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Spaghetti Dinner

Greetings;

Join us this Saturday, February 16th, after the 4:30PM Mass, in the church hall for a delicious Spaghetti Dinner with homemade sauce and meatballs, garlic bread, and Caesar Salad. For dessert, stop by the Bake Sale Table that the kids in Faith Formation are holding to raise funds for their field trip. The dinner is open to anyone hungry. A free-will offering basket will be made available to cover the cost of the dinner and raise money to help our Knights Council continue to do the good works it does for the parish and the community. See you there!

Thank you to parishioner, Michael Iarocci for fixing the steps leading up to the Altar. I will not have to worry about stepping on the broken edge, and taking a dixie! LOL!
Thank you also to parishioner Delia Sullivan, for
making a silk flower display to adorn the front of the Altar. It looks beautiful!
Thank you to parishioner, Denise Rush for sharing her interviewing and writing skills with us, through the “Meet the Flock” bulletin insert series. Just a few weeks ago, we learned about Ms. Paula King. Who will be next? Only Denise Knows! Haha!

The Pivotal Players video series by Bishop Barron has been proceeding relatively slow. I have had to cancel many gatherings, last minute, because of snow/ice conditions. Next year, please remind me of this, so that, we can make sure the series are in the Spring/Summer months! Just FYI, we will not meet this week, but the following week.

May God continue to bless our little Catholic Parish here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Faith Formation Events

 

We’ve been busy baking and making treats for the residents at Lincoln Green! Last Sunday, we cranked up the ovens downstairs and made heart-shaped cookies and yummy brownies. We
also assembled candy gift bags. On Wednesday, we delivered all the treats to Lincoln Green. We played cards with some of the residents and enjoyed sharing what we made. It was a wonderful way to share God’s love with others and a great way to
celebrate St. Valentine’s Day!

Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes

YES!! The New England Patriots Won!!
(Hopefully, as I type this column prior to the Super Bowl being played!…LOL)

The Feast of Our Lady of Lourdes, is celebrated this Monday. I have a fond devotion to Our Lady of Lourdes ever since I was very little. One of my first Rosaries, given to me by the nuns, was from Lourdes. This Rosary had engraved on it, the 15 Mysteries of the Rosary (of course, now, there are 20 Mysteries: Luminous). It came in handy when learning the Rosary as a kid. To this day, I use this particular Rosary as my primary one. (It’s been repaired a time or two!)

I was very fortunate to make a pilgrimage to the Shrine in Lourdes a year and a half ago. It was such a moving experience for me. What inspired me was witnessing the vast crowds, tens of thousands of pilgrims, from all over the world, all praying and cheerful, both young and old. Every evening, The Rosary Procession would bring one to tears, it was so beautiful. A heavenly choir of several hundred members wearing choir robes, led the chants and songs; while everyone processed, praying the Rosary, carrying lit candles. Loud speakers everywhere along the path, captured the choir and the recitation. It was absolutely beautiful! Inside the Grotto itself, a Spring of water flows from where Mother Mary told St. Bernadette to dig for water. As you walk inside the large grotto, the first thing you notice, are droplets of water which form before your eyes from what appears to be, “dry rock” and then, and trickles down. And this happens all over the grotto at all different spots. I had the privilege to con-celebrate Holy Mass inside the grotto, and it was interesting to feel some of these droplets of water, fall from the rock above, and hit my head and arms.
Those who went into the healing baths, said that, they didn’t need a towel to dry-off when they came out of the water!
The shrine at Lourdes is such Holy Ground. Be sure to pray your Rosary and especially this Monday, February 11th.

The Knights are putting on a Meatball & Spaghetti Dinner for the parish, next Saturday evening, after the 4:30PM Mass. All are invited to attend. The menu will have: Spaghetti & homemade meatballs, garlic bread, Caesar Salad, coffee and dessert. They will have a free-will basket at the door accepting donations to help the council. Please join us! I’m sure it will be delicious!

May God continue to bless us, our parish community, our Capital Campaign and all visitors!

Fr. Kneeland

Faith Formation

Faith Formation Events

Sunday, 2/10 after the 10:00 am Mass making Valentines and sweets for Lincoln Green residents.

Wednesday, 2/13 at 3:00 pm (right after school for Lin-Wood students) sharing Valentines and sweets with Lincoln Green residents.

Saturday, 2/16 after the 4:30 Mass Bake Sale hosted by Max Whitman and family.

Check out the new collage on the “Faith Formation Wall” on the way downstairs…
God bless all of you for your support!

Faith Formation

Upcoming Faith Formation Events

Sunday, 2/10 after the 10:00 Mass
Making Valentines and sweets for Lincoln Green residents

Wednesday, 2/13 at 3:00 (right after school for Lin-Wood students)
Sharing Valentines and sweets with Lincoln Green residents

Saturday, 2/16 after the 4:30 Mass
Bake Sale hosted by Max Whitman and family

Check out the new collage on the “Faith Formation Wall” on the way downstairs…God bless all of you for your support!

