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3rd Sunday of Easter 18April2021

3rd Sunday of Easter-18thApril 2021
St Joseph’s Passionist Church 
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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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.

English Classes: Tim Ross, is offering classes in English by Zoom to children 6th Grade to High School, with parental consent; for Adults in groups of 5 people. Proceeds for St Joseph’s Church  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boy Scouts of America seek School-aged girls and young women (11-17) in the Paris Region to join BSA. Girls (5-10) welcome to join Club Scout Family Pack. Full info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


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.

RCIA begins again on Thurs, 14 Oc. 2021. Depending on any restrictions that may be in place, a decision will be taken nearer to the time to continue online or revert to the Hall. Apply to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.r


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


Mass Intentions at St Joseph’s Church can be arranged with a priest or by email to: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.     

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.

 

2nd Sunday of Easter 11April2021

2nd Sunday of Easter: Divine Mercy Sunday; 11th April 2021

St Joseph’s Passionist Church; Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56

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Collection Easter Sunday: 10 & 12 Mass: €953,32; ADP: € 1,814; Donation: €100 Total: €2,767,32 Thanks for support.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 7: € 3,685,45; {includes ADP donations}
Total for Lenten Project: €14,175, 71. Your generosity is appreciated. Your giving this Lent in the midst of a pandemic is truly amazing. With 2 Masses instead of 5 and with less than 200 people instead of 2,000, this humbles me in face of your goodness. ADP & Le Quête are great ways to donate.


Confessions: Sat. 11.20-12.30pm & 5-6 p.m. or by appointment with a priest.

English Classes: Tim Ross, is offering English Classes by Zoom to children from 6th Grade to High School, with parental consent; for Adults in groups of 5 people. Proceeds for St Joseph’s Church  This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Boy Scouts of America seek School-aged girls and young women (11-17) in the Paris Region to join BSA. Girls (5-10) welcome to join Club Scout Family Pack. Full info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


RCIA reception of Sacraments at dawn on Easter Sunday brought great joy to all at St Joseph’s. Congratulations to our adults and to the RCIA team who led their formation.


With rising rate of COVID infections, we all need to be extra vigilant in caring for each other as we gather to worship God.

  • Registration for Sunday Mass continues, not to exclude people, but caring in a pandemic. Your understanding is appreciated. The one way to register for Sunday Mass is by the website stjoeparis.org
  • The beauty of the Easter Altar, active participation in ministries of Holy Week and Easter, along with your generosity to Lenten Project and to Saint Joseph’s Church and priests, make Lent and Easter 2021 memorable
  • Holy Week had a fraction of the many who wished to be at St Joseph’s. Now less than 25% of the capacity of the church can be present at Mass. Some parishes are under investigation for breach of COVID regulations in Holy Week. (La Croix, 9 Apr. p. 6-7)

Marriage Course ends this Sun. Thanks to Guadalupe and David for this course online for couples preparing for their marriage

Confessions: Saturdays: 11.30 a.m. – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. or by appointment. Confessions in glass parlour to ensure social distancing.

Weekday Mass: 8.30 a.m. open to all.

Saturday: 11 a.m. Mass open to all.

Baptism Preparation: this Saturday with future dates on website. Thanks to Juliet and Chris for their care of this ministry.



A Reflection for Divine Mercy Sunday

{Thanks to St Paul of the Cross for his words over recent weeks in the Bulletin.}

After the Resurrection, the Apostles were filled with fear. They were behind locked doors. Their world had been turned upside down. Events had been so amazing that they were taking no chances of being caught off guard again. But again they were surprised as, ‘Jesus came and stood among them.’ Unlike their fear and turmoil, His words are simple but beautiful, ‘Peace be with you.’ He showed them His hands and side. They were still marked with the signs of the Passion.

COVID over the past year has left many of us frightened. Health precautions, the curfew, masks, have kept us ‘locked’ away from each other. Isolation is rampant. The centre of the lives we once knew has moved. Our lives have ‘shrunk’ over the past year – people we love have not been seen for a long time. People around us we can no longer hold, visit or share in a meal. Some people can no longer work as they once did but found a new meaning to ‘bringing your work home.’ Children are more familiar with teachers and friends on screen. Face to face has been redefined. Remote is the new ‘normal’.

