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18th Sunday Readings 2018

Eighteenth Sunday in Ordinary Time – 5th August 2018

1st Reading: Exodus 16:2-4, 12-15

God feeds the Israelites in the desert by sending them manna and quails.

The whole congregation of the Israelites complained against Moses and Aaron in the wilderness. The Israelites said to them, “If only we had died by the hand of the Lord in the land of Egypt, when we sat by the fleshpots and ate our fill of bread; for you have brought us out into this wilderness to kill this whole assembly with hunger.”

Then the Lord said to Moses, “I am going to rain bread from heaven for you, and each day the people shall go out and gather enough for that day. In that way I will test them, whether they will follow my instruction or not.

“I have heard the complaining of the Israelites; say to them, ‘At twilight you shall eat meat, and in the morning you shall have your fill of bread; then you shall know that I am the Lord your God.’

In the evening quails came up and covered the camp; and in the morning there was a layer of dew around the camp. When the layer of dew lifted, there on the surface of the wilderness was a fine flaky substance, as fine as frost on the ground. When the Israelites saw it, they said to one another, “What is it?” For they did not know what it was. Moses said to them, “It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat.

2nd Reading: Ephesians 4:17, 20-24

Turn aside from an aimless pagan lifestyle and live in a spirit of goodness and truth.

Now this I affirm and insist on in the Lord: you must no longer live as the Gentiles live, in the futility of their minds. They are darkened in their understanding, alienated from the life of God because of their ignorance and hardness of heart. They have lost all sensitivity and have abandoned themselves to licentiousness, greedy to practice every kind of impurity.

That is not the way you learned Christ! For surely you have heard about him and were taught in him, as truth is in Jesus. You were taught to put away your former way of life, your old self, corrupt and deluded by its lusts, and to be renewed in the spirit of your minds, and to clothe yourselves with the new self, created according to the likeness of God in true righteousness and holiness.

Gospel: John 6:24-35

Jesus is the true bread from heaven, offering a life that will never end.

So when the crowd saw that neither Jesus nor his disciples were there, they themselves got into the boats and went to Capernaum looking for Jesus. When they found him on the other side of the sea, they said to him, “Rabbi, when did you come here?”

Jesus answered them, “Very truly, I tell you, you are looking for me, not because you saw signs, but because you ate your fill of the loaves. Do not work for the food that perishes, but for the food that endures for eternal life, which the Son of Man will give you. or it is on him that God the Father has set his seal.” Then they said to him, “What must we do to perform the works of God?” Jesus answered them, “This is the work of God, that you believe in him whom he has sent.” So they said to him, “What sign are you going to give us then, so that we may see it and believe you? What work are you performing? Our ancestors ate the manna in the wilderness; as it is written, ‘He gave them bread from heaven to eat.’”

Then Jesus said to them, “Very truly, I tell you, it was not Moses who gave you the bread from heaven, but it is my Father who gives you the true bread from heaven. For the bread of God is that which comes down from heaven and gives life to the world.” They said to him, “Sir, give us this bread always.” Jesus said to them, “I am the bread of life. Whoever comes to me will never be hungry, and whoever believes in me will never be thirsty.

Saints of the Week 6Aug-12Aug

Saints of the Week:

Wednesday: St Dominic, founder of the Dominicans; born 1170 in Spain, died 1221 in Bologna, Italy.

Thursday : Ste Thérèse Bénédicte de la Croix, martyr (died 1942) : Edith Stein,was born in Breslau, was a German Jewish philosopher who converted to Roman Catholicism and became a Carmelite . She is canonized as a martyr and saint of the Catholic Church.Co-Patron of Europe since 1999.

Friday: St Saint Lawrence or Laurence was one of the seven deacons of the city of Rome, Italy, under Pope Sixtus II who were martyred in the persecution of the Christians that the Roman Emperor Valerian ordered in 258

Saturday: Ste Clare of Assisi, founder of the Clarisse order.

St Pierre Julien Eymard: Our neighbour!

The Blessed Sacrament Fathers are our neighbours on 23, avenue Friedland, Paris 8ème, their chapel "Corpus Christi" is open to the public for prayers. One can also attend daily Mass there at 6:30pm (Sunday 11am & 6:30pm).

Our friendship dates back to that time when the parish was rue de Berry, before moving to 50 avenue Hoche.

They are celebrating this summer 2018 the 150 years of the death of their founder : St Pierre Julien Eymard, who died 1st August 1868.

