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Parish Bulletin 20 September 2020

25th Sunday in Ordinary Time,  20th September 2020
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH   Website: www.stjoeparis.org 
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01.42 27 28 56. 
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Dear Parents and 1st Communicants,

First Holy Communion on Sat. 10 Oct. will be at 12 noon Mass and another at 3 p.m. Mass. Even with 2 Masses, family members who can be present will be greatly limited.  CCD class teachers will keep contact with you about this. I rely on your co-operation to make this work in the present situation. Please raise any questions with your CCD teacher. Many thanks for your understanding.
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Dear Confirmation Candidates and Families
, Confirmation will be on Oct 11th at 3 p.m. with Bishop Jachiet. On Sat 19 Sept. Candidates meet with Bishop at St Joseph’s. Because we can only have one ceremony, the number of Family members who can be present in St Joseph’s will be greatly limited due to the present health regulations. CCD teachers are contacting you about details of this. I rely on you to co-operate as you always do. With a wonderful number of Candidates, we are working to ensure the health and safety of all.  Aidan, C.P.


Collection 13 Sept : € 1,226.33 ; ADP : € 357 ; La Quête : € 14. Thanks for your constant and generous support.


 St Joseph’s Masses in Sept. 2020:

8.30 a.m. Mon – Fri [No prior contact]

11.00 a.m. Saturday [No prior contact]

6.30 p.m. Sat Vigil [Prior Registration] *

10.00 a.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

12.00 p.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

6.30 p.m. Sunday [Prior Registration] *

*Preregistration for w/end Mass essential www.stjoeparis.org and follow link.

Confession: Sat 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 pm   

 ***CCD Programme***

Registration 2021 still open on website

10 Oct CCD First Communions: 12 noon & 3.00 p.m. [See message in first column.]

11 Oct Confirmation begins at 3 pm  

Summer Fair Sunday 27th Sept is cancelled.

Feasts: Monday: St Matthew; Wed:  St Padre Pio; Sat: Ss Cosmas & Damien.

Men’s Spirituality group meets online on Sat., 26 Sept. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACWO Note to American Citizens: it is time to request your ballot for US elections on Nov 3 from fvap.gov for instructions or ask from Rebecca: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lenten Project 2020: € 10,441.30 is amount you donated. A school friend of mine died recently, left to me €2,500 for any good cause of my choice. €2,000 has been added to your donations and is going to Fr Rick, C.P. in Haiti. Total sent to Haiti: € 12,450. The other €500 is going to l’Oeuvre d’Orient for Beirut. €500 has been sent immediately after the explosion.

Bible Study on Wednesdays resumes online on 30 September at 10.30 am. Full details from Lori Maguire. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  



 A Reflection on weekend Readings

When I was learning about Catholic Teaching, we were taught about ‘an honest day’s work for an honest day’s pay.’ That is a fundamental plank of our Church’s social teaching. Of course, a lot has changed since then, but the fundamental value of this teaching remains and is valid today.

Try as we may, it is not possible to justify in any way the payment of the workers in the vineyard parable of today’s Mass. Simply put, it is not fair. The owner could be asked why he was not generous with all the workers instead of those who worked for the shortest time? Of course, he was free to do what he wished with his own vineyard. The question arises then, why did Jesus tell this Parable?

To Appreciate the words and actions of Jesus, it is good to keep in mind that He was born into the Jewish race which was steeped in the Scriptures. Abraham, Moses, Elijah, Judith, Esther and many others spoke before Him. These Scripture Readings were heard in the Synagogue on Saturdays. The sacred texts were greatly revered.

One of the dangers within a believing community, then and now, is that a form of legalism creeps into the way of life. In Jesus’ day, there was a legalism about that led to a mentality that salvation could be earned. In fact, it was thought that salvation must be earned. We may notice how Jesus got into trouble over not observing the Sabbath, preventing the stoning of a woman caught sinning, expanding the definition of ‘who is my neighbour?’

Jesus understood this mentality, but it was essential that he challenge this way of thinking about God. That task continues in our day also.

