March 25, 2007 5th
Sunday in Lent
Weekend Mass Intentions Saturday,March 24 6:00 PM For Carol
Avellino 10th Anniversary by Tom & Angel Bart Sunday, March 25
9:30 AM For Parishioners of St. Paul Saturday,March 31 6:00 PM For Butch Cascio – 5th Anniv.
By his Wife & Children Sunday, April 1
9:30 AM For Canaan Bernier – 1st
Anniv. By Mark & Karen Bernier
NOTE: There is a 12 noon Mass
Peter Church in Auburn on Tuesdays during Lent
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
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!
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add me to the envelope list.
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on Parish Income
of March 18, 2007
St. Paul, Candia
Last weekend envelope users contributed 79% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $181.26)
Mass (The Vigil is the
(both here at St. Paul’s) 9:30
A Lenten Experience. . .
I decided to challenge myself this week. I
read Invaded by God: Mysticism and the Indwelling Trinity by
George A. Maloney, S.J.
The first part of the book attempts to explain the
mystery of the Trinity, quoting from a number of sources, from past
theologians to modern writers.
The later part of the book focuses on the indwelling
Trinity. He says as we begin to understand that the Trinity
dwells within us, no longer do we pray to change God’s attitude toward
us, but rather to be changed by Him into His loving children. We
become more aware that we are loved as children by an infinitely loving
Father. This new state of being will show itself through the love
we have for one another.
Although some of the book was beyond my
understanding, I did gain a lot from reading it. Perhaps you
could challenge yourself to read something beyond your understanding
Our Parish is now able to take your offertory donations through Credit
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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 April 15 at St. Peter Church in Auburn.Tthe classes are
held from 4:00 – 6:00 pm here at St. Paul’s.
Schedule (click here)
Question of the Week Fifth Sunday of Lent
Reading Isaiah 43: 16-21 (Something New )
Reading Phil. 3: 8-14 (Continue Toward the Goal)
Gospel: Luke 8:1-11 (Casting the First Stone) Question
How often do I look at myself and ask, “What good am I capable of
This week’s question can be taken in two ways. One way to
interpret the question would be to wonder is we are good enough to do
good. This is the same as doubting ourselves and our
abilities. Another way of saying this is simply saying that our
self-esteem is poor. If we are thinking in this vain we must
remember that God has given all of us the ability to be good and to do
good. This goodness does not come from us, it comes from
God. If God wants us to do good, he gives us the strength and
courage as well as the means and initiative to do it. All we need
to do is to be available.
Another way of interpreting the question is to
simply ask ourselves what our gifts and talents are? We are not
necessarily reluctant to act, we simply need to do some serious
reflection on the matter. Again, we all have gifts and talents,
sometimes we have not taken the time to pinpoint what those gifts are
in our lives. When the opportunity comes, we are more than happy
to step up to the plate but we just never thought about it on our own.
Regardless of the way you may have interpreted the
question, you still need to do some serious reflection about your gifts
and talents. Be gentle and generous with yourself. Try to
see yourself the way God sees you. Give yourself the credit that
is reflective of the truth. You are God’s child and you have been
gifted by him. Now answer the question
for Children?What will I do today to be kind to someone? Perhaps this week you could
challenge your child to think of a kind act that will challenge them.
Once they have thought of something, encourage them to actually do
it. Don’t allow this exercise to be simply an intellectual
activity. Perhaps you could compare notes and discuss each others
feelings and reactions to your kind acts. Children really enjoy
imitating adults. What could be better for deepening your
relationship with your child than to share a faith filled
experience? Be sure to do this when you have the time to talk
about it. Try not to multi-task at this time.
Lenten Reflection on Life. . . Sometimes a single issue will be so
important that it overrides a whole range of lesser issues. Human
slavery is one such historic issue. It simply cannot be condoned
no matter how much political support it might enjoy. The same
could also be said for the classification, discrimination and even
elimination of people of ethnic reasons. The Holocaust is wrong
and cannot be justified on any grounds. So also is the taking of
the life of an unborn child. The arbitrary destruction of such
life cannot be justified on the grounds that one should be free to
choose to kill. Bishop Donald Wuerl
It is not only the deaths of more
than forty-five million of our children that we mourn today. We do not
just grieve for the loss of all the talents, all the abilities and all
the unique gifts these children would have brought to society. We
cannot but also wonder about everything that we have lost as a people
by the destruction of our children
Cardinal Justin Rigali, Homily for Pro-Life Mass
Look at Upcoming Events
Sacrament of Reconciliation. . . This Sunday, March 25, 2007,
there will be a Reconciliation service at St. Anthony Parish on Belmont
St. in Manchester, NH. There will be several priests available for
confession. There will be a short service beginning at 2:00 pm.
followed by individual confession.
Come join us for an evening with Fr. Benedict J. Groeschel, CFR Holy Family Academy, a private
school located in Manchester, NH, and providing a classical education
in the Roman Catholic tradition for students in grades 7 – 12, will be
holding an “EVENING WITH FATHER BENEDICT J. GROESCHEL, CFR” on
Thursday, May 3, 2007 at 6:00 PM at the Event Center at C.R. Sparks in
Bedford, NH. Come and spend an evening with Father Benedict as
well as enjoy a meal prepared by the C.R. Sparks gourmet chefs.
Tickets are $100.00 per person and proceeds will help benefit Holy
Family Academy in continuing the Academy’s program of excellence in
classical education and solid formation in the Catholic Faith.
Tickets may be obtained by contacting the Academy Office at
Called to Servant Leadership . . .is the Standard Level,
three-year Lay Ministry Formation Program intended for those in parish
leadership such as catechetical leaders; youth ministry, RCIA, and
outreach coordinators; those who train liturgical ministers; and those
who prepare couples for marriage. On Thursday, March 22, 2007
there will be an Information Meeting from 7 – 9 p.m. at St. Thomas
Aquinas High School, 197 Dover Point Rd, Dover, NH 03820, for those who
are interested in learning more about the Called to Servant Leadership
Program. Please use the front entrance of the school and follow
the signs to the information meeting. For further information,
contact Pat Gabree at 6600-3100 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
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
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
Please pray for the
Stephen and Charlie Doucette, Marie Keenan, 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.