Capital Campaign Update

Greetings;

Our insightful Video Series titled Oremus is underway. Come join us for an hour, this Tuesday, July 17th @ 6PM. The program says: “This powerful study will give participants the instruction, guidance and encouragement they need to develop an effective and fruitful prayer life.” It’s free, and coffee & refreshments are included.

A Big “thank you” goes out to all the members of both, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council. The Parish Pastoral Council has been working diligently on various parish projects as well as making decisions that will steer the parish into a bright future. The Parish Finance Council just completed this year’s fiscal budget, finding ways to keep us in the black. These industrious members who volunteer their time, energy, brains, and talents, deserve great praise!

You will notice a “Survey Form” in the pews asking you to join a new program in the parish. We are asking for volunteers to join a team of helpers who will meet once a month to tackle various “clean-up”, “upkeep” and/or “organizational” projects around the church. Please fill out the survey form and pass it into the collection basket. All input is welcomed!

We welcome Richie and Rachel our Capital Campaign consultants from Kirby-Smith back with us this weekend. They will give us an update on our Capital Campaign, and after each Mass, be available to answer any questions you may have. They are also able to assist you in setting up your Capital Campaign pledge contribution, and/or weekly stewardship offering electronically on the computer. As I mentioned last weekend, there is also an option to give through your credit card, which I prefer, because I also gain points on my card. Please see Richie or Rachel after Mass.

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

Fr. Kneeland

Adult Formation Session

Greetings:

We will be beginning an eight session video study on “Prayer.” Fr. Mark Toups will guide us through the simple, yet profound steps to an effective and fruitful prayer life. The program boasts: You will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. We will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays for an hour starting at 6PM. Coffee, fruit salad from Smiley’s, and snacks will be provided. It is free, so please join us and bring a friend. We will meet in the “chapel/meeting” room in the church next to the church hall. It will be interesting and informative.

Bear, my dog and parish mascot, turned 8 years old this past 4th of July. It’s amazing that for a dog born on Independence Day, just isn’t keen on fireworks going off! Oh well…

Some exciting news, a monstrance blessed by the late St. Pope John Paul II, will be visiting our parish on July 18th (not this Wednesday, next). The Monstrance is the name of the liturgical metal stand which houses the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration. We will use this specially blessed Monstrance during our regular Wednesday Adoration from 9AM until Benediction at 7:45PM. So please mark your calendars and stop by anytime during the day to visit the Lord.

Have a Blessed Summer!
May God continue to bless our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Let us give thanks to God for our Country, especially our service men and women who have served, and continue to serve in the Armed Forces, as well as the First Responders. May the Good Lord protect us, guide us, and continue to keep us united.

Lately it seems politics, news organizations, and Party affiliations, have clouded the Country’s unity. Jesus said: “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:25)

We need to pray for our Country, our Leaders. We must strive individually for harmony. Debates, dialogue, and even heated expressed disagreements over policies and ideas, are okay as long as the goal is a more perfect union. That is, both sides respect each other’s differences in opinion; and remain civil, recognizing each other as Americans first and foremost.

It was encouraging to see the comradery between the members of the House of Representatives having fun playing baseball at their annual outing in Washington, D.C.. They demonstrated great accord as Americans even if playing on opposite teams.

This 4th of July, I encourage you to please take a moment out of your busy day of perhaps barbequing, relaxing, watching the Parade, observing the firework display; to say a prayer for peace and unity in America. May the Lord continue to Bless Her.

I am proud of our Knights of Columbus Council 4th Degree members who served as Honor Guard for the first time in our newly resurrected Council for the funeral services of fellow brother Knight, Eddie Clermont, this past Monday. They did a great job and added such solemnity to the Liturgy.

There will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this Wednesday, 4th of July, so that Adorers may spend time with family & friends. However, there will be mass at 8:30am and the church will be open between the hours of 9am until 5pm for anyone who would like to make a visit and pray.

First Saturday Mass for the Devotion of Mary, Saturday July 7th, will be celebrated here at 10AM. Please join us.

May God bless us, our parish and God bless America!
Fr. Kneeland

“From Every Mountain Side, Let Freedom Ring.”
~ Samuel F. Smith, “America”

Diocesan Mission Appeal

Greetings;

This Weekend, we will hold our annual parish Diocesan Mission appeal. Usually the Diocese would assign a mission for the parish to support, and a Mission Sister/Priest would speak to us about their particular mission’s ministry. However, this year, our assigned Mission, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, who minister to the poorest communities in the U.S.A., the Appalachian mountain area in Kentucky, cannot be with us. In speaking on the phone with a Mission Representative, Sr. Consolata Ojemeh, OSF, she informed me that they just could not afford the plane ticket and travel expenses to come to NH, and sadly would have to cancel. So as a parish, we will still support the sisters and their mission by having a basket of free will offering at the podium in front of altar this weekend and praying for them. I figure, if they cannot afford to come, they really need the funds to keep their ministry going. I will speak at each of the weekend Masses about their specific Mission on their behalf.

