St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Author: Fr. Kneeland (page 1 of 4)

Fr David’s Last Weekend

Well, my last weekend will not go out with a whimper!  Lots to pray for…two funerals, a Baptism and a Wedding!  Keep in prayer the family and friends of Sam Boyle (son of our very own Quentin Boyle), and the family and friends of Georgia Robie and for the repose of both their souls. Also keep in prayer little Ava Maria-Anne Clark to be Baptized this Sunday and her family.  And lift in prayer Kristin Peterson & Nick Flair to be wed this Sunday afternoon for many blissful years together!

Thank you for all the well-wishes and prayers in my new endeavor to join my new parish under the patronage of my patron saint, St. Lawrence.  I always attribute/”blame” him for my vocation to the priesthood.  Lol!  St. Lawrence had a wonderful sense of humor, cared for the poor & marginalized and was martyred for the Faith.  It is by no coincidence that my transfer centers around his feast day, August 10th.  I am sure he is interceding for me.

Thank you, and God Love You; forever in my heart.

Fr. Kneeland  (and Bear-ie) 

Father David’s Message

As I take leave from St. Joseph after eight truly blessed years, and move to St. Lawrence in Goffstown, NH, these past couple weeks have been an emotional roller coaster for me:  fear, apprehension, being overwhelmed by love and affirmation.  At times, I have felt total exhaustion.  Throughout it all, what has remained constant in the midst of my feelings, is deep abiding gratitude in my prayer. 

I am overwhelmed with gratitude as I recall being your Pastor here these past eight years.  Ministering to you has been a source of joy and fulfillment along with times of great moments of laughter.  This community really knows the meaning of what it is, to be, the Church; especially fulfilling the Parish Mission Statement: Centered in the Living Presence of Jesus in the Eucharist, …we are a welcoming Catholic Community.  …we come together under Christ …to promote the truths of Faith, to sanctify them through the Sacraments, and to serve our Loving God and one another through worship, witness, and works of Charity.  You do this without question.  I am so proud to have been Spiritual Father of your community these past eight years.

Despite my struggle of leaving, I am so thankful for all the friendships I have formed here in the parish, and for how you have helped me grow in my relationship with God.  I am grateful.

One of my favorite old school rock bands, Electric Light Orchestra (ELO), has a song, Shangri-La that I have been particularly listening to lately.  This song gets me to tears, because this parish community is a little Shangri-La in the White Mountains.  At the end of the song, lead singer, Jeff Lynn, sings “I will return…”  My late grandmother always said, upon leaving someone, “please don’t say ‘good-bye’; just: ‘see you later.’”  And so, in her words:  “See you later…next weekend!”

Fr. Kneeland

St. Paul’s Letter to the Philippians: 1:3-6 is a fitting passage:

I thank my God every time I remember you. In all my prayers for all of you, I always pray with joy because of your partnership in the gospel from the first day until now, being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus. t

Pope Saint Paul VI

This Sunday, the Knights are putting on a delicious Breakfast for us.  It will be a served Breakfast Buffet with pancakes, French toast, real maple syrup & Logg Cabin, bacon, sausage, toast, French scrambled eggs (the best I ever had!)…juice, milk, coffee, laughs and fellowship…I bet it will be the best brunch around!  Join us this Sunday, July 21 after the 10:00AM Mass or just come around 10:50AM.  Our Parish Knights Council are putting on this occasion and only ask for a donation of your choosing for the breakfast; there will be a “free-will- giving” basket made available for your convenience.  All proceeds will benefit the good works that our Council does for the community.

You will see an insert in this bulletin about Saint Pope Paul VI.  Please read it.  It is quite interesting and so important to our little church here in the White Mountains, because he offered Holy Mass here back in August 1951!  I would like to see the parish honor this new Saint (Pope Francis canonized St. Pope Paul VI last October) and commemorate his visit, in a notable way.  I’m thinking a statue with candles, or a bronze plaque on the wall explaining the event…whatever way!  For now, I hope to draw attention and support for this cause.  Please read the insert put together by our parishioner, Denise Rush.  A big “thank you” goes out to Denise for doing research and in sharing her gift of writing with us.

