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2nd Sunday of Easter 11April2021

2nd Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday; 11th April 2021

St Joseph’s Passionist Church; Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56

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Collection Easter Sunday: 10 & 12 Mass: €953,32; ADP: € 1,814; Donation: €100 Total: €2,767,32 Thanks for support.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 7: € 3,685,45; {includes ADP donations}
Total for Lenten Project: €14,175, 71. Your generosity is appreciated. Your giving this Lent in the midst of a pandemic is truly amazing. With 2 Masses instead of 5 and with less than 200 people instead of 2,000, this humbles me in face of your goodness. ADP & Le Quête are great ways 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; for Adults in groups of 5 people. Proceeds for St Joseph’s Church  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.

RCIA reception of Sacraments at dawn on Easter Sunday brought great joy to all at St Joseph’s. Congratulations to our adults and to the RCIA team who led their formation.

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

  • Registration for Sunday Mass continues, not to exclude people, but caring in a pandemic. Your understanding is appreciated. The one way to register for Sunday Mass is by the website
  • The beauty of the Easter Altar, active participation in ministries of Holy Week and Easter, along with your generosity to Lenten Project and to Saint Joseph’s Church and priests, make Lent and Easter 2021 memorable
  • Holy Week had a fraction of the many who wished to be at St Joseph’s. Now less than 25% of the capacity of the church can be present at Mass. Some parishes are under investigation for breach of COVID regulations in Holy Week. (La Croix, 9 Apr. p. 6-7)

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

Confessions: Saturdays: 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment. Confessions in glass parlour to ensure social distancing.

Weekday Mass: 8.30 a.m. open to all.

Saturday: 11 a.m. Mass open to all.

Baptism Preparation: this Saturday with future dates on website. Thanks to Juliet and Chris for their care of this ministry.

A Reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday

{Thanks to St Paul of the Cross for his words over recent weeks in the Bulletin.}

After the Resurrection, the Apostles were filled with fear. They were behind locked doors. Their world had been turned upside down. Events had been so amazing that they were taking no chances of being caught off guard again. But again they were surprised as, ‘Jesus came and stood among them.’ Unlike their fear and turmoil, His words are simple but beautiful, ‘Peace be with you.’ He showed them His hands and side. They were still marked with the signs of the Passion.

COVID over the past year has left many of us frightened. Health precautions, the curfew, masks, have kept us ‘locked’ away from each other. Isolation is rampant. The centre of the lives we once knew has moved. Our lives have ‘shrunk’ over the past year – people we love have not been seen for a long time. People around us we can no longer hold, visit or share in a meal. Some people can no longer work as they once did but found a new meaning to ‘bringing your work home.’ Children are more familiar with teachers and friends on screen. Face to face has been redefined. Remote is the new ‘normal’.

In this year which Pope Francis has dedicated to St Joseph, our St Joseph’s has been redefined. The front doors are closed, you are not able to freely come to Mass as you wish and to share coffee, tea and a chat. No longer able to see the smiling faces of CCD students, parents and teachers file into the Hall for class. A whole generation of children learnt about Jesus in Holy Communion and the Holy Spirit in Confirmation electronically. Their making this journey is inspirational.

‘Feed the Homeless’ and every other ministry is altered beyond any of our imagining even one short year ago. Seven adults came to the Sacraments of Initiation by ‘remote meeting’ and rose at dawn on Easter morning to meet the Risen Christ in a St Joseph’s that was so different from previous years. But they did it and their joy was palpable.

Others feel ‘disorientated’ like I have over the past year. Yet, many accept this as a new moment of grace given to us by God for a purpose not fully seen. This is our present; the future of St Joseph’s is ours to begin to create together. The leader of this will be the Risen Jesus. He is both architect and builder but doesn’t want to do it without us.

Understandably, there are other people who are angry, impatient with God and other people, fretting to get back to ‘normal’. Not wanting to shatter this ambition, but it is not going to happen. No more than the Apostles could go back to the Jesus they first followed and loved, neither can we go back to the way things were. I don’t particularly want to go back, because the Resurrection beckons us to new horizons beyond anything we could even begin to imagine. The same Jesus, wounds still showing on His sacred body, will lead us to a new Peace which he wishes for us. He is breathing the Holy Spirit on us. He is asking us to look forward and not to spend our energy looking back to what is past.

The Empty Tomb has been transformed into the Womb of Love for a world redeemed and called to stop the sufferings of people going through their passion now. Jesus shows us that people are still being crucified and He wants to stop it. He calls all to stop this by learning to challenge ever form of injustice because His peace is born of justice. Jesus’ name is engraved on the foreheads of the poor, according to St Paul of the Cross.

And what about COVID? It is infectious, sad, dangerous. Vaccines are helping us move out of this upheaval. A perspective on COVID can be to see it as a wound on the Body of Christ, now Risen from the dead. Jesus in His Body on earth, feels the pain and the devastation of the pandemic. Jesus has not gone into isolation. He is in the midst of us by the Holy Spirit. The Resurrection conquered sin and death. It will also help us to emerge from COVID to a new life to which He is calling us.


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

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