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December 10, 2006
Second Sunday of Advent

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  December 9
   6:00 PM  For the parishioners of St.Paul
Sunday,  December 10
    9:30 AM  For Brenda Bendas by John & Joanne Fraser
Saturday,  December 16
   6:00 PM   For the parishioners of St.Paul
December 17
   9:30 AM For Alcide & Annette Fraser by Normand & Jeannine Fraser

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 December 3, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1851
Loose             424
Credit              75
Total             2350

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 82% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $141.04)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Our Christmas Mass Schedule
   Please note that the Christmas Eve Masses will NOT be celebrated at the CYAA this year.    Please keep these for future reference and share the information with friends and neighbors. Thank You
Christmas Eve Masses
At St. Paul Church

4:00 PM- Children’s Mass

6:00 PM –  Liturgy with Carols

Christmas Day Mass
At St. Paul church

9:30 AM – Liturgy with Carols

Welcome to our Friends from Haiti. 

    This weekend we welcome Micheline, the woman who has spent many years as our emissary to the people of Haiti. This year, as she prepares to retire from her ministry, she brings her replacement, Lee Crivello, to introduce us.  While they are here we will give them our offering of $4,600 for the benefit of the mission parish and school in Font des Blancs in Haiti.  This amount is half of our annual tithing fund. 

Hats and Mittens for Immigrant Haitians
    There are many Haitians who have fled the devastating poverty of their native land.  Many, as you know, have settled in our state, mainly in the city of Manchester.  Each year the people of the Candia churches sponsor and  attend a Christmas party held in Manchester for the benefit of the Haitians who are resettling.  If you are able, we are collecting new winter hats and mittens to give away.  Your generosity would be very appreciated. 

Electronic Offering:
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 fill in the following and return to our office. 

Name on Card___________________________________
Please Check:  ______MasterCard ______Visa
                       ______Debit MasterCard _____Debit Visa
Card Number:____________________________________
How often do you want this transaction to occur?
____One time _____Weekly_____Bi-Weekly ______Monthly


Christian Formation News
Grades K – High School
    If you have children of age for Religious Education, please remember to pick up a registration form for Religious Education for the coming year.  All children from grade K – the end of Confirmation must register.  The registration does not roll over from one year to the next.  You can pick up a form in the back of the church or you can visit the parish office Monday – Thursday during office hours or give us a call at 483-8481 and ask us to mail you a form.  We would be happy to do this

Grades K- 3  Classes for children in these grades has resumed on the weekend of September 16/17.

Grades 4 – 10 +    Last year we initiated 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 strongly urged to attend the sessions as there is an adult component to the program which helps them to deepen their knowledge of the faith as well as making it possible for them to compliment the practice of the faith in the home. Our first class was held on Sunday, October 15, 2006.  Our next class is scheduled for January 14th.   This year, the classes will be held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm here at St. Paul’s.        2006-2007 Schedule (click here)

Question of the Week
Second Sunday of Advent
(Preparing the Way)
Baruch 5:1-9 (Jerusalem’s Splendor)
Reading  2
Phil.: 1: 4-11  (The Day of Christ)
Luke: 3:1-6 (Seeing the Salvation of God)

Question for Adults: As I prepare to celebrate Christmas, how do I show that God’s salvation is around us?? 
    This time of the year has become a very difficult one for Christians.  Not only are we bombarded with a million things to do by shopping, cleaning, baking, etc.  we also face the tireless efforts of the people who seem to want to eliminate the true purpose of Christmas.  The recent article in the Union Leader on the experience in Hillsborough tells us that the crunch of time is not our only problem. 
    As faith filled Christians we can take a counter cultural stand on effacing Jesus from Christmas.  The question we are faced with today tells us that we need to take some time to reflect on our own behavior.  Do our actions tells others that God is very much alive among his people or do they tell them that our life is simply a harried mess as we go around in circles getting ready for a holiday we wish didn’t exist any longer?  Let’s think about it!

