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Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Summertime!

There’s a great country song from the early 1990’s by Mark Chestnut, called “Too Cold At Home” in which he repeats the words: “it’s too hot to fish, too hot for golf and too cold at home.” Well, I think we can all relate with this heat!  I feel it’s too hot to do anything outside, and although the song suggests that his relationship is too cold to go home, for me, the A.C. in the window makes my room too cold.  Lol. But I shouldn’t complain about the heat after that horribly long cold winter! So enjoy!

We will be finishing up our Faith Formation video series, “Oremus”. It was very informative giving us some useful and practical tools to help us pray as well as introduced us to various ways of praying within the Church. Join us for the final three presentations this Tuesday 6pm until 7pm. Refreshments provided.

In the near future, by popular demand, we will begin a different series from Bishop Robert Barron, called “Mass”. I  know everyone really enjoyed his “Catholicism” series we showed last year, so stay tuned for more details.

Thank you to all who are supporting our Parish Capital Campaign. If you haven’t done so, and would like to, please join us by filling out a pledge card today.  I’m confident the Lord will bless our individual giving, and our parish effort.

The Feast day of the Immaculate Conception is this Wednesday. Masses will be at 8:30am and 6:00pm. Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will begin with Exposition at 9am until Benediction at 5:30pm. Stop by during the day to visit with the Lord and perhaps apply some of the prayer techniques we learned from Fr. Mark Toups’ video series. 

Hope you find some relaxation, peace and rest this Summer,
Blessings,

Fr. Kneeland

St Lawrence of Rome Feast Day

Greetings;

My dad stayed with me, up here a couple weeks ago. We had a nice time together, visiting some of my favorite restaurants in the area. We also enjoyed picking blueberries at Windy Ridge Orchard in North Haverhill, NH. I hadn’t been in such a long time. It is certainly a beautiful place! The 25 minute drive through the mountains showed spectacular views. We ate breakfast there (which each entre comes with a homemade apple cider doughnut. Yum!). The Fabrizio family, who own and run the Orchard, are fellow parishioners of St. Joseph’s. We had a wonderful time. If you are looking for something to do, check it out! You won’t be disappointed and tell them “Fr. David” sent ya!

Come to the 10AM Mass and hear the choir sing! They are growing in number and sounding wonderful! After the Mass, come downstairs for Coffee & Doughnuts and fellowship. Members of our Knights Council set everything up for us. Please leave a donation in the basket / container located on the table, to help defray the costs and support the effort. Thank you!

The Church celebrates my favorite Saint, St. Lawrence of Rome, this Friday, August 10th. St. Lawrence was a Deacon and a Martyr. The proceeding was taken from Wikipedia: A famous legend has persisted from ancient times. As deacon in Rome, St Lawrence was responsible for the material goods of the Church and the distribution of alms to the poor.[8] St Ambrose of Milan relates that when the treasures of the Church were demanded of St Lawrence by the Prefect of Rome, he brought forward the poor, to whom he had distributed the treasure as alms.[9] “Behold in these poor persons the treasures which I promised to show you; to which I will add pearls and precious stones, those widows and consecrated virgins, which are the Church’s crown.”[5] The Prefect was so angry that he had a great gridiron prepared with hot coals beneath it, and had Lawrence placed on it, hence St Lawrence’s association with the gridiron. After the martyr had suffered pain for a long time, the legend concludes, he cheerfully declared: “I’m well done on this side. Turn me over!” From this derives his patronage of cooks, chefs, and comedians. What can I say?! The Patron Saint of Food and Laughter, a person after my own heart!

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

Fr. Kneeland

Parish Photo Book Directory

Greetings;

The Parish Pastoral Council is excited to partner with LifeTouch Photography Services, in creating a Parish Photo Book Directory. When completed, every home will be given a free copy. The photo directory will feature us (the parishioners of St. Joseph Church), families, parish life, various events and groups that make up the parish. It will be the “who’s who” book of the year; it will be spectacular! However, you must do your part; by signing up for a timeslot to have your photo taken here in the church hall. The professional photographers will be available only 2 days, Wednesday & Thursday, August 22nd & 23rd . Sign-ups to schedule times will be made available after weekend Masses. It is free. You will receive a free photo for framing along with the completed book. If you so choose, you may purchase other size photos of your liking. Please spread the word, so that, all parishioners may be counted among the parish family directory!

