As I sit to write this column, I received this wonderful e-mail message from a parishioner who attended the recent bus trip to La Salette. I want to share it with you, because it says a lot about you, our parish, and our loving community here at St. Joseph’s!
Dear Father David,
What an experience we had going to La Salette Shrine yesterday. As you know this is our 2nd residence, Lincoln NH. Saint Joseph is our home away from home Parish but we always felt welcomed by you Fr David. The trip yesterday showed the true spirit of welcoming, community and spirituality. When Bob and I left the evening I said this is what all Catholic Parishes should be! I was amazed to have the delicious luncheon on the bus ride to the Shrine- from homemade sandwiches and cookies to beverages- hot and cold- the food and presentation -awesome. Thank you David and Patti. Thank you Lorraine and Cathy for serving. Fr David you on the bus made it so special. The Christmas Concert and Mass was what Bob and I both needed and an awesome way to start the Advent season. The ride home- singing carols with the music ended a wonderful evening. Thank you Knights of Columbus. Going on the bus to the La Salette Shrine as a community made it! –Angela & Bob DiTucci.
The new music Mass parts are beautiful. Thanks to our music director, Margaret Sweeney, for implementing this new music to the liturgy. I find it very smooth and elegant. Thank you to all those in the music ministry who share their gifts with the community! All kids are welcome to join the “kids choir” who will sing at the 4pm Christmas Eve Mass. Please contact Paula King or the office for more info!
We are celebrating two big Birthday’s in the community this month. Granddad Arthur L. Gross (Anita Ross’ dad) turned 90 years young this December 4th and Rita Tamulonis will turn 100 years young December 15th. Blessed and Happy Birthdays to you both!
Check out our Capital Campaign Mountain located near the poor box in the church and see the new Christmas boots trekking up the mountain, along with Santa and Reindeer “flying” across the sky! The campaign is going strong! If you haven’t pledged, please consider making a pledge. If you pledged, but haven’t begun, please contact the office and we will help you set it up!
Thank you to Annie Anderson for decorating the mountain! Her dad, Ernie Holtzman, for letting us use his barn to make Christmas sprays and wreaths to decorate the Lincoln Green. We are so appreciative!
Lastly, the Pemi Choral Society is having a concert “When Icicles Hang” at the Plymouth State University in the Silver Center, on December 9th at 3pm. Seats are $15 per person, $9 for Seniors and youth. I’m sure it will be nice and put you in a festive mood!
Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! Blessed Advent!