Bulletin 12th December 2021
Gaudete Sunday - 3rd Sun of Advent
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: (01) 42 27 28 56 [Int’l + 33 1]
Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9.30; 11.00; 12.30. Sunday Evening Mass: 6.30 p.m.
(Note changed Mass times on 26th Dec)
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.
Other ministries and activities, as listed on: www.stjoeparis.org
Welcome to Archbishop Georges Pontier as Shepherd of Archdiocese of Paris until Pope Francis sends a successor to Mgr. Aupetit. We pray for all at this time of transition.
Collection 5th Dec.: €1,539,90; ADP: € 455; La Quête: €15; New ‘Console’: Candles: €6 & Donations €30; Shrines € 111,96 ; Books: €358. Sun. Coffee: €61.01
Credit Card can be used from ‘Electronic Console’ for Shrine Candles, a donation to St Joseph’s Church or ‘’Denier’ for your tax returns.
One is in the Reception and the other beside the Fatima Statue near Hall.
Hygiene Products for St Vincent de Paul: Appreciative message has been received form St Vincent de Paul, Le Pecq.
Friday Mission Lunch suspended due to COVID
Feasts this week: Mon: St Lucy; Tues: St John of the Cross. Saints of God, Pray for us.
Advent and Christmas Calendar:
Christmas Giving Tree : take a tag suggesting a gift for a child and leave gift wrapped at Christmas Tree. These are for needy children. Thanks to Gretchen & Fabrice for doing this.
Altar Servers again serving at Mass.
Christmas Fair: on parvis with Cribs and other items for sale. Please have a look after Mass.
5th Dec Children’s Carols, Nativity Play &Party offered by Sri Lankan community was a great event filled with joy. Many thanks to all.
Advent Retreat on 11th Dec. 10 am-2 pm. Mass at 11 am; Penance Service 11.30 pm. Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament.
Pastoral Council 2.30 – 3.30 pm. after Retreat
Liturgy Practice after PC meeting.
Fri. 24th Christmas Eve: Confessions 11 am to 12 noon. Mass: 5.30, 7.30 & 10 pm. Due to COVID, maximum of 200 people, including children, can be received at each Mass. Your help appreciated; Ushers will be present.
Sat. 25 Dec Christmas Day: One Mass: 11 am.
Sun. 26 Dec. Two Masses – 10 am & 12 noon No Sat Vigil/Evening Mass for Sun. 26th Dec.
8.30 a.m. 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 2 Jan on New Year’s Day]
Sun, 2 Jan. Mass. 9.30, 11am, 12.30, 6.30 pm.
Teen Faith Ministry: a Jan launch is planned. Thanks to Gabriella for commitment to this.
Thanks to Fr John Craven, C.P. for his visit to St Joseph’s and taking part in our liturgies.
Advent as Pilgrimage –Aidan, C.P.
Christmas is getting close. The Birth of Jesus into our hearts and into our community are why we are preparing in Advent. From childhood, I have loved Christmas. The child in me still loves Christmas to this day.
Advent prays about Jesus’ presence in each of us and in being a community together. This year again there are many blessings for which to thank God. Would you like to list three of your blessings? Mine? Here are three of my blessings:
- I live in a community of faith and friendship at St Joseph’s that keeps the flame of Hope burning. I pray for people for whom the light of Jesus has dimmed or already gone out. I realise daily just how richly blessed I am by you and God.
- I am blessed, so far, with health and happiness. Many people today are not so fortunate. I will try this Christmas to reach out to one other person less fortunate than I am.
- I am blessed to have been born into a family where love and warmth were present. As a child, I thought all people had the same blessings. Families who are hurting this Christmas will be specially in my prayers.
Your selection of blessings will likely be different. Awareness of being so blessed urges us to reach out to Jesus in others.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus!
Advent is a Pilgrimage to Bethlehem. St. Luke asks a question which echoes down the centuries: ‘What must we do’? The first condition in our conversion is to abandon my self-sufficiency. Easier said than done. It helps to look at the journey Jesus took to become a human infant.
He emptied himself and took the form of a servant for us. With this perspective, my self-sufficiency looks so foolish. All that I am is received from God. Anything that I have ever achieved in my life could never have come about without Him.
A second condition in answering what to do, is to be profoundly touched by the Word of Jesus that takes me beyond myself. As I see the falseness of my self- sufficiency, it demands that I accept the obligations of social justice, mutual support and love for every person. If I miss doing these, Jesus will still be born in Bethlehem, but not in my heart. That is where He is looking for a home now. Is there room in the Inn of my Heart?
During Advent I try to follow a three-step pilgrimage that may also help you:
- Give Jesus an extra 5 minutes in silence to listen to Him speak to your heart. He has much to say.
- Repent and allow Him to heal you of sin and its scars. The Sacrament of Penance is just the place for this to happen.
- Share your blessings with at least one other person. Always, Jesus gives you more in return.
Maranatha, come Lord Jesus to us all!