He was declared Saint by Pope John XXIII amidst the Vatican II Council in 1962. Pope John Paul II registered his name in the Saints calendar of the Universal Church, on 2nd August, recognizing him as "Apostle of the Eucharist".


Hozana is having a prayer novena on line from 25th July to 2nd August:


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15th Sunday in Ordinary Time 2018

Reflection by Aidan Troy [Aodhán O Troighthigh] Please note: only the view of the above.

Saint Joseph’s Church is known also as the ‘Mission Anglophone’. We are a Mission as well as being a parish of the Archdiocese of Paris. The Gospel of St Mark today helps us appreciate this.

Besides gathering each Lord’s Day to praise and worship God, we are a ‘sent’ people. We are sent at the end of our Mass to be witnesses to Jesus’ presence and action in our world.

A particular calling in life gives us the context for our missionary calling. Couples are called to be witnesses to Jesus in their marriage. Marriage is an image of the relationship between Christ and us, His church. The kernel is love. Law embodies what God asks; only love can carry out the true will of God. 

A couple blessed with children can make a conscious choice to set their loved baby on the path of faith. This they do when they carry the infant to the Baptismal Font. Parents are missioned to be the first teachers of their child in the ways of faith; prayer is offered that they may be the best of teachers. My experience is that first hearing about God in the home sets the deepest root for the rest of a person’s life of faith.

Some people say that the baptism of a baby ‘traps’ the child for the rest of their life. This is not the case. Every parent wants the very best for give their loved little one. So, they make choices that their baby can’t yet make – about injections against disease; a suitable creche to assist their growth and development. None of these, nor baptism, need wait until the child reaches maturity.

Of course, there are baptised children who, when grown up, don’t continue with their inherited faith. This is possible because of free-will, a wonderful gift from God. Without freedom, there can be neither faith nor love.

Many of us grew up with the idea that ‘missionary work’ was for nuns, brothers and priests. The history of the Church leaves no doubt about the amazing work they did in places near and far.

In our day, this has changed. The missionary call is still to religious and priests but not exclusively. This age of Laity calls all to be missionaries; not because of a shortage of priests, but in virtue of our baptism.

Our Mission Anglophone in Paris will from next month have one resident Passionist priest. This is not so much a problem as a great opportunity for us to link arms and boldly proclaim the love of God to people, near and far.

Bulletin Notices 8 July2018

Sunday Mass: 1 Jul – 26 Aug (incl.) 10.00 a.m. 12 noon; 6.30 pm. Sat Vigil Mass at 6.30 p.m.

CCD resumes on Sunday, 16th Sept at 9.30 a.m. and 11.00 a.m. Volunteer teachers, assistants, hall monitors please meet Sat. 15 Sept, 3.00 pm.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Choir: To join or other information: Daniel Morales: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feast of Assumption of Our Lady, 15 Aug: Mass at 11.00 am. and 6.30 pm.

RCIA 2018 – 2019 enrolment: now open. Begins Thursday, 11 October at 8 pm. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Collections 1st July € 2,831.05; ADP: €256.  ‘La Quête’ APP: €5; Sincere thanks to all.   By ’La Quête’ mobile phone APP you can donate at Offertory Collection.

Pastoral Council on 17 Sept at 7.30 pm. All Ministries invited to have a presence.

Marriage Preparation Courses will be announced as soon as Passionist personnel situation at St Joseph’s clarified: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

World Meeting of Families Dublin, Ireland, 21 -26 August. Pope Francis will be there for the weekend, 25-26 Aug and will visit the Shrine of Our Lady of Knock and celebrate Mass in Phoenix Park, Dublin. 

Parish Information Day and our International Food fest on Sun. 23 Sept. Ministries will welcome volunteers and food in Garden from 10.30 am. until 2.30 p.m.

Baptism Preparation: Sat. 1st Sept. at 11.00 a.m. Registration requested.

We wish Fr Francis every blessing as he leaves St Joseph’s for Florida on 17 August.

Parents wishing to have photos from St Joseph’s can send their camera photo of those requested to the parish office. They will be emailed to you.

Feasts this week: Mon: Saint Martyrs of China; Wed: St Benedict of Nursia (Umbria, I.); Fri: St Henry of Germany.

Sat 14th July: National Feast Day in France: Our usual Metro "Etoile" will be closed all morning, please use stations Ternes (line2) or Argentine (line1)

Due to Passionist Retreat in Ireland from 2 – 6 Jul, there will be no Reflection this week. Aidan


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