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Praying Advent and Christmas Masses Dialogically

Our Liturgy Committee focuses attention on the preparation, coordination, and facilitation of meaningful Masses and other liturgical celebrations here at St. Joseph’s Parish.  During the wholesome and celebratory seasons of Advent and Christmas, it is especially important for the Priest-Celebrant and the Community of the Faithful to engage “dialogically” at Holy Mass, as together we give praise and thanksgiving to Almighty God.

The liturgical directives in the General Instruction to the Roman Missal indicate that certain acclamations belong solely to the Faithful.  These include the singing or recitation of the Mystery of Faith, the Great Amen, the conclusion of the Our Father (“for the Kingdom the power and the glory …), and the Lamb of God.  The Priest-Celebrant is directed to sing or recite the Holy, Holy, Holy (the Sanctus) and the “Lord I am not worthy …” with the people.  Because there are responses and acclamations at Holy Mass that belong to the people, for the priest to say or sing them as well diminishes the dialogical and shared responsibility intended by the Sacred Liturgy.

In recited Masses (common at daily Mass), where the Mystery of Faith is not sung, someone needs to both signal and begin the reply for the people. This is because there are several options, and the people have no way of knowing which one to use. Thus, most Priests answer their own call for the Faithful’s response by saying the acclamation in part –i.e., saying a few opening words and then stopping as the people continue.  At the Lamb of God, too, there is often the need for the Priest to get the people started.  In sung Masses, however, it is ideal for the acclamations to be sung only by the people and led by a music minster.

Wishing you a blessed Advent Season as we set straight our paths and prepare our hearts for the Lord’s coming – both prayerfully, liturgically, and dialogically!

Fr. John Mahoney

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, November 28   4:30 PM Marie & Leonard Bossi
By Pauline & Charles Harrington

Sunday, November 29             

7:30 AM James Bujeaud 1 year Anniversary
By The Parish
10:00 AM For the People of the Parish

Wednesday, December 2 8:00 AM The Evangelization of the Human Race
By Tom Ortowski

Thursday, December 3 8:00 AM Thomas Davis
By Bob Regan

Friday, December 4 8:00 AM  Herta Sutton
By Thomas Sutton

Saturday, December 5 4:30 PM Jean, Paul, James, John Welch & William McManus By Welch family

Sunday, December 6
7:30 AM  Dr. Herb Gardner (Living)
Happy Birthday! By Bridgette Brown Gardner
10:00 AM William Berry
By Nancy Sweeney

COVID 19 Update

Along with the St. Joseph Parish Pastoral Council and Safety Committee, we welcome you to our Celebration of the Eucharist and to our meeting facilities!  In the interest of charity and safety for everyone, please note that face coverings are required during the entire time that you and your family are inside the church building.  Please find below the policy established by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester, as well as a link to further information set forth by the Center for Disease Control and the State of New Hampshire.


Guidelines of the Diocese of Manchester for Usage of Masks

The wearing of masks in all public gatherings remains the best practice in the eyes of state and federal public health authorities. Thus, as an act of charity, masks are required in all liturgical gatherings in the Diocese of Manchester, except for children younger than 2 years old; anyone who has trouble breathing; and anyone incapacitated or otherwise unable to remove the facecovering without assistance.


The following are the screening questions as laid out in the most recent version of the Universal Guidelines.

Do you have any symptoms of COVID-19 or fever of 100.4 degrees Fahrenheit or higher?  Symptoms of COVID-19 can include:

  • Fever, or feeling feverish;
  • Respiratory symptoms such as runny nose, nasal congestion, sore throat, cough, or shortness of breath;
  • General body symptoms such as muscle aches, chills, and severe fatigue;
  • Gastrointestinal symptoms such as nausea, vomiting, or diarrhea
  • Changes in a person’s sense of taste or smell.

Have you had close contact with someone who is suspected or confirmed to have COVID-19 in the prior 14 days? (Note: healthcare workers caring for COVID-19 patients while wearing appropriate personal protective equipment should answer “no” because they are not considered to have a COVID- 19 exposure)

Have you traveled in the prior 14 days outside of New Hampshire, Vermont, Maine, Massachusetts, Connecticut, or Rhode Island for non-essential purposes?

If you have responded affirmatively to any of these questions, or if anyone has tested positive for COVID-19 within the last 10 days (from the test date or from the date symptoms first appeared), then they should not enter the church building or meeting facilities.

Please note that these guidelines and questions are subject to change at any time and as determined by the Diocese of Manchester.


This Thanksgiving won’t be celebrated the way many of us hoped and imagined back when the pandemic started.  And yet, praise God, we are alive.  Most of us reading these words can breathe freely.  The virus has reminded us to never again take for granted the simple matters of enjoying Thanksgiving dinner with loved ones.

In turn, a prayer of thanksgiving is offered to all of you, and especially to those of you who were able to help the food insecure of the Lincoln and Woodstock communities by donating foodstuffs, cash contributions, and even turkeys.  Through your generosity, the St. Joseph’s Parish Outreach Committee was able to deliver to the Lincoln-Woodstock Food Pantry more than 30 food baskets filled to the brim with everything a family could need to put together a bountiful Thanksgiving dinner for loved ones.

In the Gospel for this weekend, Jesus’ parable of the sheep and the goats challenges us to see the world in light of God’s compassion as we reach out for one another’s hand.  We are reminded that God dwells within every man, woman, and child, and that as God’s children – no matter our race, nationality, culture, or language – our  lives must be centered in holiness, charity, and love of our neighbor.

May God continue to bless you and your families,

Fr. John Mahoney    

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, November 21   4:30 PM Bridgette Brown Gardner (Living)
Happy Birthday! By Dr. Herb

Sunday, November 22     
7:30 AM  For the People of the Parish
10:00 AM James F. Rush
11th year Anniversary By Denise & Eddie Rush

Wednesday, November 25 6:00 PM For all benefactors of the Parish
By The Parish

Friday, November 27 8:00 AM  Erica Catoggio
1 year anniversary By The Parish

Saturday, November 28 4:30 PM Marie & Leonard Bossie
By Pauline & Charles Harrington

Sunday, November 29
7:30 AM  James Bujeaud 1 year Anniversary By The Parish
10:00 AM For the People of the Parish

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