It has been an unexpected journey for all of us over the past couple of months. Fortunately, for all of us, we have been able to “weather the storm” so far. The most difficult part in all of this was our inability to be able to communicate with everyone. Now that we are slowly coming out of restrictions imposed on all of us, we must continue to remain vigilant that we all remain healthy and wise
We are trying to slowly bring our parish sacramental life back to some normalcy and it will be some time before this can be done. Members of the Pastoral and Finance Councils have been meeting and our initial discussions revolved around the celebration of the Mass which is central to the life of the parish. In order to bring back the normal Mass schedule with the restrictions that are still in place, would ask for volunteers to act as ushers at Masses to insure that we are following the social distancing regulations. To this end, I would ask for those of you who would be willing, to please email me at email@example.com indicating at which Mass you would be willing to help.
I think that many of you have become aware that a new pastor has been assigned to St. Joseph Parish. He is Rev. John J. Mahoney, Jr. His pastorate will become effective on July 27th. Fr. Mahoney has agreed to prepare some blurbs for the bulletin to introduce himself to you.
In the meantime, please continue praying for our parish and your new pastor, and the day the parish can begin functioning under the “new normalcy”.
Resources for Church Members:
Our needs change over time as many of us begin to experience mobility limitations, physical impairments and cognitive changes. Other needs arise as well in the midst of global pandemic. Not all seniors have family nearby to assist with their needs, which is where the church community can step up
Here is a great list of ways to plug in to help a senior in need:
For those seniors aging in place, you can pitch in to ensure their home is free from hazards.
The Most Common In-Home Injuries for Seniors and How to Prevent The
11 Low-Cost Aging in Place Modifications You Can Do Yourself
4 Questions You Should Ask About Senior Safety At Home
Daily Living Assistance:
The activities of daily living—such as eating, bathing, and dressing—can become challenging without assistance
5 Tasks Seniors Need Help With the Most
18 Quick, Easy and Healthy Meals for Seniors
Protective Face Masks – Resources on Making and Wearing Them
Transportation: What Caregivers Need to Know
Paying for Assistive Technology
Social Isolation Assistance:
6 Ways to Help Seniors Stay Social
How To Avoid Loneliness And Social Isolation For Seniors
What to Put in a Care Package for Seniors
Tips to Help Seniors Boost Physical and Mental Health During Quarantine
I hope that all of you are weathering this covid-19 storm well. It has been and continues to be a difficult experience for all of us. At the outset of this epidemic, that parish had to deal with the loss of Fr. Elson who resigned the parish to deal with personal obligations.
God has seen us through all of this so far, and together with the Pastoral and Finance Council members we have followed closely the guidance of Bishop Libasci who continues to pray for and guide us as we attempt to resume the Sacramental Life of the Church.
One of our main discussion points was to find a means to better communicate with parish members. One of the means we discussed and prepared is a data base with the email addresses of parishioners which we have on file. We are sending this informational email to all of you whom we have on file.
If, for any reason, you do not wish to receive the bulletin or any communication from the parish office, please contact us at your earliest convenience so that we may delete your address from the email list.
Please keep well and safe. Our prayers are with you.
Fr. Eddy Bisson
Temporary Parochial Administrator
OFFICE OF THE BISHOP
DIOCESE OF MANCHESTER
153 ASH STREET, MANCHESTER, NH 03104 (603) 669-3100 FAX
May 29, 2020
Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
I am grateful for the opportunity to write to you again as your Shepherd, yet also as your fellow brother in Christ. This Pentecost, I am reflecting on those very first days of our Church and what the Church is at its deepest core. It is you, me, and all our fellow parishioners; baptized into a life with Jesus Christ. Together we form a body with Christ as our head. Though we have not been able to be together physically, we are still the Church. Know that you have not walked this challenging stretch of life alone.
As you no doubt have learned, Governor Sununu announced today that the state’s general restrictions have been modified for houses of worship. This means that state public health authorities now consider it to be reasonable to resume public gatherings for worship, as long as safeguards laid out in the new guidelines (such as limiting attendance to a 40% capacity, social distancing, and sanitization) are put into place. This is also consistent with the recently-issued Centers for Disease Control guidelines for houses of worship.
After considering these public health announcements, I am ecstatic to announce that the great reunion we all have longed for is at hand. We will resume public celebrations of the Eucharist in the Diocese of Manchester as soon as the weekend of the Solemnity of the Most Holy Trinity (June 6 – 7) for those parishes which are prepared to do so by then, and on the Solemnity of Corpus Christi (June 13 – 14) for those parishes which need more time to prepare. Parishes that are able may begin with daily Mass once they can implement the instructions that will be forthcoming from the Diocese. As we return, let us be renewed by the Holy Spirit and remember what the Acts of the Apostles said of the Church after describing Peter’s first homily: “All who believed were together and had all things in common” (Acts 2:44).
These intervening days are designed to give our parishes the ability to prepare everyone, and in particular those who will serve as ministers and volunteers, in the implementation of the measures that public health experts have said are important for the safety of the public.
It will be critical for all of us to continue to work together. We will need to be vigilant in ensuring that this return is done in such a way as to protect one another and especially the most vulnerable of our brothers and sisters. In the coming days, we will be providing more details and instruction on how this resumption will be carried out. Please watch your parish website and social media sites for further information specific to your parish.
I am grateful to those who, with great charity, have endured this period of physical
separation from the source and summit of our faith. By selflessly putting the interests of your
brothers and sisters ahead of your own desires, as a true family does, you have embodied what, in
the end, the Eucharist is all about: sacrificial love. May the graces that flow from this difficult
period in our history draw us even closer to our blessed Lord, and through Him closer to each
other, inspiring us to ever greater acts of worship and service on behalf of all those who are in
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci
Bishop of Manchester
Since the last communication we received from Bishop, we have not received anything more. It seems that something comes in the day after our bulletin information is sent out to the company for printing. In order that all information be
communicated, we have been posting all we can on the parish website, so please refer to it daily, if you can.
Overall everything is going fairly well and we have not experienced any major problems. It is a blessing that Bishop Libasci is allowing the reception of Holy Communion and we look forward to the day we can celebrate Holy Mass publicly.
Please continue to pray for the end of the isolation we are experiencing and for the day we will be able to gather in church for the celebration of the Sacraments.
God bless you.