EPIPHANY: 8th January 2023
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 & 12.30pm, 6.30pm
Christmas collection: €4527,46; New Year collection: €3306,13
3 week ADP: 3356€ , Screens: €300; candles: €17, la Quête app: €150. Thanks for your constant support.
Marriage Preparation Course: Blessing of all couples from the last session on 15 January 11am Mass.
RCIA: resumes January 12th at 8 pm. Adults are preparing for Sacraments of Initiation at Easter 2023
Stewardship of Church: preparation of our Church, cleaning 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.
Parish Pastoral Council: Next on 11 January at 7:30pm in the hall.
A donation of €75 per child is asked to cover cost for books, zoom or Hall. Hand in envelope with child’s name in collection, or online from website
“We host events, discussions, pilgrimages and activities specifically for teenagers, and we would love for as many young people (ages 12 - 18) as possible to participate.”
14 January: Sacré Coeur Pilgrimage, meet at church at 2pm & travel there together.
Young Adults Ministry YAM in January 2023:
Sat 7: 11:30am Feed the Homeless
Friday 20: Vespers at Miraculous Medal Chapel 140 rue du Bac 75007 at 6:50pm
Sat 28: 5:30pm Rosary followed by 6:30pm Young Adults Mass.
Bible Study: Wednesdays 10.30 – 12.00: resumes 11 jan 2023 at 10:30am
Schedule on www.stjoeparis.org
Fr Martin is away a few days: Fr Brendan McKeever, C.P. is here to help. He is currently in the Passionist Community, Mount Argus, Dublin.
REFLECTION FOR EPIPHANY
The Wise Men from the East came looking for the newborn King. They were seekers of the truth who responded to the stirrings of their hearts and the guidance of the cosmos in their quest for God. They followed the Star and came to the tiny land of the Jews.
They first met Herod who could not welcome them sincerely because he was filled with fear and envy. He did not share their joy and enthusiasm. Their presence and the news they brought were a threat and a danger as far as Herod was concerned. He would react with anger and violence against the child.
They moved on and eventually they met Mary, Joseph and the baby Jesus who welcomed them with open hearts. The strangers were filled with joy and relief. At last they had found their hearts’ desire. The journey and the effort were worth it for now they beheld the beauty of God shining on the face of the child Jesus. They felt blessed. Then they opened their treasures and gave their gifts.
The strangers from a far away place were bearers of extraordinary gifts and blessings. Mary would treasure the memory of this visit forever.