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7th Sunday of Easter 16May2021

7thSunday of Easter 16th May 2021
{Month dedicated to Our Lady}
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
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Pentecost next weekend will be filled with graces and blessings. On Saturday, as well as 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Mass, there will be First Holy Communion Mass at 12 noon and 3 p.m. Two Masses are needed because of the health regulations, and a sign of how blessed we are as many families wish their children to receive Jesus in the Eucharist. (For 1stCommunicants and families only)

Pentecost Sunday at 3 p.m. Bishop Marsset will confirm 23 CCD Candidates.This Mass will be limited to parents and one sponsor of Candidate. Pentecost Sun other Masses: 10, 12, 6.30 pm Registration opens on Mon. 

CCD is a Ministry made up of Catechists. On 10thMay 2021, Pope Francis issued a letter ‘Instituting the Ministry of Catechists.’‘A Rite of Institution of Catechists will soon be drawn up by the Vatican. This can be used by St Joseph’s at our annual Sept. meeting to affirm teachers continuing and welcome new ones. What a joy this will be for CCD.

Registration for Weekend Masses:From Pentecost, Vigil Mass & Sunday evening Mass restored: curfew 21h

Collection 9th May:10 & 12 Masses: €652; ADP: € 277.  Ascension Thurs: € 487.53

Boy Scouts of Americaseek 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. 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. Sat. 11 a.m. [No registration needed on weekdays.]

RCIA begins again on Thurs, 14 Oct. 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:
This Sunday 3 pm: CCD 1stReconciliation for 2 CCD students. 1stCommunicants who wish to confess will be welcome. [This is voluntary and not a CCD session]

22 May: 1stCommunion 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:
27 May: Eglise St Jacques: Confirmation
29 May: 1stHoly Communion, St Jacques

English Language: Tim Ross, offers classes in English by Zoom to children, 6thGrade 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.

ACWO Massat St Joseph’s: 1 June, 2 pm.              

Marriage Course online ended last Sunday. God bless couples preparing for marriage. Thanks to Guadalupe and David for leading.

New Readers at St Joseph’s are welcomed and helped by Eunice. Other Ministries bravely continue during this time of great challenge. These are blessings in our midst.

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Reflection: Jesus calls for Unity.

Despite how I look, I was not born until after World War II. People speak of that time as an era when people kept close together just to survive. There existed a unity of purpose and a determination to get through the awfulness of war together. Unity mattered..

COVID19 has ‘forced’ or ‘reduced’ the world to a vision of unity. It is almost a cliché to say, ‘that until all are safe, none are safe’. The protection of people is only as strong as our weakest link. Countries deprived of the resources of health-care and vaccines must be helped by our sharing. Even without such generosity, an unworthy motive of self-preservation urges us to reach out and help.

Could anything other than a pandemic sweeping our world, have brought God’s call to unity to every corner of the globe? Jesus pours His heart out to the Father in love and prays, ‘that they may be one like us.’ After over the past 2,000 years His words can still fall on deaf ears and hardened hearts.

Even as the virus spread over the whole world, people were still forced to flee for their lives from torture, war and starvation. Children, separated from parents, wandered alone. Heroic people reached out to them.

All the while, arsenals of war cost sinful amounts of money with only crumbs falling to the poor. Jesus spoke about this and called one Lazarus and the other remained nameless. ‘Dives’ is the generic name for anyone who fails to see the name of Jesus written on the foreheads of the poor.

Before COVID19, a passport or a visa was a sought-after and precious document. Now a vaccination ‘passport’ opens many doors. COVID infection, suffering and death don’t stop at frontiers. The virus does not stop at any border or favour one creed over another.

The world has been ‘reduced’ and ‘forced’ back to God’s original dream, even though the virus was not sent by God to punish us.

A tragedy would be if after all the suffering and deaths, we were to lose this moment of opportunity. Our world is at the dawn of a new creation amid the chaos all around us.

We can put a just or an unjust shape on the world emerging from COVID19. We cannot any longer plead ignorance. We have seen the pain of Christ in the ICU units around the world. We have seen traces of His footsteps in acts of help and healing. We have heard His voice in the whispers of comfort into the ears of the dying offering love.

There is no blueprint on a world scale that can create justice and bring love to the downtrodden and broken. I want to get back to ‘normal’ and travel again. That is alright, as long I don’t ignore that our world has been shown a vision of death based on inequality, which will not go away by itself.

Moses for 40 years in the wilderness led a people broken in spirit. He did his best, but the people broke his heart. At the end he could not enter the Promised Land. Jesus came to show us a way to the new Promised Land. Throughout history, there have been people who came forward to carry forward this dream of God. Every age has prophets holding a Gospel mirror up to the world, not only by preaching, but by living the Gospel.

I am not a statistician, but it would interest me to know for how long since the Holy Spirit was sent to us, has our world lived by a Gospel of ‘justice’, ‘truth’ and ‘peace’? History is full of ‘giants’ who have promoted justice and peace. Many Saints inspire us to keep going on believing both in God and the real possibility of a better and fairer world.

Saint Joseph’s Mission Anglophone can come out of COVID19 to light a new flame of hope. If God’s plan for the World is not begun locally, it is not going to happen globally. We are not ‘extras’ in some new drama for our future. We are the principal ‘actors’, called to love and reach out. Let us not fail Him in the dream of what the world could be.


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

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