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August 19, 2007
20th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Sunday,  August 19
    9:30 AM  For Barry Edelman by Maria Marinello
Sunday,  August 26
    9:30 AM  For Mrs. Lucy Raby by Joseph & Patricia 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 August 12, 2007

St. Paul, Candia

Envelopes   $1957
Loose             374
Credit             125
Total             2456

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 85% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $147.36)

     Thank You so much for your Generosity.
 


We Need Your Help
    No doubt you have read in the bulletin, over the past two weeks, that we are not going to expand but rather give our church  a good face-life.  Consequently, you may not be surprised to hear that we will be needing your time and talent for much of the work.
    Once we are given the green light by the diocese we will need help from parishioners in several areas.  This may include painting, installing windows, refinishing pews etc.  None of these areas are definite but they are strong possibilities.  If you have muscle and are able to rip up carpet, you may very well be appreciated.
    The time table for all of this face lift is still up in the air but please let us know if you are willing to assist in some way when the time comes.

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.

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___________________________________
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
20th   Sunday of Ordinary Time  
Theme:
(God’s Power among us gives us strength)
Reading 1:
Jeremiah 38: 4-6, 8-10(Jeremiah was saved by God)
Reading 2:
Hebrews 12: 1-4 (Keep your eye fixed on Jesus.)
Gospel:
Luke 12: 49-53 I have come to light a fire on earth

Question for Adults:Share about a time when life’s struggles were so difficult for you that you nearly “threw in the towel.”  What signs did you see then that God remained with you?  Every one of us has had at least one such experience in our lives.  Whether it was  financially, an emotionally charged, relating to relationships or otherwise we’ve all been there.  Sometimes we have difficulty remembering such experiences simply because it was very painful and we tend to want to forget.  This week, try to remember a difficult time in your life and do make an effort to remember some signs that were visibly God’s presence in your life at that time.

Question for the Teens:  We are assured that God will be with us as we go through life, so what strategy do you use to keep God in mind as you deal with the ups and downs of life as a young adult?  What this question really seems to be asking is whether or not you are always aware of God’s work in your life.  Sometimes when things get tough we tend to look for help in all the wrong places.  Friends who don’t have any more experience than we do are not always the best way to go in such cases.  Or worse, turning to drugs and alcohol in order to relieve the immediate pressure can be nothing less than deadly.  Is there something you can do to “train” yourself to turn to God when things get tough?  Why don’t you try to think of something you can do to help yourself do this in these situations.       

Question for Children?  What is one way you can be closer to Jesus today? 
 
    Help your child to see that they can use the same techniques with Jesus as they use with their parents and other trusted adults.  What do they do  in order to be closer to you? How can they apply that skill to Jesus?

Community News 

Respect Life Challenge-Blood Drive
2nd Annual Bloody Battle
A Respect Life Bloody Battle Challenge in October of 2006 between St. Pius and St. Catherine at the Red Cross Center in Manchester net 93 pints of blood.  This competition between the two parishes was a FUN and very SUCCESSFUL Respect Life Event.  This October, St. Pius and St. Catherine Parishes would like to invite all Parishes of the Amoskeag Deanery to compete in the Respect Life Bloody Battle Challenge.  We think this is an excellent Respect Life Event to celebrate October as Respect Life Month.
    We hope that every parish in the Deanery will accept the challenge to pump iron and bring their arms on October 20 and 22nd to the Respect Life Bloody Battle Challenge.
    Save the Dates to Support Life!

  Homeschoolers and friends
    There will be a Mass with Bishop McCormack on September 5th, 2007 at 10:00 at St. Pius X Church, Candia Rd. In Manchester.  There will be a small reception and outing in the park following the Mass.  Please set aside this date to come and pray for and with our Bishop and our families and our upcoming school year.  Call Lisa Dennehy with questions at 648-6299.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Freedom in Christ Conference
.  . . with Neal Lozano For many years Neal Lozano has been helping people achieve levels of peace and freedom that they have never hoped to experience.  This well-known author of UNBOUND FREEDOM IN CHRIST is coming to St. Michael’s in Exeter to teach us five practical keys to set us free from attitudes and behavior patterns that stand in our way to being more effective Christians.  Neal will also offer us an understanding of the role evil plays in our Christian journey.  Please join us for this conference on September 28 and 29.  Neal will also be training prayer teams for this exciting conference on Thursday evening, September 27.
    If you are interested in the above conference please see the flyer on the bulletin board in the entrance of the church.  Schedule and fees are listed.

Seventh Trumpet Mass
  On August 19, at St. Joseph Cathedral, the Vocation Office will host the next Seventh Trumpet Mass for priestly vocations.  Recitation of the Rosary will begin at 2:20 p.m. followed by Mass at 3:00.  This is a special celebration with a blessing for our seminarians who are returning to their studies in September.  Please come and lend your support and show your enthusiasm for vocations to the Priesthood.

Crossroads
On Friday, September 7, at 6:30 p.m. join local men at the Joseph House on 279 Cartier Street, Manchester, for a monthly gathering called Crossroads.  If you are a single, young man who is searching to know God’s will in your life, come to Crossraods.  Contact Vocation Director at jjalbert@rcbm.org or call 669-3100 ext. 132.  To register, call Jude at ext. 153 or jchristopher@rcbm.org.

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.
                                          
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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