St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Mark Rosier Obituary

Early Friday morning of April 24th, 2020, Mark E. Rosier passed peacefully, in the comfort of loved ones in his home in Lincoln, New Hampshire. Diagnosed with metastasized cancer 10 years ago, his strong faith and tenacious spirit kept him strong for another fruitful decade of life to the age of 65. Born in East Aurora, New York as the eldest child to Duane Irving and
Margaret Mary Rosier, Mark poured himself into any and everything both artistic and intellectual the world could offer. As a third generation pianist, his lifelong calling of musicianship was clearly present in his adolescent years. Alongside exploring nature with friends and family
around the block, and whatever else he could cram into his schedule, he already was crafting original music both in his spare time and for assignments while attending East Aurora High. At age 17 The Rosier family would move to Hollywood, Florida, where he would join his father at numerous South Floridian nightclubs and notable venues such as Tony Chance’s and Banana Boat 84 as “Pop and Son.” He would return to New York for his senior year to graduate with a diploma from his hometown. In the following years he would form Idiom Music Co. and record the tracks for his first album Contraspectives, (“Contrary Perspectives”) releasing two of its songs Ocean Cowboy and Free To Feel as his first vinyl single under his label Idiom Records in 1982.
A traveler at heart, as a young adult Mark was excited to see the world. Voyaging around the states meeting unique people and working gigs, his adventures would plant the seeds for some
of his largest life projects. He turned himself into a real Texan the years he resided in Amarillo, joining a country band equipped with the archetypal boots, hat, accent and all. Recording and producing for both himself and others as he continued to hone his styles and release music at Don Caldwell’s studio in Lubbock. One of his gigs would send him to the small town of Lincoln, New Hampshire. Playing in ski resorts, running open mics, and hitting the slopes himself; It didn’t take too long for the community to welcome him into their hearts and he in turn fell in love with the White Mountains.
At a local open mic he would meet fellow musician Rose Kula; strengthening each other’s music they traveled, performed together, and acted in his play M.R. Blvd shown at Lincoln’s High School . Their child Torin was born in 1996, affirming Mark’s heart in making New Hampshire his forever home to be a dad.
One of his first and longest seasonal bookings was at J.H. Hawks in Boothbay Harbor, Maine.
Many tourists spent their evenings entertained with classic piano tunes, and when the late night locals came in to unwind after work, Mark shifted gears and broke out his guitar to really rock the pier. The musical connections he made in Maine would open the doors for his first overseas job in Norway. From there came a turning point in his musical life as he would return abroad to Europe and play at The Hotel Splendid in Zurich, Switzerland. Quickly growing to become another home, new friends decidedly became family as he would make annual trips to play nightly performances at the Splendid and then stay in Germany for more of his most beloved venues. The classic Casablanca piano bar in the idyllic town of Waldshut always welcomed his arrivals. He would accomplish his dream of composing pieces for a string quartet when arranging his original concerts at the nearby culture house, The Purpur. All performances were special to him, but he always considered his consistent work in Europe to be the most validating
for his musical career and confidence. While not abroad, he made many frequent appearances at local restaurants, retirement communities, or generally wherever a piano was in sight. He entertained regularly at the historical Mt. Washington Hotel: In their main dining room, playing the traditional classics for families who came both to eat and dance; enjoying the artistic freedom down at The Cave speakeasy, transporting couples and friends back to the 1920’s; to being present for many of their special and holiday events. Anyplace around the world his works truly inspired the young and old alike. His spontaneous ability to always find the perfect piece to
play: your favorite classic, one of his original compositions, improvisational jamming with a fellow musician, or even just a subtle nod to pop-culture for the kids, never failed to spark
energy in everyone present.
His adventurous spirit led him to many other interests as well. Architecture was another lifelong skill he educated himself in, from building treehouses in his youth to projects in the workshop for his home and child as an adult. Cars and electronics around him would last much longer than
they really should have, and conversations about the sciences, philosophy, and faith would last for hours. Above all however, was Mark simply loved to connect to people. If not with music,
there surely was an interest or story to tell that could bring a smile forward and forge a bond.
Mark is survived by: his only child Torin Kula Rosier and his mother Rose Kula; his Sisters Teresa Albury, Beth Sandstrom, Carolyn Foley, numerous nieces, nephews, and cousins; his
Godfather Uncle Bill; his girlfriend Claudia “Clea” Riedl and her son Darius; his “Adopted family”of the Paradises and close friend Sandy Marrioti; the family of his church at Saint Joseph and other members of The Knights of Columbus of Delaney 1730; and innumerable friends and family in the states and overseas.
He is preceded by his parents and beloved family dog ( “his shaman”) Yoshi.
A mass will be held later this summer when its possible for his family and friends to gather and celebrate his life and music. The service will be held at St. Joseph’s Church, where he was not only a parishioner, but also their organist and pianist . Special thanks to the Hotel Splendid for
memorializing him at their musicians table where he played for so many years .In lieu of flowers
please consider supporting Dartmouth-Hitchcock’s Norris Cotton Cancer Center.
—————For FB
Hi everyone, family and friends both Mark’s and mine.
So many wonderful memories here, thank you all for sharing.
I have just put up my Dads full obituary, along with other memories on an online site. If you have
more pictures, stories, videos, or anything else to share, please come and give it a read.
I’m so grateful for all of your stories that he was able to be a character in.
<3 Torin

