Bulletin 29th May 2022
Seventh Sunday of Easter
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
Bonne Fête des Mères aujourd’hui, 29 mai !
Health Guidelines: St Joseph’s Church
Masks in indoors settings are no longer mandatory. Those who feel safer wearing a mask at Mass are encouraged to do so.
People who prefer to participate in a Mass from Hall for health/other reasons, please do so. Hall is available as church ‘extension’
Eucharistic Ministers can sanitize hands at left of Altar. Blessed Sacrament received at side of Altar before distribution to people.
Collection will continue when leaving after Mass. This will be reviewed soon again.
Sanitizing gel remains available. The Church is sanitized between Sunday Masses. The church must be empty while this is done.
Cooperation with Ushers who care for us before, during, after Mass is appreciated.
Holy Water is available in fonts. Water will be blessed for you if bought to the priest.
Normandy Day Trip on Pentecost Monday, & Aug Pilgrimage to Lourdes, both cancelled.
Publication of Marriage Banns: Natalia Harlejczyk & Timothée Fearon. Marriage on 6th August 2022 in Poland.
Arrangements for next weekend: Saturday, 4 June, 11 a.m. First Communion Mass for CCD with Reception in Garden after. [No Confessions after Mass, but from 5-6 pm.] Vigil Mass at 6.30 p.m.
Sunday, 5th June, Pentecost Sunday: Masses at 9.30, 11.00 a.m., 12.30 & 6.30 p.m.
CCD Confirmation : Rehearsal for Candidates and their Sponsors at 1.45 p.m.
Sacrament of Confirmation with Mass at 3 pm. Reception in Garden afterwards
My thanks and unbounded admiration for our CCD who since the beginning of COVID, without complaint, instructed and prepared those for 1st Communions and Confirmations. CCD is a shining example of a parish at its best. Families, who are the first teachers of their children in the ways of faith, gave wonderful and generous co-operation in all that was asked of them. May God reward all.
CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open on www.stjoeparis.org Thanks to all who have already registered. CCD teachers/ assistants in Sept will meet to plan for CCD 2022-2023
Bible Study: Wed. 10.30 a.m. in Hall
28 May: YAM Rosary 5.30; Mass 6.30 pm
30 May: Pastoral Council,7.30 pm ZOOM
4 June: Feed the Homeless: 11.30, Parvis
Ascension Mass Collections: € 383,34. 22nd May Mass Collections: €2,293,48: ADP: €370; Shrines € 213,90. La Quête: € 5; Screens: €46. Coffee: €53,67. CCD Donations for Altar Flowers at Pentecost: €250.
CHANGE of DATE Parish Info Day: Will be on Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 p.m. in the Garden to welcome parishioners, new and returning, and Martin Coffey, C.P., who on 1st Oct. becomes Curé and Passionist Superior.
Sympathy to Arthur Van Litsenborg & Family on death of Joan. May Joan rest in peace.
Reflection by Aidan Troy, C.P.
I look forward to next weekend with great joy. First Communion and Confirmation are utterly special. The Holy Spirit is in the air. After two years of restrictions, this year we can once again go to the garden to do something that Jesus often did – eat and drink together! Jesus had criticism because of the company with Him at table when he ate. We won’t have that same issue, I hope! Lest I forget, our thanks to all who prepare for these great and happy events and tidy up afterwards.
Elsewhere in the bulletin thanks has been offered to families and all in CCD who never gave up when the going got tough from March 2020 onwards. Your love of the children kept us all going.
From March 2020 every ministry at St Joseph’s came under strain. On 1st Sept 2021 for instance, there was one adult Candidate for RCIA seeking Sacraments of Initiation at the Easter Vigil 2022. I wondered should we go ahead. Another 9 adults came along to join the original one and gave one of the youngest and liveliest RCIA groups that I have seen over the years. God never deserts us.
All ministries could at the next parish ‘Conversation’ share their highs and lows of the past two years. I could not have guessed that during my service at St Joseph’s there would be extraordinary circumstances as in the past two years. But I would not change these two years for anything. All is God’s work, and His grace is all that we have. It is everything.
Many events are given to us by God or by people. Some we might not choose. The killings at the Charlie Hebdo offices, the Bataclan enormous loss of life, the deaths on Nice promenade and in other places in France in recent years, remind us that peace is fragile and working for peace and justice are not optional, but come from the heart of the Gospel.
St Joseph’s is a microcosm of the church in the modern world. By our mission we are called to be where the Cross is being felt and where the light of Resurrection needs to be offered. Evil is horrible and destructive, but it will not have the final victory. Good will eventually conquer evil. Not to lose hope is a great challenge.
In October, a new chapter in St Joseph’s faith journey will begin being written.. New leadership, with fresh approaches, will offer opportunity not only to reform what needs changing, but to ‘refound’ the Mission Anglophone. St Paul of the Cross dreamt of a shared way of life based on prayer, penance and solitude.
These remain foundational values that need reinterpretation in every age. This can bring about a ‘rattling of the bones’ of the past spoken of by the prophet Ezekiel! The challenge going forward is to put flesh on these bones, to recreate the Mission Anglophone by looking into the signs of the times with eyes of faith, hope and love. This is living the Paschal Mystery and witnessing to Jesus today.