In this year which Pope Francis has dedicated to St Joseph, our St Joseph’s has been redefined. The front doors are closed, you are not able to freely come to Mass as you wish and to share coffee, tea and a chat. No longer able to see the smiling faces of CCD students, parents and teachers file into the Hall for class. A whole generation of children learnt about Jesus in Holy Communion and the Holy Spirit in Confirmation electronically. Their making this journey is inspirational.

‘Feed the Homeless’ and every other ministry is altered beyond any of our imagining even one short year ago. Seven adults came to the Sacraments of Initiation by ‘remote meeting’ and rose at dawn on Easter morning to meet the Risen Christ in a St Joseph’s that was so different from previous years. But they did it and their joy was palpable.

Others feel ‘disorientated’ like I have over the past year. Yet, many accept this as a new moment of grace given to us by God for a purpose not fully seen. This is our present; the future of St Joseph’s is ours to begin to create together. The leader of this will be the Risen Jesus. He is both architect and builder but doesn’t want to do it without us.

Understandably, there are other people who are angry, impatient with God and other people, fretting to get back to ‘normal’. Not wanting to shatter this ambition, but it is not going to happen. No more than the Apostles could go back to the Jesus they first followed and loved, neither can we go back to the way things were. I don’t particularly want to go back, because the Resurrection beckons us to new horizons beyond anything we could even begin to imagine. The same Jesus, wounds still showing on His sacred body, will lead us to a new Peace which he wishes for us. He is breathing the Holy Spirit on us. He is asking us to look forward and not to spend our energy looking back to what is past.

The Empty Tomb has been transformed into the Womb of Love for a world redeemed and called to stop the sufferings of people going through their passion now. Jesus shows us that people are still being crucified and He wants to stop it. He calls all to stop this by learning to challenge ever form of injustice because His peace is born of justice. Jesus’ name is engraved on the foreheads of the poor, according to St Paul of the Cross.

And what about COVID? It is infectious, sad, dangerous. Vaccines are helping us move out of this upheaval. A perspective on COVID can be to see it as a wound on the Body of Christ, now Risen from the dead. Jesus in His Body on earth, feels the pain and the devastation of the pandemic. Jesus has not gone into isolation. He is in the midst of us by the Holy Spirit. The Resurrection conquered sin and death. It will also help us to emerge from COVID to a new life to which He is calling us.

EASTER SUNDAY 4April2021

Easter Sunday – The Resurrection
4th April 2021-St Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: 01. 42 27 28 56
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Mass Collections on Easter Sun for St Joseph’s Lenten Project 2021:

1)Archdiocese of Paris will offer respite accommodation for 10 people.

2) Help for Catholic Schools in Lebanon: After 4th Aug 2020 Beirut explosion, Oeuvre d’Orient sponsors 15 schools in the area of the explosion. Donate by:

Collection 28 Mar: 10 & 12 Mass: €651.04; ADP: € 2,077; La Quête: not to hand.

LENTEN PROJECT Week 6: € 4,532.05; {includes ADP € 2,521 donations €1,680}

Total for Lenten Project to date next week. Your generosity is appreciated. The Lenten Project will remain open for another week to include Easter Sunday Masses and to allow people who still wish to contribute. Your giving this year in the midst of a pandemic is truly amazing.
Your giving at 2 Masses instead of 5 and with 100 people instead of 2,000, humbles me in face of your sheer goodness. ADP and Le Quête have proved a wonderful way to donate.


Confessions: Sat. 11.20-12.30pm & 5-6 p.m. or by appointment with a priest.


English Classes: Tim Ross, is offering English Classes by Zoom to children from 6th Grade to High School, with parental consent; Classes in English for Adults in groups of 5 people. Proceeds for St Joseph’s Church Contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Boy Scouts of America seek School-aged girls and young women (11-17) in the Paris Region to join BSA. Girls (5-10) welcome to join Club Scout Family Pack. Full info: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.


Easter Week at St Joseph’s

Easter Week Mass at 8.30 a.m. daily

Saturday, 10 April at 11 a.m. with Confessions after Mass to 12.30 p.m.

Confessions again, 5 – 6 p.m. Sunday, 11th April: Divine Mercy with Mass at 10.00 a.m. and 12 noon. Registration required for Sun Masses

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With rising rate of COVID infections, we all need to be extra vigilant in caring for each other as we gather to worship God.

