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Sunday Bulletin 20 June 2021

12th Sunday in Ordinary Time; 20th June 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56

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CCD Registration for 2021-2022:  open on the website Some  have already registered and thank you for this. A donation of €50 per child in CCD is suggested– it is possible to do this by ADP for French tax. If a Parent wishes to offer more, it will be gratefully received. Nobody is excluded from CCD because of lack of payment. Cheques: make payable to ‘St Joseph’s Church’. Cash in an envelope with Family name can be given at weekend Mass. The income from CCD helps defray cost of books and other expenses. Thanks for your constant generosity to St Joseph’s.

At 10 a.m. Mass last Sunday, Thanksgiving was offered to God for pre-Confirmation class, First Reconciliation, First  Communion Masses and Confirmations on Pentecost weekend. God blessed us greatly during the pandemic when families and St Joseph’s CCD did not lose hope but trusted in God and each other. If you missed 10 o’clock Mass last Sunday, it is on YouTube.

CCD Dates for Sacraments:

15 Jun: CCD Registration opened online
Sat 18 Sept CCD Teacher Meeting, 2.30 pm
Sun 19 Sept CCD Classes begin
Sun 12 Dec Carol Service/CCD Pageant 3 pm


Sat 29 Jan Confirmation Retreat at Church of St Augustine, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrolment Mass at 2 p.m. at end of Retreat.
Wed 2 Mar Ash Wednesday

[CCD First Reconciliation date to be chosen]
10 April Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter
Sat 4 Jun CCD 1st Communions, 11 am
Sun 5 Jun CCD Confirmations 3 p.m

Confession: Sat: 11.30 am – 12.30 & 5 – 6 pm or by appointment with a priest.

Baptisms at St Joseph’s Church Usually on 1st & last Saturday of each month, except in August. Baptism Preparation is beforehand, led by Juliet and Chris. A copy of the child’s Civil Birth Certificate is required. Due to unprecedented demand for Baptisms and restricting to 4 Baptisms at a time, the next date that is available at St Joseph’s is 25th Sept. Baptism Application 3 months before. Thanks for your co-operation with us.

Dates for 2021 - 2022
Pastoral Council
Monday, 13th September at 7.30 p.m. in Hall {Regulations allowing}
Thursday, 14 October at 8 p.m. Appel Decisif, 10 a.m. 5 March 2022
Hospitality, ACWO meetings to resume
Ushers and Security
to meet for planning
St Joseph’s Lending Library
to be relaunched
Stewardship Group
continues good work
to continue care of building
Marriage Preparation Course
in October
to resume
Eucharistic Minters & Lectors’
10 am 26 June
Bible Study, YAM, Women’s Spirituality, Men’s Spirituality, Feed the Homeless, Fri Mission Lunch continue
Passionist Provincial Chapter
19-23 July 2021
An Information Day/Food Fest, if possible, could be on
26 Sept in Garden 10.30 – 2 pm but depends on Health Regulations in Sept.

Collection 13th June: 4 Masses: € 1,137.38 ADP: € 538. La Quête: € 9. Many thanks.
Registration still required:
Sat. Vigil 6.30 pm; Sunday 10 am., 12 pm., 6.30 pm. Summer Schedule in July & Aug unchanged.

Good news: Thurs opened ‘De-mask-us’ Road! Please still wear a mask at Mass in church.

Reflection: Calming our Storms

I almost had a storm with my name on it in October 2020 when Storm ‘Aiden’ blew a mighty gale. (My name’s spelling is Aidan.)

The practice of giving storms a name may be to try to humanise them. I honestly don’t know. But today we are in storm mode while Jesus is asleep. Or is He? No. God never sleeps but watches over us when while we sleep. That is the lovely thing about God; He is looking over us day and night. More than that, He has each of us in His heart eternally.

It embarrasses me when I think of how mean I am with my time given directly to God in prayer, in silent contemplation of the sheer goodness of my God. How seldom I ‘ponder His words in my heart.’ As Mary did. When I rise early to spend time in silent prayer before the bustle of the day starts, I may even think that I am somehow giving generously to God. He must smile because He gives 365/365 days to me and wanted me to be born even before time began. I am a miser in comparison. God never uses a stopwatch to measure the time that He gives us.

I appreciate God’s calming influence not only in visible storms when I am afraid - terrorism, other people, a pandemic, but also in  storms of my heart and my mind. They are as real, even if only known to me. Personal storms can occupy me by day and  haunt me in my dreams. Jesus seems to be asleep. But always watches over me.

As I read the Gospel today, I blush. Jesus commands my interior storms, ‘Quiet now! Be calm!’ As in the gospel, ‘and all is calm again’. Now comes the questions to me from Jesus, Aidan, ‘why are you so frightened? How is it that you have no faith?’ All I can do is to hang my head in shame. His questions are truly statements of fact about me. I am frightened a lot of the time. I don’t even have faith the size of a mustard seed from last Sunday. I can only pray, ‘Lord, I do believe, help my unbelief’. But, even as I utter this plea to Jesus, I know I will be afraid and doubt again. That is why it is so good that Jesus does not depend on my success rate.

The disciples who first witnessed Jesus calm the storm ask a great question, ‘Who can this be? Even the wind and sea obey him.’ Yet Jesus. along with the Father and the Holy Spriit, has adopted us into the family of God. Jesus is my Brother. You could well ask, but how can you still be afraid and have doubts? I know that it does not add up, but that is how I still am. The task of my life is to trust and love more and not to be afraid.

Saint Paul today gives a great clue about dealing with fear and doubt. It is not an easy recipe; it requires that I change to become ‘a new creation; the old creation has gone, and now the new one is here.’ That is encouraging but also challenging. The ‘new creation’ is not fully here yet, but I am getting there. It is very slow, but the only real sin is to give up. Then we are denying the power of the Holy Spirit in us.

When I look back on the past 15 months, I cry for those whom we lost in death; for those who are carrying the long term effects of illness; for those who lost their jobs or their homes. And yet in the storm named ‘COVID19’, Jesus sent ‘prophets’ and ‘angels’ to comfort us and calm our fears. These good people were among us all the time. Storm COVID19 was their moment to step forward and remind us that Jesus never sleeps. Thanks to each of them, mostly unknown, Jesus is present.


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

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