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Second Sunday of Lent 2021

Second Sunday of Lent- 28th February 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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Stations of the Cross each Fri. evening at 7 p.m. online: www.stjoeparis.org

St Joseph’s Lenten Project 2021:

1)Archdiocese of Paris wishes to offer respite accommodation for 10 people who, due to the COVID restrictions, are now in a precarious living situation. A ‘Bridge’ by this accommodation can lead back to a better life. Support will be there during this transition.

2) Help for Catholic Schools in Lebanon: On 4th Aug 2020 Beirut was rocked by a devastating explosion. Oeuvre d’Orient sponsors 15 schools in the area of the explosion. These need repair and help with school fees - €800 per student.

All raised at St Joseph’s will go to the Archdiocese of Paris for both projects.

ADP Donations online are welcome for Lenten Project followed by an email that your ADP donation is for the Lenten Project. A donation can be placed in collection bowl leaving Mass. Lenten Projects Cheque to “St Joseph’s Church‘ with memo Lenten Project’.

Your generosity is amazing. May God richly bless you and all close to you.


Marriage Preparation begins today online. Thanks to couple leading course

Collection 21 Feb: Mass Collection€ 589.99.  ADP: € 788; La Quête: € 62.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 1: € 560.12. {including €150 by ADP donations.}

Lenten Project donations: 1. In the ‘Lenten Project Bowl’ as you leave Mass. 2. A cheque to ‘St Joseph’s Church’, memo ‘Lenten Project. 3. By ADP from website and then an email to St Joseph’s so indicate that it is for Lenten Project, as distinct from donations by ADP to St Joseph’s Church. 4. All Shrine Candles donations in Lent for Lenten Project. Website: www.stjoeparis.org

Bible Study: Each Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. Contact – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Blog: http://biblestudystjosephsparis.wordpress.com


NOTICE RE SUNDAY MASS REGISTARION

Registration for 10 am & 12 noon Sun Mass opens each Monday morning and closes when the permitted number is reached. After that, COVID regulations prevent accepting further registrations.

Some parishioners have no access to the Internet or help of a family member. A real service would be if you register for such a person from your own email.

Signing of names when a person arrives without registering will be discontinued from Sun, 7th March. After that, a person arriving without a registration, will be helped to register for a future Sunday.

Ushers offer a superb service at Sunday Masses. One extra person to assist them at each Mass would be of great help to guide people to their seats and to ensure they remain in their assigned places. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. to volunteer.

My Lenten prayer is that present COVID restrictions will keep us safe and well until we can return to ‘open doors’ at St Joseph’s. Appreciation for your understanding. {Aidan}


CCD students will be welcome back online for classes next Sunday. Let us keep them and their families in our prayers.


A Reflection by Aidan, C.P.

The difference between TRANSFIGURE (11) and DISFIGURE (9) is two letters. Jesus goes from the glory of today on the Mount Tabor to degradation on Mount Calvary. Transfiguration easily becomes Disfiguration. This is the price of Love.

Today Jesus hears those words that we all need to hear, ‘my Beloved’. Love killed on Calvary, rose again. Love cannot be killed off forever. Love is to the heart what oxygen is to the lungs. We struggle for breath when the lungs are infected. We struggle to live life to the full when love is absent.

St Peter is a person after my own heart. He was afraid of losing this very beautiful moment. It is my fear when I surrounded by love. Peter’s solution was to pitch three tents – one each for Jesus, Moses and Elijah. Peter did not even ask for a tent for James, John or himself. Peter’s prayer was, ‘may this never end’.

Peter’s shock must have been huge when coming back down to earth, Jesus binds them to silence about this event, ‘until after the Son of Man has risen from the dead’. Where does ‘rising from the dead come from’?

That was a bridge too far for Peter. One day, he told Jesus that this must not happen to Him. He is told in no uncertain terms, ‘get behind me, Satan’. My heart breaks for Peter.

To enter into this amazing event of the Transfiguration, ask yourself, ‘what Transfiguration events have I had? For a fleeting second, did I know and feel that I was loved by God? Did I really hear Jesus in Scripture say that I am a beloved Child of God?

