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Happy Birthday Rita 100 Years!

Greetings;

THANK YOU to everyone who had a hand in making this year’s Parish Christmas Festival Dinner a huge success! A fun, delicious, delightful time was had by all! (A more in-depth “thank you” will be in next week’s bulletin!)

Join us in celebrating Rita Tamulonis’ 100th Birthday! This Sunday, December 16 after the 10 AM Mass, in the church hall, we will have cake and coffee to celebrate this special achievement! If you wish, please bring a scratch ticket of any amount and/or an index card/note with prayer intention for Rita written on it. All cards and tickets will be collected in a basket located in front of the
podium, made available at all 3 Masses, and at the event itself. Happy Birthday Rita! We love you! You are a remarkable person!

Find time this weekend to see The Christmas Carol, at Jean’s Playhouse here in Lincoln. The Parish has sponsored this musical. It is shown only this weekend; 3 shows: Saturday, December 15 @ 2:00 & 7:30 PM, Sunday December 16 @ 2:00 PM. It will take the “Bah-humbug” out of anyone!

I attended the Pemigewasset Choral Society Christmas Concert at the Plymouth University Silver Theater. It was beautiful! Some of our own were there! In the choir: Anita Ross, Logan Ross, and Olivia Etchings. Claire McIver (the parish’s Director of the Children’s Christmas choir) is the manager of the Silver Theater, and many parishioners were in attendance at the full theater. The singing was lovely!

Come this Tuesday to the Parish’s Advent Penance Service. I will be in the Confessional Room, December 18 @ 5:30PM until 6:30PM. Stop by!

The Knights of Columbus has a program to help fill the shelves in the local Food Pantry. It is called, The 12 days of Christmas Food Drive. The plan is to donate 12 needed staples from the list (sheet located near bulletins) through the duration of Christmastide; and the Knights will match (up to $500) of all donated goods. Please place your goods on the table in the church downstairs located near the side (parking lot) door.

Thank you to all who have donated gifts for the needy, from the Giving Tree. The Rotary Club Community Chest collects and wraps all the gifts, making sure they are given to the right families in need. They do a fantastic service to the surrounding communities. May God Bless them, the families who are helped, and you who gave!

Fr. Kneeland
P.S. The color vestment I wear for this 3rd Sunday of Advent (called Gaudete/Joyful Sunday) is Rose…not Pink. LOL!

Faith Formation

Faith Formation update

The Faith Formation students and their families were busy! On Tuesday (11/27), they made Advent logs for their families and sprays for Lincoln Green residents at the Holtzmans’ barn. Thank you to Ernie Holtzman, Annie and Stuart Anderson, and Ellie Harvey and her daughters for their hospitality! With their help, we made some amazing creations for our families and our new family at Lincoln Green!
On Thursday (11/29), we hung the sprays at Lincoln Green and made crafts with the residents. Special thanks to Xena Bartlett for helping us make cookies to share with the kids and residents!

Letter from a Parishoner

Greetings;

As I sit to write this column, I received this wonderful e-mail message from a parishioner who attended the recent bus trip to La Salette. I want to share it with you, because it says a lot about you, our parish, and our loving community here at St. Joseph’s!

Dear Father David,
What an experience we had going to La Salette Shrine yesterday. As you know this is our 2nd residence, Lincoln NH. Saint Joseph is our home away from home Parish but we always felt welcomed by you Fr David. The trip yesterday showed the true spirit of welcoming, community and spirituality. When Bob and I left the evening I said this is what all Catholic Parishes should be! I was amazed to have the delicious luncheon on the bus ride to the Shrine- from homemade sandwiches and cookies to beverages- hot and cold- the food and presentation -awesome. Thank you David and Patti. Thank you Lorraine and Cathy for serving. Fr David you on the bus made it so special. The Christmas Concert and Mass was what Bob and I both needed and an awesome way to start the Advent season. The ride home- singing carols with the music ended a wonderful evening. Thank you Knights of Columbus. Going on the bus to the La Salette Shrine as a community made it! –Angela & Bob DiTucci.

The new music Mass parts are beautiful. Thanks to our music director, Margaret Sweeney, for implementing this new music to the liturgy. I find it very smooth and elegant. Thank you to all those in the music ministry who share their gifts with the community! All kids are welcome to join the “kids choir” who will sing at the 4pm Christmas Eve Mass. Please contact Paula King or the office for more info!

