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Bulletin 21 November 2021

Bulletin 21st November 2021 Feast of Christ the King
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56 [Int’l: + 33 1]
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Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9.30; 11.00; 12.30. Sunday Evening Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.
Baptism or Marriage Preparation: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries and activities, as listed in the Bulletin and website:
Altar List of the Dead: Masses offered during Nov for loved ones.

CCD  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Retreat 29 Jan:
10 am at St Augustin’s; Enrolment Mass with Parents 2 pm.

Collection 14th Nov.: €1,401,47; ADP: € 252; La Quête: €25; Shrines €238,51 Nov. Altar List of Dead: € 235.

Marriage Preparation Course: Sun, 5th Dec at 3 p.m.; Feb 2022 Marriage Course Apply: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Baptism Preparation:
Saturday 4th Dec. after 11.00 a.m. Mass in Hall
Bible Study
: Wed. 10.30 a.m. and Thanksgiving lunch on 24th Nov.
Pastoral Council, Mon. 22nd Nov. 7.30 p.m.
online. Agenda & online details will be sent.
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
Masks to be worn in the church, hand sanitising with social distancing; Holy Communion at the Altar, seat by seat.
Wed: Martyrs of Vietnam; Sat: Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal.

Advent 2022 at St Joseph’s:

  • Sun 5th Dec. Children’s Party in Hall, by Sri Lankan parishioners - for all children, with Parental consent. Christmas Bazaar being revived this year. More details next weekend.
  • Sat, 11th Dec: Advent Retreat begins at 10 am. Mass at 11 am. Penance Service, 11.30 am. Blessed Sacrament Exposition; Lunch in Hall. Retreat will end 2 pm
  • , 12 Dec: Carol Service and CCD Pageant at 3 p.m.
  • Christmas Eve Mass:30, 7.30, 10 pm. and 11 a.m. on Christmas Day.

 Christmas Fair Sun. 5 Dec: 10.30 am – 2.30 pm Chicken Biryani can be ordered for collection: 06. 26588013 / 06. 62231661. Details next week. Proceeds to St Joseph’s Church.

First Young Adult Mass part of Vigil Mass next Sat. 27th November, 6.30 pm. Please join in to welcome and support our young adults. Details: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

ACWO Lunch Potluck on Thurs. 2 Dec. in Hall at St Joseph’s.

A Kingdom Reflection (Aidan)

An end to another Church Year is here. Together we again got through a year of challenges. You have conquered these with a faith and courage that leave me in admiration of you. Never have you said, ‘we cannot do this.’ CCD, for example, continues leading children and young people along a sure path to Sacraments.

By each ministry or activity in which you give of yourself, you bless Saint Joseph’s. Each ministry and activity is a Kingdom event. This weekend I salute you as ‘co-creators’ of God’s Kingdom among us.

Without listing it as a Ministry at St Joseph’s, growing the Kingdom of God among us is what you are doing, and in which I share. Jesus came to establish the Kingdom among us. He did not come to build a Temple with new laws. Jesus wants a new Temple to be within each of us. No stones or adornments are needed. The sole presence in the new Temple that we are is the Holy Spirit.

Building together with Jesus the Kingdom of God does not lead to a withdrawal from the world. We are given seven gifts of the Holy Spirit to support us in our Mission in a World with beauty and ‘messiness.’ These great gifts are not for our selfish use. Being Kingdom-builders means the world is of more, and not less, concern to us.

As I prepare to bow out of St Jospeh’s this time next year, the future of our Mission Anglophone remains in your hands. Passionists come to serve in this community of faith, hope and love.

In civil society, a kingdom is ruled by a king, queen or leader. The Kingdom of God is not like that. Certainly, Jesus is Our Lord and King but never forcing us to follow imposed orders. At Baptism, we are anointed Priest, Prophet and KING. Grafted onto Christ the King, these remain until death takes us home.

When the loving Jesus was searching for a way to show us the nature of His Kingdom, he lifted up a child for us to show that the powerful are not the in control, but trusting, needy, vulnerable people are chosen as favourites of God. The Body of Christ is wounded when this is betrayed. Shamefully and sadly, this is only too well known today.

The Kingdom of God is always ‘a work in progress.’ A danger is if I settle for one particular prayer or devotion as the last word. The last word is with Jesus when He comes again to bring us all home to His Father for eternity. Then in the Kingdom of God we will be born into everlasting life. There will be no more tears or sorrow but only love and peace.

Seeds of the Kingdom are to be found where justice is pursued until achieved, where peace is more important than privilege, when those on the margins come into the centre. There the hand and heart of Jesus are made accessible to every human outstretched hand and to every broken-heart. St Paul tells that we cannot imagine what Heaven is going to be like. Let us commit again to being Kingdom builders at St Joesph’s. That has been St Joseph’s Mission since 1869, and may it always remain so.


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

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