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6th Sunday of Easter 9May2021

6th Sunday of Easter 9th May 2021
{Month dedicated to Our Lady}
St Joseph’s Passionist Church 
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56  
Website: www.stjoeparis.org
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Ascension Thurs 13th May: Mass 10 am & 12 pm [Registration opens on Fri.]

Good News: Curfew going to 21h on 19th May means 6.30 p.m. Mass from Sat. and Sun., 22nd & 23rd May, can begin again. Registration will offer the choice of 4 Masses each weekend. If Government or Church regulations change, this will be reviewed.

  • Registration for Sunday Mass is needed to keep all safe and well. By Tues. evening the capacity for a Mass may be reached, and then no further registrations possible. stjoeparis.org
  • Registration opens on Fri. for both Masses on Ascension Thursday; for Sunday, 16th May, registration opens on Monday, 10th

Collection 2nd May: 10 & 12 Masses: €637.80; ADP: € 397; La Quête: €57.  Total of Lenten Project 2021 is €14, 500 and gone to the two projects. Many thanks.

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.

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

Weekday Mass: at 8.30 a.m. [Not on Ascension Thursday]; Sat. 11 a.m. [No registration needed on weekdays.]

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:

16 May, 3 pm: CCD 1st Reconciliation for 3 students. Other CCD 1st Communicants who wish to confess will be welcome. [This is voluntary and not a CCD session]

22 May: 1st Communion Masses will be: 12 noon and 3.00 p.m. Due to COVID, numbers restricted and arranged by CCD

23 May: Confirmation: Mass at 3 p.m. {Numbers attending arranged by CCD.}

Dates ahead for Marymount School:
12 May: Bishop Rougé letters’ feedback
27 May: Eglise St Jacques: Confirmation
29 May: 1st Holy Communion, St Jacques


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.


Our Lady of Fatima, pray for us

 


Reflection: ‘You are my friends’

On Sunday last Jesus revealed that ‘I am the vine, and you are the branches.’ The previous Sunday Jesus told us, ‘I am the Good Shepherd.’ This week in beautifully profound and simple words Jesus says, ‘I am Love’. By laying down His life for us, he shows that His love knows no limits. Love is   simple but its depth is the depth of God. We will never fully grasp the depth, length, height of love because God is love.

There are many ways of loving. As humans we seek pleasure in love, by our desires. As humans also, there is a love that is not driven by desire for pleasure but is more interested in the other. Love can range from physical to the most spiritual kind of loving. St Augustine summed this up well, “from the love of self that excludes God to that love of God that excludes self.” In better moments, people reach for the love that is not only for oneself.

When we are loved it can take poets, artists, or silence to even dip a toe into the sea of love. Any one of us can, at one time or another in our lives, feel we are not loved. Worse still, it is possible to feel unlovable. This cannot be put away by saying it is not true. It can be my or your perception.

A person we see and know is the person who often carries the truth of love to us. That truth is that Jesus loves you in the same way that He is loved by His Abba, Father. That is stunning. Yet, if I never feel it or am never told that I am loved and treasured, it can be difficult to capture such an immense truth.

At His baptism, Jesus heard, ‘you are my beloved Son.’ At the Transfiguration, Jesus glows in love as the Father sends him Moses and Elijah. At His lowest point in the Garden of Gethsemane, Jesus receives consolation as an Angel of Love holds up His flagging spirit. A gift beyond price we can give to each other is our love. We get it without payment and are asked to ‘love one another as I have loved you.’ The Cross is the badge of Love.

What is the greatest expression of love? Each of us will express this in our own way. Jesus also expresses it in his way, ‘a person can have no greater love than to lay down their life for their friends.’ Then Jesus adds, ‘You are my friends.’ He can say this because He lays down his life for us, his friends.

All my life long I have been humbled by seeing how much love people give for their friends – their children, their families, their neighbours who are in need, and often for the strangers. Jesus knocks on our door often as a stranger and asks if He may come in. It can be anything form a cup of water asked, to giving your life as a martyr for another.

Perhaps the greatest challenge most of us face in love is to go on loving even when we have been hurt, betrayed, destroyed by lies and not to turn to hatred and vengeance. A word seldom heard is forgiveness. It seems to be thought of as being weak, or a surrender to an ‘enemy’. People who love are more marathon runners than sprinters. They are in love for the long haul.

In the school yard, the way two teams were picked for a football game could be cruel, not intentionally. The last two to be chosen, were seen as ‘passengers’ on the team. As frequently being one of those two, I know what that feels like. It still lifts my spirits when Jesus says to me and to you, ‘I chose you.’ He chooses us not because we are all that is left but because we are all He wants.

Jesus does not choose us as statues or plaques – Joseph could make these in his Nazareth Carpenter’s Shop. Jesus is proud of His friends to the extent that He says that ‘I commissioned you to go out and to bear fruit that will last.’ Jesus by doing this, is showing to the world who His friends are. He does not hide us or keep quiet about us. He says you will be my hands, my feet, my heart, my presence in the world. I will see the world through your eyes. That is why, as Jesus often spent the night in prayer with the Father, we pray that we may hear His word and be faithful in doing it in love.

 

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