Thank you to Etienne Poirier who recently painted the inside of the Mary Grotto a shade of nice blue. The Grotto is located in front of the Rectory. A beautiful larger statue of Mary depicting Our Lady of Grace, will soon adorn the inside of the grotto when it arrives.

You may have noticed fewer chairs in the church, specifically the front row of each side, of each section of pews. The chairs have been removed to allow space for wheelchairs. This will also ease the flow of people traffic during Communion. The chairs were taken downstairs to replace broken and worn out chairs in the “chapel/pink” meeting room.

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

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!

We have a small gift for all Dads this weekend at each Mass. It’s a leather wrist band sporting a metal cross. It’s pretty cool. I hope you wear it and be reminded how much the Lord Jesus loves you. St. Joseph, patron saint of
Fathers, pray for all our dads!

“Thank you” to both Cindy & Paul Standing and Elaine & Ed Whitlock who volunteer to beautify the corners of the church parking lot with flowers, transforming them into beautiful flower gardens. I have received so many compliments from parishioners, visitors, and neighbors alike. Thanks again on behalf of the parish!

It was a pleasure attending the Religious Education Field Trip with the kids. We visited the La Salette shrine in Enfield, NH. Fr. John Sullivan, the director of the shrine, explained the Apparition of Our Lady in La Salette, France to us, all the while walking the
picturesque grounds at the Shrine. The weather that day was perfect. We stopped for pizza, ice cream, and ended the day at the Hobo in town, for a round of Mini-golf. I even got a hole-in-one…woot! Thank you to everyone who made the bus trip possible, baking goods for the bake sales, and/or through purchasing the goods.

Thank you to all who donated toward our Knights of Columbus Diaper Drive to help support struggling young mothers and families through the Haven Pregnancy Center. Our “new” parish Knights Council have done so much good in the community in just the short two years of its “new” resurrection. The 30 member strong group has sponsored and worked the tables at the bi-monthly Red Cross Blood Drives held here in the church hall, they’ve raised funds to help organizations that help the mentally disadvantaged, and did some manual labor for the parish by moving furniture /various projects, and they’ve delivered over 500lbs of food for the Food Pantry, just to name a few. Kudos goes out to the leadership of Past Grand Knight, John McGovern and Current Grand Knight, David Paradis and all its members! Please consider joining our group! You must be a practicing Catholic man, 18 years or older, and enjoy smiling. Okay, I added that last bit. We meet every third Thursday evening beginning with Mass at 5pm,(optional) social and dinner at 5:30pm (optional) and business meeting begins at 6:30pm. I am the Council Chaplain, and “acting” Recorder (the person who takes notes during the meeting).However, I would be so happy to pass the torch (pen) to a new member! Haha…

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Trip to La Salette Shrine

Greetings:

The Faith Formation (Rel. ed.) children have raised money through bake sales to fund a field trip to the La Salette Shrine. They will charter a bus which will take them to the shrine, lunch and other fun places along the way in celebration of a year well done! Thank you to the parents, and those who baked goodies for the sales. Thank you also to those of you who donated toward this wonderful cause. A big “Thank You” to Ms. Paula King, the Coordinator of Rel. ed., and her assistant teachers, Ms. Annie Anderson and Ms. Delia Sullivan who volunteered all year helping with crafts and lessons. It was a terrific year!

Thank you to all who wished me a Happy Birthday last weekend. It was truly a celebratory weekend for me! It began on Friday with the after morning Mass breakfast group and all the way until Sunday with those who gathered to sing me “happy birthday!” all day through! You whisked me into a new year with such great joy in my heart, …thank you!

Have you noticed some improvements happening around the parish grounds? Thanks to Mr. Eddie Rush who has volunteered to coordinate various maintenance projects that needed to be done. Two cracked glass windows were replaced inside the church, new painted lines in the parking lot, broken doorknob in the women’s restroom in the hall replaced, new protective flexi-glass covering the stained glass window in the church’s upstairs bathroom, just to name a few. There’s always something that needs fixing, and it’s always good to stay on top of things!

All Eucharistic Ministers who visit the homebound, please e-mail or call the office to let Ms. Nancy Sweeney, the Coordinator of Eucharistic Ministers, know who you are visiting. It is very important that you do so because the office needs to update its records and the tabernacle key will be kept in a secure lock box in which you will need to know the code to access the key.

Thanks to everyone who helps in big and small ways, to make our parish continue to flourish.

May the Good Lord continue to bless our parish family and visitors, here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Birthday Father David

Greetings;

My birthday is this Sunday, May 27th on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It’s nice to know, that I share such a special important day with God this year. I am turning 47 years old, in case you were wondering. I found some interesting birthday quotes that people have offered:
“Count not the candles…see the lights they give. Count not the years, but the life you live.”
“Happy birthday! May your Facebook wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to.”
“Forget about the past, you can’t change it. Forget about the future, you can’t predict it. Forget about the present, I didn’t get you one.”

