30th Sunday in Ordinary Time, 24th October 2020
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Please help all by not arriving for any of the four Weekend Masses at St Joseph’s unless Pre-registered online at: www.stjoeparis.org
All Souls Altar List Box: will be in front of the Altar to place names of deceased. It is not possible to have paper, pens at the Box. May All the Faithful Departed rest in peace. Amen
Collections 18 October : € 1,051.29; ADP : € 657 ; La Quête : € 9. Sincere thanks.
Marriage Preparation Course online: Saturday, October 24 at 5 p.m. Saturday, October 31 at 5 p.m. Our thanks to couple who lead this course.
RCIA on Thurs. evenings 7.00 – 8.00 p.m.
Baptism Applications: www.stjoeparis.org
Baptism Preparation: on Sat 7th Nov. and Sat 5 Dec. 11 am. Mass and then in Hall.
Preregistration for weekend Mass essential - www.stjoeparis.org Because of a positive COVID test recently, it is essential to pre-register for weekend Mass. To just turn up is not fair to those who have preregistered. Health requires this. [Aidan]
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] and 7.00 p.m. Mass [pre-registration is needed]
YAM events Oct – Jan ‘21 see posters.
Bulletin can be requested from parish office and it will be sent online weekly to you.
The nightly curfew from 9 pm to 6 am: Mass for All Souls, 2 Nov is at 7 p.m. instead of 7.30 as originally planned. RCIA now begins at 7 p.m. instead of 8 p.m. to ensure time to return home.
Mgr. Aupetit repeats in a letter of 16 Oct. that “Receiving Holy Communion is more important than the manner of receiving.” To insist receiving on the tongue is ‘a serious health risk’.
A Reflection on weekend Readings
In uncertain times, confusion and fear often thrive. There are many opinions and advice offered by “experts” as to how to live with no maps or certainty. This is normal and to be expected in wartime or during a pandemic. As is often said, especially by politicians, ‘we are all in this together.’ I am not sure that this is true, but your opinion is as good as mine.
One thing I do know that is true and not just my opinion or my prejudice, is that life on this earth is not the end point or reason why we were born. We will one day meet God, face to face and not online, and will be welcomed to our eternal home or told that by our living we chose not to. It is not God’s decision. It is ours.
On the journey, we are pilgrims while on this earth. The Universe is created by God and handed over to us as our common home to care and nurture during our span of years. We are born to be citizens of Heaven forever. While on earth, every person is, in that sense, an immigrant in this world.
When we watch refugees drown on the seas or suffocate in lorries trying to flee war and persecution, it is easy for them to label ‘immigrants’. So are we because we too are on the way to a better life in another world.
God is crystal clear to Moses: ‘You must not molest the stranger or oppress them, for you lived as strangers in the land of Israel. If you are harsh with them, they will surely cry out to me, and be sure that I will hear their cry.’ [Exodus 22:20-26] The first Scripture Reading at Mass today will provide inspiration for prayer.
God is caring and does not want us to feel lost while on the journey to our eternal home. He adopts each of us while on this earth and makes us part of His family. It is not an exaggeration to call Jesus, our brother, Mary, our Mother and the angels and saints our family members. God does not want us to be labelled ‘orphans’.
This is the most fundamental basis for our equality in the sight of God and of all people. All forms of discrimination, ‘cry out to God, and be sure that I will hear their cry’, is as true in 2020 as it was when first recorded in the Book of Exodus. The truly poor are those who do not know God and his love for all people, without exception.
None of us would want ‘to disconcert Jesus’ as the Pharisees and Sadducees did. But they did us a favour by asking Jesus, ‘which is the greatest commandment of the Law?’ Jesus’ response to their question combines two quotations from the Law. By this combination, we receive the key to the whole way of following Our Lord. The first quotation in the Gospel at Mass is on loving God and comes from Deuteronomy 6:5. The second comes from Leviticus 19:18.
What is crucial is the combination of the two as inseparable. At St Joseph’s this is our mission to each other and to the world. By God’s goodness and your love, our life together is based on this call to love God and others. We are called to daily enter more deeply into this amazing vocation.
A practical way, among others, is to share your faith and joy in the Lord with children/young people in CCD to help them to Holy Communion and Confirmation in 2021. [Aidan]