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Bulletin 24 October 2021

Bulletin 24th October 2021
30th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church

Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56 [Int’l: + 33 1]
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.stjoeparis.org


Fr Pat took his leave of St Joseph’s on Thursday to take up parish ministry in Mount Argus, Dublin. His going leaves a gap among us and he will be missed. His “send- off” last Sunday began with his celebrating 12.30 p.m. Mass. This was followed by a joyful and fun-filled time in the garden. There was food, dancing, singing and expressions of appreciation and good wishes.

Fr Ben, returned on Thurs to Minsteracres, England. Thanks to him for being with us.

There is a feeling of ‘déjà vu’ as you are left again with just me. We can hope and work to have a community of three Passionists restored, if at all possible. In the meantime, there is again an opportunity for us to read ‘the signs of the time’. Our situation is one that is replicated in other churches and parishes. As Pope Francis calls on us to enter into a period of listening – Synodality – laity are asked to be the main voices in the Body of Christ now. Every “crisis” has “opportunities”, and the call of God seems to me that we discern once again, ‘where is the Sprit leading St Joseph’s in this decade?’


COP26 U.N. Climate Summit 31 Oct to 12 Nov. in Glasgow. Cardinal Parolin will represent Pope Francis. St Joseph’s ‘Laudato Si’ group will help us engage with these urgent challenges.

RCIA 2021 – 2022 began on Thursday evening in the Hall. In challenging times, it is a joy that five Candidates – under mid-30’s in age - have set their hearts on receiving Sacraments of Initiation. This is the work of the Spirit leading them into the Body of Christ via St Joseph’s. Please keep them in your prayers and also Joan, Colette and Joe who walk with them.

CCD  Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Mgr. François Gonon, Vicar General of Archdiocese of Paris, is taking up the mission of Mgr. Jachiet who is going to the Diocese of Belfort-Montbéliard.
Mgr. Gonon will celebrate Confirmation at St Joseph’s on Pentecost Sunday, 5th June at 3 p.m. He will also be with us on Saturday 9th April, to give feedback on the CCD letters sent to him.
Retreat 29 Jan:
10 am at St Augustin’s; Enrolment Mass with Parents 2 pm.
Letters to Mgr. Gonon
from Candidates to reach him by 19th Feb. 2022 [School holidays]. The letters can be sent by email or delivered by hand to St Joseph’s and will be brought all together to Mgr. Gonon.
Confirmation Rehearsal, 5 Jun. 2 p.m.
with Sponsor present. CCD teachers will give updates as the year goes on.

CCD FHC and Reconciliation in 2022:
26 Mar: 1st Reconciliation at 11.30 a.m.
4 June: CCD 1st Communions at  11.00 a.m.
Gospel Group has resumed on Sunday
mornings in the reception area and Tim is continuing classes online by ZOOM.

Marymount School Paris & {Eglise St Jacques}
Confirmation Retreat:
5th Feb. 9 – 3 pm in the School with Enrolment Mass at 2.30 p.m.
10 Feb: First Reconciliation at 7.00 p.m.
29 May: Sacrament of Confirmation, 3 p.m.
11 June: First Holy Communion at 11 a.m
.


Saturday Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.; Evening: 6.30 p.m.
Registration for these 5 Masses is from website:
www.stjoeparis.org

Marriage Preparation Course with 9 couples online has already completed two sessions. Our thanks to Guadalupe and David for all they are doing in this. This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Men’s Spirituality meet on Sat. 23 Oct.
at 9 a.m. at St Joseph’s with the topic – “Synodal way in Germany and what it means for the wider synodal discussion that Pope Francis has launched”. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Women’s Spirituality & YAM
visited Churches dedicated to St Joseph last weekend and again this weekend. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
YAM ‘Feed the Homeless’
on Saturday, 6th November @ 11.30 am All welcome to come to parvis to help. Contact:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
ACWO
have expressed their thanks to Fr Pat who celebrated Autumn Mass at St Joseph’s on 4th October followed by their AGM in the Hall.
Baptism Preparation
: Sat, 6 November after 11.30 a.m. Mass in Hall. Thanks to Juliet and Chris for this great ministry.
Stewardship Group
faithfully each Sat from 11.30 take care of church, toilets, etc. to ensure all is properly arranged.
Bible Study Wed. 10.30 a.m. in Hall.
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Music Ministry
  ready to welcome new people, including Cantors.
Ushers and Stewards
needed for the weekend Masses – please contact parish office to volunteer – This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
A Teen Faith Group at St Joseph’s is being formed at present. More to follow.