When Jesus told the story of the workers in the vineyard, it challenged that way of thinking. The first workers and the last workers could ‘earn’ money, but the Parable is not about wages, but about Salvation. Salvation is a free and unearned gift of God to each of us. All is grace and depends on God and not on us.

Jesus wanted to teach us about the endless mercy and goodness of God. There is a full day’s work to be done. Jesus would not disagree with that. A part-time believer is not a follower of Jesus. Whether full-time or part-time, the gift of God is not earned or even deserved, at least in my case.

The Parables that Jesus tells are not only interesting stories. They are ‘windows’ into the mind and heart of God. Today, Jesus is showing us the unearned nature of salvation. When, by God’s grace, I get to Heaven, I will not be able to say to God anything other than, ‘Thanks’. If I had earned my salvation, I could show God my work time sheet - when I started and when I finished my good works.

Those who went into the vineyard at last hour did not choose to loiter about all day. Nobody wanted to hire them. There are people who are really good, but life deals them a tough hand. They would love to be called upon to help and to do good works. But nobody asks or invites them.

St Joseph’s is built on you, dear parishioners. It is not the priest alone who sustains this vibrant community. It is the Holy Spirit working in us all.

Sadly, we cannot have an Information Day next Sunday as usual. The Gospel today asks us to invite people who have just arrived to join as co-workers for the Kingdom of God. [Aidan, C.P.]


 

Parish Bulletin 13 September 2020

 24th Sunday in Ordinary Time,  13th September 2020
StJOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH   Website: www.stjoeparis.org 
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     
01.42 27 28 56.      

     Aidan, C.P.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

     Fr Pat, C.P.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 


Dear Parents and 1st Communicants, 30th May date could not be kept due to lockdown. 10th October is new date for 1st Communions for over 40 children. It will not be possible for all to be at the one Mass due to health regulations. This is regrettable, as is not having the party to cut the cake!

One group will be at 12 noon and another at 3 p.m. Even with 2 Masses, family members who can be present will be greatly limited. CCD will be in contact with you about this and Classes. I know I can rely on your support and co-operation to make this work   in the present situation. Please do not hesitate to raise any questions with your CCD teacher. Many thanks for your understanding.

Dear Confirmation Candidates and Families, Confirmation is on Oct 11th with Bishop Jachiet. Sat 19 Sept, Candidates will meet Bishop Jachiet at St Joseph’s beginning at 10.00 a.m. Confirmation Oct 11th will be at 3 p.m. Family members who can be present in St Joseph’s will be limited due to present health regulations. CCD teachers will be in contact with you about details of preparation. I know I can rely on you to co-operate with them. Aidan, C.P.


Anyone concerned about coming to Mass at a weekend should, in good conscience, join a Mass online or at a weekday Mass. Please do not put yourself at risk, those at home or working with you.

Collection 6 Sept : € 1,285.60 ; ADP : €1,997 ; La Quête : € 5. Thanks for your constant and generous support.

St Joseph’s Masses in Sept. 2020:

8.30 a.m. Mon – Fri [No prior contact]

11.00 a.m. Saturday [No prior contact]

6.30 p.m. Sat Vigil [Prior Registration] *

10.00 a.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

12.00 p.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

6.30 p.m. Sunday [Prior Registration] *

*Preregistration for w/end Mass essential www.stjoeparis.org and follow link.


Confession: Sat 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 pm   


***CCD Programme***

Registration 2021 is open on website

19 Sept Confirmation Retreat at 10 am:

10 Oct CCD First Communions: 12 noon & 3.00 p.m. [See message in first column.]

11 Oct Confirmation begins at 3 pm  

Summer Fair planned for Sunday 27th Sept is regrettably cancelled due to COVID-19.


Feasts: Monday: The Glorious Cross; Tues: Sorrows of Mary; Wed: St Cornelius; Thurs: St Robert Bellarmine; Sat: Our Lady of La Salette. All the Saints, pray for us.


Men’s Spirituality group meets online on Saturday, 26th September. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women’s Spirituality Ministry: online session Tues. 15 Sept at 7.30 p.m.  Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACWO Note to American Citizens: it is time to request your ballot for US elections on Nov 3 from fvap.gov for instructions or ask from Rebecca: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Coffee morning on 17 Sept. cancelled.


