Adult Faith Formation Series

Greetings;

I hope you were able to get your copy of Scott Hahn’s book, Signs of Life that the parish gave away over Christmas. It’s a good read, so far, but I am only at the beginning yet.

We will begin the Bishop Robert Barron video Adult Faith Formation series, Pivotal Players this Tuesday (January 15th) evening at 6PM until 7:30PM. Each video presentation is an hour long, then we will break for coffee and snacks, followed by a brief discussion; ending at 7:30pm. All and any age are welcome to attend, all or any presentation; they are free. We will meet in the St. Anne Conference room in the church. There is a lot of buzz about this great series coming here. I join many of you with great anticipation, to see this much anticipated series. Invite a friend and join us!

The Parish Capital Campaign is going strong! Check out our progress and notice the hiking boots on our paper-mache mountain trekking ever so diligently, upward, toward our goal! If you haven’t made a crucial pledge yet, please consider doing so. Pledge cards are located in the pews, or next to the paper-mache mountain inside the church. Thank you to everyone who has stretched themselves in making a pledge, supporting our parish. The Lord will reward your generosity abundantly, I know it!

This Sunday, sadly ends our Christmas Season. I know some of you will delight that the Christmas decorations will come down…”Bah-humbug” LOL! Anyway, please consider helping out to take down the decorations after the 10am Mass this Sunday. Can you believe that I am already receiving “Easter” mailings from publications already! Yikes! Too soon! LOL!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
As we celebrate this Sunday the Feast of the Holy Family, may we give thanks to the Good Lord for Family & Friends, the Parish Family and of course, The Holy Family: Jesus of Nazareth, his Mother, The Blessed Virgin Mary, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. They are presented to us, as the model for Christian families. Why? Well, even though they experienced many hardships as a family, for example, they fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents; Mary & Joseph lost their teenage son, Jesus, eventually finding Him preaching in the Temple, to name a few. Joseph & Mary always trusted in the Lord; doing the Will of the Lord. They relied on Lord through prayer and their Traditional Jewish Roots. So, as our own families may face difficulties, hardship & stress; the Holy Family points us toward placing our Trust in the Lord. So important! Pray for your family constantly, pray for your parish family, and your neighbors, invoking The Holy Family to intercede in making all our relationships happy, healthy, and holy.

I will present the next parish Faith Formation video series, Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism: The Pivotal Players this January, beginning Tuesday, January 15th at 6PM in the church conference room. The series will run every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 6PM throughout January. It’s free, with snacks and coffee included. You may come to all of the presentations or as many as you wish. Please spread the word and invite a friend. I know there is a lot of anticipation from many of you (myself included) in seeing this series.
One of my New Year Resolutions is to lose weight. I may go back to my Weight Watchers (which is now called “WW”…thanks Oprah! LOL!). I want to join the program that the late funny comedian, John Pinette said he belonged to: “I like Weight Watchers, but, they won’t let you buy points! So I am now part of a rogue splinter organization, where you can sell and buy points in a secondary market, as needed.” LOL!

May you and your family have a blessed 2019!
Fr. Kneeland

Merry Christmas

Greetings;

Thank you to everyone who made the Parish Christmas Fair/Festival Dinner a big success! Especially Paula King, our Chairperson! Thank You to the Chefs David & Patty Paradis, who prepared and cooked a delicious roast beef dinner for over a 100 people (sold out event, 120 tickets/seats sold)! Their helpers: Johnny & Lorraine Logiudice, who have no more knuckles from peeling vegetables! Haha! Marty Nastasia and Lee Latham who washed all those dishes! Along with the pots and pans and dishpan hands! And Doug Sweeney who helped dry. The smiling food servers: Patty Paradis, Lorraine Logiudice , Denise Rush… the Bake Sale organizers: Cecile Eisenhauer and Betty Webster. Peter Eisenhauer who advertised the event by putting posters everywhere, and handled the 50/50 raffle! Peggy & Fred Mehrmann who helped with decorations, and planned the hall logistics. Thank You to the parents and kids of Faith Formation & Matt Wright in helping to decorate the hall. Thank You to the music singers, Margaret Sweeney, Claire & Colin McIver and Vicky Etchings. Thank You to Nancy Bujeaud who handled all the money, we called her affectionately, Ms. Money Bags! Stuart & Annie Anderson, Millie Berry and Delia Sullivan for chipping in where needed and in helping the cleaning crew. Thank You to all who donated delicious baked goods, and gave nice items for the raffle drawings…and lastly, to Santa too (who told those on the “Naughty” list, that there’s always time for improvement)!
Thank you to those who helped with the Parish Big Raffle! Especially the Chairpersons: Eddie Rush and Marty Nastasia! Paula & Bart King for supplying the tickets. Helpers who sold the tickets: Eddie & Denise Rush, Marty Nastasia, Nancy Sweeney, Gloria Morin, Warren & Pat Bahr, Maria Schirduan, Nancy Bujeaud, Annie & Stuart Anderson, Paula King, Betty Webster and Delia Sullivan. Thank You also to all who purchased a ticket!

