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April 23, 2006
2nd Sunday of Easter
He Is Risen! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  April 22
   6:00 PM  For the parishioners of St.Paul
Sunday,  April 23
   9:30 AM  Matthew Newnan by Justine Ouwerkerk
Saturday,  April 29
   6:00 PM  Alexina Therrien by Therese Therrien
Sunday,  April 30
    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 April 16, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $2660
Loose            1099
Credit             100
Total             3863

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 72% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $231.78)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

 Thank You for Your Generosity
    A few weeks ago we had a reverse collection for the Food Pantry.  The response was phenomenal.  Many of you brought in much more than was asked.  The pantry is no longer looking bare.  Thank you all so much for you continued support in this parish ministry.  Those in need are always most appreciative.                                                                                                                     
Raymond Head Start    Now Taking Applications
    Head Start is a free comprehensive child and family program for preschool aged children, including those with special needs, from families whose income do not exceed the federal guidelines ($20,000 family of four).  Head Start provides developmentally appropriate activities and education for children in a classroom setting.  In addition it provides :  
Health & Nutrition Services, Disability Services
Social Services, Family & Community Partnerships  and Parent involvement & Support.
    The program runs from September through May, 5 days a week from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. through state licensed child care providers.  If you or someone you know qualifies for this program please call the Raymond Center, 895-9223 to schedule a time to apply.  After June 1, contact the Administrative Offices at 1-800-556-9300 or

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 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.    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.

    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
Second Sunday of Easter
Theme: (The Resurrected Lord)
Reading I: Acts 4:32-35 (Community of Believers)
Reading II: 1 John 5:1-6 (Begotten by God)
Gospel:  John 20:19-31  (Peace be With You)

Question for Adults:    Do my actions support or detract from my words? 
    This week’s readings focus on the presence of Christ in the life of the disciples.  The first reading tells of the life of the early Christians and how it changed their way of behaving with one another.  No one had to guess who the Christians were amongst them.  Their love for one another was proof enough.   In the second reading Paul stresses the importance of faith in the presence of Christ even if they have not seen with their own eyes.  And lastly, the Gospel speaks of the doubting Thomas.  He is gently rebuked by Jesus for not believing without having seen.
    This lesson here is that we, as Christians, are asked to believe without having personally witnessed the Resurrection.  We are further asked to live our lives in accord with the teachings of Jesus.  In other words, we are asked to walk the walk in addition to talking the talk.  Words are easy for many people but living out the words is quite another matter.
    This week we are asked to look at our behavior with respect to people with whom we rub elbows.  Do we send a mixed message with our actions?  We are often so used to our routine that we do not realize how we come across.  We need to allow ourselves some times to stop and smell the roses.  The “roses” may not smell as sweet as we think they do.  What about your “roses”?

Question for Children?  Who has taught me about Jesus?    This is not meant to be a trick question.  Neither is it meant to be too simplistic.  Of course children will say my teacher or my parents.  Challenge them to think of people who gives them good example throughout their day.  Perhaps they will see that even they are capable of  “teaching” others when they realize that teaching can and must be done by example, not solely from a book.  Try to bring your child to the point of seeing that there are many people in their lives that have taught them about Jesus. 
Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

First Communion Retreat
    Just a reminder to parents who have children in the First Communion Class.  There will be a Retreat for the children on Saturday, May 6, 2006 beginning at 9:45 a.m.  The retreat will end at 12 noon.  Parents need not stay for the entire session.  Simply pick them up at 12 noon.
     Children who will be making their First Communion on May 13, will be having a rehearsal immediately following the retreat.  It should last no longer than a half hour.  Parents should be present at the rehearsal.  See you all on May 6th.

Cathedral Music in Manchester presents Bach’s “Actus Tragicus”, Sacred Cantata 106, performed by Choralis Ars Antiqua Friday, May 12 at 7:30 p.m., St. Joseph Cathedral, corner of Pine and Lowell Streets in Downtown Manchester.  The Choir, under the direction of Michael Joseph, will perform this most famous cantata, along with psalm settings by Thomas Tallis from Archbishop Parker’s Psalm Book.  Admission is free and open to the public.  A free-will offering will go to the Cathedral Organ Fund.  The Cathedral is handicapped accessible.  For more information call 660-3100
ext. 190.

St. Patrick Parish Yard Sale/Fair
    St. Patrick Parish located at 138 Coolidge Ave. in Manchester, NH is having an indoor Yard Sale and Mini Fair in their Parish Center on Friday, April 28 and Saturday, April 29, 2006 from 9:30 Am to 4:00 PM each day.  The event will feature a Yard Sale, a Bake Sale, cash raffles, as well as children and adult games.  Lots of Fun for Everyone!

    The Office of Catholic Young Adults is hosting a Theology-One Tap series on four Thursday nights from April 20 through May 11 at the Fire Hall Pub and Grill at 32 W. Broadway in Derry, NH.  The Gathering begins at 6:30 with a social.  Talks begin at 7:00 followed by question and answer time.  For more information, please call the office at
669-3100, ext.164 or visit our website at www.cyanh.org.

An Evening of Praise and Worship
    An evening of Praise and Worship will be held on Thursday April 27th from 7:30 PM to 9:00 PM at St. Thomas Aquinas church in Derry.  Come and enjoy an evening of inspirational music presented by St. Thomas Aquinas Contemporary Music Ministry.

NH Charismatics
    Alpha, New England is sponsoring, and  St. Michael Parish in Exeter, NH, is hosting Freedom in Christ, a conference by Neal Lozano,  author of the book “Unbound Freedom in Christ” beginning Friday, May 5 at 6:30 p.m. and continuing Saturday May 6, at 8:30a.m.
    Why go? Have you ever felt stuck, bound up, unable to move forward and experience the love and freedom you see other Christians experience the love and freedom you see other Christian experience?  You ask yourself,  “How can I be free?”  This seminar will present a sound practical road map to greater freedom from what binds you.  For more information or to register please call St. Michael Parish at 772-2494.

Electronic Offering:
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,  go to our website home page and make your contribution on line.


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, 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.

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