Bulletin 22nd May 2022
Sixth Sunday of Easter
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. and by appointment.
Other ministries and activities, as listed on: www.stjoeparis.org
Ascension Thurs. Masses: 11 am & 6.30 pm
15th May: Mass Collections: €1,941,51; ADP: €220; Shrines €212,37. La Quête: € 5; Screens: €46. Books: €60; Coffee: €53,05.
Marriage Course Certs: today at 11 am Mass.
Bible Study: Weds. 10.30 a.m. in Hall
21 May: CCD FHC Rehearsal: 3 p.m.
26 May: Ascension Thurs11 am, 6.30 pm
28 May: Baptism Preparation, 11.30 am.
28 May: Baptisms at 12.30 p.m.
28 May: YAM Rosary 5.30; Mass 6.30 pm
30 May: Pastoral Council,7.30 pm ZOOM
4 June: CCD FHC at 11 a.m. Mass
4 June: Feed the Homeless: 11.30, Parvis
5 June: CCD Confirmations at 3.00 p.m. Rehearsal for Candidates/Sponsors, 1.45 pm.
10 June: Marymount Confirmations at Eglise Saint-Jacques, 5.30 p.m.
11 June: Marymount FHC, Eglise St Jacques, at 11.00 a.m. Mass.
23 May, San Sulpice, Laurent Ulrich will be installed as Archbishop. Our appreciation to Archbishop Georges Pontier for his service.
Normandy Day Trip: Pentecost Monday, & Aug
Pilgrimage to Lourdes, both cancelled.
CCD Registration for 2022 – 2023: open on www.stjoeparis.org Thanks to those who have registered. CCD teachers and assistants in Sept will plan a way forward for 2022-2023
Parish Information Day Sunday, 25 Sept. in Garden: 10.00 am to 3 pm to welcome back parishioners, greet new parishioners and the Passionist(s) to begin ministry at St Joseph’s.
Health Guidelines for St Joseph’s Church
Masks indoors are no longer mandatory. Those who feel safer wearing a mask at Mass are encouraged to do so.
People who would prefer to participate in Mass from Hall for health or other reasons, are welcome to do so. Hall is available as an ‘extension’ of the church for the present.
Eucharistic Ministers can resume sanitising hands from left side of Altar, as in the past. Blessed Sacrament to be received at the side of the Altar before distribution to the people.
Collection will continue to be as you leave after Mass. This will be reviewed before restoring the collection through the seats.
Sanitising hand gel remains available to you. Church will be sanitised between Sunday Masses, needing the church to be empty.
Please cooperate with Ushers who volunteer to care for us before, during and after Mass.
Holy Water available in the fonts. Water will be blessed for you if brought to the priest.
Saint Gemma Galgani, 1878-1903 [25 years]
Reflection on COVID
In 2020 as the pandemic took hold, my faith led me to look for any unexpected blessings that God might send. I have done this and one day may share them in a book. But this will take a while longer!
The devastation caused by the death of so many from this deadly virus left many hearts broken. People said goodbye to a loved one only through a window, with funerals limited to very few people. These memories will be slow to heal. Anointing the Sick in hospitals was a real privilege. Kindness of hospital staff revealed their humanity in the midst of great distress.
Mass went online with empty benches and no music or hymns. But the benches and walls still ‘spoke’ to me of you, who had so often filled them. Your messages gave me great encouragement. Jesus is always present. The church is never really empty because Jesus and your spirit are present.
ZOOM Pastoral Council meetings gave us a system of Mass Registration that served us well, initially operated by Jim Donegan. Ministries adapted online as well as was possible. Ministry sessions in the Hall are now resuming. A new Passionist leadership in Sept will plan with you for a great post-COVID future at St Joseph’s.
Through a staunch collective effort this storm was weathered as our predecessors had during two World Wars and pestilence since 1869. As COVID eased, Ukraine was invaded, and war started again in Europe. You donated €30,000+ by our Lenten Project which went straight to Ukraine via the Passionists in Poland. Your goodness will never be forgotten. At the same time, support for St Joseph’s did not dry up.
During COVID, schools played an essential role. I was honoured to continue serving students for their spiritual development.
Criticism of decisions I made were part of my life in new territory. Attendance at Ash Wednesday and Easter Mass showed that St Joseph’s is still in peoples’ hearts.
Ushers, sanitising, Altar decoration, Crib, and so much more encouraged us in very difficult times. The grass also got cut!
Now we face a new challenge with a big ‘backlog’ of Baptisms and Marriages. Baptisms for January 2023 are now being planned. Twelve or more children receive Baptism each month as Jesus sets His seal on HIs little ones. Juliet and Chris prepare parents and sponsors; help at Baptisms is given by our Stewardship Group.
For Marriage Preparation online we are blessed with Guadalupe and David leading this. Before that Yulia and Edward helped many couples. Online is suitable for these sessions that end with the presentation of Certificates at 11 a.m. Sunday Mass.
RCIA also survived lockdown. One course for Candidates was by me on YouTube for one hour each Thursday. Their emails gave encouragement. Easter that year was during ‘lockdown,’ but a joyful celebration of the Sacraments in Oct was wonderful.
CCD classes went online led by volunteer. Teachers with Students and their families who adapted well. As First Reconciliation, 1st Communions and Confirmations were celebrated, I have seldom before seen young people better prepared.
Before COVID, space for CCD classes was a huge challenge. Rooms in an Hotel were used; a suggestion made for ‘classrooms’ in St Joseph’s garden. Having so many children for Sacramental preparation is a blessing rather than a problem. Children being together is missed, but In Sept a plan for CCD next year will be worked out.
Over the past two years, an increase in the number of Confessions and their quality were remarkable. What a great Sacrament.
I am blessed to have served St Joseph’s Church during these challenging times. Faith, Hope and Love brought us through.
Health regulations changed last week. This Bulletin has some notes which I hope help. (Aidan, C.P.)