Parish Pastoral Council

The council last met on March 9. We discussed fundraising ideas and the calendar for the rest of the year, but due to the COVID-19 global pandemic, all events have been cancelled or postponed until further notice. We will continue to follow the guidelines from the government and the Diocese but look forward to a time when we can all be together to celebrate our faith. In the meantime, please take care, stay healthy, and pray! 

Lenten Program 2020

All Fridays of Lent, Ash Wednesday (February 26th), and Good Friday (April 10th) are all days of Fast and Abstinence.

Law of Fast
One full meal, two lighter meals, no eating in between meals. Binds those 18-59 years of age.

Law of Abstinence
No meat allowed. Binds those 14 years of age and older.

Lenten Schedule of Masses and Holy Week Observations

Weekday Masses
5:00pm Tuesday, Thursday, and Friday
8:30am Wednesday, followed by Eucharistic Adoration

Ash Wednesday (February 26th)
8:00am & 6:00pm Mass and Distribution of Ashes


Holy Thursday, April 9th
7:00pm Mass, followed by Eucharistic Adoration until 9:00pm

Good Friday, April 10th
3:00pm Liturgy, followed by Stations of the Cross
(this is a day of Fast and Abstinence)

Holy Saturday, April 11th
8:00pm Easter Vigil Mass (no 4:30pm Mass)

Easter Sunday, April 12th
7:30am & 10:00am Mass

Offered Regularly Throughout Lent

No Greater Love
5:30pm Thursdays
A DVD Passion of Christ will be played after Mass

Stations of the Cross
5:30pm Fridays, followed by soup and bread

Sacrament of Reconciliation
3:50pm – 4:20pm Saturdays
All are encouraged to seek the Lord’s forgiveness and receive the abundant grace of His mercy and love.

Sacrificial Giving — Operation Rice Bowl
Please take a Rice Bowl and consider sacrificial giving and self denial as we unite in prayer for those in need. Proceeds benefit Catholic Relief Services.

Notes from the Parish Pastoral Council

The PPC met on January 14 and discussed the Parish calendar for the next six months. Faith Formation events, bake sales, Knights of Columbus blood drives, and Parish events were all included. Remember to check the bulletin for updates and reminders!

Couple of notes…

We will be celebrating the Sacraments of Confirmation and First Eucharist with three of our Faith Formation students on March 15, so we will not be having a St. Patrick’s Day event this year.

We will honor the feast day of St. Joseph the Worker with a Novena culminating in a dinner on Friday, May 1st. If anyone is willing to help in any way with this event, please let Annie Anderson, Eddie Rush, or the Rectory know.

2020 Giving Envelopes

The 2020 Giving envelopes are located on a table by the front church entrance. Parishioners may pick them up starting the weekend of December 14th and 15th 2019

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