April 1, 2007 Palm
Weekend Mass Intentions Saturday,March 31 6:00 PM For Butch Cassio – 5th Anniv.
By his Wife & Children Sunday, April 1
9:30 AM For Canaan Bernier – 1st
Anniv. By Mark & Karen Bernier Saturday,April 7, Easter Vigil 8:00 PM For
Parishioners of St. Paul Sunday, April 25Easter
8:00 AM For Parishioners of St. Paul
9:30 AM Intention of the Celebrant
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!
____ I want to support our parish on a regular basis. Please
add me to the envelope list.
Town ________________,NH Zip ________
on Parish Income
of March 25, 2007
St. Paul, Candia
Last weekend envelope users contributed 84% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $131.53)
Thank You so much for your Generosity.
. .(in Candia)
Mass (The Vigil is the
(both here at St. Paul’s) 9:30
A Lenten Experience. . .
I hope you’ve been able to find your way down to the
library. If not, perhaps you are feeling you don’t have time to
read a whole book. For this review, I would like to suggest Women
in Church History: 20 Stories for 20 Centuries, by Joanne
Turpin. Maybe you could read about just a few of these remarkable
Turpin chose the women for the book using three
criteria: personal holiness, moral courage, and the importance of the
individual’s contribution to the Church.
Each chapter starts with a background sketch, which
gives the woman a historical context. Then, there is a brief
biography of the woman’s life, followed by an afterward which
summarizes her impact on the Church and the results of her work.
Anyone who is interested in world history would appreciate this
book. If you are not a history buff, you should still check out
this book, as the courage and talents of these women are inspirational.
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
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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. The class will end at 5:30 and will be followed by a
Pot Luck Supper for all who are in attendance. Please call
Diane Soucy at 483- 8854, our contact person for the Supper, to
let her know what you want to bring.
Question of the Week 6th Sunday of Lent- Palm Sunday
Theme: (The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
Reading Isaiah 50: 4-7 (I Shall Not Be Put to Shame)
Reading Phil. 2: 6-11 (Christ Humbled Himself)
Gospel: Luke 22:14-23 (Father, Forgive Them) Question
When have I been tempted to be silent or to hide my faith in
Christ? How did I respond? Why did I choose to respond the
way I did?
Holy Week is an excellent time to look within ourselves regarding our
faith as a follower of Christ. It happens all too often that we
are tempted in various ways, to “be silent” with respect to our faith.
This can happen at work, at family gatherings, or just about
anywhere. The temptation is to be like Peter and the other
apostles who feared being recognized by the crowds.
What type of fear do we have in our lives? Are
we afraid that others will think we are “too good”? Are we afraid
that people will judge us too harshly? Are we afraid that we will
be characterized as being hypocritical?
Could it be that we tend to be silent because we do
not have enough faith to sustain us in times of difficulty? Lack of
faith is a very real situation in today’s world. Many people are
beginning to think that they no longer need God. Many simply do
not believe in him any longer.
How does this all pertain to us as
individuals? Can we remember times in our daily lives when we are
tempted to hide our faith? Why do we do this? Perhaps you
do not hide it or keep silent? Perhaps you are faith filled
enough to practice you faith? Why do you choose the way you
do? This is an excellent meditation for Holy Week.
for Children?What things have I said or done that show
others that I am a follower of Jesus Christ? What will I do this week? What are some of the things a child
can do to show that they are followers of Jesus? Ask you child is
they can help you come up with some ideas. Once you have a
working list, choose some that might be applicable for the coming
week. Help you child to see that being a follow of Jesus can
often be a challenge. Choose at least one thing on the list that
is a challenge for them and ask them to try doing this for Jesus this
Lenten Reflection on Life. . . The boundless and incomprehensible
love of God for the human being reveals the degree to which the human
person deserves to be loved in himself, independently of any of any
consideration- intelligence, beauty, health, youth, integrity,
and so forth. In short, human life is always a good, for it “is a
manifestation of God in the world, a sign of his presence, a trace of
his glory”(The Gospel of Life, n.34)
God’s love does not differentiate between the newly
conceived human infant still in his mother’s womb and the child or
young person, or the adult and the elderly person. God does not
distinguish between them because he sees an impression of his own image
and likeness (Gn 1:26) in each one. Pope Benedict XVI,
Address to the 12th Gen. Assembly of the Pontifical Academy for
We need to see that behind each human face, behind each person, there
is a singularity, a unique wealth in which believers recognize an
intention of God, a plan of love. Life is the gift of God’s love
to all. Mgsr. Jean Laffitte
Look at Upcoming Events
Catholic for a Reason Conference St. Michael’s Parish will be
hosting Dr. Ted Sri, for a Catholic For a Reason Conference on
Saturday, April 21st from 9am to 2:30pm. Tickets will be $20.00 in
advance and $25.00 at the door. Anyone interested can call
772-3916 for more information.
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. The group will meet on
February 23 – April 27, 2007 from
9:00 a.m. – 12:00 noon at the
RVNA & Hospice Office
137 Epping Road, Exeter, NH.
Moore School Sponsoring Project Childfind . . .which
involves screening your child’s abilities in speech, motor, and
learning skills. The screening is administered by the
professional staff of the Candia School District. To be eligible,
the child must live in Candia, must be accompanied by parent /guardian
and must be under 6 years of age. This is a free screening.
For an appointment contact the School district before April 30 at
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 email@example.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.
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.