St. Joseph Feast Day Celebration

Greetings;

We finished the video series, Pivotal Players, on Mardi Gras Tuesday, with style; by decorating and sharing a delicious Mardi Gras King Cake. Inside the cake, the bakery hides a small plastic Baby Jesus figurine. As the tradition goes, the person whose slice contains the hidden Baby Jesus, will have “good luck” for the entire year. Lisa Gutro was the lucky one! Please see photos below.

Thank you to all who attended the video series, contributed yummy goodies, and helped with set-up/clean-up; especially Denise Rush and Millie Berry.This Spring, we will present Bishop Barron’s newest video series, titled: The Mass, “Be transformed through this most privileged and intimate encounter with our Lord Jesus Christ.” The trailer looks fantastic! Stay tuned, coming in late Spring!

This Saturday, March 16 is the parish’s annual “Eileen Diaz Saint Patrick Celebration.” It’s named after the late Eileen Diaz and her husband James. Years back, they said “yes” to cooking and chairing an Irish Dinner/Dance for the parish. We began small and each year it has grown bigger over the years. Eileen was Irish to the core, and we miss her; we will raise a toast in her memory. I am thankful to Chef David & Patty Paradis, the Chairperson: Margaret Sweeney, and the entire St. Pat’s Committee members, who worked tirelessly to organize this wonderful celebration. Join us! $12 Adult, kids 8 under, free. Traditional Irish Dinner, Shepard’s Pie, Mac ‘n Cheese, B.Y.O.B., Irish Soda Bread, Dessert & Coffee, Irish Kid Step-Dancers, Big Raffle (over 30 gift certs. prizes raffled individually) special guest
accordionist: Mark O’Rosier, 50/50 raffle, The Firehouse DJ’s, games, fun and dancing.

This Tuesday, we will celebrate our Patron Saint, St. Joseph, on his Feast Day, March 19th. We will begin with Mass at 5PM, followed by a Prime Rib Dinner (donated by a generous parishioner) in the church hall. Please bring a side dish to share. A basket for self-will donations accepted to support the parish “poor box” fund. During this dinner, we will also “Welcome” all new parishioners this past
year(s), giving them a gift bag with items of “warm welcome.” Please come and fellowship!

May God continue to bless our little spiritual home here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

St Patrick’s Day Dinner

Greetings:

If you look hard enough, you will see the Nativity / Manger box buried in snow in front of the church. It is frozen in place by the icy snow and as it looks now, it might be there for a long time! LOL! Someone suggested that we get a statue of Jesus laying down position, and put it inside the box; making it Jesus’ tomb, for the Lenten Season. I don’t know about that idea! Haha! I did tell them though, not to worry, because there is only about 290 days left, until Christmas!

Be sure to purchase your tickets for the St. Patrick’s Dinner Celebration happening right here, on Saturday, March 16th 5PM on…
There will be delicious Corned Beef & Cabbage Irish dinner, thanks to the Woodstock Station and Chef David & Patty Paradis, other tasty dishes served buffet style, many great prizes/local gift certificates to be won in the Raffle Drawing, entertainment, Firehouse DJ, Step-Dancers, games, dancing, and fun. This event sells out every year, so please be sure to purchase your ticket after Mass today, or stop by the office during the week. $12 Adult, kids 8 and under free. Everyone is Irish that evening!

Our Parish Capital Campaign is going strong! Watch the progress on our paper mache mountain, located near the poor box, inside the church. If you haven’t made a contribution or a pledge toward this worthy cause, and would like to support the Parish, please fill out a pledge card located near the mountain and/or please pray for its success…and “thank you!”

Have a Blessed Lent and May God continue to bless our little parish here in the White Mountains!

Fr. David

Ash Wednesday

Greetings;

I want to warn you about an e-mail scam going around, in the Diocese. Scammers will e-mail unsuspecting parishioners, using the Priest’s name and photo requesting you to purchase gift cards, i-tunes, etc…and for you to then, give them the code on the back of the card(s). They then use the card(s), rendering them penny-less, and you thinking you’ve done a good deed by helping the Priest. Please don’t fall for this scam! I will not send you any e-mails asking you for money, gift cards or i-tune cards, etc. If you have any doubts of an e-mail sent to you from me or the parish office, please call the office to verify.

We are putting together an entertaining St. Patrick’s Dinner celebration on Saturday, March 16th in the parish hall. We hope to attain Irish Step- Dancers, a D.J., O’Rosier the Accordionist, Games, Raffles, Dancing and Laughs; along with a delicious Irish Dinner with all the fixings. Please mark your calendars, and purchase your tickets early, either after Mass or stop by the office…this event sells out every year!

