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4th Sunday of Easter 25April2021

4th Sunday of Easter{Good Shepherd Sunday} 25thApril 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church  Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
Aidan, C.P. - This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

With COVID infections still with us, we continue to care for others as we worship.

  • Registration for Sunday Mass is needed, not to exclude people but to keep each other safe and well.. Registration for Sunday Mass is only by site:
  • Some people still arrive without registration. Please help to follow guidelines by keeping to the number possible in St Joseph’s. Thanks for accepting that when registration closes, often by Wed., number allowed has been reached.
  • Please join me in prayer that soon we can welcome all as in the past.

The way forward will not come from government or diocese, but by St Joseph’s wanting to continue to ‘Carry the Flame’ into a blessed and fruitful future. Now is the time to begin, in this Year of St Joseph, to plan for a future that will give honour and glory to God and a welcome to all who wish to join us.

Collection 18th April: 10 & 12 Masses: €685,28; Donations: €100 ADP: € 669.

English Classes: Tim Ross, is offering classes in English by Zoom to children, 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. Girls (5-10) are welcome. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marriage Course: today & 9 May. Please pray for David’s Mother who died last week. May she rest in peace. Amen.

Confessions: Saturdays: 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.

Weekday Mass: 8.30 a.m. Sat. 11 a.m. Open to all with no registration needed.

Infant Baptism Application can be made from Future Saturday Baptism dates and Preparation Course listed there.

RCIA begins again on Thurs, 14 Oc. 2021. Depending on the situation, a decision will be taken nearer the time to continue online or in Hall. Apply to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.r

Dates ahead for CCD:  Please note times:
22 May: 1st Communions: 12 pm & 3 pm.
23 May: Confirmations: 3 p.m.

Dates ahead for Marymount School:

12 May: Bishop Rougé letters’ feedback
27 May: Eglise St Jacques: Confirmation
29 May: 1st Holy Communion, St Jacques

Feast of Ascension, Thurs 13 May: Two Masses: 10 am & 12 pm [Registration needed]

1st World Day for Grandparents & the Elderly, celebration on Sun. 25 July – [Pope Francis]

Reflection on Sunday Scripture

Sometime a caller will ask, who is in charge? who is responsible? Somebody needs to be legally named. The danger can be to slip into an illusion of believing that being in charge covers everything. It may in this life. No human person is self-sufficient when it comes to eternal salvation.

The truth is that I cannot save myself. No matter haw hard I try, I cannot do this. The only way to be saved, is to let God save me. He is in charge. He is responsible, not in the legal way but in a totally loving way. I have enough to do in life with all its struggles without trying to save myself on my own.

When you love, you will do anything to protect the loved one to keep them safe and happy. That is how true love is. It brings tears to my eyes to see all around me just how loving people are - Parents, Families, Carers, who go the extra mile. If humans can show such love, “think of the love that the Father has lavished on us, by letting us be called God’s children; and that is what we are.” [1st Reading at Mass today]

At Mass last weekend, we once again heard that wonderful question posed by Jesus, ‘Why are you so agitated, and why are these doubts rising in your hearts.?’ From the dawn of Creation and throughout the history of Salvation, the word of God is always, ‘Do not be afraid’. To Mary, to Joseph, to the Apostles and to each of us the same is said.

But when I am afraid, there may be little use saying to me, ‘Do not be afraid’. When I was a child, I was very afraid of dogs. I dreaded passing a house where a dog was barking. It was no use saying to me, ‘don’t be afraid, the dog won’t touch you.’ If I believed that I was safe from the dog, then I would not be afraid in the first place.

God calms us. ‘You are already the children of God’, adding an amazing promise, ‘what you are to be in the future has not yet been revealed.’ The future looks good.

We never get too old or self-sufficient not to need care and encouragement. During the pandemic, isolation and loneliness are in the air along with the deadly virus. Love, care, protection, affection and all that you heart craves and your life needs, are the antidote. Along with the vaccine to protect us, there is a Good Shepherd never letting us out of his sight in case we would get lost.

The Good Shepherd has chosen to share this wonderful care for people and also for the environment with us, His people. The day you were born, you came into this world stamped with a maker’s seal – God made you. God made all people and gave us all this truly amazing, but fragile, universe to care for and protect. Some of us are chosen to become His witnesses to the ends of the earth. At Baptism, we are adopted by God to share in being His priest, prophet and king. These three vocations are conferred every time the Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated.

Good Shepherd Sunday today, is a call on all the baptised to accept anew the gift and the vocation of being a priest, a prophet and a king. If this does not happen and become alive and active, it is unfair to ask God to send us more ordained priests and deacons.

The believing community by living the vocation of being priest, prophet and king, are the ‘midwives’ of priestly vocations. As a ‘Vocation Director’ fifty years ago, I learnt that to be true. Faith and true religion are ‘caught’ before they are ‘taught’. There are, of course, exceptions to this, but the present crisis in the shortage of priests will be solved more by prayer and our witness, rather than by publicity, helpful as that may be.

The Good Shepherd has not gone away nor abandoned the flock; he would never do that. Could it be that God wants all the baptised who are priests, prophets and kings to be allowed to develop shepherding skills of caring love; then as the community of believers matures, He will call some priests and deacons from among His people? [Aidan]


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

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