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| March 5, 2006
1st Sunday of Lent
Weekend Mass Intentions
Saturday, March 4
4:00 PM Mass in Honor of St. Anthony by Normand & Jeannine Fraser
Sunday, March 5
8:00 AM For Albert Newell by his wife Rita Newell
9:30 AM For the parishioners of St.Paul
Saturday, February 25
4:00 PM Intention of the Celebrant
Sunday, February 26
8:00 AM Intention of the Celebrant
9:30 AM For the parishioners of St.Paul
Parish office hours
Our parish office is open Monday through Thursday from 8:30 AM to 12:30
PM. The Pastoral Associate is in most afternoons until 4:00 PM.
If you need to come in the PM please give us a call to make sure
someone is here. Messages can always be left on the answering
Are you registered?
Are you new to our parish? If you
are, please pick up a registration form in the vestibule of the church.
Registration is very important. Just drop it in the basket or
mail it to our office. Thanks! We are always happy to
receive new parishioners. We welcome you and pray you will be
happy here with us.
Please use church envelopes
Envelope users provide the bedrock of our financial
support. Please consider using them. New packets of
envelopes are mailed every three months. If you would like to receive
some but you are not yet on the mailing list, please call Jeannine to
give her your name and address. Thank you!
____ I want to support our parish on a regular basis. Please
add me to the envelope list.
Town ________________,NH Zip ________
|Update on Parish Income
Weekend of February 26, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Last weekend envelope users contributed 69% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $91.02
Thank You so much for your Generosity.
The First Reconciliation Service
for the children preparing for the sacrament is scheduled for this coming Saturday, March 11
, 2006 at 10:00 AM
. There will be two priests for the celebration.
St. Paul Expansion Committee
|New Mass Schedule
The new Mass schedule related to the twinning of our two parishes will take effect on the weekend of March 18/19. Beginning on that weekend the Masses at St. Paul Parish will be as follows:
Saturday – 6:00 PM
Sunday - 9:30 AM
St. Paul Parish
Dear Parishioners of St. Paul,
As St. Paul Parish twins with St. Peter Parish,
Auburn, we are faced with several challenges: only two Masses per
weekend, a growing population in a growing part of New Hampshire, a
lack of space in our church, not enough parking room in our lot.
St. Paul Pastoral Council will immediately establish an “Expansion
Committee” to meet these challenges. Not only will a greater
capacity in church alleviate the overcrowding, but it will also be
inviting for new parishioners to join our parish. Your
suggestions for membership on this committee can be communicated to Mr.
Normand Fraser or Mr. Lionel Beliveau. The committee will also be
able to form sub-committees to oversee specific issues that may
arise. The more people involved, the less the burden on the few.
Fr. C. Peter Dumont, Pastor
A few months ago the finance council recommended the implementation of electronic contributions for weekly contributions. Our Parish is now able to take your offertory donations through Credit or Debit card.
If you wish to make you contribution in this manner, simply go to our
website's home page and make your contribution on-line. You can
also fill out a form at the office.
Food Pantry Needs! ! !
Our food pantry is being used quite regularly this winter
and we are completely out of certain foods. We especially need, Tuna, any kind of Soup, ready prepared canned meals such as Ravioli, Chili, Spaghetti etc.
We could also use canned fruit and Spaghetti Sauce
. Please no pasta for a while. Thank you all so much!
Question of the Week
|Grades K – 3
The children entering grades K- 3 this fall will be attending
Lectionary Catechesis as they have been in the past. The program began on the weekend of September 24/25th. We hope
to be able to offer the program at all Masses but we will have to have
a sufficient number of teachers and monitors to staff the three
Masses. If we do not have enough volunteers we will have to limit the
classes to two Masses.
Grades 4 – 10+
All children in grades 4 – 10 will be attending the new program that
is being initiated in the parish this year. This means that they will
attend classes once a month with their parents and the rest of the
parish. This class will be complimented by work at home which will
enable the children to deepen their understanding of the theme of the
month as well as to process the information on a day to day basis.
Since there will be only one class per month, parents will be
asked to commit this weekend time as a priority to Christian Formation.
The class may be made up by attending the class at St. Peter Parish the
following weekend. The classes will begin in October.
A schedule for
the year has been mailed out to parents who have children
enrolled in Religious Formation. Our first class is Sunday, October 16,
2005 from 11am - 1pm. The next class is scheduled for April 2, 2006. Both classes will be held from 11:00 – 1:00 pm. If you are new to the
parish or if
you child is just beginning his/her formation, please call the parish
office for a registration blank.
will also meet one extra time per month. The date for March is as follows: March 5,
2006. It will be held at 12:30PM immediately following the 11:30 Mass
in Auburn. All students from both parishes will meet together in Auburn
for these meetings.
1st Sunday of Lent
: (God’s Covenant)
: Genesis 9: 8-15 (God’s covenant with Noah)
: l Peter:3:18-22 (Saved Through Water)
: Mark 1: 12-15 (Jesus is Tempted)
Question for Adults: How will I make myself more open this Lenten season to the good news of God’s love?
The expression “being open” has several connotations for
people. We can be open to suggestion meaning we are flexible in our
opinions. We can be open to the love others have for us meaning we
make ourselves vulnerable to other persons coming into our lives. We
can also be open to new ideas creative or otherwise that will help us see
our world from a completely new perspective.
