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April 18, 2010
3rd Sunday of Easter
Christ is Risen, Alleluia!
He is Truly Risen, Alleluia!

Weekend Mass Intentions

Saturday, April 17
    6:00 PM For Yvette Lamontagne By Madeleine Heon
Sunday,  April 18
    9:30 AM For Parishioners of St. Paul
Saturday, April 24
    6:00 PM For Parishioners of St. Paul
Sunday,  April 25
    9:30 AM  For Maurice Roy By Kevin & Michelle Fraser

Please Note:  Our last Saturday evening Mass will be on April 24th at 4:00 PM.  There will be no 6 pm Mass on that day. Due to a very low attendance at the 6 pm we will terminate this Mass as of the 24th.  The 24th is a First Communion Mass for many of our young children.

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 April 11, 2010
St. Paul, Candia
Envelopes   $1109
Loose            325
Total            1434

         Last  weekend envelope users contributed 78% of our income.
(Amount tithed for the poor and needy last week: $86.04)
     Thank You so much for your Generosity.

Life in the Spirit Seminar
    Are you thirsting for a deeper relationship with Jesus?  Would you like to learn about how the gifts of the Holy Spirit can change your life?  Come to the LIFE in the SPIRIT seminar!  St. Joseph Parish located at 208 Pleasant St. (Rt.27) in Epping, will be hosting this seminar on the weekend of April 23 from 6:30 – 9:00 Pm and 24th from 8:30 AM – 8:30 PM. It will culminate on April 28th from 6:30 – 9:00 PM.  For registration and more information please call 679-8805.  There is a $15.00 fee that includes light meals.
    Please see the bulletin board in the entrance of the church for a registration form. Thank you.

   Prayer for Priests
Most gracious and loving Father,
     We thank you for our faithful priests whose spiritual fatherhood and example of fidelity, self-sacrifice, and devotion is so vital to the faith of your people.  May they be guided by the examples of Saints Peter and Paul and all the apostles.  Give them valiant faith in the face of confusion and conflict, hope in time of trouble and sorrow, and steadfast love for you, for their families, and for all your people throughout the world.  May the light of your Truth shine through their lives and their good works.  Assist all priests, that that through your Grace they may steadily grow in holiness and in knowledge and understanding of your Truth.  May they generously share their knowledge with those who rely on them.  We ask this through Christ our Lord. 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.   Classes are held during both weekend Masses. We would need some volunteers to help out as monitors during the classes.  Please contact the office if you can do this.

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.  All GoF classes are held on Sundays from 4 – 6 pm.  Our next class will be held on April 18th.

                     Schedule of Classes

Question of the Week
3rd  Sunday of Easter
(Following the Lord)
Acts 5:27-32, 40-41 (Obeying God)
Reading II:
Revelation 5: 11-14, (Worthy is the Lamb)
John  21: 1- 19 (Feed My Sheep)

Question for Adults:  With whom do I sense resentment or bad will? Am I open to reconcile with that person? Almost everyone has somebody in their life with whom they are “on the outs”.  Sometimes it is a relative or a friend, at other times it is a do-worker.  It really doesn’t matter.  The important things is to realize that this is a situation that will not simply go away on its own.  We must be willing to admit its presence or it will eat us up slowly but surely. Regardless of the fact that it may not be your “fault”, someone must take the initiative and must be willing to reconcile.  The closer the person the more important this matter is to your “health” on various levels.

Question for Children: Do I know that no matter how many times I have done wrong God will give me another chance?  Sometimes, as children, we do not always make the connection between what we believe and how it should affect our “real” life.  This part of their lives needs help from an adult to help the maturity process to take place.  In order to be happy we must eventually become integrated and not remain compartmentalized. Take some time to help your child to experience this reality.

Diocesan News:
     Last week we initiated a column that would help the parishioners to better understand the decision making process of the diocese.
    One aspect that seems to be misunderstood is the notion of attaining a priest anytime we want or need one.  The matter is not as simple as it sounds.
When we began the clustering process some four years ago, parishes were told not to factor in the possible help of retired priest.  However, many parishes did not want to forsake their existing situations so many of them disregarded the warning. 
Consequently we are now faced with a problem.  Many of the retired priests who were willing and able to help out when they could are now at a point where they can not longer assist.  We have this situation in our own parish with Fr. Babineau.  Whether the problem is due to illness or advanced old age, the number of retired priests have decreased substantially over the past 4 years.  One recent example is the sudden death of Fr. Nick Rogers, former pastor of St. Patrick’s in Manchester
    The shortage of “helping” priests involves all special occasions such as Christmas, Easter, and many other times such as sudden illness, vacation times etc. 
    Another group of priests that we were told not to place too much weight on were the religious priests of the diocese.  These men can be recalled by their communities should the good of their community arise.  This has happened just lately in Concord, NH.  The priests who are presently responsible for two parishes namely Sacred Heart and St. Peter Parish, have lost one of their priest.  This makes it impossible to maintain two parishes.  This will necessitate a major re-organization in Concord causing three parishes to be merged into one with one pastor and one associate.  The associate is coming from Portsmouth and Portsmouth is left with one priest thus forcing them to eliminate three of their present seven Masses

