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Bulletin 28 November 2021

Bulletin 28th November 2021  
First Sunday of Advent  (Year C
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
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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:
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Collection 21st Nov.: €1,350,21; ADP: € 1,792; La Quête: €62; Shrines € 117,62 Nov. Altar List of Dead: Total next week.
First Young Adult Mass
part of Vigil Mass this 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.
Hygiene Products for St Vincent t de Paul: boxes in Reception area.
At Weekend Masses  please wear a mask, keep social distance and sanitise hands.

La Trinité Choir concert on 27 & 28 Nov. at 8 pm. at Trinité Church, 75009 Paris

Advent and Christmas Calendar:
Giving Tree from this weekend:
take a tag from the tree suggesting a gift for a child to leave at the Christmas Tree in the Church. These will go to needy children. Thanks to Gretchen and family once again for this.
Altar Servers again serving at Mass.
Christmas Fair 5th Dec. from 11 am-2 pm
on parvis in aid of St Joseph’s Church. To pre-order Chicken Biryani (€5) call: 06.26588013 or 06.62231661. Other items also on sale.

5th Dec Children’s Party offered by Sri Lankan community in afternoon. There will be carols sung and dances also. Santa may even visit!
Advent Retreat on 11th Dec. 10 am-2 pm.
Mass at 11 am; Penance Service 11.30 pm. followed by Exposition of Blessed Sacrament. Lunch in Hall. Retreat will end by 2 p.m.
Pastoral Council 2.30 – 3.30 pm. after Retreat
Sun, 12th Dec. at 3 p.m. Carol Service and CCD Pageant.
A sign up sheet to take part in the pageant is open: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or on 06. 19 30 24 00. Thanks to Akuorkor and Daniel and those giving us a great event.

Fri. 24th Christmas Mass: 5.30, 7.30 & 10 pm.
Please follow the advice of ushers to keep us all safe at this wonderful time of year.
Sat. 25 Dec One Christmas Day Mass: 11 am.
Sun. 26 Dec. Two Masses – 10 am & 12 noon No Evening Mass on that Sunday.
27th – 30th Dec. Liturgy of Word with Holy Communion
led by parishioners.
31st Dec. New Year’s Eve: One Mass at 8 p.m.
1st Jan 2022: 1 Mass on New Year’s Day 11 am.
[No Vigil Mass for Sun on New Year’s Day]
Sun, 2nd Jan. Mass. 9.30, 11am, 12.30, 6.30

Beginning Again - Aidan

The fall of Jerusalem and the destruction of Temple in 70 A.D. was the end of a world of religion for the Chosen People. Some  thought that this was the end of the whole world. It wasn’t. Their world  changed forever. This collapse of belief for the Chosen People led to the rise of an age of belief for pagans. The Chosen People are not disowned by God. The Covenant is still in place; but it is now extended to all people of every race.

This change led to a new situation where all are called to be one in Jesus Christ. This is still a ‘work in progress’ and will only end with the Second Coming. Then this world will end, and the Kingdom of God will be all and in all. This is our hope, even though the date is not known to us.

Another end of ‘a’ world is of the Priest-hood as structured since the Council of Trent [1545-1563] That was what first attracted me to consider a vocation. Just before I entered the Passionist Novitiate, an event happened that is still having reverberations among the People of God.

The Second Vatican Council [1962-1965] was for many what the destruction of the Jerusalem Temple must have been for the Chosen People of the 1st Century. The Priesthood did not come to an end following Vatican II. But just as a change came for the Chosen People that led to the era of the Pagans, so an end to one  form of  Priesthood is leading to an era of laity. This is not the end of the Priesthood but a new way of being the Body of Christ. This task is a challenge.

Baptism is the ‘doorway’ into the Body of Christ. It is the Sacrament of Initiation par excellence. This brings a wonderful message from St Paul: “For as many of you as were baptised into Christ have put on Christ. There is neither Jew nor Greek, there is neither slave nor free, there is neither male nor female; for you are all one in Christ Jesus. For if you are Christ’s, then you are Abraham’s off-spring, heirs according to promise.” [Gals 2:27-29] What a blessed people we are.

This is our vocation from Baptism. I see it happening at St Joseph’s. At the Pastoral Council on Monday, I experienced the active presence of the Holy Spirit.

A new chapter in St Joseph’s 152 year history has been germinating for some time. No longer can the Passionists of St Patrick’s Province always provide a community of at least three Passionists in St Joseph’s. This is a minimum number for a ‘canonical’ community. St Joseph’s grew out of Passionist Community.

“Our Passionist vocation is a call to live the fulness of Christian love in an evangelical community.” “We are aware that the Passion of Christ continues in the world until He comes in glory; therefore, we share in the joys and sorrows of our contemporaries as we journey through life to the Father.” [Rule of Life of the Passionist Congregation]

The Pastoral Council on Monday outlined greater involvement in Ministry of laity. Truly, I feel so blessed to be part of a new beginning. As Year B merges into Year C, I hope to continue to reflect on the ‘signs of the times’.


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50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
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