St Pope Paul VI

Greetings;

Two weeks ago, on October 14, Pope Francis canonized two saints, Oscar Romero and Pope Paul VI. Our parish has a special connection with newly sainted, Pope Paul VI. Before he became Pope, then, ArchBishop Giovanni Montini, was a diplomat of the Holy See. While traveling from Boston to Montreal on business, the soon to become Pope, now Saint, stopped here at St. Joseph’s in Lincoln, NH for rest and to offer Mass. He celebrated Mass here right in our church! Saint Pope Paul VI, Pray For Us!

Notice a huge pumpkin in front of the church? It is “Mouse”, the 600 pound pumpkin! This massive pumpkin was grown under the watchful care of fellow parishioner, Fred Mehrmann. Thanks to Jimmy’s forklift, Fred has let “mouse” stay with us, on display in front of the church, until it will return to Fred’s garden. “Welcome Great Pumpkin!” Linus would be proud!

The Fr. Pat concert and Healing Mass was a huge success! It truly was a wonderful, Holy Spirit filled occasion! I counted 126 people in church! Thank you to Delia Sullivan, Paula King, David Paradis and everyone who made this event possible, and especially those who gave toward the delicious potluck dinner, which followed. May the Holy Spirit continue to bless us!

RCIA will be beginning soon, so please, if you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, or would like to become Catholic, and enter into full Communion in the Church, let me know ASAP! We have three interested. Praise God!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Healing Service & Concert

Greetings;

We are so excited to have Fr. Pat here, to celebrate a healing Service with a Concert at 2pm this Sunday, October 21st. Last time Fr. Pat was here, was five years ago when he performed an inspiring concert for us. Please join us and bring a friend. We can all use a healing!

Trick or Treating will be here soon! The town blocks off Church Street for the kids to flood the street, in search of treats. Please help us supply their wishes, by placing a free-will donation in the orange pumpkin bucket located near the podium in the church.
Thank You!

Next weekend, all E.M.’s, Lectors, Greeters, Ushers, Sacristans, Servers, and Collectors, please plan to stay a few minutes after Mass. After each Mass, I will hold a brief “refresher” meeting with all liturgical ministers/helpers during Mass.. There will be an attendance sheet passed around, so please be sure to sign it.

I had a good retreat last week with the monks at St. Joseph’s Abbey in Spencer, MA. And last Sunday, it was a joy blessing everyone’s pets in the church parking lot. May St. Francis look after them and keep them healthy, happy and safe!

May God continue to bless us and our parish community here, smack dab surrounded by the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Blessing of Pets

Greetings;

Big “Thank you” to the parish volunteer maintenance group called the ”Heavenly Scent Steeple Angels.” They cleaned, painted and organized the Conference room in the church. It looks so nice! Please say a prayer in thanksgiving for all they did for us! They are: Denise & Eddie Rush, Ronnie Comesana, Beth & Matt Wright, Kay Lineham, Marty Nastasia, Maria Schirduan, Lisa Gutro.

This week we begin our new “Meet the Flockers” series. Every few months, we will feature a “flocker” from our beautiful parish. Please see insert in this bulletin. This series will help us get to know each other better!
This Sunday, October 14th, I will bless your pets in the church parking lot, near the late Sandy Crisp’s parish St. Francis statue garden area. Your pet will receive a blessing with holy water, and a blessed medal. Pets are part of the extended family and so we cherish them. Pope Francis’ encyclical on the environment titled: Laudato Si (“Praised Be”) says: “Teach us to discover worth of each thing, to be filled with awe and contemplation, to recognize that we are profoundly united with every creature as we journey towards God’s infinite light.”

Next Weekend is Fr. Pat’s Healing Mass with Concert. Sunday, October 21st here in the church at 2pm. We can all use a healing! Spread the word and come early. We are excited to have him come to our parish!
Tickets for the Parish Big Raffle are on sale now after Mass. Top prize is a $1,000., 2nd is $250 and 3rd is $100. Tickets are just $10 or 3 for $25.00 (in which you have a chance to win all three prizes!) You do not have to be present to win. Santa will pick the lucky winners at the parish Christmas Festival, December 8th.
I will be on retreat this coming week with the monks at St. Joseph Trappist Abbey, Spencer, MA.
There will not be any weekday Masses this week, however, Adoration will still be here on Wednesday from 9am until 8pm. Know that the parish family will be in my prayers during my week of prayer.

May God continue to bless our little Catholic Church here in the White Mountains of New Hampshire.
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Columbus Day Weekend

Greetings;

By the time you are reading this, “hopefully” the conference room in the church, is freshly painted a new color! I invite you to take a peek into the room and check it out. Big “thank you” to all who chipped in and helped make it happen!

Happy Columbus Day weekend! Fittingly, on this Columbus Day weekend, our very own parish Knights of Columbus Council is having a parish-wide free-will offering pancake breakfast after the 10am Mass this Sunday, October 7th. All proceeds will help our parish Knights of Columbus Council, who do so much to help the parish and the surrounding area. Please join us for a delicious breakfast!

