Tuesday, 31 March 2020


Like most places, Paris has been in 'lockdown' and it is so very quiet. This church of St Joseph is not recognisable these days with no people about. Every weekend with five Masses, it is wonderful to welcome over 2,000 people who come to worship. Along with these are 220 children who come to prepare each Sunday for their First Communion and Confirmation. Fortunately, some years ago YouTube was installed in the church and Mass has been transmitted each weekday and all day Sunday. Now this is of great value as morning Mass at 8.30 is transmitted live and also Sunday Mass at 9.30 a.m. goes out live., but all will no people present. It is a different experience preaching to an empty church. There are no faces to 'read' telling that it is time to stop! These recordings remain on the website (www.stjoeparis.org) afterwards and so parishioners and others living in different time zones around the world can see them at a time that suits. I hope that a lot of lessons will be learned from this amazing turn of events for our whole world. Keep strong, keep well and keep in contact with others,                                                                                                                                         AT