We are celebrating two big Birthday’s in the community this month. Granddad Arthur L. Gross (Anita Ross’ dad) turned 90 years young this December 4th and Rita Tamulonis will turn 100 years young December 15th. Blessed and Happy Birthdays to you both!

Check out our Capital Campaign Mountain located near the poor box in the church and see the new Christmas boots trekking up the mountain, along with Santa and Reindeer “flying” across the sky! The campaign is going strong! If you haven’t pledged, please consider making a pledge. If you pledged, but haven’t begun, please contact the office and we will help you set it up!

Thank you to Annie Anderson for decorating the mountain! Her dad, Ernie Holtzman, for letting us use his barn to make Christmas sprays and wreaths to decorate the Lincoln Green. We are so appreciative!

Lastly, the Pemi Choral Society is having a concert “When Icicles Hang” at the Plymouth State University in the Silver Center, on December 9th at 3pm. Seats are $15 per person, $9 for Seniors and youth. I’m sure it will be nice and put you in a festive mood!

Maranatha! Come Lord Jesus! Blessed Advent!
Fr. Kneeland

Parish Christmas Festival

Greetings;

This weekend, be sure to get your ticket for the parish Christmas Festival Roast Beef Dinner that will be held next Saturday, December 8th, in the church hall. Join us for fun, raffles, singing, Santa and games. We will also draw the winners of the parish Big Raffle, $1,000 top prize, $250 second prize and third is $100. ickets are on sale after Mass or at the office for $10 each or 3 for $25. It’s a good time to win a grand; to help with Christmas shopping!

Thank you to the Knights who helped the Red Cross run another successful Blood Drive here last week. Please go online to see when upcoming drives are scheduled here.

The Knights also supply coffee and doughnuts each week after the 10am Mass. They accept donations to help defray the cost. Thank you to them for doing this for us, and supporting fellowship in the parish.

This weekend begins our new Liturgical Calendar Year in the Church. It is the First Sunday of Advent. It is represented in the Advent wreath with the lighting of the First Candle signifying “Hope” in the coming of the Lord. Advent is a time we await the coming of the newborn King, Jesus. May we have a blessed Advent season, reflecting on the meaning of the Incarnation (God becoming a human being). May we prepare our hearts for the Lord through prayer, fasting, and penance.

Thank you to those who have made a commitment toward the parish Capital Campaign. If you made a pledge, but haven’t begun giving yet, please sign up online or call the office for help. It is going strong. I sent a letter out recently to those who support the parish; keeping everyone up to date thus far. If you haven’t done so, please consider prayerfully filling out a pledge card located near the “mountain” in the church and mail to the office.

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

Fr. Kneeland

Christmas Concert at La Salette Shrine

Greetings;

This Sunday we celebrate the great Feast Day in the church calendar, Christ the King. It marks the end of our Ordinary Time in the church and next Sunday is the 1st Sunday of Advent. May we always proclaim Our Lord Jesus Christ, King of the Universe by living our lives as true Disciples.

This Tuesday, November 27th join us at the parish’s annual, Christmas wreath making at the Holtzman’s Barn in Woodstock, NH. Treats and hot cocoa, woodstove heat and Christmas music provided. It is always a wonderful time. Big Thanks to Ernie Holtzman, Stewart & Annie Anderson and family, for hosting and teaching us how to make wreaths!

Next Saturday, December 1st, we will depart for the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH to see the Christmas Lights and Christmas Concert by Fr. Pat. We will board the bus at 2:45pm from the Church parking lot. At the time of this writing, I am not sure if the bus is sold out yet or not. Those who are not attending, please welcome Fr. Paul Montminy who will be the celebrant of the Saturday 4:30pm Mass here. Thank you to our Knights Council, for hosting this parish event!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Happy Thanksgiving

Greetings;

Please Welcome Fr. Paul Montminy, celebrating the Masses here this weekend. We are so fortunate to have him here!

We will celebrate Thanksgiving Mass, as we did last year, on the eve of Thanksgiving, Wednesday, November 21st. More people are able to attend this way. Please come and give thanks to the Lord for all the blessings in our lives, and for an outpouring of His Love and Mercy on us. If you choose, please bring a can good for the local Food Pantry, and a food item you will serve at your family Thanksgiving meal, for me to bless it. If it’s cooked, and something I like, I may taste it and grade your cooking abilities. Joking!

Our Knights Council is hosting the RED CROSS Blood Drive this Friday, November 23rd, the day after Thanksgiving. What better way to lose some of those extra calories than to donate blood! Not sure that’s how it works! Lol, anyhow, please register online, or drop by the church hall to donate blood and save lives!

The Knights supply the weekly “coffee and doughnuts” after the 10am Mass. A dollar or two in their donation jar is much appreciated!
Lastly, the Knights are also sponsoring “The Parish Christmas Bus Trip” to the La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH. Join us in seeing the Christmas lights, and enjoy Fr. Pat’s Christmas concert. It will certainly put us in the Christmas mood! The bus is filling up, limited seats! So please call the office or GK David @ (603) 512-8134. $15 ticket.
May you have Happy and Blessed Thanksgiving! Safe travels,

Fr. Kneeland

Meet the Flock – Rita Tamulonis

“Meet the Flock” — Rita Tamulonis

Rita Tamulonis is a treasure trove of love and wisdom through the ages. She is our parish’s cherished keepsake. And, as is the case with all precious heirlooms, they unlock “secrets” of the past to teach lessons for the future. So, too, does our Rita.
Born December 15, 1918, a month after the Armistice agreement was signed (the document that officially ended World War I), Rita, at now 100-years-young, holds keen, eyewitness knowledge of a century’s worth of historical significance for all who wish to listen and learn. She recalls the stock market crash of 1929: “My parents lost their savings. I remember standing in line with them at the bank.” Then, there’s the aviator, Charles Lindbergh, his historic flight overseas, and the kidnapping and murder of his son: “He flew his plane over Lowell where I lived on his way to Paris. And, oh, I remember seeing the Boston Advertiser magazine covers about his son everywhere.” And, then, of course, there’s World War II: “I remember the ration books for sugar, flour, and butter.” We can all learn from the history of time.

