Faith Formation: Meeting March 9 @ 5:00 pm

Update from Paula King:

The next gathering of the Faith Formation students will take place on Thursday, March 9th from 5:00 to 6:30 pm. The Confirmation students are invited to join us.  We will learn about Lent and how we can participate in the Lenten season and prepare for Easter.

Note: the First Communion students will meet before that at 4:00 pm. Please contact Paula King if you have any questions.


Faith Formation: February Updates

On Thursday, February 2, the Faith Formation students and Xena Bartlett, one of our Confirmation students, learned about Jesus’ life as a child. We watched videos about His presentation at the temple when He was a baby (celebrated on February 2), and how He got lost in the temple as a young boy. We learned how Jesus was like us in so many ways, and then we reflected on ways we can try to be more like Him.

Our special snack was an edible candle to remember Candlemas, also celebrated on February 2. Candlemas is the 40th day after Christmas and is the day when the church’s candles are blessed for the rest of the liturgical year.

Thank you to Father Dave for his insights and support. As we learn and grow in our faith, we gain a new understanding and appreciation for the important events in our liturgical history. Next month we’ll learn about Lent!

If you have questions about Faith Formation, please contact Paula King.

Feast of St Blaise


What an exciting weekend, it’s Super Bowl Sunday with the Patriots trying for another trophy in which, if the Pats win, the NFL Commissioner Mr. Roger Goodell will have to present the Lombardi Trophy to Mr. Kraft, the New England Patriots owner. Justice would prevail! Haha!

Anyway, a couple of updates on two little ones that the parish has been praying for. Little Gavin who suffered from a rare cancer, is in remission and is now two years old. He is doing fine and keeping his parents busy! And little Emily May, who suffers from the disease Trisomy 18; well she’s a little miracle baby who is growing each day and certainly not out of the woods yet, however, doing fine! Praise God and thank you for all your support and prayers to these two little ones!

Congratulations to our local school Lin-Wood girls ski team who took second place in a competitive field of 9 teams at Cannon Mountain recently. Our very own parishioner: Xena Bartlett and Karolina “K.K.” Wolowski were among the top 4 ski racers on the team. Way to go!

This Friday, come to the 8:30 am Mass on the feast day of St. Blaise. We will have “the Blessing of the throats” right after the homily.

May God bless you and bless our little parish community here in the mountains!

Go Pats!
Fr. Kneeland

Faith Formation: Next Meeting February 2

Our next Faith Formation gathering will be on Thursday, 2/2/17, from 5:30-7:00. We will learn more about the life of Jesus and how we can live our lives to be more like Him. If you have any questions, please contact Paula King.

Please keep our students who are preparing for their First Reconciliation and First Communion in your prayers. In addition to our monthly Faith Formation events, Maisie Anderson, Patrick Duncan, and Evan Bujeaud will be attending classes to get ready to receive these sacraments in May. Pray for them as they get ready to receive Jesus with a clean conscience and pure hearts.

Faith Formation Update

Faith Formation News
Paula King

Last week, the Faith Formation and Confirmation students gathered to celebrate All Saints’ Day. We always start our monthly gathering with a prayer and a reading from the Bible. The students enjoy the read-aloud, and some are able to make connections with what they’re learning in their lessons!

As  we always do, we broke into two groups and shared with each other what we’re learning in our on-line lessons. Then, we took some time to study the Saints and made paper ‘doll’ chains to honor some of them. Our children’s’ library in the church hall has all kinds of resources about the Saints….check them out!

After a wonderful snack donated by the Blood family, we were challenged in a “Race to be a Saint”. Father Dave was a willing (?) partner with Mrs. King as they demonstrated the different stations…each one represented a work of mercy that all of us can perform, just like the Saints did in their time.

We all had fun and learned a lot! Thanks to all the parents and family members for their support and the time they take to work with their children at home. You are always invited to join us and check out what we’re up to! Our next gathering will be Thursday, December 1 from 6:00 to 7:00…we’ll be learning about Advent. Hope to see you there!



If you would like more information about the program, please contact Paula King (348-8166). God Bless!

RCIA Update

RCIA/Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults

If you or someone you know is interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, or perhaps interested in becoming a Catholic or in need of completing a Sacrament or just curious about what we Christians believe; please e-mail or call the office to let us know.  Right now, we have three, possibly four adults interested in the RCIA process.  They will meet with Fr. David on Saturday evenings after the 4:30 pm Mass every other week and be received into the Church during the Easter Vigil Mass in March. Anyone interested is welcomed to attend.

The next meeting is: Saturday, January 30th at 5:20 pm in the church.

Exploring the Catholic Faith

Interested in exploring the Catholic Faith? 

If you or someone you know is interested in exploring the possibility of becoming Catholic, come to RCIA and see what it’s all about!

What is RCIA?

