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Sunday of Lent
Weekend Mass Intentions
6:00 PM For the Parishioners of
Sunday, March 2
9:30 AM For Leon Langille by Barbara
Saturday, March 8
6:00 PM For the Parishioners of
Sunday, March 9
9:30 AM For a Special Intention By Normand
& Jeannine Fraser
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 24, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Total to Date $10,615.00
Last weekend envelope users contributed 87% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $121.14)
Thank You so much for your Generosity.
Lenten Reconciliation Schedule:
Lent is a time when we seek the opportunity to make
a serious attempt at reconciliation with our God. With this in
mind there will be an opportunity to go to confession at St. Peter
Church in Auburn on March 4 and 11th at 7:00 Pm.
The Chester Fire Department
is sponsoring Second
Annual Matthew Newnan Blood Drive
on Friday, March 14, 2008 from
2:30 pm to 7:30 pm. Please join the American Red Cross and family
and friends of Matthew Newnan as they celebrate Matthew’s life by
Giving the Gift of Life.
All donors are required to have a picture ID or
blood donor card. For more information or questions, please
contact Carolyn McNamara 625-1951
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
I Samuel 16:6-7, 10-13 (David Is Anointed)
Ephesians 5:8-14 (Christ Will Give You Light)
John 9: 1-41 (The Healing of the Blind Man)
How do I live in trust that God is leading me to a goodness I cannot
yet see? Living
in Trust is perhaps one of the most difficult things for some of us to
do. We have no problem praying or living our Faith in other ways
but when it comes to giving up our future into the hands of God through
Trust, we buckle. There are many reasons for this and only we can come
to grips with this question. It is worth taking the time to look
into it however. How do we live this part of our faith that is do
challenging? Or, do we skip over it completely? Perhaps
this week’s Gospel can help us to see past our own weaknesses.
What can I pray for this week?
This is a wide open question.
Perhaps you might want to lead your child toward a bit more Gospel
oriented notion, i.e., what can they pray for that needs some trust
element connected to it? You may want to say that in terms they
will understand but guiding them toward the idea of Trust is a very
important lesson for young people.
|What are Easter Duties?
There was a time in Church history when people did not receive
Communion often although they went to Mass each week. However, it
was a church law that Catholics had to receive communion at least once
a year during the Easter Season which begins on the Vigil of Easter
during the Easter Vigil celebration, and last until Pentecost
Sunday. This became known as the Easter duties. This law is
still inexistence but it is nearly moot since people now receive
Communion each time they attend Mass. The law only exists for
people who are not faithful church goers. Hence the importance of
going to church at Easter time.
This practice was always preceded by going to
Confession, also part of the Easter duties.
Connie L. Lofgren Continuing Education Scholarship. .
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,
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.
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.
All Night Vigil for Priestly Vocations. .
There will be an All Night Vigil giving us the opportunity to pray for
vocations to the priesthood. The vigil will take place on March
7th at St. Elizabeth Parish on Meetinghouse Rd. in Bedford, NH.
The evening will begin with Mass at 8:00 pm followed by
adoration. You may come for an hour or two or you can stay the
entire night. The vigil will end at 6:00 am with Mass followed by
breakfast. Everyone is welcome.
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.