A big “thank you” to Etienne Poirier for securing the new statue of the Blessed Mother inside the grotto, located in the front lawn of the Rectory/Office. (Please see photo).

A big “thank you” to Stewart and Annie Anderson for creating our Parish Capital Campaign Mountain, located near the poor box in the church. It is awesome! (Please see photo). The little boots trekking up the hiking trail show our progress in the Capital Campaign, as we reach toward our goal, the summit of the mountain. So far, we are half way up the mountain with pledges. Thank you to everyone who made a pledge to support the longevity of our parish. If you haven’t done so, please fill out a pledge card located in the pews.

We received a nice “thank you” card from the local Food Pantry for our generous donation we gave from our 2nd collection a few weeks ago. It was very appreciated and needed to fill their shelves.

It was such a blessing to have the Monstrance blessed by Pope Saint John Paul II here last week. Many people stopped in the church on Wednesday Adoration to make a visit. (please see photo).

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

Fr. Kneeland

Climbing Our Mountain

Greetings;

The big beautiful paper mache mountain is up and towering over the poor box in the church. Thanks to the creativity and insight of Eddie & Denise Rush and the engineering and labor of Stewart & Annie Anderson, the mountain will be our guide as we journey through our three year Capital Campaign showing us our progress. As pledges and cash come in, the boots on the mountain will show us roughly where we stand in the process. Currently, the boots are almost midway up the mountain with the boot’s footprints in “white” providing the amount of money pledged so far and the “yellow” footprints furnishing the actual money given and in the bank.
As time goes on, watch for the boots to continue to climb. We are doing well in our Capital Campaign with over $104,000 pledged (of our $250,000 goal) and over $22,000 in the bank. This is still a big mountain to climb, but, as in all things in life, step-by-step, we shall reach the summit, with God’s help!
If you sent in a pledge, thank you. Please remember to begin making your donation either by check or through the online electronic system. If you need help with setting it up, please call the office.

The Parish Council is forming a new group of parishioner volunteers who will meet once a month to take on various cleaning/fixing projects that are needed around the church building. Please consider joining by filling out a survey form located near the bulletins or call the office.

There will be no weekday Masses next week, Tuesday, July 24th through Friday, 27th. I will be away.
Have a Blessed Summer!
Fr. Kneeland

Capital Campaign Update

Greetings;

Our insightful Video Series titled Oremus is underway. Come join us for an hour, this Tuesday, July 17th @ 6PM. The program says: “This powerful study will give participants the instruction, guidance and encouragement they need to develop an effective and fruitful prayer life.” It’s free, and coffee & refreshments are included.

A Big “thank you” goes out to all the members of both, the Parish Pastoral Council and the Parish Finance Council. The Parish Pastoral Council has been working diligently on various parish projects as well as making decisions that will steer the parish into a bright future. The Parish Finance Council just completed this year’s fiscal budget, finding ways to keep us in the black. These industrious members who volunteer their time, energy, brains, and talents, deserve great praise!

You will notice a “Survey Form” in the pews asking you to join a new program in the parish. We are asking for volunteers to join a team of helpers who will meet once a month to tackle various “clean-up”, “upkeep” and/or “organizational” projects around the church. Please fill out the survey form and pass it into the collection basket. All input is welcomed!

We welcome Richie and Rachel our Capital Campaign consultants from Kirby-Smith back with us this weekend. They will give us an update on our Capital Campaign, and after each Mass, be available to answer any questions you may have. They are also able to assist you in setting up your Capital Campaign pledge contribution, and/or weekly stewardship offering electronically on the computer. As I mentioned last weekend, there is also an option to give through your credit card, which I prefer, because I also gain points on my card. Please see Richie or Rachel after Mass.

May God continue to bless us, and our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Adult Formation Session

Greetings:

We will be beginning an eight session video study on “Prayer.” Fr. Mark Toups will guide us through the simple, yet profound steps to an effective and fruitful prayer life. The program boasts: You will discover how God speaks to you, even in the smallest encounters. Following the Tradition of the Catholic Church and the wisdom of the saints, you will learn how to express yourself to God in prayer, and how to hear his voice. We will meet on Tuesdays & Thursdays for an hour starting at 6PM. Coffee, fruit salad from Smiley’s, and snacks will be provided. It is free, so please join us and bring a friend. We will meet in the “chapel/meeting” room in the church next to the church hall. It will be interesting and informative.

