Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Summertime!

There’s a great country song from the early 1990’s by Mark Chestnut, called “Too Cold At Home” in which he repeats the words: “it’s too hot to fish, too hot for golf and too cold at home.” Well, I think we can all relate with this heat!  I feel it’s too hot to do anything outside, and although the song suggests that his relationship is too cold to go home, for me, the A.C. in the window makes my room too cold.  Lol. But I shouldn’t complain about the heat after that horribly long cold winter! So enjoy!

We will be finishing up our Faith Formation video series, “Oremus”. It was very informative giving us some useful and practical tools to help us pray as well as introduced us to various ways of praying within the Church. Join us for the final three presentations this Tuesday 6pm until 7pm. Refreshments provided.

In the near future, by popular demand, we will begin a different series from Bishop Robert Barron, called “Mass”. I  know everyone really enjoyed his “Catholicism” series we showed last year, so stay tuned for more details.

Thank you to all who are supporting our Parish Capital Campaign. If you haven’t done so, and would like to, please join us by filling out a pledge card today.  I’m confident the Lord will bless our individual giving, and our parish effort.

The Feast day of the Immaculate Conception is this Wednesday. Masses will be at 8:30am and 6:00pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin with Exposition at 9am until Benediction at 5:30pm. Stop by during the day to visit with the Lord and perhaps apply some of the prayer techniques we learned from Fr. Mark Toups’ video series. 

Hope you find some relaxation, peace and rest this Summer,
Blessings,

Fr. Kneeland

St Lawrence of Rome Feast Day

Greetings;

My dad stayed with me, up here a couple weeks ago. We had a nice time together, visiting some of my favorite restaurants in the area. We also enjoyed picking blueberries at Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill, NH. I hadn’t been in such a long time. It is certainly a beautiful place! The 25 minute drive through the mountains showed spectacular views. We ate breakfast there (which each entre comes with a homemade apple cider doughnut. Yum!). The Fabrizio family, who own and run the Orchard, are fellow parishioners of St. Joseph’s. We had a wonderful time. If you are looking for something to do, check it out! You won’t be disappointed and tell them “Fr. David” sent ya!

Come to the 10AM Mass and hear the choir sing! They are growing in number and sounding wonderful! After the Mass, come downstairs for Coffee & Doughnuts and fellowship. Members of our Knights Council set everything up for us. Please leave a donation in the basket / container located on the table, to help defray the costs and support the effort. Thank you!

The Church celebrates my favorite Saint, St. Lawrence of Rome, this Friday, August 10th. St. Lawrence was a Deacon and a Martyr. The proceeding was taken from Wikipedia: A famous legend has persisted from ancient times. As deacon in Rome, St Lawrence was responsible for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor.[8] St Ambrose of Milan relates that when the treasures of the Church were demanded of St Lawrence by the Prefect of Rome, he brought forward the poor, to whom he had distributed the treasure as alms.[9] “Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the Church’s crown.”[5] The Prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared with hot coals beneath it, and had Lawrence placed on it, hence St Lawrence’s association with the gridiron. After the martyr had suffered pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he cheerfully declared: “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!” From this derives his patronage of cooks, chefs, and comedians. What can I say?! The Patron Saint of Food and Laughter, a person after my own heart!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Adult Formation Session

Greetings:

We will be beginning an eight session video study on “Prayer.” Fr. Mark Toups will guide us through the simple, yet profound steps to an effective and fruitful prayer life. The program boasts: You will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. We will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays for an hour starting at 6PM. Coffee, fruit salad from Smiley’s, and snacks will be provided. It is free, so please join us and bring a friend. We will meet in the “chapel/meeting” room in the church next to the church hall. It will be interesting and informative.

Bear, my dog and parish mascot, turned 8 years old this past 4th of July. It’s amazing that for a dog born on Independence Day, just isn’t keen on fireworks going off! Oh well…

Some exciting news, a monstrance blessed by the late St. Pope John Paul II, will be visiting our parish on July 18th (not this Wednesday, next). The Monstrance is the name of the liturgical metal stand which houses the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration. We will use this specially blessed Monstrance during our regular Wednesday Adoration from 9AM until Benediction at 7:45PM. So please mark your calendars and stop by anytime during the day to visit the Lord.

Have a Blessed Summer!
May God continue to bless our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Father’s Day

Happy Father’s Day!

