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April 1, 2007
Palm Sunday

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 25  Easter Sunday
   8:00 AM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
   9:30 AM  Intention of the Celebrant

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 March 25, 2007
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1715
Loose             353
Credit             125
Total             2193

  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.

Our Holy Week and Easter Sunday Schedule

Holy Thursday (in Auburn)       7:00 PM

Good Friday. . .(in Candia)       7:00 PM

Holy Saturday, Vigil Mass
(The Vigil is the Easter Mass)      
8:00 PM

Easter Sunday                        8:00 AM

          (both here at St. Paul’s9:30 AM

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 women.
    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.
                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. 
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 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
(The Passion of Our Lord Jesus Christ)
Isaiah 50: 4-7 (I Shall Not Be Put to Shame)
Phil. 2: 6-11 (Christ Humbled Himself)
Luke 22:14-23 (Father, Forgive Them)

Question for Adults: 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. 

Question 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 week. 

Community News 

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 Life. 2-27-2006

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

A 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
Friday Mornings:
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 483-5628.

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 603-644-7247.

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 pgabree@rcbm.org.

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, 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.

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