Season of Hope

Greetings;

A big thank you to all those who helped make the Parish  Christmas Fair a success. A good time was had by all. Even Santa seemed to enjoy his time with us. Thank you especially to the Parish Christmas Fair committee who put it all together under the leadership of Ms. Paula King. Thank you, all who donated items and baked goods. And thank you to those who attended, it’s nice when we can all be together.   It was certainly a packed hall!The big cash Raffle drawing was won by a visiting parishioner from Massachusetts. Congratulations to him! 

The ham dinner was delicious!Thank you to all those who helped prepare, cook, serve, and clean up afterwards. The food was delicious and plenty left over too. You made it all a wonderful event, thank you.

Thank you, to a parishioner who donated an A.E.D. (defibrillator) to the parish. It is  located on the wall in the cry room area of the church.  We are now in compliance with the rest of the town as being part of a heart healthy support town.

I hope you are taking advantage of this Advent season in the church. It is a good time to focus on spiritual growth and spiritual preparedness in expectation of the Lord’s coming. It is a season of Hope. We place our hope in the Lord who is our shield and our strength. When we place our life into His Loving Hands, our future is bright.

May the Lord continue to bless our little Parish Community here in the White Mountains. 

God bless you, 
Father Kneeland

Advent

Greetings:

Advent is upon us! It’s a great time to prepare for the coming of the Lord Jesus into our hearts at Christmas and His Second Coming. In preparation, it’s good to visit the Confessional for the Sacrament of Reconciliation during this Season. The parish will have a Penance Service in the upcoming weeks before Christmas.

The parish will keep our Bishop’s tradition, to have one traditional Christmas hymn sung at Mass during the Advent Season. The thought behind this is for us, to focus better, on the true meaning of what it is we are looking forward to celebrating, precisely: Christmas, Christ’s birth. It’s been three years already when we began doing this.

Last Thursday evening, Bishop Libasci installed Fr. Mark Dollard as the Dean of the Mountain Deanery of the Diocese. In addition to Fr. Dollard’s role as Pastor of St. Rose of Lima Parish in Littleton, NH, he will also fulfill the duty as Dean of all the parishes here in the north country of the Diocese. Congratulations Fr. Dollard!

Thank you to the Holtzman’s for hosting all of us at their festive barn, making wreaths, swags and decorations for Lincoln Green Senior Living residence. Everyone had fun! Also a big Thank you to Annie (Holtzman) Anderson for decorating our new Advent Wreath in the Church. So nice, and nice of you!

Please encourage your youngster to join the children choir practice this Monday at 4:00 pm led by Cantor Claire McIver and pianist, Colin McIver. The kids will sing at this year’s 4:00 pm Mass on Christmas Eve.

Adults,if you would like to join the adult choir, or commit to just sing during the Christmas season, please see Margaret after Mass.

The Immaculate Conception Feast Day is this Friday. This is a Holy Day of Obligation. We will have a Vigil Mass on Thursday at 6:00 pm and a morning Mass on Friday at 8:30 am. However, if you are planning on coming with us on the “moose tour” bus to the Shrine in Enfield, NH for the viewing of the Christmas lights, there is a Mass at the Shrine at 6:30 pm in the chapel to which you would have time to attend.

God Bless you,
Fr Kneeland

Parish Christmas Fair

Greetings:

Hope you had a wonderful Thanksgiving!

Join us this Thursday evening at the Holtzman’s Barn at 5 pm to try our hand at making decorative wreaths and sprays for the Lincoln Greene Senior Living Center to look festive this Christmas season. Even if you’re not crafty, the Anderson family is always willing to give direction and make corrections to any masterpiece! It’s a fun time, with snacks, music, heat from a wood stove and laughs.

Our parish Christmas Fair is next Saturday! Come for some fun, games, baked goodies, delicious ham dinner with all the fixin’s, Santa, music and chances at raffle drawings. Last year, we pre-sold dinner tickets a month in advance, and only sold 35 dinner tickets, and over 70 tickets at the door. This year, we will sell dinner tickets before the 4:30 pm Mass in addition to after Mass. This way, if you’d like, you may purchase your dinner ticket before Mass next Saturday to avoid waiting in line. Again, as I said in a previous bulletin column, the food is so good, that, word of mouth advertising is all that’s needed. Don’t miss out! If you, your family, or someone you know, would like to have dinner but cannot afford ticket(s)…please see me!

Be sure to also take a chance in the parish’s Big Christmas Raffle. Tickets are a ten dollar donation or three tickets for 25. Three winners will be drawn at the night of the Christmas Fair by Santa. 1st place wins $500, 2nd Place wins $250 and 3rd place wins $100. You do not need to be present to win.

