Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!

We have a small gift for all Dads this weekend at each Mass. It’s a leather wrist band sporting a metal cross. It’s pretty cool. I hope you wear it and be reminded how much the Lord Jesus loves you. St. Joseph, patron saint of
Fathers, pray for all our dads!

“Thank you” to both Cindy & Paul Standing and Elaine & Ed Whitlock who volunteer to beautify the corners of the church parking lot with flowers, transforming them into beautiful flower gardens. I have received so many compliments from parishioners, visitors, and neighbors alike. Thanks again on behalf of the parish!

It was a pleasure attending the Religious Education Field Trip with the kids. We visited the La Salette shrine in Enfield, NH. Fr. John Sullivan, the director of the shrine, explained the Apparition of Our Lady in La Salette, France to us, all the while walking the
picturesque grounds at the Shrine. The weather that day was perfect. We stopped for pizza, ice cream, and ended the day at the Hobo in town, for a round of Mini-golf. I even got a hole-in-one…woot! Thank you to everyone who made the bus trip possible, baking goods for the bake sales, and/or through purchasing the goods.

Thank you to all who donated toward our Knights of Columbus Diaper Drive to help support struggling young mothers and families through the Haven Pregnancy Center. Our “new” parish Knights Council have done so much good in the community in just the short two years of its “new” resurrection. The 30 member strong group has sponsored and worked the tables at the bi-monthly Red Cross Blood Drives held here in the church hall, they’ve raised funds to help organizations that help the mentally disadvantaged, and did some manual labor for the parish by moving furniture /various projects, and they’ve delivered over 500lbs of food for the Food Pantry, just to name a few. Kudos goes out to the leadership of Past Grand Knight, John McGovern and Current Grand Knight, David Paradis and all its members! Please consider joining our group! You must be a practicing Catholic man, 18 years or older, and enjoy smiling. Okay, I added that last bit. We meet every third Thursday evening beginning with Mass at 5pm,(optional) social and dinner at 5:30pm (optional) and business meeting begins at 6:30pm. I am the Council Chaplain, and “acting” Recorder (the person who takes notes during the meeting).However, I would be so happy to pass the torch (pen) to a new member! Haha…

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Trip to La Salette Shrine

Greetings:

The Faith Formation (Rel. ed.) children have raised money through bake sales to fund a field trip to the La Salette Shrine. They will charter a bus which will take them to the shrine, lunch and other fun places along the way in celebration of a year well done! Thank you to the parents, and those who baked goodies for the sales. Thank you also to those of you who donated toward this wonderful cause. A big “Thank You” to Ms. Paula King, the Coordinator of Rel. ed., and her assistant teachers, Ms. Annie Anderson and Ms. Delia Sullivan who volunteered all year helping with crafts and lessons. It was a terrific year!

Thank you to all who wished me a Happy Birthday last weekend. It was truly a celebratory weekend for me! It began on Friday with the after morning Mass breakfast group and all the way until Sunday with those who gathered to sing me “happy birthday!” all day through! You whisked me into a new year with such great joy in my heart, …thank you!

Have you noticed some improvements happening around the parish grounds? Thanks to Mr. Eddie Rush who has volunteered to coordinate various maintenance projects that needed to be done. Two cracked glass windows were replaced inside the church, new painted lines in the parking lot, broken doorknob in the women’s restroom in the hall replaced, new protective flexi-glass covering the stained glass window in the church’s upstairs bathroom, just to name a few. There’s always something that needs fixing, and it’s always good to stay on top of things!

All Eucharistic Ministers who visit the homebound, please e-mail or call the office to let Ms. Nancy Sweeney, the Coordinator of Eucharistic Ministers, know who you are visiting. It is very important that you do so because the office needs to update its records and the tabernacle key will be kept in a secure lock box in which you will need to know the code to access the key.

Thanks to everyone who helps in big and small ways, to make our parish continue to flourish.

