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|February 24, 2008
Sunday of Lent
Weekend Mass Intentions
6:00 PM For the Parishioners of
Sunday, February 24
9:30 AM For Nancy McGregor By Rick and
Saturday, March 1
6:00 PM For the Parishioners of
Sunday, March 2
9:30 AM For Leon Langille by Barbara
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
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!
____ I want to support our parish on a regular basis. Please
add me to the envelope list.
Town ________________,NH Zip ________
on Parish Income
of February 17, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Total to Date $10,615.00
Last weekend envelope users contributed 80% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $142.62)
Thank You so much for your Generosity.
All Night Eucharistic Vigil for Vocations. .
welcome to attend an All Night Eucharistic Vigil for Vocations, March
7-8, 2008, at St. Elizabeth Seton, Bedford, NH. The Vigil begins
with Mass at 8:00 pm and ends with Mass at 6:00 am, followed by a
complimentary breakfast. Devotions and refreshments are held
through the night. Come for the night or an hour; it is the
perfect opportunity for some quiet time with the Lord in the season of
Lent and all for our bishops, priests and seminarians.
There are presently many parishioners who have taken
the habit of backing into their parking spaces on Sunday morning.
Although we understand the reason for this practice, i.e., it is
much easier and faster to leave after the Mass, we must ask you to
refrain from such as practice from now on. After some
deliberation we must ask you to understand that there are several
important factors involved.
1. It is clearly only a matter of time
before there is an accident. Attempting to back up when the
parking lot is filling up is dangerous.
2. Not only does our backing
up affect the cars in the parking lot but it causes a pile up or bottle
neck out in the street because the cars are being held up while someone
if desperately trying to back up without hitting another car.
This is also a very dangerous situation.
We ask your understanding and consideration in this
matter. Please understand that we are simply concerned with
everyone’s safety. We realize that it may take you a few more
moments to get out of the parking lot but in the long run everyone will
be the safer for it.
Thank you very much for your cooperation.
Respectfully yours in Christ,
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
Name on Card___________________________________
Please Check: ______MasterCard ______Visa
______Debit MasterCard _____Debit Visa
How often do you want this transaction to occur?
____One time _____Weekly_____Bi-Weekly ______Monthly
Question of the Week
|Grades K – High School
All children from grade K – 10 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. This year’s
begin on September
Grades 4 – 10 + This year’s
program for the Generations of Faith begins on Sunday, October 7,
2007 at 4:00 pm. This program is designed for both parents
and children. Parents are asked to attend the sessions as they
have the opportunity to refresh their memory on important matters of
the faith . Please join us on one Sunday per month. Next
Month's session is on Mar. 9th. All Confirmation candidates
are expected to attend all sessions.
Sunday of Lent
Exodus 17:3-7 (Thirsting for Water)
Romans:5:1-2, 5-8 (Hope Does Not Disappoint)
John 4:5-42 (The Woman at the Well)
Have I ever grown from a conversation with someone who disagreed with
me? What does such an experience tell me of God’s grace?
This is not an easy question. Whenever we are faced with God’s
Grace things can be complex. It does not have to be
however. Growing when we are challenged by others usually happens
when God is involved. God’s gift of Himself through inspiration
often goes unnoticed. Giving us the courage to accept the words
of others as a stepping stone to growth is a gift indeed. Also,
God’s grace is very powerful. With it we can conquer just about
How can I learn from those who think differently than I
First we have to be open to the idea that we are not
perfect. Sometimes others have good ideas and those ideas can
actually help us. If we can train ourselves to listen to the
ideas of others we can usually learn something.
|A Simple 10 step Blessing
If often happens
that families have special occasions to celebrate. It may be a
Birthday, an anniversary, or the reception of a Sacrament. The
following is a simple way to may a special occasion a sacred moment.
1. Gather the family.
2. Light a candle
3. Make the sign of the cross.
4. Read a short Scripture passage together.
If it is a child’s birthday they may have
a favorite reading.
5. Reflect on the reading together or have a period of silence.
(reflection is good with children.)
