3rd Sunday of Easter-18thApril 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
Collection 11th April: 10 & 12 Masses: €1160,82; ADP: € 656,76. Many thanks.
Total for Lenten Project: €14,175, 71. Your generosity is appreciated. Your giving this Lent in a pandemic is truly amazing.
With COVID infection still high, we need to care for others as we gather for worship.
- Registration for Sunday Mass is requested not to exclude people, but to care for each other. Registration for Sunday Mass is by the website stjoeparis.org
- A few people arrive on Sundays without registration. It breaks my heart to turn anyone away. It goes against my principles. My thanks to people who accept that when registration closes, the permitted number has been reached.
- Please join me in prayer that soon we can welcome all, as in the past.
- Now is the time to begin to discern and pray about the St Joseph’s we want to emerge post- pandemic. When Pastoral Council resumes, an agenda item could be a ‘Parish Conversation’ on the way forward.
Prayers requested for Fr John Kearns, C.P. Provincial St Joseph’s Province, who has died after a short illness. May he rest in peace.
Marriage Course: Sun, 25 Apr & 9 May. Thanks to Guadalupe and David for this course for couples preparing their marriage
Confessions: Saturdays: 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment. Confessions now in the glass parlour for social distancing.
Weekday Mass: 8.30 a.m. Sat. 11 a.m. Open to all with no registration needed.
Infant Baptism Application can be made from www.stjoeparis.org Future dates and Preparation Course listed there.
Dates ahead for CCD:
22 May: 1st Communions: 11 am & 3 pm.
23 May: Confirmations: 3 p.m.
Dates ahead for Marymount School:
12 May: Bishop Rougé letters’ feedback
27 May: Eglise St Jacques: Confirmation
29 May: 1st Holy Communion, St Jacques
If date for your intention is available, at start of Mass the intention will be announced.
Our Lord’s Ascension, Thurs 13 May: 2 Masses: 10 am., 12 pm [Registration needed]
Appreciation for your fidelity shown during the pandemic to St Joseph’s Mission Anglophone.
Reflection on Sunday Scripture
The way people greet each other I find fascinating! Some speak a formal greeting, while for others, a simple ‘Hi’ suffices. There are many permutations and combinations in between. Some use the person’s name, if they know it; others are very precise about the correct ‘title’ of the person.
In my young days of training, there was a minefield of ecclesiastical titles – cardinals, archbishops, bishops, monsignors, parish priests, curates, Abbess of enclosed nuns, Monks, religious sisters, brothers and so on. I was baptised before I was ordained and so, Aidan will do me!
Jesus’ way of greeting friends after rising from the dead – “Peace be with you” is so beautiful. These are words of Hope of the Risen One to frightened people and to us:
- He invites by greeting us with peace to raise our eyes to rely on the Risen One when doubts and uncertainties have turned our world upside down. In a pandemic, Jesus still says, ‘Be at peace’.
- He can do this now because Jesus does not walk us only in good times. The worse the times are for us, the closer He draws with His peace and comfort.
- He puts others at ease by eating with people; with the Apostles, it was fish. At his Table, it is His Body and Blood that He gives to us.
- In his humanity, Jesus was killed; He died. The unique moment was when He rose from the dead and left the Tomb forever empty. This is our guarantee of eternal peace.
Jesus promised to send the Spirit upon us. He is true to his word. Jesus is with us as close as is our shadow on a bright day. He is with us in our sleep and in our dreams. Not even sin can banish Him. He awaits the ‘prodigal’ to come to our senses and come home to Him.
He ‘runs’ to meet us in case we are afraid. He never raises a finger of admonition but clasps us to His Sacred Heart and puts our past behind Him and us. That is true peace.
The Risen One gives us his peace to share and spread, particularly among the fearful. “You are witnesses to this”, Jesus says to us. By the way we reach out to others, we are spreading the ‘contagious’ gift of His peace.
By our prayer and devotions we want others to come into His peace. By our language, we speak of God without borders, who is ‘colour blind’ and to a God whose heart ‘bursts’ with love for each person He has ever created.
“He showed them His hands and feet’. These are the wounds of Love that are carried after the Resurrection. To know you are loved is one of the greatest gifts that a person can have or give. It gives a deep sense that you matter and are valued. Even if we are mocked and ridiculed by the world, Jesus breathes His peace into our lives by His love.
“Their joy was so great that they could not believe it, and they stood dumbfounded.’ I understand the stance of the first disciples. At special moments in our lives we can be flooded with joy, realising that we are so loved and treasured by God. He tells us that even death was not too high a price to pay.
Being ‘dumbfounded’ as the disciples were in His presence, alerts us that it is not always necessary to fill silence with words. In the face of the Risen One, silence in awe and wonder can be a fitting response. It is the least that Jesus deserves from us.
“Lift up the light of your face on us, O Lord’ is the response in the Psalm at Mass today. People are often described as being in the ‘spotlight’. But nothing compares to being shone on by the light of the Lord. There are two sides to this, the Light leaves nothing hidden – not even my sins. The other side being that by shining His light on our face, we are seen in our true identity as His child.