Feastdays: Thurs.: Ss Simon & Jude.

English Language Classes: Tim Ross offers English classes for children, with parental consent, and adults: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

  • Parish Mass Books and Hymnals are being restored to the seats this weekend. If you are not yet ready to handle books in the church, please feel no pressure.
  • YAM is preparing to invite young people to join in the Vigil Mass twice each month. Details still be prepared. These Masses will welcome people of all ages.
  • Refugees from Afghanistan: a Paris-based group would welcome help with resettling refugees Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Languages of Persian, Pashto or Urdu/Hindi would be helpful.
  • CCD Pageant at Carol Service on Sun, 12 Dec remains on calendar, but watching health situation.
  • St Joseph’s Hygiene Collection from 15 October to 30 November for Red Cross Le Pecq who need hygiene products for people. Boxes are provided to receive your items. See notices & flyers.

Pilgrimage: Ste-Baume, Cotignac & Lyon: Shrine of St Mary Magdalene, Apparition Site of St Joseph, Our Lady of Graces & Cathedral of Lyon: next weekend. Info: Venci: 06.98.68.95.30 Collections 17 Oct. : € 1,423.02 ADP:  €852; La Quête: € 10. Many thanks.

Appreciation for comments sent to me re my piece in last week’s bulletin on the Sexual Violence in French Catholic Church. I will return to this topic in coming weeks.

Bulletin 17 October 2021

Bulletin 17th October 2021
29th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56 [Int’l: + 33 1]
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.stjoeparis.org


Farewell to Fr Pat who served here from 2004-2008 as Curé and again from Nov. 2019. My words are not able to express gratitude to him for all he has given. He will offer 12.30 p.m. Mass today in thanksgiving.
Thanks also to Fr Ben, C.P. for being with us over the past few weeks.


Synod of Bishops 2023 on “Synodality”:
Archdiocese of Paris this weekend will launch the process of preparation for the Synod in 2023. The 3-fold theme is:

  • Communion
  • Participation
  • Mission

Last Sunday Pope Francis spoke of the way ahead – “Let Catholics emerge from ‘barricades of certainty’ to embrace ‘the art of encounter.’ The Synod themes could be for a future ‘Conversation’ at St Joseph’s, with as many people as possible participating.


COP26 U.N. Climate Summit 31 Oct to 12 Nov. in Glasgow. Pope Francis will not be present as he had hoped, and Cardinal Parolin will represent him. St Joseph’s ‘Laudato Si’ group will help us engage with the urgent challenges.

Collections 10 October. Mass : € 1,141.67 ADP: € 1,302  ; La Quête: € 52.

CCD Classes are doing well, thanks to God, families and CCD. Please keep the children in your prayers. Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

CCD FHC and Reconciliation in 2022

26 Mar: 1st Reconciliation at 11.30 a.m.
4 June: CCD 1st Communions at  11.00 a.m.
5 June: CCD Confirmations at 3 p.m.
Marymount School Paris {Eglise St Jacques}
10 Feb: First Reconciliation at 7.00 p.m.
29 May: Sacrament of Confirmation, 3 p.m.
11 June: First Holy Communion at 11 a.m
.

Confirmation 5th June 2022
Pope Francis has named Bishop Denis Jachiet as Bishop of Belfort-Montbéliard. Our prayers go with him, with our regret that he cannot confer CCD Confirmation as planned.
Retreat 29 Jan:
10 am at St Augustin’s; Enrolment Mass with Parents 2 pm.
Confirmation Rehearsal, 5 Jun. 2 p.m.
with Sponsor (1) present. Updates by CCD class teachers as year goes on.


Weekend Masses at St Joseph’s:
Saturday Vigil Mass
: 6.30 p.m.
Sunday Mass:
9.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.; Evening: 6.30 p.m.
Registration for these 5 Masses is from website:
www.stjoeparis.org
Thurs 21 Oct 8 pm
. RCIA begins: New Candidates invited to come along on Thursday evening this week.
Marriage Preparation:
today, 17th Oct.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other Ministries
resuming.

Feastdays this week: Mon: St Luke; Tues: St Paul of the Cross, Passionist Founder.

