Advent is upon us! It’s a great time to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus into our hearts at Christmas and His Second Coming. In preparation, it’s good to visit the Confessional for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Season. The parish will have a Penance Service in the upcoming weeks before Christmas.

The parish will keep our Bishop’s tradition, to have one traditional Christmas hymn sung at Mass during the Advent Season. The thought behind this is for us, to focus better, on the true meaning of what it is we are looking forward to celebrating, precisely: Christmas, Christ’s birth. It’s been three years already when we began doing this.

Last Thursday evening, Bishop Libasci installed Fr. Mark Dollard as the Dean of the Mountain Deanery of the Diocese. In addition to Fr. Dollard’s role as Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Littleton, NH, he will also fulfill the duty as Dean of all the parishes here in the north country of the Diocese. Congratulations Fr. Dollard!

Thank you to the Holtzman’s for hosting all of us at their festive barn, making wreaths, swags and decorations for Lincoln Green Senior Living residence. Everyone had fun! Also a big Thank you to Annie (Holtzman) Anderson for decorating our new Advent Wreath in the Church. So nice, and nice of you!

Please encourage your youngster to join the children choir practice this Monday at 4:00 pm led by Cantor Claire McIver and pianist, Colin McIver. The kids will sing at this year’s 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.

Adults,if you would like to join the adult choir, or commit to just sing during the Christmas season, please see Margaret after Mass.

The Immaculate Conception Feast Day is this Friday. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have a Vigil Mass on Thursday at 6:00 pm and a morning Mass on Friday at 8:30 am. However, if you are planning on coming with us on the “moose tour” bus to the Shrine in Enfield, NH for the viewing of the Christmas lights, there is a Mass at the Shrine at 6:30 pm in the chapel to which you would have time to attend.

God Bless you,
Fr Kneeland