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August 24, 2008
21th Sunday of Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Sunday,  August 24
    9:30 AM  For Leon & Alexina Therrien By Normand & Jeannine Fraser
Sunday,  August 31
    9:30 AM  For Dora Hastings by the Robert family

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 17, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1030
Loose             211
Credit             340
Total             1581
Holy Day Collection    $76.00
  Last weekend envelope users contributed 86% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy: $94.86)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

On the Way. . .  The Congress came to an end on Saturday, June 21.  The week was to be capped off with a Mass in the Center of the historic 400 year old City, on the Plains of Abraham, a vast park on the bluff overlooking the St. Lawrence River.  The celebration was scheduled for 11:00am.  Again I had promised to be available for the sacrament of Reconciliation beginning at 9 am.  Once vested I entered one of the four tents which were facing the main altar.  It was nice day and sun was getting quite warm when I arrived.   I was assigned to hear confessions in French and in English.  Outside our tent on the East side, a priest greeted the Spanish-speaking pilgrims.  I kept my bald head under the tent and immediately began hearing confessions.  Since the procession was to begin at 10:30 am, I had not time to leave the penitents and join the priests at the altar.  I continued hearing confessions and figured I could concelebrate Mass even from that distance.  I heard confessions until about 11:15 and turned my attention to the Mass that was just beginning.  I heard that there were about 60,000 people at the site and there was an excitement about seeing and hearing the pope preach the homily from the Vatican City, projected on two large screens set up on each side of the altar.  During the homily the rain began and within 20 minutes the skies opened up and everyone was soaked except those of us who had a spot inside the tents.  Within minutes the ground was soaked and even I was standing in two inches of water! Oh well! We could not receive Holy Communion and during the meditation hymn the field virtually emptied.  The man standing next to me gave me his poncho, and at my protestation he informed me that he was completely wet and it would make no difference to him, and besides, he wanted to help protect my vestments.  Bishops and priests were returning to the hall to dry out.  One bishop had fallen down and completely ruined his vestments with mud. Ouff! As we were leaving the city Cardinal Tomko said that God had rained down His graces upon us, literally.

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. 
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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.  The program for the school year 2008-2009 will begin on the weekend of September 20th and 21st.  Classes are held during both weekend Masses.

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. The first class for parents and children in this program will be October 12, 2008.  All GoF classes are held on Sundays from 4 – 6 pm.

                     Schedule of Classes

Question of the Week
21th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
(Building the Church)
Reading I:
Isaiah 22: 19-23 (The Key of the House of David)
Reading II:
Romans 11:33-36 (How Unsearchable His Ways
Matthew 16:13-20(Who DoYou say That I Am)

Question for Adults:  In my heart, who do I say that Jesus is?
    This question arises quite often in the liturgical year but it arises all the more often in our personal
reflections.  Perhaps the reason for this is that we are often troubled with our own confusion or inability to give an acceptable answer even to ourselves.  Despite our years and our maturity level in the faith we remain “unsure” of who Jesus really is, not so much theologically but mainly spiritually.  Who is Jesus in my life?  How does his presence affect me?  How does my faith in this Jesus change my life, or does it?  In the deep recesses of your heart, who do you say Jesus is?

Question for Children? What stories do I know about St. Peter, and what can I learn from them? Your child may or may not know any stories pertaining to St. Peter.  This would be a great time to share some of these stories with them.  Some of the better known stories are the following:  - Peter’s lack of faith when Jesus invites Peter to walk on water.
-    Peter’s denial of Jesus during the Passion
-    Peter’s inability to accept Jesus washing his feet
-    Peter’s response to Jesus when asked:
Who do you say that I am?

What exactly is a Doctor of the Church?  This title is not to be confused with a Doctor of Medicine nor a PhD as in a Doctor of Philosophy.  A Doctor of the Church is a man or woman who has been recognized by the church as having contributed to the spiritual or theological writings of the church in such a way as to enable his/her readers to grow in  knowledge and spiritual well being.  These Doctors have to be recognized as very holy while their doctrine is seen as profound and worthy of recognition. Of the 33 great saints that have earned this title, only 3 are women.  They are St. Theresa of Avila, St. Catherine of Siena and St. Therese of Lisieux.   The latter was given the title of Doctor only a few years ago.

Community News 

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.

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

The Hospice of Visiting Nurse Association of Manchester.
. . & So. NH Inc. in partnership with Villa Crest Nursing and Retirement Center will start a free Hospice Volunteer Training Course on Saturday, September 20, from 9:00a.m. to 3:00p.m., and continue every Thursday evening 6:00p.m. to 8:30p.m. through June 21 at Villa Crest, 1276 Hanover St., Manchester, NH.
    This comprehensive training program will equip participants with the necessary skills to provide non-medical aid and support to terminally ill individuals and their caregivers.  Trained volunteers will work with the hospice team of health care professionals to provide emotional support, respite care, as well as grief and bereavement support to family members
    Any interested member of the community including homemakers, retirees, college students, professionals and couples who have the desire to provide such an important service are invited to explore Hospice Volunteering.   Pre-registration is required and class size is limited.  Please call Linda Krisch, Volunteer Coordinator at 663-4008.

NH CursilloMass. . . Please join the NH Cursillo 4th Day community in celebrating 44 years of Cursillo in NH with a NH statewide Cursillo Mass, Friday, Sept 26 at 7 pm at St. Catherine of Siena Parish on Hemlock St. Manchester, NH
Please feel free to contact Therese Finegan at 232-3583 for questions.

Our Lady of Lourdes Parish
invites you to join in an exciting course for adults.  In celebration of the Jubilee Year of the Apostle Paul we will be offering a seven session Bible study highlighting St. Paul’s teachings about the sacraments.  We will use the book St. Paul: A bible study guide for Catholics by Father Mitch Pacwa, S.J. We will meet on Monday evenings – September 15, 22,and 29, October 6, 13, 20, and 27th in our parish center, at 844 First NH turnpike, Northwood, from 6:30 – 8:00 pm.  Please call Our Lady of Lourdes rectory 435-6242 by September 7th to sign up for the class so that we can have books available for our first meeting.  The cost for the book is $8:95  We look forward to having you with us for this class.

Celebrating Birth: Religious and Cultural Traditions
   Join the Women of Faith for an event of Celebrating Birth at the Manchester City Library Auditorium (at the side entrance on Amherst St.) on Monday, September 8th at 6 p.m.  Meet women from other faiths.  Come to learn about rituals and traditions from Greek Orthodox, Jewish, Muslim, Hindu, and Protestant faiths.  The session is free and open to all women.  Please RSVP by Sept. 1st to Barbara Lantiegne at 668-5366 or blantiegne@verizon.net subj. WOF.

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.


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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