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April 20, 2008
5th Sunday of Easter  Alleluia
Jesus is Risen – He is Truly Risen

Weekend Mass Intentions
Saturday, April 19
   6:00 PM  For Rene Nault  7th Anniversary By wife and children
Sunday,  April 20
    9:30 AM  For the Parishioners of St. Paul
Saturday, April 26
   6:00 PM  For the Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  April 27
    9:30 AM  For Leon & Alexina Therrien  by Therese Therrien

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 ______________________________
Town ________________,NH Zip ________

Update on Parish Income

Weekend of April 13, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1844
Loose             608
Credit             340
Total             2792

    Special Collection
Total to Date $10,905.00

  Last weekend envelope users contributed 78% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $167.52)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Many Thanks to the 4-H group from Winged-Spur Ranch here in Candia.   Thanks to them the St. Paul food pantry looks healthy and prosperous.  The 4-H’s took the last two Saturdays to distribute bags to many of the homes in Candia and collected them once they had been filled with food from the generous people of Candia.  Not only did they collect the food, they also stacked the shelves as well. 
    Many thanks to the girls and their leaders, Diane Sutton and DeeAnn Bishop for all their hard work.  Many people will benefit from their effort and thoughtfulness.

Women of Faith Event
    Women of Faith is a Manchester area group of Christian, Jewish and Muslim women who gather to share religious beliefs, culture and traditions and to develop understanding and friendship among us.  We are pleased to invite all women to our next event entitled, Wedding Traditions.  We will meet in the downstairs dining room at First Congregational Church, 508 Union St. Manchester on Monday, May 5, 7-9 p.m.  Join us to learn about wedding traditions from a variety of faiths and cultures.  Bring a wedding remembrance to share.  Parking is available in the lot behind the church on the corner of Amherst and Union.  Please call Barbara Lantiegne at 668-5366 to RSVP by May 3 or if you have any questions.

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___________________________________
Please Check:  ______MasterCard ______Visa
                       ______Debit MasterCard _____Debit Visa
Card Number:___________________________________
How often do you want this transaction to occur?
____One time _____Weekly_____Bi-Weekly ______Monthly


Christian Formation News
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 program will begin on September 15, 2007

Grades 4 – 10 +    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 . This year’s program for the Generations of Faith has come to an end as of April 13th.
                     Schedule of Classes

Question of the Week
5th Sunday of Easter   
(The Way, the Truth & the Life)
Reading I:
Acts 6:1-7 (Increasing Disciples)
Reading II:
1 Peter: 2:4-9 (A Royal Priesthood)
John 14: 1-12   (I Am in the Father)

Question for Adults:  In what areas of my life do I need a stronger faith? This question demands that we take inventory of various areas of our life.  We often think that our faith is in good shape when we confine our thinking to church related events such as Sunday Mass.  However, how strong is our faith when it relates to our finances, our relationships with family and friends, or even our social activities?  Do we carry God into all areas of our life?  If not, why don’t we?  Perhaps we could think about that this week and then pray that God will help increase our faith when and where we most need it.

Question for Children?  Am I worried or afraid about something?  How can Jesus help me? Sometimes children are afraid of something and they do not know how to express it.  We often have to guess by their acting out.  This question will enable you to lead your child into the practice of seeking Jesus’ help when they are afraid or worried  about things they cannot control themselves.  Take the time to make a list of things they can share with Jesus and help them to think of a short prayer they can say when they most need it.

What is the real meaning of the word Church? All too often we limit our understanding of the word Church to the building where we gather for worship.  The original and more important meaning of the word however, has nothing to do with buildings.  The word church means:  “a convocation, i.e. those called together.”  The Church is the sacrament of God- the sign and instrument of our reconciliation and communion with God and with one another.  The Church is the Body of Christ, the people God the Father has called together in Jesus Christ through the power of the Holy Spirit.   In short, the Church is the people of God.  That is who we are.  We are God’s people.  We are Church.  We are a people called together in order to live in communion with and for one another.                          

Community News 

The Children Need Your Help!
CASA of NH trains concerned citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children in the courts.  There are children waiting for someone to speak on their behalf.  Your common sense, commitment to children, and a contribution of 15 hours a month will help ensure a child grows up in a safe, permanent home.  To become a CASA/GAL volunteer and help the children in your community, please call 800/626-0622, or log onto www.casanh.org for more information.

