St Lawrence of Rome Feast Day

Greetings;

My dad stayed with me, up here a couple weeks ago. We had a nice time together, visiting some of my favorite restaurants in the area. We also enjoyed picking blueberries at Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill, NH. I hadn’t been in such a long time. It is certainly a beautiful place! The 25 minute drive through the mountains showed spectacular views. We ate breakfast there (which each entre comes with a homemade apple cider doughnut. Yum!). The Fabrizio family, who own and run the Orchard, are fellow parishioners of St. Joseph’s. We had a wonderful time. If you are looking for something to do, check it out! You won’t be disappointed and tell them “Fr. David” sent ya!

Come to the 10AM Mass and hear the choir sing! They are growing in number and sounding wonderful! After the Mass, come downstairs for Coffee & Doughnuts and fellowship. Members of our Knights Council set everything up for us. Please leave a donation in the basket / container located on the table, to help defray the costs and support the effort. Thank you!

The Church celebrates my favorite Saint, St. Lawrence of Rome, this Friday, August 10th. St. Lawrence was a Deacon and a Martyr. The proceeding was taken from Wikipedia: A famous legend has persisted from ancient times. As deacon in Rome, St Lawrence was responsible for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor.[8] St Ambrose of Milan relates that when the treasures of the Church were demanded of St Lawrence by the Prefect of Rome, he brought forward the poor, to whom he had distributed the treasure as alms.[9] “Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the Church’s crown.”[5] The Prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared with hot coals beneath it, and had Lawrence placed on it, hence St Lawrence’s association with the gridiron. After the martyr had suffered pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he cheerfully declared: “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!” From this derives his patronage of cooks, chefs, and comedians. What can I say?! The Patron Saint of Food and Laughter, a person after my own heart!

May God continue to bless us and our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland