4th Sunday of Lent (Laetare) 19 March 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 am, 11 & 12.30 pm, 6.30 pm
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.
During Lent: evening Mass on Fridays at 7:30pm; followed by Stations of the Cross.
Lenten Retreat: starts Friday 31st March at 7:30pm Mass & continues Saturday 1 April at 9am (Presentation & Prayer) ending with 11:00am Mass
Lenten Project 2023: 2nd phase: Emergency help in Alep, Syria.
Donations will be sent through l’Oeuvre d’Orient, see KTO interview of MGR Gollnisch (links on our website/Lenten Project 2023)
Second collection at the 5 Sunday Masses: 12 March €2,312.28 (€1949,78, ADP €362.5). Grand total now: €6,786.08
NB: A € 6000 from this total has been transferred this week
Also infos at information Table in Reception
FEAST of St Joseph’s Monday 20: MASS at 7:30pm followed by simple reception.
Collections 5 March: Weekend 5 Masses: €2655,34; ADP: €570; Coffee/Tea €64.24
Please Note: The Parish council has organised an information table on ADP, 3 Sundays after the 3 morning Masses in the reception near the Bookstall. If you pay Tax in France, don’t hesitate to ask them on how to use this Diocese Tax Receipt, a 66% rebate on your income tax. Thanks for your generosity.
CCD Confirmation Retreat: Sat 15 April at 10am at St Joseph’s, includes meeting with Monsignor Gonon.
Marriage Preparation Course: 11 couples registered. Next sessions on March 19th, April 2nd & 16th , from 4pm- 5:30pm
USHERS’ Meeting: Sunday 26th March at 1:50pm, St Joseph’s Church Hall.
Feast Days this week: Mon 20: St Joseph; Sat 25th Annonciation, Solemnity.
Next Baptisms Saturday 1 & 29 April Form Registrations on www.stjoeparis.org
Next Baptism Preparation Saturday 22 April at 11am (starts with Mass).
A GOOD LENT III
Alms giving is the third pillar of our Lenten observance. It means sharing a little of what we have with people who are in need. It is a practical way of responding to the call of Jesus, “Be compassionate as your Father is compassionate”. We see and are moved by the suffering of our brothers and sisters. But its not enough to feel compassion, we are called to be generous as our Father is generous. Our practical charity is expressed in giving. This Lent the parish has decided to help the suffering victims of the terrible earthquakes in Turkey and Syria.
Last year the parish responded wonderfully to the people in Ukraine. The war was on the news every day and we had a strong Passionist link with Ukraine and the people there.The devastation and suffering in Turkey and Syria is no longer in the news. It’s easy to forget. Our cultural and emotional bonds with these countries may not be so close. I don’t think we have any Turkish or Syrian members in the parish. We may have to make an extra effort to feel solidarity with our brothers and sisters in these countries who are going through such a terrible ordeal.
We remember the words of Jesus, “As long as you do it to the least of these, you do it to me.” The spirit of Lent as well as our Christian hearts move us to feel close to the suffering people of Turkey and Syria. The countless orphaned children and old people left homeless and lonely need our love, our prayers and our practical help. Please continue to give generously. Thank you.