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May 27, 2007
Pentecost Sunday

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday,  May 26
   6:00 PM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  May 27
    9:30 AM  For Ricky McGregor 1st Anniv by Rick & Sherry, his mom & dad
June 1
    6:00 PM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  June 2
    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 May 20, 2006
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1673
Loose             408
Credit             125
Total             2206

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 82% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $132.32)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Congratulations to our 1st Communicants

    This year, St. Paul Parish has received 16 children as communicants.  We are happy for them and their families.  We ask that you will keep these children close to your heart in prayer.  We congratulate the following children on the occasion of receiving Jesus for the 1st time.

The following made their 1st Communion on May 12, 2007:
Jason Ba
Cameron Be
Cody Ber
Joshua H
Amber E
Matthew O
Austin S
Jacob W

The following made their 1st Communion on May 20, 2007

Ryan C
Thomas B
Lauren D
Patrick M
Rose R
Benjamin Sm
Kevin Se
Rachel W

Summer Mass Schedule
    After serious discussion at our last Pastoral Council Meeting, it was determined that the 6 PM Mass will be eliminated during the Summer time.  The attendance is extremely low and it is anticipated that it will be even lower during the summer months.  Therefore, the last 6 PM Mass on Saturday will be Saturday, June16, 2007.  The Mass will resume after Labor Day. 

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
      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 have class every week between September 30 and May 15th except Christmas and Easter.  The children in grades 1 and 2 must attend regularly is they are to be prepared for their First Communion at the end of grade two.  This is a two year program.

Grades 4 – 10 +   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 last class for this school year was on Sunday, April 15th in Auburn.  We will resume classes in September.

Question of the Week
Pentecost Sunday 
(God’s Breath – the Holy Spirit – gives us true life and peace)
Acts of the Apostles 2:1-11(They were all filled with the Holy Spirit, and began to speak different languages)
1 Cor 12: 3-7,12-13 (In the one Spirit we were all baptized, making one body!)
John 20: 19-23 (As the Father sent, so I send you: Receive the Holy Spirit)!

Question for Adults: To have true life and God’s peace we need to forgive and receive forgiveness from another.  In order for you to have peace, what one area in your life do you need forgiveness from yourself or another?   This question may be difficult for some people simply because we often put considerable energy into blocking these areas of our life since they are unpleasant.  Coming to terms with our areas of non-peace does not have to be painful however.  Simply ask the Holy Spirit to come to you peacefully.  Ask the Spirit to enlighten you in this area.  The Spirit will not fail you if you are open and sincere.         

Question for the Teens:  St. Paul tells us that we all have unique gifts for the good of others.  What special about you?  How can you use those gifts to help others – friends, family, strangers?  As teens we are not always aware of our uniqueness.  Many teens see themselves as very average or below average in most areas of their lives.  And, the talents teens do recognize are often talents they do not know what to do with in relation to helping others.  Perhaps it might benefit you to ask someone who knows you well, such as a teacher or a neighbor or an aunt of uncle, to share what they see in you in relation to your uniqueness gifts and talents.  You may be very surprised.  Don’t worry, everyone has something to offer.

Question for Children?       Jesus tells us that we need to forgive to have peace.  Name one way that you can forgive a friend or classmate?  Forgiveness is probably one of the most difficult things we are asked to practice in our Christian faith.  There are many ways we can show forgiveness.  Brainstorm some of these ideas with your child.  If they are having difficulty, give them some clues.  They may even be able to help you if you are having difficulty.

Community News 

Please Pray. . .
for the defeat of House Bill 184.  Call your state senator immediately and ask them to vote against the Repeal of parental notification.  This bill seeks to overturn parental notification, which requires a parent be notified 48 hours before a minor child has an abortion.  Although this law was never enforced because of a lawsuit by Planned Parenthood, please tell your senator you want the state to protect parental rights.  Studies show that minor abortions go down 16% when parental involvement laws are in place.
Candia – Ted Gatsas 668-1233
Raymond & Deerfield - Jack Barnes 895-9352.  If you can, come to the public hearing in Concord on Tuesday, May 29 at 1:30 in the Legislative Office Bldg Rm. 305-307.

