33nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
13th 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, 11 & 12.30 pm, 6.30 pm
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Hygiene Drive for Red Cross, Le Pecq continues for soap, toothbrushes toothpaste, shampoo, etc.
Collections 6th Nov.: Weekend Masses: €2,139.20; Candles: €445,25; Coffee: €43,33; Books €19;
ADP: 440€; screens: 167€; La Quête: 145€; Thanks for constant support.
Names for Altar List of the Deceased box in front of Altar to receive your list of names.
Baptisms: Saturday, 26 Nov. at 12.30 p.m.[Please arrive from 12.15 p.m.]
Baptism Preparation Sat. 12Nov, 11am
Applications for Baptism and Preparation on www.stjoeparis.org
Stewardship of Church: preparation of our Church, cleaning of toilets and public areas each Saturday from 11.30 a.m.
This is essential for the worthy reception of people for Mass and for hygiene reasons.
Sanitizing of Church between Sunday Masses is cared for by Facilities Group.
CCD resumes on Sunday 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.
CHRISTMAS FAIR 2022
Buy Christmas trees, Christmas cards, figures for your Crib etc.
More information on Sunday 13 th November.
Reminder about Christmas Pageant, Advent 2022. Date to be annonced later.
THE END OF THE WORLD
What does the Church teach about the end of the world? As we approach the end of the Church’s Liturgical Year the readings at Mass point forward to the end of time and the coming of the Lord. But what do these readings really mean?
Most scientists agree that our universe is finite, with a beginning and an end. The beginning is often described as the Big Bang from which everything in the universe arose. Scientists also say that the universe will end with either a Big Freeze or a Big Crunch. They make this prediction based on their observations of the expanding universe and the laws of nature as we now know them. Of course it is possible that new scientific discoveries will modify and improve these predictions. About these things, the Church has nothing to say.
What do Christians believe about the end of time? Christian belief is based on the teaching of Jesus and the bible. It is not an alternative or a rival to scientific knowledge. Jesus preached the Good News about the Kingdom of God that would replace the kingdoms of the world. The Jewish people also looked forward to a new Kingdom of Israel where the people would live in freedom from foreign domination and oppression. Before that could happen, they expected the “evil” kingdoms that oppressed them to be overthrown.
Jesus’s preaching went beyond the expectations of the Jews and pointed to a new kingdom embracing the whole of humanity, Jews and Gentiles, and the whole creation. It will be a kingdom of truth and justice, of peace and love for all people and the whole creation. This is what Christians hope for.
Christians look forward to the fullness of life in the Kingdom of God. In it we will be real human beings, living together in a new world with all our brothers and sisters. We do not know the exact details of this new world but know it will be wonderful because it is God’s gift to us. We already experience a foretaste of it in the Church. We believe the Kingdom will fully arrive when Christ returns in glory at the end of this age and then there will be a new heaven and a new earth.