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| March 26, 2006
4th Sunday of Lent
Weekend Mass Intentions
Saturday, March 24
6:00 PM For the parishioners of St.Paul
Sunday, March 26
9:30 AM Dorothy Vallee 1st Anniversary by Rene & Claudette Bessette
Saturday, April 1
6:00 PM Patricia Horn by Mr. & Mr. Vinnacombe
Sunday, April 2
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 ________
Lenten Reflection: Jesus the Healer
|Update on Parish Income
Weekend of March 19, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Last weekend envelope users contributed 83% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $128.04
Thank You so much for your Generosity.
St. Joseph Cathedral will host a new multimedia dramatic
presentation, “Jesus the Healer,” by the Seacoast region Franciscan Mystery
Players at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, April 8,
in the Cathedral. Through
the use of special lighting and sound, this meditation on Gospels is offered
to lead us prayerfully into Holy Week. Beginning and ending with the
crucifixion, the drama invites us to reflect on Jesus’ healing ministry.
Because of the intensity of the subject matter of suffering and death, it
is not recommended for children. Please join us for a memorable experience
of prayer and healing. There is no charge for admission; a free-will
offering will be accepted to support the Players’ ministry. For more
information, please call Joan Poro at the Cathedral rectory, 622-6404.
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.
|New Mass Schedule
new Mass schedule related to the twinning of our two parishes is presently
in effect. This new schedule began on the weekend of March 18/19. As of that weekend the Masses at St. Paul Parish have been as follows:
Saturday – 6:00 PM
Sunday - 9:30 AM
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 runs from mid-September to mid-May. We do offer the program at all Masses .
Grades 4 – 10+
This year we are initiating a new program for the children in these
grade levels. The classes are held once a month and the program is
geared to the entire family. Parents are asked to attend the sessions as
there is an adult component to the program. Our first class was Sunday, October
16, 2005 from 11am – 1pm. The last two classes of the school year are: April 2, and May 22, 2006.
All classes will are 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.
4th Sunday of Lent
(Living in the Light)
2 Chronicles 36:14-16, 19-23 (The people of Judah )
Ephesians 2:4-10 (Saved by Grace)
: John 3: 14-21(God Sent His Son)
Question for Adults: What situations in my life right now appear to me as a choice between light and darkness?
This question reflects the depth of the evangelist John as well as
his poetic writing style. There are many instances in scripture when
we hear this theme repeated. It happens during Advent and again during
Lent. John is usually the gospel writer who presents this theme.
For those of us who have less of a poetic bent, it would probably benefit
us to take a moment to reflect on the meaning of these words before we attempt
to answer the question.
Scripture refers to the term darkness when referring to
the sinful nature of humanity. We live in darkness when we apparently
are blind to the good we could do for others. We live in darkness when
we are blind to the needs of others. We prefer to walk in darkness,
i.e., with blinders on or our eyes closed because it makes it easier to do
our thing without taking the needs of others into consideration.
We also live in darkness when we choose to live in ignorance of the working
of God in our lives.
Light has the exact opposite connotation. We live
in the light when we choose to open our eyes and to be aware of the good
we can do for others and our world. Awareness and consciousness are
the result of living in the light. The mission of Christ was to open
our eyes to the light. In so doing he saved us from our sinful lives
What situations seem to reflect this theme in your live at this time?.
Question for Children? What can I do this week to bring good news to someone?
The expression Good News is not a difficult
one but it is not a familiar one to children. Although they may remember
being taught its meaning, they will also easily forget it. Before asking
your children to think of example of bringing the good news it would probably
be helpful to review the meaning of Good News. The good news of the
gospel is that Jesus loved us and taught us that we are loved by the Father
as well. We are all important and special to them. We deserve
to be respected .
A Look at Upcoming Events
Marriage & Annulment in the Catholic Church
Rev. Msgr. Paul Bouchard, of the Marriage Tribunal for
the Diocese of Manchester and Pastor of the Parish of the Transfiguration,
will speak and answer questions about the Roman Catholic Church’s positions
on marriage, annulment, separation, and divorce. Many people may be
confused about these issues and experiencing much pain because of it.
The Church’s understanding of these issues has deepened in recent decades
following revisions in canon law.
The Monday evening program is a general information forum
and a way to reach out to those who may have been hurt by the Church, disagree
with its positions, are angry toward the institution, or think it is angry
Time: 7:00 PM
Place: Transfiguration Parish, Msgr. Gilbert Room: Entrance
on the side of the church on Youville street, at end of the church
Date: March 27, 2006
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 email@example.com
. For more information about Catholic Young Adults
here in NH, please check out our website at www.cyanh.org
The CYA is selling homemade
toffee as a fundraiser for their general funds. The toffee is donated
by Kate’s Confections. The toffee is being sold for $5.00 per half
lb. All toffee will be distributed after the 9:30 Mass on Palm Sunday.
Call Katie at 493-0646 to order or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
to place your orders.
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.
Rockingham VNA and Hospice
Will be offering a six-week general Bereavement Support Group starting Tuesday, March 21st
concluding April 25, 2006. The group will meet at the Rockingham VNA
and Hospice office at 137 Epping Road in Exeter from 10:30 AM until 12:00
The purpose of the group is to provide an opportunity
for people who are grieving a significant death to meet in a safe, supportive
environment and share their story with others who are experiencing
a similar loss.
The group is free and open to all community members.
If you are interested in joining the group, please call Lee Maher, Bereavement
Coordinator at 772-2981 or 1-800-540-2981 to register
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, 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...
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.