GO Patriots!

Greetings;

Super Bowl Sunday is upon us! So exciting that our New England Patriots have now been to the Super Bowl, three years in a row! Not to mention a dynasty for so long now!

I mentioned that there is a parish trip planned to go to Italy this Autumn. In October 8th through the 18th, we will Discover the Shrines of Italy, guided by Collette Tours. If you are interested, please let me know, and I can get you more details. I am in the process of arranging a time for Mr. Andrew Bissette, of Collette Tours, to give us a special presentation about this trip for us. Stay tuned!
Thank you to the Knights who ran another successful Red Cross Blood Drive here in the church hall. And thank you to all who donated blood; saving lives!

We will hold our annual St. Patrick’s Dinner celebration again this year, Saturday, March 16th (Feast Day is 17th) and a celebration on the Feast of St. Joseph March 19th which celebrates our Patron Saint and welcomes any and all “New Parishioners” to the parish. Please mark your calendars…and of course, this month, we are continuing our Video Series, Bishop Barron’s Pivotal Players. Join us this Tuesday, February 5th at 6-7:30pm for an informative and fun evening.

May God continue to bless our little parish community here in the White Mountains! And May the New England Patriots Win!
Fr. Kneeland

Meet the Flock: Paula King

Meet the Flock: Paula King

Here’s a riddle: When is Paula not a King?
Answer: When she is a Queen.

You see, Paula is a cross between a Queen of Hearts and a Queen Mother. Though her surname might hint at royalty in the lineage, the comparison ends there, for Paula is not the slightest bit pretentious or uppity. If you want proof, just watch her little “subjects” who gather at her side. It is those children entrusted to her care as an educator to whom she is their “Queen Mother.” She gives her heart and soul to teaching the sweetly innocent and young upon whom she showers love, and to whom she provides nurturing comfort, guidance, discipline, and equaled compassion. Paula always stresses a rule of respect to the little ones she teaches. It is her life’s credo: “Do Unto Others As You Would Have Them Do Unto You.” Yes, it is this “Golden Rule” that she brings to the “kingdom of the classroom setting” and to her personal life. In fact, this universal truth is so prevalent in her mind and strikingly important in her estimation, that she has a Norman Rockwell poster displayed in her home that has those same sage words of wisdom superimposed upon faces of peoples of all nations and races. She has also gifted this core belief to her own children: Tyler, Cameron, and Nathan, as well as to her grandchildren: Tyson, Zana, and Zina. “It’s something we taught our kids,” Paula says. “I try to live by the teachings and rules that I learned through my religion and through my faith.” Actually, at one point in her life, she thought she wanted to be a nun, adding “I was determined I was going to be a missionary, but life took hold and took me in a different path.”

Thankfully, for our parish, life did take hold and took her to Lincoln on a different path, and with a different mission…it just took a while, and it was a circuitous path at that. Paula was born in Pennsylvania, the oldest of five children with one sister and three brothers. Up until the age of 12 when her family moved to RI, Paula and her family were part of a vibrant Catholic parish, St. Alphonsus. In RI, she attended a public junior high and then attended and graduated from a Catholic high school, Prout Memorial, so named for Sr. Mary Prout. It was there that she participated in many clubs, such as drama and music, and shared in many other activities associated with another local Catholic boys’ high school. She also enjoyed being a member of the Metronomes, a marching team, performing in local and state parades.

Paula continued to march onward with her studies, attending Holy Cross College in Worcester, starting in Pre-Med, before switching to Psychology as her major. Eventually, she earned her B.A. there, and later received a certificate in teaching. Her Master’s in Special Education from Rhode Island College was her next achievement, graduating diploma in hand from there in 1981. Upon entering the work force, she was first employed at Bradley Hospital (a psychiatric hospital in East Providence Rhode Island, well known for being on the cutting edge of autism research) before moving to Meredith in 1986. It was there she was afforded the opportunity to teach and create a Special Education preschool program at the Inter-Lakes Elementary School, a position she then held for the next 11 years. This entire time, Paula was commuting from Lincoln to Meredith, as she was then living in a small apartment in the condo that her parents owned at The Village of Loon. It was at that point in her life that she reached out to a family friend and acquaintance that they had bonded with over many ski trips to the area. That friend soon became Paula’s future husband, Bart. They married, settling in North Woodstock as their home. Then, as luck and fate would intervene, a job at Linwood Elementary School opened up for an Elementary Special Education professional, a position she has held for the past 21 years. It is there where she presently teaches the little ones she loves: preschoolers through third graders. Paula also brings that expertise into the voluntary ministry she chairs here at St. Joseph parish as the Faith Formation Director, a role which she has been involved in since Fr. Dave has been the pastor. Prior to that, she was one of the volunteer teachers in the program for approximately 20+ years, starting when her own children were in Religious Ed. At the beginning, she admits, “It gave me an excuse to be a part of their lives, but then, I really enjoyed it.” She thoughtfully muses: “God gives us certain gifts and we need to ask, what, in turn, are we going to do with those gifts? I think the gift God gave me is a passion for working with kids, and so to turn that around and continue to give it (back) is how I see it.”