I hope I didn’t forget anyone. I know many of you who are mentioned did more than one task. Thank You to all who served on the Christmas Planning Committee! What a success at making the parish flourish in love and fellowship! May God bless you all abundantly!
Thank You to all who donated toward this year’s Giving Tree, helping local families in need through the Rotary Club. And Thank You to all who donated food for the local Food Pantry, and the Knights for matching donations through their 12 Days Program!

Check out our Capital Campaign/ Faith Raising Mountain located near the poor box in the church, and see the new “Christmas boots” trekking up the mountain, showing our progress. Also see Santa and his Reindeer “flying” across the sky over the mountain! The campaign is going strong! If you haven’t pledged, please consider making a pledge. If you pledged, but haven’t begun, please contact the office and we will help you set it up! Thank You to everyone who has stretched and is making this Parish Faith Raising drive a success!

This week we celebrate the greatest gift we could ever receive, Jesus Christ, the Son of God. May we always remember in our celebrations, that Jesus is the Reason for the Season! Take time to pray and give thanks for all the blessings in life, especially the gift of Faith!

On behalf of the office staff, the Parish Council, the Finance Council, myself, we wish you and your family a blessed and joyful Christmas Season.

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Birthday Rita 100 Years!

Greetings;

THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in making this year’s Parish Christmas Festival Dinner a huge success! A fun, delicious, delightful time was had by all! (A more in-depth “thank you” will be in next week’s bulletin!)

Join us in celebrating Rita Tamulonis’ 100th Birthday! This Sunday, December 16 after the 10 AM Mass, in the church hall, we will have cake and coffee to celebrate this special achievement! If you wish, please bring a scratch ticket of any amount and/or an index card/note with prayer intention for Rita written on it. All cards and tickets will be collected in a basket located in front of the
podium, made available at all 3 Masses, and at the event itself. Happy Birthday Rita! We love you! You are a remarkable person!

Find time this weekend to see The Christmas Carol, at Jean’s Playhouse here in Lincoln. The Parish has sponsored this musical. It is shown only this weekend; 3 shows: Saturday, December 15 @ 2:00 & 7:30 PM, Sunday December 16 @ 2:00 PM. It will take the “Bah-humbug” out of anyone!

I attended the Pemigewasset Choral Society Christmas Concert at the Plymouth University Silver Theater. It was beautiful! Some of our own were there! In the choir: Anita Ross, Logan Ross, and Olivia Etchings. Claire McIver (the parish’s Director of the Children’s Christmas choir) is the manager of the Silver Theater, and many parishioners were in attendance at the full theater. The singing was lovely!

Come this Tuesday to the Parish’s Advent Penance Service. I will be in the Confessional Room, December 18 @ 5:30PM until 6:30PM. Stop by!

The Knights of Columbus has a program to help fill the shelves in the local Food Pantry. It is called, The 12 days of Christmas Food Drive. The plan is to donate 12 needed staples from the list (sheet located near bulletins) through the duration of Christmastide; and the Knights will match (up to $500) of all donated goods. Please place your goods on the table in the church downstairs located near the side (parking lot) door.

Thank you to all who have donated gifts for the needy, from the Giving Tree. The Rotary Club Community Chest collects and wraps all the gifts, making sure they are given to the right families in need. They do a fantastic service to the surrounding communities. May God Bless them, the families who are helped, and you who gave!

Fr. Kneeland
P.S. The color vestment I wear for this 3rd Sunday of Advent (called Gaudete/Joyful Sunday) is Rose…not Pink. LOL!

Letter from a Parishoner

Greetings;

As I sit to write this column, I received this wonderful e-mail message from a parishioner who attended the recent bus trip to La Salette. I want to share it with you, because it says a lot about you, our parish, and our loving community here at St. Joseph’s!

