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March 15, 2009
3rd Sunday of Lent

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday, March 14
   6:00 PM  For Gedeon & Rosilda Marion By Julien Marion
Sunday,  March 15
    9:30 AM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Saturday, March  21
   6:00 PM  For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  March 22
    9:30 AM For William Donavan By Marcel & Joyce Lebel

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 ______________________________
Address___________________________
Town ________________,NH Zip ________

Update on Parish Income

Weekend of March 8, 2009
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $2729
Loose             674
Total             3403

Deficit Reduction Donations in Feb.  $262.00

     Last weekend envelope users contributed 86% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy last week: $204.24)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.
 


An Opportunity to Help your Parish and have fun all at the same time.  Our parish is in the process of reorganizing our Social Committee and we need people who can help in a variety of ways.  If you like greeting people, serving meals that have been prepared (by someone else), socializing or cooking, then the Social Committee is maybe a good place to be.  You can do it once, twice or three times a year, whatever your time allows.  The more people we have the more fun it will be and the easier it will be for everyone.  Think about it and sign up. 

  Knights of Columbus Annual Pro-Life Seminar
will be held on Sunday, March 29, 2009 at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church Hall Pine St. Manchester from 12 noon – 4:00 P.M. This year’s guest speaker will be Fr. Jerome Day, O.S.B., PhD; Pastor of St. Raphael Parish in Manchester.  Fr. Day is a Professor of Literature at St. Anselm’s college.
The title of the presentations is: The Importance of Fatherhood in Saving the Unborn and Building A Culture of Life .   In addition to the presentation there will be representatives from various Respect Life groups, including the KC, NH Right to Life, Birthright, natural Family Planning, the Marian Family Apostolate, and Care Net.

    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 who is the Lord, Jesus Christ, now and forever.  Amen

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 next class for parents and children in this program will be March 15, 2009 at St. Peter Parish in Auburn.  All GoF classes are held on Sundays from 4 – 6 pm.

Confirmation Program: 
    The Confirmation students will begin their two year program on Sunday, October 5, 2008.  Classes are held from 11:00 am to 12 noon. Students must be registered in the program and must be registered members of the parish.  If you have not yet registered your child for classes please call the office to speak to Lorette.

                     Schedule of Classes

3rd Sunday of Lent 
Theme:
(Becoming Holy)
Reading I: 
Exodus 20: 1-20, (The Law given to Moses)
Reading II:
1 Corinthians 1: 22-25 (the Power and Wisdom of God)
Gospel:
John 2: 13-25 (The Cleansing of the Temple)

Question for Adults:  What are some ways I can cleanse and purify my heart’s intentions this week?  As adults, we often loose the gift of purity of heart.  This simply means to that we love God and other people for no other reason except that they are God and his children.   This week, let’s take some time to reflect on our motives for acting as we do?  How sincere and pure are our thoughts?  Where do we need cleansing?

Question for Children:  How can I worship and praise God more often each day?  For children to understand and put this question into practice, they must first come to an understanding of what it means to worship and give praise.  Although the perfect way is to do so together with others during Liturgy, there are many other ways this can be done.  Probably one of the most important ways is to show respect for God’s creation.  This includes all people, regardless of their state in life.  It also includes nature and all facets of creation.  Perhaps it would be good to discuss this with your child this week

Why do Catholics abstain from meat 
The main reason for abstinence is to make a sacrifice.  As Catholics we are seriously urged to perform some type of sacrifice during the Lenten season in order to purify our hearts and minds for the coming of Easter when we anticipate “New Life/” Abstinence is truly a sacrifice for many if not most people.  However, if you do not like meat and prefer fish to begin with or, perhaps you are a vegetarian, then the law because moot for you.  Also, many people are excused due to health reasons.  In these cases Catholics must revisit their ability for self-denial.  You could attend Mass daily or several times a week, pray the rosary, make the way of the cross, help out at the local soup kitchen, volunteer to help teach someone who can’t read, visit the sick and the shut-ins or perhaps volunteer to relieve a tired mom by baby sitting while she takes a break.  The point is to do something that takes us out of our comfort zone.  Happy Lent!


Community News 

Food Pantry for March:  This month our pantry shelves continue to be in need of Cereal,  Tuna, Instant Potatoes,  Canned Pastas, and Evaporated Milk . We are always in need of juices.   Thank you very much for all you do for God’s people.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Sidewalk Counseling
training with Msgr. Reilly from Helpers of god’s Precious Infants.  Join Msgr. Reilly for prayer and training at St. Marie’s,  133 Wayne St. Manchester  and a vigil at Planned Parenthood, 24 Pennacook St. Manchester March 20 from 7-9 pm and the 21sat from 8am – 2 pm
Find the complete schedule at www.40daysforlife.com/manchester

Healing the Wounds of Abortion
The NH Catholic Charities Project Rachel program offers counseling, reconciliation, and support services for individuals and their families who have experienced the pain of abortion.  This program provides a means for people to begin the healing process and experience reconciliation with the Church.  It presents a caring, hopeful approach towards peace with the parents, the unborn child, the family, the church, and God.  Call us today. . .603-669-3030.

St. Anthony’s School
, located at 148 Belmont St. in Manchester is having a PENNY SALE on March 21st from 9:00 am – 6:00 pm and Sunday March 22nd 8:00 am – 12:00 pm.  Admission is Free. Come celebrate the first day of Spring!  There will be games and activities for children to enjoy along with raffle items, a 50/50 Drawing, Bake Sale and All Day Concession on Saturday.  For more information visit our website at www.stanthonyschool-nh.com

Lenten Prayer Breakfast

    The NH Diocesan council of Catholic women invite all women to an annual Lenten prayer breakfast.  This years speaker is Sr. Priscilla Lemire, RJM. Topic is “The Spirituality of Women”.  The breakfast will be held on Saturday, March 28, 2009 from 8:30 to 11:00 a.m.  at Alan’s Restaurant, 133 No. Main St. in Boscowen, NH (near Concord).  The cost is $12.00 which includes a full breakfast.  Make checks payable to Deb Blais, 66 Birchwood Way, Laconia, NH 03246.  For more info and car pooling contact Marilyn Audet, 332-5485. . .Dorothy Powers, 622-1621 or Deb Blaise 524-2909.

St. Joseph Regional Jr. High School
. . .located at 460 Pine St. in Manchester, NH is now accepting registrations for the 2009-2010 school year.  For a registration packet and/or more information, please call the school office at 624-4811 ext. 18

Connie L. Lofgren Continuing Education Scholarship sponsored by the GFWC Candia community woman’s Club is given annually to a Candia woman who has returned to a post-secondary school after a three-year or more absence from an educational institution.  This scholarship in the amount of $500  (paid directly to the college or school) is given in memory of Connie L. Lofgren, a long time member of the GFWC.  Continuing with the process of learning, changing, and growing had been an important part of Ms. Lofgren’s life as well as on ongoing commitment of the GFWC Candia Community Woman’s Club.  Applications are available at the Library, Town Hall or at www.candiawomansgroup.org.   Applications must be postmarked on or before March 28, 2009. Mail to GFWC Candia Community woman’s Club
PO Box 152, Candia, NH 03034

Pilgrimage to Conclude the Year of St. Paul the Apostle  Join Fr. Michael Monette and parishioners of St. Luke the Evangelist Parish on pilgrimage to celebrate the conclusion of the Holy Year of St. Paul the Apostle as we travel down the northeast corridor to visit and pray at many of the holy shrines of fifteen men and women who are in the process of being added to the Church’s list of publicly declared and canonized Saints.  Learn about their lives, their struggles and their tremendous faith.  How do ordinary men and women become saints?  Come away to relax and enjoy some of the cities where we will be stopping.  Our trip will lead us to the Basilica of St. Peter and Paul in Philadelphia to conclude the Holy Year of the Apostle Paul on his feast day June 29th.  Take home with you new friends and memories of a lifetime.  For more information or to register, please call Colette at 603-382-6566 or e-mail at csampson@choiceonemail.com

CURRENT PRAYER REQUESTS

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

Our sick parishioners and friends…
   Please pray for the following people: Josephine Stout,  Frank Huard, Cecile Gendron,  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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