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Easter Sunday – The Resurrection
4th April 2021-St Joseph’s Passionist Church
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Mass Collections on Easter Sun for St Joseph’s Lenten Project 2021:

1)Archdiocese of Paris will offer respite accommodation for 10 people.

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. Donate by:

Collection 28 Mar: 10 & 12 Mass: €651.04; ADP: € 2,077; La Quête: not to hand.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 6: € 4,532.05; {includes ADP € 2,521 donations €1,680}

Total for Lenten Project to date next week. Your generosity is appreciated. The Lenten Project will remain open for another week to include Easter Sunday Masses and to allow people who still wish to contribute. Your giving this year in the midst of a pandemic is truly amazing.
Your giving at 2 Masses instead of 5 and with 100 people instead of 2,000, humbles me in face of your sheer goodness. ADP and Le Quête have proved a wonderful way to donate.

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

English Classes: Tim Ross, is offering English Classes by Zoom to children from 6th Grade to High School, with parental consent; Classes in English for Adults in groups of 5 people. Proceeds for St Joseph’s Church Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
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. Full info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Easter Week at St Joseph’s

Easter Week Mass at 8.30 a.m. daily

Saturday, 10 April at 11 a.m. with Confessions after Mass to 12.30 p.m.

Confessions again, 5 – 6 p.m. Sunday, 11th April: Divine Mercy with Mass at 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon. Registration required for Sun Masses

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With rising rate of COVID infections, we all need to be extra vigilant in caring for each other as we gather to worship God.

  • We are blessed to have been able this year to celebrate Holy Week with people present.
  • Registration for Sunday Mass is not to exclude people but to care for people in body and spirit during an infectious pandemic.
  • Your understanding and co-operation are truly appreciated.
  • To be fair to all, the one way to register for Sunday Mass is by the website
  • On behalf of Fr Pat and all at St Joseph’s, I wish you a Happy Easter. Our ‘online’ community via YouTube are now a part of our St joseph’s family.

CCD classes continue preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. Thanks to Bishop Marsset for the online retreat for the Candidates and speaking to Parents. Confirmation: Pentecost Sun, 23 May at 3 pm. 1st Communions on Sat. 22 May at 11.00 a.m. God bless all.

Marriage Course end next Sun. Thanks to Guadalupe and David for this course online for couples preparing for their marriage

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

“What do you want to reclaim resurrect - in yourself?

What enlightens and gives meaning to our faith in Christ Jesus is the event of His resurrection. God, passionate about the lives of his children, uttered his clearest and most definitive word concerning Jesus. He proved His fidelity to the Father and to the Kingdom, and his care for others. Jesus’ way of life is our gift and our task as Christians.

While it was still dark…..

Pale and dim light, similar to their faith. It seemed that everything was lost with the death of Jesus. There was little hope, ‘we hoped that he would be the liberator of Israel’. (Lk. 24:13-14). It is still the first day of the week, very early. A new era is beginning; it is the dawn of a new day. A new man and a new humanity are born from the open side of Jesus.

Mary of Magdala came to the tomb…

‘When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.’ (Mk.16:9) Mary of Magdala was a woman who deeply experienced her weakness, her fragility, the lack of meaning in her life. However, she found Christ and her life changed. We admire her promptness and sensitivity, her love and pain, as she searched for the corpse of Jesus to anoint it. Mary is a symbol of our continual searching as human beings – What am I looking for, today, in my life? For whom am I looking?

The Tomb was empty – ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put Him.’

The message is clear – Death has been conquered! What have we done today with the Risen Jesus in the Church and in the world? Who took him? Is the Lord in whom we believe, a Christ full of life that inspires hope in us or a Christ whose memory has gradually in our hearts and no longer inspires enlivens us?

He saw and believed…

The Risen One will become present through the reality that each one lives within him or herself because this is God’s way of being within each person. Jesus beloved disciple, without entering, saw the empty tomb, the burial cloths, and the shroud and believed that the Lord was risen. In Jesus’ absence he discovers his presence. The same is not true of Simon Peter. He entered the tomb, saw the same things as the other disciple, but did not believe. He and the others would need apparitions and even need to touch Jesus in order to believe. It is as if ‘friendship’ and ‘intimacy’ could open their eyes of faith more effectively than authority or power. It is ‘love’ that makes us witnesses and capable of rejoicing in the incredible, the invisible.

Today the world needs men and women committed and radically passionate about life. They are present, celebrating Easter, where death occurs. Celebrating Easter and believing in the Resurrection also requires that we read the signs of life among us: hope, joy, service, mercy, faith, prayer, liturgy, tenderness, and the efforts of so many who seek a more human society. This means following in the footsteps of the Risen One, recognising Him in the one who lives next door and allowing oneself to be found by Him”.


Embrace me closely, Jesus of Nazareth.

You who know about dread and agony; you Who know about betrayal, failure and setbacks, place your hand on me to heal me. Jesus, dwell in the midst of human pain. You who know about persecution and exile, you who know about condemnation and martyrdom, come speak to us about becoming brothers and sisters. Welcome the forgotten of the earth, listen to those who grieve over their failures, tenderly gaze upon them, keep guard over us during the night, brighten our days so that we may never lose hope in the miracle of your empty grave.

Saint Paul of the Cross, pray for us.



Saint Joseph's Catholic Church
50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
33(0)1 42 27 28 56

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