May the Good Lord continue to bless our parish family and visitors, here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Birthday Father David

Greetings;

My birthday is this Sunday, May 27th on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It’s nice to know, that I share such a special important day with God this year. I am turning 47 years old, in case you were wondering. I found some interesting birthday quotes that people have offered:
“Count not the candles…see the lights they give. Count not the years, but the life you live.”
“Happy birthday! May your Facebook wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to.”
“Forget about the past, you can’t change it. Forget about the future, you can’t predict it. Forget about the present, I didn’t get you one.”

Usually, the first Saturday of June marks the Diocese Priest Ordination. However this year, there are no new men being Ordained to the Priesthood for our Diocese. The Bishop has asked that each parish say a special Mass for Vocations during the time the Ordination would normally be held. So, Saturday, June 2nd, at 10AM, we will celebrate a Mass for Vocations here in the parish. Please pray for Vocations.

A new section in the bulletin is titled: “Community Corner” in which, we will display a photo(s) of parishioners during various events held here in the parish. If you have a couple photos of yourself or others at a church event, please send them to the office e-mail at: stjlicoln@gmail.com I do not promise they will be featured but we will try. Hope you enjoy!

May we take time this Memorial Day to remember and pray for those who died serving in the American Armed Forces.

God bless you.
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Spring

Greetings

Many Graveside Committal Services have been taking place recently at the local cemeteries. Now that the earth has thawed, many loved ones who died during the winter, are now finally being interred in the ground. It is a sad time for many families; re-opening the wound of grieving. Yet, it strikes me how, during this time of burying the dead, nature is coming alive with Spring activity: warmer temperatures, sun shining brightly, birds chirping, tree buds erupting, blades of grass emerging, bees buzzing, and flowers blooming. Nature seems to be reminding us there is something more. That death is only the doorway to Life Eternal, the Spring time of Hope, in Christ Jesus. The sadness of Good Friday, gives way, to the joy of Easter Sunday. After a brutally cold winter season, Spring is revealing to us that better days are coming; that, as we burry in Christ, New Life, New Beginnings are occurring.

May God continue to bless us, as we pray for one another, forgive each other daily, and spread the Good News to everyone! This will please our Heavenly Father.

Happy Spring!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

This Monday, the kids from the local Day Care Center will be stopping by the parish office for a tour. It is part of a series of field trips they will make to area businesses. The young kids will be welcomed by Maria the new business manager, along with Nancy, Susan, the money counters, and myself. I bet the biggest attraction in the office will be the automatic m&m candy dispenser on the desk! With Danielle’s hasty leaving, and new office staff learning on the fly,I hope the kids won’t notice pandemonium, but instead, a smooth operation! Haha!

On the same subject, the Diocese has been helping the office through the transition. They sent us Mary, a Diocesan official from the Finance Department to train and keep the office working proficiently. Luckily too, the parish was selected to enter a new program offered by the Diocese to handle all the bookkeeping and accounting off campus through the Diocesan Finance Department. We were one of three selected out of all the parishes throughout the state. I am so thankful because this will help us tremendously.
Thank you for welcoming Mr. Len Campbell from Catholic Charities during our annual appeal last weekend. During his talk, he mentioned how we can pray for Catholic Charities, its mission, and those they help. Also, that 93 cents of every dollar goes toward helping the needy. That’s pretty impressive. God bless you for your support.

While NH Catholic Charities helps locally, our parish Rice Bowl collection, held during the Lenten Season raised $549.00 for CRS, Catholic Relief Services which helps the needy globally. Thank you for your generosity.

May God continue to bless our parish community here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

May the month of Our Lady

Greetings:

Please welcome Nancy Sweeney to our office staff! Nancy is a long time parishioner here at St. Joseph’s, member of Parish Pastoral council and Coordinator of Homebound Visits. So happy she is here to serve!

