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February 25, 2007
1st Sunday in Lent

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  February 24
   6:00 PM   For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  February 25
   9:30 AM  For Julie Boisvert by Richard & Madeleine Bilodeau
Saturday,  March 3
   6:00 PM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  March 4
    9:30 AM  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 February 11, 2007
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1511
Loose             360
Credit              75
Total             1946

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 82% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $116.76)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Our Lenten Prayer Time. . .
     Lent is a time when we need to spend a little more time in prayer and reflection.  We want to renew and/or reinvigorate our relationship with God
During the Lenten season, we will have a time of prayer where adults can come together for this purpose.  Come alone or come with your spouse or a friend. 
      We will meet every Wednesday beginning on the Wednesday after Ash Wednesday at 6:30 pm
The prayer time will last about an hour. Our prayer time will be scripturally based. The prayer sessions will include a time for intercessory prayer so bring your special intentions along.   

Retrouvaille. . .a Lifeline
    Are you experiencing stress or difficulties in your marriage?  Are you contemplating separation and divorce?  Have you heard about Retrouvaille?  It’s a program designed to help heal and renew Troubled marriages.  The next Retrouvaille weekend will be held March 23-25, 2007.  If you would like to participate in a program that offers you a chance to rediscover yourself, your spouse and a loving relationship in your marriage, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit the Retrouvaille website at www.retrouvaille.org. All inquires are confidential.

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 March 18.   Tthe classes are held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm here at St. Paul’s.        2006-2007 Schedule (click here)

A Lenten Experience. . .
    Did you know our church has a library?  It has many wonderful books, videos, and audiotapes for adults and children.
    For Lent this year, perhaps you are trying to be a better parent, maybe becoming more patient or more understanding.  I found an audiocassette series in the library that I would recommend.
    “Every Parent Can Have Happy Kids” is a series of talks given by Dr. Jud Smith, a psychologist from Maine.  The series is about two hours long.  The tapes are set up in a question and answer format.  They address seven broad parenting issues, including communication, childhood stresses, school concerns, and divorce.
    Dr. Smith’s advice is easy to understand and use.  His advice is mainly common sense.  It is not a new approach to raising kids.  Instead, he gives practical advice to make a parent’s job easier.  His tips are mostly reminders of ideas I have heard before.
    Listening to the tapes encouraged me to continue trying to raise happy, successful children.
            Patty Stuart

Question of the Week
First Sunday of Lent
(Proclaiming Faith)
Deut. 26: 4-10 (Brought out of Egypt )
Romans.10:8-13(Call on the Name of the Lord)
Luke 4:1-13 (Jesus in the Desert)

Question for Adults: How does my faith in God’s presence with me help me deal with struggles to live my life in Christ? 
    As Christians, it happens all to often that we separate our “faith” in God and the whole idea of God’s presence in our lives.  Although they are meant to be one entity, we often seek ways, albeit unconsciously, to keep the two separated and well compartmentalized.  For example, we go to church on Sunday to worship him because we believe in him.  However, when we find ourselves in a crisis or some sort of struggle in life, we ask, “where are you God?”  Even worse, we ask the question in the third person, “Where is God when I need him?”  We ask these questions as if God is far away and is in no way connected to our lives?
    In this week’s Gospel we see that Jesus truly believed that God was with him despite the pain, the hunger, the temptations.  He did not ask where God was.  He knew that God was right there with him and Jesus made his decisions with that belief in mind.  Do we do this? 
    This being said,  there are times when we actually do believe that God is with us.  These are the times when our lives seem to take on a whole new dimension, a life of its own.  We know however, that there are always times when we fail to believe, when we doubt that God is there.  Lent is an excellent time to pray for an increase in Faith.  Let’s take some time to reflect on our need for Faith  

Question for Children? What can I do this week to remember that God is always with me as I try my best to live as a disciple of Jesus?
    Since children are very concrete in their thinking, perhaps it would be a good idea to make something for them to see or touch, something that will remind them of God’s presence
    A good symbol of Jesus’ love and God’s presence is the Cross.  Making a cross out of plain or construction paper is fairly simple yet very beneficial to the young person. As they try to live each day this week, they can glance at the cross on their wall and be reminded that Jesus is with them always because he loves them   

Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

Youth Work Camp: . . Last year our parish joined St. Peter Parish in its annual trip to a town  in the US that needed home repair.  Our two parishes took a six hour car ride to Machias, Maine.  Our young people along with their adult chaperones spent the week working on various projects that were assigned to them.  These projects include painting, repairs on porches, building of steps or ramps etc.  All projects are carefully supervised by adults.  The youth have an experience of helping those less fortunate and simultaneously spend fun time with teens of other churches nationwide.  It is a great experience for them and 95% of youth attending these work camps insist on returning the following year. 
    The downside of this project is that it costs money to attend.  The teens often meet part of the cost by finding a sponsor as well as by fundraising.  If you think your teen would enjoy or benefit from such an experience, contact Lorette or Fr. Dumont.  We will direct you to those in charge.  If you think you would like to assist the youth in a financial manner, simple give us a call and talk to us at 483-8481.

Workshop for Separated/Divorced
    St. Joseph Parish in Belmont is sponsoring its 5th Annual workshop day titled Shattered Dreams.   The workshop will be held on March 24 and will feature guest speakers well thought of in their fields of expertise.  The topics for the day are varied and should appeal to people in various stages on this journey in their lives.
    If you are interested, please pick up a brochure in the entrance of the church, at the bottom of the bulletin board.
    St. Joseph’s also has an ongoing Support Group for separated or divorced individuals.  The group meets every 1st and 3rd Wednesday from 7 – 9 pm in the church hall, corner of routes 140 and 106.
Questions?  Please call Ginny at 286-7066.

St. Joseph Regional Jr. High. . .
in Manchester is now accepting registration applications for the 2007-2008 school year.  Please contact the school at 624-4811 for more info.

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. 

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.

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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