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First Sunday of Advent-29nov2020

First Sunday of Advent - Year B
29th November 2020
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
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Reopening of St Joseph’s Church

This weekend we begin a New Year in the life of God’s people at the start of the Season of Advent. We look forward to the Birth of Christ and we also remain watchful for His Second Coming. We will welcome the new-born Jesus in four weeks. We do not know when Jesus will come at the end of time and hand over this world to the Father. “No ear has heard; no eye has seen any god but you, act like this for those who trust God.” [Isaiah in 1st Reading]

This New Year of the Church will begin differently. We continue amid a global pandemic. People around the world have died and family and friends grieve.

Many have been in hospital; recovery can be a long road. Vaccines are on the horizon and we thank God for the great efforts of those who have worked on these. All now hope that in the coming year health will not be as vulnerable to the virus anymore. We must continue to help each other to remain healthy.

The most recent health regulations of this week are introduced to protect from infection. For the reopening of places of worship, a maximum of 30 people can be present at a Mass. Before now, the number who could be present was calculated on keeping people being a safe distance apart.

Then the number at Mass reflected the size of the church building. At St Joseph’s, 100 people could participate at a Mass. 30 people is now the maximum who can be present. Prior to the pandemic, 5 weekend Masses had over 2,000 present.

So, this weekend at each Mass about 400 people cannot attend if they wish. Many have wisely decided to continue online or to receive the Eucharist at a weekday Mass. If St Joseph’s were to offer Masses for our previous numbers, about 60 extra Masses each weekend would be needed.

There are people without access to the   Internet; people confused by all this and not knowing what is happening. Parishes are being put in the position of having to refuse people access to church for Mass.

As a health protection this approach may be good.  From a religious perspective, it is difficult. At St Joseph’s, pre-registration is generously cared for by a parishioner who does an excellent job. Within a short time of the preregistration opening on Wednesday for weekend Mass, it had to be closed as the number was reached.

My personal opinion is that the response to a regulation of 30 being allowed at a Mass, should be for Bishops to instruct churches to remain closed this weekend until such time as a change to this number is made. Nobody else may agree with me; these comments are mine alone.

My two objectives in this area are:

  • To do all possible to avoid any infection happening.
  • To include many as possible.

All is being done at St Joseph’s to reduce disappointment or hurt that may be felt, and to express how sorry I am about this.
[Aidan, C.P.]


Due to COVID-19 restrictions, All daily and weekend Masses on YouTube from www.stjoeparis.org will continue.

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
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YAM events Oct – Jan ’21
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RCIA on Thurs. 7 – 8 p.m.
Bulletin can be requested
from parish office and it will be emailed weekly to you.
Update
: The grille/grid of the offices is   installed. St Joseph’s grille/grid repairs are scheduled for next month.


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Christmas arrangements still on hold. ‘Giving Tree’ will begin soon, for donating Christmas gifts for children.



 Passionist Jubilee Year – 300th Anniversary of Foundation – 22 Nov. 2020 – 1 January 2022_               

             

This Holy Year began with opening of the Holy Door at Ss John & Paul’s, Rome last Sunday.
Theme chosen for the Jubilee is: Renewing mission: Gratitude, Prophecy and Hope.
There are 1,903 Passionist Religious in 400 communities, in 63 countries.

Passionist Mission in the world is to:

  • Keep alive the Memory of the Passion by words and deeds
  • Proclaim the victory of Love and Joy of the Gospel and share the joys and sorrows of all humanity.
  • To offer consolation and to be present to all who are suffering

Websites for Jubilee material:
www.passiochristi.org
[Rome]
www.passionists.ie [St Patrick’s/Dublin]
http://jubilaeumcp.org [Jubilee website]


Collections: ADP € 3,647; La Quête:  €70. Thanks for such great generosity.
Feast days this week
: Mon: St Andrew; Thursday: St Francis Xavier.
Ministries are continuing with most still online. Great appreciation for all that is being done to keep our community together during these challenging times.

Pope Francis to the Passionists:
“The Mother of the Crucified-Risen One, a figure of the Church, a Virgin who listens, prays, offers, and generates life, is the permanent memory of Jesus, especially of his Passion. I entrust you to her and, invoking the intercession of your Founder, Saint Paul of the Cross, and of each Passionist Saint and Blessed, I wholeheartedly impart the Apostolic Blessing upon the entire Passionist family and on all those who will participate in the various celebrations of your solemn Jubilee.”
Full text on: www.vatican.va  19/11/2020

Parish Bulletin 22 November 2020

Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ
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Due to COVID-19 restrictions, Sat. 11 Mass on YouTube - www.stjoeparis.org
Sun 22 Nov, Mass 10 am and 12 noon
and Weekday Mass at 8.30 a.m.
Pre-registration suspended at present.