She has done that—and so much more—is the way we all should see it. Just take a look at the list of her involvements and accomplishments for our parish, not to mention the fact that she juggles all of that with the duties and demands of her day job. Paula serves as the Parish Pastoral Council Chairperson, as well as being the chairperson of the annual parish Christmas Festival (a gargantuan duty in-and-of itself!) And, as if there were not enough responsibilities in those appointments, she serves as Religious Education/Faith Formation Director, coordinating activities and events for the children in the program—and there are many. Students, under her direction, have gotten to bond with the elderly residents of Lincoln Green, playing Bingo or baking and sharing seasonal cookies alongside each of them. Paula creates and organizes these happenings and others, such as the students’ annual bus field trip, this past year’s to the Shrine of Our Lady of LaSalette, in Enfield, NH. She also coordinates the bake sale fundraisers that help to financially enable an event like that to take place. Her goal for the children in the Religious Education program is simple, “I want to instill in them a love for how to live your faith, not just learn about it.” This is the reason why she also loves to see them participate in other faith-based activities such as the Living Stations at Lent, or the children’s Christmas Pageant. A prime example of this is how she feels about this year’s performance, “The Christmas Eve Mass really warmed my heart because the kids are learning about all of this, and they are participating, and they all have Elves on the Shelves and they all believe in Santa…but this is really what the story should be about, and the fact that so many of them wanted to be in that little pageant meant so much.” Also, seeing so many Moms and Dads at that Mass who went to Religious Ed with her own children gave her that same warm feeling for the faith, “It is my prayer or my hope that there is still that thread that some of them will reconnect with the Catholic church.” She continues, “So, when I see kids and families embracing an idea that we have to get the kids involved in X,Y, or Z, I’m like, YES!!! This is what it’s all about—and that’s where I get my energy from.” The goal, she explains, is “to keep the kids and families invested.”

And, to achieve that goal, requires a lot of creative ideas. “I let God sort of help me figure out ways to make that happen.” she says. Strangely, she finds that inspiration comes during Mass a lot of the time. She explains, “It is one hour a week where I just sort of let go of everything, and that’s when He inspires me. There are no distractions, no TV, no screens, or black “Day-Timer” calling me.” She definitely puts that big, black day-organizer of hers to good use, with the current enrollment in Faith Formation as it stands now at 12 families and 19 children. It certainly is a challenging task trying to keep all the kids on track for them to make their Restored Order sacraments. Yet, even with all the work and organization required of that, Paula admits she doesn’t mind staying on as the current Director, “I don’t mind doing it, unless somebody else comes along with better ideas and more energy.” She adds, “I’m always looking for ways to rejuvenate things.”

As for Paula, she rejuvenates and re-energizes her own spirit when she gets the time to relax. And, even at that, she excels, as she also brings that “Midas touch” of hers to those activities: painting, making dollhouses, gardening, and exercising at her hip-hop class. She also enjoys traveling, cooking, and watching TV and quality films with her husband, Bart, a self-professed movie buff. Oh, and, one more thing—she teaches piano—mainly to children at her home, or theirs, if, and when, appropriate. That is our Paula King, always the teacher, whose “kingdom” is the classroom, no matter where that room may be, and one whose little “subjects” always learn the Golden Rule. It is her mission in life. Guess she did become a missionary after all!

(P.S. If you would like to stay at the Kings (and Queen’s) castle, Paula and her husband, Bart, rent out a room within their home through the web-site Air B‘n’B).
–by Denise Rush
Paula’s artwork: Paula’s credo poster (reads at the bottom “Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.”):

Parish Capital Campaign

Greetings;

The Patriots Won the AFC Championship! We are going to the Super Bowl!

Okay, please join us this Tuesday and Thursday for the informative Catholic video by Bishop Barron series titled: The Pivotal Players. Tuesday we will show the video on St. Catherine of Sienna and Thursday, Bl. John Henry Newman. We will learn a bit about them, and how they have influenced the Church. It Begins at 6PM in the St. Anne Conference Room in the Church and ends at 7:30PM. It’s free, with snacks and coffee provided.

