32nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
6th November 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 & 12.30 pm, 6.30 pm
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Collections 30th Oct.: Weekend Masses: €2,101.04; Candles: €344,54; Coffee: €45,14;
Rocamadour Pilgrimage: €1,657,11. Thanks for constant support.
YAM Feed the Homeless, Sat, 5th Nov. preparation on parvis at 11.30 a.m.
Names for Altar List of the Deceased box in front of Altar to receive your list of names.
Pastoral Council: Next meeting on Wed. 9 Nov., 7.30 – 9 p.m. in Hall. Agenda and Minutes of Oct meeting will be circulated beforehand.
Baptisms: Sat. 5 Nov. at 12.30 p.m. Saturday, 26 Nov. at 12.30 p.m.[Please arrive from 12.15 p.m.]
Baptism Preparation Sat. 12 Nov. at 11.30 in Hall after 11.00 a.m. Mass. Applications for Baptism and Preparation on www.stjoeparis.org
Sanitizing of Church between Sunday Masses is cared for by Facilities Group.
Friday: 11th Nov. Armistice Day. Church will close after 8.30 a.m. Mass.
CCD resumes on Sunday next, 13th Nov. Students are welcome back and we pray that all will draw closer to Jesus on their faith journey. They are treasured in the St Joseph’s Church community.
Feasts this week: Wed: Dedication of the Basilica of St John Lateran, Rome; Thurs: St Leo the Great, Pope; Fri: St Martin, Bishop of Tours; Sat: St Josephat, Bishop in Lithuania. All Saints, pray for us.
Praying for the deceased.
November is when we remember our dead. Families remember those gone to God in death, pray for them and put their names on an Altar List of the Dead. Armistice Day on 11 November remembers those who fell on the battlefields. Religious in their communities pray for their deceased members who helped to build the Kingdom of God during their time on earth.
There are those who have nobody left on earth to remember them during November. But they are not forgotten by God who created them. No more than a mother forgets the child she carried and nurtured, God holds each in His heart and in the palm of His hand. It is as intimate as that.
While we miss those who have died and we pray for them, they have gone through the gates of death and met God on the other side. They will not die again. What about us? What have we to do to join them in Heaven?
Our meeting Jesus’ in death is on a day and time known only to God. Like the Second Coming it will not be on the news or on social media beforehand. It will happen and all will be changed.
We will either be ready or not. There is no other option. Will I be ready? I pray that I will.
The Church is the Bride of Christ. We are the Church, each a Bride of Christ. It will not be enough to say that we belong to the Church unless our hearts are fuelled and burning with Love.
It is in both belonging to the Church and loving God and each other that keeps the lamp of love burning. Before long, 27 November, the season of Advent will begin and we will call out, ‘Maranatha’, ‘Come Lord Jesus.’ He never refuses.
Death seems the end; for faith it begins lasting joy. The Preface of Mass of the Dead prays: “Lord, for your faithful people, life is changed not ended and when the body of our earthly dwelling lies in death, we gain an everlasting place in Heaven.”
Pray for the Faithful Departed