On Tuesday morning last I felt the wonder of being transfigured. By the goodness of God and the care of others, I received my second COVID injection. I didn’t know whether to cry or to laugh so great was my joy. At such times, I realise how blessed I am.

A tinge of sorrow for me is knowing that many people around the world have not the same access to vaccines as we have. Governments must be urged to supply vaccines to people without influence or money to pay. We pray fervently that all will be safe.

Whatever we possess, a lot or a little, our greatest wealth and blessing is that ‘we have God on our side’. Saint Paul assures us all that, ‘we may be certain, that after such a gift, that God will not refuse anything that he can give’. That is why during these tough times, we raise our heads and look around to see our sisters and brothers in their need. We raise them up to God in prayer and know that now they will be cared for by their loving Abba.

It is in our gift to create a better life for another person by simply loving them. Abraham in this extraordinary event learned what it meant to entrust everything to God. Never did God intend to take Isaac’s life. Abraham was not to know this; he touched the boundaries of trust in God.

Sometimes I don’t realise how much Jesus in his humanity trusted in his beloved Father. All those nights in prayers in the hills are a sign of Jesus keeping trust with his Father. On the Cross, Jesus surrenders, ‘Into your hands, I commend my spirit.’ That is total trust. Lent involves giving up, but also giving in to God and knowing that we will be safe in His hands.

 

First Sunday of Lent 2021

First Sunday of Lent
21st February 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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Ash Wednesday gave us a good start to Lent, being celebrated during this pandemic.
Stations of the Cross will be made each Friday evening at 7 p.m. online. Due to the curfew, this must be online only, either ‘live’ or later on. www.stjoeparis.org

Lenten Project 2021: 2 Projects: 1) Archdiocese of Paris wants to provide respite for families and individuals (up to 10 people) who, due to the COVID restrictions, are now in a precarious living situation. A ‘Bridge’ offered by  this accommodation can lead back to a better life. Support will be provided during this time of transition. What St Joseph’s raises will be added to all that the Archdiocese raises during Lent.

2) Help for Catholic Schools in Lebanon: On 4th August 2020 Beirut was rocked by a devastating explosion. Oeuvre d’Orient sponsors 15 schools in the area of the explosion. All need repair and help with school fees - €800 per student. Half of our Lenten Project will go to Archdiocese of Paris collection. Donations via ADP online appreciated or place donation in the collection bowl leaving Mass. Cheques for the Lenten Project payable to “St Joseph’s Church” with memo ‘Lenten Project’. In these difficult times this is our attempt to reach out to others in need. Further information and updates weekly.


CCD Confirmation Letters are being delivered by hand to Bishop Marsset. Thanks for your letters. CCD Candidates Retreat on Sat. 27 March at St Joseph’s, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. Mass, Bishop’s feedback 11.30 - 12.30. Parents  meet Bishop, 1 – 2 p.m.

Congratulations to Marymount Confirmation Candidates on their Enrolment at School.


Young Adult Ministry Feb – July ’21 Calendar on website and on posters at the church. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Online retreat this afternoon to pray and share on Lent.

Collection 14 Feb: Mass Collection € 613.35 : ADP : € 895; La Quête: € 34. Ash Wednesday Mass Collection: € 420.09. Your generosity shown to us Passionists, Collection at Mass, ADP and La Quête are truly appreciated.

Marriage Preparation begins online 28th Feb. at 4.30 pm. and each second Sun for 6 sessions. We wish blessings on the 5 couples taking the course and on Guadalupe and David accompanying the couples. Next Course will be in October/ Nov. Apply to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Bible Study: Each Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. Contact – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Blog: http://biblestudystjosephsparis.wordpress.com__

Appel Decisif this Saturday at St Sulpice: 3 Catechumens of St Joseph’s answered a call to Sacraments of Initiation due at Easter Vigil. We pray for them and the other 4 Candidates for Confirmation and Eucharist. Thanks to St Joseph’s team leading RCIA Thursday evenings online.

Feasts: Mon: Chair of St Peter; Tues: St Polycarp; Saturday: Feast of St Gabriel, Passionist, Patron of Youth.


A Reflection by Aidan, C.P.

21 years ago I paid my one and only visit to the Holy Land. It is a visit that I will never forget. I was serving the Passionist Congregation in Rome at that time. A visit to our Community at Bethany gave the Superior General and his council a base to meet and to share, walking in the footsteps of Jesus. Our visit was for Holy Week and Easter.

One of the highlights for me was a day when a visit to the desert was offered. A Bible, a bottle of water and a place to be collected in the evening, was all any of us were given. I loved it and found myself in a new way. I need not bore you with the details. Suffice it to say that I was led by the Holy Spirit to move from the wilderness of the desert into the wilderness within me.

The wilderness of the desert has very little to offer by way of variety. When a person is led by the Spirit into the wildness within, a whole new territory opens us. This is where truth is faced. This is where the truth about oneself is a huge step to being set free in a new way. There is nowhere to hide from the positive and the negatives of life.

This Lent is a continuation of a past year marked by isolation, lockdown, curfew, lack of close personal contact, no restaurants, no theatres and the heartbreak of not being able to welcome all who wish to join in Mass, Sacraments and social get togethers.

Heroic efforts are being made, with great success, to keep contact with CCD and adult parish groups. The loss of human contact is a big part of Lent, and the wilderness of the heart leads to a loss of richness in the quality of life.

There are discoveries about myself that I had not expected that come from spending time in the ‘wilderness’ of the heart and soul. For instance, I never thought I would miss human touch so much. The last time I shook hands with another person is almost 1 year ago. I so look forward to being able to greet you again when the pandemic recedes.

I could continue about what I discover when I enter the wilderness of the heart and soul with the Holy Spirit. It you try it, you will be richly rewarded by what is revealed to you about yourself. The first person I met in the desert in the Holy Land was Jesus. Yes, whenever I let go of control, He stands waiting, smiling with open arms. He loves you and wants your company.

The first question Jesus asks is, ‘How are you?’ This is the question posed at the beginning of every Mass, in person or online. This is the Rite of Penance that sets the tone for the Eucharist. The huge advantage is that when Jesus hears our story, He embraces us, forgives and heals us. This makes us ready to listen to Him. We call this the Word of God. That was why I brought a Bible with me into the wilderness, both in the Holy Land or at home.

To keep me focused on Jesus, I love to make a few notes of what is being said to me. It is easy to be overwhelmed and afterwards wish I could remember what He revealed to me. He will wait while you create your own words of what the Word who is God is saying.

If you feel like giving up during Lent, spend a few minutes with Jesus in your heart and soul. He is waiting there.

6th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2021

6thSunday in Ordinary Time - Year of Saint Joseph
14th February 2021-St Valentine’s Day
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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Ash Wednesday, 17th February: Vatican has instructed parishes that because of the pandemic, blessed ashes cannot be given on the forehead as is customary. Ashes will be blessed at both Masses. The call, ‘Repent, and believe in the Gospel’, will be said once over people in the church. Ashes can only be given by sprinkling the Ashes on a person’s head. Remain in your seat; to have ashes sprinkled on your head, please stand. If you do not wish to have ashes sprinkled on you head, remain sitting or kneeling. [Vatican, Prot. N.17/21; 12 Jan.]

Ash Wednesday: Mass 8.30am & 12 noon. For health safety, Registration for 8.30 a.m. 12 noon Mass needed: www.stjoeparis.org

Lenten Project 2021: Project(s) will be outlined on website and Bulletin next week. Donations online appreciated or placed in the special collection bowl leaving Mass. Cheques for the Lenten Project payable to “St Joseph’s Church” with memo ‘Lenten Project’. In these difficult times this is our attempt to reach out to others in great need.


CCD Confirmation Letters are needed this weekend for delivery to Bishop Marsset after the weekend. Thanks for your letters already received. CCD Candidates Retreat on Sat. 27 March at St Joseph’s, 10 a.m., 11 a.m. Mass, Bishop’s feedback 11.30 - 12.30. Parents to meet the Bishop, 1 – 2 p.m.

Stations of the Cross from St Joseph’s Church via YouTube each Friday of Lent at 7 pm. Please join in the Way of the Cross for Lent.

Young Adult Ministry Feb – July ’21 Calendar on website and on posters at the church. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Collection 7 Feb: Mass Collection € 578.32 : ADP : € 300; La Quête: € 12. Your generosity shown to us Passionists, Collection at Mass, ADP and La Quête are really appreciated.

Marriage Preparation online 28th Feb. at 4.30 pm. each second Sun for 6 sessions. Apply to:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Appreciation of the couple leading course; to our previous leaders of the marriage course, congratulations on birth of their baby.

Bible Study: Each Wednesday at 10.30 a.m. Contact – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Blog: http://biblestudystjosephsparis.wordpress.com

Today is St Valentine’s Day when we recall the importance of love in all our lives.


Registration for Sunday Mass continues on a week-by-week basis. Select the Mass you wish to attend, and you will receive an email before weekend to confirm that there is a place for you at Sunday Mass. Even if no fault of your own, the Readings of the Mass have begun when you arrive, please take a seat in the Hall. Thanks for your understanding and co-operation. Register: www.stjoeparis.org

We keep in our prayers all who are sick at this time and those recently deceased.


A Reflection by Aidan, C.P.

Jesus does no ‘guest appearances’. He is never a spectator only looking in at life and at suffering humanity. He would never settle for that. All suffering gives Jesus a pain in the pit of his stomach and breaks his heart. He absorbs that suffering and feels the hurt as His own. Then he heals.

His compassion costs Him because he carries and feels our pain as His own. Nights in prayer in the hills or lonely places were not cosy chats with his Father. This is when Jesus showed the Father the wounds of humanity. They may even have cried together over us.

Jesus realised that step by step there was one path and one solution. He would take on Himself the wounds of our sins, all forms of discrimination and exclusion. These haunted Him by day and by night and he offers us a way to healing and redemption.

By being born into our world, He came to bring us into His family. This belonging slipped out of the hands of Adam and Eve in the Garden. The solution for Jesus was to take on the role of Adam and call on Mary to be the second Eve. She gives Jesus the start on this rescue operation.

Why? Love is the answer. Symbols of love on this St Valentine’s Day often include a heart. The original Love Heart is the Sacred Heart of Jesus beating with the urgency of love for us and our healing. His love heals.

Jesus’ flesh is of the same origin as ours and so is a child of Adam by his birth from Mary by the Holy Spirit. The one difference is that he has no sin. This makes it tougher for Jesus because pure love is ultra-sensitive.

He touched a leper and when Jesus feels the flesh of another, he takes on the leprosy or whatever the wound is. It is the same with our sins. He chats to us through our conscience and helps us admit that all is not well. He helps us to admit first to ourselves the sins that are ours. In that moment of truth, Jesus takes my sins and then they cannot exist anymore in the Divine Heart. They are nailed to the Cross and buried at the bottom of the sea. Does this seem too good to be true? It is true that His love has condemned sin to oblivion.

A Leper in the Gospel today had only a few minutes with Jesus. He used them well. We have what time we choose to give to Jesus. He is always there and waiting for us. He does not work an appointment system. He does not have the weekends off or a day on which He is not to be disturbed.

When I look at the wafer-thin Host at Mass after the consecration, I marvel that by faith I believe that all our wounds and those of our world are carried by this one Person, who is God and the Redeemer of humanity. You and those you love are in the Body of Christ as you acclaim the Mystery of Faith.

Saint Paul believed this. He pours out his hope that we would “never do anything offensive to anyone – to Jews or Greeks or to the Church of God”. {2nd Reading today}

On Wednesday, without the traditional sign of ashes on our foreheads, Jesus will call us to come close to spend time with Him over the next 40 days. He will help us to pray, to do penance and to offer help to those in need. He will be with us on every step we take.

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Saint Joseph's Catholic Church
50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
33(0)1 42 27 28 56
stjosephparis@wanadoo.fr

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