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).

For more information and resources, please visit www.catholicnh.org/environment.

Father Pat’s Concert & Healing Service

Fr. Andre Patenaude, M.S., well known as “Fr. Pat, singing priest,” will offer a concert for about 45 minutes followed by a Healing Service.

Date & Time:
Sunday, July 19th
2:00 pm – 4:00 pm

Event Location:
Shrine of Our Lady of La Salette
410 NH Rt. 4A, Enfield, NH 03748

Free Will Offering

Monthly Mass at Lincoln Green

Father will be offering a Mass once a month at the Lincoln Green housing for our senior parishioners who may find it difficult to leave their home. The Mass will be offered every 1st Wednesday of the month at 2:00 pm in the main gathering space of the building.