A Catholic Charities Client says “Thank You”
Thanks to your support, NH Catholic Charities is here to help people in need.  This letter recently came in from a client:  “When we became aware we did not have fuel, my brother and I asked our Lord Jesus to provide the oil / our need as His word declares ‘But my God shall supply all your need according to his riches in glory by Christ Jesus’ Philippians 4:19.  We were given your phone number and my brother called.  You were the channel from which our need was met.  Thank you!” 
   Doesn’t this say it all. . .it is not our work but Christ’ accomplished through us!

Community News 

Our Food Pantry
If you would like to help our food pantry during this Lenten season, we especially need Canned Soup, Tuna,  Instant Potatoes, canned Pastas and Spaghetti sauce.  We can always use cereal.  Thank you so much for your generosity.  You have no idea how appreciative people are when they come and we have something to offer. 

Rice Bowls:  If you participated in the Rice Bowl program this Lent, it is time to bring in the results.  Please place a check for the amount collected and drop it in the basket, labeling it CRS – Rice Bowl.  Please write out the check payable to St. Paul Parish.  Thank you.

A Look at Upcoming Events

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends  When was the last weekend you did something special alone together?  Most couples are busy with work and family.  It seems that every moment of the day is planned and there’s never enough time to get everything done.  When was the last time you had a weekend alone?  Consider planning a weekend away just the two of you, to renew our marriage relationship.  A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is a positive, renewing experience for couples that have a good marriage but want to make it even better!
    Join us on May 21-23, 2010 at the upcoming weekend retreat at St. Methodios Retreat House in Contoocook, NH.  It is a very special place for a weekend experience.  For more info call: 1-800-710-WWME, or visit www.wwmeMARI.org

Pilgrimage to Canada.   August 3 – 6, 2010 (4 days, 3 nights) for just $369.  Visit the Shrines of Montreal and Quebec which includes St. Anne-de-Beaupre, St. Joseph Oratory and more.  Cost includes two meals a day, coach bus transportation and accommodations. Departing from Holy Angels Parish, Plaistow, Manchester, and St. Mary Parish, Claremont.  For a flyer or more information, contact Juanita Sweet at 603-826-4486 or email: juanitajoy@comcast.net

Diocesan Pilgrimage to Rome  Bishop McCormack is inviting NH Catholics to join him on a pilgrimage to Rome and other Italian holy sites from October 15-25 in celebration of the canonization of Blessed Brother Andre Bessette.  Pope Benedict XVI recently announced that Blessed Brother Andre will be formally declared a saint at a ceremony in St. Peter’s Square on Oct. 17, 2010.  The pilgrimage will be organized by Canterbury Tours of Bedford, NH.  It will include visits to sites in Rome, Assisi, and Siena. 
    Rooted in his devotion to St. Joseph, and motivated by his compassion, Brother Andre Bessette dedicated his life to comforting those in greatest need.  During his lifetime he became popularly known for encouraging the sick and infirm to pray to St. Joseph to intervene on their behalf.  Many claimed they were cured thanks to these prayers.  Brother Andre died in 1937, at the age of 91.  Many NH Catholics have taken pilgrimages to St. Joseph’s Oratory in Montreal, a shrine built under the guidance of Brother Andre beginning in 1904 and continuing after his death until its completion in 1967.  Today, it is the most popular shrine to St. Joseph in the world. 
    Those interested in attending the pilgrimage may contact Canterbury Tours at 800-653-0017 or Fr. Jason Jalbert at 603-669-31—or jjalbert@rcbm.org

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land  Take this wonderful journey from Nov. 8 – 17, 2010 that will immerse you into the sights and sounds of the Holy Land with Father Michael Gendron from All Saints Parish in Charlestown, NH. The cost is $2775 excluding taxes & tips.   For a flyer or more information, contact Rita and Lew Goody at 800-332-4659 or randlgoody@unitours.com  


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

Our sick parishioners and friends…
   Please pray for the following people:  Josephine Stout,
Cecile Gendron, Kimberly Mirolo, Rita Sullivan, Kathy Gauthier, Ethel Thomas, Jean Swindler, Roger Plante, Joseph Gesel, Jacob Desrocher, Cindy Huard, Deborah McGovern, 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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