26th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 4th October 2020
FEAST of St Francis of Assisi
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH Website: www.stjoeparis.org
October is month of Mary’s Rosary. Daily praying of the Rosary at this time of pandemic will be a powerful source of healing and comfort.
Dear Parents and 1st Communicants,
Due to increased rate of COVID infection, CCD Class Sun 4 Oct is CANCELLED. We want all to be healthy for 1st Communions on 10 Oct – 12 & 3pm
CCD teachers have contacted parents about the number who can be present at each Mass. Your co-operation is appreciated. May God bless all.
Dear Confirmation Candidates and Families: For CCD Confirmations on 11 Oct at 3 p.m. Candidates and Sponsors are asked to be in St Joseph’s not later than 2.30 p.m. I regret due to COVID the family members to be present in church is greatly reduced this year. Your acceptance of this is greatly appreciated.
Marymount School: Confirmations, by the Bishop of Nanterre on 16 Oct 5 p.m. 1st Communions on Sat 17 Oct at 11 a.m.
Both will be in Eglise Saint-Jacques. Thanks to the School and families for their understanding and co-operation.
Collection 27th Sept : € 895,74 ; ADP : € 737 ; La Quête : € 57. With thanks.
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
Feasts: Monday: Tues: Saint Bruno; Wed: Our Lady of the Rosary; Fri: St Denis.
Lenten Project 2020: Total sent to Haiti: € 12,450. €500 has been sent gone to l’Oeuvre d’Orient for Beirut. €500 was sent after the explosion.
On this Feast of St Francis of Assisi, we await Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”, signed on 3 Oct. It is expected to focus on social, political and economic obligations that flow from belief that all people are children of God and so we are brothers and sisters to each other. Text on www.vatican.va
Marriage Preparation Course in Oct this year will be online.
A Reflection on weekend Readings:
People over the years have advised us that if we do not learn from history, we are doomed to repeat its mistakes. That is so true. I have often promised God to change my ways, only to repeat the mistakes of my past. But I try to learn from my past in order to change my future, even though not always with total success.
It is not just an individual who attempts this. Groups, organisations and religious groups repeat the errors of their past. Today we hear the sad story of the Chosen People who failed to see God in Jesus. He was so unlike their image of God that He was crucified and buried. Little could they have known that this would be the path to Resurrection and eternal life.
God did not break His side of the Covenant and they will always be the Chosen People. The people that He wanted them to become did not work out as planned. They rejected the Son and thought that with Him out of the way, they were pleasing God and doing His will.
This reminds us of the Garden when Adam and Eve fell for the oldest lie in the book – eat from the tree in the centre of the garden and they would be supreme. Adam and Eve were not rejected forever by God. He sent a Second Adam, Jesus, and a second Eve, Mary. These were utterly faithful to the Cross and to the Resurrection.
The present era is that of the Church which embodies on earth God’s Kingdom. Never will Jesus abandon His church – “You are Peter and on this rock I will build my Church. The gates of the underworld can never hold out against it.” [Matt. 16:18-19]
No one person or community existing within the church throughout history is guaranteed being completely right in the sight of God. At times in the history of our church infidelity and sin were more obvious than faith and sanctity. Francis of Assisi whose feast is today, heard a voice from the Cross asking him to rebuild ‘my church’. Francis began to gather stones and timber to start the building work.
It was not what was needed. The rebuilding was not of walls and roof, but in the hearts and lives of Jesus’ followers. Any age in history can be like the tenants in the vineyard and fail to welcome those sent by Jesus. Even Jesus Himself can struggle to break the hardness of heart of the those who claim to be His followers.
A collapse within the church is often caused by mistaking whose Church it really is. We are only tenants for a while. The owner of the vineyard in which we work is Jesus. When He wants to change something, it can be me who blocks Him. I can do this by believing that to be faithful, I must perpetuate ‘my’ church. I forget that it never was or will be ‘my’ church. It is and always will be His Body.
With over 1 million people deceased due to Covid-19, now we are in new territory not travelled before. The post-pandemic church will be built under the guidance of the Holy Spirit. Some people can no longer take the risk of coming into a crowd, and so Mass on the screen links them to the community. Ways are needed to bring Holy Communion to these people and let them hear the soothing words of Christ’s forgiveness. We vineyard workers need to recognise the Son’s arrival and allow Him to guide us into a new world of church community.