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March 11, 2007
3rd Sunday in Lent

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  March 10
   6:00 PM   For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  March 11
   9:30 AM  For Lucille St. Onge by Mike & Diane Beaudoin
Saturday,  March 17
 
   6:00 PM  For Lucie Raby by Therese Therrien
Sunday,  March 18
    9:30 AM   For Parishioners of St. Paul

NOTE:  There is a 12 noon Mass at St. Peter Church in Auburn  on Tuesdays during Lent

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 ______________________________
Address___________________________
Town ________________,NH Zip ________

Update on Parish Income

Weekend of March 4, 2007
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $2486
Loose             365
Credit              75
Total             2916

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 88% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $174.96)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.
 


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 hold an OPEN HOUSE for prospective students on Sunday, March 18, 2007 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 in grades 7 – 12 for the 2007 2008 academic year.  For further information please call 644-7247.

The Jesse Remington High School. .
located right off of High Street here in Candia, will be hosting a drop in Open House on Saturday, March 17 from 9 am-1pm.  The location is at our main schhol bulding, the Remington Education Center, at 15 Stevens Lane in Candia.  We will be shoing our guests the many facets of a JRSH education. 
    Education is a vital part of the overall mission of the Christian Church, and we can be of assistance is offering the secondary aged students in your family a Christian education.  For more info email Jeff@jesseremington.org or call 483-5664. 

A Lenten Experience. . .

. By now, you probably all know there is a library downstairs.  It has many wonderful materials for you to borrow. 
    There are items for both adults and children.  This week, I thought I would suggest a children’s book.  Saint Therese and the Roses, by Helen Walker Homan, is published by Ignatius Press.  The book is part of their Vision Series and is targeted for youth, ages 9 to 15, although it would be a great book for a parent to read to a younger child. 
    The book is about the life of St. Therese, the “Little Flower”.  It focuses on her childhood, in Lisieux, France.  It is a charming story of her life in the late 1800’s. The book highlights the love between the family members and their devotion to God.
    My 11 years old daughter, Abby, also read it.  She had this to say: “This is the story of Therese’s childhood.  It is old-fashioned, but in a good way.  It is interesting and some of it is very sad.  I would give it 4 ½  stars!”
                Patty Stuart

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


Question of the Week
Third Sunday of Lent
Theme:
(Bear Good Fruit)
Reading 
Exodus 3:1-8, 13-15 (I Am Who Am )
Reading
l Cor. 10:1-6, 10-12 (Take Care Not to Fall)
Gospel:
Luke 13:1-9 (Repent)

Question for Adults: What do my words and actions, the fruits of my decisions, reveal about how I am living for the kingdom? 
    Although we do not always like to admit it, our actions are the direct fruit of our thinking process.  It is true that we sometimes perform tasks without too much thinking but these are usually learned tasks or skills that are routine to us.  This is a bit different that what we are referring to above.
    In truth, our actions are an end product of a process which involves our feelings and our thoughts.  The two together enable us to form an attitude about something and shortly thereafter, we actions follow.  Therefore, we cannot excuse ourselves too easily when we act in such a way that is not positive.  In truth our actions belie our inner self whether that be good or bad.  It could be that we are acting in this manner without our being conscious of the matter.  This is why we must take advantage of the season of Lent. 
    The above question challenges us to become more conscious of our actions toward our God and our neighbor, i.e., the people we rub elbows with on a regular basis, e.g., our spouse, our children, our boss, our co-workers, our inconsiderate neighbor etc
How am I living the kingdom of God?  Perhaps taking a few minutes a day to reflect on our actions of the day might help to shed some light on where we stand in this picture.

Question for Children? What will I do this week that shows I am a follower of Jesus Christ?
    This week’s Gospel is about repentance.  This is a good time to discuss the idea of being sorry for things they may have done wrong in the recent past.  Try to zero in on broken relationship such as times they may have hurt their siblings or their friends. 
    Being a good follower of Jesus means that we are willing to forgive others as well as to be sorry for the times we have hurt others.  Take the time to ask your child what makes them feel the worst about their behavior.  Perhaps you could compose a prayer that tells Jesus they are sorry using their own words.  This is always more effective.

Community News 

A Look at Upcoming Events

Respect Life Update. . .
  Please write to Representative Dan Dumaine ASAP.  He is the sponsor of the constitutional amendment CACRl “relating to: the definition of marriage.  Providing that: marriage between one man and one woman shall be the only legal union that shall be valid or recognized in this state.”  If you support his original amendment without changes, please tell him that and include your address, as he plans to file these letters by town.  His email address is buppadan@comcast.net and his mailing address is 104 Windsor Drive, Auburn, NH 03032.  When this comes to the floor of the House, he will need the support of thousands of NH citizens.

Where Do You Turn?. .
.Where can a young woman or couple struggling with an unplanned pregnancy turn when there is nowhere to turn?
Where can a woman or couple experiencing the anguish of a now regrettable decision find comfort and healing?
If you or someone close to you has faced these cries, or if you would simply like to know what is being done here in our community to offer hope and compassion we invite you to attend presentations by “Birthright”, “CareNet Pregnancy Center” and “Project Rachel” the evening of March 14, at 7 PM in the Spiritual Center of Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, NH.  located at 216 E. Dunstable Road.

Need to Carry out your own Version of a “Clean Sweep?” 
Looking for that certain something or for items to sell on Ebay?  Look no further than the Annual Trinity High School Yard Sale in Manchester.  We are accepting donations (no adult clothing please) on Friday March 30 from 7 am to 5:30 pm and the Yard Sale will be held on March 31 from 7 am – 12 noon.  All are welcome.

Lenten organ Recital. . .
Daniel Bayless, Director of Music at St. Joseph Cathedral, will present a program of organ music for the season of Lent the afternoon of March 11 at 3:00 p.m. at the Cathedral.  A reception will follow in the Hall.  Please plan to attend this time of Lenten reflection.

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.

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.

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.
                                           
CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS

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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