May is the month of Mary, Our Lady, and so during the Month of May, we will display our statue of Mary in front of the Altar. To honor our Blessed Mother, the children in our Faith Formation program will crown Her with flowers. We will do this at the beginning of the 10AM Mass this Sunday after the opening procession. Please join us! After Mass refreshments will be served downstairs. Ms. Anderson will make cupcakes in the shape of a Rosary for everyone to enjoy. The parish Knights will also supply coffee and doughnuts. Let us honor Our Lady by praying the Rosary each day…and especially during the month of May. If it’s been a while since you prayed the Rosary, there are free “how to” brochures and rosaries for the taking near the “poor box.” Please help yourself.

This weekend Masses will feature our guest speaker from Catholic Charities, Mr. Leonard Campbell. He will speak to us about the wonderful things and the lives that are changed for the better, through the works of Catholic Charities here in New Hampshire. This collection will be our annual appeal to give toward this fruitful work. Please welcome Mr. Campbell and make a much needed donation, using the envelopes in the pews. Thank you.

There will be no daily Mass this Tuesday and Wednesday, because I will be attending the Annual Priests’ Conference in Whitefield, NH. I will be here Thursday, for the Feast of the Ascension, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please attend one of the Masses and celebrate the Lord’s Ascension into Heaven, back to our Father, preparing a place for each one of us!

May God bless you!
Fr. Kneeland

Catholic Charities Fund Drive

Greetings:

This Sunday, April 29th, we celebrate the Baptism of Leia Riley Rease Borges during the 10AM Mass. It’s always a blessing to witness the wonderful Sacrament of Baptism.

Next weekend, please welcome Lenard Campbell of Catholic Charities who will be our guest speaker for our annual Catholic Charities parish fund drive. In the past, Tony Poekert would represent C.C. and speak to us, however, he has since retired. It is so important for us to support C.C. during our annual parish appeal. As you know, Catholic Charities (C.C.) is our local (state of NH) arm of helping those in need, while Catholic Relief Services (CRS) is our global arm that gives to the needy. Mr. Campbell will tell us about the exciting things “we” are doing in changing lives through Catholic Charities, here in New Hampshire. Please take an envelope home with you this week, pray about your gift, and bring it back next weekend. Thank you.

Next Sunday, May 6th, plan on attending the 10AM Mass for our annual May Crowning of our statue of Mary. We will honor Mother Mary by crowning her statue at the beginning of the Mass. Three little students, who will be receiving their First Holy Communion this year, will crown Mary along with all the kids in Rel. Ed. program. The Choir will lead us in song during the Mass procession and during the crowning, we will sing “Immaculate Mary.” After Mass all are welcome downstairs in the hall for refreshments. Thanks to Ms. Paula King, teacher helpers and parents for putting this together.

Big Congratulations to our parishioner, Rita Tamulonis, who is officially the oldest and wisest citizen in the town of Lincoln. She was born in 1918. Rita is amazing! She always gives me a “fist-pump” when leaving after Mass each week, and she loves to dabble on her computer, even on facebook! We all love you Rita!

May God bless you,
Fr. Kneeland

Good Shepherd Sunday

Greetings;

This Fourth Sunday of Easter is also called a Good Shepherd Sunday because the Gospel Reading declares Christ as the “Good Shepherd.” Jesus is the Good Shepherd who laid down His life for us. We have much to be thankful for, in serving such a wonderful God.

Please consider joining the choir. The music ministry sings throughout the year at every 10am Mass. Please speak with Margaret Sweeney after Mass or e-mail her at: stjlincolnmusicministry@gmail.com, to let her know you are interested. No previous experience required.

The parish Capital Campaign is going well. Please remember to fill out a pledge card if you haven’t done so, the cards can be found in the pews. Please place your pledge cards in any basket or stop by the office. Also, if you passed in a pledge card and opted for electronic billing, please sign up on the parish website at: www.stjosephlincoln.org under “Giving,”Electronic giving”. In addition, while there, perhaps you would like to give the “text-to-give” program a try. This allows you to make your weekly donation electronically (funds taken from bank or credit card securely) instead of using the envelope system or giving cash in the basket. Please reference the “text-to-give” cards located in the pews for directions and details or see me.

