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January 7, 2007
Feast of the Epiphany

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  January 6
   6:00 PM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  January 7
    9:30 AM  For Julie Boisvert by Richard & Madeleine Bilodeau
Saturday,  January 13
   6:00 PM   For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  January 14
   9:30 AM  Intention of the Celebrant

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 31, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1264
Loose             445
Credit              75
Total             1784

Christmas Offering            $3143.00
Regular Sunday Envelops    1185.00
   offered on Christmas        4328.00

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 75% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $107.04)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Looking to the Future
    As we begin a New Year it is an excellent time to stop and reflect on who we are as a Faith Community and where we would like to go in the near and distant future. 
    As most of you know, we have been doing a lot of footwork with respect to the possibility of expanding our church building.  The reasons for expansion have been expressed with little or no contradiction.  We have proceeded to meet with the diocesan realtor commission and we have further proceeded to seek permission from the bishop for furthering the process.  All of this has been completed.
    The year 2007 not only ushers in a new calendar year, it also brings us to a place where we must take a long and serious look at our parish life.  We must not be afraid to ask ourselves some difficult questions.  Expanding our building necessitates a large sum of money.  Before embarking on this expensive venture, it would be financially and pastorally irresponsible of the pastor and the pastoral staff to avoid the task of looking at ourselves (the parish) in the mirror.
    After some discussion, the following questions have surfaced and, as your parish
leaders we believe they must be presented to you, the parishioners.  Some time will also be given for assessment of the situation.
        (continued in Bulletin Letter, Jan. 7)

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
Feast of the Epiphany
(The Light to the Nations)
Isaiah 60:1-6( The Lord Shall Shine)
Eph 3: 2-3 (Light to the Gentiles)
Matt: 2:1-12 (The Magi are led by the Star)

Question for Adults: What areas of my life need to be visited by Jesus’ light?     We all have areas of our life that seem to be hidden in the dark recesses of our inner self.  Sometimes they are so well hidden that we have difficulty seeing them or perhaps even realizing that they exist. 
    The visit of the Magi is significant in our lives because it tells us that Christ brought light to everyone, even to people who were not necessarily aware of the fact that they needed him.
    Also, it is not a coincidence that one of the main characters in this story is King Herod, a man who wanted nothing to do with the new born child.  King Herod represents all of us who want our own way in life and fear that the presence of Christ in our lives will destroy our comfortable practices.   The presence of Herod in the story tells us that we must be open to the light if we are to benefit from it. 
    Hopefully, we are closer to the Magi than to Herod.  But even the Magi needed to be touched by grace.  Scripture does not elaborate but we must not fail to reflect.  Did the visit to the Child change their lives or was it simply a one time visit that caused some excitement for these men?  Did they return to their homes only to fall back into their old ways?
    Let us take some time this week to dust off some of those dark corners of our self that need a little shine.  Let’s not allow the Christmas season to be dismissed and forgotten until next December.

Question for Children? Does the presence of Jesus in my life make a difference to me and to the people that live or play with me? How?
    Take a few minutes to brainstorm a list of people who could be affected by the behavior of your child.  Then, help them to think of ways that would help others be happy.  Sharing is always a good way but try to encourage them to realize that they can share their joy and happiness with a smile and a cheerful word.  A pleasant attitude does wonders for others in our company.  As adults we are usually aware of this but children are not always aware.  How does knowing that Jesus loves them make a difference in their attitude?  
Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

From the Diocesan Vocation Office
    January 7, 2007 is the celebration of the 1st Anniversary of the Seventh Trumpet Mass for vocations at St. Joseph Cathedral, hosted by the Vocation Office.  We will also be celebrating the Feast of the Epiphany.  This Sunday marks the beginning of National Vocations Awareness Week.  Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 2:20p.m. followed by Mass at 3:00p.m.  Please come and get others to join the 1,000.  Log onto www.liveinblackandwhite.com. For more information or call 669-3100 ext. 132

 Naomi Meal – Friday, January 12, 2007
    The Religious Vocation Commission of the Diocese of Manchester is offering evenings of camaraderie and discernment for women, ages 16-45, who are considering religious life.  Our topic will be “Discernment.”  Have you wondered how to come to a decision about your vocation?  This session will consist of a discussion of the steps of discernment leading to a decision with help of God.  Join us at our next Naomi supper from 6:00-9:00p.m.  Joseph House, 279 Cartier Street, Manchester.  Please RSVP to Jude Christopher, Office of Vocations, 669-3100 ext. 153 or e-mail jchristopher@rcbm.org by January 8, 2007.

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 meeting at St. Paul’s Church from 6:30-8:00 pm.

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: ..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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