English Language Classes: Tim Ross resumes online his English classes. Children, with parental consent, and adults welcome to register for class. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


  • Pastoral Council met in Hall on Mon. 11 Oct at 7.30 p.m. The number present may have been few, but their work was superb. Curcino will give us the Minutes. Some of the points agreed:
  • Parish Mass Books and Hymnals will be available on trolleys for those who wish to use these at Mass. Please DO NOT leave these in the seats after Mass but return them to the trolleys. These will be sanitised before being used at the next Mass; If you are not yet ready to handle books in the church, do not feel left out.
  • YAM is preparing to invite young people to join in the Vigil Mass twice each month. Details still be prepared. These Masses will welcome people of all ages.
  • A Teen Faith Group at St Joseph’s is being formed and this is great news. More to follow.
  • Due to news items recently, the issue of the Seal of Confession will be addressed for our CCD.
  • Refugees from Afghanistan: a Paris-based group would welcome help with resettling refugees here. Info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. Languages of Persian, Pashto or Urdu/Hindi would be helpful.
  • CCD Pageant during Carol Service on Sunday, 12 Dec, will remain on our calendar while still monitoring the COVID health situation.
  • St Joseph’s Hygiene Collection from 15 October to 30 November to help Red Cross Le Pecq who need hygiene products for people. Pleas see the notice and flyers.
  • ADP was discussed and ways of developing it considered.
  • Next Meeting on Mon, 22 Nov. at 7.30 p.m. This will be on ZOOM and Heather has kindly offered to set up and host this meeting.

 


Pilgrimage: Ste-Baume, Cotignac & Lyon: Shrine of St Mary Magdalene, Apparition Site of St Joseph, Our Lady of Graces & Cathedral of Lyon: Oct 29 – 1 Nov. Info: Venci: 06.98.68.95.30
BIBLE STUDY
in Hall, Wed. at 10.30 am. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 

Women’s Spirituality Ministry are visiting other churches in Paris dedicated to St Joseph. The dates are Sat. 16 October and Sunday, 24 Oct. Our Leaflet on St Joseph’s Church is available and will be shared with other Churches in this ‘Year of St Joseph



CIASE Report of the Commission on Sexual Violence in the Catholic Church in France from 1950 to  20220 was published on 5th October. Like reports in other parts of the Catholic world, it is truly shocking in its findings. The lifelong suffering and awful damage done to those who should have been safe and protected, leave me deeply ashamed that priests, religious and others could even consider such abuse. There are aspects of life that I somehow understand, but this goes beyond my understanding. I do not find it easy to cope with this shameful and evil behaviour as a betrayal of such a sacred calling. What went so wrong? I don’t know. I wonder if our church leaders do either. Should we not have paused years ago accepting any new candidates for ordination until it was known how this could have happened? Suitable good people are still being called by God to priesthood, but something must have become deeply flawed in training and in living as servants of God’s people. I would appreciate your views on this situation in the Catholic Church to help ensure, as far as humanly possible, that all church communities are safe places for children and for all people. Please pray that God will lead us forward to a better and faithful way of being Church. {Aidan, C.P.}

 

Bulletin 10 October 2021

28th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56 [Int’l: + 33 1]
Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.stjoeparis.org


CCD Classes resumed last week mostly online & our youngest ccd happily joined their class in situ
Our CCD volunteers do a great service for children, youth and their families
Contact: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
CCD FHC and Reconciliation in 2022:
26 Mar: 1st Reconciliation at 11.30 a.m.
4 June: CCD 1st Communions at  11.00 a.m.
5 June: CCD Confirmations at 3 p.m.

Marymount School Paris {Eglise St Jacques}
10 Feb: First Reconciliation at 7.00 p.m.
29 May: Sacrament of Confirmation, 3 p.m.
11 June: First Holy Communion at 11 a.m
.

Confirmation 5th June 202:
Retreat 29 Jan:
10 am at St Augustin’s; Enrolment Mass with Parents 2 pm.
Letters to Bishop by Sat. 19 Feb
.
Feedback on letters by Bishop, 9th April
Bishop present 11.30 – 12.30 pm
Confirmation Rehearsal, 5 Jun. 2 p.m.
with Sponsor (1) present. Updates by CCD class teachers as year goes on.


