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Bulletin 26 June 2022

Bulletin 26th June 2022
13th Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saint Joseph’s Passionist Church
Tel: (
01) 42 27 28 56 [Int’l + 33 1]
Email
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Website: www.stjoeparis.org

Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Next Sun Mass: 10.00; 12.00; 6.30 p.m.
Confession
: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Baptism & Marriage Preparation
: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries: www.stjoeparis.org

Weekend Mass Schedule: 3 July – 28 August 10 am & 12 noon. Vigil Mass & Sun 6.30 pm


Health Guidelines: St Joseph’s Church
Eucharistic Ministers
: can sanitize hands and receive Holy Communion at Altar.
Masks indoors
: A rise in COVID infections, mask wearing is being recommended.
People can participate in Mass
from Hall.
Collection
continues when leaving  Mass.
Sanitizing
needs the church to be empty.


CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open on www.stjoeparis.org Registrations made are appreciated. Starting class date is Sun. 9 Oct. In Sept., a Teachers’ meeting will work out the details of classes for coming year. In conversation with Martin Coffey, C.P. the CCD Calendar will then be published. CCD donations can be made from the website.

18/19 June Mass Collections: €1,558,83: Swahili Mass : €70 ;  ADP : €220 ; Shrines : €102,27. Books : € 20 ; La Quête: €10;  Screens: €60. Thank you for your support.

Appreciation to Eugene McCarthy, C.P. for visiting us and good that he could renew his contact with people in Paris during this time.

Parish Info Day: Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 pm. to greet  parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st Oct. Help will be greatly appreciated arranging for the great variety of food and to prepare the garden. All going well, the Summer Fair can return at St Joseph’s in 2023. This will help Church funds.
Pastoral Council
meeting 27 June, 7.30 pm. Agenda will include: Preparations for Info Day on 2nd October; continuation of the Ministries and suggestion of others needed; Book on St Joseph’s; Financial Update; any minor or major works of refurbishment to be addressed and other items suggested.

Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Rocamadour: 28,29&30 October. Depart St Joseph’s, Fri. 28 Oct. at 22h00 & back in Paris Sun. 30 Oct. about 22H00. Price €150 includes bus fare, B&B (2 nights). Booking & Deposit €75 by 2 Oct. Call Venci: 06.98.68.95.30
Calling 1st Communion & Confirmation CCD:
your beautiful Chalice & Host & Tongues of Fire from ‘Red Wall’ are ready for collection. CCD Books can be returned to St Joseph’s.
In July and August the Bulletin Notices will be available online.
The weekly Reflection will resume in September.

Archdiocese of Paris has a pilgrimage to Ireland in footsteps of Ss Patrick, Kevin, Columban, Brendan and O.L. of Knock: 23rd – 30th Oct 2022. Details on posters and Application Form is available. These dates clash with O.L. of Rocamadour. A Pilgrimage in the footsteps of St Paul of Cross had been suggested. Martin, C.P., Passionist Community and the parish have some choices to make!


Wednesday is Feast of Ss Peter and Paul.


Banns of Marriage: Haira Aldave & Jordan Kerneis



A ReflectionAidan, C.P.

After ordination as a priest, I was asked to seek new members to join the Passionists. This was challenging.

What I soon discovered was that the Holy  Spirit is the one who is watching over us and leading us to do as God wants. The obstacles are summed up by St Luke, giving us the wisdom of Jesus. He leads by his own example.

The time is drawing near for Jesus to be ‘taken up.’ He is ‘leaving’ but not abandoning us. He is taking a step towards being ‘raised up’ in glory.

All of us are called to follow Jesus and to live wanting to be ‘raised up.’ This is the loving call of God to us. But He never forces us.

Today Jesus gives us three examples of obstacles to following our vocation to eternal glory. Jesus never wants us to be fanatical or contemptuous of our world. Rather, he invites us to a quality of detachment and love that is the fruit of faith. Jesus vision of who we are called to be is magnificent. My work as vocations person was to ‘midwife’ this action of the Holy Spirit.

After leaving Nazareth and the love and security of Mary and Joseph, He never acquired a permanent place to live – “the Son of Man has nowhere to lay his head.” Jesus shows us that our faith is not to be founded on either material or psychological securities. Soon, I will be uprooting once again for the umpteenth time in my life.