A reflection for this weekend

There is a lot in the readings at Mass today about mutual forgiveness. This is part of the ‘hard’ gospel message. Meeting people who have lost loved ones through violence; had a child violated; a person held up to ridicule without any foundation, can tell us how it is next to impossible to forgive. It may not be helpful to keep telling them they should forgive the other.

When the gospel tells us to love our neighbour, the details of what is involved are often not spelt out. But in being asked to forgive, it is a specific person, a defined deed or situation that hurts, or myself, and it is crystal clear who is to be forgiven.

Our world has many needs. The present pandemic which may continue for some time, has brought death and immense suffering. Please God, one day sooner rather than later, it will be controlled and not pose a daily threat as at present. Wars in distant lands among people whom I will never meet most likely, can be heart-rending to see the suffering caused. But they are distant and eventually most conflicts will end, and peace may be rebuilt. There are other examples you may wish to ponder along the same lines.

A lack of forgiveness in the human heart can be carried to the grave. The person goes on living what looks like a normal and full life. They continue to do their best for their family, or in their priesthood, in their career and to be a true friend to others.

A lack of forgiveness is a hidden illness of the soul. The spirit within is wounded and a person is not able to become and to achieve all that was in God’s dream when creating them.

The example of debt-forgiveness in the Gospel by the first person was of an immense amount. There never was a chance that it could be repaid, even though that was the aspiration of the debtor. That same person was owed a paltry amount by comparison and could not repeat the generosity of forgiveness that they had received.

This does not surprise me. I think of how God has loved me and how I have over my lifetime, failed in love of God and of you. At the end of each day, in my night prayers I make an Act of Contrition. I know that God hears and forgives me. When I go to Confession to celebrate this amazing forgiveness, the voice I hear is that of the priest, but it is Jesus who says to me, ‘I absolve you from your sins.’ He whispers, ‘Go in peace’. And I do.

With all that, I am the first to say that forgiveness is among the toughest call God makes on a person. When I pray about what I have not forgiven or am holding onto, I get very embarrassed. It is not only the person whom I will not forgive, but in that person, I refuse to love God by my unforgiving heart. The Cross of Calvary goes on in the Body of Christ.

All Prophets in Revelation have, in one way or another, preached forgiveness and a change of heart. John the Baptist prepared the way for Jesus, with one word, ‘Repent’. Jesus spilt His blood to show us how much we are loved, cherished and forgiven.

All that said, the greatest challenge remains to let go and to let God take charge, a message I often find hard to accept. Yet, it is all that matters and without it, our world is doomed. It comes down to good or evil, to God or Satan. Jesus has won the victory and our challenge is not to lose it.

Parish Bulletin 6 September 2020

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time,  6th September 2020
St JOSEPH’S PASSIONIST CHURCH Website: www.stjoeparis.org  
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01.42 27 28 56.      

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Provincial Chapter: deferred to 2021

This 4-yearly Passionist meeting due in June 2020, then postponed to Oct. 2020, is now scheduled for summer 2021 at the earliest. The Provincial Superior in Dublin has outlined that local community “re-appointments will be made until the appointments after the next Provincial Chapter – whenever that may be.” Further, the Provincial will now discuss with each local superior, “your own situation” as well as each one’s availability for re-appointment. That discussion will take soon. If you have an opinion you wish to share about the situation at St Joseph’s going forward, you can email me {This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.}, speak by phone or personally. My own future is secondary to what is good for St Joseph’s in these unprecedented times. Future planning for St Joseph’s beyond the next Chapter, whenever it will be, must continue in this COVID-19 context. To stand still would not be right in any way. This is a time of grace filled with new opportunities. {Aidan}


Anyone with concerns about coming to a weekend Mass should, with a good conscience, join in Mass online or at a less-crowded weekday Mass. Please do not put yourself at risk or those at home or who work with you.

Mass Collection : € 785,83 ; ADP € 527 ; Donations : € 630 ; La Quête : €27. Thanks for your constant support.


Weekend Mass in September:

Saturday Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.