Question for Children? How can I prepare for Jesus’ coming at Christmas?  The first thing we must do is not to assume that our children know that Christmas is about Jesus.  We must realize that they are inheriting the culture that is forgetting about the birth of Christ.  Once you are assured that they know that Christmas is about Jesus and his birth day, go that extra step and tell them that this Christmas Jesus wants to come into their heart.  How then can they prepare for this coming?    

Just 4 Teens. . .As I prepare for Christmas, do I remember that this day is not primarily about me? 
All too often we see Christmas as a time to cash in on the benefits of our skills.  We have learned  how to ask for gifts that our parents really don’t want us to have or perhaps can’t afford.  If we can manage to talk them into it we feel we’ve won an important battle.  Is that what Christmas is about? This week, take a little time to think of the real reason for the season.  A few words that could help you are:  Love, Kindness, Giving without expecting anything in return.  What else can you add?

Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

Our Giving Tree
    You will notice that our Giving Tree is up and ready to go.  If you choose a tag with someone’s name on it, it is an elderly person from the Inn at Deerfield or at the Wellstone House.  These gifts should be wrapped.  All other gifts with numbers and words such as adult, boy or girl, do not need to be wrapped.  You can include paper if you desire.  It is appreciated but there is no obligation. You must have all the gifts back by December 16/17.  Thank you so much for your generous spirit of giving.  You truly understand the spirit of the season.

News from the CYA (Catholic Young Adults)
    The CYA group now meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month.  If you are between the ages of 20-39, please join us at our next meting at St. Paul’s Church from 6:30-8:00 pm.
    Join us for the Catholic Young Adults of NH (CYA of NH 6th annual Christmas Party on Sunday, December 17 from 5pm to 7pm.  Young adults in their 20’s and 30’s (and their families, kids are very welcome) are invited to attend.  The party will be held at St. Paul’s Parish.  Festivities will include a pot luck meal (please bring a dish or treat if you can), a Yankee Gift Swap ($10 gift maximum), and plenty of music and cheer (bring your instruments and/or Christmas music books). 

Attention Married Couples!
    Ah yes, the calm, quiet, comforting holiday season! What? That’s not happening in your house?  Perhaps you should consider a weekend away!  Join us on Valentines’ weekend (Feb. 9-11, 2007) for an opportunity to rejuvenate your relationship.  Register now to claim your space!  Register at: registration@wwmenh.org.
Time to Think of Summer Camps!
    “Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are taking registrations for their summer sessions.  For more information contact, Michael Drumm, (603)364-5851, PO Box 206 Gilmanton I.W., NH 03837, mdrumm@diocamps.org, or visit our website at www.diocamps.org.  Don’t wait as sessions are filling up quickly.
Tapes and CDs Available
    If any of you are interested in listening to good spiritual material, you are invited to check the vestibule of the church for tapes and CDs that are available. The good news is that they are FREE.  The producers of this material do this as a ministry in order that we are able to benefit from their work.  We received these from a generous parishioner who is willing to share her findings.  The topics include talks on the Sacraments, Conversion, The Rosary etc.  You can keep it as long as you want to and you can feel free to pass them on to friends or neighbors you think would appreciate them.

A Time for Sharing
If you are interested in coming together to share prayer or discussion with others please pick up a yellow paper titled A Time for Sharing.  This includes the following:
    An Evening of Shared Prayer
    An Evening of Scripture Study/Discussion
    A Book discussion Group
Each option would last approximately 1 hour and would take place here at the parish rectory.  If you think you would be interested, please pick up a copy of this insert in the rear of the church.  It is printed on a very yellow sheet of paper.  You can’t miss it!


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

Our sick parishioners and friends…
   Please pray for the following people: ..Jude Rosenkrans, Stephen and Charlie Doucette, Betty Lintz, Cecile Gendron, Lori Aguilera, Kimberly Mirolo, Rita Sullivan, Kathy Gauthier, Roger Auger,  Jean Swindler, Roger Plante, Joseph Gesel, Jacob Desrocher, Cindy Huard, Deborah McGovern, Ethel Thomas, Gordon Gladden and Carol Sheperd.
For peace in the world, especially in the Middle East…
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...

    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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