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July 29, 2007
17th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Sunday,  July 29
    9:30 AM  For Aldona Berthiume  5th Anniv. by Joyce LeBel
Sunday,  August 5
    9:30 AM  Lucie Raby by Roger & Diane Therrien

    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 22, 2007

St. Paul, Candia

Envelopes   $1969
Loose             229
Credit             125
Total             2323

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 91% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $139.38)

     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.
                                           Fr. C. Peter Dumont

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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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
17th Sunday of Ordinary Time  
Theme:
(“The Lord’s Prayer is a map for life.)
Reading 1:
Genesis 18: 20-32 (Lord, do not be angry is I speak.)
Reading 2:
Colossians 2: 12- 14 (God made you alive with Christ for he has forgiven all our sins.)
Gospel:
Luke 11: 1- 13 ( Ask, and it will be given to you.)

Question for Adults:  Jesus teaches us how to pray.  When this past week did you take the time to pray, to talk to and listen to God?  This question if fairly straight forward.  The challenge in this week’s question is in the point of listening to God’s response. Listening has become more and more difficult in our busy society.  Also, we often forget that God’s ways are not our ways.  We need to be open to this.  If we pray the Our Father with stillness and take the time reflect on it, we will see this clearly.       

Question for the Teens: Jesus teaches us how important it is to pray.  How do you ask God for what you need?  How do you listen for his response?
 
   Very often we speak to God in the same way that we speak to people.  If we tend to be demanding with our parents, we tend to be somewhat demanding with God.  Maybe we try to be a little more cautious with our words but we definitely expect to get what we ask for.  There is not give and take.  Sometimes we forget that God loves us and knows better than we do in the long run.  Do you give God the benefit of the doubt, or do you simply walk away in disbelief when he doesn’t answer you exactly the ay you want?  Do you listen to his response with faith?  Try it this week. 

Question for Children?  ( Prayer is talking with God and listening to God in our hearts.  Where do you talk to God and how do you listen to what God says to you?)    For children, this is often a difficult concept to understand simply because children under 10 years of age are very concrete in their thinking.  Perhaps it would be good to discuss the idea of “hearing God” through “ideas” that come to us telling us how to be good when tempted to be otherwise or, sensing a closeness to someone even if no words are spoken.

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.

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

Bereavement Support Groups
    Rockingham VNA and Hospice will be running two 6-week bereavement support groups starting Tuesday, August 28th and concluding October 2nd.  The first is a General Group supporting those who have experienced the death of a spouse, sibling, friend etc.  The second is a Motherless Daughter Group open to any women who has experienced the death of her mother no matter how long it has been.  The general group will meet on Tuesday morning from 10:30 to noon and the Motherless Daughter group will meet Tuesday evenings from 5:30 to 7:00 pm.  Both groups will meet at the Rockingham VNA and Hospice office at 137 Epping Road in Exeter, NH.
    The goal of a bereavement support group is to help individuals better understand the grief process and meet others who have also experienced the death of a loved one.  Sharing the pain can help ease some of the loneliness and feelings of isolation.  If you are interested in joning the group which is free of charge, please call Lee Maher, Bereavement Coordinator, at 772-2981 or 1-800-540-2981 to register.

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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