Catholic Charities Appeal  The annual NH Catholic Charities appeal was held on the weekend of April 28-29.  As you well know, the parish has a good reputation of being generous with the less fortunate in our midst.  The Catholic Charities organization has an excellent track record for spending its money on those who need it the most.  Very little is used for administrative purposes while none is used frivolously.   If you were not here on the weekend of the appeal, please take a brochure at the entrance of the church.  Your donation can be sent directly to the CC office or it can be returned in the collection basket.  Helping the less fortunate is a mandate we received from the Scriptures, a mandate you have often proven you take seriously.  I am sure that you will take this appeal to heart and be as generous as possible

A Look at Upcoming Events

St. Anne – St. Augustine Parish
invites everyone to a traditional New England Barn Dancing.  Everyone can do these old time social dances like the Virginia Reel . . . No Experience Necessary  on Saturday, June 2, 2007 from 7 – 9 PM at the St. Anne Center on Beech & Merrimack Sts.  Come one, come all. . .it’s a family event and, by the end of the evening , everyone will know how to dance and want to learn more.  There dancing will be to the music of “Two Fiddles” Jacqueline and Dudley Laufman, widely loved and respected musicians and callers in NH, will be with us to make sure our feet keep on tappin. 
Singles: $2.00     Couples: $3.00    Families $5.00

Summer Special for All Women

    The Women’s Biblical Ministry of Ste. Marie Church welcomes all Women to a Two-Part Series presented by Cheryl A. Geary.  Her reflections entitled:     Understanding the
21st Century Christian Woman and Celebrating Today’s Authentic Christian Woman 
will be drawing from both ancient and contemporary sources.  She will explore the profound nature, character, and practical life of Christian women in the modern world.  Cheryl will include Edith Stein’s “Essays on Woman” Pope John Paul II’s writings expressly to women, and the recent publication “The Authentic Catholic Woman” by Genevieve Kineke. 
    Come and share with us as we grow in our knowledge of what it means to be a Christian Woman and celebrate the process of becoming all that we are meant to be.
Part I – June 16th  and Part II on June 23rd.
Both will be held at Ste. Marie Chruch School Building on 281 Cartier St., Manchester, NH from 9:00 am – 12:00 noon. Attendance is free of charge.

St. Raphael the Archangel Parish  presents
The Pastor’s Class for Spring 2007
Fanning the Fire Within
Exploring Spiritualities

With Father Jerome Day, O.S.B., pastor and guests

The Spirit of St. Benedict  May 29th
Rt. Rev. Matthew Leavy, OSB, Abbot, St. Anselm
The Spirit of St. Francis of Assisi  June 5th
Rev.John Bavaro, OFM, Pastor, Blessed Sacrament
The Spirit of St. Ignatius Loyola  June 12th
Rev. Arthur Pare, SL, in residence, St. Joseph Parish, Salem
The Spirit of St. Dominic  June 19th
Rev Michael McCormack, OP, Campus Ministry, Dartmouth
All classes are at St. Raphael Parish Hall on Ferry St.  from 7 to 8:30 PM.

27th Annual Scout Retreat
    All Boy Scouts Girl Scouts in grades 5 – 12, and adult leaders, are invited to the 27th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat Fri. Sept. 14 – Sun. Sept. 16, 2007 at Camp Fatima in Gilmanton Iron Works NH!  $8-scouts/$5-adults.  This is an active weekend, involving the scouts in a number of fun, interesting, challenging, though provoking and faith filled activities.  It includes a climbing wall, high ropes, capture the flag, and dance.  For info or to register, go to:  www.geocities.com/dmccs/, or send an e-mail: FrRay3@gmail.com or call:  669-3100 x173.  Sonsored by Fr. Ray Ball & the Diocesan Catholic Scouting Committee.

Raymond Headstart. . .  We are Looking for students for the Fall!!!  Head Start is a free comprehensive child and family program for preschool aged children, including those with special needs, from families whose income do not exceed the federal guidelines ($20,650 family of four).  Head Start provides developmentally appropriate activities and education for children in a classroom setting.  Additionally Head Start provides Health & Nutrition Services,  Disability Services, Social Services, Family & Community Partnerships, and Parent Involvement & Parenting support.  The program runs from September through May, 5 days a week from 8:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.  Contact the Raymond Center at 895-9223 if you or someone you know is interested in this Fall’s program

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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