The bottom line is that a person who is willing to be
open to someone or something is saying that they are willing to take a chance
on something that is not their own. This entails the element of trust
since being open means that we are accepting the probability of vulnerability.
When we are not in complete control of our lives we are making ourselves
vulnerable. This can be a very uncomfortable experience. We may
go so far as being anxious and afraid.
When we think of being open to God’s love in our lives,
we often get this feeling of vulnerability. We wonder what God will
ask of us. We are somewhat reticent to accept his love because we fear
what strings will be attached. The wonderful thing about being open
to someone’s love, however is that it is often much more rewarding that the
we initially thought it would be. Are we willing to take this chance?
If yes, how will we open ourselves? Let us begin by being a little more attentive
to the reading of the gospels and the homilies. Then, let us open our
hearts with a daring attitude.
Question for Children? What can I do to make this Lent a special one this year?
Perhaps the best way to help your child have a special Lenten season is to
encourage them to do something a little more creative for a change.
Rather than have them “give up” something ordinary like candy or ice cream,
maybe you could challenge them to do something that comes a little bit more
from the heart. “Adopting” a third world country to pray for or a sick
person they know or performing a kind act for a classmate once or twice a
week would all be great ideas to begin with. Be creative!
A Look at Upcoming Events
Knights of Columbus Annual Pro-Life Seminar
The Seminar will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church Hall on
Pine St. Manchester, NH from 12:00 noon til 4:00 P.M. The guest
speaker is Fr. Terry Messer of the Franciscan Friars of the Renewal.
He is currently the Pro-Life Coordinator for the Order. In addition
to our speader, we will have representatives from various Respect Life groups,
including the Knights of Columbus, NH Right to Life, The NH Pro-Life Council,
Birthright, Natural Family Planning, the Marian Family Apostolate and the
UNH Students for Life. You must register no later than Sunday 3/19/06.
Please contact Ron De Stasio either by phone 595-7837 or e-mail NHknight@aol.com
Cathedral Music in Manchester
Presents Music for Lent and the Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ, by The Choir of Magdalen College on Friday, March 10 at 7:30 p.m
St. Joseph Cathedral, on the corner of Pine and Lowell Streets in Downtown
Manchester. The group, under the direction of Mr. Thomas Pendergast,
will perform Sacred Hymns and Motets from the Church’s rich heritage of music
for the Holy Season of Lent. Admission is free and open to the public.
A free-will offering will go to the Cathedral Organ Fund. The Cathedral
is handicapped accessible.
St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance
The Ancient Order of Hibernians, a non-profit Irish
Catholic organization dedicated to raising funds for charity, will be
sponsoring a St. Patrick’s Dinner Dance on Saturday, March 18,
2006 at the Seabrook Greyhound Park. Dinner begins at 7:00
pm. Donations are $25.00. All are welcome. For tickets,
please call John Duffy @742-6010.
UNH Cooperative Extension
The UNH Cooperative Extension in Rockingham County is
sponsoring four programs for families and youth. Two of these
are co-sponsored with Families First Health and Support Center in Portsmouth,
NH and another is co-sponsored with The Sad Care in Plaistow, NH. The
following is the first and it is open to the general public for single parents.
Supportive Connections for Single Parents and Their Children
on Tuesdays, March 14
– April 11, 2006, 6:---7:30 pm at Families First, Community Campus, Portsmouth, NH and Thursday, March 9
– April 13, 2006, 6:00-7:30 pm at the Sad Café, Route 125, Plaistow, NH.
Attend an Organ Master Class
You are invited to attend an Organ Master Class on the
fundamentals of Improvisation at the Organ, on Sunday, March 12 at 3:00 p. m
The session will take place at St. Joseph Cathedral, on the corner of Pine
and Lowell Streets in Downtown Manchester. This Master Class is sponsored
by The NH Chapter of the American Guild of Organists
. Diocesan Director
of Music Ministries, Michael Joseph, will use specific examples from hand-outs,
relative to melody, harmony and form, to illustrate simple ways for the organist
to improvise short pieces of music. Individual attendees may be asked
to play short samples from the materials provided. There is no charge
for the class. For more information and to R.S.V.P. can 669-3100, ext.
CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Please remember the following
people and intentions in your daily prayers:
Our sick parishioners and
Please pray for the following people: Charlie Doucette, Betty Lintz, Cecile
Gendron, Kimberly Mirolo, Rita Sullivan, Kathy Gauthier, Roger Auger, Matthew
Newnan, Jean Swindler, Roger Plante, Rita Matten, Joseph Gesel, Jacob
Desrocher, Cindy Huard, Deborah McGovern, Canaan Bernier, Ethel Thomas, Gordon
Gladden and Carol Sheperd.
For peace in the world, especially in Iraq…
For those serving in the armed forces...
For families experiencing stress due to financial, emotional or relational problems
For our sister parish in Haiti...
For vocations to full-time ministry, especially the priesthood, the deaconate, religious life lay ministry...
For all victims of current natual disasters world wide...
For the success of the cluster task force meetings . . .
If you would like to add a person or intention, please let
us know. If people on the sick list are no longer in need of prayers, please
let us know.