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Parish Bulletin 8 November 2020

32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time, St Joseph’s Passionist Church
8th November 2020

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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, it is not possible at present to come to Mass in St Joseph’s Church. This weekend Sat. Mass at 11.00 a.m. will be available on YouTube. Go to www.stjoeparis.org – click on ‘Follow Mass here’. Sunday 8 November, Mass at 10 am and 12 noon will be available online. 8.30 a.m. Weekday Mass and Sat Mass at 11 am. will be online. All pre-registrations for November weekend Masses cancelled.

Meeting of CCD Teachers, Assistants: CCD Teachers’ meeting on Saturday, 7th Nov. at 3 pm. changed to online.  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.    

All Souls Altar List of the Dead: Emails names to This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  All received will be placed in the box at the Altar and included in Masses in Nov. May they rest in peace. Amen

Collections 1st November : ADP : €1,127; La Quête : €70.  Your support at this time is especially appreciated.

Feasts this Week: Mon: Dedication of Lateran Basilica (Cathedral of Rome); Tues: St Leo the Great; Wed: St Martin of Tours; Thurs; St Josaphat. Saints of God, pray for us in our need.

Marriage Preparation Course online has now concluded. Appreciation to the couple who directed this. We pray for couples preparing for Marriage at a time when future planning is not easy.

Bible Study on Wed. online at10.30 a.m. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Baptism Applications: www.stjoeparis.org

YAM events Oct – Jan ’21 from email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

YAM Bible Week is taking place online.   I look forward to taking part in their Bible session on Sunday afternoon.

Bulletin can be requested from parish office and it will be emailed weekly to you. Efforts continue to recover computer data, so that you receive the Bulletin each week. Please accept apologies for this disruption. I hope that soon again you will receive your copy of the Bulletin each week. {Aidan}


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Donations for St Joseph’s Church
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Cheques: Eglise St Joseph (Parish A/C) or St Joseph ADP (Tax refund)
              Les Pères Passionistes (Mass Intention offerings.)

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Advent and Christmas Schedule :
After 1st December, {I hope}, these will be arranged and published.

Thanks to a couple in Belfast who join Mass in from St Joseph’s Church online, for lovely flowers they sent for Altar.


A Reflection on weekend Readings

November is when we remember our dead. Families remember those gone to God in death, pray for them and put their names on an Altar List of the Dead. Armistice Day on 11 November remembers those who fell on the battlefields. Religious communities pray for their deceased members who laboured to build the Kingdom of God during their time on this earth.

There are those who have nobody left on earth to remember them during November. But they are not forgotten by God who created them. No more than a mother forgets the child she carried and nurtured, God holds each in His heart and in the palm of His hand. It is as intimate as that.

While we miss those who have died and we pray for them, they have gone through the gates of death and met God on the other side. They will not die again. What about us? What have we to do to join them in Heaven?

St Matthew in his Gospel is clear that entry into the Kingdom of God is not automatic. Two requirements:

  1. In life we need a higher standard of justice than “the Scribes and the Pharisees” who excelled at the Law but were weaker on Love.
  2. We need to be ready for the call of Jesus when it comes. The ‘now’ of every hour of each day may be the moment when He calls me home. Will I be ready?

A Parable disturb us for a purpose. The 10 Bridesmaids all fall sleep – the wise and foolish alike. The 5 wise had prepared; the other 5 had not.

The present pandemic with all its pain and isolation, is a present-day Parable. While the pandemic is not sent by God to punish us, it can be a time of grace in the midst of loss and death. The suddenness of its arrival brought an end to our world as we knew it. No more crowds at Mass, lovely voices of children at CCD, coffee on the parvis on Sundays and a Summer Fair to spend time eating and enjoying each other’s company.

Was I ready for the pandemic? I was not. The shock and change it brought are not easy to accept. Jesus’ Second Coming will not be on the news or on social media beforehand. Like the pandemic, He will be here, and all will be changed. We will either be ready or not. There is no other option. Will I be ready? I pray that we all will be.

There is no mention of the Bride in the marriage story. Matthew wants us to appreciate that the Church is the Bride of Christ. We are the Church, each a Bride of Christ. It will not be enough to say that we belonged to the Church unless our hearts are fuelled and burn with the oil of Love.

It is both belonging to the Church and loving God and each other that keeps the lamp of love burning to welcome the Bridegroom, Jesus, when He comes. Before long in the season of Advent we will call out, ‘Maranatha’, ‘Come Lord Jesus.’ He never refuses.

Death seems like the end; for faith it is the beginning of lasting joy. The Preface of Mass of the Dead prays: “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed not ended and when the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting place in Heaven.’  That is the core of our Faith.

 

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50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
33(0)1 42 27 28 56
stjosephparis@wanadoo.fr

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