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August 10, 2008
19th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Sunday,  August 10
    9:30 AM  Intention of the Celebrant
Thursday, August 14
7:00 PM  Vigil of the Assumption of the BVM
Sunday,  August 17
    9:30 AM  Intention of the Celebrant

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 August 3, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1183
Loose             401
Credit             340
Total             1824
  Last weekend envelope users contributed 88% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $102.74)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Holy Day of Obligation

            August 15th is a Holy Day of Obligation which commemorates the Feast of the Assumption of Mary.  To celebrate this feast we will be having Mass on Thursday Evening at 7:00 PM, the vigil of the feast. 

On the Way. . .
  I returned to the Congress on Wednesday and participated not only at Mass but also at the events surrounding the occasion and met up with another cousin who is a Dominican nun in the City of Quebec.  Thursday was another day of confessions for me, something I now was expecting. Pilgrims did not so much seek to “confess” as “to be reconciled”.  They obviously were seeking forgiveness, but one could sense an almost deeper longing for the presence of Jesus Christ in their hearts.  Since that That Thursday was dedicated to the Sacrament of Reconciliation, there were vast halls prepared for the celebration of the Sacrament.  When I arrived in the English section I found about 45 priests and 7 or 8 bishops already with penitents.  Around 2:30 there was a lull so I stood up to stretch.  I saw another priest doing the same and after speaking to him in French he invited me to the French section where there were many penitents waiting in line but there were only about 15 priests hearing confessions.  What a difference between the two sections.  I leave you to draw your own conclusions, but the contrast has remained very deeply imbedded in my memory and in my heart: for they are like sheep without a shepherd”.

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

      All children from k – 10 must register for Religious Education each year.  The registration does not roll over from one year to the next.  We will be mailing a registration form through e-mail in the near future.  If you have not received a form by mid-August it is because we do not have your e-mail address or perhaps you are not yet registered in the parish so we do not have any pertinent information related to you family.  You can call the office between Monday –Thursday at 483-8481 to update your e-mail info or you can pick up a registration in the entrance of the church.

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 1, students must attend classes on a weekly basis during the Mass, as the program for 1st Communion is a two year program.

Grades 4 – 10 +, Generation of Faith     This program is designed for both parents and children.  Parents who have children in grades  4 - 10 are asked to attend these monthly sessions. The adult session gives them an opportunity to refresh their memory on important matters of the faith as well as giving them the chance to share with other adults on pertinent issues of faith & children.

                     Schedule of Classes

Question of the Week
19th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
(Trusting in the Lord)
Reading I:
Kings 19:9-13 (Coming in a Whisper)
Reading II:
Romans 9:1-5(I speak the Truth in Christ
Matthew 14:22-33(Do Not Be Afraid)

Question for Adults:  How is Jesus urging me to come to him across “stormy waters”?
   We are all familiar with “stormy waters” in our lives.  Perhaps there are many of us who are experiencing some at this very moment.  Pain, illness, strained or broken relationships, loss of jobs, the death of a loved one are all storms that we must weather.  Very often these experiences arouse fear and discomfort as well as anxiety. We are left feeling out of control. Much like the apostles, we  feel alone and abandoned as if God doesn’t care.  If we can bring ourselves to the point of trusting in God’s love however, we will see that this is not true. 
    Let us take some time to reflect on our personal situations this week.  What is keeping us away from

Question for Children?How has Jesus helped me in the past when I was afraid? Being afraid is never a pleasant experience. Children can come up with many examples of being afraid..  It doesn’t follow however, that children will automatically turn to Jesus in their fear.  This is something they must be taught.  Faith is something that must grow.  One way for this to happen is through example.  If they see their parents turning to God in times of need they will learn to do so themselves.  Another way of developing this practice is by helping your child to develop a loving and trusting relationship with Jesus.  This week would be a great time to begin this practice if it has not yet begun. 

What is the difference between a Bishop and an Archbishop?  A bishop is a priest who is ordained to the office of bishop.  He is responsible for the spiritual welfare of an area called a Diocese.  Some dioceses consist of entire states such as the state of New Hampshire which is the Diocese of Manchester.  Other larger, more populated states are divided into several dioceses such as in Massachusetts.
    An archbishop is a bishop who usually has his own diocese but is also loosely responsible for a greater area over and above his own diocese.  An example of this is the archdiocese of Boston which includes many of the New England states.

Community News 

Catholic Charities Appeal Update
     The annual Catholic Charities appeal is well underway.  Your continued support is very much appreciated.  New Hampshire Catholic Charities, as the service arm of the Diocese of Manchester, is dedicated to doing Christ’s work throughout the state.  Through our services we reach out to the poor and vulnerable to provide help and create hope.  Thanks    to the financial support of the parishes we can continue this vital work in each community.
`     Thus far the parish of St. Paul has contributed $8,414.50.  Our goal is $12,000. Many thanks to all who have given so generously.   If you have not yet made a contribution this year, please consider doing so in the near future.

St. Anthony School has something new coming this fall.  They will be offering Introductory Language Instruction in Spanish, French and Chinese to all students.  We are a Pre-K – 6th grade elementary school offering comprehensive Language Arts, Math, Science and Social Studies along with daily prayer and Religion class.  We have full day Pre-K and Kindergarten Programs.  City school bus transportation is available.  For more information visit us on the web at www.stanthonyschool-nh.com or call 622-0414.

Annual Pilgrimage for Men  This year’s pilgrimage will depart from Ste. Marie Parish in Manchester NH, right after the 7:15 AM Mass on Friday August 22nd, 2008.  We will spend the day at the St. Joseph Oratory or some men may choose to go into Old Montreal and see sites like Notre Dame Church.  We will meet for prayer and a talk by Geoff Ashman on Friday night at 9:00 P.M. in the Oratory.  On Saturday, we will start at 10:00 AM with rosary led by Fr. Marc Montminy, followed by Mass, a tour of the Oratory by Fr. Marc and end the day with the Stations of the Cross on the top of Mount Royal.  We will return to Ste. Marie Parish around 10:30 PM.
    The cost is $95.00 per person which includes travel by Coach Bus and overnight stay at the Oratory in the St. John Pavilion.  Continental Breakfast is included.  Other means extra.  For questions, comments or concerns, please contact Chris  at 623-6682 or at chrisghunt@vitanova.org.

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 August   This month our pantry shelves are in need of  Tuna,  Ramen soup, instant Rice and Potatoes,  Macaroni & Cheese.  Thank you very much for all you do for those less fortunate.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Crafters Wanted
    St. Elizabeth Seton Parish in Bedford, NH will be hosting a “Quality” Craft Fair on November 1, 2008 from 9:00 AM – 3:00 PM.  This fair featuring high quality, hand crafted items is held in a fantastic location that has easy access to the highway, free parking and is handicapped accessible.  For inquires and application form, call Sharon at St. Elizabeth Seton Parish at 669-7444.  Application deadline is October 15 or when space sells out.

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: Frank 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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