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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

Trip to La Salette Shrine

Greetings:

The Faith Formation (Rel. ed.) children have raised money through bake sales to fund a field trip to the La Salette Shrine. They will charter a bus which will take them to the shrine, lunch and other fun places along the way in celebration of a year well done! Thank you to the parents, and those who baked goodies for the sales. Thank you also to those of you who donated toward this wonderful cause. A big “Thank You” to Ms. Paula King, the Coordinator of Rel. ed., and her assistant teachers, Ms. Annie Anderson and Ms. Delia Sullivan who volunteered all year helping with crafts and lessons. It was a terrific year!

Thank you to all who wished me a Happy Birthday last weekend. It was truly a celebratory weekend for me! It began on Friday with the after morning Mass breakfast group and all the way until Sunday with those who gathered to sing me “happy birthday!” all day through! You whisked me into a new year with such great joy in my heart, …thank you!

Have you noticed some improvements happening around the parish grounds? Thanks to Mr. Eddie Rush who has volunteered to coordinate various maintenance projects that needed to be done. Two cracked glass windows were replaced inside the church, new painted lines in the parking lot, broken doorknob in the women’s restroom in the hall replaced, new protective flexi-glass covering the stained glass window in the church’s upstairs bathroom, just to name a few. There’s always something that needs fixing, and it’s always good to stay on top of things!

All Eucharistic Ministers who visit the homebound, please e-mail or call the office to let Ms. Nancy Sweeney, the Coordinator of Eucharistic Ministers, know who you are visiting. It is very important that you do so because the office needs to update its records and the tabernacle key will be kept in a secure lock box in which you will need to know the code to access the key.

Thanks to everyone who helps in big and small ways, to make our parish continue to flourish.

May the Good Lord continue to bless our parish family and visitors, here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Faith Formation

Faith Formation update
By: Paula King

Three of our students…Brianna Blood, Talia Haynes, and Tucker Kirwin…will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday, June 7 and then receive their First Holy Communion during the 10:00 Mass on Sunday, June 10. They have worked very hard to learn about these Sacraments and are ready to fully receive Jesus. Please keep them in your prayers as they finish getting ready for this special time in their lives!
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Faith Formation

Faith Formation update
By: Paula King

This weekend is our final bake sale for the year. Thanks to your generosity and support, we’ve raised over $1500 so far! We’ll use the money to rent a bus to take the students and their families to LaSallette Shrine in Enfield, NH. We’ll have lunch along the way and spend some time doing something just for fun. Thanks again for all your support!

Three of our students…Brianna Blood, Talia Haynes, and Tucker Kirwin…will receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation on Thursday, June 7 and then receive their First Holy Communion during the 10:00 Mass on Sunday, June 10. They have worked very hard to learn about these Sacraments and are ready to fully receive Jesus. Please keep them in your prayers as they finish getting ready for this special time in their lives!
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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

Faith Formation

Faith Formation update
By: Paula King

Please check out our last bake sale of the school year next weekend! The Whitman family will be hosting the sale on Saturday after the 4:30 Mass and Sunday after the 10:00 Mass. The money raised will be used for our end-of-the-year field trip to LaSallette Shrine in Enfield, NH. We always have lots of amazing goodies…you don’t want to miss it!

Happy Mother’s Day

Happy Mother’s Day!

This Monday, the kids from the local Day Care Center will be stopping by the parish office for a tour. It is part of a series of field trips they will make to area businesses. The young kids will be welcomed by Maria the new business manager, along with Nancy, Susan, the money counters, and myself. I bet the biggest attraction in the office will be the automatic m&m candy dispenser on the desk! With Danielle’s hasty leaving, and new office staff learning on the fly,I hope the kids won’t notice pandemonium, but instead, a smooth operation! Haha!

On the same subject, the Diocese has been helping the office through the transition. They sent us Mary, a Diocesan official from the Finance Department to train and keep the office working proficiently. Luckily too, the parish was selected to enter a new program offered by the Diocese to handle all the bookkeeping and accounting off campus through the Diocesan Finance Department. We were one of three selected out of all the parishes throughout the state. I am so thankful because this will help us tremendously.
Thank you for welcoming Mr. Len Campbell from Catholic Charities during our annual appeal last weekend. During his talk, he mentioned how we can pray for Catholic Charities, its mission, and those they help. Also, that 93 cents of every dollar goes toward helping the needy. That’s pretty impressive. God bless you for your support.

While NH Catholic Charities helps locally, our parish Rice Bowl collection, held during the Lenten Season raised $549.00 for CRS, Catholic Relief Services which helps the needy globally. Thank you for your generosity.

May God continue to bless our parish community here in the White Mountains.

Fr. Kneeland

Faith Formation

Faith Formation
By: Paula King

Thank You!!

I would like to thank everyone who made last Sunday’s Crowning of Mary such a wonderful and joyous event! Thanks to Father Dave for his support…Margaret and the choir for the beautiful music…Annie for the delicious cupcake rosary…Delia and Sienna for their help with the younger students…Mackenna for leading the procession and serving Mass…Tucker, Talia, and Brianna for taking on the special responsibility of crowning Mary…and all the children and their families for their participation and support!

Our bake sale last weekend was also a huge success! Thanks to the Kirwin family for “running the show” and to everyone for their donations. We have one more sale this year…Max Whitman and his parents will host the last bake sale of the school year over Memorial Day weekend! Please check it out!

May the month of Our Lady

Greetings:

Please welcome Nancy Sweeney to our office staff! Nancy is a long time parishioner here at St. Joseph’s, member of Parish Pastoral council and Coordinator of Homebound Visits. So happy she is here to serve!

May is the month of Mary, Our Lady, and so during the Month of May, we will display our statue of Mary in front of the Altar. To honor our Blessed Mother, the children in our Faith Formation program will crown Her with flowers. We will do this at the beginning of the 10AM Mass this Sunday after the opening procession. Please join us! After Mass refreshments will be served downstairs. Ms. Anderson will make cupcakes in the shape of a Rosary for everyone to enjoy. The parish Knights will also supply coffee and doughnuts. Let us honor Our Lady by praying the Rosary each day…and especially during the month of May. If it’s been a while since you prayed the Rosary, there are free “how to” brochures and rosaries for the taking near the “poor box.” Please help yourself.

This weekend Masses will feature our guest speaker from Catholic Charities, Mr. Leonard Campbell. He will speak to us about the wonderful things and the lives that are changed for the better, through the works of Catholic Charities here in New Hampshire. This collection will be our annual appeal to give toward this fruitful work. Please welcome Mr. Campbell and make a much needed donation, using the envelopes in the pews. Thank you.

There will be no daily Mass this Tuesday and Wednesday, because I will be attending the Annual Priests’ Conference in Whitefield, NH. I will be here Thursday, for the Feast of the Ascension, which is a Holy Day of Obligation. Please attend one of the Masses and celebrate the Lord’s Ascension into Heaven, back to our Father, preparing a place for each one of us!

May God bless you!
Fr. Kneeland