Collections 15th Nov.: ADP: € 347; La Quête: € 67.  Support greatly appreciated.

Feasts during this week: Mon: Pope St Clement the First; Tues: The Martyrs of Vietnam; Wed: St Catherine of Alexandria; Fri: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal; Sat: St Catherine Labouré.

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.

RCIA online on Thurs. 7 – 8 p.m.

Bulletin can be requested from parish office and it will be emailed weekly to you.

Update: The grille of the offices will be installed next week. St Joseph’s grille repairs scheduled for completion by mid-December, end to a long wait endured. 

Christmas arrangements still on hold. ‘Giving Tree’ will begin soon, donating children’s gifts in next week’s Bulletin.


Passionist Jubilee Year – Celebrating 300th Anniversary of our Foundation – 22 November 2020 – 1 January 2022         
This Holy Year begins with opening the Holy Door at Ss John & Paul’s, Rome this Sunday. Theme chosen for the Jubilee is:
Renewing mission: Gratitude, Prophecy and Hope. Pope Francis has sent a Message to all Passionists - www.vatican.va 19/11/2020

It all began on 22 Nov 1720 when the future St Paul of the Cross began a 40- day during which he wrote the Rule of the Congregation of the Passion. St Paul of the Cross founded Passionists Priests and Brothers and Passionist Contemplative Nuns. Five women’s Institutes are inspired by St Paul of Cross as well as many lay movements. St Joseph’s Mission Anglophone is proud to be counted among these.

There are 1,903 Passionist Religious in the world, living in 400 communities, in 63 countries on 5 Continents.

Passionist Mission in the world is to:

  • Keep alive the Memory of the Passion by words and deeds
  • Proclaim the victory of Love and Joy of the Gospel and share the joys and sorrows of all humanity.
  • To offer consolation and to be present to all who are suffering

Websites for Jubilee material:
www.passiochristi.org [Rome]
www.passionists.ie [St Patrick’s Province]
http://jubilaeumcp.org [Jubilee website]

Information to be continued next week…...…


A Reflection on weekend Readings

The end of a year is often a time to look back and to take stock. Highlights can be celebrated, and low points regretted and a hope that they be few and far between in the next year. The highs and the lows of the past year will be both communal and personal and familial.

Little did we know on Ash Wednesday, 26th February, that within a few weeks all would change as COVID-19 took hold. St Joseph’s Church closed its doors for the first time since 1985 when the parish moved to Church of St Geneviève prior to demolition and reopening in 1987. In mid-March this year until the beginning of June, our physical contact ended. We met online for Mass and other events. It was different. Bit by bit, we settled into this new world that had become ours.

The constants remained – you and Jesus. Many ‘new’ people around the world found us online and became part of our worshipping community on Sundays and often on weekdays at Mass. Many are still with us and feel ‘at home’ among us.

They are a blessing that we had not foreseen. For me personally, Holy Week 2020 was tough. I love the richness and variety of the liturgies and then the high point of the Easter Vigil leading to the Resurrection. The Adults who each year receive the Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil could not do so. All have since received them due to their great co-operation and flexibility.

Another huge loss that was deeply felt was the postponement of First Holy Communions and Confirmations for both CCCD and Marymount School. Again, the joy was great when all these were completed in October. God is good.

During this time, families went through the sad loss of loved ones. Funerals could not come to St Joseph’s. On a few occasions, I attended at the cemetery. But the farewell that the family would have wanted did not happen. May those who went to God, rest in peace.

Infant baptisms were not possible for a lot of this past year. It has been a great delight to be able to baptise some of these before the present closing of church buildings happened again. Baptisms will take place as soon as is safe and will be a source of happiness for the families and the parish.

Marriage Preparation led to couples making plans for their ‘big day’ in near and faraway places. It was a delight to be able help in the preparation of their dossiers. Sadly, very few of them could take place due to travel restrictions. With hope and trust in God, new dates have been set and may they then be able to celebrate their love for each other and God’s love for them. No marriages have taken place at St Joseph’s in 2020. Is this a first?

The church building was closed twice this year; the church as people of God continued with enthusiasm. Many of us started as novices on Zoom, Skype, Teams, etc. and emerged with new skills for spreading the Word of God.