News from your Spiritual Adoption baby
3rd Month. . .I grabbed my hand today.
The baby can now squint, swallow and move his tongue.  He/she also has the beginnings of fingernails.  The baby now has his/her own unique set of fingerprints.  Sensitive to touch, he will lightly grasp an object placed in the palm of his hand.  He breathes ambriolic fluid to help develop and strengthen the respiratory system but continues to live in and through the umbilical cord.  Your baby is now approximately 3 inches long.

Office Assistant Job Opening:
    There is a job opening for an office assistant at the Sonshine Soup Kitchen at 4 Crystal Avenue in Derry, NH.  The hours are from Monday through Thursday from 3:00 to 6:00 pm.  The right candidate will need to work with volunteers, guests and staff.  They will have to use Microsoft Office 2000 for letter writing, data management, etc.  Besides training volunteers and assisting with office work there will some moderate physical activity which could mean having to lift up to 50 pounds.  If interested please contact Cynthia Dwyer via mail or e-mail.  The e-mail address is sskdirector@verizon.net

Food Pantry for April  This month our pantry shelves are in  need of  Tuna, Macaroni & Cheese,  and Cereal.  We can also use Instant Dry Milk. Thank you very much for all you do for those less fortunate.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Holy Family Academy. . . cordially invites you to a special evening with noted author and speaker. . .Robert Moynihan, Ph.D.  who will speak on “Pope Benedict’s Vision – A Challenge to Catholic Education”.  Our Second Annual Dinner to benefit Holy Family Academy will be held at The Event Center, CR Sparks, Bedford, NH, Friday, May 2, 2008 at 6:00 pm.  The evening will include a cocktail hour, a delicious dinner, stimulating talk and a book signing.  Tickets are $100.00 per person and may be obtained by calling the Academy at 644-7247.  Tables of 10 are available.

An Invitation . . .  The Parish of the Resurrection at 449 Broad Street in Nashua, NH is inviting all to an evening of entertainment with musician/storyteller Steve Angrisano on May 17, 2008 beginning at 7:00 pm.
    Angrisano is recognized as one of the most dynamic and effective communicators with parish groups, youth, families and religious educators in the Church today.  As a musician, composer and storyteller he has shared his music and message with thousands of people in more than 200 dioceses.  His unique blend of laughter, song, story and hilarious audience interaction has made him a popular performer around the country. 
    Tickets are $10 for adults and $5 for Jr. and Sr. High students.  Children (who must be accompanied by an adult) will be admitted free.  All are invited to meet with Angrisano at a reception following the concert.  For tickets, please call 882-0925 or e-mail rezparish@comcast.net or Ginny Provost at 623-7513 / gprovost1@comcast.net.

Journey to the Holy Land
    Join the pastor of All Saints Parish in Charlestown, No. Walpole, and Walpole, on a journey to the Holy Land, Dec. 3-12, 2008.  We will visit the Holy Sites walking in the footsteps of Jesus and experience life-changing events. Cost is $2699 per person from the Manchester airport.  For more info contact Lew and Rita Goody at 1-800-332-4659.

Pilgrimage to Italy
    Fr. Marc Montminy, pastor of Ste. Marie and Sacred Heart Parishes in Manchester, NH is leading a pilgrimage to Italy on November 5-13, 2008.  The cost is $2599.00 per person from Boston. For a brochure please call Rita or Lew Goody at 1-800-322-4659.

The 49th International Eucharistic Congress in Quebec City June 19-22, 2008.
    Come join the diocesan Pilgrimage to Quebec City.  The weekend includes a three night stay at the 5 star Loews Le Concorde Quebec Hotel as well as a tour at Saint Anne de Beaupre Shrine and or course, bus transportation to and from Quebec and the Congress events.
    Double Room $575.00 per person.
    Triple Room  $475.00 per person. 
Space is on a first come first serve basis.  A $300.00 non-refundable deposit with registration form is required by no later than April 2, 2008.  For registration forms and more information, contact Karen Poza 606-7824 or khpoza@comcast.net. The Rev. Marc Montminy and Rev. Jason Jalbert are the diocesan Eucharistic Congress coordinators.


Please remember the following people and intentions in your daily prayers:

Our sick parishioners and friends…
   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 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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