Bulletin 16th January 2022
2nd Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: (01) 42 27 28 56 [Int’l + 33 1]
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.
Other ministries and activities, as listed on: www.stjoeparis.org
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
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.
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.
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.