26th Sunday in Ordinary Time
25th September 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 am, 11 am, 12.30 pm & Evening Mass at 6.30 p.m.
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Other ministries: www.stjoeparis.org
CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: is open on www.stjoeparis.org Start date is Sun 9 Oct. 17 Sept CCD
Teachers’ meet at 3.00 p.m. was well attended and accomplished a lot.
The full list of those registered for CCD is being prepared and class groups and times will be sent to you.
CCD offering of €75 per child is suggested to cover costs appreciated. More will be welcome, but NOBODY will be excluded because of a donation.
Confirmation Retreat 2023: Sat, 21 Jan. 10 am 3 p.m. at Church of St Augustine.
Confirmation on Pentecost Sun, 28 May at 3 p.m. by Mgr. Gonon, Vicar General of the Archdiocese of Paris.
1st Communions: Sat. 27 May at 11 am.
First Reconciliation: 25 March, 11.30 am
Mass Collections 18 Sept: € 1,585,28; ADP: €820; Candles: €265,19; Screens: €82; La Quête: €5; Hospitality/Coffee: €41,41.
$ notes donated changed to Euros: €260.
Marriage Banns: Mary Katherine Murtha & Hugo de Paula Malim. [1 Oct 22]
Ushers’ Meeting: Sept, 25 Sept at 1.45 in the Hall – Comfort will welcome you.
Parish Info Day: Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 pm. to greet parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st October for next three years.
Many will have met Martin, C.P. at St Joseph’s during August, or seen him online. Now he is in Rome for the Synod of the Passionists which concluded on Wed.
Martin returns to St Joseph’s on 26th Sept . to become Curé of St Joseph’s on 1st Oct.
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
Pastoral Council Meeting last Monday dealt with our wide range of Ministries and matters relating to furthering our Mission in the Church to the World. If you would like to receive Pastoral Council Minutes, please request that your email be added to the list of recipients. The involvement of as many as possible is welcomed.
ACWO Potluck lunch 30 Sept in Hall. Please contact the parish office if you wish more information on this or any other matter relating to ACWO.
Choir Practice has resumed on Tues.
Feastdays: Mon: Ss Cosmas and Damian; Tues: St Vincent de Paul; Wed: Japanese Martyrs; Thurs: Archangels Michael, Gabriel and Raphael; Fri: St Jerome; Sat: Saint Thérèse of Lisieux. Saints, pray for us.
First copies of the eagerly awaited Book on St Joseph’s by Parishioner, Tom Heneghan, will soon be with us.
Men’s Spirituality Group: preparing next meeting for early Oct. Date to be announced soon.
YAM October Calendar: 1 Oct: Feed the Homeless – Parvis @ 11.30 a.m. Volunteers are welcome to join in.
29 Oct: Young Adult Mass, 6.30 p.m. with Rosary at 5.30 p.m. beforehand.
Volunteers to answer the phone and the door at St Joseph’s on some weekday afternoons will be welcome.
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers to meet on Sat, 15th Oct. in St Joseph’s at 10 a.m. followed by 11 am Mass.
RCIA begins on Thursday, 13 October at 8 p.m. Applications to parish office.
Saying goodbye is never easy. Life is made up of ‘arrivals’ and ‘departures’, each with their own challenges. To say ‘goodbye’ is the harder of the two for me. My first painful goodbye was the day I left home in Bray, Ireland, to enter the Passionist Novitiate. Little could I have known on that August morning that within six months I would be back home for my Mother’s funeral. The morning I said goodbye I had no inkling that I would not see her alive again. But, since then she has been at my side through good and tough times.
God has been so good to me and has blessed me every time I have ‘arrived’ and seen me through many painful ‘goodbyes’. Student formation was tough back then. The 2nd Vatican Council was a breath of fresh air when St John XXIII dared to open windows and admit the breath of the Holy Spirit. Not that the Spirit was missing before then but had been overshadowed by a spirituality that wished to ‘reshape’ Novices in a more docile way.
But nothing can stand in the way of God and the power of the Spirit. I can never thank God adequately for the people He sent to be with me and to enrich me on the journey. I have been incredibly blessed.
Every assignment He has given to me I entered into, “in weakness and in much fear and trembling.” [I Cor 2:3] I take nothing for granted. I have nothing other than what I have received from His loving hand. It took me some time to realise that all is gift, all is grace. Often I watch in wonder at what He achieves in and through me. Without Him I am helpless. My only claim is that “I am an unprofitable servant, only doing what is my duty.” [cf. Luke 17:10]
The ‘goodbyes’ of my life are to express my profound gratitude to people like you who have been with me for fourteen years. You owe me nothing; rather together we owe everything to God. God allows me to ‘fall in love’ with every people to whom He has led me. If this were not to happen, He could do little good through me. He only works in the language and by the power of love. The more anyone loves, the more painful saying ‘goodbye’ becomes.
In moments of parting, God knows what He is doing. His plans for the future will be accomplished with you by others. Some will come back because of my going. His plans for me, He is yet to reveal. Blessed be His will. In His Farwell to the Apostles on the night before He died, it is interesting that He addressed the Father directly:
“I have manifested your name to those whom you gave me out of the world; they were yours and you gave them to me, and they have kept thy Word. Now they know that everything you have given me came from you……and they have believed that you did send me. I am praying for them.” [John17:6-9]
That is the finest way anyone can say goodbye. Now I thank God and you for the past 14 years when we walked together. I did not choose to come to you, nor did you ask for me, but I was ‘sent’ by Divine providence. All I tried to do was to lift a little the veil on the face of God. You were given to me as precious gifts. I had Jesus’ Word to share with you. That Word is the Way, the Truth and the Life. Now you know that all I had to offer came from God. All is gift; all is grace. I only own my sins. The parting of the ways for now is also in God’s plan. The best parting gift you can give me and I can give you is to pray for each other, as Jesus promised His Apostles.
[Aidan Troy, C.P., 22 Sept 2022]