Bulletin 14th November 2021
33rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56 [Int’l: + 33 1]
Altar List of the Dead is open. Place the names of your beloved dead in the box before the Altar or email names to St Joseph’s for inclusion. Masses offered in St Joseph’s during Nov remember your loved ones. We remember those who have nobody left to pray for them.
Retreat 29 Jan: 10 am at St Augustin’s; Enrolment Mass with Parents 2 pm.
Letters to Mgr. Gonon from Candidates to reach him by 19th Feb. 2022 [School holidays]. The letters can be sent by email or delivered by hand to St Joseph’s and will be brought all together to Mgr. Gonon.
Collection 7 Nov.: €1,441,43; ADP: € 1,039.50; La Quête: €25; Shrines €199,21
Baptism Preparation: Saturday 4th Dec. after 11.00 a.m. Mass in Hall
Stewardship Group: each Sat from 11.30 to care for church, toilets, etc.
Bible Study: Wed. 10.30 a.m. and Thanksgiving lunch on 24th Nov.
St Joseph’s Hygiene Collection from 15 October to 30 November for Red Cross Le Pecq. Please deposit items in the boxes in the Reception Area. This is a great cause.
Weekend Masses at St Joseph’s Church
Wearing masks at Mass, sanitising hands and social distancing continue. Holy Communion at the Altar, seat by seat to avoid contact, as much as possible.
- Pre-registration for weekend Masses not now required.
Lectors’ Meeting on Sat. 13th Nov. at 4 p.m. in St Joseph’s Church.
ACWO Lunch Potluck on Thurs. 2 Dec. in Hall at St Joseph’s.
Feasts: Mon: St Albert the Great; Tues: St Margaret of Scotland; Wed: St Elizabeth of Hungary; Thurs: Dedication of St Peter’s and St Paul’s Basilicas; Sun: Feast of Christ the King. Advent follows.
Advent 2022 at St Joseph’s:
- 28 Nov: 1st Sun of Advent.
- Sun 5th Dec. Children’s Party in Hall, by Sri Lankan parishioners - for all children, with Parental consent. Christmas Bazaar being revived this year. Details next week.
- Sat, 11th December: Advent Retreat at 10 am. Mass at 11 am. Penance Service, 11.30 am. Exposition of Blessed Sacrament; Lunch in Hall. Final session 1.15 to 2 p.m.
- Sun, 12 Dec: Carol Service and CCD Pageant at 3 p.m.
- Christmas Eve Mass: 5:30, 7.30, 10 pm. and 11 a.m. on Christmas Day.
Weekend Reflection (Aidan)
The month of November brings back memories to us of loved ones who have gone before us to God. Time does not heal totally, and they can be as missed years afterwards as on the day they died. Often I have heard people say, especially after a sudden death, ‘I would love even a short time with them to say goodbye.’ When both of my parents died, 37 years apart, I had not seen either of them for some time before. The gap they left in my life has never been fully filled, nor should it be.
As we end another year of Liturgy, a new cycle of celebrations of the Eucharist is about to begin. It is not surprising that the Scriptures this weekend raise the question about our names and if they “will be found written in the Book” [1st Reading from Daniel]. My belief is that all names are in the Book of Life. God created nobody to be lost. God made no mistakes by creating any one person.
God wants us with Him for eternity more than we can realise. He wants it so badly that Jesus came to open the way to our Eternal Home, closed by the sin of our First Parents. God never deletes a name from the Book. Any of us because we have an awesome gift of freewill, can choose not to be registered for Heaven.
Unlike registration for Masses over the past two years at St Joseph’s, God does not have a quota, so that when reached the list is closed. To a person’s last breath, God never writes a person off. Jesus searches for a ‘lost sheep,’ sweeps the ground for a ‘lost coin’ and watches the road to glimpse the ‘prodigal son.’
We are living in the ‘in between time.’ Jesus has come and will come a second time to take us from our ‘common home’ on earth into the Halls of Heaven. No matter how bad things get in our world and church, in the end God will be triumphant. As we await the final act of God on this earth, each is called to speak His Words by the way we live.
At present we are called to be friends of creation and to do all we can not to destroy any further the world created by God. We are called to be friends to all people. We are called to get to know Jesus by being friends of the poor. We are to cherish and protect children and the vulnerable. The appalling criminality being revealed by clerical sexual abuse brings home how unprepared we are to welcome Christ back for the final time.
At His Second Coming, Jesus will take the church as His Spotless Bride. There are always numerous saintly people in our world who are dedicated to the Gospel in all its beauty. They are unknown by name, rank or title.
The church as an institution has failed God’s little ones. A profound change in church life and governance, beyond anything seen for centuries, must now follow with urgency. Prayer and action about these sins and crimes are needed to prepare for Christ’s Second Coming.
The Second Coming of Christ is not meant as a threat but as a promise that even if much is in a deplorable state, He, as a Saviour and Redeemer, remains steadfast. That He will come again is certain. Maranatha, come Lord Jesus.