34nd Sunday, Feast of Christ the King
20th 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.
Hygiene Drive: The President of Red Cross, Le Pecq, M. Philippe Cous wishes to thank all of our parishoners who contributed so generously to the Hygiene Drive.
Collections 13th Nov.: Weekend Masses: €2,768,12; Candles: €356,54; Coffee: €45,14; ADP: 220€; screens: 309€; La Quête: 10€. Thanks for your constant support.
Names for Altar List of the Deceased box in front of Altar to receive your list of names.
Baptisms: Saturday, 26th November at 12.30 p.m. [Please arrive from 12.15 p.m.]
Baptism Preparation Sat. 10Dec 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.
Sanitizing of Church between Sunday Masses is cared for by Facilities Group.
CCD We pray for teachers and students that all will draw closer to Jesus on their faith journey. They are treasured in the St Joseph’s Church community.
RCIA continues on Thursdays at 8.00 pm
CHRISTMAS FAIR 2022: 11th December, Order your Christmas tress today in the reception area of the Church.
The Christmas Pageant and Carol Service is on Sunday 18th December at 3.00 pm All children are invited to take part in this Christmas story.
THE KINGSHIP OF CHRIST
Jesus proclaimed the arrival of the Kingdom of God and spent a great deal of his ministry helping his disciples and hearers to understand what this new kingdom was like. Most of his wonderful parables begin with words like: “To what can I compare the Kingdom of God?” Sometimes he says it’s like a mustard seed, or again liked the leaven in the dough.
On no occasion does he say the Kingdom of God is like a powerful king sitting on his throne and ruling over his dominions. The Kingdom of God is not imposed by force. Rather God send his son to invite us to follow him along the way that brings us into the Kingdom of God. It is the way of humility and service.
The Kingdom of God is not like the ordinary kingdoms of the world. As the Preface of today’s Mass says, it is “a kingdom of holiness and grace, a kingdom of justice, love and peace.” And our citizenship of the Kingdom is marked by the same qualities. It is our daily living of Christian love and service that makes the kingdom a reality in our midst.
Our vocation as Christians is to collaborate with God as coworkers in transforming the world into the Kingdom of God. There is only one way to do this and it is Jesus’ way. It is the way of self-forgetful love that is willing even to lay down one’s life for love of God and neighbor. Jesus is finally proclaimed King while hanging on the cross.
Pilate was shaken by his confrontation with Jesus and maybe that is why he had the inscription nailed to the cross that read, “This is Jesus of Nazareth, the King of the Jews.”