Kingship of Our Lord Jesus Christ
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Website : www.stjoeparis.org
Phone: 01. 42 27 28 56
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.
Baptism Applications: www.stjoeparis.org
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
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.]