Jesus does not want us to ignore the loss of parents and their burial. But we must never put our hope in a dead and definitively gone past. If we cling on to dead structures and crave a return of the past, we are in danger of perishing. Instead our ‘duty is to go and spread the news of the Kingdom of God.’ To stay in the past is to die.

The third obstacle is to say, “I will follow you, but...” Once there is a ‘but,’ I am not ready to focus on the Lord’s vineyard - “no one who looks back is fit for the Kingdom of God.”

There was a sad time when this text of Scripture was used to put pressure on candidates for priesthood or religious life not to leave seminary or novitiate. Jesus’ focus was never that limited. He asks each of His children to never give up on following Him with all our heart and soul. Just as couples may need to separate if their relationship is abusive to one or both parties, so a person who sets out to follow Jesus as a religious or a priest may be led by the Spirit to change direction.

It is not Satan who turns them away but more likely the Holy Spirit opening their true path to the joys of Heaven. To remain out of fear is a betrayal of love because love casts out fear.

When we are blessed by being shown our true path in life, our vocation, we can find life and live it freely in love without fear. Listen to St Paul, “When Christ freed us, he meant us to remain free. Stand firm, therefore, and do not submit again to the yoke of slavery.”

Like Elisha in the First Reading, Jesus passes by and hopes that we will see Him. He loves us so much that He wants us to leave our attachments, any disordered affections and make Him and each other the reason to live.

One day at God’s calling us we will be raised up and then ‘taken up’ as Jesus was after the Passion and Resurrection. When we taste love and freedom bestowed by Jesus life is never the same again. This is true religion and leaves us ready to take the road leading to Calvary, but which ends by us being taken up to Heaven.

Bulletin 19 June 2022

Bulletin 19th June 2022 
Corpus Christi
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.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website: www.stjoeparis.org
Saturday: Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Sun Mass:
9.30; 11.00; 12.30; 6.30 p.m.
Confession
: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Baptism & Marriage Preparation
: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries: www.stjoeparis.org


Health Guidelines: St Joseph’s Church: Eucharistic Ministers: can sanitize hands and receive Holy Communion at Altar.
Masks indoors
are not mandatory.
People can participate in Mass
from Hall.
Collection
continues when leaving  Mass.
Sanitizing
needs the church to be empty.


CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open on www.stjoeparis.org Registrations made are appreciated. Starting class date is Sun. 9 Oct. In Sept.
Teachers meeting will outline the details of classes for coming year. CCD offerings can be made online from website.
11/12 June Mass Collections
: €1,592,28:  ADP : €270; Shrines : €196,31. Coffee: €52,77 ; Books : €61 ; La Quête: €5;  Screens: €105; Candles €5. Thank you for your support.
Weekend Mass Schedule: 3 July – 28 August
10 am & 12 noon. Vigil Mass & Sun 6.30 pm continue during July and August.
Parish Info Day:
Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 pm. to greet  parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st Oct.
Pastoral Council
meeting 27 June, 7.30 pm. Items arising could be: Preparations for Info Day on 2nd October; continuation of the Ministries and suggestion of others needed; Book on St Joseph’s; Financial Update; any minor or major works of refurbishment to be addressed and other items suggested.


Pilgrimage to Our Lady of Rocamadour: 28,29&30 October. Depart St Joseph’s, Fri. 28 Oct. at 22h00 & back in Paris Sun. 30 Oct. about 22H00. Price €150 includes bus fare, B&B (2 nights). Booking & Deposit €75 by 2 Oct. Call Venci: 06.98.68.95.30
Calling 1st Communion & Confirmation CCD: your beautiful Chalice & Host & Tongues of Fire from ‘Red Wall’ ready for collection in the Reception area of St Joseph’s. CCD Books can be returned to St Joseph’s in preparation for next year. Many thanks.

Passionist Meeting 14-16 June in Ireland: This meeting called to continue the process of integrating St Patrick’s Province and St Joseph’s Province. The proposal to create one Province will be submitted to Rome in September. The newly created Province will have 43 Passionists from St Patrick’s and 14 from St Joseph’s. The new Province will have 8 Canonical communities, 6 of them from St Patrick’s and 2 from St Joseph’s Province. Integration after 95 years apart as separate Provinces will be challenging. Please pray for success. St Joseph’s, Paris will be part of the new St Parick’s Province. St Paul of the Cross, pray for us.