Dear Father David,
What an experience we had going to La Salette Shrine yesterday. As you know this is our 2nd residence, Lincoln NH. Saint Joseph is our home away from home Parish but we always felt welcomed by you Fr David. The trip yesterday showed the true spirit of welcoming, community and spirituality. When Bob and I left the evening I said this is what all Catholic Parishes should be! I was amazed to have the delicious luncheon on the bus ride to the Shrine- from homemade sandwiches and cookies to beverages- hot and cold- the food and presentation -awesome. Thank you David and Patti. Thank you Lorraine and Cathy for serving. Fr David you on the bus made it so special. The Christmas Concert and Mass was what Bob and I both needed and an awesome way to start the Advent season. The ride home- singing carols with the music ended a wonderful evening. Thank you Knights of Columbus. Going on the bus to the La Salette Shrine as a community made it! –Angela & Bob DiTucci.

The new music Mass parts are beautiful. Thanks to our music director, Margaret Sweeney, for implementing this new music to the liturgy. I find it very smooth and elegant. Thank you to all those in the music ministry who share their gifts with the community! All kids are welcome to join the “kids choir” who will sing at the 4pm Christmas Eve Mass. Please contact Paula King or the office for more info!

We are celebrating two big Birthday’s in the community this month. Granddad Arthur L. Gross (Anita Ross’ dad) turned 90 years young this December 4th and Rita Tamulonis will turn 100 years young December 15th. Blessed and Happy Birthdays to you both!

Check out our Capital Campaign Mountain located near the poor box in the church and see the new Christmas boots trekking up the mountain, along with Santa and Reindeer “flying” across the sky! The campaign is going strong! If you haven’t pledged, please consider making a pledge. If you pledged, but haven’t begun, please contact the office and we will help you set it up!

Thank you to Annie Anderson for decorating the mountain! Her dad, Ernie Holtzman, for letting us use his barn to make Christmas sprays and wreaths to decorate the Lincoln Green. We are so appreciative!

Lastly, the Pemi Choral Society is having a concert “When Icicles Hang” at the Plymouth State University in the Silver Center, on December 9th at 3pm. Seats are $15 per person, $9 for Seniors and youth. I’m sure it will be nice and put you in a festive mood!

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! Blessed Advent!
Fr. Kneeland

Parish Christmas Festival

Greetings;

This weekend, be sure to get your ticket for the parish Christmas Festival Roast Beef Dinner that will be held next Saturday, December 8th, in the church hall. Join us for fun, raffles, singing, Santa and games. We will also draw the winners of the parish Big Raffle, $1,000 top prize, $250 second prize and third is $100. ickets are on sale after Mass or at the office for $10 each or 3 for $25. It’s a good time to win a grand; to help with Christmas shopping!

Thank you to the Knights who helped the Red Cross run another successful Blood Drive here last week. Please go online to see when upcoming drives are scheduled here.

The Knights also supply coffee and doughnuts each week after the 10am Mass. They accept donations to help defray the cost. Thank you to them for doing this for us, and supporting fellowship in the parish.

This weekend begins our new Liturgical Calendar Year in the Church. It is the First Sunday of Advent. It is represented in the Advent wreath with the lighting of the First Candle signifying “Hope” in the coming of the Lord. Advent is a time we await the coming of the newborn King, Jesus. May we have a blessed Advent season, reflecting on the meaning of the Incarnation (God becoming a human being). May we prepare our hearts for the Lord through prayer, fasting, and penance.

Thank you to those who have made a commitment toward the parish Capital Campaign. If you made a pledge, but haven’t begun giving yet, please sign up online or call the office for help. It is going strong. I sent a letter out recently to those who support the parish; keeping everyone up to date thus far. If you haven’t done so, please consider prayerfully filling out a pledge card located near the “mountain” in the church and mail to the office.

May God continue to bless us and our little Catholic community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Christmas Concert at La Salette Shrine

Greetings;

This Sunday we celebrate the great Feast Day in the church calendar, Christ the King. It marks the end of our Ordinary Time in the church and next Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent. May we always proclaim Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe by living our lives as true Disciples.

This Tuesday, November 27th join us at the parish’s annual, Christmas wreath making at the Holtzman’s Barn in Woodstock, NH. Treats and hot cocoa, woodstove heat and Christmas music provided. It is always a wonderful time. Big Thanks to Ernie Holtzman, Stewart & Annie Anderson and family, for hosting and teaching us how to make wreaths!