Always remember to pray for the safety of all the members of the Armed Forces, those troops in harm’s way, and especially for parishioners who are currently serving in the Armed Forces. (I currently have 4 of them on my prayer list).

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

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings;

It’s great to be back! I thank Fr. Damian for covering Masses here last weekend. I heard he thought the 7:30 am Mass was at 8:00 am, and consequently was 20 minutes late for Mass. I also thank Fr. Damian for making my being late for the 7:30 am Mass pale in comparison to his tardiness! Lol

This Tuesday the Church celebrates the Feast of The Presentation of Mary in the Temple. The feast is associated with an event recounted not in the New Testament, but in the apocryphal “Infancy Narrative of James.” In it, Mary’s parents, Joachim and Anne (who were barren) received a heavenly message saying that they would have a child. In thanksgiving for the gift of their daughter, they brought Mary to the Temple in Jerusalem to consecrate her to God. Other texts dating back to the early Church, state that Mary was three years old at the time.
The feast originated as a result of the dedication of the Basilica of St. Mary built in 543AD by the Byzantines under Emperor Justinian near the site of the ruined Temple in Jerusalem. Today, the church is known as The Church of Saint Anne built in 1131AD. I visited this church in my travels through the Holy Land 11 years ago.
In the Orthodox Church tradition, all women with the name Mary (Maria in Greek) celebrate their Name Day this day, perhaps with birthday party hats, balloons and kazoos; okay, maybe not!

This week we also celebrate Thanksgiving. A day set aside to give God thanks and praise for all the blessings in our life. The best way to give God thanks is to attend Mass. I understand that it is difficult for many of you to attend Mass on Thanksgiving Day because of traveling, cooking, and preparing for the family gathering. So this year, we will gather for the Vigil Mass the evening before Thanksgiving Day, on Wednesday at 6:00 pm. A free-will offering basket will be provided in front of the Altar to help our local food pantry.

Have safe travels and a blessed Thanksgiving!
Fr. Kneeland

Communion for the Homebound

Greetings,

A big welcome back to Fr. Damian who is filling in for me this weekend again! Glad he is available and willing to be here! Please say a prayer for him and his ministry as he serves our Diocese.

“Thank you” to all who donated toward the purchase of the Halloween Candy given out to the Trick ‘Or Treaters in front of the Church. The unseasonably warm weather that evening made for an enjoyable time. We must have given out over a hundred pounds of candy…maybe more?! It was fun to see all the costumes and smiles!

If you know someone who is homebound and would like to receive Holy Communion, please contact our Parish Homebound Coordinator, Nancy Sweeney. This important ministry is handled by generous Eucharistic Ministers who volunteer to bring the Blessed Sacrament, prayers and a smile to those who are homebound, sick, or recovering from surgery and cannot make it to Mass.

Our Parish Christmas Fair is Coming up! Saturday, December 2nd. A lot of fun is planned, including a delicious ham dinner with all the fixings! Dessert and coffee included. There will be raffles, games and a visit from Santa, so be sure to mark your calendar! Last year, we pretty near sold out of food and everyone raved how scrumptious the meal was. It’s nice now that we have such a good reputation for offering delicious dinners, “the word” gets around and we don’t have to advertise as much!

May God continue to bless our little community here in the mountains!

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Trip to LaSallette Shrine

Greetings:

Be sure to save a spot on the bus for the parish’s first field trip to the LaSalette Shrine in Enfield, NH for the lighting of the Christmas lights. We have secured the Moose Tours bus which holds around 50 people to take us to the shrine on Friday, December 8th on the Feast day of the Immaculate Conception. We will leave here at 3:00 pm, arrive around 4:15 pm to see all the Christmas lights turn on at the same time at 5:00 pm. There is a large gift shop and concession stand as well as a life size nativity and other things to see. On the bus, we will watch a movie of sorts, have snacks, hot chocolate and sing songs including Immaculate Mary. We will be home by 9:00 pm. All for the low price of $15 per adult and kids 12 and under free. Find the sign-up sheets after Mass and secure your spot!

If you or someone you know, would like to become Catholic or learn more about the Faith through our RCIA program here at St. Joseph’s, please let the office know. This program is a “come and see” what the Catholic Church is all about and to see if you would like to join. Come Easter, you would be fully initiated into the Church. If you have any questions, please see me. Classes will begin soon.

