St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Blessing of the Animals

Blessing of the Animals will take place after the 10:00 AM Mass on Sunday, October 2, 2022. 

“If you have men who will exclude any of God’s creatures from the shelter of compassion and pity, you will have men who will deal likewise with their fellow men.” 
St. Francis of Assisi
Feast Day, October 4

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, September 24 4:30 PM Mary Jane and Clement Comesana,Sr. 
 By:  Ronnie Comesana                                        

Sunday, September 25

7:30 AM The People of the Parish                                    
10:00 AM Jan Wolowski (Living)                                      
By:  Gracie Wolowski  

Wednesday, September 28 8:00 AM Charlie Bellerose
By:  Barbara Vitale

Thursday, September 29 8:00 AM Marshall Young
By: Ray and Jane Maki

Friday, September 30 8:00 AM Herta Sutton
By:  Thomas Sutton

Saturday, October 1 4:30 PM Mary Jane and Clement Comesana, Sr.
By:  Ronnie Comesana

Sunday, October 2
7:30 AM Rev. Leo A. Shea
By:  Peter and Carol Govoni  
10:00 AM The People of the Parish            

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, September 17 4:30 PM Patty Papio                                                         
By:  Barbara Vitale                                            

Sunday, September 18

 7:30 AM Philip Hajjar
By:  Ray and Jane Maki  
10:00 AM The People of the Parish                                     

Wednesday, September 21 8:00 AM Etienne Poirier
By:  Ray and Jane Maki         

Thursday, September 22          
8:00 AM Marshall Young
By: Ray and Jane Maki

Friday, September 23 8:00 AM Patty Papio
By:  Barbara Vitale

Saturday, September 24 4:30 PM MaryJane and Clemente Comesana, Sr.
By:  Ronnie Comesana

Sunday, September 25

 7:30 AM The People of the Parish
10:00 AM Jan Wolowski (Living)            
By:  Gracie Wolowski  

Stained Glass Windows

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

Thank you! Since the information below was printed in the bulletin last month, numerous parishioners and visitors have offered to donate to the continuing effort of repairing the church’s stained-glass windows.  We are most grateful for your financial support.  All the windows in our church are precious, since they memorialize the Catholic faith that sustained the workers and families who first settled in this area.  If you wish to foster the continuity of the Catholic identity here at Saint Joseph Church, please do consider a contribution to the “Church Windows Restoration Fund”.  God bless you!

Many have inquired about the two missing stained-glass windows in the church building’s nave and narthex.  A few factors contributed to the need for their removal, repair, and restoration.  In a snow- and windstorm on January 16, 2022, two of the polymer shields that had been installed to insulate the church and to protect the stained-glass windows were blown off, exposing the two double-lancet stained-glass windows to the elements.  A contractor and a professional artisan were consulted, and their assessment was that both windows had been suffering from “age and gravity” for a number of years, and that the structural integrity of the windows had been adversely affected in recent years by the reverberations from the church bell swinging back and forth in the tower above.  In April, artisans from Artglass by Misci removed the windows, moving them to their workshops in Massachusetts, where they are undergoing a soaking procedure to remove old grout, cleaning, and reassembly of the glass components.

Despite the $22,800 repair and reinstallation estimate, these windows were memorial donations given to Saint Joseph Church in the early 1900s — one donated by the families of the loggers who worked at Camp 11, and the other donated by the parish’s Young Ladies Sodality — and they are an indispensable part of the church’s patrimony and the Catholic history of the Lincoln-Woodstock area. 

We are hoping that the reinstallation of the windows will take place around Labor Day.  In the meantime, please excuse the      temporary particle board window coverings.

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Remembering 9/11……

The three parables in this weekend’s Gospel of St. Luke coincide with the unforgettable and regrettable events of September 11, 2001.  Father James Martin, S.J., shares his personal reflection of that day in his The Parable of Ground Zero: “I thought, ‘What is God like? God is like the firefighter who rushes into a burning building to save someone. That’s how much God loves us.'”

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