Weekend Masses at St Joseph’s: Saturday Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Sunday Mass:
9.30 a.m., 11.00 a.m. and 12.30 p.m.; Evening: 6.30 p.m.
Registration for these 5 Masses is from website:
www.stjoeparis.org


Thurs 21 Oct 8 pm. RCIA begins
Marriage Preparation: began
3rd Oct.: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other Ministries
resuming.

Feastdays this week:
Mon:
St John XXIII; Fri: St Thérèse of Avila; Doctor of the Church, +1582;
Sat 16 oct: St Marguerite Marie Alacoque, +1690
(Sacred Heart Shrine, Paray le Monial, Burgundy).


English Language Classes: Tim Ross resumes online his English classes. Children, with parental consent, and adults welcome to register for class. Email:  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Pilgrimage: Ste-Baume, Cotignac & Lyon:
Shrine of St Mary Magdalene, Apparition Site of St Joseph, Our Lady of Graces & Cathedral of Lyon: Oct 29 – 1 Nov. Registrations is now complete.
Collections 3 Oct Sept
. Mass : € 930; ADP: €502 ; La Quête: €10; Thanks for your constant support.
BIBLE STUDY had a very good start and is now back
in Hall Wednesdays 10.30 a.m. Bibles provided. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. 
New Leaflet on St Joseph’s Church is now available and will be shared with other Churches dedicated to St Joseph.
Pastoral Council meets on Mon. 11 October at 7.30 p.m. in Hall. All Ministries invited.



LETTER from the Archbishop of Paris:

Dear brothers and sisters, dear friends,
As you know we were waiting for the CIASE report* which was made public today. We asked for it in order to tell the truth because we absolutely owed it to the victims and to all the faithful.

I was meditating on this this morning with the psalm of the Mass Ps 129: "From the depths I cry out to you Lord".

We have discovered this truth with all of you. She is way beyond what we thought we knew, she is scary.

For several years, we have taken measures to take this appalling tragedy seriously, but we see that we still have a long way to go to welcome the suffering of the victims, support them in their reconstruction, and make the common home more secure. The analysis of the causes exposed by the report of Mr. Sauvé obliges us to look closely at the factors which allowed such abuses. We will need all of you to enlighten us and help us with the necessary reforms. We asked CIASE to give us recommendations. We will study them carefully with all the bishops of France in order to decide what is appropriate to implement.

Believe me, I share your deep sadness at these terrible revelations. I invite you to pray for the victims whose lives are shattered. I also ask you to pray for all priests, deacons and laity so that they continue to work with dedication. We are all deeply saddened by these revelations.

Dear brothers and sisters, dear friends, I assure you of my deep communion in Christ.

+Michel Aupetit
Archbishop of Paris


*https://www.ciase.fr/medias/Ciase-Summary-of-the-Final-Report-5-october-2021.pdf


"Chers frères et sœurs, chers amis,

Comme vous le savez nous attendions le rapport de la CIASE qui a été rendu public aujourd’hui. Nous l’avions demandé pour faire la vérité car nous la devions absolument aux personnes victimes et à tous les fidèles.

Je méditais cela ce matin avec le psaume de la messe Ps 129 : « Des profondeurs je crie vers toi Seigneur ».

Cette vérité nous l’avons découverte avec vous tous. Elle est bien au-delà de ce que nous croyions savoir, elle est effrayante.

Depuis plusieurs années, nous avons pris des mesures pour prendre au sérieux cette épouvantable tragédie mais nous voyons que nous avons encore bien du chemin à faire pour accueillir la souffrance des victimes, les accompagner dans leur reconstruction, et rendre plus sûre la maison commune. L’analyse des causes exposées par le rapport de M. Sauvé nous oblige à regarder de près les facteurs qui ont permis de tels abus. Nous aurons besoin de vous tous pour nous éclairer et nous aider dans les réformes nécessaires. Nous avions demandé à la CIASE de nous donner des recommandations. Nous allons les étudier attentivement avec tous les évêques de France afin de décider ce qui convient de mettre en œuvre.

Croyez bien que je partage votre profonde tristesse devant ces terribles révélations. Je vous invite à prier pour les personnes victimes dont la vie est brisée. Je vous demande aussi de prier pour tous les prêtres, diacres et laïcs afin qu’ils continuent à œuvrer avec dévouement. Nous sommes tous profondément attristés par ces révélations.

Chers frères et sœurs, chers amis, je vous assure de ma profonde communion dans le Christ."+Michel Aupetit, Archevêque de Paris.

 

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