Bulletin 26th June 2022
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: (01) 42 27 28 56 [Int’l + 33 1]
Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Next Sun Mass: 10.00; 12.00; 6.30 p.m.
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Other ministries: www.stjoeparis.org
Weekend Mass Schedule: 3 July – 28 August 10 am & 12 noon. Vigil Mass & Sun 6.30 pm
Health Guidelines: St Joseph’s Church
Eucharistic Ministers: can sanitize hands and receive Holy Communion at Altar.
Masks indoors: A rise in COVID infections, mask wearing is being recommended.
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., a Teachers’ meeting will work out the details of classes for coming year. In conversation with Martin Coffey, C.P. the CCD Calendar will then be published. CCD donations can be made from the website.
18/19 June Mass Collections: €1,558,83: Swahili Mass : €70 ; ADP : €220 ; Shrines : €102,27. Books : € 20 ; La Quête: €10; Screens: €60. Thank you for your support.
Appreciation to Eugene McCarthy, C.P. for visiting us and good that he could renew his contact with people in Paris during this time.
Parish Info Day: Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 pm. to greet parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st Oct. Help will be greatly appreciated arranging for the great variety of food and to prepare the garden. All going well, the Summer Fair can return at St Joseph’s in 2023. This will help Church funds.
Pastoral Council meeting 27 June, 7.30 pm. Agenda will include: 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’ are ready for collection. CCD Books can be returned to St Joseph’s.
In July and August the Bulletin Notices will be available online. The weekly Reflection will resume in September.
Archdiocese of Paris has a pilgrimage to Ireland in footsteps of Ss Patrick, Kevin, Columban, Brendan and O.L. of Knock: 23rd – 30th Oct 2022. Details on posters and Application Form is available. These dates clash with O.L. of Rocamadour. A Pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Paul of Cross had been suggested. Martin, C.P., Passionist Community and the parish have some choices to make!
Wednesday is Feast of Ss Peter and Paul.
Banns of Marriage: Haira Aldave & Jordan Kerneis
A Reflection – Aidan, C.P.
After ordination as a priest, I was asked to seek new members to join the Passionists. This was challenging.
What I soon discovered was that the Holy Spirit is the one who is watching over us and leading us to do as God wants. The obstacles are summed up by St Luke, giving us the wisdom of Jesus. He leads by his own example.
The time is drawing near for Jesus to be ‘taken up.’ He is ‘leaving’ but not abandoning us. He is taking a step towards being ‘raised up’ in glory.
All of us are called to follow Jesus and to live wanting to be ‘raised up.’ This is the loving call of God to us. But He never forces us.
Today Jesus gives us three examples of obstacles to following our vocation to eternal glory. Jesus never wants us to be fanatical or contemptuous of our world. Rather, he invites us to a quality of detachment and love that is the fruit of faith. Jesus vision of who we are called to be is magnificent. My work as vocations person was to ‘midwife’ this action of the Holy Spirit.
After leaving Nazareth and the love and security of Mary and Joseph, He never acquired a permanent place to live – “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Jesus shows us that our faith is not to be founded on either material or psychological securities. Soon, I will be uprooting once again for the umpteenth time in my life.
Jesus does not want us to ignore the loss of parents and their burial. But we must never put our hope in a dead and definitively gone past. If we cling on to dead structures and crave a return of the past, we are in danger of perishing. Instead our ‘duty is to go and spread the news of the Kingdom of God.’ To stay in the past is to die.
The third obstacle is to say, “I will follow you, but...” Once there is a ‘but,’ I am not ready to focus on the Lord’s vineyard - “no one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.”
There was a sad time when this text of Scripture was used to put pressure on candidates for priesthood or religious life not to leave seminary or novitiate. Jesus’ focus was never that limited. He asks each of His children to never give up on following Him with all our heart and soul. Just as couples may need to separate if their relationship is abusive to one or both parties, so a person who sets out to follow Jesus as a religious or a priest may be led by the Spirit to change direction.
It is not Satan who turns them away but more likely the Holy Spirit opening their true path to the joys of Heaven. To remain out of fear is a betrayal of love because love casts out fear.
When we are blessed by being shown our true path in life, our vocation, we can find life and live it freely in love without fear. Listen to St Paul, “When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”
Like Elisha in the First Reading, Jesus passes by and hopes that we will see Him. He loves us so much that He wants us to leave our attachments, any disordered affections and make Him and each other the reason to live.
One day at God’s calling us we will be raised up and then ‘taken up’ as Jesus was after the Passion and Resurrection. When we taste love and freedom bestowed by Jesus life is never the same again. This is true religion and leaves us ready to take the road leading to Calvary, but which ends by us being taken up to Heaven.