Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Remembering Sept. 11, 2001

A good person produces good out of the goodstored up in his heart … a good person produces good from the treasury of the inner self. (Luke 6:43) 

Taking up one’s cross and following Jesus can be a challenging command sometimes – especially when it comes to forgiving from the heart the one who has aggrieved you or in extraordinary circumstances.  The attack on the World Trade Center and the Pentagon happened 20 years ago today.  We still carry the memory of that awful day, and we continue to remember in our prayers the victims of the attack and their families and loved ones who continue to mourn their great loss.  We remember the passengers and crews of the aircrafts destroyed in the attack as well as the victims on the ground.  We remember especially the brave first responders who ran toward danger rather than away, many of whom gave away their health and lives to save others.  And we pray for the terrorists as well, because we believe in the redemptive power of prayer and because hatred and vengeance have no place in Christian hearts.  May all of humanity be redeemed by the cross of Christ.

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Labor Day Blessings!

We honor all laborers on this weekend. As you can see, the reconstruction of the rectory front porch has begun.  The unstable footings, insect-damaged support beams, and buckling decking and railings are being either repaired or replaced to ensure safety and integrity to the infrastructure.  Visitors to the parish offices are asked to call (745-2266) prior to visiting in order to be admitted through the rectory’s rear entrance.  We are deeply grateful to Mike Iarocci and Gene Duquette for their expertise and their construction skills, and for bringing the project to completion far, far below estimated cost.  Thanks Mike and Gene!

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Prayer for Vocations

God our Father, you have given each of us gifts to use in the Body of Christ, to bring a New Hope and the Good News of Jesus Christ through our Catholic faith to all in New Hampshire. Inspire young and old in the Diocese of Manchester to courageously follow your will as we live the unique vocation for which you have created us. Please give us vocations to Christian marriage, to the religious life, and to the priesthood. Give us the grace of responding quickly to your voice. Support our bishops, priests, and consecrated people in their mission. Confirm married couples and all families in your love. Grant perseverance to our seminarians and to all who follow your way. Mary, Mother of the Church, the model of every vocation, help us to say “Yes” to the Lord who calls us to cooperate in the divine plan of salvation. Amen.

Bona Ecclesiastica

The temporal goods of the Church, which are distinct from one’s personal property, are strictly regulated by canon law, and, subsequently, by diocesan law.  Unless they have been properly conveyed, items of personal property should not be included among the inventory in a church building.  Please remember to remove from the church building any items of personal property, and do not leave any personal items in the church without permission from Father Mahoney.  These items include flyers, brochures, prayer cards, furniture, books, statues, rosaries, Trump calendars, Biden calendars, any political propaganda, etc.  If you would like to donate religious items, please contact the parish office for approval.  Thank you for your cooperation.

United in Christ

Greetings in the Lord!  Becoming part of the body of Christ means that we are united in Christ–in spirit and flesh–with the People of God, and together we offer ourselves as “holy and living sacrifices” and are sent forth to do God’s will.  Our daily actions, our work, and our relationships must now incorporate Christ.  Along those lines, and through the generosity of our parishioners and visitors, the Parish Outreach Committee was able to donate $500 to help purchase backpacks and school supplies for families in the Lincoln-Woodstock Community.  Thank you!

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