6. Offer prayers of intercession. Everyone can share in these.
7. Give God thanks and praise.
8. Ask God’s blessing on the particular circumstance.
9. Sing a song or shout an alleluia
10. Make the sign of the Cross
Two Month Developing Baby: Your baby is
making progress developing all of his external features and internal
organs. His brain is functioning at 40 days. His mother can
hear his heartbeat on an ultrasound. His milk-teeth buds are
present at 6 ½ weeks. And it has been reported that a
two-month old baby can suck his thumb. From this moment onward,
your spiritually accepted baby grows and refines his body. But
everything he needs to survive once he is born is already present by
the end of the eight week.
Month 2; Keep praying for me! I am
two months old now and about 2 inches long. Look! You can see my
eyes, nose, and mouth. I will use them to experience God’s world
after I am born.
Connie L. Lofgren Continuing Education Scholarship. .
given annually to a Candia woman who has returned to a post-secondary
school after a three-year or more absence from an educational
institution. This scholarship in the amount of $500.00 (paid
directly to the college or school) is given in memory of Connie L.
Lofgren, a long time member of the GFWC Candia Community Woman’s
Club. Continuing with the process of learning, changing, and
growing had bee an important part of Ms. Lofgren’s life as well as on
and growing had been an important part of Ms. Lofgren’s life as well as
ongoing commitment of the GFWC Candia Community Woman’s Club
Deadline for applicants is March 31, 2008.
News for Care Givers. . .
St. Luke the
Evangelist Parish in Plaistow, NH will be hosting a talk on end of life
issues such as living wills, nutrition and hydration, ordinary vs.
extraordinary care at the end of life and much more, in light of the
teaching of the Catholic Church. The speaker will be Father Tad
Pacholczyk from the National Catholic Bioethics Center in
Philadelphia. The discussion will take place at the parish on 8
Atkinson, Depot Rd. in Plaistow from 7 pm – 9 pm on April 2,
2008. Please mail in a registration form to the parish with a
check of $15.00 per person. For more info please contact the parish
office at 382-8324.
Food Pantry for February
This month our pantry shelves are in great need of
toilet articles such as soap, tooth paste and shampoo. We could
also use dessert mixes such as Brownies, cakes and
cookies. Thank you very much for all you do for
those less fortunate
Would you like to
participate in our upcoming Confirmation service by singing? St.
Peter Church Choir cordially invites any St. Paul adult parishioner to
come for two rehearsals for the joint, St. Paul and St. Peter
Confirmation Celebration on Sunday, April 6, 2008 at 3 PM at St.
Peter’s. Come join us from 7 to 8:30pm at the back of the church
(please park in back of the church and use the back entrance.) For more
information, please contact Kathy Dallaire at 483-8467.
Stepping Stones Through Grief
Stepping Stones is a bereavement program for children and teens – along
with an adult parent or guardian who have experienced the death of a
family member or friend. The program is designed to help
facilitate healing by helping participants to understand and express
their feelings of grief. In our program we provide a safe passage
through the Stepping Stones of grief.
Stepping Stones works with children and teens ages 5 – 18 in age
appropriate groups, meeting once a week for eight weeks. Each group is
facilitated by VNA Hospice Staff and trained Hospice volunteers.
Recreational activities and various art forms are used to facilitate
the grieving/coping process. The subject is serious but the kids
have fun and supportive friendships are developed.
Dates: Monday, March 3, through Monday, April
Time: 6-7 PM at Hillside Middle School in
There is no fee for attending, but pre-registration is
required. For information call Gary Andy at 663,4005.
Look at Upcoming Events
Holy Family Academy
will be having an Open
House for prospective students on Sunday, March 16, 2008 at 2:00 PM, at
the Academy. Come and hear about the Academy’s program of
excellence in classical education and solid formation in the Catholic
faith. Holy Family Academy is currently accepting qualified
students in grades 8 – 11 for the 2008-2009 academic year.
Limited openings are available.
NAOMI Discernment Retreat,
Consecrated Religious profess the vows of Poverty, Chastity, and
Obedience. If you are a woman between the ages of 16 and 45 who
is considering religious life, come and explore with us what these vows
mean and why they tie us to God is such a special way. Register
with Jude Christopher, Office of Vocation, 603-669-3100 ext. 153 or
CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS
Please remember the following
people and intentions in your daily prayers:
Our sick parishioners and
Please pray for the
following people: Marie
Keenan, Frank and Greg Huard, 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
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.