This weekend, after Mass, be sure to get one of the parish’s Big Raffle Ticket. For 10 bucks, you get a chance to win the Grand Prize of $1,000.00! Second place prize is $250.00 and 3rd place prize is $100.00. Three tickets for $25 (which gives you the opportunity to win all 3 prizes!). All proceeds help support St. Joseph’s Parish. We will draw the winners during our parish Christmas Festival scheduled for December 8th, you do not have to be present to win.

Enjoy the Fall Foliage and safe travels!
May God bless us, all visitors, and our little church here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Fall

Greetings;

Thank you to our Knights of Columbus Council for hosting the Red Cross blood drive in the church hall. Thank you also to those who donated blood, and saved lives!

We will begin our parish RCIA program in October. This informative program will help anyone interested in becoming Catholic by learning what it is we believe and why. Please let me know if you are interested in learning more about this; I will be happy to speak more about it with you.

Thank you to everyone who chipped in for a wonderful cook-out to kick-off the new Religious Education year. Thank you to Ronnie Comesana, who weeded the St. Francis’ garden, where the newly dedicated fountain is located; and to Eddie Rush and Marty Nastasia for their engineering capabilities in putting the fountain together.

The parish volunteer “cleaning” crew will meet for a “work day” this Saturday, October 6th at 9:30am until 1:30pm. We will prep the conference room for painting the walls and organize the two church kitchens downstairs. All are welcome to lend a hand. Just arrive wearing work clothes and perhaps gloves. If you have the time, please join us!

Next Sunday, our Knights of Columbus Council will host a parish Pancake Breakfast after the 10am Mass. Everyone is invited to come downstairs into the church hall for a delicious pancake breakfast and some fun. A free-will offering basket will be made available. All proceeds go to help our Knight’s council; who do so much for the parish and the community. Please join us next Sunday!

St. Francis’ Feast Day is October 4th, so, I will bless your pets this month, in a couple of weeks, on October 14th after the 10am Mass @ 11:10am in the church parking lot. Bring your pets, big or small!

If you recall, last Spring, our parishioner, Michael Wolowski left for the Marines, well, an update, he is doing fine, finished Boot Camp at Paris Island, spent the Summer in California for studies, and will be soon deployed. Thanks for your continued prayers for him and his family.

Have a Blessed Columbus Day Weekend and enjoy the Fall foliage!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Highland Games Weekend

ithe barrachd taigeis. This translated reads: “eat more haggis!”

The Highland Games are upon us and I hope you get to enjoy some of the Scottish festivities at Loon or around town. I always do!

The Parish Knitters Club donated a boxful of mittens, hats, & scarfs to the Religious Sisters in Kentucky whom we supported as our annual Mission Appeal. If you recall, the Sisters couldn’t be with us, because they couldn’t afford the plane fare. Well they certainly appreciated the donation from the parish Knitters Club. The Sisters care for the poorest of people living in the Appalachian Mountains in Kentucky. If you would like to “knit for a cause”, or learn how, and join the team, please contact Mary Aranyosi @ (603) 374-3589 or maryanranyosi@gmail.com

Check out our Parish Capital Campaign Mountain, located inside the church near the poor box. The little boots are trekking higher and closer to our goal! And more of the footprints changed color, from white (pledged/promised income) to yellow (actual income). We are doing well! Thank you to all who filled out a pledge card. In the near future we will have a recognition wall-plaque , with levels representing those who support us. More to come!

Our new Parish “Cleaning Crew” group (waiting on an official name for us) met and concluded that our first “fix-it” project will be, painting the conference room. Saturday, October 6th, we (and anyone else who would like to help out) will meet at 9:30am to paint (we have 2 enthusiastic members willing to paint) the conference room downstairs. We need others to clean, and organize the room as well as, some will begin to tackle the two kitchens. Please lend a hand from 9:30am until 1:30pm.
Fr. Pat, from La Salette Shrine, will be celebrating a Healing Mass and Concert here at the Parish Sunday, October 21st at 2:00pm. Please spread the word! We are fortunate to have him come!

Gu bheil Dia a ‘beannachadh ar paraiste Caitligeach beag an seo anns na Beanntan Geal. This reads: “May God continue to bless our little Catholic Parish here in the White Mountains” (At least I hope, that’s what it says! LOL)
Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

New Academic Year for Faith Formation

Greetings

This Sunday after the 10am Mass, please join Ms. Paula King, Ms. Annie Anderson, and all the children with their families to celebrate the beginning of the new academic year and to dedicate a nice water fountain given in the name of the children as a gift to the parish’s garden. The kids worked hard last year selling baked goods to fund their field trip, and with the remainder, they donated this new water fountain. This new academic year is going to be an exciting year, because, most of the kids will receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Bishop Libasci has changed the age of reception of Confirmation to the 3rd Grade in order to “restore, renew and proclaim” the Good News of Jesus Christ. Please pray for the children, their families and the teachers/coordinator of the Religious Ed. program here at St. Joseph’s.

Bishop Robert Barron’s “Pivotal Players” video series presentation on six inspirational Catholic thinkers, who influenced the Church greatly, will be shown here at the parish on Tuesdays & Thursdays. The date isn’t set yet, but stay tuned, I will announce it on weekend Mass announcements. I do want to show a preview “trailer” that highlights this wonderful production and terrific insights from Bishop Barron. I believe it would benefit everyone to watch it!

If you or someone you know, would like to become Catholic, or needs to receive a Sacrament that they are missing, or would simply enjoy learning more about their Catholic Faith, please let me know, the sooner the better. I can discuss with you some options and am willing to work with your schedule. Please e-mail or call the office.

Please check out “the Mountain” located inside the church near the poor box, to see our parish’s Capital Campaign progress. Our little boots are climbing!

I’m happy Autumn is only a week away, but saddened that the clocks will not turn back an hour until November…blah! Haha…

May God continue to bless us and our little church here in the White Mountains!
Fr. Kneeland

Volunteer Projects

This weekend, please welcome Fr. Matt Mason, Vocation Director for the Diocese of Manchester. Fr. Mason will speak at all of the weekend Masses and answer any questions you may have concerning Vocations. The Diocese is very fortunate to have such a terrific priest serve in this capacity. Fr. Mason is a great guy and a good friend. He may disagree with the latter of that statement though…haha! (Joking!)

A big “thank you” to Cindy & Paul Standing and Elaine & Ed Whitlock, who worked tirelessly, in keeping the corner plots in the parking lot, filled with colorful flowers all Summer long! Thank you!

Please join this new group of volunteer parishioners who will take on various projects inside the church that need to be done. We will hold an informative meeting this Thursday, Sept. 13th at 5:30pm for about 30 minutes. We will discuss projects and best time to meet. Please join us! Give the office your name if interested, but cannot come, and I will keep you in the loop!

The Capital Campaign is going strong! If you haven’t done so, please consider making a pledge; investing in the parish’s future. See the pledge cards located in the pews for more information. Thank you to those who already made a donation toward the Capital Campaign. In the near future, we will honor you, by placing your name on a “donor level/tier” “giving tree/plaque” and in the bulletin. We will do this once all the pledge information we received, is entered into the computer. Stay tuned!

May God Bless our little spiritual home here in the White Mountains.

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Labor Day

Greetings:

Happy Labor Day weekend! This usually marks the end of Summer vacations, which also means our towns will be desolate until the Highland Games weekend in a couple of weeks. I hope you were able to find some respite during this long, hot, Summer? I know for me, it’s been a very busy Summer, more so than usual.

If you are interested in learning more about the Catholic Faith, or feel drawn to become Catholic, or a Catholic missing a Sacrament, or anywhere in between this spectrum, please e-mail the office to let me know and I will put together an RCIA program. We would meet on a regular basis discussing the Church, and its teaching, in a casual, fun, informative atmosphere. Serious inquiries only.

A parishioner, Nora is opening her business in a new location, here in Campton, NH and is having an open house next Saturday on the 8th from 4pm-7pm. It’s called “Nora’s Alterations” helping brides-to-be look their best. Many of you know Nora from the 10am after Mass, “coffee & doughnut” hour. Check out the website: www.norasalterations.com/
Best of luck Nora!

The parish Capital Campaign is going strong. “Thank you” to the many parishioners and visitors who contributed to this worthy parish financial campaign. Please consider helping us reach the goal! View the “mountain” next to the poor box in the church to see our progress. May God cast His blessing on our endeavor, and many blessings to you for your generosity.

A few quotes for Labor Day:

“Genius begins great works; Labor alone finishes them.” –Joseph Joubert

“There are some things you learn best in calm and some in storm.” –Willa Cather

“And people should eat and drink and enjoy the fruits of their labor, for these are gifts from God.”
Ecclesiastes 3:13

Have a relaxing Labor day!

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Prayer List Update

Greetings;

At night, there are bats flying around inside the Rectory and black bears roaming the neighborhood. It’s not safe inside or out! LOL.
I encountered two bats in the house recently. Thank You to Jan Wolowski, who scooped one bat up using a dust pan and placed it outside. The second bat came a week later and eventually flew out the front door. I captured this event on camera, and you can see it on my Facebook page. You can also watch a video of a big black bear sniffing around my porch. It’s been an active Summer with wildlife around here!

Last week, we stuffed 200 bulletins with the Bishop’s letter. But, in the chance you didn’t receive one, you may find the letter posted on the Diocesan website at: https://www.catholicnh.org/assets/Documents/About/Bishop/PAL-McCarickResponse.pdf

This Saturday is the first day of September and the First Saturday Devotion to Our Lady Mass will be celebrated at 10am. Please join us.

We will be refreshing the list of names of those on the sick list and on the Prayer Line. Please notify the office with the names of those who need to remain on the lists for continued prayers. Also, please pray for those on the lists and contact the office to be an official prayer for those in need. If you do, you will receive current updates through e-mail. Again the names will be removed in a short few weeks, so please let us know if any name needs to remain.

Enjoy the remaining Summer days!
May God bless you!

Fr. Kneeland