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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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