Next Saturday, December 1st, we will depart for the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH to see the Christmas Lights and Christmas Concert by Fr. Pat. We will board the bus at 2:45pm from the Church parking lot. At the time of this writing, I am not sure if the bus is sold out yet or not. Those who are not attending, please welcome Fr. Paul Montminy who will be the celebrant of the Saturday 4:30pm Mass here. Thank you to our Knights Council, for hosting this parish event!

May God continue to bless us and our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings;

Please Welcome Fr. Paul Montminy, celebrating the Masses here this weekend. We are so fortunate to have him here!

We will celebrate Thanksgiving Mass, as we did last year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21st. More people are able to attend this way. Please come and give thanks to the Lord for all the blessings in our lives, and for an outpouring of His Love and Mercy on us. If you choose, please bring a can good for the local Food Pantry, and a food item you will serve at your family Thanksgiving meal, for me to bless it. If it’s cooked, and something I like, I may taste it and grade your cooking abilities. Joking!

Our Knights Council is hosting the RED CROSS Blood Drive this Friday, November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving. What better way to lose some of those extra calories than to donate blood! Not sure that’s how it works! Lol, anyhow, please register online, or drop by the church hall to donate blood and save lives!

The Knights supply the weekly “coffee and doughnuts” after the 10am Mass. A dollar or two in their donation jar is much appreciated!
Lastly, the Knights are also sponsoring “The Parish Christmas Bus Trip” to the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH. Join us in seeing the Christmas lights, and enjoy Fr. Pat’s Christmas concert. It will certainly put us in the Christmas mood! The bus is filling up, limited seats! So please call the office or GK David @ (603) 512-8134. $15 ticket.
May you have Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Safe travels,

Fr. Kneeland

Trip to LaSalette Shrine

Greetings;

This week I will be away. I am going on my annual: “trip in the woods”, aka, “opening season”…lol. So, there will not be any daily Masses this week, however, Adoration will still take place on Wednesday. Please stop by and visit with the Lord. Next weekend, please welcome Fr. Paul Montminy as the celebrant at all the weekend Masses. He was Pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Manchester and currently resides at Immaculate Mary Parish in Nashua. He is a great priest and friend of mine.

There weren’t as many trick-or-treaters this year as in the past. The rainy weather may have scared them away along with N. Woodstock having trick-or-treating for the first time, in a long time. So, with fewer kids, it was a lot more manageable this year than in previous years.

Hope you can join me on “the Fun Bus” tour to Fr. Pat’s Christmas Concert! For $15, you can board the fun bus to La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH to see the Christmas Lights display, and enjoy the concert. Sandwiches, Snacks, entertainment and beverages provided! Call the office for tickets or see me after Mass.

Check out our parish Capital Campaign mountain and see the progress we are making with our little hiking boots trekking steadily up the mountain to the top! Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge, and supported our parish!

May God continue to bless us and our little parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Beware of Scam Email

Greetings;

It is exciting to know, a Saint, Pope Paul VI, newly Cannonized, celebrated Mass in our Church some 70 years ago, prior to him becoming the Pope. We now have a close special connection to a Saint besides our patron Saint, Joseph, to pray for God’s help and protection.

The Knights of Columbus Council is sponsoring a parish bus trip to visit the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH on Saturday, December 1st. We will see the Christmas lights. Come and enjoy a Christmas concert with Fr. Pat. Snacks and entertainment are provided. $15 a ticket for a seat, space is limited to 50. Please call the rectory office.

Please help support the parish by buying or selling the Big Raffle Tickets. Ten bucks gets you a ticket for a chance to win a Grand. Please visit the table after Mass or call the office for more details. Winning ticket will be drawn at the Christmas Festival, December 8th, and you don’t have to be present to win.
The Christmas Dinner Festival committee is hard at work, putting together a family fun parish event for us. The menu will be roast beef dinner, with homemade gravy, chicken fingers, homemade mashed potatoes, green bean casserole, homemade mac ‘n cheese, dinner rolls, salad, cake, and coffee all for $10 (kids 8 years and under are free). Santa will join us and we will have raffles. Which reminds me, please consider donating toward the raffle NEW items any price, gift cards from your favorite food/gas/shopping/restaurant establishment, or handmade items. Please drop it off at the office. Much appreciated!

Remember, there is a scam e-mail in my name going around asking for itunes gift cards. Please disregard them and erase it. This is spam. If I ask for anything from you, it certainly wouldn’t be itunes cards, but soft chewy brownies! Haha!

May God continue to bless us and our Church here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland