Happy Father’s Day!
Next Weekend, We will welcome Sister Ellen from the Sisters of the Holy Rosary. Sister will give us our Annual Missions Appeal. She will speak during all the Masses about her ministry and this important appeal.
A group of us from the Parish along with the kids in Faith Formation took the Moose Tour Bus on a Field Trip to the Our Lady of La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH. We all had a wonderful time! The weather was gorgeous for the picnic and day outside touring the Shrine. Fr. John Sullivan gave us a walking tour of the statues depicting Our Lady of La Salette’s appearance in France on September 19, 1846. She appeared then to two shepherd children and their pet dog, in the French Alps. “She was seated, Her face buried in Her hands, weeping, She rose, calming the children’s fears with Her maternal voice. She told them the cause of Her tears: disobedience to the laws of God and of the Church, blasphemy, failure to keep the Lord’s Day Holy, and lack of prayer. She wept also at the very grave consequences of these offenses for Her people, but promised blessings to those who would return to God.”
The Shrine in Enfield was built on the site of a Shaker colony on the shores of Lake Mascoma. Visit if you can!
May God and Our Lady of La Salette Bless us, and our Parish Family.
I encourage you to come downstairs to the church Hall after the 10 a.m. Mass on Sundays, for fellowship, coffee, toasted bagels with cream cheese, and delicious donuts. Our Knights of Columbus council graciously supplies this for the parish each week. They do have a free will collection basket to take donations to help support this wonderful program. Many times visitors to the parish come downstairs and supply entertainment and inspiration. Just this past week we had two guests from Virginia Beach. As they shared with us their concern and prayers for home, in light of the recent news of the mass shooting there; they also entertained us by telling fabled stories and a magic trick.
This weekend I am looking forward to celebrating two baptismal ceremonies here in the parish and, riding along in the bus with the faith formation kids and parents and teachers as well as others they’ve invited to go on their field trip to the La Salette Shrine in Enfield New Hampshire. The kids are able to do this because of your generosity toward their many bake sales after masses through the past academic year. Father Sullivan, at the Shrine, will give us a special tour of the property. There is also money left over for the kids to have pizza and ice cream. Thank you to Ms. Paula King, the parish Faith Formation coordinator, Ms. Annie Anderson, assistant coordinator, to the parents, the kids and all who bought and supported the bake sales! We will keep the parish in our prayers at The Shrine. I’m sure next week’s bulletin there will be photos shared of this event.
May the Lord continue to bless us, here at St. Joseph’s parish here in the White Mountains.
Faith Formation Update
Hello again! Formal classes and home study Gospel Weeklies are done for this year. The second graders will be making their First Reconciliation in a few weeks, and Confirmation classes will resume in the fall. Thank you for your support this year!
With your help, the students raised over $1500 in bake sales this year! We are looking forward to another amazing trip to LaSalette Shrine in Enfield, NH June 9th. We plan to invite members of the other ministries in the Parish to join us…again, thanks for your support!
This past weekend, some of our students and families participated in the Rotary Mini-Golf Tournament. Our team was the Holy Plumbers! Thanks to Craig and Jen (MDW Plumbing) for their sponsorship. Also, the Bujeaud boys (Evan, Ollie, and dad JJ) participated in the torch run for Special Olympics…congrats to them for their efforts!
We have an amazing Parish, and our children and families are blessed to belong to such a supportive community! Thank you again for your support, prayers, and generosity. God bless you all!
I have been DVR (taping) the TV show Jeopardy lately because there is a contestant on there, James Holzhauer, who has won something like 22 games in a row (as of my writing this column). He has currently won $2,065,535.00 breaking all records for the long history of the show! It is quite fascinating seeing someone respond with the correct answers (“questions”) so quickly. I encourage you to check it out.
Our Prayer line is going strong. We are always in need of more people to pray for those in need of prayer. So if you would like, please send us your name and e-mail address to the parish e-mail, so we can add you to the “pray-ers” list. Many people have been touched and healed through our prayer line. Thank you!
Thank you to all those who wished me a “Happy Birthday!” last week. So nice of you all! I really appreciated it! It’s amazing how things can change in just one week. Last week I was celebrating a birthday, this week, I have my annual Physical Exam with my Doctor. Can’t win! Haha!
May God continue to bless us, our parish family & visitors and our local communities here in the Western White Mountains!
Please welcome Nicole Plourde from Catholic Charities, who will be here at each Mass to speak to us about the good works Catholic Charities is doing through our generous support. This annual appeal for Catholic Charities of New Hampshire helps the local area so much! The second collection this weekend is for this worthy cause. Please be as generous as possible.
At the 10:00 am Mass this Sunday, May 5, the children in Religious Education/ Faith Formation program will crown our Blessed Mother Mary Statue. Little Nolan Haynes will do the honors, as we sing to Our Lady, celebrating Her in the Month of May. Ave Maria! Join us downstairs after Mass for a potluck luncheon, and the Knights will provide toasted bagels and cream cheese as well as coffee and doughnuts.
I will be away the beginning of this week, as the priests and Bishop of the Diocese of Manchester gather for our annual Convocation. It is part of the priest’s continuing education program. This year’s seminar is titled: Priesthood in the Early Church, presented by Dr. John Sehorn, Assistant Professor of Theology at the Augustine Institute. We will reflect on the gift of the Priesthood along with praying the Divine Liturgy together and find some time for fellowship. Please keep me in your prayers, as I will keep you.
May the Blessed Mother Mary keep us surrounded in Her mantle of care, both parishioners and the many visitors of our little parish here in the White Mountains.