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| April 2, 2006
5th Sunday of Lent
Weekend Mass Intentions
Saturday, April 1
6:00 PM Patricia Horn by Mr. & Mr. Vinnacombe
Sunday, April 2
9:30 AM For the parishioners of St.Paul
Saturday, April 8
6:00 PM For the parishioners of St.Paul
Sunday, April 9
9:30 AM Robert Lesmerises by Rene & Claudette Bessette
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 March 26, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Catholic Relief Services $268.00
Last weekend envelope users contributed 63% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $129.42
Thank You so much for your Generosity.
Liturgy Schedule for Holy Week
Palm Sunday (April 9)
Holy Thursday 7:00 PM St. Peter Church, Auburn (April 13)
Good Friday 7:00PM St. Paul Church, Candia (April 14)
Easter Vigil 8:00 PM St. Paul Church, Candia (April 15)
Easter Morning both Masses in the Church (April 16)
8:00 AM St. Paul
9:30 AM St. Paul
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 21, 2006.
The class on April 2nd will be held at St. Peter Church at 4:00 PM
due to fact that we will have a special presentation for Lent and we do
not want to ask the speaker to make a double presentation on the same day.
Thank you very much for your understanding. 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
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.
5th Sunday of Lent
(Serving the Lord)
: Jeremiah 31:31-34 (The New Covenant)
: Hebrews 5:7-9 (Source of Eternal Salvation)
: John 12: 20-33(The Grain of Wheat)
Question for Adults: When have I found life in “giving up” my life?
As we get closer to Holy Week and the theme of death becomes
central to the weekly liturgies, we cannot help but reflect on the fact that
we are asked to follow Christ all the way to the Cross. This is never
a popular theme. No one wants to die, even if we are speaking figuratively
as we are when we say that we too must “give up” our lives. If
we don’t like to think of the idea, it becomes very difficult to put it into
practice. If our philosophy of life is to take care of # 1, then we
are in serious trouble. We may be able to succeed in this latter endeavor
but the rising to new life will never come.
As adults we have all had the experience, or at
least the invitation, of giving up our lives to one degree or other, at one
point of time in our lives. Perhaps there are some of us who have done
this several times. There may be many of us who are living through
this experience at the present time.
We “give up” our lives when we live selflessly for someone
else. There are as many ways of doing this as there are circumstances
in our lives. What it comes down to is that we must “die” to our own
desires, dreams, and even aspirations. Our death may persist for a
week or it may last a year or two or longer. The good news is that
we always rise to “New Life”. If we truly died to ourselves then, we
rose to a new level of energy, joy, and happiness.
What are some of these personal experiences that have
invited us to “die” to ourselves? What was our New Life experience?
Question for Children? What can I do this week for someone in need?
Doing something for someone else is a simple enough
concept for children to understand. Perhaps the more difficult thing
is to help them narrow things down to a practical level. Many children
often find examples that are relevant enough to the question but it is too
demanding and sometimes discouraging for their age and abilities. After
brainstorming with your child, help them to choose ideas on which they can
A Look at Upcoming Events
St. Thomas Aquinas School – Annual Spring Auction
The 11th Annual St. Thomas Aquinas School Silent and Live Auctions will take place on Saturday, April 8
2006 inside the Aquinas Center located behind St. Thomas Aquinas Church,
26 Crystal Ave., Derry. There will be over 300 items in all price ranges.
Among the items to be auctioned are round-trip airfare to Orlando, several
weekend trips, sports equipment, Patriots and Boston Red Sox tickets.
Other items include ski passes, golf passes, family fun passes, handcrafted
items, kitchen items, home and garden furnishings, and electronics and sports
equipment. A list of auction items can be viewed at the schools’ website
www.staderry.com. Doors will open at 6PM for viewing of auction items.
The silent auction will begin at 6:30 PM and the live auction will begin
at 8:15 PM. For your convenience, Master Card and Visa will be accepted
for payments on winning bids. Tickets for the auction are available
from the school and parish offices or can be purchased at the door.
Tickets are $15.00 per person. We will be serving hors d’oeuvres, dinner
buffet and desserts. No one under 21 years of age admitted.
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 email@example.com
to place your orders.
Lenten Reflection: Jesus the Healer
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.
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 and
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, 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.