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Bulletin 16 January 2022

Bulletin 16th January 2022  
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
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Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9.30; 11.00; 12.30. Sunday Evening Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Confession
: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.
Baptism & Marriage Preparation
: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries and activities, as listed on: www.stjoeparis.org
CCD is back online and leading your children and young people deeper into the Mystery of Jesus and the Church. God willing, we will have 1st Reconciliation, 1st Holy Communion and Confirmation celebrated this year. I look forward to joining Confirmation Teachers Meeting this Fri evening online. Thanks for arranging this. email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


9 – 14 Jan: Received € 4,045,34: Collection Mass (Cash): € 1,376,27; Cash Donation: €100; ADP: € 2,000;
La Quête App: €20; Credit Card on Electronic Screens: €140; Shrines: €318,37; Coffee: €25,70; Books: €65
.
ADP donations from www.stjoeparis.org
 


Bible Study on Weds. online from 10.30 a.m. to 12 noon: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Annual Collection for the Passionist Province of St Patrick from 4 Masses at Christmas was € 4,577,36. On behalf of the Passionists and personally, sincere thanks.
Pastoral Council meets on Monday, 17 January 7.30 p.m. online.
Minutes of a PC meeting of 11th December will be reviewed. An Agenda has been prepared and distributed.
Feed the Homeless Sat. 15th Jan.
at 11.30 a.m.

Teen Faith Group at St Joseph’s is being formed to assist teenagers explore their faith and expand their knowledge of the church and of God’s Kingdom. Further details will be sent by the organiser. Email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

RCIA: Thursdays 8 p.m. with 4 Adults preparing for Baptism and 10 in all for Confirmation at the Easter Vigil. They are an inspiration and are a gift among us. Thanks to Joan, Colette and Joe for their dedication to this ministry.
Health and Safety
remains urgent with social distancing, wearing a mask and hand sanitising as the norm.
Stewardship Group
did a great service in packing away Crib and decorations for another year.
‘Laudato Si’
meeting on Sat. 15 Jan. at St Joseph’s from 4 – 5.30 p.m. All are welcome to come along.
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Reflection – Aidan, C.P.

The jars at the Cana wedding ran dry. Mary, who may have helped prepare for the wedding, was concerned. The couple being married would be embarrassed. Jesus intervenes to rescue the situation. In St John’s words, “This was the first of the signs given by Jesus.”

Many seminaries and formation houses are running empty in many countries. This gives me no joy but cannot be ignored. Mary is concerned as she was at Cana when wine ran out. She turns to Jesus I have no doubt. What ‘sign’ will He give to us today as He did at Cana?

A current sign of the times is that in Ireland over the past 3 years, 21% of all priests serving in parishes have died in the past three years. Evidence points to this being likely to continue and to  increase. With few in priestly formation, action is urgent. The first step is prayer, ‘to ask the Lord of the Harvest to send labourers into the harvest.’

The group in Ireland who brought this statistic to our attention also suggest some consequences, as they see them:

  • Amalgamation of parishes
  • Close Churches
  • Fewer Masses available

This way forward is one approach. These are not solutions I agree with even while understanding and respecting them.

Pope Francis has instituted the Ministry of Catechist. This is an empowering of our baptised sisters and brothers to minister to others as ‘priests, prophets and kings’ bestowed on all the baptised.

This does not diminish ordained ministry going back to the Last Supper. Priests and Deacons will always have a place in the spiritual life of God’s People. With baptised sisters and brothers called by God to share in ministry to His People, what a blessed future may lie ahead:

  • ‘Amalgamation of parishes’: baptised pastoral minsters, lay and clerical, to serve a parish.
  • ‘Close Churches’ if because building is unsafe or finances, but not solely because priests are not available. It is possible to dream of a different future.
  • ‘Fewer Masses available’: this may be unavoidable. A call to laity to proclaim God’s Word and feed His People with Holy Communion is possible.

The Passionists are not immune from this decrease of priests and religious and the fewness of ordinations. This affects assignments of priests to the various places served by St Patrick’s Province, including St Joseph’s, Paris.

After our Dec. Pastoral Council meeting, liturgical preparation took place for  Eucharistic Services to be led by parishioners after Christmas. By this, worship continued, and I could take a break for a few days. On Monday at our Pastoral Council meeting we will review this as a way forward at St Joseph’s.

Jars were empty at Cana and Mary was concerned that this be remedied. It is my belief that Mary cares about empty spaces in parishes, and by intercession with Her Son will offer us a remedy.

Bulletin 9 January 2022

Bulletin 9th January 2022-The Baptism of Our Lord
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel:
(01) 42 27 28 56 [Int’l + 33 1]
Email
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Website:
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Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m. Sunday Mass: 9.30; 11.00; 12.30. Sunday Evening Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Confession: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment.
Baptism & Marriage Preparation: email:
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries and activities, as listed on: www.stjoeparis.org
For CCD
: email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.  Welcome back to CCD Teachers and Students after the Christmas break. It is such a blessing that by your goodness during the pandemic, an unbroken religious preparation and formation of children and young people have continued. There are still a few CCD books ready for collection in Reception area of St Joseph’s.


