The parish St. Patrick celebration was fantastic! “Thank you” to everyone who attended, bought a ticket, sold tickets, helped plan, decorate the hall, cook, wash pots & pans, supply items, secure vender prizes for the raffle, worked tables, cleaned the hall, and all those who helped in any way! St. Patrick would be proud! An Irish kitchen prayer: May the Lord bless us with good food, the gift of gab, and hearty laughter. May the love and joy we share, be with us ever after. Amen.
With that said, please sign-up on the sheet located in the church, to attend the parish dinner celebration in honor of Saint Joseph, our parish and Diocesan patron Saint. We will begin with the holy sacrifice of the Mass at 5:30PM followed by a delicious roast beef dinner in the hall. This will take place on Monday, March 19th. The reason you need to sign up is so that we know how many plates and seats we will need to prepare.
If you registered with the parish within the last year or two, please come to this event. During the St. Joseph Dinner, we will “welcome” you to the parish and present you with a “welcome gift bag.” Please let the office know you will be attending.
The Bishop again this year, has asked that all parishes offer the Sacrament of Confession during the Monday of Holy Week. Each parish in the Diocese will make times available for confession on Monday, March 26th. Our parish Confession times will be: 11:00 to 1:00 and 4:00 to 6:00. If you plan to attend another Catholic Church for Confession on this day, please check with that parish for its times.
May God continue to bless our parish family here in the White Mountains!
Faith Formation News
We have three students preparing for First Reconciliation and First Communion this year. Please keep Talia Haynes, Brianna Blood, and Tucker Kirwin in your prayers as they learn about these Sacraments and grow closer to Jesus on their journey.
The Faith Formation students and families will be having another bake sale next weekend, so please check it out! The Haynes family is hosting this time. We are holding the sales throughout the year to raise money to not only give back to the Parish, but to fund an end-of-year event to celebrate our faith and all the learning we’ve done this year. We appreciate your support!
The Solemnity of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God this First of January is not a holy day of obligation, because it falls on a Monday this year. However, it is always beautiful to begin the New Year with the Lord in Honor of Our Lady at the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass. Join us on January 1st at 10:00 am.
Hope you had a blessed Christmas! I have been sick lately, as you know. “Thank you” to all those who stepped up and offered a communion service here on Guadete Sunday weekend. The Bishop gave permission for Communion Service in place of the Mass because there were no priests available to come. Please pray for vocations! That Sunday, I ended up going to the emergency room at Speare Hospital in Plymouth. The medical staff there took good care of me. They changed my antibiotics for my chest infection and confirmed that I didn’t have pneumonia, which is good! Thank you for all your prayers and support. I really appreciate it!
We are still in the Christmas Season for another week, ending on Sunday January 7th on the Epiphany. Please enjoy this joyous season.
If you can, on Sunday the 7th, after the 10:00 am Mass, please lend a hand taking down the Christmas decorations here in the Church. It’s usually quicker and easier to de-decorate, so please help. I’m sure the Knights will supply coffee and doughnuts afterwards too!
I found this nice anonymous poem/prayer to share with you, called:
To Start A New Year……
“A new year is unfolding – like a blossom with petals curled tightly concealing the beauty within.
Lord, let this year be filled with the things that are truly good—with the comfort of warmth in our relationships,
with the strength to help those who need our help and the humility and openness to accept help from others.
As we make our resolutions for the year ahead, let us go forward with great hope that all things can be possible—with Your help and guidance.” Amen.
Have a blessed New Year and May God continue to bless our little community here in the White Mountains!