As summer arrives, many thanks to all for giving St Joseph’s of yourself and your faith over the past year which remained a difficult one. May we continue serving God and each other in a generous way.

19 June: Mass in Swahili at 3 p.m.
Friday
is Feast of Sacred Heart of Jesus.



A ReflectionAidan, C.P.

On the Feast of Corpus Christi, as a child growing up, the whole town came to a standstill for the Corpus Christi Procession. The Blessed Sacrament in a Monstrance was carried though the streets while rose petals were strewn from a basket by girls who had made First Holy Communion to reverence Jesus. Altar Servers, only boys in those days, walked with thurible and incense to reverence Jesus being brought though the streets. The procession ended on the ‘Bandstand’ on the promenade where Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament was held, the Sea was blessed for a safe tourist season. A truly lovely event.

It was a different world then, but I love to recall that such moments were the start of a ‘love story’ with Jesus in the Eucharist. It was great for us as children to know that Jesus was out and about in our town. People put up flags and ‘bunting’ in front of their houses and those who did not walk in the procession knelt in adoration as Jesus went past. People felt blessed by this passing moment and their homes also. Different times long gone.

Jesus is not content to be present only in the Tabernacle. His is there, Body, Soul, Blood and Divinity. The flickering red light tells that He is ‘at home’ waiting for us. But He has not given up going onto the streets. He still blesses streets, homes, people and seas. He is never happier than among His people.

The difference now as compared to be back then, is that He relies more on us rather than the Monstrance to carry Him to others. You are His ‘carrier’ and by you He reaches other people and places. What an honour and a privilege. We may not have the rose petals or the smoke with incense rising, but we are the Temples of the Holy Spirit. You are as truly bringing Jesus to others now in 2022 as did the priest in the processions back then.

St Joseph’s Young Adult Ministry started ‘Feed the Homeless’ of the streets of Paris a few years back. Preparing individual bags of something to eat and drink, they bring them to anyone in need of food. There is no lack of people who not only receive something to eat but human contact and a sign of caring.

Last Saturday this food was being prepared at the same time as the children were receiving Jesus. The ‘Bread of the Eucharist’ and the ‘Bread for the Hungry’ have the same origin – the Love of Jesus for all who need to be fed by Him . The carriers of the bags to people on the streets are truly ‘Eucharistic Minsters.’ At the Last Judgement, Jesus will tell those carriers, ‘I was hungry, and  you fed me.’ If they ask when this happened, Jesus will smile and say, ‘As long as you did it to one of the least of these my brethren, you did it to Me.’ Jesus is still waiting on the streets for us. All who hunger, Jesus wants to feed.

Over the past two weeks, I have been more fortunate than many others in that I have taken part in two First Holy Communions. Sometimes it takes firm faith to believe that Jesus is there fully as God. Like the man in the Gospel, ‘I believe, help my unbelief.’ But when I see the eyes of a child receiving Jesus for the first time, any doubts melt away. They may not be able to ‘explain’ the mystery, but their love is more important than their knowledge.

‘O Sacrament most holy, O Sacrament Divine, all Praise and all Thanksgiving be every moment Thine.’ Amen.

Bulletin 12 June 2022

Bulletin 12th June 2022
The Most Holy Trinity
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.
This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Website:
www.stjoeparis.org
Saturday:
Vigil Mass: 6.30 p.m.
Sun Mass:
9.30; 11.00; 12.30; 6.30 p.m.
Confession
: Saturday: 11.30 – 12.30 & 5 – 6 p.m. and by appointment.
Baptism & Marriage Preparation
: email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.
Other ministries: www.stjoeparis.org


Health Guidelines: St Joseph’s Church
Eucharistic Ministers
: can sanitize hands and receive Holy Communion at Altar.
Masks in indoors
are not mandatory.
People can participate in Mass
for health/ other reasons from the Hall.
Collection
continues when leaving  Mass.
Church sanitizing
between Sun Masses needs church empty while this is done.


No Confessions: Sat. morning, 11th June.
CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open
on www.stjoeparis.org Thanks to all who have registered – plans will come in Sept.

