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January 28, 2007
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  January 27
   6:00 PM   For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  January 28
   9:30 AM  For Lucille St. Onge by Donald & Martgueritte Martineau
Saturday,  February 3
   6:00 PM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  February 4
    9:30 AM  For Julie Boisvert by Richard and 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 January 21, 2007
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1405
Loose             552
Credit              75
Total             2032

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 73% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $121.92)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Volunteer Training Group
    Would you like to volunteer by helping individuals at the end of life?  Would you like to use your talents, gifts and abilities to make a difference. We will train you to do some of the most important work you will ever do as you journey with others. 

When:  Friday Mornings:  February 23 – April 27

Time:  9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon

Where:  RVNA & Hospice Office

              137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH

     To Register please call:  772-2981 or
1-800-540-2981,  Martha Chandler, Coordinator

All Groups are open to the community and are FREE of charge. 

Catholic School Week
    The week of January 28 – February 3, 2007 is the time set aside to celebrate Catholic Schools Week throughout our country.  Our Catholic Schools strive to educate students, instill spiritual and moral values and guide children toward a bright future.  If you are interested in pursuing this avenue for your children and are not quite sure where to begin, feel free to call our office for information at 483-8481 and ask to speak to 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. 

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 February 11th.   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
4th Sunday in Ordinary Time
(Sent to Proclaim the Good News)
Jeremiah 1:4-5, 17-19 (Appointed Prophet )
1 Cor. 12: 31-13-13 (Faith, Hope & Love)
Luke 4:21-30 (Sent for All)

Question for Adults: How can I hold on to others and let go with trust in God in order to love more fully this week?  This week’s Gospel tells us that even Jesus did not always have it easy when relating to others.  There were many people who doubted his powers, his gifts and his mission in life.  This had to be difficult for him.  Any of us who give of our selves constantly, know what it means not to be appreciated or understood.  It can be very discouraging as well as frustrating.
    As human beings, our first reaction is to want to abandon or reject the people who do not appreciate our efforts.  This is because we have a human need to control our lives and the lives of those we love.  After all, don’t we know better? 
    The Gospel tells us that Jesus did not leave or abandon the people.  Sometimes, he gave them their space so they could have time to reflect on what they really wanted but he never abandoned them.  He was able to do this because he trusted that God would take care of things.  He did not need to control every minute of everyone’s lives.
      Trust in God is often very difficult.  The see-saw effect of holding on and letting go is a skill and a Dance that we develop with God.  However, we must allow him to lead.  Are we willing to try to develop the art of dancing with God?   

Question for Children? What can I do to show love to others this week?  There are many, many ways of showing love to others even when we are young.  This question has been asked before but now your child is perhaps a year older and needs to be challenged at a higher level.  If your child is at least of age to receive Communion, perhaps you could challenge them to look for one way to love others in every dimension of their daily experience.  Begin by the home.  As parents you know best where they need to grow.  Perhaps they need to grow in the area of sensitivity with a particular sibling or perhaps with one or both of his/her parents.  Then, move one to school, their neigh-borhood friends,  their sports team etc. It might be easier if you take the time to write these ideas down so they don’t forget throughout the week.

Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

St. Anthony – Open House

    St. Anthony School, located on 148 Belmont St. in Manchester will be holding an Open House on Sunday, January 28th from 1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.  You will have an opportunity to tour the school and visit with our faculty, staff, students and parents from our PSO Group.  St. Anthony is a Pre-Kindergarten through 6th Grade Elementary School offering transportation from as far as the Raymond and Candia Area.  We offer a Before School
Program and an After School Program.  For more information visit us on the web at www.stanthonyschool-nh.com or call 622-0414.

Holy Family Academy,  a private school located in Manchester, NH, provides a classical education in the Roman Catholic tradition for students in grades 7 – 12.  The Academy will be having an Open House for prospective students on Sunday, Dec. 3, 2006 at 2:00 PM.  Come and hear about the Academy’s program of excellence in classical education and solid formation in the Catholic faith.  Holy Family Academy is currently accepting qualified students  for the 2007-2008 academic year.

St. Thomas Aquinas School Registration
   St. Thomas Aquinas School in Derry announces its registration for the school year 2007-2008 for Grades 1-8.  Registration will be held during the month of January.  If you would like a tour of the school, you may come in any Tuesday or Thursday in January between 9am and 1pm.  Kindergarten registration will take place on Wednesday, January 31 from 7:30 am – 2:00 pm in the school basement.  Registration fee for Kindergarten and for grades 1-8 is $40.00 per child non-refundable.  For further information please call the school office at 432-2712 (grades 1-8) or the Kindergarten at 437-6651 or check our website at www.staderry.com.

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.

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,  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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