RCIA is dependent on being contacted; 7 adults are now preparing for Sacraments at the Easter Vigil, 3rd April 2021. CCD First Communions will take place on Sat. 22nd May at 11 a.m. and Confirmations the next day, Pentecost Sunday at 3 p.m. Looking back is normal; looking forward to the year ahead takes faith and hope. [Aidan, C.P.]

 

 

 

 

 

Parish Bulletin 15 November 2020

33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time, St Joseph’s Passionist Church 15th 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. 11 a.m. Mass will be on YouTube - www.stjoeparis.org – and follow the link. On Sunday 15 November, Mass at 10 am and 12 noon will also be available online. 8.30 a.m. Weekday Mass and Sat Mass at 11 am. will also be online. Pre-registration for weekend Mass is suspended until further notice.

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


Collections 8th Nov. : ADP : € 508 ; La Quête : € 57.  Your support at this time is especially appreciated.
Feasts during this week: Mon: St Margaret of Scotland; Tues: St Elizabeth of Hungary; Sat: The Presentation of Our Lady.
Saints of God, pray for us in all our need.

Marriage Preparation Course has a final session on the Sacrament of Marriage which will be online on Sat., 21 Nov. Appreciation and thanks to the couple who directed the previous sections of this course. We pray for couples preparing for Marriage at this time.

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.

Bulletin can be requested from parish office and it will be emailed weekly to you. Efforts continue to recover all computer data, so that you will receive the Bulletin each week. {Aidan}

Contact St Joseph’s during ‘lockdown’’:
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Mass Intentions: email name(s) to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Donations for St Joseph’s Church: From website to St joseph ADP; also La Quête.

Cheques: Eglise St Joseph (Parish A/C)
Les Pères Passionistes’ (Mass Intention offerings.)


Advent and Christmas Schedule:
After 1st December, {I hope}, these will be arranged and published once the regulations for public worship are made known. In the meantime, we pray and care for each other. Updates of arrangements on St Joseph’s website.


A Reflection on weekend Readings

Gifts are in the news these days. With the 1st Sunday of Advent coming in two weeks’ time, Christmas is getting close. Christmas adverts suggest how we can prepare for it in this COVID era. Choosing and buying gifts is not always easy even at the best of times.

As we prepare our list of gifts, a gift may already have arrived. A vaccine is on the horizon. It is not yet here but a ray of light is shining. Like waiting a long time for a bus to come, two then arrive. The hope is that there may be six or more vaccines coming our way. If this works out to be the case, what a gift!

Many people have been praying for this. I began praying a decade of the Rosary daily in mid-March that a safe, life changing vaccine might be discovered. My prayer was not for God to directly do this, but for His Sprit to guide and inspire all who were searching for a safe and ethical antidote. Daily I prayed for this through the intercession of Mary.

Today’s Gospel is full of hope. We miss not being together at Mass. What a gift it is that so many people can join online Mass from St Joseph’s. It is not the ideal. But each time I celebrate Mass, I see not so much an empty church, but I sense the presence of people from all over the world. Parishioners, are as special as ever, while people in distant places now feel they belong in our community. They ask for prayers and often simply express ‘thanks’ to us all at St Joseph’s.

God did not entrust property nor money to us as in the Parable. He gives us the Universe and this World. These come without a price tag, but with a condition that we take care of our common home, and hand it on from generation to generation until Jesus comes again. Then we will be asked how we have dealt with this gift. My prayer is that when Jesus does come, we have undone a lot of the damage to our environment.

If God had not given us the gift of free will, we could not have caused this damage. Love moved God to leave us free to love or to destroy. It was a huge risk as history shows and remains so to this day. He wants us to transform the world and each other leaving nobody to believe that they have no gifts or talents.

In my own lifetime, I have dug a few holes and buried some gifts given me by God. He sees that like a 1-talented person, “I am afraid, I go off and hide the talent in the ground.” Yet the constant Divine refrain is, ‘Do not be afraid’. At the Annunciation Mary heard these words and took them to heart.

The Bible teaches us that God has a loving face unlike that of the stern master in the parable. God never puts anyone down. What a pity that we can do this to each other. How many people have tragically believed that it is not worthwhile to go on living? They are seldom told that they are of value and also loved. They believe that they are total failures. God knows they are not. Let us tell each other how much they mean to us and to God. Whether we get 5, 2 or 1 Talent, we are God’s children.

 

 

 

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