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March 12, 2006
2nd Sunday of Lent

Weekend Mass Intentions
Saturday,  March 11
   4:00 PM  Mass in Honor of St. Anthony by Normand & Jeannine Fraser
Sunday,  March 12
   8:00 AM  For Albert Newell by his wife Rita Newell
   9:30 AM  For the parishioners of St.Paul
Saturday,  March 18
   6:00 PM  Intention of the Celebrant
Sunday,  March 19
   9:30 AM  For Alcide & Annette Fraser  by Normand & Jeannine Fraser

Communion Service during Lenten Season

      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   $1824
Loose           538
Total          2362

  Last weekend envelope users contributed  78% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $141.72)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Thank You Father Lemay:
    Over the past year, St. Paul Parish has had the opportunity to celebrate the Eucharist with Fr. Jean Lemay.  This is Father’s last weekend with us.  We want to thank him for the gift of self which he has brought to us and our families.  His kind smile and eloquent homilies have enriched us and have given us much food for thought in our spiritual journey.  Thank  you Father for all you have done.  We wish you well in your ministry as you continue to serve God’s people.

Women’s Prayer Group
    The women’s prayer group will be meeting this week, Wednesday, March 8, 2006 at 6:30 PM.  We will be using the Lenten scriptures for our time of reflection.  All women are invited to attend. If you are new to the parish, we would be happy to meet you  Please join us in the Rectory living room.

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

The 7th Trumpet Mass
    “The need for priests is great”.  Pray for priestly vocations on the Feast of our Patron, Saint Joseph.  Please join Bishop John McCormack and over 1,000 people from around New Hampshire at Saint Joseph Cathedral on March 19, 2006 at 3:00 p.m.   All are invited.  For more information, please go to www.liveinblackand white.com or call Father Jason Jalbert at (603)660-3100 x132.

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, and May 22, 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
2nd  Sunday of Lent
Theme: (The Beloved)
Reading I: Genesis 22:  1-2, 9-13, 15-18 (Abrahams’s Sacrifice)
Reading II: Romans:8: 31-34(God is for Us)
Gospel:  Mark 9: 2-10 (The Transfiguration)

Question for Adults:    Where do I find hope when confronted with the existence of evil?
     At first glance we think we may know the obvious answer to this question.  As believing Christians we know that we find our Hope in God.  We know that we cannot find Hope in the material aspects of life.  They are superficial at best and a major distraction at worse.  We cannot find true Hope in our own thoughts because we often fail to see beyond the evil we are trying to understand and make sense of.  Where then can we find Hope?
    Of course God is the ultimate source of our Hope.  But is there a place or a situation where we can turn to be strengthened and enlightened when we see evil in the world day after day after day?  Perhaps we are so overwhelmed with this horror that we neglect to see the Hope that is right before our eyes.
    What we need to do this week is to learn how to “see” again.  If we are “wide awake” to the life in front of our eyes we will soon see many things, people, realities, etc. that will give us Hope.  God will not allow evil to win.  Only we will allow this.  If we feel that evil is dominating the world it is probably because we do not open our hearts and minds to the goodness, kindness, and compassion around us.
     What do you see in your world that helps to balance the evil around you?

Question for Children?   How will I act as a beloved child of God this week?      This question is simply another variation on the theme of the Lenten call to love God as He loves us.  When we are convinced that someone loves us, we want to love them back.  If we are not selfish, we show our response in action.  Try to help your child to respond to God’s love for him/her. Remind them that they have an important part to play in this world.  By acting as  a child of God, i.e., being kind, caring, generous, helpful, etc.  they have the power to give Hope to others even adults.   Help them to think of ways they can respond to this gift of love. 

Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

An Invitation for Lent

    Lenten Breathing Exercise for the winter session of The Pastor’s Class, P. Jerome, O.S.B., offers an opportunity to explore the great passages of Sacred Scripture that are used every day in the Liturgy of the Hours.  Discover the Benedictus, the Magnificat, the Nunc Dimittis, as well as some of the most beloved psalms.  Where did they come from?  Why does the Church treasure them?  What could they possibly mean to me in 2006?  Classes meet Tuesdays at 7-8:30 p.m. in the parish hall classroom of St. Raphael on Ferry St., Manchester, on March 7, 14, 28, and April 4.  Please call the church office of St. Raphael Parish to register 623-2604

You’re Invited
    If you are between the ates of 20-39, please join us and get more involved in our Church.  Our next meetings are March 14th and 28th here at St. Paul Church from 6:30-8:00 p.m.  For more information e-mail Christay at christye@cyanh.org.  For more information about Catholic Young Adults here in NH, please check out our website at www.cyanh.org.

Knights of Columbus Annual Pro-Life Seminar
 The Seminar will take place at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church Hall on Pine St.  Manchester, NH, March 26 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

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

St. Paul Expansion Committee
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


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,  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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