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process for those who are interested in learning about the Catholic Faith in order to discover if they feel called to become a member of the Catholic community. There is nothing required except for the desire to learn more about the faith. The RCIA sessions are informal and informational and to provide a solid foundation on which to build.

The RCIA Process is for those who are:

  • Interested in learning more about the Catholic faith.
  • Unbaptized and desire to grow spiritually.
  • Baptized in the Catholic faith or another Christian tradition and want to increase their knowledge of God, Jesus Christ, and the Catholic faith.
  • Married to a Catholic and attending Mass, but unsure what the next step is to becoming Catholic.

Religious Education & Confirmation

Faith Formation Program (Religious Education)

The Faith Formation Program (formerly know as Religious Education, CCD, and/or “church school” as some of the children called it) is up and running! Due to low enrollment and a shortage of teachers, the parish has adopted a model that literally “flips the classroom”. It has the students using a web-based program to learn the content of our current curriculum at home and gathers monthly to give the students an opportunity to share what they have learned, develop a deeper understanding of the Church’s teachings, and participate in fellowship and child-centered activities designed to deepen their faith.

Our first monthly meeting will be Tuesday evening, October 6 from 5:30 pm – 7:00 pm. We will be celebrating the Nativity of the Blessed Virgin Mary and teaching the children how to say the rosary. You are invited to join us! If you have any questions or know of students who still need to enroll, please contact Father Dave or Paula King (348-8166).

Confirmation Program

The Confirmation Program for students in grades 8-12 will begin classes on Sunday, September 27 and will meet every other Sunday. For a complete syllabus and calendar of classes, please contact Paula King (348-8166).

Encyclical on Ecology

Pope Francis’ Encyclical on Ecology

While the theme of Praised Be is the environment, Pope Francis is asking all of us — “every person living on this planet” — to consider what he calls “integral ecology.” In doing so, we are not only looking at the natural world, but also the human and social dimensions of our lives here on earth: a world where we see terrible human suffering as a result of environmental degradation, but also where there is hope and the real possibility of change for the better.

Praised Be envisions a world growing closer, rather than consumed by war and dissension, and stresses that there is a connection between care for the earth, justice for the poor, commitment to society, and our own interior peace. Pope Francis asks us, “Is this the kind of world we want to leave those who come after us? Do we want our children to grow up in a world consumed by this constant struggle?” Ultimately, the Holy Father is asking us to reevaluate our needs and our wants, and pointing the way to happiness: not a happiness based on the continual accumulation of material goods, but a true satisfaction and happiness in an environment that produces and sustains life.

The Holy Father’s teachings call to mind my own grandparents, who came of age during the Depression and World War II.  They considered the waste of food and other things that could still be used or re-purposed “a sin,” and so does Pope Francis. We need to become more like them, but this is a difficult challenge in a society like ours that values consumption over conservation.

Just as previous Popes going back to Paul VI have done, Pope Francis has traveled the world and seen firsthand how some wealthier societies have gradually developed a “throwaway culture” and a “globalization of indifference,” and that others suffer the worst impacts of climate change, especially the poor and the vulnerable who are least responsible for it. He does not speak as an expert on climate change or offer a particular set of policy proposals. He’s not a scientist or a politician, he is a pastor who calls us to prayerfully, thoughtfully, and humbly consider how we might live more simply and fully, putting the needs of the poor first, thereby living more fully in communion with God, with others, and the earth.

Ultimately, Pope Francis offers us a message of hope: through dialogue and action, we can make the world a better place. He encourages us to have a change of heart and work together to better protect the earth, and to build a culture of life.  He reminds us that God gave us this world as a gift and He asks us to take care of it and each other.

“I encourage Catholics and all people of good will to read the full letter with their hearts and eyes open to the moral teaching therein, and to the needs of our brothers and sisters around the world.”

About Pope Francis and Praised Be:

Pope Francis — who often is referred to as “the People’s Pope” — chose to be named after St. Francis of Assisi, lover of animals, companion of the poor, beloved by believer and nonbeliever alike. Pope Francis takes the title of the encyclical, Laudato Si’, from the introductory phrase to Saint Francis’ prayer, Canticle of the Creatures, in which St. Francis praises God for the sun, moon, starts, wind, water, fire and earth.

The teaching in Pope Francis’ encyclical is not new — it draws upon and repeats core Catholic moral teachings. Messages about wonder, gratitude, and care for the gift of God’s creation are found throughout the Bible from its very beginning in Genesis: “God charged us to till the earth and to keep it” (Gn 2:15). Pope Saint John Paul II and Pope Emeritus Benedict taught us that our calling to care for nature stems from our calling to care for one another. And the Catechism of the Catholic Church teaches that human beings do not have an absolute dominion over the creation given to us by God on this earth; rather, it is limited by concern for quality of ife of our neighbors, including generations to come (note 2415).

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