Usually, the first Saturday of June marks the Diocese Priest Ordination. However this year, there are no new men being Ordained to the Priesthood for our Diocese. The Bishop has asked that each parish say a special Mass for Vocations during the time the Ordination would normally be held. So, Saturday, June 2nd, at 10AM, we will celebrate a Mass for Vocations here in the parish. Please pray for Vocations.

A new section in the bulletin is titled: “Community Corner” in which, we will display a photo(s) of parishioners during various events held here in the parish. If you have a couple photos of yourself or others at a church event, please send them to the office e-mail at: stjlicoln@gmail.com I do not promise they will be featured but we will try. Hope you enjoy!

May we take time this Memorial Day to remember and pray for those who died serving in the American Armed Forces.

God bless you.
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Spring

Greetings

Many Graveside Committal Services have been taking place recently at the local cemeteries. Now that the earth has thawed, many loved ones who died during the winter, are now finally being interred in the ground. It is a sad time for many families; re-opening the wound of grieving. Yet, it strikes me how, during this time of burying the dead, nature is coming alive with Spring activity: warmer temperatures, sun shining brightly, birds chirping, tree buds erupting, blades of grass emerging, bees buzzing, and flowers blooming. Nature seems to be reminding us there is something more. That death is only the doorway to Life Eternal, the Spring time of Hope, in Christ Jesus. The sadness of Good Friday, gives way, to the joy of Easter Sunday. After a brutally cold winter season, Spring is revealing to us that better days are coming; that, as we burry in Christ, New Life, New Beginnings are occurring.

May God continue to bless us, as we pray for one another, forgive each other daily, and spread the Good News to everyone! This will please our Heavenly Father.

Happy Spring!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

This Monday, the kids from the local Day Care Center will be stopping by the parish office for a tour. It is part of a series of field trips they will make to area businesses. The young kids will be welcomed by Maria the new business manager, along with Nancy, Susan, the money counters, and myself. I bet the biggest attraction in the office will be the automatic m&m candy dispenser on the desk! With Danielle’s hasty leaving, and new office staff learning on the fly,I hope the kids won’t notice pandemonium, but instead, a smooth operation! Haha!

On the same subject, the Diocese has been helping the office through the transition. They sent us Mary, a Diocesan official from the Finance Department to train and keep the office working proficiently. Luckily too, the parish was selected to enter a new program offered by the Diocese to handle all the bookkeeping and accounting off campus through the Diocesan Finance Department. We were one of three selected out of all the parishes throughout the state. I am so thankful because this will help us tremendously.
Thank you for welcoming Mr. Len Campbell from Catholic Charities during our annual appeal last weekend. During his talk, he mentioned how we can pray for Catholic Charities, its mission, and those they help. Also, that 93 cents of every dollar goes toward helping the needy. That’s pretty impressive. God bless you for your support.

While NH Catholic Charities helps locally, our parish Rice Bowl collection, held during the Lenten Season raised $549.00 for CRS, Catholic Relief Services which helps the needy globally. Thank you for your generosity.

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

Fr. Kneeland

Catholic Charities Fund Drive

Greetings:

This Sunday, April 29th, we celebrate the Baptism of Leia Riley Rease Borges during the 10AM Mass. It’s always a blessing to witness the wonderful Sacrament of Baptism.

Next weekend, please welcome Lenard Campbell of Catholic Charities who will be our guest speaker for our annual Catholic Charities parish fund drive. In the past, Tony Poekert would represent C.C. and speak to us, however, he has since retired. It is so important for us to support C.C. during our annual parish appeal. As you know, Catholic Charities (C.C.) is our local (state of NH) arm of helping those in need, while Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is our global arm that gives to the needy. Mr. Campbell will tell us about the exciting things “we” are doing in changing lives through Catholic Charities, here in New Hampshire. Please take an envelope home with you this week, pray about your gift, and bring it back next weekend. Thank you.

Next Sunday, May 6th, plan on attending the 10AM Mass for our annual May Crowning of our statue of Mary. We will honor Mother Mary by crowning her statue at the beginning of the Mass. Three little students, who will be receiving their First Holy Communion this year, will crown Mary along with all the kids in Rel. Ed. program. The Choir will lead us in song during the Mass procession and during the crowning, we will sing “Immaculate Mary.” After Mass all are welcome downstairs in the hall for refreshments. Thanks to Ms. Paula King, teacher helpers and parents for putting this together.

Big Congratulations to our parishioner, Rita Tamulonis, who is officially the oldest and wisest citizen in the town of Lincoln. She was born in 1918. Rita is amazing! She always gives me a “fist-pump” when leaving after Mass each week, and she loves to dabble on her computer, even on facebook! We all love you Rita!

May God bless you,
Fr. Kneeland