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Bulletin 4 September 2022

23rd Sunday in Ordinary Time
4th September 2022 
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
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Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Sun Mass:
9.30 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm & Evening Mass at 6.30 p.m.
: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Baptism & Marriage Preparation
: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries:

Summer Schedule of Masses is over: From 4th Sept. to 25th June 2023: Sat. Vigil Mass: 6.30 pm; Sun: 9.30 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm & 6.30 pm
Mass Collection
will be as you leave.
Face masks not mandatory but if desired, can be worn. For Sept. Hall available for participating in Mass.

CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: is open on Start date is Sun 9 Oct. 17 Sept a CCD Teachers’ meeting at 3.00 p.m. to arrange 22-23 classes. A Mass of Blessing for CCD 2022-2023 will be arranged by incoming Curé. Donations to St Joseph’s to cover CCD costs are appreciated and can be made as suits.
Confirmation Retreat 2023:
Saturday, 21st Jan. from 10 a.m. – 3 p.m. at Church of St Augustine.
A Bishop for Confirmation
on Pentecost Sunday, 28 May at 3 p.m. will be provided by the Archdiocese of Paris.
1st Communions
: Sat. 27 May at 11 am. First Reconciliation to be arranged later.

Mass Collections 28 August: € 1,540.69; Books: €44; ADP: €992; Candles: €652,82; Screens: €87; La Quête: €24. Many thanks.

Parish Info Day: Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 pm. to greet  parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P.,  as Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st October. Preparation for this parish event is under way.
Already some Parishioners are preparing for this important event. A group will come on Saturday, 1st October, to set up the tables, instal the extension cords and gas cooktops. Each group can staple a paper table cloth on their tables.
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Many will have met/seen online Martin, C.P. during August at St Joseph’s. He returns to Rome later this month for the Synod of the Passionists. He will arrive back to St Joseph’s in late September in preparation for becoming Curé and local superior from 1st October. Fàilte Romhat agus go néirigh an bothar leat.

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:

Pastoral Council, 19 Sept, 7.30 pm {Minutes of June meeting and Agenda will  be sent out. Items for Agenda welcome.}
ACWO Potluck Lunch, 30 Sept in Hall
Feed the Homeless
, Sat. 3 Sep @ 11.30 on Parvis. Please help if possible.

Reflection on the Scriptures

The Word of God is sharper than any double-edged sword. Today’s Readings show that . There is no doubt left by Jesus that to follow Him is not for the faint-hearted. Jesus asks us to fall in love with Him and to give as fully of ourselves as we are capable.
Love is the key to knowing Jesus because He is Love. He does not want us to hate anyone, least of all our parents, family or friends. He simply wants our hearts in the first place. Once that happens, we can love others more truly. The greater our love for Jesus, the greater our love for His people.
When Jesus holds pride of place in our hearts, we can do what seems humanly impossible. Imagine the feelings of a slave’s master when asked to receive back not a runaway slave, but a brother. This is what Paul asks that the ‘owner’ of Onesimus to consider. In human terms it does not add up, but love conquers fear and hesitation.
The Book of Wisdom [1st Reading] was written 100 years before the Birth of Jesus. It was written in Greek. The challenge of the book was how to make a Jewish God relevant to foreigners. Gentiles had a different mind-set from the Jewish people. Their long record of being the Chosen People made this task far from easy. 2,000 years after Christ, the challenge remains.
Every generation has to write its own Book of Wisdom. It remains our challenge also, “to know the intentions of God” and to “divine the will of the Lord.” [1st Reading]
It worries me and makes me nervous, when I hear a person declare with certainty that this is ‘the will of God.’ It takes wisdom, along with love, to begin to see what God is asking of any of us or of a community of believers.
The best way to discern what God may be asking, is to spend a lot of time in the company of Jesus. He will enlighten us as did the Father when Jesus spent whole nights in the hills on his own.
When we spend time with another person, we grow in knowledge and love for them. The deeper my love for a person or group, the greater my sense of what is needed and  beginning to achieve these.
You or I may never be faced with building a tower or going to a war. At the core of these parables of Jesus is a caution not to rashly rely on our own abilities, status or power. All I have is received as a gift from God – from Birth to Death.
When I know that all is grace, then my life becomes simpler, and so I know that “without Me you can do nothing.” Come Holy Spirit!



Saint Joseph's Catholic Church
50 Avenue Hoche
75008 Paris, France
33(0)1 42 27 28 56

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