Our parish Christmas Fair is Saturday, December 2nd and we are accepting new(er) items that you may like to donate toward the “Bucket Raffle.” It could be anything! If you don’t have nice clutter in the attic or basement or garage, we will accept a gift certificate from your favorite establishment…we are desperate! So far we have 4 antique dolls and a paper towel holder. Thank you to those who donated them! However…please help!

I will be away this week taking my annual walk in the woods…staying at the cabin with the guys. There will be no weekday Masses here. Please welcome Fr. Damien here next weekend. Pray for Vocations!

The parish is pleased and proud to sponsor the Jean’s Playhouse “A Christmas Carole” play on the weekend of December 9th and 10th. There will be two showings on Saturday and one on Sunday. Vicky Etchings of Jean’s playhouse is looking for people to dress in costume and sing in a choir in the entrance way before the play begins while people will be buying tickets and mulling around. If you are interested or would like more information, please e-mail Vicky at vetchings@jeansplayhouse.com

Lastly and most importantly, did you know that our small parish here in the mountains has had Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament every week for 12 consecutive years?! It began on October 31st 2005. Isn’t that amazing! Every Wednesday, from 9:00 am until 8:00 pm (used to have it two days a week until recently). All those who sign up for an hour each week (and some since the very beginning 12 years ago) are the backbone of the parish. Truly. Thank you on behalf of all the parishioners! I challenge all those who pray an hour with the Lord to say an Our Father, Hail Mary, and Glory Be for the parish before your hour begins, please. I ask all parishioners to consider signing up for an hour a week. We are in need of 3 more Adorers. I know that that one hour you give to the Lord, will be your best hour of the week. Call Sue Whitman at (603) 745-3331.

God Bless You!
Fr. Kneeland

All Saints Day

Greetings;

This Sunday, the Knights of Columbus council will not provide coffee & doughnuts after the 10:00 am Mass, because they are holding a special ceremony to install their “newly” elected (eh-hem) officers. This Installation of Officers ceremony will take place in the church with family and friends present supporting them. Congratulations to Grand Knight David Paradis and all Officers of the Council!

There will be No Mass here on Tuesday at 5:00 pm because the town closes the surrounding streets for trick-or-treaters to mull around freely. Also, I will be attending the Priest’s Fall Institute in which the priests and bishops of the Diocese attend a two day workshop on ministry. I will be back in time to help Paula King hand out Halloween candy to all the trick-or-treaters. In addition, Millie Berry and Pat McTeague voiced interest to join us in front of the Church building to keep us company and enjoy seeing all the costumes. If you’d like, feel free to join us!

Please note: Wednesday is All Saints Day, and is a Holy Day of Obligation. Mass schedule that day is: 8:30 am and 6:00 pm. We will have Adoration all day as usual; however, we will end Adoration at 5:30 pm with Benediction.

The next day, Thursday, is All Souls Day. This is an important day to commemorate all the faithful departed and especially the Holy Souls in Purgatory. We must pray for the dead. Mass on Thursday will be moved to 6:00 pm that day.

Some exciting news in the Diocese; Fr. Matt Mason, Pastor of Gate of Heaven Parish in Lancaster/Whitefield has been named the full-time Vocation Director for the Diocese by Bishop Libasci. Fr. Matt is a great guy and will do a wonderful job in helping men discern the call to priesthood. He will work primarily in the Chancellery and make parish visits on the weekends. Please keep Fr. Matt in your prayers as he transitions from Lancaster to Manchester and for his new ministry as Vocation Director, to foster vocations.

Please buy a ticket for a chance to win the parish Christmas Big Raffle. Three (3) top prizes, $500, $250 and $100. Also, please consider taking some tickets home with you to sell on your own. It’s a great time of year to win money toward Christmas shopping and in addition, help support the church. The tickets will sell themselves! Much appreciated! Please see fellow parishioners working the table near the entrances after Mass. $10 per ticket and you do not have to be present to win! Santa will pull the lucky winning tickets at the Parish Christmas Fair on Saturday, December 2nd.

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

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Knights of Columbus Installation

Greetings,

This weekend, we welcome back from Marine Boot Camp, Michael Wolowski, parishioner and sacristan/E.M./Server here at St. Joseph’s. So proud of him! As I type this priest column for the bulletin, way in advance, the plan is, that Michael will marry Marissa Person, Saturday October 14th at 11:00 am. He will be home for a couple of weeks then on assignment with the Marine Corp. Please continue to keep him in your prayers!

Sunday, October 15th after the 10:00 am Mass, the parish Knights of Columbus council will hold an Installation ceremony for newly elected officers in the Order. Congratulations to the Grand Knight, David Paradis and fellow officers. If you are interested in joining the parish Knights, please see Grand Knight, David. It’s a good group of about 20 guys and we meet once a month every 3rd Thursday evening beginning with dinner at 6:00 pm.

There is a free-will basket for donations toward purchasing candy to be given out during the town’s Trick-or-Treat in front of the church this Halloween. Each year, Paula King, and youth, give out loads of candy! Your donation will help defray the cost of buying so many bags of candy. I swear I do not eat all the Reece’s! lol If you’d like to help out in giving out candy this year, please let Paula King or I know. It’s a fangtacular opportunity to see all the costumes! Thank you for your generosity!

Parish Christmas Fair Committee in conjunction with the Parish Council are happy to roll out the Parish’s Christmas “Big Raffle” drawing. The top prize is $500/$250/$100 consecutively. $10 gets you a chance to win. Three tickets for $25. Santa Claus will pull the lucky winning tickets during our Christmas Fair December 3rd. You do not have to be present to win.

They ask if you would consider taking tickets to sell to: family members, co-workers and friends. It all goes toward a good cause…The Parish! It will certainly put smiles on three lucky winners! Please see a member at the table after each of the Masses or please call the office.

Peace,

Fr. David

Columbus Day

Greetings,

Please Welcome Fr. Damien back to St. Joseph’s Church to celebrate this weekend Masses while I am praying for you at Our Lady’s Shrines of Lourdes and Fatima. I will return this week hopefully with water from Lourdes to us use and bless you with during the sprinkling rite during Mass. Please pray for me and my safe travels.

In honor of Columbus Day Weekend, our parish Knights of Columbus members will be handing out free Tootsie Rolls in the hope that you may donate toward their annual “Tootsie Roll Fund Drive.” This worthy Drive supports those with intellectual disabilities. Last year, the proceeds benefited the New England Disabled Sports Program at Loon as well as a state run program. Each year the recipients change. Be sure to see a Knight wearing a yellow apron!

Maria Schirduan has been leading the Surviving Divorce support group, video series program. It is open to anyone of any Faith and it’s free to attend. Please spread the word and let someone know about this beneficial program offered here at St. Joseph’s Church. They gather every Monday evening from 6:00 pm until 7:30 pm in the church meeting room downstairs.

Please consider donating a new item, gift certificate, craft, etc…(large or small), to the parish’s Christmas Fair as a raffle prize. The Christmas Fair will be held December 2nd. The item you donate will be used as a prize in a raffle drawing or combined with other items in a basket to be raffled. All donations are greatly appreciated. Place your item(s) in the sacristy (the room next to the Tabernacle inside the church) or at the parish office. Thank you so much for your generosity!

RCIA (the process through which people join the Church or complete their initiation into the Catholic Church) will be beginning soon. If you or someone you know, is thinking about becoming Catholic or just curious about the Faith, please call/e-mail the office.

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

Fr. Kneeland

Thank You!

Greetings,

“Thank you” to Elaine and Ed Whitlock, and Cindy Piper for caring so beautifully for the flowers located in our parking lot corners. Throughout the growing season, they have planted, nurtured, watered and weeded the beds and they look amazing!

“Thank you” to our parish Knights of Columbus Council, who provide “coffee and doughnuts” each week for parishioners to enjoy after the 10:00 am Mass. The Knights also defrosted and cleaned the large freezer in the church kitchen. The freezer was a mess and now it looks brand new!

“Thank you” to Michael Perrault who continues to donate commercial grade kitchen items, such as, bowls, pitchers and utensils needed in the kitchen for use in preparing parish dinners.

“Thank you” to all of you who serve the parish in various functions and tasks, in programs, and on committees. Our parish has much to be thankful for! Including all of you, who give such support in building up the Kingdom of God through: welcoming the visitor to our parish, attending Mass weekly, giving toward stewardship, donating toward extraordinary collections, sharing your time and talents in helping maintain, grow and help the parish to flourish; all for the glory of God and His saving message.

The Parish Christmas Fair Committee is asking for donations for the “penny raffle.” They are looking for new and new-er items that can be raffled as a prize, or added with other items to make up a prize basket. Also, gift certificates are appreciated to be raffled off as well. Please deliver your items at the parish office or in the sacristy.

I will be away next week and weekend on a trip to Lourde’s and Fatima. I will keep you all in my prayers and especially as I celebrate Mass over there. Fr. Damian will cover the weekend Masses here next weekend. Please say a prayer that I have a safe trip! I will be sure to bring back holy water from Lourde’s to bless you with at Mass when I return!

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

Fr. David