forgiveness, his words of the Mass today help me to examine my conscience before going to Confession.
Jesus had a tough time with the religious people among whom He moved. They were good people but had a vision of God that was fixed and did not allow for alteration. The Law was set in stone. Because it is set in stone, it can never be depart from.
Part of being stubborn is feeling I must be right; to change is seen as weakness. This is not true; but many are tempted to live in this way. Paul uses a word not often heard today, ‘everybody is to be self-effacing.’ This is not easy because it asks of us, ‘to consider the other person to be better than yourself.’ Pride and a competitive spirit that are part of our world, make this difficult and needs a lot of prayer.
St Paul gives us a wonderful hymn that involves changing radically. ‘In your minds you must be the same as Christ Jesus.’ Jesus as Son of God is divine. ‘He did not cling to his equality with God but empties himself to assume the condition of a slave.’ That is a change of mind, heart and life that is absolutely stunning.
This self-emptying of Jesus will lead Him to accept death on a Cross. He will give His life to His Father to open the gates of Heaven for us. The self- effacing of Jesus is graphically seen during the Stations of the Cross, when his face is pressed into the dust as He falls under the weight of the Cross. Our sins put that Cross there but abandoning his own exalted position; He took on our human condition.
Jesus had only one response during His life on earth, and that was to say “Yes” to His Father. The cost did not come into His reckoning. His love for each of us knew no limits, not even death. Losing all, the Father gave all back to Him. He rose from the dead so that we too might live forever.
To follow Christ, means to change and change often. It is not easy to change, but when I look at the Cross and see there the change from Divinity to Death on a Cross, I can only, ‘bend my knee at the name of Jesus.’ Aidan, C.P.