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5th Sunday of Easter 2May2021

5th Sunday of Easter; 2nd May 2021
{Month dedicated to Our Lady}
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
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Saturday, 1st May, is Feast of St Joseph the Worker. Mass at 11 a.m. will be in honour of St Joseph, our Patron.

Month of May is dedicated to Our Lady. You may wish to join in an online Rosary.

  • Registration for Sunday Mass is needed to keep all safe and well. Easing of restrictions announced by Government will help us in latter part of the month of May. Sunday Mass registration still from:
  • Registration closes when number allowed has been reached. This is both necessary and regretted.
  • Jim Donegan, who cared for Mass registration at its start, continues to make a good recovery.

St Joseph’s will ‘Carry the Flame’ into a blessed and fruitful future. Now is the time to begin, in this Year of St Joseph, to plan a future of honour and glory to God and to welcome all back among us.

Collection 25th April: 10 & 12 Masses: €500,48; ADP: € 277; La Quête: €396

Boy Scouts of America seek School-aged girls and boys (11-17 years of age) in the Paris Region to join BSA. Girls & Boys (aged 5-10 years) are welcome to join Cub Scout Family Pack. Posters on St Joseph’s Church notice-board. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Marriage Course: on 9thMay. Many thanks to Gaudalupe & David for leading this course.

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

RCIA begins again on Thurs, 14 Oc. 2021. Apply to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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: Mass at 10 am & 12 pm [Registration needed]

English Language: Tim Ross, offers classes in English by Zoom to children, 6th Grade to High School, with parental consent; also 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.

Men’s Spirituality Group will meet again in late May on ‘Synodality’ as spoken of by Pope Francis’ at his election in 2013. Info from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Lectors & Eucharistic Minister Schedule for May has been published by Eunice – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Please join in prayer with parishioners who have family members in hospital.


Reflection on Vine & Branches

“I am the vine, you are the branches”, Jesus tells us in the Gospel of St John today. That is our identity and the source of our strength and unity. This strength comes to us through the Sacraments, especially the Eucharist. The Sacraments are like the ‘sap of our souls’.

It is not an exaggeration to speak about a ‘Eucharistic Starvation’ nowadays. Since last year, some people prudently chose not to risk being among crowds at Mass, a decision they never expected to have to take. Others could not receive Communion due to small numbers allowed by health regulations at Mass. As restrictions are eased, great will be the joy of all who once again can receive Jesus, the Bread of Life.

But the end of the pandemic will not be the end of ‘Eucharistic Starvation’. Little could it have been known at the Synod of Bishops on the Amazon, 6 – 27 October 2019, how close we were to the world-altering effects of a virus that recognises no borders.

It saddened many of us to read of “some of Church communities in the Amazon territory, have enormous difficulties in attending Mass and receiving the Eucharist. Sometimes it takes not just months but even several years before a priest can return to a community to celebrate the Eucharist, offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation or Anoint the Sick in the community.” [No 111 of Synod Document]

This suffering for these people is a wound on the Body of Christ. Our prayers for these suffering sisters and brothers during our Masses are an expression of how we are all ‘branches’ of the same Crucified Jesus. Even when the pandemic is finally over, these people will have no greater access to the life-giving Body and Blood of Christ.

A priest in the city of Anapu, Brazil, commented after the Amazon Synod: ‘the other day I travelled to celebrate Mass in a community that saw no priest for 2 years.’ Their ‘Eucharistic Starvation’ is in a class of its own. Without a change in how priests are called from and for a community, this ‘starvation’ will go on.

Pope Francis reminds us that, ‘Eucharist is not a reward for being a good Christian. It is how the Lord helps us to be good Christians.’ This is a sobering thought that calls for our reflection, action and prayer.

The Vine and Branches, Jesus and His people, is a powerful image given by Our Lord. Having some branches starved of Eucharist as the life-giving body and blood of Jesus, must remain an urgent challenge for the Church. The experience of not being able to be at Mass, shared with me by St Joseph’s parishioners during the pandemic, gives me an insight into how people who only receive the Eucharist every few months or years must feel. My heart goes out to them.

At the end of the Synod of Bishops a majority proposed changed ways of providing priests. My belief is that Jesus the Vine urges us the Branches to address this sad and serious situation. This can and must be remedied. To delay bringing the Eucharist to any baptised children of God is surely wrong.

This situation of not being fed daily/weekly by the Eucharist is not limited to South America. Sooner rather than later, the ‘Amazon’ situation will be in other parts of our church, as has already begun in Europe.

A ‘hidden grace’ of the pandemic has been to sensitise God’s People to the pain of deprivation of the Eucharist that exists and is spreading rapidly to other communities. The pandemic will one day go away. So also must ‘Eucharistic Starvation’ of God’s children.

The Vine and the Branches is God’s blessing as we are grafted onto Christ to live with His life. This life is given to us in His Word and in the Sacraments. Jesus has come that all may have life and have it to the full. (John 10:10).


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

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