Sunday Morning: 10 am. & 12 noon

Sunday Evening Mass: 6.30 p.m.

Registration for week-end Masses essential

St Joseph’s Masses in Sept. 2020:

8.30 a.m. Mon – Fri [No prior contact]

11.00 a.m. Saturday [No prior contact]

 6.30 p.m. Sat Vigil [Prior Registration] *

 10.00 a.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

 12.00 p.m. Sunday [PRIOR Registration] *

 6.30 p.m. Sunday [Prior Registration] *

*Mass registration: www.stjoeparis.org

Confession: Sat 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 pm   


           ***CCD Programme***

Registration 2021 is open on website Details of CCD classes will be sent soon. Plans are also being made for some CCD classes to be taken online.

New sacrament dates for last year's groups:

19 Sept Confirmation Retreat at 10 am: at St joseph's

10 Oct CCD First Communions at 11 a.m.

11 Oct CCD/Marymount Confirmation 3 pm  

Marymount 1st Communion; 17 Oct, 11a.m.


Summer Fair will be on Sunday, 27th Sept in St Joseph’s garden for our church.

Feasts: Tuesday: Our Lady’s Birthday; Wednesday: Bl Frederick Ozanam (SVP); Saturday: The Holy Name of Mary.

Men’s Spirituality group meets online on Saturday, 26th September. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Women’s Spirituality Ministry is having an online session soon. Further info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


REFLECTION:

Welcome back to those who have been away. Welcome into our midst to all new arrivals. Prayers go with those who have moved on from St Joseph’s or will shortly. This is a time of arrivals and departures. But like never before!

There is no shortage of reflection on the pandemic from all different angles. If ever there was new territory with no maps defining it, this is it. The danger I find is to either keep looking back to what is gone, often called ‘normal’, or to keep wishing that the future will bring it back. This was me at the beginning of lockdown. Mea culpa!

God’s gifts come wrapped in different ways and some are tightly wrapped and not easily opened. The present as we have it is an ‘interim’ time, calling us to reflection and a lot of prayer. The shore we have left is receding and the one to which we are headed is not yet in sight. Most of us like to see where we are going and even have an idea when we are likely to arrive.

This is a time when God is asking us to let Him lead us in a new way, without certainty. Many times, I have gone back to the words of St John Henry Newman as he sailed from Sicily trying to get back to England but not sure how his trip would work out.

“Lead, kindly Light, amid the encircling gloom, lead thou me on; the night is dark, and I am far from home, lead thou me on. Keep thou my feet; I do not ask to see the distant scene; one step enough for me. I loved to choose and see my path; but now lead thou me on.” [The Pillar of the Cloud, 1833]

Can I truthfully say that just one step is enough for me?

The truth for Newman was that he believed that God already knew how the journey would progress. Faith is tested by asking that one step at a time be enough. God reveals His will one step at a time. When in the past, it was often said that ‘this is the will of God’ for you, could it have been that ‘God’s will’ was being invoked to get greater human compliance?

It takes great faith and trust in God and each other to journey together into an unknown future. At the beginning of lockdown in March, I could see how I had taken weekends at St Joseph’s as ‘normal’. The great numbers coming to five Masses, the overflowing CCD classes, magnificent music and choirs and so many thriving groups meeting during the week. Baptisms, weddings, funerals were all part of the ebb and flow of our life at St Joseph’s. Then for almost 3 months the church doors were bolted, and the Eucharist went online. Who could ever have imagined that?

Not for one moment was God absent through those months. Now is the time when we can enter deeply into this ‘in between time’. To long for the return of the past or mark time until a new future comes on the horizon, is to do to the opposite of what St John Newman prayed. At times I forget that the leader of St Joseph’s is God to whom we pray, ‘Lead thou me on’.

These are grace-filled days when a new St Joseph’s is being born. The pandemic, tragic, unpleasant though it is, stopped the world in its tracks and changed so much that was taken for granted. Of course, I wish we could travel again on holidays and hug and shake hands. But these will return in God’s good time. ‘Lead Thou me on’.  {With prayers and blessings, Aidan}

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