The Parish Capital Campaign is going strong. The parish is having this 3 year Capital Campaign to help replenish the expenses we incurred while fixing the front of the church. The completed project included the following: the Steeple water repairs, the Bell restoration and automation, exterior stain glass window protection glass with vents, the installation of the new elevator, new handicapped side ramp with automated door, removal of the long cement ramp, new granite steps with pavers, landscaping with lighting, and the new entryway with stairs leading into the hall from the front doors. This enormous project greatly improved the structure of the church, as well as made our church handicap accessible friendly. The elevator alone is a magnificent thing to have, especially for the many parishioners and visitors who use it. As I say: It’s only a sprained ankle away, from any one of us, needing to use it!
So, if you haven’t done so, please consider prayerfully making a pledge toward our parish’s financial stability. Cards are located near the mountain in the church and in the pews. “Thank you” to all who have stretched themselves in making a pledge toward the Parish Capital Campaign. I know that the Good Lord will abundantly bless you for your generosity.

You may have noticed, I will be distributing Holy Communion on the left side of the Altar looking out toward the pews. Not a big deal to many, but for some, major change! LOL!

In Meet the Flock, this week and last, we featured Ms. Paula King. She is our Coordinator of Faith Formation/Education in the parish, and Chairperson of the Parish Pastoral Council. We are so fortunate to have such a talented, organized, wonderful, selfless person in such leadership roles, here in the parish! Please read her write-up located as an insert in the bulletin and learn a bit about Paula. “Thank you” to Ms. Denise Rush for sharing her talented writing skills in telling Ms. King’s story!

May you have a blessed week, and for those who ski, lots of powder!
Fr. Kneeland
P.S. The Super Bowl is Sunday, February 3rd at 6:30PM LA Rams and the New England Patriots! Go Pats!

Adult Faith Formation Series

Greetings;

I hope you were able to get your copy of Scott Hahn’s book, Signs of Life that the parish gave away over Christmas. It’s a good read, so far, but I am only at the beginning yet.

We will begin the Bishop Robert Barron video Adult Faith Formation series, Pivotal Players this Tuesday (January 15th) evening at 6PM until 7:30PM. Each video presentation is an hour long, then we will break for coffee and snacks, followed by a brief discussion; ending at 7:30pm. All and any age are welcome to attend, all or any presentation; they are free. We will meet in the St. Anne Conference room in the church. There is a lot of buzz about this great series coming here. I join many of you with great anticipation, to see this much anticipated series. Invite a friend and join us!

The Parish Capital Campaign is going strong! Check out our progress and notice the hiking boots on our paper-mache mountain trekking ever so diligently, upward, toward our goal! If you haven’t made a crucial pledge yet, please consider doing so. Pledge cards are located in the pews, or next to the paper-mache mountain inside the church. Thank you to everyone who has stretched themselves in making a pledge, supporting our parish. The Lord will reward your generosity abundantly, I know it!

This Sunday, sadly ends our Christmas Season. I know some of you will delight that the Christmas decorations will come down…”Bah-humbug” LOL! Anyway, please consider helping out to take down the decorations after the 10am Mass this Sunday. Can you believe that I am already receiving “Easter” mailings from publications already! Yikes! Too soon! LOL!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Happy New Year

Happy New Year!
As we celebrate this Sunday the Feast of the Holy Family, may we give thanks to the Good Lord for Family & Friends, the Parish Family and of course, The Holy Family: Jesus of Nazareth, his Mother, The Blessed Virgin Mary, and His foster father, Saint Joseph. They are presented to us, as the model for Christian families. Why? Well, even though they experienced many hardships as a family, for example, they fled to Egypt to escape Herod’s Massacre of the Innocents; Mary & Joseph lost their teenage son, Jesus, eventually finding Him preaching in the Temple, to name a few. Joseph & Mary always trusted in the Lord; doing the Will of the Lord. They relied on Lord through prayer and their Traditional Jewish Roots. So, as our own families may face difficulties, hardship & stress; the Holy Family points us toward placing our Trust in the Lord. So important! Pray for your family constantly, pray for your parish family, and your neighbors, invoking The Holy Family to intercede in making all our relationships happy, healthy, and holy.

I will present the next parish Faith Formation video series, Bishop Robert Barron’s Catholicism: The Pivotal Players this January, beginning Tuesday, January 15th at 6PM in the church conference room. The series will run every Tuesday & Thursday evening at 6PM throughout January. It’s free, with snacks and coffee included. You may come to all of the presentations or as many as you wish. Please spread the word and invite a friend. I know there is a lot of anticipation from many of you (myself included) in seeing this series.
One of my New Year Resolutions is to lose weight. I may go back to my Weight Watchers (which is now called “WW”…thanks Oprah! LOL!). I want to join the program that the late funny comedian, John Pinette said he belonged to: “I like Weight Watchers, but, they won’t let you buy points! So I am now part of a rogue splinter organization, where you can sell and buy points in a secondary market, as needed.” LOL!

May you and your family have a blessed 2019!
Fr. Kneeland