The Parish Pastoral Council, at its last meeting, recommended that we practice the proper norms for bringing Communion to the sick and homebound in the parish. The proper way for an Extraordinary Minister of the Eucharist (E.M.) to distribute The Holy Eucharist (outside of Mass) is to have the E.M. stand before the Altar prior to the closing prayer at Mass, and receive the Eucharist to be taken along with a blessing; thus, sending them forth from the Community at the Mass to the homebound and sick. This would change the practice of E.M.’s coming to the tabernacle at their own discretion and distributing the Holy Eucharist at any time. This is a big shift in the practice of the Homebound E.M.’s ministry. However, it will sure up liturgical practices and bring a fuller meaning of the distribution of the Blessed Sacrament coming from the community of believers sharing with those receiving at home. So, the Holy Eucharist will only be distributed after Mass (either weekend or weekday). If you are an Eucharistic Minister and you do visit the homebound, please call Nancy Sweeney at 603-745-5611 or Millie Berry to let them know, so we can update our list.These changes will be made soon, so please be aware and stay tuned.

Thank you for your cooperation and understanding.

May God continue to bless our Parish Community.
Fr. Kneeland

Parish Council Projects

Greetings:

My mother died 5 years ago on the 15th of this month. Time certainly flies by. It is always difficult when a loved one dies. It’s never a matter of how do you get over your grief, but, how do you cope with this new reality of living without them, day to day. The Parish Council is in the works of beginning a ‘bereavement’ group in conjunction with Catholic Charities here in the parish. In the not so distant future, Catholic Charities counsellors will help train knowledgeable volunteer leaders in the parish to run this new program. Ms. Millie Berry will head up this endeavor. Please pray for its success; there is such a need in our community.

The Parish Council under the leadership of Ms. Paula King is busy steering the parish into the bright future. There is a lot of items on the agenda that are discussed and executed. For instance, the protocol for those seeking to marry in the parish is written down for ease of use. This document was diligently put together by Ms. Margaret Sweeney and others to make Weddings here more organized and smoother for the couples to understand the Church’s and Parish’s procedures. It can be found on the parish website. Ms. Delia Sullivan has volunteered to be the Parish Wedding Coordinator, overseeing all weddings that will take place in our parish. Her duties include: communicating with each couple throughout the process, making sure the couple’s paperwork is in order and assisting with the rehearsal and ceremony. This is such important work for both the parish and the engaged couples. Please keep Ms. Delia Sullivan in your prayers as she begins her new role as the Wedding Coordinator.

We are all parts of one body. May God bless you and our Church here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Easter Season

Happy Easter Season!

It is a glorious time of the year, when we celebrate the Risen Lord, Jesus Christ and all that His Resurrection means for us.

This past Holy week was both moving, spiritual and exhausting….all at the same time! Haha! It was terrific to see so many people attend services here throughout the Triduum and Easter. The 10:00am Mass was full to capacity and then some!

At the Saturday Easter Vigil, we welcomed Mr. Nicholas Fair into the Church. He became a Christian through Baptism and the Sacraments of Initiation. Please pray for him and his family as he continues his new journey in Christ.
Many people helped make each celebration special, from decorating, singing, serving, clean-up. Thank You.

The Altar flowers that decorate the Altar look lovely, thanks to all who donated toward them. I’m sure the Lord and all of Heaven is pleased at our display of affection.

He is Risen Alleluia!

Please welcome Maria Schirduan, our new Parish Office Manager. You may know Maria from attending Mass, or through her extensive volunteering activities in the parish. She is a member of the Parish Council, she ran a Comfort Care Program in the parish, she served on various event committees…to name a few. Her new role as an Office Manager will include greeting people at the door of the office, Mass cards, bookkeeping, bulletin, managing office employees & vendors, Capital Campaign, envelopes, parish registry, Diocese liaison, to name a few. Phew….it’s a lot! Please keep Maria in your prayers as she assumes this big responsibility to serve you and the parish.

The Lord is Risen and it gives great Joy to our hearts that He Lives and Reigns!

May He continue to bless and strengthen our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland