Feast of Holy Family – Year B
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Website : www.stjoeparis.org
Phone: 01. 42 27 28 56
Christmas Mass Arrangements:
Please register for Mass at Christmas. If not registered it is not possible to attend. All Masses online www.stjoeparis.org
Christmas Eve Masses, Thurs 24 Dec:
8.30 a.m. Registration not required
5.30 pm. Mass [pre-registration needed]
7.30 pm. Mass [pre-registration needed]
10 p.m. Mass [pre-registration needed]
Christmas Day Mass, Friday, 25 Dec:
10.00 am Mass [pre-registration needed]
12 noon Mass [pre-registration needed]
Saturday, 26th December Mass Times:
11.00 am Mass [registration not needed]
6.30 pm Mass [pre-registration needed]
Feast of the Holy Family: Sun, 27th Dec Mass Times:
10.00 am.; 12.00 noon; 6.30 p.m. [pre- registration required for these Masses]
Confessions for Christmas: 24th December: 11.30 am – 12.30 pm & 4 – 5 p.m. Sat, 26th Dec: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5-6 p.m. Confessions heard in Parlour of Reception.
Curfew 20h, (except 24 Dec.): people after Evening Mass will need to go directly home after being at Mass.
Year of St Joseph: 8 Dec ‘20 – 8 Dec ‘21
Apostolic Letter of Pope Francis on 150th Anniversary of Proclamation of St Joseph as Patron of Universal Church. [www.vatican.va]
Hail, Guardian of the Redeemer, spouse of the Blessed Virgin Mary. To you God entrusted his only Son; in you Mary placed her trust; with you Christ became man. Saint Joseph, to us too, show yourself a father and guide us in the path of life. Obtain for us grace, mercy and courage and defend us from every evil. Amen. [Pope Francis]
Collections 20 Dec : ADP : €3,677; APP La Quête : € 20. Thanks for these contributions to St Joseph’s. Mass Collection at Masses on Christmas Eve and Day and ADP online are the once a year Collection for the Passionist Province of Saint Patrick.
There is no possible way that I can even begin to express my thanks and great appreciation for all that was arranged last Saturday at 11 a.m. Mass to mark 50 years as a Passionist priest. My wish was to have no special event but only to give to the Giving Tree for the children. You did that beyond anything I could have believed possible. Gretchen and Fabrice were travelling with loads of gifts which will bring so much joy at Christmas. It would not be possible to thank by name all who not only ‘went the extra mile’ but who spared no effort to let me know of your care and love for me. It is deeply humbling but accepted joyfully. Your generosity is beyond belief. In time, I will spend time reading and loving the ‘Memory Book’, reading the cards and messages, appreciating the gifts and still wondering how the portrait of my face was done! Never have I seen anything like this before. There one promise I can make is that after Christmas I will offer a Triduum of Masses in gratitude for you. Know that I will always carry you in my heart and will never forget you. Aidan
A Happy Christmas to All
When I was training to be a priest, we were constantly warned of the dangers that lay before us. There were all sorts of pitfalls that we would face. Those training us were doing their best to help prepare us, and as we matured and developed, we encountered good and caring people who showed us love.
Over the years, I took for granted the usual warm interaction with people – until COVID changed all our lives. Before its arrival, I never realized how much lack of human contact would affect me. I totally agree with the health directives of keeping a distance apart, not shaking hands or embracing each other and other such precautions.
On Saturday, at a surprise celebration of fifty years of priesthood, I was humbled by the outpouring of care and concern for me. I know that it is not merited but am deeply moved by what people did to express their feelings. How I would have loved to shake hands and hug people in gratitude. Then I felt the absence of human contact in a way that I never did before.
My prayer for us this Christmas is to let Jesus hug each of us to His Sacred Heart. God came among us as one of us so that He could meet Him eye to eye, hand to hand, face to face and heart to heart. A remote, distant, cold God is a human construct. God in Revelation burns with love for every person.
Jesus at Christmas wants us to receive Him into our bodies and souls as truly as Mary welcomed Jesus into her womb. It is as intimate as that.
Jesus is infectious, not with a virus, but with love. Allowing Him to touch our lives this Christmas, we pick up this love. He urges us to go out and spread that love and let others catch it. Jesus cannot disguise His love for us.
Often, we may pick up the signs that another person likes us, has time for us, enjoys being with us and even loves us. Jesus is no different. He came so that we would know that we are totally loved by Him and that we are never to be kept at a distance.
Sometimes, sadly, we may pick up that another person does not really like us, has little time for us, avoids being with us and loving us would not arise. God forgive me if ever I am like that. May the warmth of this Christmas melt my heart. Mary treasured Jesus in her heart long after He left her womb. She is a great teacher and example to us.
It is the World’s greatest wonder that the Almighty and Eternal God, came to live in our street. It happened in a most quiet way on the first Christmas night. Heaven opened and the singing of Angels was heard. Shepherds and Magi from the East were drawn, as by a magnetic force, to a stable to see a newborn baby, who is Jesus among us.
The Holy Family of Jesus, Mary and Joseph lived a hidden life together for 30 years. They do not want us to feel that our ‘hidden life’ as family or friends is any less important to God. May the birth of Christ touch our hearts and lives deeply this Christmas. Aidan, C.P.