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December 17, 2006
Third Sunday of Advent

Weekend Mass Intentions

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
Saturday,  December 23
   6:00 PM  For Josephine Blay by Paul & Rita Gosselin
Sunday,  December 24
    9:30 AM  For the parishioners of St.Paul
Sunday Dec. 24 Christmas Vigil
    4:00 PM For Parishioners of St. Paul
    6:00 PM  For Julie Boisvert by Richard & Madeleine Bilodeau

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 10, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1971
Loose             504
Credit              75
Total             2550

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 81% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $153.00)

     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

Thank You for Your Generosity

    Once again the parishioners of St. Paul parish have given generously to those less fortunate than themselves.  All the tags were taken off the Giving Tree, some families taking two or even three tags.  The people who will be receiving these gifts will be very appreciative.  Your generous hearts have been tapped on many occasions and you have always answered.  Thank you so much for all you do for the missions, for the food pantry, and of course for you parish.  You do understand the Spirit of Christmas!

Info Sharing from Haiti …  Last week we were fortunate enough to be visited by the two women who are heading the Faith & Concern project for Haiti.  While they were here I had the chance to learn more about the mission we share with St. Bridgit and Sacred Heart Parish in Lexington MA.  Lee Crivello, the new chairperson of the organization has visited Haiti several times in the past five years. She shared some very interesting facts that you may be interested in knowing.
    First of all, the three parishes mentioned above, which includes us, are essentially the ones who are providing the money for the teachers’ salaries.  The total operating budget for the teacher salaries is approximately $40,000 and no, this is not an error.  There are 54 teachers in an area that includes one main school presently with eleven grades. All of the teachers are paid within the budget.  Also included in this system are 12 chapel schools in the surrounding areas which provide schooling to children who live too far to travel on a daily basis.  There is a total of 1200 children being educated.
     Until this year, CRS was providing the one hot meal a day the children were receiving.  This is mostly beans and rice.  Only children in grades 1 – 6 were given this meal.  The older children did not eat lunch unless they were fortunate enough to bring something from home.  This rarely happened. This year all the students are being fed the noon meal.  The outlying chapel schools are not being provided with any lunch since they do not have the facilities for storage food supplies.  
    There are some classes that have desks, i.e. a small board about 6” – 12” but many classes have no desks at all.  Some students have at least one workbook but only if they could afford to purchase one.  Other than that, there are no materials.  The classes are virtually empty.  The students do learn however and they are very serious about their education.  The parents are appreciative of the fact that their children will have more opportunity than they had. 
    Both women visiting us repeatedly emphasized their gratitude for all we do for the education of the children of Haiti.  Your generosity is very much appreciated.  The educational system of Fonts des Blancs in Haiti would have great difficulty existing at all without us.
    Thank you everyone.  If you have any questions about our mission feel free to contact me.  Lorette

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. 

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____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
Third Sunday of Advent
(One Mightier to Come)
Zephaniah 3:14-18 (Shout for Joy!)
Phil.:4: 4-7  (Rejoice in the Lord Always)
Luke: 3:10-18 (John and the Crowds)

Question for Adults: What can I do this week to listen, to see and to act on God’s response to the question posed to John the Baptist? 
     John holds nothing back when he is asked what the people should do to change their lives around as they wait for the Messiah.  He basically tells them that they must be accepting, kind, people of integrity and people with a sense of social justice.  How do we measure us to this teaching?  Where do we have to focus if we are to be ready for the one who waits to come into our hearts.  
Question for Children? How can I be welcoming and friendly to another child who might be considered different or shy this week?
    The practice of reaching out to those less accepted becomes more and more difficult as the children grow older.  Being accepted by their peers is very important so being outside the crowd is not cool.  This is an excellent topic for discussion at this time of year.  Jesus was very poor and had nothing special to offer, at least to the naked eye.  He had much to offer to those who were willing to reach out and get to know him however. 

Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

News from the CYA (Catholic Young Adults)
Note:  Christmas Party!  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 meeting 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.


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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