19 June: Mass in Swahili at 3 p.m.
4/5 June Mass Collections
: €1,764,31: FHC Mass: €334,45; Confirmation: €217,97;  ADP : €1,520 ; Shrines : €225,16. La Quête: €15;  Screens: €68. Total CCD Donations for Altar Flowers: €400. CCD classes: €200.

Weekend Mass Schedule: 3 July – 28 August 10 am & 12 noon. Vigil Mass & Sun 6.30 pm continue during July and August.
Parish Info Day: Sun, 2 Oct. 10 am – 3 p.m. to greet  parishioners and Martin Coffey, C.P., new Curé/Passionist Superior from 1st Oct.

Feasts: Mon: St Anthony of Padua; Sunday: Corpus Christi – Body and Blood of Christ
Pastoral Council
meeting 27 June, 7.30 pm.


Publication of Marriage Banns:

1.Natalia Harlejczyk & Timothée Fearon (6th Aug)
2.Haire Aldave & Jordan Kerneis (24th Sept)


Pilgrimage of Our Lady of Rocamadour: 28,29&30 October. Depart St Joseph’s, Fri. 28 Oct. at 22h00 & back in Paris Sun. 30 Oct. about 22H00. Price €150 includes bus fare, B&B (2 nights). Booking & Deposit €75 by Sun. 2 Oct. Call Venci: 06.98.68.95.30
Calling 1st Communion & Confirmation CCD: your beautiful Chalice & Host & Tongues of Fire from ‘Red Wall’ ready for collection in the Reception area of St Joseph’s.

Scouts and Guides of France are joining us for 11 a.m. Mass today; afterward, they will have a Cookie Sale to assist with renovating a school in Morocco in collaboration with Moroccan Scouts. Please support if you can.



 

ReflectionAidan, C.P.

What a beautiful season of Feastdays. After the Ascension of Our Lord, we had Pentecost. Today is God’s Feastday, the Most Holy Trinity. Next Sunday we will have the Feast of the Body and Blood of Jesus. Before the end of June we will be given the Sacred Heart of Jesus, St John the Baptist and Sts Peter and Paul. This is a truly blessed time for us all.

We can look on the Blessed Trinity as a mystery to be solved or as a Love story to be told. The mystery aspect of the Trinity has occupied saints over the centuries. St Augustine is said to have wrestled with this mystery of God being Three Persons and yet One God.

A story is told of Augustine watching a child on a beach going in and out of the sea to pour a little water into a hole in the sand. St Augustine asked him what he was doing and was told that the aim was to put the ocean into the hole in the sand. Augustine mused that this was not going to happen, to which he got the reply that it was as likely as trying to solve the mystery of the Trinity.

Eventually, St Augustine (354-430) concluded that, ‘wherever there is love, there is a trinity: a lover, a beloved, and a fountain of love.’  That makes a lot of sense to me without ‘solving’ the mystery. God is Love, St John tells us. When God loves the Son, that love is a Person, the Holy Spirit. When you find God and God finds you, you are loved, and that Love comes to live in you. You are a Temple of the Holy Spirit.

Last weekend Love was in action. The First Communions and Confirmations were feasts of love. Parents with children, families together around each other; relatives travelled long distances to be present; CCD teachers and helpers; food shared; cakes cut; ‘Feed the Homeless’ was upstairs while we were below in the church; loving decoration of the Altar with flowers and the ‘Red Wall’ with Chalice & Host and with Tongues of Fire; music and singing that was nothing shortly of heavenly; children and young people proclaiming the Word of God; the ‘unseen’ who were behind the scenes doing necessary tasks of service; the presence of Mgr. Gonon and Mgr. Connolly; parishioners praying for the young people.

The list is endless but for me that is when the words of Jesus come to life, ‘where two or three are gathered in my name, there am I in the midst of them’ [Mt:18:20] You could ‘touch’ the Trinity last weekend because Love was in the air and all around us. This Sunday gives us opportunity one week later to say, “Thank you, Father, Son and Holy Spirit.

While we rejoiced in the Spirit, the Body of Christ was attacked when over 50 people, including several children, were shot dead at Mass in St Francis Xavier Church in Owo, Nigeria on Pentecost Sunday. May they rest in peace. Our thoughts and prayers are with them.

Personally, I can’t find words to convey the joy in my heart last weekend when for the 14th consecutive year, your love again revealed to me the face of God.

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