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Fourth Sunday of Lent 2021

Fourth Sunday of Lent- 14th March 2021
Laetare Sun – Rose Vestments
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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Stations of the Cross each Fri. evening at 7 p.m. online:

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.
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.

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’. May God bless you and all close to you.

Collection 7 Mar: 10 & 12 Mass: € 581,25 ; ADP : € 1,1 37 ; La Quête : € 62.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 3: € 1,363.47. {including €350 of ADP donations; La Quête €100; Cheque € 200}
Lenten Project to date:€ 3,374.17. Your generosity is appreciated.

Marriage Preparation continues today online. Thanks to couple leading course

Confessions: Sat. 11.20-12.30pm & 5-6 p.m. or by appointment with a priest.

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:


Registration for 10 am & 12 noon Sun. Mass opens each Monday morning and closes when we reach the permitted numbers due to COVID regulations. This can be as early as Wednesday morning. This is a tribute to your desire to be at Mass. Due to concerns about social distancing, a reduction in the number who can be safely present at each Sunday Mass is being reduced by about 10 people. Personally, I regret this, but the health of all is the priority at present. Please feel free to join us at 8.30 weekday morning Mass or online for any Mass. Our Sunday obligation is not limited to Sundays during the pandemic.

Adding names on arrival is discontinued. Anyone without a registration, will be helped to register for a future Sunday.

Ushers serve us at Masses. More are needed to assist people to their seats.

CCD First Reconciliation this weekend is a joy and a blessing on them and on St Joseph’s.
Boy Scouts of America
seek School-aged girls and young women (11-17) in the Paris Region to join BSA. Girls (5-10) welcome to join Club Scout Family Pack. Poster on notice board. For full info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Holy Week Liturgies: Bishops of France and Archbishop of Paris suggest that all Holy Week liturgies be planned on assumption that the 6 p.m. curfew will remain to Easter. St Joseph’s arrangements to follow.

With regret St Joseph’s will not host a St Patrick’s Day Mass this 17 Mar. No reception could be held due to regulations. This Sun 11.30 am. Mass at the Irish College for Feast of St Patrick. Irish in France have an online event on Sunday evening. Website:      

 Meditation in the words of St Paul of the Cross from his Spiritual Diary.

Nicodemus was an important Pharisee who goes to Jesus “at night”. He senses that in the darkness that Jesus is “a man of from God”; Jesus will guide him into the light. He learned from Jesus that it is necessary to be born again in order to enter the Kingdom of God. It is not about making any changes or something purely physical-biological; it is about believing in Jesus. It is the life-giving Spirit of Jesus who is the agent of this new birth, who produces new life, a new perspective, who brings to light the glory of Jesus, the only begotten Son of the Father and the Kingdom of God.

The Son of Man must be lifted up, so that everyone who believes in Him may have eternal life.

The light that can illuminate everything in our lives is the Crucified One. The Crucified One must be contemplated: “they shall look on the One who was pierced”. (Zach. 12:10; Jn. 19:37). How do I look at the Crucified One? A usual look? Distracted look? Contemplative look?

God so love the World that He gave his only Son.

This phrase contains the essential core of the Gospel, of all faith: God loves us with free and boundless love; love is the innermost quality of His being (I Jn 4:8). God can only love, He can only offer loving plans to humanity. He loves the world as it is – imperfect and uncertain, with its joys and sorrows, with its conflicts and contra-dictions, capable of the best and the worst. Jesus is God’s “gift” to the world, the greatest sign of His caring for all people, not just Christians. St Paul the Apostle reminds us: “God, who is rich in mercy, because of the great love he had for us, even when we were dead in our transgressions, brought us to life with Christ.” (Eph. 2:4-5) The supreme proof, to the end, of God’s love for us is in the Cross (Jn. 13:1; 15:13). From the Cross Jesus is sending us signs of life and love. Can we see and feel God’s love in that God-man tortured on the Cross? In those outstretched arms that can no longer embrace children; in those nailed hands that can no longer caress lepers or bless the sick; in those eyes that can no longer look tenderly at sinners and victims of discrimination; from that mouth that can no longer express indignation for the victims of so many abuses and injustices. God is shouting out to us about His “crazy love” for humanity.

God did not send his Son into the world to condemn the world, but that the world might be saved through Him.

The word “judgement” or “condemnation” is not part of God’s plan: it is not His ultimate goal. Jesus has come from God to attract us with His attitudes and words, with free and unconditional forgiveness. Jesus, God raises from the purely judicial plane (sin, judgement and punishment) to the level of His gratuitous, merciful love. When we believe in Him by attraction and receive His gift, we are then called to descend back into the field of transgressions and evils of our world to enlighten and transform them from within our own experience of being saved.

Light – darkness.

We can freely accept or reject this gift of God; it is our decision. Jesus, who has been raised on high, can fill even the one who is most lost with light and offer a way back. When we live in the truth and have nothing to hide, we seek to look at the Crucified One and, from Him to project a path of conversion-penance that leads to life in and for the Kingdom of God.

Saint Paul of the Cross founded the Passionist Congregation 300 years ago. His Spiritual Diary is from a Saint who is also a mystic. Also, it is a break from me!   [Aidan]



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75008 Paris, France
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