This week begins Lent with Ash Wednesday. Be sure to receive the blessed Ashes. On that day, pick up your free copy of the book: Into His Likeness by Dr. Edward Sri, for your Lenten read and enrichment.
I wished to have a pamphlet for you too, but it’s back-ordered. I found it to be excellent, it’s titled: Lent, Keep It Simple by OSV. It introduces Lent as a retreat and has a simple plan to make Lent successful; The 1-1-1 plan. It offers three things to do, in addition to the “big three” (increased Fasting, Almsgiving and Prayer). 1. Focus on one fault or sin that needs work. 2. Add a positive activity that will grow your relationship with God, i.e., attend a Mass during the week, or attend the Stations of the Cross on Fridays 3. Deny yourself something you really like or feel attached to, i.e., TV/Internet time, coffee, fast food and instead, put that money in your Rice Bowl for the poor. The 1-1-1 plan…give it a try!

May You have a Blessed Lent,
Fr. Kneeland

St Patrick’s Dinner Celebration

Greetings;

Big “Thank You” to our Knights of Columbus Council, for putting on a delicious Meatball & Pasta Dinner here last Saturday evening. It was a good time! Thank you to Grand Knight David Paradis and his wife Patty, Jack & Maureen Gaites, Eddie & Denise Rush, Millie Berry, and all who helped! It was a great parish event mixed in with the kids in Faith Formation who had a successful “bake sale” too!
Mark your calendars for the parish annual St. Patrick’s Dinner Celebration slated for Saturday, March 16 after the 4:30PM Mass. Get your tickets early, as we tend to sell out! Tickets are on sale after each Mass or stop by the office. They are $12 each and kids age 8 and under are free.

Although we are in the throes of winter, the parish remains very active! Consider escaping cabin fever by attending the video series, The Pivotal Players of the Catholic Church (weather permitting of course!). We will meet this week on Tuesday & Thursday at 6PM until 7:30PM. On Tuesday we will learn about Bl. Card. John Henry Newman and on Thursday, G.K. Chesterton. Bl. Newman has been in the news lately. Pope Francis has approved his Canonization! He will be a Saint as a Roman Catholic Cardinal, scholar, and founder of the Oratory of St. Philip Neri in England. The first miracle attributed to Bl. Newman’s intercession involved the complete and unfathomable healing of a Deacon from a disabling spinal condition. The second miracle attributed to his intercession was the healing of a pregnant American woman. She had prayed for his intercession at the time of a life-threatening diagnosis, and her doctors have been unable to explain how or why she made a sudden and complete recovery. The date of his Canonization hasn’t been announced yet. Bl. John Henry Newman, Pray for Us!

In the news recently, I was saddened to watch the New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo, a Catholic, sign into law, the Reproductive Health Act. Among other provisions, the NY law permits abortions with few restrictions throughout all nine months of pregnancy. Where a child in nine months of gestation, can have his/her brain sucked up a vacuum tube device killing him/her. As this is bad enough, but most disconcerting was the fact that, after signing this disturbing bill into law, Gov. Cuomo and everyone with him, cheered and applauded with enthusiasm and delight. While this was taking place, a politician from Virginia spoke that infanticide is okay, and should be legalized. Good grief. Extremely sickening. Holy Innocents, Pray for Us! Sorrowful Mother, Pray for Us! God, the Holy Spirit, Giver of Life, Have Mercy on Us!

Blessings,
Fr. Kneeland

Spaghetti Dinner

Greetings;

Join us this Saturday, February 16th, after the 4:30PM Mass, in the church hall for a delicious Spaghetti Dinner with homemade sauce and meatballs, garlic bread, and Caesar Salad. For dessert, stop by the Bake Sale Table that the kids in Faith Formation are holding to raise funds for their field trip. The dinner is open to anyone hungry. A free-will offering basket will be made available to cover the cost of the dinner and raise money to help our Knights Council continue to do the good works it does for the parish and the community. See you there!

Thank you to parishioner, Michael Iarocci for fixing the steps leading up to the Altar. I will not have to worry about stepping on the broken edge, and taking a dixie! LOL!
Thank you also to parishioner Delia Sullivan, for
making a silk flower display to adorn the front of the Altar. It looks beautiful!
Thank you to parishioner, Denise Rush for sharing her interviewing and writing skills with us, through the “Meet the Flock” bulletin insert series. Just a few weeks ago, we learned about Ms. Paula King. Who will be next? Only Denise Knows! Haha!

The Pivotal Players video series by Bishop Barron has been proceeding relatively slow. I have had to cancel many gatherings, last minute, because of snow/ice conditions. Next year, please remind me of this, so that, we can make sure the series are in the Spring/Summer months! Just FYI, we will not meet this week, but the following week.

May God continue to bless our little Catholic Parish here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

YES!! The New England Patriots Won!!
(Hopefully, as I type this column prior to the Super Bowl being played!…LOL)

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is celebrated this Monday. I have a fond devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes ever since I was very little. One of my first Rosaries, given to me by the nuns, was from Lourdes. This Rosary had engraved on it, the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary (of course, now, there are 20 Mysteries: Luminous). It came in handy when learning the Rosary as a kid. To this day, I use this particular Rosary as my primary one. (It’s been repaired a time or two!)

I was very fortunate to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine in Lourdes a year and a half ago. It was such a moving experience for me. What inspired me was witnessing the vast crowds, tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world, all praying and cheerful, both young and old. Every evening, The Rosary Procession would bring one to tears, it was so beautiful. A heavenly choir of several hundred members wearing choir robes, led the chants and songs; while everyone processed, praying the Rosary, carrying lit candles. Loud speakers everywhere along the path, captured the choir and the recitation. It was absolutely beautiful! Inside the Grotto itself, a Spring of water flows from where Mother Mary told St. Bernadette to dig for water. As you walk inside the large grotto, the first thing you notice, are droplets of water which form before your eyes from what appears to be, “dry rock” and then, and trickles down. And this happens all over the grotto at all different spots. I had the privilege to con-celebrate Holy Mass inside the grotto, and it was interesting to feel some of these droplets of water, fall from the rock above, and hit my head and arms.
Those who went into the healing baths, said that, they didn’t need a towel to dry-off when they came out of the water!
The shrine at Lourdes is such Holy Ground. Be sure to pray your Rosary and especially this Monday, February 11th.

The Knights are putting on a Meatball & Spaghetti Dinner for the parish, next Saturday evening, after the 4:30PM Mass. All are invited to attend. The menu will have: Spaghetti & homemade meatballs, garlic bread, Caesar Salad, coffee and dessert. They will have a free-will basket at the door accepting donations to help the council. Please join us! I’m sure it will be delicious!

May God continue to bless us, our parish community, our Capital Campaign and all visitors!

Fr. Kneeland

GO Patriots!

Greetings;

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! So exciting that our New England Patriots have now been to the Super Bowl, three years in a row! Not to mention a dynasty for so long now!

I mentioned that there is a parish trip planned to go to Italy this Autumn. In October 8th through the 18th, we will Discover the Shrines of Italy, guided by Collette Tours. If you are interested, please let me know, and I can get you more details. I am in the process of arranging a time for Mr. Andrew Bissette, of Collette Tours, to give us a special presentation about this trip for us. Stay tuned!
Thank you to the Knights who ran another successful Red Cross Blood Drive here in the church hall. And thank you to all who donated blood; saving lives!

We will hold our annual St. Patrick’s Dinner celebration again this year, Saturday, March 16th (Feast Day is 17th) and a celebration on the Feast of St. Joseph March 19th which celebrates our Patron Saint and welcomes any and all “New Parishioners” to the parish. Please mark your calendars…and of course, this month, we are continuing our Video Series, Bishop Barron’s Pivotal Players. Join us this Tuesday, February 5th at 6-7:30pm for an informative and fun evening.

May God continue to bless our little parish community here in the White Mountains! And May the New England Patriots Win!
Fr. Kneeland

Parish Capital Campaign

Greetings;

The Patriots Won the AFC Championship! We are going to the Super Bowl!

Okay, please join us this Tuesday and Thursday for the informative Catholic video by Bishop Barron series titled: The Pivotal Players. Tuesday we will show the video on St. Catherine of Sienna and Thursday, Bl. John Henry Newman. We will learn a bit about them, and how they have influenced the Church. It Begins at 6PM in the St. Anne Conference Room in the Church and ends at 7:30PM. It’s free, with snacks and coffee provided.

The Parish Capital Campaign is going strong. The parish is having this 3 year Capital Campaign to help replenish the expenses we incurred while fixing the front of the church. The completed project included the following: the Steeple water repairs, the Bell restoration and automation, exterior stain glass window protection glass with vents, the installation of the new elevator, new handicapped side ramp with automated door, removal of the long cement ramp, new granite steps with pavers, landscaping with lighting, and the new entryway with stairs leading into the hall from the front doors. This enormous project greatly improved the structure of the church, as well as made our church handicap accessible friendly. The elevator alone is a magnificent thing to have, especially for the many parishioners and visitors who use it. As I say: It’s only a sprained ankle away, from any one of us, needing to use it!
So, if you haven’t done so, please consider prayerfully making a pledge toward our parish’s financial stability. Cards are located near the mountain in the church and in the pews. “Thank you” to all who have stretched themselves in making a pledge toward the Parish Capital Campaign. I know that the Good Lord will abundantly bless you for your generosity.

You may have noticed, I will be distributing Holy Communion on the left side of the Altar looking out toward the pews. Not a big deal to many, but for some, major change! LOL!

In Meet the Flock, this week and last, we featured Ms. Paula King. She is our Coordinator of Faith Formation/Education in the parish, and Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council. We are so fortunate to have such a talented, organized, wonderful, selfless person in such leadership roles, here in the parish! Please read her write-up located as an insert in the bulletin and learn a bit about Paula. “Thank you” to Ms. Denise Rush for sharing her talented writing skills in telling Ms. King’s story!

May you have a blessed week, and for those who ski, lots of powder!
Fr. Kneeland
P.S. The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 3rd at 6:30PM LA Rams and the New England Patriots! Go Pats!

Adult Faith Formation Series

Greetings;

I hope you were able to get your copy of Scott Hahn’s book, Signs of Life that the parish gave away over Christmas. It’s a good read, so far, but I am only at the beginning yet.

We will begin the Bishop Robert Barron video Adult Faith Formation series, Pivotal Players this Tuesday (January 15th) evening at 6PM until 7:30PM. Each video presentation is an hour long, then we will break for coffee and snacks, followed by a brief discussion; ending at 7:30pm. All and any age are welcome to attend, all or any presentation; they are free. We will meet in the St. Anne Conference room in the church. There is a lot of buzz about this great series coming here. I join many of you with great anticipation, to see this much anticipated series. Invite a friend and join us!

The Parish Capital Campaign is going strong! Check out our progress and notice the hiking boots on our paper-mache mountain trekking ever so diligently, upward, toward our goal! If you haven’t made a crucial pledge yet, please consider doing so. Pledge cards are located in the pews, or next to the paper-mache mountain inside the church. Thank you to everyone who has stretched themselves in making a pledge, supporting our parish. The Lord will reward your generosity abundantly, I know it!

This Sunday, sadly ends our Christmas Season. I know some of you will delight that the Christmas decorations will come down…”Bah-humbug” LOL! Anyway, please consider helping out to take down the decorations after the 10am Mass this Sunday. Can you believe that I am already receiving “Easter” mailings from publications already! Yikes! Too soon! LOL!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
As we celebrate this Sunday the Feast of the Holy Family, may we give thanks to the Good Lord for Family & Friends, the Parish Family and of course, The Holy Family: Jesus of Nazareth, his Mother, The Blessed Virgin Mary, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. They are presented to us, as the model for Christian families. Why? Well, even though they experienced many hardships as a family, for example, they fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents; Mary & Joseph lost their teenage son, Jesus, eventually finding Him preaching in the Temple, to name a few. Joseph & Mary always trusted in the Lord; doing the Will of the Lord. They relied on Lord through prayer and their Traditional Jewish Roots. So, as our own families may face difficulties, hardship & stress; the Holy Family points us toward placing our Trust in the Lord. So important! Pray for your family constantly, pray for your parish family, and your neighbors, invoking The Holy Family to intercede in making all our relationships happy, healthy, and holy.

I will present the next parish Faith Formation video series, Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism: The Pivotal Players this January, beginning Tuesday, January 15th at 6PM in the church conference room. The series will run every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 6PM throughout January. It’s free, with snacks and coffee included. You may come to all of the presentations or as many as you wish. Please spread the word and invite a friend. I know there is a lot of anticipation from many of you (myself included) in seeing this series.
One of my New Year Resolutions is to lose weight. I may go back to my Weight Watchers (which is now called “WW”…thanks Oprah! LOL!). I want to join the program that the late funny comedian, John Pinette said he belonged to: “I like Weight Watchers, but, they won’t let you buy points! So I am now part of a rogue splinter organization, where you can sell and buy points in a secondary market, as needed.” LOL!

May you and your family have a blessed 2019!
Fr. Kneeland