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Fifth Sunday of Lent 2021

Fifth Sunday of Lent- 21th March 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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Mass at St Joseph’s for next 4 weeks:  Government restrictions not to travel more than 10 Km from your home for the next four weeks will affect coming to Sunday and weekday Mass.

Your ‘Attestation’ to go to a church, ‘lieu de culte’, is on the French Government website. Your understanding appreciated.

Stations of the Cross each Fri. evening at 7 p.m. online:

St Joseph’s Lenten Project 2021:

1)Archdiocese of Paris will offer respite accommodation for 10 people now in a precarious living situation.

2) Help for Catholic Schools in Lebanon: After 4th Aug 2020 Beirut explosion, Oeuvre d’Orient sponsors 15 schools in the area of the explosion. These need repair and pay 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 14 Mar: 10 & 12 Mass: € 464,37  ; ADP : € 1,632 ; La Quête : € 67.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 4: € 1,191.01 {with € 600 ADP donations; Cheque € 50} Lenten Project to date: € 4,565.18. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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: http://biblestudystjosephsparis.wordpress.com__

Men’s Spirituality Meeting, Sat 27th March – will be online. For information, email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

English Classes: Tim Ross, a member of our parish and a teacher of English as a foreign language, is offering English Classes by Zoom to children from 6th Grade to the end of High School, with parental consent. Classes in English for Adults in groups of 5 people are also offered at a low price. Kindly, Tim will donate all proceeds to St Joseph’s Parish. Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

St Joseph’s Lending Library relaunch: Clarence has kept this service going after Elizabeth Wourgaft. Recently, Tom Heneghan helped with Theology Books in English donated by the Archbishop of Paris to Saint Joseph’s. These are being added to our Lending Library for you to borrow and read. To make the books more ‘visible’, we hope to replace the present doors with Perspex so that you can make your choice of book.

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.

Confirmation CCD Candidates and Parents with Mgr. Marsset on Sat. is under review due to new COVID regulations. Information will be sent as soon as it is received. Thanks to all who do so much in this great ministry.

RCIA: Please keep our 7 Adult Candidates in your prayers as they prepare to receive Sacraments at Easter.

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

“When I am lifted up from the earth, I will draw everyone to myself.”

“What is hidden in the Crucified One that is so attractive? Only one thing – his love that He sacrificed for all; his dedicated life that generates hope and freedom. Jesus will make disciples by attraction. The ‘hour’ of Jesus is also the ‘hour’ of each of us who follow Him. It is the ‘hour’ of the new person who lives in authentic love with God the Father and works to make his Kingdom a reality.”

“We would like to see Jesus”

“Who is this Jesus that we want to see? We are moved by the deep desire to know up close the mystery that is within that God-man and that attracts us to Him – his faithful and dedicated love for the Father and his merciful presence to his brothers and sisters. His life that is about to be destroyed, a word that will be ‘silenced’ and ‘buried’ in the depths of the earth in order to bear the fruit of abundant life.’

“The hour has come for the Son of Man to be glorified. Father, glorify your name.”

The ‘hour’ of Jesus is the moment when the Father will give the greatest proof of his love for humanity and fulfil the glorification of His Son in the very event of his Passion and Cross, before the Resurrection, when He freely and consciously offered himself. When Jesus is raised up, everyone will be able to clearly see his true greatness and glory. It is not a glory in the purely human sense; rather it is a glory that is revealed through suffering and death.”

“Unless a grain of wheat falls to the ground and dies………..”

“As with the natural germination process of wheat, it is only when the seed is planted, absorbs moisture, and breaks open that all its vitality is released. Jesus uses this image to refer to Himself; it is his own story.

Like a grain of wheat, He descended into the earth in His Passion and death and produced much fruit by His Resurrection. This must also be the dynamic process of the life of every disciple of Jesus who wants to serve Him and be alive in Him. We only know Jesus to the extent that we follow Him. “For whoever wishes to save their life will lose it, but whoever loses their life for my sake will find it.”

Descending into the ground and dying to selfishness is the way to bear fruit that will be preserved for Eternal Life. (Jn. 12:25). If the disciple, like Jesus, is “sown”, becomes hidden from sight, they will emerge to new life. We must be emptied of ourselves and our own interests in order to move beyond ourselves and encounter and serve others. We must “transcend” and fight the narcissistic temptation of “self-absorption”. “We would like to see Jesus” cannot remain on a level of mere curiosity or intellectual knowledge; it requires taking a step towards transcendence for the sake of missionary service. “Whoever serves me must follow me, and where I am, there also will my servant be.” (Jn. 12:26).

“I am troubled now. Yet what shall I say?”

It is not easy for anyone to suffer, our human nature rebels. Jesus also felt horror as He confronted a painful and humiliating death. We observe shivering, trembling and fatigue of the Lord that the Synoptic Gospels also note in His prayer in the Garden of Gethsemane. Jesus resembles me and everyone who is vulnerable, fearful. However, He faces this anguish by trusting and remaining faithful to the Father and to humanity, asserting that this is His project and that His whole life is oriented precisely toward this moment.”

“I felt so ardently a desire to be perfectly united with Him that I actually feel His suffering and to be on the Cross with Him. I felt moved to tears.” St Paul of the Cross.

Another meditation for Lent from the Spiritual Diary of St Paul of the Cross, Founder of the Passionists in 1720. Aidan, C.P.


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75008 Paris, France
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