28th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 11th October 2020
Day of Confirmation
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Dear Parents and 1st Communicants,
Heartfelt congratulations to all who this weekend receive Jesus for the first time in Holy Communion. You had to wait but what a joy that now it is taking place. Thanks for your patience and fidelity. This could not have happened safely and beautifully without the dedication of our CCD teachers and coordinator. May God richly bless us all this weekend.
Dear Confirmation Candidates, Families: You have waited with patience for this day of the coming of the Holy Spirit. Your perseverance showed your faith in being anointed with the Holy Spirit. Young people, you will be witnesses to Jesus wherever you go and what you do. He is depending on you. Without our St Joseph’s CCD, today’s ceremony would not have taken place. Our thanks to Bishop Denis Jachiet for being with us.
Marymount School 1st Communions: next Saturday, 11 a.m. at Eglise Saint-Jacques. This will be a celebration with great joy and happiness. Marymount School Confirmations: on Friday, 16th Oct at 5 p.m. with the Bishop of Nanterre. I will be glad to be present at both of these lovely celebrations of Sacraments.
October is month of Mary’s Rosary. Daily praying of the Rosary will be a powerful source of healing and comfort.
Marriage Preparation Course in Oct this year will be online.
Applications for infant Baptism from www.stjoeparis.org
Baptism Preparation: on Sat 7th Nov. and Sat 5 Dec. beginning with 11 a.m. Mass and afterwards in the Hall.
CCD 2020/21 Registration on website.
Preregistration for weekend Masses October & November to be made on www.stjoeparis.org
Feast of All Saints, Nov 1, on a Sunday this year with usual weekend Masses.
Feast of All Souls, Monday, 2nd Nov., there will be two Masses at St Joseph’s: 8.30 a.m. [no preregistration needed] & 7.30 p.m. [pre-registration needed]
Feasts this week: Wed: St Callistus; Thurs: St Thérèse of Avila; Friday: St. Margaret-Mary Alacoque; Sat: St Ignatius of Antioch. Pray for us.
Pope Francis’ Encyclical, “Fratelli Tutti”, was issued on 4 Oct. Text on www.vatican.va
Collections 4th Oct: € C1,086.27; ADP: € 867; La Quête: €47. Many thanks.
A Reflection on weekend Readings:
Pentecost weekend 30th/31st May 2020 was to be a weekend of joy and happiness at St Joseph’s. But we were still in lockdown and so the First Holy Communions on Saturday and the Confirmations on Pentecost Sunday were deferred, a disappointment for the young people, families, the parish and the priests. We did stick together and did not lose hope. For this I have unbounded admiration for you. Online classes were organised by CCD and I was delighted to be part of a few of these and to hear great questions from our young people. My answers were not as good, I am afraid.
This weekend when First Communions and Confirmations are celebrated, families were great in accepting that we could not have many present to share in our joy and happiness. Those who matter most are children and young adults who receive Jesus for the first time and on whom the Holy Spirit will descend.
Pope Francis’ Encyclical “Fratelli Tutti”, issued last Sunday, reminded us of what matters most. “St Francis of Assisi did not wage a war of words aimed at imposing doctrines, but simply to spread the love of God.”, Pope Francis says.
Once we let love be our guide as believers, doctrines can be studied at another time. Doctrine is important. The CCD classes of 2020 will have learnt first-hand the valuable lesson, namely, that the most important call to them after this weekend is to spread love to all. Children and young people do this well and often in different ways than I would be able.
The Sacrament of Marriage was also a “casualty” of the pandemic. Weddings arranged at St Joseph’s could not take place. This year I was delighted to be invited to celebrate weddings of friends in other places. None of these took place either. It was with disappointment that these long-awaited occasions were deferred to next year. The invitations will arrive again with their new date.
The wedding in the Gospel today is different from any that I have ever heard about. The King sends out the invitations for his son’s wedding not once but twice. The people invited react strangely – some are indifferent and others hostile. The town where those invited lived was burnt to the ground by the King. This foreshadows the destruction of Jerusalem in 70 A.D. What began as an invitation to a joyful occasion ends in mayhem.
Surely this is not natural? It is not; it is supernatural. The wedding feast Jesus speaks about is salvation in the Kingdom of God. The Chosen People, the first to be invited, they refused to recognise Jesus who invited them. Next the invitation into the Kingdom came to the Church and to people of every race. Let us not repeat the errors of our forebearers in the faith.
Caution is struck at the end of today’s Gospel, “for many are called, but few are chosen.” It is possible to be Christian in name but fail to live as one. To be invited to the banquet and yet remain indifferent to the empty plates of children all over the world, is a failure to accept God’s invitation. As Pope Francis reminds us, ALL are brothers and sisters on this earth.