Last weekend was extremely difficult for me to inform you that I am leaving the parish, being transferred to St. Lawrence parish in Goffstown, NH come August 7th.  I have been assured that a new Pastor will be installed to take my place in the near future.  We as a parish family have worshipped the Lord together in Love and in Truth.  We have accomplished many things together and shared many memories together.  Change is not easy; at least not for me.  You will forever be in my heart and in my prayers.  I’ll stop typing now…or else I will cry again! LOL!  I just so happen to have a vacation this week in the book, so, there will be no daily Masses here; instead I will be praying and packing.

May God, the source of hope, fill you with all joy and peace by means of your faith in him, so that your hope will continue to grow by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13
Peace,
Fr. Kneeland :

Knights Sunday Breakfast

Hopefully the Elevator is fixed by the time you read this.  If not, it means we haven’t prayed hard enough.  LOL!   As I mentioned, an electrical surge perhaps from a lightning storm, wiped out the “chips” on the motherboard, and/or the whole panel.  It will be fixed soon.  Unfortunately, our warranty on electrical components expired a year ago.  We will look into getting a surge protector for it.  Apparently, elevator manufacturers think those are optional devices.

Thank you to all who prayed for me through the “Gift of Prayer” begun by the Parish Vocations Committee, led by Lisa Gutro.  I read them all and was really touched.  Thank you.

In the pews you will find, a laminated brochure titled: “I gave electronically.”  The cards are there for people to put into the basket indicating they gave either by texting or through their credit/debit card.   If you are interested in giving electronically, you may 1. text your donation amount to the number on the bottom of the card: (603) 931-4611.  This is good, especially for those who don’t carry cash.  Or option 2. You may visit the parish website: stjosephlincoln.org, click the “Online Giving” icon, and set up your debit/credit card or bank account.

That’s how it all works. 

Next Sunday, July 21st, after the 10AM Mass, the Knights are providing a delicious breakfast with live music (Mark Rosier) in the parish hall.  A free-will donation basket will be made available and all proceeds will help the parish Knights Council.  Bring your appetites!

May God continue to bless us and our Parish

Community.

Fr. David 

Happy 4th of July Weekend

Happy 4th of July Weekend!  (and Happy Birthday Bear!)

It’s a joyful time of the year, when we celebrate our Independence and our great Country!  Please make time during family barbeques and celebrations to pray.  We need to give God “thanks” for the birth of our Nation, the gift of Life, Liberty and the Pursuit of Happiness.  Also, pray for those who serve our Country in the Armed Forces.  We have a few in our parish who are serving overseas right now.  We should always pray for them, in thanksgiving for defending us, and that they return home safely. 

When I first arrived here at St. Joseph’s Parish back in April 2011, Bear, my dog, was just 9 months old.  Now, on her birthday (July 4th) she turned 9 years old!  Time certainly flies by!  In dog years, she is 63 years old.  That may explain why she is slowing down a bit, except for when someone comes to the door; she still bursts with excitement and enthusiasm!

I am looking for ideas in ways that we can honor the Saint who offered Holy Mass here at St. Joseph’s Church back in August of 1951.  Pope Saint Paul VI (when he was just a Monsignor) was traveling on business when on route from Boston to Quebec, he stopped here in Lincoln, NH.  While here, he offered the daily Mass.  Fast forward to 2018; Pope Francis canonized Pope Paul VI, a Saint.  So, it’s very special for us, that a future Pope, especially a future Saint would say Mass here in our church! I am thinking that a bronze plaque on the wall or a statue in the church would be a great way to honor this special occasion and Saint.  Please stay tuned!

May God continue to bless us and America!

Fr. Kneeland

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