We have a small gift for all Dads this weekend at each Mass. It’s a leather wrist band sporting a metal cross. It’s pretty cool. I hope you wear it and be reminded how much the Lord Jesus loves you. St. Joseph, patron saint of
Fathers, pray for all our dads!

“Thank you” to both Cindy & Paul Standing and Elaine & Ed Whitlock who volunteer to beautify the corners of the church parking lot with flowers, transforming them into beautiful flower gardens. I have received so many compliments from parishioners, visitors, and neighbors alike. Thanks again on behalf of the parish!

It was a pleasure attending the Religious Education Field Trip with the kids. We visited the La Salette shrine in Enfield, NH. Fr. John Sullivan, the director of the shrine, explained the Apparition of Our Lady in La Salette, France to us, all the while walking the
picturesque grounds at the Shrine. The weather that day was perfect. We stopped for pizza, ice cream, and ended the day at the Hobo in town, for a round of Mini-golf. I even got a hole-in-one…woot! Thank you to everyone who made the bus trip possible, baking goods for the bake sales, and/or through purchasing the goods.

Thank you to all who donated toward our Knights of Columbus Diaper Drive to help support struggling young mothers and families through the Haven Pregnancy Center. Our “new” parish Knights Council have done so much good in the community in just the short two years of its “new” resurrection. The 30 member strong group has sponsored and worked the tables at the bi-monthly Red Cross Blood Drives held here in the church hall, they’ve raised funds to help organizations that help the mentally disadvantaged, and did some manual labor for the parish by moving furniture /various projects, and they’ve delivered over 500lbs of food for the Food Pantry, just to name a few. Kudos goes out to the leadership of Past Grand Knight, John McGovern and Current Grand Knight, David Paradis and all its members! Please consider joining our group! You must be a practicing Catholic man, 18 years or older, and enjoy smiling. Okay, I added that last bit. We meet every third Thursday evening beginning with Mass at 5pm,(optional) social and dinner at 5:30pm (optional) and business meeting begins at 6:30pm. I am the Council Chaplain, and “acting” Recorder (the person who takes notes during the meeting).However, I would be so happy to pass the torch (pen) to a new member! Haha…

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Birthday Father David

Greetings;

My birthday is this Sunday, May 27th on the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. It’s nice to know, that I share such a special important day with God this year. I am turning 47 years old, in case you were wondering. I found some interesting birthday quotes that people have offered:
“Count not the candles…see the lights they give. Count not the years, but the life you live.”
“Happy birthday! May your Facebook wall be filled with messages from people you never talk to.”
“Forget about the past, you can’t change it. Forget about the future, you can’t predict it. Forget about the present, I didn’t get you one.”

Usually, the first Saturday of June marks the Diocese Priest Ordination. However this year, there are no new men being Ordained to the Priesthood for our Diocese. The Bishop has asked that each parish say a special Mass for Vocations during the time the Ordination would normally be held. So, Saturday, June 2nd, at 10AM, we will celebrate a Mass for Vocations here in the parish. Please pray for Vocations.

A new section in the bulletin is titled: “Community Corner” in which, we will display a photo(s) of parishioners during various events held here in the parish. If you have a couple photos of yourself or others at a church event, please send them to the office e-mail at: stjlicoln@gmail.com I do not promise they will be featured but we will try. Hope you enjoy!

May we take time this Memorial Day to remember and pray for those who died serving in the American Armed Forces.

God bless you.
Fr. Kneeland

Happy Spring

Greetings

Many Graveside Committal Services have been taking place recently at the local cemeteries. Now that the earth has thawed, many loved ones who died during the winter, are now finally being interred in the ground. It is a sad time for many families; re-opening the wound of grieving. Yet, it strikes me how, during this time of burying the dead, nature is coming alive with Spring activity: warmer temperatures, sun shining brightly, birds chirping, tree buds erupting, blades of grass emerging, bees buzzing, and flowers blooming. Nature seems to be reminding us there is something more. That death is only the doorway to Life Eternal, the Spring time of Hope, in Christ Jesus. The sadness of Good Friday, gives way, to the joy of Easter Sunday. After a brutally cold winter season, Spring is revealing to us that better days are coming; that, as we burry in Christ, New Life, New Beginnings are occurring.

May God continue to bless us, as we pray for one another, forgive each other daily, and spread the Good News to everyone! This will please our Heavenly Father.

Happy Spring!

Fr. Kneeland