That is a true statement. There are many important, good and bad newsworthy events that took place throughout Rita’s lifetime, ones that she experienced on a firsthand basis. And, they all can teach. But, it is not only those event-filled happenings over the decades that contain history lessons for us all, but, rather, it is her past that holds the hidden one or two “secrets” (or maybe even as much as 7) that hold the more important spiritual knowledge. In fact, her entire lifespan, at every juncture, teaches us all how to age with grace, by way of faith and devotion to the love of God. You may wonder, why the #7? Well, during the course of my interviews with Rita, she generously gifted me an extra copy of a book she had ordered entitled: “The 7 Secrets of Divine Mercy” by Vinny Flynn. That’s the type of book she reads. And, it is that book, that gift, which provided the inspiration for me to realize that Rita’s life story holds secrets, as well.
As for the main secret that she is frequently asked about, the one that would offer the key to unlock the mystery as to what to attribute her 100-year longevity…that one, she cannot answer in one simple sentence. In my opinion, it takes a lot more than a one-sentence synopsis. To that question, though, she gives her sweet characteristic little laugh, “If there’s a secret, it’s a secret to me!” Then, she adds, “I never smoked, never went on a diet, no drinking a lot of water, had whole milk. I just went along.” And, she does just that to this day, as Rita is a marvel at 100.
Imagine…she still drives! (Locally, that is). “I passed the test with flying colors,” she beams. She has an account on Facebook! She has The Holy Rosary with Mother Angelica (the EWTN nun) downloaded onto her computer, so she can recite it along with her and the nuns of the monastery! Rita does her own laundry! She completes her own light housekeeping and cooking! (Breakfast consists. alternately of oatmeal one day and an egg on toast the next). She drinks a cup of coffee only every other day. She performs her own personal hygiene (something most elderly need assistance to complete at her age). She keeps her mind sharp with word jumble puzzles and reads voraciously, sometimes even without glasses! Oh, one little trivial secret I found out about Rita—she’s not particularly fond of chocolate! These are just a few of the lesser known things about her present, everyday life that I discovered during our talks. However, if you take a stroll with me throughout the chronicle of her life as outlined below, you will, perhaps, glean even more insight, and maybe uncover for yourself the 7-or-so more “secrets” that I spoke of earlier.
(Secret #1: Lessons in her ancestry and early years): Rita was born in Nashua, NH, as mentioned, on December 15, 1918. She is the eldest of her parents union: (Rita, Ruth, and Clare), all the children of Ann and John, both Lithuanian immigrants. Her parents arrived separately from Lithuania to America. They did not speak English, but learned the language, customs, and soon became citizens. The household was one of rented rooms to immigrants for 50 cents to $1 a week. Water closets (the toilets) were built as just that, closets, under the stairways, and shared with the tenants between the floors of the residence. Children bathed in aluminum tubs between chairs on Saturday nights, just to be squeaky clean for church on Sundays. It was a time when every little girl dressed accordingly for that, she said, “You wore a hat, you had gloves, you had a little pocketbook, and special shoes.” The family had moved to Lowell after Nashua, so her father could open a barber shop. Their rented house was in a courtyard. Rita continues, “All roads, not just ours, were lined with lanterns that required the job of a lamplighter to come and light the lanterns with oil on a nightly basis to illuminate the streets.” During the day, however, Rita walked those same streets on her way to her elementary schools—and church. (My take on the secret here: Parents, take heed: getting your kids to school—and church—matters, no matter the hardship. It will pay-off in the future.)
(Secret #2: Lessons in education): As the family’s parish did not offer parochial school instruction, she then attended public schools in Lowell from grades 1-9: The Lakeview Avenue School from first grade to the third. It is important here to note that Rita, the child of Lithuanian immigrants, did not speak English until she got to the first grade. (FYI: For fun, as a young child, Rita played a Lithuanian board game, similar to Chutes-and-Ladders, with ladders of charity leading up, and chutes of penance, well…down. The game itself is illustrated strictly in Lithuanian. It is called Dangus, which translates to the English word as the game of Heaven. She still has it to this day! It is all worn and tattered.) Continuing on in her education, she attended the local Moody School from grades 4-9. She later went away to a boarding-school-high-school, St. Francis Academy in Pittsburgh, PA, where tuition with room and board was a whopping $20 per month. She was taught there by Lithuanian nuns. After receiving a scholarship, she left to attend the University of Detroit in Michigan, when, in 1938, she received her teaching degree. She came home during the depression and took a job in the woolen mill in Dracut, MA for all of $12 a week! She worked there for only about a year, turning over the large majority of her earnings to her mother, as was commonplace in those days. (My take on the secret here: Keep and honor the 4th commandment.)
(Secret #3: Lessons within Marriage): Word from a family friend had filtered out that she had returned to the Lowell area, and Rita’s secret admirer, a gentleman named Walter Tamulonis, knocked on her door. They began dating and within a year were married in St. Joseph’s Church in Lowell in 1941. (FYI: Her husband was a graduate of St. Anselm’s College.) Anyway, when first married, they rented an apartment in Bennington, VT. Later on, he worked for American Locomotive in Schenectady, NY, and then they moved into an apartment in Amsterdam, NY. Much later in married life, after all her six children (1 girl and 5 boys) were born, Rita kept busy being a good wife and mother. She did lots of cooking when the whole family was together. She explains: “I always made meals for 8 every day. Families always came down to eat with each other, and kids always came home for meals.” When her eldest child, Ann, went to kindergarten, Rita returned to her educational background and went back to work as a teacher. Rita’s mother, who lived two doors down from them, helped watch the children during that endeavor. (My take on the secret here: Family sticks together; meals shared as a family are important!)
