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September 21, 2008
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time

Weekend Mass Intentions
Saturday, September 20
   6:00 PM  For the Intention of the Celebrant
Sunday,  September 21
    9:30 AM  For the Intention to End Abortion
Saturday, September 27
   6:00 PM  For the Intention of the Celebrant
Sunday,  September 28
    9:30 AM  For Leon Langille 1st Anniv. By John & Joanne Fraser

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 Sept. 7, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1599
Loose             438
Credit             340
Total             2377

Weekend of Sept. 14, 2008
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1239
Loose             279
Credit             340
Total             1858

  Last 2 weekends envelope users contributed 83% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy for past 2 weeks: $254.)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Please Note: The Saturday evening Mass at 6:00 PM, which has been suspended for the summer months, will resume on Saturday, September 13, 2008.  Please notify your friends and family members who usually attend this Mass.

Welcome to Father Von:  Father Volney DeRosia is the newly appointed pastor of St. Joseph Parish in Epping, replacing Fr. Michael Taylor who has been asked to serve the people of Somersworth..  Therefore, Fr. Von will be assisting Fr. Dumont every other Saturday evening at the 6:00 PM Mass.  Father Volney who is better known as Fr. Von, was ordained 5 years ago.  He has been an Associate pastor at St. Michael Parish in Exeter and St. Bernard Parish in Keene.  We are very happy to have Fr. Von with us even if it is only every other week.   Welcome Father!  The parishioners of  St. Paul welcome you wholeheartedly.

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
                       ______Debit MasterCard _____Debit Visa
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.  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
25th Sunday in Ordinary Time 
(The Ways of the Lord)
Reading I:
Isaiah 55: 6-9 (The thoughts of the Lord)
Reading II:
Philippians 1: 20-24 (Life is Christ)
Matthew 20:1-16 (The Vineyard Workers )

Question for Adults:  When have I, in my humanness, limited the scope and breadth of God’s grace?  This can be a tough question.  We are all human and we have probably all had the occasion to limit God’s work in us.  It is very easy to “put God in his place” so to speak.  We do it unconsciously and certainly without malice.  Because we are human we tend to think “small” and to narrow God’s entry into our lives.  We must become more alert to this behavior if we want to be recipients of God’s loving grace.  Let’s take some time this week to see how this plays out in our lives.

Question for Children?  In your experience, when has God acted in a way that went beyond your expectations?  The manner in which your child will be able to talk about this question will no doubt depend on their age and experience.  They  will certainly need your help in understanding the question.  Helping them to understand the power and grandeur of God is very important for children.  Take some time to discuss this with your children.  It is well worth the effort.

What is 40 Days for Life? If you have not yet heard of this national campaign you have the opportunity to do so now.  It is a movement that is spreading throughout the US in order to make a life-saving impact for the unborn.  There are three components.  The first is Prayer.  You pray for an end to abortion, healing for post-abortive women and men, the conversion of those involved in the abortion industry, and for our state & nation that it will elect upright and moral leaders.  The second component is Fasting.  Can you give up dessert or your favorite TV program or electronic device?  Can you skip a meal?  Sacrifice something that allows more time to focus on God and His will.  The third component is Peaceful witness.  There will be a prayerful presence at the clinic at 24 Pennacook St. in Manchester, NH. We need to be a holy witness for others so they nay know the sanctity of human life.  PLEASE contact us and choose your hours. 

Community News 

Important Notice:  (Note from a Safe Environment Coordinator in this Diocese.)   It has come to my attention that children are being allowed to go to the restrooms unattended during Mass.  This seems to be a growing trend in many parishes.  I watched in horror as an 8 year old female parishioner walked out of Mass and out the side door of the church apparently to go to the restroom, without a parent or older sibling.  This is both unacceptable and very dangerous.  As is true in many parishes, the restroom is located in an area of the church which is mostly unoccupied and VERY accessible to the outside public.  As in all churches, front, rear and side egresses are left unsecured during and between Masses, and are therefore accessible to the public.  We do not live in a perfect world, and it is our obligation as parents and as a parish to watch over our children
(Pastor’s Note:  Please remind your children to go to the bathroom before leaving home!)

Food Pantry for September   This month our pantry shelves are in need of Canned fruit, Jello and pudding mixes, Beef Stew, and Chicken Noodle Soup.  We are also always in need of juices and instant milk.  Thank you very much for all you do for those less fortunate.

Chairs for Sale
    Now that we have removed the chairs and installed the pews we have approximately 140 chairs on sale.  There are flyers on the back and outside bulletin boards giving more detail.  If you are interested in purchasing any of the chairs please call the office.

The RCIA Process
is scheduled to begin in late September.  If you or someone close to you is interested in beginning the process of becoming a fully initiated catholic, please call the office for more information.  This process involves catechesis for people who are not yet baptized or for those who are baptized but are not fully catechized (not instructed in the faith.) The entire process culminates at the Easter Vigil when candidates are received into the church.   There is a similar but separate process for children aged 7 -17.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Concert by Dan Schutte. . . 
     Experience an evening of reflection and music sponsored by the Parish of the Resurrection on 449 Broad Street in Nashua, NH on Friday, October 3, 2008 at 7PM.
    Dan has been composing music for worship for more than 30 years, including extensive collaboration with the St. Louis Jesuits.  His more recent pieces exhibit an enduring ability to reach into people’s hearts and draw them into prayer.  He is one of the best-known, most prolific and influential composers of music for the liturgy today.

The Life and Letters of St. Paul
is a workshop being co-sponsored by the Diocese of Manchester and St. Anselm College on September 27, 2008 from 10:00 a.m. – 3:00 p.m.  The workshop, which will be held at the Dana Center, will help participants to relate to St. Paul the person, his companions, and the journeys they took.  It will help you gain insights into how to read the letters of Paul and to understand the message of Paul to the various communities he addressed.  A NT scholar, Professor Sweetland will conduct the workshop.  He is a full time professor at St. Anselm College and holds a doctorate in Theology from the Universtiy of Notre Dame.  Please register by Sept. 18, 2008.  You can register online at www.catholicnh.org/stpaul

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.

More Crafters ? St. Lawrence Parish in Goffstown is sponsoring their annual Parish Christmas Shopping Fair Saturday, November 1st from 9am to 3pm.  If you would be interested in selling your products/crafts (e.g. Longaberger, Silapda, Tupperware, Arbonne, Collectibles, etc.)  to contact Monique Bunton @603-497-3382 by September 30th.  There are only a few tables left!

Birthright’s Fall Auction Dinner/Dance
    Birthright of Southern NH (a non-profit organization helping women and their children) will be holding their 22nd Anniversary Auction Dinner/Dance on Saturday November 1st at the Executive Court in Manchester (behind the Yard Restaurant).  The evening will include a Silent Auction, Catered Dinner, Dancing and a Live Auction.  Anyone wishing to donate new items or purchase tickets, please call 965-6617 or 434-3000.  Any donation will be greatly appreciated.


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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