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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 News and Notes

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 machine. 

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!

Envelope Request Form

____ I want to support our parish on a regular basis. Please add me to the envelope list.

Name ______________________________
Town ________________,NH Zip ________

Update on Parish Income

Weekend of February 26, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1043
Loose           500
Total          1518

  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.

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 Expansion Committee
St. Paul Parish
Candia, NH

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!

Christian Formation News

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 previously 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.

    Confirmation students 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.

Question of the Week
1st  Sunday of Lent
Theme: (God’s Covenant)
Reading I: Genesis 9: 8-15 (God’s covenant with Noah)
Reading II: l Peter:3:18-22 (Saved Through Water)
Gospel:  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!   

Community News 

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. 190


Please remember the following people and intentions in your daily prayers:

Our sick parishioners and friends…
   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.

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