(Secret #4: Lessons from the teacher, A.K.A., Miss Black): Around the time of 1949, married women could not be appointed as a teacher in a school system, “You had to be a permanent sub.” Therefore, she took that position as a sub for a year at the Middlesex Village School in Lowell, making $10 a day with absolutely no benefits to teach an entire class of children. It seemed there was a color-pattern of names of the teachers there at that school: Miss White (kindergarten), and Miss Brown (first grade). When Rita filled in for Miss Brown, who was out sick with arthritis, she didn’t want to confuse the kids with them learning the long name of Tamulonis, so she called herself Miss Black! When Miss Brown didn’t return, the name, Miss Black, stuck. She stayed with that alias, Miss Black, for the rest of the school year. Later, thinking that she would make more money in a different field, she left teaching to work at Raytheon in Cost Accounting, where she handled the ledger and spreadsheets. But, after 3 years of traveling and wear-and-tear on the car, she realized it wasn’t worth it, and she returned to her true love, teaching. She continued to teach at various schools in Lowell, and to differing grade levels.” She even taught Title I and pupils with learning disabilities, long before people knew how to best help them, or even what caused their problems. So, she researched the subject herself at the library. “Two of them had eye problems,” she discovered. But, she says, “The nicest feeling for a teacher is that by Christmas the children are reading, and by June, they were reading 2 books!) Recently, some of Rita’s first grade parents (and pupils) have looked her up in Lincoln, and knocked on her door. “That touched me,” she points to her heart, “It really touches me.” (FYI: In 1965, Rita took the exam for married women to become appointed when it opened up for them—she passed.) Rita continued to teach in the Lowell school system until she retired at the end of 1978. (My take on the secret here: You never know the impact you make on someone’s life.)
(Secret #5: Lessons from the Retirement Years): On January 9, 1979, Rita was the guest of honor at her retirement party. The time had come now for Walter and her to enjoy life together. For years, they had been residing as a family in what she called “The Big House” in Lowell, MA. She explains, “After selling that, we bought a place in Gilford and a place in Florida in Tampa, and then at Pinellas Park.” They went back and forth for 18 years, but Rita, didn’t really like it in Florida due to the heat. Nevertheless, she made the best of it, availing herself of the many courses for seniors taught there. The tables now reversed, Rita became the pupil. She took many craft classes: knitting, quilting, crocheting, macramé, tatting, and ceramics. She continued to keep busy doing all this and traveling back and forth to Florida until the day Walter surprised her, saying, “Let’s go back home.” That’s when they moved back to the area to be near relatives. They then purchased the mobile home on the lot where she has lived for the past 22 years. “When I came to Lincoln, I felt welcome, and I felt very much at home, finally.” (My take on the secret here: Sometimes you sacrifice for your spouse, make the best of it. Keep busy. Keep learning.)
(Secret #6: Lessons from Loss): It was only 5 weeks upon returning to Lincoln when tragedy struck. Her beloved husband, Walter, had a heart attack, right in the kitchen of their new abode. It was all a devastating haze to Rita. Yet, she picked up the pieces of her life and carried on in Rita’s typical way of strength through faith: “God had a plan for me.” She needed to rely on that faith again when she encountered the loss of her eldest son on 9-11-2017. He had COPD and passed away in the backyard, again, right here in Lincoln. Rita continues to have her own health challenges, losing some of her physical vitality due to growing older. She still walks surprisingly fluidly, in spite of her physical ailments. They do not stop her. She still can’t believe she is 100-years-old. “My Dad died at 69 and my mother at 88,” she ponders. Her two sisters have also passed on. She gets help these days from her “choir of angels,” as she calls them. Her son, Mike, Rita’s other children, and extended family members help her out on a regular basis by visiting, delivering meals, fixing things around the house, or calling with reminders for her to take her medication, etc. At present tally, she has 20 grandchildren, 31 great grandchildren and 2 great, great grandchildren. Between all of them, she pretty much has an “expert” in just about any and all professional fields. However, she remains as independent as possible, relying on local friends to help her in a pinch too. (My take on the secret here: It is true, you can get by with a little help from your friends (and family). Be thankful for your “choir of angels.”)
(Secret #7: Lessons from Rita’s Spirituality): This last secret, I believe, defines Rita Tamulonis, and may just hold the key to her longevity. She credits so much power to prayer. “It’s proven to me as I went along that prayer matters. It’s our survival kit. God takes care of us, I found that out, I have little miracles that happen almost every day.” Rita adds, “Talk to God about it. I always say, ‘God, I’m asking.’” Every day Rita prays the Rosary. As mentioned earlier, she recites the Chaplet of Divine Mercy at anytime during the day that she remembers. (She can talk at length about St. Faustina and the famous painting of Our Lord.) Her favorite prayer is For the Virtue of Faith, which seeks out enlightenment from the Holy Spirit. She faithfully attends church weekly and Adoration every Wednesday here at St. Joseph’s, missing only twice in 12 years! (FYI: A little story, actually: About 7 years ago, after a long day with friends at the Community Center, playing cards, etc, Rita drove her last friend home who lived near St. Joseph’s church. She, on the spur-of-the-moment, decided to pay a quick visit to the Blessed Sacrament. But, it was a Wednesday, and Rita’s assigned day for Eucharistic Adoration was a Monday. A woman, who had already been there for 1-1/2 hours who was alone in the church, left abruptly upon Rita’s arrival, thinking that Rita was her “adorer” replacement. Now, Rita was alone in the church. She didn’t want to leave the Blessed Sacrament alone, so, she sat, walked around, lit a candle, talked to God, and repeated that routine until she sat down some more, and…well, after being very tired from the long day, ended up dozing off in the pew! At around 6 o’clock, Fr. John, pastor at the time, arrived with some church workers. He tapped her on the shoulder and said, “Are you all right?” She jumped! Rita had been there for about 2 hours herself! “You see, it wasn’t my time to be there,” she said, “but I think either myself or Fr. John (Rita can’t exactly recall) gave me the nickname: ‘The Sleeping Disciple,’ Peter, James, John…and I was the fourth!”) Cute story, right? It perfectly illustrates Rita’s devotion to Jesus, as she didn’t want Him to be exposed and alone in the church. Her eyes twinkle and she beams excitedly as she recalls a picture she once found of Jesus on the Internet: “He was in a purple robe, stooping down, and I thought to myself, “Now, that is what Jesus looks like.” Even more profoundly, Rita points out a lesson here for us all: “Think about it…Christ was born 2,000 years ago. Take 20 people at 100 years, and that’s me. That isn’t long. I’m one of the 100 years. One might think Christ is so far removed, but he’s only 20 people removed…only 20 people. They can fit right here in this room.” (My take on the secret here: This is a very important and powerful lesson for Rita to teach us: Jesus is closer to us than we think.)

