Bulletin 19th 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 Altar.
Masks indoors are not mandatory.
People can participate in Mass from Hall.
Collection continues when leaving Mass.
Sanitizing needs the church to be empty.
CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open on www.stjoeparis.org Registrations made are appreciated. Starting class date is Sun. 9 Oct. In Sept.
Teachers meeting will outline the details of classes for coming year. CCD offerings can be made online from website.
11/12 June Mass Collections: €1,592,28: ADP : €270; Shrines : €196,31. Coffee: €52,77 ; Books : €61 ; La Quête: €5; Screens: €105; Candles €5. Thank you for your support.
Weekend Mass Schedule: 3 July – 28 August 10 am & 12 noon. Vigil Mass & Sun 6.30 pm continue during July and August.
Parish Info Day: Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 pm. to greet parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st Oct.
Pastoral Council meeting 27 June, 7.30 pm. Items arising could be: Preparations for Info Day on 2nd October; continuation of the Ministries and suggestion of others needed; Book on St Joseph’s; Financial Update; any minor or major works of refurbishment to be addressed and other items suggested.
Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Rocamadour: 28,29&30 October. Depart St Joseph’s, Fri. 28 Oct. at 22h00 & back in Paris Sun. 30 Oct. about 22H00. Price €150 includes bus fare, B&B (2 nights). Booking & Deposit €75 by 2 Oct. Call Venci: 06.98.68.95.30
Calling 1st Communion & Confirmation CCD: your beautiful Chalice & Host & Tongues of Fire from ‘Red Wall’ ready for collection in the Reception area of St Joseph’s. CCD Books can be returned to St Joseph’s in preparation for next year. Many thanks.
Passionist Meeting 14-16 June in Ireland: This meeting called to continue the process of integrating St Patrick’s Province and St Joseph’s Province. The proposal to create one Province will be submitted to Rome in September. The newly created Province will have 43 Passionists from St Patrick’s and 14 from St Joseph’s. The new Province will have 8 Canonical communities, 6 of them from St Patrick’s and 2 from St Joseph’s Province. Integration after 95 years apart as separate Provinces will be challenging. Please pray for success. St Joseph’s, Paris will be part of the new St Parick’s Province. St Paul of the Cross, pray for us.
As summer arrives, many thanks to all for giving St Joseph’s of yourself and your faith over the past year which remained a difficult one. May we continue serving God and each other in a generous way.
19 June: Mass in Swahili at 3 p.m.
Friday is Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus.
A Reflection – Aidan, C.P.
On the Feast of Corpus Christi, as a child growing up, the whole town came to a standstill for the Corpus Christi Procession. The Blessed Sacrament in a Monstrance was carried though the streets while rose petals were strewn from a basket by girls who had made First Holy Communion to reverence Jesus. Altar Servers, only boys in those days, walked with thurible and incense to reverence Jesus being brought though the streets. The procession ended on the ‘Bandstand’ on the promenade where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was held, the Sea was blessed for a safe tourist season. A truly lovely event.
It was a different world then, but I love to recall that such moments were the start of a ‘love story’ with Jesus in the Eucharist. It was great for us as children to know that Jesus was out and about in our town. People put up flags and ‘bunting’ in front of their houses and those who did not walk in the procession knelt in adoration as Jesus went past. People felt blessed by this passing moment and their homes also. Different times long gone.
Jesus is not content to be present only in the Tabernacle. His is there, Body, Soul, Blood and Divinity. The flickering red light tells that He is ‘at home’ waiting for us. But He has not given up going onto the streets. He still blesses streets, homes, people and seas. He is never happier than among His people.
The difference now as compared to be back then, is that He relies more on us rather than the Monstrance to carry Him to others. You are His ‘carrier’ and by you He reaches other people and places. What an honour and a privilege. We may not have the rose petals or the smoke with incense rising, but we are the Temples of the Holy Spirit. You are as truly bringing Jesus to others now in 2022 as did the priest in the processions back then.
St Joseph’s Young Adult Ministry started ‘Feed the Homeless’ of the streets of Paris a few years back. Preparing individual bags of something to eat and drink, they bring them to anyone in need of food. There is no lack of people who not only receive something to eat but human contact and a sign of caring.
Last Saturday this food was being prepared at the same time as the children were receiving Jesus. The ‘Bread of the Eucharist’ and the ‘Bread for the Hungry’ have the same origin – the Love of Jesus for all who need to be fed by Him . The carriers of the bags to people on the streets are truly ‘Eucharistic Minsters.’ At the Last Judgement, Jesus will tell those carriers, ‘I was hungry, and you fed me.’ If they ask when this happened, Jesus will smile and say, ‘As long as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.’ Jesus is still waiting on the streets for us. All who hunger, Jesus wants to feed.
Over the past two weeks, I have been more fortunate than many others in that I have taken part in two First Holy Communions. Sometimes it takes firm faith to believe that Jesus is there fully as God. Like the man in the Gospel, ‘I believe, help my unbelief.’ But when I see the eyes of a child receiving Jesus for the first time, any doubts melt away. They may not be able to ‘explain’ the mystery, but their love is more important than their knowledge.
‘O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament Divine, all Praise and all Thanksgiving be every moment Thine.’ Amen.