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Sunday Bulletin 4 July 2021

14th Sunday in Ordinary Time - 4th July 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
01. 42 27 28 56

Aidan, C.P
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CCD Registration for 2021-2022:  from the website
CCD Cheques:
make payable to ‘St Joseph’s Church’ or Cash in an envelope with Family name handed in at weekend Mass.
CCD Dates for Sacraments:
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 Church of St Augustine, 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Enrolment Mass, 2 p.m. at end of Retreat with Parents
Wed 2 Mar Ash Wednesday
CCD First Reconciliation, 26 Mar 11.30 a.m.
10 April Palm Sunday, Holy Week, Easter
Sat 4 Jun CCD 1st Communions, 11 am
Sun 5 Jun CCD Confirmations 3 p.m

Confession: Saturdays: 11.30 am – 12.30 and 5– 6 p.m. or appointment with a priest.

Dates for 2021 – 2022
Pastoral Council
meeting Mon, 13 Sept. at 7.30 p.m. in Hall {Regulations allowing}
RCIA Thursday
, 14 October at 8 p.m. Appel Decisif, 10 a.m. 5 March 2022
St Joseph’s Lending Library
Marriage Preparation Course
in October
Eucharistic Minters & Lectors’
met on 26 June followed by Mass at 11.00 a.m.
Passionist Provincial Chapter
19-23 July 2021 in Larne, Co. Antrim, N. Ireland
St Joseph’s Information Day/Food Fest
, if possible, on 26 Sept in Garden 10.30 – 2 pm depending on Health Regulations in Sept

Feed the Homeless resumes this Saturday. Food preparation will be on the parvis from 11.30 a.m. Our appreciation to YAM for this.

Baptisms at St Joseph’s Church Usually on First and last Saturday of each month, except Aug. Preparation beforehand is led by Juliet and Chris. A copy of the child’s Civil Birth Certificate is needed. Due to unprecedented demand for Baptism and need to restrict to 4 Baptisms together, please check the website for available dates. Baptism Application: 3 months beforehand.

Feasts: Tues: St Maria Goretti, Friday: Martyrs of China. Saints of God, pray for us.
Collection 27th June: 4 Masses: € 1,167.47 ; ADP: € 338. La Quête: € 94. Many thanks.
Sat. Vigil 6.30 pm; Sunday 10 am., 12 pm., 6.30 pm. When the maximum number allowed at a Mass is reached, registration for that Mass is closed. This is done to protect each other from infection. Please register and wear a mask in church.
For July and August, St Joseph’s website will give updates on news and events
. The ‘bulletin’ notices will continue during the summer months. The weekly reflection will resume in September. I wish you a restful and safe summer and if you can travel, may God bring you back safely to us at St Joseph’s Church. Let us pray for each other.
Happy Independence Day
to our U.S.A. parishioners and readers.


Reflection: A Stranger at Home

Jesus’ return home turned into a big disappointment. He had left home and accepted that His mission would involve having nowhere to lay his head. But where you are raised and grow up will always hold a special place in your heart and memory. He was born in Bethlehem, a refugee for some time in Egypt and finally settled in Nazareth.

Jesus has the disciples with Him and perhaps he had talked to them about his childhood, adolescence and young adulthood up to 30 years of age. It would not surprise me if Jesus had a foreboding that this might not go smoothly. Prophets don’t make a great number of friends, nor do they seek to. To proclaim the God of mercy, compassion,  justice and peace is a challenging mission.

When a priest goes back to his home parish for a visit it is not unusual for the local priest to invite him to celebrate a Sunday Mass and to preach. When Jesus went to the synagogue many who heard him “were astounded”. He baffled them and they asked where he got all this and what is this wisdom that he has been given? Then came the comments about his being known to them growing up and how they knew that he had worked in Joseph’s carpentry shop. Wasn’t Mary his mother? All his relations were well known around the village. “And they took offence at him.” That is sad but true. He is a stranger at his home.

Then came the divine truth that prophets are honoured except in their hometown and among their own relatives. Then Jesus admits that ‘he was amazed at their lack of faith’. Overall, not a great visit. Life can be strange in that in other places people were flocking to him to be healed to even to touch the hem of his garment.

I understand how Jesus felt. My joy has come all my life from the love and support of my family and among people wherever God led me to minister as a Passionist. The joy of living and sharing faith with people who follow Jesus is a great gift in our lives.

What went wrong with Jesus’ visit home? The people there were blinded by their own certainty that their idea of God was the only one. This left Jesus as some sort of an ‘impostor’. If they had only known. Before I am smug and look at those people with disgust, I know how easy it is to miss seeing Jesus. He comes in all different forms – woman, man, child – as well as at Mass. My perception of those who are not ‘clones’ of me, can blind me to meeting Jesus.

I love the church as the body of Christ. In order that Jesus may be powerful in our midst, I must love and cherish you with the same love that Jesus has for me. There is only One Love, and the appearance of Jesus is not limited to any one form or place. When I meet Jesus after death and ask Him when I missed seeing him on earth, He will smile and say, ‘I was all around you, in the poor, the child, the friend, the person who was difficult’. He may add, ‘I am amazed at your lack of faith and you not recognising me’.

I know that I am a sinner and far from perfect. That is why I need Jesus to save me and for you to give me hope. You are a gift as a rock and support for me in following Jesus. You do not wear the clothes of Jesus, you do not have a halo, but you are Jesus for me.

That is why I feel sad for Jesus in the Gospel today. He knew in his heart that the message of the Kingdom that he proclaimed would lead Him to the Cross. Those who should have surrounded  and protected him did not have faith in him. They thought he was too ordinary and too well known to them.

There is always a danger of me missing Jesus in the ordinary and the familiar. Others far away can be highly rated. The one we know well is seen as nobody of note. I also see that flaw in myself. In St Joseph’s  there are many prophets whom it is easy to miss spotting. Jesus walks in your shoes. God forgive me for my blindness. The aim of our life together in our faith community is to make Jesus feel at home in our midst and to believe in Him.


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50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
33(0)1 42 27 28 56

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