Yes, that’s our Rita, she is and always will be a teacher. Her entire life is a lesson for all those who are willing to learn from the past for the sake of the future. Actually, it’s precisely that which concerns her. “Technology is moving too fast. Kids today have relationships with little boxes. Friends text each other instead of talking.” As for our country’s fate, “They took God out of everything,” she laments. She actually says she is glad she is at the tail-end of her life, as she worries for the future. As for hers, however, she continues to “keep plugging along” working her way up the ladder on the road to Dangus, reminiscent of the now worn and tattered board game still in her possession that she played with as a child. As you recall, the English translation of Dangus is: Heaven. That’s the end-game for Rita. She is optimistic she’ll get there: “I hope!” she giggles. Then, she thoughtfully muses, “I thank God He’s merciful.”

In closing, last April, Rita received the Boston Post Cane, a tradition started in 1903 by the newspaper, The Boston Post that bestows the ceremonial cane to a town’s oldest resident; Rita received it for being Lincoln’s. (My take on the secret here: Something tells me, she’ll never need any cane to reach Dangus.)
–by Denise Rush
Our Parish Keepsake: The Beautiful Rita Tamulonis
“A Treasure Through the Ages”

Happy 100th Birthday, Rita!!!

 

Faith Formation

Faith Formation News

This past Thursday, our Faith Formation students and Xena Bartlett (with the help of some adult chaperones!) visited with residents at Lincoln Green. We made cookies and lemonade to share with them and played some exciting rounds of Bingo! Everyone had a great time getting to know one another. We plan to visit many times this year and look forward to building many inter-generational friendships! The next Faith Formation Bake Sale is scheduled for Sunday, 11/18 before and after the 10:00 Mass by Corbin Ross and his family. Proceeds from the sales help to offset costs for our end-of-year field trip to LaSallette Shrine. Come check it out…and thanks for your support!

Trip to LaSalette Shrine

Greetings;

This week I will be away. I am going on my annual: “trip in the woods”, aka, “opening season”…lol. So, there will not be any daily Masses this week, however, Adoration will still take place on Wednesday. Please stop by and visit with the Lord. Next weekend, please welcome Fr. Paul Montminy as the celebrant at all the weekend Masses. He was Pastor of St. Catherine Parish in Manchester and currently resides at Immaculate Mary Parish in Nashua. He is a great priest and friend of mine.

There weren’t as many trick-or-treaters this year as in the past. The rainy weather may have scared them away along with N. Woodstock having trick-or-treating for the first time, in a long time. So, with fewer kids, it was a lot more manageable this year than in previous years.

Hope you can join me on “the Fun Bus” tour to Fr. Pat’s Christmas Concert! For $15, you can board the fun bus to La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH to see the Christmas Lights display, and enjoy the concert. Sandwiches, Snacks, entertainment and beverages provided! Call the office for tickets or see me after Mass.

Check out our parish Capital Campaign mountain and see the progress we are making with our little hiking boots trekking steadily up the mountain to the top! Thank you to everyone who has made a pledge, and supported our parish!

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

Fr. Kneeland