Bulletin 5th June 2022
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: (01) 42 27 28 56 [Int’l + 33 1]
Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Sun Mass: 9.30; 11.00; 12.30; 6.30 p.m.
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Other ministries: www.stjoeparis.org
Health Guidelines: St Joseph’s Church
Eucharistic Ministers: can sanitize hands and receive Holy Communion at left of Altar before distribution to the people.
Masks in indoors are not mandatory. If you feel safer by wearing a mask at Mass do so.
People can participate in Mass for health/ other reasons from the Hall.
Collection continues when leaving Mass.
Church sanitizing between Sun Masses needs church empty while this is done.
Cooperation with Ushers who care for us before, during, after Mass is appreciated.
CCD 1st Communion: Mass, 11 am. Sat. 4 June, with a party (with cake) in Garden!
Sunday, 5th June, Pentecost Sunday:Mass at 9.30, 11.00 a.m., 12.30 & 6.30 p.m.
CCD Confirmation : Rehearsal for Candidates and Sponsors at 1.45 pm & Mass at 3 p.m.
Reception in Church Garden afterwards.
Tables for w/end & grass cut in the garden by Thursday noon & Altar flowers and Church decoration on Fri. morning. Come Holy Spirit!
Electrical renewal of lights in Reception area and Hot water temperature reduced. Cold water mix is still recommended. All this work done as a gift to St Joseph’s. Sincere thanks.
Eglise St-Jacques Marymount Confirmation Fri. 10 June at 5.30 p.m. by Bishop Rougé; 1st Communion, Sat. 11 June at 11 am.
No Confessions: Sat. mornings, 4th & 11th Jun.
CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open on www.stjoeparis.org Thanks to all who have already registered – plans will come in Sept.
Bible Study: Wed. 10.30 a.m. in Hall
4 June: Feed the Homeless: 11.30, Parvis
19 June: Mass in Swahili at 3 p.m.
28/29 May Mass Collections: €2,036,83: ADP: € 220; Shrines € 297,36. La Quête: € 5; Screens: €449. Coffee: €39,87. CCD Donations for Altar Flowers at Pentecost: €380.
Parish Info Day:
Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 p.m. in the Garden to welcome, new or returning parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., who becomes Curé/Passionist Superior on 1st Oct.Feasts: Mon: Mary, Mother of the Church; Sun. 12 June: Feast of the Holy Trinity.
Pastoral Council had an excellent meeting on ZOOM last Monday evening. Insightful reviews shared on past events and planning suggested. P.C. is valued in St Joseph’s, especially with a change of Passionists from 1st Oct. Next PC meeting 27 June, 7.30 pm.
Publication of Marriage Banns:1.Natalia Harlejczyk & Timothée Fearon (6th Aug).
2.Haire Aldave & Jordan Kerneis (24th Sept)
RCIA reunion held Thurs evening in Hall and pizzas shared. Joan was remembered and we pray that Joe will soon be back to us.
Reflection – Aidan, C.P.
Pentecost gives us all a new and special breath called the Holy Spirit. At the dawn of Creation. God breathed life into His universe and put the Tree of Life in the middle of Paradise. That did not work out as God would have wished. With the arrival of Jesus among us, God gives us His breath, Spirit, for a second time and forever.
This came at a price. On the Cross, Jesus breathed his last and gave up His Spirit. When He arose from the dead, He breathed on his people once again and came to live both among and in us. Today, we look back in gratitude for this amazing outpouring of the Spirit. The Living God never stops breathing life into us.
On Sunday afternoon our young adults from CCD will stand ready to receive the Holy Spirit. This will not be for the first time, but it will be in the visible sign of the laying on of hands and the anointing with Chrism. They will be sealed with the Holy Spirit and go out as witnesses to Christ today.
They face into a world filled with challenges and will come into contact with a variety of people and situations and face obstacles to faith, hope and love unique to their generation. On their own they would be vulnerable. With the Spirit of the Living God they are built on rock and will in their turn breathe the spirit of peace and love. They are sent by Jesus to be witnesses by what they do more than what they say. We are proud to call them our sisters and brothers.
Pentecost is not limited to individuals. The Spirit came on the Apostles and Our Lady. Already the Holy Spirit had overshadowed Mary at the time of the Incarnation. The Apostles needed the Spirit to map out the path ahead.
Soon St Joseph’s will have new Passionist leadership for the coming years. The Spirit always inspires us to dream of new ways to open any door upon which Jesus may knock. Leadership of liturgy and to serve people is a great privilege for a priest.
St Joseph’s in 2022 resembles the diversity of people, languages, and cultures as at the first Pentecost. Now, as then, the unifying presence will be the Holy Spirit. There will be no new ‘master plan’ other than letting the spirit of the living God breathe anew on St Joseph’s community.
Since 1869 St Joseph’s has carried a flame of the Spirit to welcome and serve all who cross the threshold. Many found peace and a home here and are now with God. They continue to pray for St Joseph’s in Heaven.
Without the Sprit, the church cannot continue with her mission. This year at Pentecost, let us implore the Holy Spirit to reveal the path forward and to open up new paths for Saint Joseph’s to give glory of God.
Each generation writes a new chapter in the story of St Joseph’s. The P.C. (post-covid) generation will be all the richer for having come through a world pandemic together. Nobody wishes to have a repeat of this, but the lessons learnt should not be lost.
Simple things make a big difference. At the beginning of COVID in March 2020, the front door of the church was left open on weekdays for ventilation. Never could I have imagined the number of people who work in the street or simply pass by who come in to look, to pray or to light a candle. Some told me that they presumed the church was not open when the doors were closed. Open doors can signal open hearts. Come Holy Spirit!