St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Coronavirus Update

  • In view of the requirements of the Diocese of Manchester and the mandate of Bishop Peter Libasci during this medical emergency, beginning March 17, 2020, all public Masses are to be cancelled both during the week and on the weekend. St. Joseph’s Church will be available to individuals for private prayer. Father Elson will celebrate Mass privately every day for the intentions of the people and Mass will not be suspended or changed. 

In Addition:

  • All special Faith Formation and Parish events (the Easter Basket Drive, Crowning of Mary, Bake Sales, Faith Formation’s End of Year Celebration, St. Joseph’s Feast dinner) are cancelled or postponed until further notice.
  • There will be no First Reconciliation preparation classes this year. We will work with those students in the fall.
  • Faith Formation students will complete on-line Personal Safety lessons at home. Students will also continue to work on their Gospel Weekly lessons.
  • Parish Pastoral Council meetings are cancelled until further notice.

Please let Father Elson know if you have any questions or concerns. Take care of yourself, your loved ones, and your neighbors. Pray for an end to this and healing for all. Until we meet again…

A Prayer for Protection

In times like this we have to turn to God and look for protection and ask for His Mercy. God has given us anointed. Nothing will happen to those who Trust in Him. Let us recite this prayer everyday and look up to Him till He shows us His Mercy.
Almighty God, we give You glory. Jesus our Lord, wash us and the whole world in Your most Precious Blood, and fill us with the Holy Spirit. Dip the whole world in Your Ocean of mercy.
Lk 10:19 – Behold, I have given the power, to tread upon serpents and scorpions, and upon the full force of the enemy and nothing will harm you.
1Jn 2:2 – He is expiation for our sins and not for our sins only, but those of the whole world.
1 Peter 2:24 – By His wounds, you have been healed.
By the infinite merits and power of the Word of God, by the infinite merits and power in the Name of Jesus, let the Corona Virus be weakened in this world and restore everything back to the Ordinary life. This we ask through Christ our Lord. Amen…Stay blessed always.

Be Grateful!

Today Ingratitude and Thanklessness are too common among the people. Children forget to thank their parents for all that they do. Common courtesy is scorned. We take for granted the ways that others help us. Above all, we fail to thank God for his blessings. Now I remember something I read in the past: The prayer that God answered for you, is the same prayer others have been praying but without success….Be grateful. The qualification that gave you a job, is the same qualification someone has who still does not have a job. Be grateful.   
The road you use safely on a daily basis, is the same road where many others lost their precious lives…..Be grateful.
The church in which God blessed you, is the same church other people too worship in, yet their lives are still in discord….Be grateful.
The bed you used in the hospital, you got healed and were discharged, is the same bed many other people breathed their last…Be grateful.
The rain that made your field produce good crops is the same rain that devastated someone else’s field….Be grateful.
Be grateful because whatever you have is not by your power, your might, your talent or your qualifications, but it’s just the “Grace of God.”  HE is the giver of everything you have.
For everything you have, be grateful.  Always give thanks to God- no matter the circumstances!
Thanksgiving for the apostle Paul was not a once year celebration, but a daily reality that changed His life and made him a joyful person in every situation. Therefore Thanksgiving to God for all his blessings should be one of the most distinctive marks of the believer in Jesus Christ. We must not allow a spirit of ingratitude to harden our heart and chill our relationship with God and others. 

Lift Up My Eyes

“I lift up my eyes to the mountains — where does my help come from?” Psalm 121:1.

Wherever we look, we find people who are filled with despair and discouragement. Their hearts have been broken and their optimism beaten down. Issues and problems have overcome them. Everywhere they went and everywhere they looked they heard the same message: “Give up! There’s nothing here for you.” No doubt most of us have felt that way.

When the lights go out at the end of the day and we are surrounded by darkness and fear; when there is no place to hide and no arms to embrace us; when we think that we have tried everything and there’s nothing left for us to hope for; does anyone anywhere have a word of advice or comfort for us? Indeed there is: “I lift up my eyes to the mountains – where does my help come from? My help comes from the Lord, the Maker of heaven and earth.” Notice the words: “lift up!. Yes we need to lift our eyes to our Creator. He can do everything for us. But most of the time we walk looking straight and looking down and forget to look up even in our quiet time. Now during this Lent let us lift up our sighs, our spiritual dryness and our mourning and all the problems we have. He will make everything good for us and do the best for our well-being. Have a Blessed Lent.

Faith Formation

Confirmation / First Eucharist will be celebrated on Sunday, 3/15 during the 10:00 am Mass. Please pray for our students as they take this next step in their faith journey!

Faith Formation Bake Sale
The Bujeaud family will be hosting our next bake sale on Sunday, 3/15 before and after the 10:00 am Mass. Please support our end-of-the-year celebration by purchasing some delicious baked goods!

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