Bulletin 1st May 2022
Third Sunday of Easter
Feast of St Joseph the Worker
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.
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Other ministries and activities, as listed on: www.stjoeparis.org
May is Mary’s Month. Let us pray the Rosary
LENTEN PROJECT 2022: Donations are still arriving. Full A/C of Lenten Project will be published soon. Then, all donations will go to Provincial Lukasz, C.P. for Ukraine.
23/24 Apr.: Collection at Mass: €1,730.90; ADP:€1,142;Coffee:€50.10;Shrines€128,39. La Quête & Screens: not to hand this week.
St Joseph’s Pastoral Council: 25 April:
The online meeting was hosted by Liz and the minutes by Curcino. Minutes of March approved. The Lenten Project was examined in detail and gratitude expressed for such an amazing response at Masses, online and by cheque. The emails from Lukasz, C.P. Provincial in Poland gave a ‘live’ snapshot of how difficult daily life is in Ukraine. Holy Week liturgies and church and hall preparation received high praise. Visit of Provincial, James Sweeny, was appreciated and the changeover later this year was discussed. CCD FHC and Confirmation on 4/5 June – celebrating these was discussed. Better COVID conditions mean a reception in garden after both is again possible, with a cutting of the cake! Marymount FHC and Confirmations will take place in Eglise St Jacques. Re-union of St Patrick’s Province & St Joseph’s Province (separated in 1927) will be proposed to the Synod of Passionists, Rome Sept ‘22. Implementing scheduled for June 2023. Financial Report by Michael. Ministry updates were given. Book on St Joseph’s: update by Tom.
Next PC meeting online, 30 May, 7.30 Note: these are not the official Minutes – A.T.
Marriage Course Certs: 1, 15 & 22 May, at 11 am Mass on these Sundays.
CCD Confirmation Teachers: 2 May, online
CCD Confirmation Parents: 9th May (online)
Feed the Homeless: 7th May, 11.30 Parvis.
Baptism Preparation: 7th May, 11.30 a.m.
Baptisms: 7th May at 12.30 p.m.
Lectors/EM 7th May Meeting at 4.30 p.m.
Feast of Ascension, 26 May: Two Masses: 11.00 a.m. and 6.30 p.m.
Pilgrimage to Lourdes 12-14 August 2022 is suggested. If you are interested, please speak to Venci or Tel: 06.98.68.95.30 – a.s.a.p.
Archbishop Laurent Ulrich, Archbishop of Paris, announced on Tuesday.
A new era will begin on 23rd May in San Sulpice when Laurent is installed as the Archbishop of Paris. He follows in a long line of bishops stretching back to St Denis, who died in 250, first Bishop of Paris. Our prayers are with Laurent as he assumes 4 years of pastoral leadership in this extensive diocese.
At the time of the first Bishop of Rome, even though this title was not in use, Peter is an interesting choice. I wonder would he get the nod to assume that role today? It was Jesus who appointed him. There is no secrecy about the aftermath of Peter’s three denials around a charcoal fire while Jesus is on trial. Peter stated clearly that he had nothing to do with Jesus.
Today we listen to how Jesus dealt with Peter’s repentance and rehabilitation.
Once again there is a charcoal fire in the scene. This time for breakfast. The cook is Jesus. All through his earthly life Jesus showed a liking for being at table with others. On the night before He died, Jesus invited his apostles to a meal. That night, Jesus stunned the apostles by putting water in a basin, with a towel around his waist, he went on his knees to wash their feet. ‘No way’ was Peter’s reaction. He learned that night that to have a future with Jesus, he would need to serve, and never ‘lord’ it over others in the community of believers.
Peter then went to the other extreme and wanted not only his feet washed, but all over! Jesus taught by signs and not only by words. Peter now has a threefold opportunity to show that love for Jesus and all people would from now on be the guide of his life of service.
Peter is an interesting choice by Jesus. Peter as a forgiven sinner, knows that he had nothing to boast about. Grace is all that he and we have. Like Thomas, he needs Jesus as his Lord and his God.
Peter may have remembered the words of a father of a possessed boy when he was asked by Jesus if he believed. He replied, ‘I believe, help my unbelief.’ Now Peter need only say, ‘I love you, help my lack of love.’ That is enough for Jesus to give Peter approval to be the first ‘bishop’ of Rome.
The evening during the ‘trial’ of Jesus, Peter ended up in a gutter of denial. He had humility to go outside and to weep bitterly. In today’s Gospel by God’s grace, Peter is gazing at the stars. Jesus offered another chance. Peter took it!