Collection 19th Dec.: € 1,629,51; ADP: € 2802; La Quête: €105; Electronic Screens: Candles: 6€; Shrines € 137,90.  Parvis Coffee: €23,10. Bookstore: € 117,12.
Sunday, 26 Dec. (2 Masses): €829,09. ADP €500 Mass 31 Dec: € 461,91.
Mass 1 Jan: € 300,30. Bookstore: €11,70. Sun 2 Jan (4 Masses): €1,555,42. ADP: €2070,19; Shrine Candles: €254,62.
Credit Card can be used from ‘Electronic Screens’ for Candles, donations to St Joseph’s Church or ‘’Denier’ for tax returns.


Christmas Giving Tree: Your children’s gifts at Christmas were beautiful. Thanks to Gretchen and Fabrice for organising this.

Annual Collection for Passionist Province of St Patrick at 4 Christmas Masses amounted to € 2,867.36. To this will be added your ADP donations to the Passionists and other amounts you gave for this collection. The final total for the Passionist Congregation will be published here in the coming weeks.

Pastoral Council will meet on Mon. 17 Jan at 7.30 p.m. online. PC Minutes of 11 Dec will be published to update us on our parish.

Advent, Christmas & New Year at St Joseph’s: Where to begin? The pilgrimage that is Advent was rich in blessings. The Advent Retreat had a greater participation than seen in recent years. Mgr. Connolly and Fr John Craven, CP, enriched this time of prayer and reflection. A Penance Service and Individual Confessions in Advent were a feature of this grace-filled weeks. After the Retreat and PC Meeting, Eunice led us through a practice for four post-Christmas daily liturgies of the Word of God and Holy Communion. This highlighted the role we all have in serving God’s People. This also enabled me to take some days away to visit family in Ireland. With laity sharing like this in the life of the community, we are putting into practice Pope Francis’ Institution in 2021 of the Lay Ministry of Catechist. All Ministries at St Joseph’s are a privilege that we share together for the honour of God.


Feed the Homeless next Sat, 15 Jan, 11.30 am
Teen Faith Group at St Joseph’s
is being formed to assist teenagers explore together their faith and expand their knowledge of the Church and the Kingdom of God. Further details will be sent by the co-ordinator – email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.



Reflection: Baptism of Jesus

Omicron has altered our lives as well as disrupting travel plans in recent weeks. It is now not unusual to see long lines of people waiting to be tested and then await the result.

Jesus one day joined a long queue, not to be tested, but to receive Baptism from John in the Jordan River. Bethlehem was where Jesus was born, Egypt where the Holy Family sought sanctuary from Herod and Nazareth where He grew up in the home of Joseph and Mary.

After 30 years growing in wisdom and knowledge, He emerged to take his place among us. He lined up to be baptised, not because he must do this, but he wished to be one of us before He became our King.

God the Father took this moment of Baptism to open the secrets of Heaven and put beyond all doubt that Jesus is the Son of God sent to open the gates of Paradise.

The Holy Spirit descends upon Jesus in the form of a dove. This is Jesus being sealed for Mission over the next three years. It will be on Calvary that He will hand back His spirit to the Father in an act of pure love and of surrender. ‘Greater love has no one than to lay down their life for their friends.’ We are his friends now and hope to be so for all eternity.

The Baptism of Jesus is striking and full of significance. But we are not only admirers or spectators. We participate in the same journey to the Father as did Jesus.

On the day that the waters of Baptism flowed over us, a miracle took place in our soul. The same Spirit comes to dwell within us and will only be handed over when we meet God in death.

On our way to the Kingdom, we journey in the strength of Baptism. This opens the door to the other Sacraments. By these we increase in grace and grow in holiness.

This happens so that we become strong missionaries in building the Kingdom of God while on this earth. The territory for us as ‘missioned’ extends to the ends of the earth.

By Baptism you have the power to be ‘priest, prophet and king,’ words taken from the Rite of Baptism. This glorious mission is yet to be fully implemented for all the Baptised.

We are blessed at St Joseph’s in having so many children and some adults each year for Baptism. Each is a gift from God to us at St Joseph’s.

The day of Baptism marks our first steps towards our eternal destiny. Jesus started from the Jordan 2,000 years ago and we walk in His sacred footsteps. How blessed we are!

Happy New Year 2022

Happy New Year 2022!

1 Jan: Feast of Holy Mary, Mother of God : Mass at 11am (NO Vigil Mass)
2 Jan: Epiphany: 
Mass 9:30; 11am; 12:30; 6:30pm

          

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