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June 20, 2010
On the Way. . .On or shortly after June 18th, Bishop McCormack will issue a Decree of Unification of St. Paul Parish, Candia, into St. Peter Parish, Auburn. The Decree will be published, proclaimed at all Masses in both parishes on the weekend of June 26/27 and will be accompanied with details for appeal and recourse. The last scheduled Mass at St. Paul will be celebrated on Sunday morning. June 27, 2010. I will celebrate that last Mass as pastor of the parish. There will be a priest who will replace me at St. Peter for the 11 am Mass that day. As previously announced, on the following weekend we will adjust to a new Sunday morning Mass schedule of 8 am and 10:30 am with the usual 4 pm Mass on Saturday.
All responsibilities of St. Paul Parish will be assumed by St. Peter Parish. Many of the familiar faces and many will observe some familiar church furnishings from St. Paul here at St. Peter. Several Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers will minister here. So I urge all from St. Paul, who want to register here at St. Peter. to do so this week or next. I also remind you that all parishioners of St. Peter are to re-register during the same time period. This is also a time for open registration for any new parishioners.
The 27th of June will also be the occasion when the people of St. Paul Parish will wish farewell to Ms. Lorette Nault, who has been the Pastoral Associate in the parish for ten years. Lorette is moving to Florida to a climate she would prefer and we follow her with our prayers and wishes for good health and good luck in the area of future employment.
Also, last January I asked Fr. Roger Bilodeau, who usually replaces me for my annual vacation if he could help me this year. We settled on the weekends of July ¾ and July 10/11 which were the only two weekends he had available. So, my vacation this year coincides with the unification of the parishes and I will be away from June 28th until July 16. During that time, any appeal or recourse to the Bishop will take place, for my presence will not be necessary.
In the Fall the newly enlarged St. Peter Pastoral Council will determine what to do with the property in Candia. If the decision is made to sell the property, we will go through the regular process recommended by the Diocese of Manchester and in keeping with current Church Law. If and up until such time as the property is sold, the church building will be available for a funeral, or possibly a baptism. The buildings will also be kept in good repair and security will be maintained.
Most important of all is that the parishioners of St. Paul who so desire will find a home in a neighboring parish. The majority will be welcome here at St. Peter and I ask all parishioners of the Auburn parish to extend the warm hand of friendship to their brothers and sisters in Christ. We will also make some adaptations in expanding our parish family and the parish staff will be aware of the greater numbers of parishioners that we serve. Thank you to the dozens and dozens of you who have helped in this unification. Thank you for your understanding, patience and hard work
Fr. C. Peter Dumont