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Pentecost Sunday 23May2021

Pentecost Sunday: 23rd  May 2021
{Month dedicated to Our Lady}
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.    

Pentecost weekend: On Saturday, as well as 11 a.m. and 6.30 p.m. Mass, First Holy Communion Mass will be at 12 noon and 3 p.m. both of which will only have space for 1st Communicants and their parents.

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 opened Mon.

CCD is a Ministry for Catechists. On 10th May 2021, Pope Francis gave us ‘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 annual CCD meeting in Sept.

  • Registration: 4 Weekend Masses: Vigil Mass & Sunday 10 a.m., 12 p.m. and Evening 6.30. Curfew until 9 June is at 21h.

Collection 16th May: 10 & 12 Mass: €832.47; ADP: € 277. La Quête: € 180. Appreciated.

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 am. 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 for CCD:  22 May: 1st Communion Masses will be: 12 noon and 3.00 p.m. Restricted to Children and Parents.

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: 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.
at St Joseph’s: 1 June, 2 pm.
Marriage Preparation Course
: Next course will be in October 2021.

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.

To receive the weekly Bulletin by email – request from: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Feasts next week:

Mon: Mary Mother of the Church.   (Feast instituted in 2018)
Tues: Venerable Bede, died 735 (England)
Wed: St Philip Neri, (Founder of Oratory)
Thurs: St Augustine of Canterbury, (U.K.)
Fri: St Germaine (20th Bishop of Paris)
Sat: Pope St Paul VI (died 1978)
Sun: Feast of the Most Holy Trinity.
Saints of God, pray for us.

 Reflection: Jesus calls for Unity.

Words of mine this weekend are bound to be inadequate. Today there is only One Word. That is Jesus. He is the Word of God and our Redeemer. He sends the Holy Spirit upon us.

This Saturday Jesus will come to 34 children at their First Holy Communion. Like last year, they and their families have not allowed any obstacle to kill their spirit of wanting Jesus to come. St Joseph’s CCD, which is totally voluntary, has shown how parishioners have created the conditions that allow two First Communion Masses be celebrated with joy.

Whatever about the children, I will once again miss going to St Joseph’s Garden after Mass to cut their cake. Keeping each other safe from infection remains essential.   

On Pentecost Sunday Jesus with the Father will send the Holy Spirit upon 23 young adults. They are taking a stand for their faith by persevering through all forms of adversity to receive Confirmation. Each wrote a letter to Bishop Marsset requesting the Sacrament of Confirmation. Now they are coming to Jesus to receive His Spirit as young adults. That is why the Church respects them and applauds them for their courage.

Their families and CCD have supported and encouraged them, but unlike Baptism, this is their choice. If they wish they may choose a sponsor, but this should not be compared or confused with the sponsors at their Baptism. These young adults are witnessing to their generation, that God is not absent. In the words of Jesus, ‘you will be my witnesses unto the ends of the earth.’ I admire them and our First Communicants so much.

Their love story with God began years before either First Communion or Confirmation. It was on the day of their Baptism when they were carried to the Baptismal Font. Now they are able to walk to Jesus, with support of family and parish, but not unaware of how special they are in the sight of Jesus.

Jesus does not deal with Groups for the Sacraments. Rather Jesus calls each one by name because of the love of His Sacred Heart for each one. He never forgets our names – they are on the palms of His hands. It is that personal and loving. (I have had little success in having my name, Aidan, and not ‘Father’, recognised as the name by which Jesus knows me. It is God that he calls ‘Father’.)

There is joy that Jesus wants us to have. This weekend at St Joseph’s and in parishes and communities all over the world, the Joy of God will be overflowing as the hearts of the young welcome Jesus in Communion and the Holy Spirit, the Advocate, seals young adults.

The pandemic closed many doors. But it also opened many hearts. People who were almost unknown before the beginning of 2019 became key people since then. They never asked for recognition, but without them it is frightening to think if we would have survived as well as we did. Those who lost loved ones to COVID have felt the weight of a heavy Cross. I have no answer to explain the mystery of what happened. May they rest in the peace of the Holy Trinity.

After over 50 years as priests, it is a great privilege for Fr Pat and me to share with you this weekend. Congratulations to all.


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

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