  • We are blessed to have been able this year to celebrate Holy Week with people present.
  • Registration for Sunday Mass is not to exclude people but to care for people in body and spirit during an infectious pandemic.
  • Your understanding and co-operation are truly appreciated.
  • To be fair to all, the one way to register for Sunday Mass is by the website stjoeparis.org
  • On behalf of Fr Pat and all at St Joseph’s, I wish you a Happy Easter. Our ‘online’ community via YouTube are now a part of our St joseph’s family.

CCD classes continue preparation for First Communion and Confirmation. Thanks to Bishop Marsset for the online retreat for the Candidates and speaking to Parents. Confirmation: Pentecost Sun, 23 May at 3 pm. 1st Communions on Sat. 22 May at 11.00 a.m. God bless all.

Marriage Course end next Sun. Thanks to Guadalupe and David for this course online for couples preparing for their marriage



Another Meditation in words of St Paul of the Cross from his Spiritual Diary.

“What do you want to reclaim resurrect - in yourself?

What enlightens and gives meaning to our faith in Christ Jesus is the event of His resurrection. God, passionate about the lives of his children, uttered his clearest and most definitive word concerning Jesus. He proved His fidelity to the Father and to the Kingdom, and his care for others. Jesus’ way of life is our gift and our task as Christians.

While it was still dark…..

Pale and dim light, similar to their faith. It seemed that everything was lost with the death of Jesus. There was little hope, ‘we hoped that he would be the liberator of Israel’. (Lk. 24:13-14). It is still the first day of the week, very early. A new era is beginning; it is the dawn of a new day. A new man and a new humanity are born from the open side of Jesus.

Mary of Magdala came to the tomb…

‘When he had risen, early on the first day of the week, He appeared first to Mary Magdalene, out of whom he had driven seven demons.’ (Mk.16:9) Mary of Magdala was a woman who deeply experienced her weakness, her fragility, the lack of meaning in her life. However, she found Christ and her life changed. We admire her promptness and sensitivity, her love and pain, as she searched for the corpse of Jesus to anoint it. Mary is a symbol of our continual searching as human beings – What am I looking for, today, in my life? For whom am I looking?

The Tomb was empty – ‘They have taken the Lord from the tomb, and we don’t know where they put Him.’

The message is clear – Death has been conquered! What have we done today with the Risen Jesus in the Church and in the world? Who took him? Is the Lord in whom we believe, a Christ full of life that inspires hope in us or a Christ whose memory has gradually in our hearts and no longer inspires enlivens us?

He saw and believed…

The Risen One will become present through the reality that each one lives within him or herself because this is God’s way of being within each person. Jesus beloved disciple, without entering, saw the empty tomb, the burial cloths, and the shroud and believed that the Lord was risen. In Jesus’ absence he discovers his presence. The same is not true of Simon Peter. He entered the tomb, saw the same things as the other disciple, but did not believe. He and the others would need apparitions and even need to touch Jesus in order to believe. It is as if ‘friendship’ and ‘intimacy’ could open their eyes of faith more effectively than authority or power. It is ‘love’ that makes us witnesses and capable of rejoicing in the incredible, the invisible.

Today the world needs men and women committed and radically passionate about life. They are present, celebrating Easter, where death occurs. Celebrating Easter and believing in the Resurrection also requires that we read the signs of life among us: hope, joy, service, mercy, faith, prayer, liturgy, tenderness, and the efforts of so many who seek a more human society. This means following in the footsteps of the Risen One, recognising Him in the one who lives next door and allowing oneself to be found by Him”.

                             Prayer

Embrace me closely, Jesus of Nazareth.

You who know about dread and agony; you Who know about betrayal, failure and setbacks, place your hand on me to heal me. Jesus, dwell in the midst of human pain. You who know about persecution and exile, you who know about condemnation and martyrdom, come speak to us about becoming brothers and sisters. Welcome the forgotten of the earth, listen to those who grieve over their failures, tenderly gaze upon them, keep guard over us during the night, brighten our days so that we may never lose hope in the miracle of your empty grave.

Saint Paul of the Cross, pray for us.

 

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50 Avenue Hoche
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