29th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 18th October 2020
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Dear Parents and 1st Communicants, CCD and all who helped last Saturday:
No words of mine could express our joy as the children received their First Holy Communion on Sat. The joy in the heart of Jesus meeting with the children, is beyond us to even to imagine. In these difficult times, families accepted severe limitations about who could be present at the two Masses on Saturday. Our CCD at St Joseph’s puts us in their debt for sheer dedication and love. CCD helps define who we are at St Joseph’s.
Dear Confirmation Candidates, Families, CCD and all who helped on Sunday: Bishop Denis Jachiet came among us last Sunday to confer the Holy Spirit on our CCD Candidates. Families, you accepted not having as many people present in St Joseph’s as we would have liked. CCD organised all last Sunday to ensure that Candidates would have a day of grace and hope going forward. It is a privilege for us Passionists to be with you.
October is the month of Mary’s Rosary. Daily praying of the Rosary will be a powerful source of healing and comfort.
Collections 11 Oct. : € 1,005.11; ADP : € 1,277 ; Confirmation Mass : € 371 ; La Quête : € 9 ; FHC Donation : € 100 ; CCD : € 25. Lenten Project: € 100.
Marymount School 1st Communions: on Saturday and Confirmations on Friday evening were moved to Eglise Saint-Jacques from St Joseph’s. This helped keep numbers within limits allowed due to COVID. Julie and I from St Joseph’s will be present for these Sacraments. Marymount School and families support are greatly appreciated.
Marriage Preparation Course online: Saturday, October 24 at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at 5 p.m. Our thanks to the wonderful couple who lead this course each year.
RCIA on Thurs. evenings will not be possible from next week due to the curfew.
Baptism Applications: www.stjoeparis.org from where forms m can be sent.
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.
Pre-registration for weekend Masses in October & November - 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. Mass: 8.30 a.m. [no preregistration needed] 7.00 p.m. Mass [pre-registration is needed]
19th October: Feast of St Paul of the Cross: He founded the Passionists in Italy in 1720. On 22nd Nov will begin 300th Jubilee Year of foundation of Passionist Congregation.
Feast this week: Thurs: St John Paul 11.
The nightly curfew from 9 pm to 6 am will require people after Evening Mass to leave immediately. Due to the high rate of infection, anyone with concerns about this, please follow Mass online or take part in a less crowded Mass on a weekday. The Sunday obligation can be fulfilled in these ways. Aidan, C.P.
A Reflection on weekend Readings
These are extraordinary times in which to live. For many the toll being taken on their lives is great and includes – health, children at school, CCD for 2021, employment and worry over finances and others that you can add to this list. We must keep these intentions in our prayers.
Another great suffering of a lot of people is loneliness. There is a loss of much human contact that in the past perhaps was taken for granted. The joy of last weekend’s First Holy Communions and Confirmations were tinged with the sadness of not being able to assemble afterwards in Saint Joseph’s garden to cut the cake and share time together. There could not be a group photograph for the first time in living memory.
During this present “storm” caused by the COVID pandemic a sure compass is needed to guide us as we are tossed about by fear, worry and anxiety. Going over the Scriptures for Mass this weekend, led me to the Creed to find out where is my rock that keeps me focused and alive:
- I believe in God, the Father almighty, Creator of heaven and earth.
- I believe in Jesus Christ, his only Son, our Lord, who was crucified, died and was buried and on the third day he rose again from the dead. He sent the Holy Spirit upon us.
- I believe he will come again to judge the living and dead.
- I believe in the resurrection of the body and life everlasting.
These core truths revealed to us by God never change, no matter how intense the storm or devastating the pandemic is proving to be.
Living in these extraordinary times, eternal truths are not weakened. Caesar and World leaders since him, have come and gone. That is the nature of life. Jesus advises, ‘give back to Caesar what belongs to Caesar’. Some leaders help their people develop and to express their dignity as children of God. Others abuse their people to keep them in slavery.
Democracies exist where human and civil rights are respected, and social justice guides the making of State laws. There are, tragically, dictators who crush the freedom of good people who never get a chance to become fully children of God who made them for a better way of life than they have. It can be so bad some people will do anything to escape. The vulnerable, sick and elderly are often left behind. It can happen that children, through no fault of their parents, end up wandering and lost in strange lands far from home.
When Jesus instructs us to render to Caesar what belongs to Caesar, we must never forget that every Caesar will eventually pass and there will be no more kingdoms to be ruled on this earth. Then will emerge one lasting Kingdom which has been germinating quietly and unseen since the dawn of Creation. We by our core beliefs listed above contribute to the emergence of that Kingdom by our living and loving.
God is never absent even in the worst of regimes. Throughout the life of us all, Jesus walks every step with us and the Spirit lives in us as in a Temple. When World leaders are no more, Jesus will return again in glory, accompanied by Angels. Then, all people will see and understand what Jesus meant by saying, ‘to give back to God what belongs to God’. [Aidan]