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July 20, 2008
16th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Sunday,  July 20
    9:30 AM  For Leon & Alexina Therrien By Normand & Jeannine Fraser
Sunday,  July 27
    9:30 AM  For William Luquette  By his wife Sue Luquette

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 July 13, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $ 982
Loose             346
Credit             340
Total             1668
  Last weekend envelope users contributed 79% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $100.04)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

On the Way. . .The 49th International Eucharistic Congress opened in Quebec City on Sunday, June 15, 2008.  The opening ceremonies and Celebration of the Eucharist took place that afternoon.  The “Eucharistic City” comprised the grounds and buildings of Quebec’s “Expo-Cite”, a large arena and array of buildings on several acres in the northern section of the capital.   Cardinal Josef Tomko was the Papal Legate to the Congress and presided at the opening ceremonies with Cardinal Marc Ouellet of Quebec.  The Congress’ theme and logo were presented: Samuel de Champlain sailed in the City in 1608 on the ship “Don de Dieu” (Gift of God)  which is also the symbol of the City of Quebec.  The Eucharist: Gift of God for the life of the world seemed very appropriate for this year’s Congress.  Pilgrims from around the world were reminded of the Catholic origins of Quebec, the blood of the North American Martyrs, the faith and good works of women religious, and the foundation of the first diocese in North America under the loving watch of its first bishop, Blessed Francois de Laval, whose diocese took in all of present day Canada and the US, except the 13 Colonies of Great Britain and Spanish Florida, Texas and California.

Holy Apostle Paul, help me at the beginning of this new day to offer my body and the whole of my life as a living sacrifice to God.  Do not permit me to conform myself to this age but rather, by your intercession, may I be transformed by the renewal of my mind.  Through this renewal help me to judge what is God’s will, what is good, pleasing, and perfect.  For the one whom I seek and serve is Jesus Christ who is the Lord, now and forever. Amen.

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
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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
16th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
(A Vision of the Kingdom)
Reading I:
Wisdom 12:13, 16-9 (The Care of All)
Reading II:
Romans  8: 26-27 (The Aid of the Spirit)
Matthew 13: 24-43 (The Mustard Seed)

Question for Adults:  What images might I use today to describe the kingdom of God?  This question could help us to bring the parable of the Mustard Seed to life.  If you are a gardener or simply love nature, then perhaps seeds are a good image for you.  If your love lies in other areas you may want to take some time to think about new or creative ways of imaging God’s kingdom.  If your love is music or art or literature or sports you may want to think in those lines.  If you are a socialite or partier your images would be different.  Bringing the Gospel to life for yourself means that you know, love and accept yourself for who you really are.

Question for Children?  How is my faith like a newly planted seed? Children, as a whole, love to watch newly planted seeds.  They are in awe at the life that arises from this process.  They can easily become aware of the importance of their responsibility toward this process.  If they neglect the new life it may not survive.   It is a small leap in faith to make the analogy with their faith life.  The seed, planted at Baptism must be nurtured.  Take some time to discuss this process in their lives.  You may find that it is well worth the investment of time.

What is a Deacon and What can he do?
   This is a question that puzzles many Catholics.  Who is that man that stands next to Father and wears a alb and a stole?  What exactly can he do?  Deacons are ordained ministers of the clergy.  They are not lay men. There is no such thing as a lay deacon. The deaconate is the step men are ordained to immediately preceding ordination to the priesthood.  All priests were deacons before becoming priests.  The difference is some are transitional, i.e. they move on to the priesthood.  Others are permanent deacons.  By virtue of their ordination they have the power to Baptize, officiate at a wedding, officiate at funerals outside of a Mass, and they can give the homily during Mass.
They cannot celebrate Mass or hear confessions.

Community News 

How to Make a Report of Sexual Abuse
    Child sexual abuse is a crime in the State of NH and the Church.  New Hampshire law requires that anyone who has reason to suspect that a child is being or has been abused or neglected must make a report to the Division for Children, Youth and Families of the State of NH, 1-800-894-5533.  Any person who suspects or alleges child abuse on the part of a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of a parish, school, or institution of the Diocese of Manchester is also encouraged to make a report of the Office for Ministerial Conduct, 603-669-3100.
    Church personnel, i.e., clergy, paid employees, and volunteers, have additional reporting requirements if they believe the Church personnel have sexually abused a child.  To learn more about the reporting requirements, go the diocesan website under Child Safety: www.catholicchurchnh.org

Birthright Office Opens 
Following extensive building renovations, the Birthright of Manchester office at 307 Kelley St. is now open.  We look forward to providing free, confidential help for any girl or woman in a problem pregnancy.  Call 668-3443 for office hours.  Please consider volunteering 2 hours a week.  A sincere desire to listen with concern and understanding is all that is needed.  Call the office, or Phyllis at 472-5410.

The Caregivers, Inc.,  an organization dedicated to helping the frail, elderly and disabled in the Greater Manchester and Nashua areas is looking for volunteers.  Many flexible opportunities are available.  By simply helping someone with grocery shopping, taking them to their doctor’s appointment or friendly visiting, you can help an individual remain in their own home while receiving the satisfaction of helping another.  Contact Caregivers at 1-877-394-5192.

Volunteer Drivers need for Meals on Wheels: Meals on Wheels urgently needs volunteer drivers to help deliver some of the 1100 daily Meals served in Hillsborough County.  Volunteer kitchen assistant opportunities are also available in Manchester, Merrimack and Nashua.  Just 2 hours of your noontime assistance, one day a week, can help the elderly and disabled homebound remain healthy and live independently.  Call Duke Broder, Volunteer driver Manager, at 424-9967to volunteer or for more information about Meals on Wheels in your area.  Fax: 424-1472, or Email:  abroder@sjsinc.org and visit our informational website at www.mealsonwheelsnh.org

Food Pantry for July   This month our pantry shelves are in need of  Ramen soup, evaporated milk, instant dry milk and Jello  Pudding mixes.  Thank you very much for all you do for those less fortunate.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Our Lady of Guadalupe Family Picnic and Christian Concert
    You are all invited to this family event which will take place on August 2, 2008.  The picnic will be a day long even beginning at 12 noon and ending with a bonfire at 8:00 PM. Events taking place during the day include Christian concert music by several Praise and Worship group,  Games for Kids including some for teens.  There will be a canoe race in the pond for teens.  There will be a time of prayer and Mass in the late afternoon. 
    Bring your own picnic lunch.  Grills will be provided.  If families prefer to watch an outdoor movie rather than to sit around the Bonfire, that will be an option. 
    The mission of this event is to bring families together to celebrate the importance of family and our Catholic faith.  Bring your family and enjoy a fun day at the Sanderson Hay Farm on 682 Post Rd. in Greenland, NH.

Wedding Anniversary Mass
    The Diocese of Manchester will celebrate the wonderful vocation of marriage by honoring couples who are marking their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th and higher anniversaries.  If you are celebrating one of the above anniversaries this year and would like to celebrate the event with other couples throughout the diocese, please notify the parish office.  We will submit your names to the Diocese for the Mass that will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2008 at St. Anselm Abbey Church in Goffstown.  If you leave a message, please give up you address and phone number as well as the specific anniversary you are celebrating.

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.


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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