Bear, my dog and parish mascot, turned 8 years old this past 4th of July. It’s amazing that for a dog born on Independence Day, just isn’t keen on fireworks going off! Oh well…

Some exciting news, a monstrance blessed by the late St. Pope John Paul II, will be visiting our parish on July 18th (not this Wednesday, next). The Monstrance is the name of the liturgical metal stand which houses the Blessed Sacrament during Adoration. We will use this specially blessed Monstrance during our regular Wednesday Adoration from 9AM until Benediction at 7:45PM. So please mark your calendars and stop by anytime during the day to visit the Lord.

Have a Blessed Summer!
May God continue to bless our parish community here in the White Mountains!

Fr. Kneeland

Happy 4th of July

Happy 4th of July!

Let us give thanks to God for our Country, especially our service men and women who have served, and continue to serve in the Armed Forces, as well as the First Responders. May the Good Lord protect us, guide us, and continue to keep us united.

Lately it seems politics, news organizations, and Party affiliations, have clouded the Country’s unity. Jesus said: “If a house is divided against itself, that house will not be able to stand.” (Mark 3:25)

We need to pray for our Country, our Leaders. We must strive individually for harmony. Debates, dialogue, and even heated expressed disagreements over policies and ideas, are okay as long as the goal is a more perfect union. That is, both sides respect each other’s differences in opinion; and remain civil, recognizing each other as Americans first and foremost.

It was encouraging to see the comradery between the members of the House of Representatives having fun playing baseball at their annual outing in Washington, D.C.. They demonstrated great accord as Americans even if playing on opposite teams.

This 4th of July, I encourage you to please take a moment out of your busy day of perhaps barbequing, relaxing, watching the Parade, observing the firework display; to say a prayer for peace and unity in America. May the Lord continue to Bless Her.

I am proud of our Knights of Columbus Council 4th Degree members who served as Honor Guard for the first time in our newly resurrected Council for the funeral services of fellow brother Knight, Eddie Clermont, this past Monday. They did a great job and added such solemnity to the Liturgy.

There will be no Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament this Wednesday, 4th of July, so that Adorers may spend time with family & friends. However, there will be mass at 8:30am and the church will be open between the hours of 9am until 5pm for anyone who would like to make a visit and pray.

First Saturday Mass for the Devotion of Mary, Saturday July 7th, will be celebrated here at 10AM. Please join us.

May God bless us, our parish and God bless America!
Fr. Kneeland

“From Every Mountain Side, Let Freedom Ring.”
~ Samuel F. Smith, “America”

Diocesan Mission Appeal

Greetings;

This Weekend, we will hold our annual parish Diocesan Mission appeal. Usually the Diocese would assign a mission for the parish to support, and a Mission Sister/Priest would speak to us about their particular mission’s ministry. However, this year, our assigned Mission, the Franciscan Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, who minister to the poorest communities in the U.S.A., the Appalachian mountain area in Kentucky, cannot be with us. In speaking on the phone with a Mission Representative, Sr. Consolata Ojemeh, OSF, she informed me that they just could not afford the plane ticket and travel expenses to come to NH, and sadly would have to cancel. So as a parish, we will still support the sisters and their mission by having a basket of free will offering at the podium in front of altar this weekend and praying for them. I figure, if they cannot afford to come, they really need the funds to keep their ministry going. I will speak at each of the weekend Masses about their specific Mission on their behalf.

Thank you to Etienne Poirier who recently painted the inside of the Mary Grotto a shade of nice blue. The Grotto is located in front of the Rectory. A beautiful larger statue of Mary depicting Our Lady of Grace, will soon adorn the inside of the grotto when it arrives.

You may have noticed fewer chairs in the church, specifically the front row of each side, of each section of pews. The chairs have been removed to allow space for wheelchairs. This will also ease the flow of people traffic during Communion. The chairs were taken downstairs to replace broken and worn out chairs in the “chapel/pink” meeting room.

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

Peace,
Fr. Kneeland

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