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July 22, 2007
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Sunday,  July 22
    9:30 AM  For Leon Therrien by Therese Therrien
Sunday,  July 29
    9:30 AM  For Aldona Berthiume  5th Anniv. by Joyce LeBel

    The use of envelops by parishioners attending Mass at St. Peter’s in Auburn this summer would be very much appreciated.  If you do not have envelops, simply use a regular envelop and label it for St. Paul’s or call the office and our secretary would be happy to send you some envelops.

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 July 15, 2007

St. Paul, Candia

Envelopes   $1504
Loose             371
Credit             125
Total             2000

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 82% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $120)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.
 


Dear Parishioners,
    Our Pastoral and Finance Councils have had very open and frank discussions about the future of St. Paul Parish over the past year.  Ms. Lorette Nault has presented a series of reflections in the Sunday bulletin.  The pastor has met with several diocesan representatives, including Mr. Guy Chapdelaine, Chief Finance Officer of the Diocese of Manchester, Mr. Paul Harrington, Secretary of Real Estate, and Mr. Timothy Murray, Development Director for the diocese.  We must now make a determination, given the facts that we have at our disposal: funds needed, clergy shortage, etc.
    The most reasonable scenario at this point is to re-roof our present church, paint the inside and replace the carpet, install pews (expanding the seating capacity), and continue to serve the people of the area for the short term.
    With regards to the clergy shortage, it seems unlikely that there will be a priest available to serve the parish full time.  Lorette and I are seeing the retirement years coming faster and faster.  It is becoming increasingly difficult to celebrate 5 Masses every weekend.  I am happy to be able to continue serving here at St. Paul Parish.  With Lorette’s experience and dedication, and especially her pastoral presence to you, as well as with the able assistance of Deacon George Borkush, things are much easier.  At this point Father Michael Taylor and I are in good health, thanks be to God.  No one can predict the future, but I know that the Holy Spirit is at work and that Christ is still with His Church, no matter how difficult it may seem.


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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Name on Card___________________________________
Address________________________________________
Please Check:  ______MasterCard ______Visa
                       ______Debit MasterCard _____Debit Visa
Card Number:____________________________________
Expiration:_________________Amount:_______________
How often do you want this transaction to occur?
____One time _____Weekly_____Bi-Weekly ______Monthly

Signature:________________________________________
Email___________________________________________

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  The children in grades K – 3 attend classes during the weekend liturgies.  We use a Lectionary Catechesis which is based on the Gospel of the week.  Kindergarten students are not obliged to attend regularly.  However, beginning with grade l, students must attend classes on a weekly basis as the program for 1st Communion is a two year program.  It is vital that students continue with their Christian Formation even after their 1st Communion.

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
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time  
Theme:
(Hospitality –We welcome Jesus in our lives!)
Reading 1:
Genesis 18: 1-10 (Lord, do not bypass
      your servant.)
Reading 2:
Colossians 1: 24-28 (The mystery hidden 
       for centuries has now been revealed to the saints.
Gospel:
Luke 10: 38-42 (Jesus speaks with Martha
       and Mary)

Question for Adults:  The Gospel today invites us to serve and to be hospitable.  When did you welcome Jesus into your home through the presence of a neighbor or a stranger?   Welcoming someone and helping to make them feel welcomed involves the dual response of the two women in the Gospel.  Scurrying around to get the work done is very important because people who are invited to a meal certainly expect to eat at some point in time.  However, invited guests also expect to enter into a conversation with their hosts.  One without the other does not make for good hospitality.  If we believed that we were entertaining Christ when we had guests over, would we be better hosts?       

Question for the Teens: Martha chose to serve, Mary chose to sit at Jesus’ feet and listen to him.  Of those two actions, service or prayer, which do you feel more comfortable with?Why?
Of course, in real life, we need to be able to do both.  We cannot choose to serve God through service to others and totally ignore prayer.  That is not an option.  However, we often feel more comfortable with one over the other.  This is personal preference that we base on our personality and character.  Ask yourself this question:  Do you feel more comfortable listening  to others as opposed to serving them?  Why do you feel this way?  

Question for Children?  Name a time when you shared what you had with a friend, or a classmate at school.
    This week’s Gospel talks about sharing our gifts.  Both women had different gifts and chose to use them in the right way.  Talk to your children about sharing a talent they have such as drawing a card to cheer someone up or baking some cookies for an elderly person.  Help your child to discover at least one or two of their talents. 

Community News 

The RCIA Process (the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults. . . is a process through which adults or older children become more familiar with the truths and theological teachings of the Catholic Church.  The program was developed for persons seeking full initiation in the church whether or not they may have been baptized in another Christian denomination.  If you of someone you know thinks or feels that it is the time to take this step, or is you would simply want more information before committing yourself, please contact Lorette at 483-8481 or see her after Sunday Mass.

Are You Seeking Employment?  The diocesan central administration office is in need of a full-time (40 hours/week) administrative assistant to support the Chancellor.  Responsibilities include calendar management, answering phones, drafting, preparing, and mailing correspondence, filing and copying, recording and preparing meeting minutes, and coordinating appointments.  The ideal candidate must be experienced (at least 5 yours), professional, organized, and able to multi-task and have excellent verbal and written communication and computer skills.  Please e-mail your letter of interest and resume to chagen@rcbm.org or mail your materials to: Diocese of Manchester, Office of Human Resources, Box 310, Manchester, NH  03105-310

Our Food Pantry is Bare. . . Our food pantry is presently pretty bare.  We would appreciate just about anything except peas and string beans and pasta.  We have plenty of that.  Please consider bring a donation next time you come.  If you would rather give a monetary contribution, that is fine.  I will be glad to supply what we need the most.  Thanks so much.

Ste. Marie Child Care Center
     Openings are available for 4 year old Preschool and Kindergarten Programs as well as Before & After School Programs for the fall of 2007.  For more information, please call 668-2356.
    Ste. Marie Child Care Center is located in the Ste. Marie complex  at 133 Wayne Street in Manchester, NH.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Camp Phoenix. . .A Weekend Camp for Grieving Families – Sept. 7 – 9
    The Phoenix, a legendary bird of Greek Mythology, was brilliantly colored and lived many hundreds of years.  Upon dying, the bird was cremated and a new Phoenix arose from the ashes making the legend one of death and renewal.
    Those of us facing the death of a loved one, find our families and ourselves on a journey that may be overwhelming and debilitating.  The hard work of grieving may drain our resources at every level.  Camp Phoenix is a healthy opportunity for individuals and families to heal by facing the challenges of their loss. 
    Camp Phoenix will be celebrated at Wanakee Conference Center in conveniently located Meredith, NH, offering the natural beauty and peace of lakes and the forest along with complete accessibility.  Several activities, including hikes, high ropes, arts and crafts and music will help people to focus on the range of emotions, feelings and issues arising from loss.
    Evenings will center on the campfire where we will remember and tell stories of our loved ones and seek to let go of some of the regrets that may still linger.  Later, the adolescents and adults will gather to gave at the stars and learn of their role through the ages in dealing with loss.
    We welcome families with children from infants through 21 years of age.  It is our belief that in having families who have experienced a loss gather together we can promote healthy ways of grieving and draw upon each other’s strengths.  The VNA Hospice program will provide this wonderful opportunity at no cost to those who attend.  Childcare will be provided.
For more info and/or a registration packet, please contact:
Gary Andy, M.Div.  at 603-663-4005,   Bereavement Coordinator
      VNA Hospice
      33 So. Commercial St.   Suite 401
      Manchester, NH  03101


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.
                                          
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:  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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