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Bulletin 9 January 2022

Bulletin 9th January 2022-The Baptism of Our Lord
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.
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Other ministries and activities, as listed on:
: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Welcome back to CCD Teachers and Students after the Christmas break. It is such a blessing that by your goodness during the pandemic, an unbroken religious preparation and formation of children and young people have continued. There are still a few CCD books ready for collection in Reception area of St Joseph’s.

Collection 19th Dec.: € 1,629,51; ADP: € 2802; La Quête: €105; Electronic Screens: Candles: 6€; Shrines € 137,90.  Parvis Coffee: €23,10. Bookstore: € 117,12.
Sunday, 26 Dec. (2 Masses): €829,09. ADP €500 Mass 31 Dec: € 461,91.
Mass 1 Jan: € 300,30. Bookstore: €11,70. Sun 2 Jan (4 Masses): €1,555,42. ADP: €2070,19; Shrine Candles: €254,62.
Credit Card can be used from ‘Electronic Screens’ for Candles, donations to St Joseph’s Church or ‘’Denier’ for tax returns.

Christmas Giving Tree: Your children’s gifts at Christmas were beautiful. Thanks to Gretchen and Fabrice for organising this.

Annual Collection for Passionist Province of St Patrick at 4 Christmas Masses amounted to € 2,867.36. To this will be added your ADP donations to the Passionists and other amounts you gave for this collection. The final total for the Passionist Congregation will be published here in the coming weeks.

Pastoral Council will meet on Mon. 17 Jan at 7.30 p.m. online. PC Minutes of 11 Dec will be published to update us on our parish.

Advent, Christmas & New Year at St Joseph’s: Where to begin? The pilgrimage that is Advent was rich in blessings. The Advent Retreat had a greater participation than seen in recent years. Mgr. Connolly and Fr John Craven, CP, enriched this time of prayer and reflection. A Penance Service and Individual Confessions in Advent were a feature of this grace-filled weeks. After the Retreat and PC Meeting, Eunice led us through a practice for four post-Christmas daily liturgies of the Word of God and Holy Communion. This highlighted the role we all have in serving God’s People. This also enabled me to take some days away to visit family in Ireland. With laity sharing like this in the life of the community, we are putting into practice Pope Francis’ Institution in 2021 of the Lay Ministry of Catechist. All Ministries at St Joseph’s are a privilege that we share together for the honour of God.

Feed the Homeless next Sat, 15 Jan, 11.30 am
Teen Faith Group at St Joseph’s
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Reflection: Baptism of Jesus

Omicron has altered our lives as well as disrupting travel plans in recent weeks. It is now not unusual to see long lines of people waiting to be tested and then await the result.

Jesus one day joined a long queue, not to be tested, but to receive Baptism from John in the Jordan River. Bethlehem was where Jesus was born, Egypt where the Holy Family sought sanctuary from Herod and Nazareth where He grew up in the home of Joseph and Mary.

After 30 years growing in wisdom and knowledge, He emerged to take his place among us. He lined up to be baptised, not because he must do this, but he wished to be one of us before He became our King.

God the Father took this moment of Baptism to open the secrets of Heaven and put beyond all doubt that Jesus is the Son of God sent to open the gates of Paradise.

The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove. This is Jesus being sealed for Mission over the next three years. It will be on Calvary that He will hand back His spirit to the Father in an act of pure love and of surrender. ‘Greater love has no one than to lay down their life for their friends.’ We are his friends now and hope to be so for all eternity.

The Baptism of Jesus is striking and full of significance. But we are not only admirers or spectators. We participate in the same journey to the Father as did Jesus.

On the day that the waters of Baptism flowed over us, a miracle took place in our soul. The same Spirit comes to dwell within us and will only be handed over when we meet God in death.

On our way to the Kingdom, we journey in the strength of Baptism. This opens the door to the other Sacraments. By these we increase in grace and grow in holiness.

This happens so that we become strong missionaries in building the Kingdom of God while on this earth. The territory for us as ‘missioned’ extends to the ends of the earth.

By Baptism you have the power to be ‘priest, prophet and king,’ words taken from the Rite of Baptism. This glorious mission is yet to be fully implemented for all the Baptised.

We are blessed at St Joseph’s in having so many children and some adults each year for Baptism. Each is a gift from God to us at St Joseph’s.

The day of Baptism marks our first steps towards our eternal destiny. Jesus started from the Jordan 2,000 years ago and we walk in His sacred footsteps. How blessed we are!


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

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