Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Our Ministry Team

Dear Parishioners and Visitors: 

“What a friendly and welcoming church,” is one of the many positive comments I hear each weekend as people are leaving Mass.   I think that’s because our ministers here at St. Joe’s believe in the true presence of Christ in the Eucharist, and that inspires them to BE the Body of Christ – they’re not just volunteering to do a job.  Our ministry team receives and relates to the people who come here in a Christian manner – you are what you eat!

At the 10:00 A.M. Mass last Sunday, we celebrated our parish ministers. Their goal is always to be Christ for others as Christ is for us, as the hymn goes. This is what they bring to their ministries, whether they:

· Prepare altar linens, tend gardens, help behind the scenes with repair work;

· Help you in the parish office or serve on parish committees;

· Pass on their love for God in faith formation classes;

· Provide outreach to God’s poor;

· Lead us in songful worship;

· Set up for Mass and serve at the altar;

· Distribute Holy Communion or proclaim the Word of God;

· Help collect or count the weekly offertory;

· Greet people arriving for church or distribute bulletins and wish you a good week as you leave.

They see you – not as just another customer – but as the reflection of themselves, as members of the Body of Christ!  And for that, we recognize them and thank them. “Behold who you are, become what you receive — the Body of Christ, given for others!” (St. Augustine of Hippo).

With thanks and prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Mother’s Day Remembrances

 We are very grateful for all the donations given in memory of mothers, living and deceased, on Mother’s Day 2024.  While many were given anonymously, we entrust them all to the maternal care of the Blessed Mother.

DonorIn Memory/Honor of
Rose Marie Henderson: Josephine Ciarleglio
Mary Pieroni: Mary Iarocci, Cecilia Pieroni, Geraldine Paolino
Barbara Vitale: Marguerite Young.
Quinten & Judy Boyle: Laura Boyle, Mary Boyle, Doris Sawyer
Susan Whitman: Blanche Boyle, Mary Boyle, Elizabeth Whitman.
Patrick & Christine Walsh: Margit, Margot, Maria, Marion, Irene, Mary-Mother of Jesus, All Mothers and Grandmothers
Nancy Bujeaud: Claire Bujeaud, Lucienne Bujeaud, Nina Colford
John McGovern: Peggy McGovern,
Nathan & Nina Haynes: Helena Haynes, Mabel Lehouillier, and Their Families.
David Albert: Loretta Albert, Maria Pereira
Fred and Peggy Mehrmann: Rosemary Mehrmann, Maryann Caron
Edward and Elaine Whitlock: Anna Lent, Marion Whitlock
Laura Laufenberg: Alice Pilkington, Peg Pilkington

Corpus Christi

Dear Parishioners and Visitors,

Blessings of Corpus Christi Sunday!

What an amazing gift we receive each time we   attend Mass, when we receive Jesus in the Eucharist, when we adore him in the Blessed Sacrament during adoration, and when we visit him in the tabernacles of our churches. Christ has      become our true food and true drink.  He has done this not only to be close to us, to nourish and transform us, but also to help us remember what he has done for us.  We recall in this sacred meal our Lord’s amazing love for us and how he rescued us from darkness, sin, and death.  Again and again, he comes to us under the appearances of bread and wine.  He unites himself to us as we receive him in the Most Blessed Sacrament, the “true Bread from Heaven.”

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Crown on Our Lady of Fatima

Dear Parishioners and  Visitors,

When visiting with us at St. Joseph’s Church, have you ever noticed how often people pray and light candles at the statue of Our Lady of Fatima? As May, Mary’s month, draws to a close, here’s something interesting about the rich and special history of the famous crown worn by Mary at the Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal.

It was crafted in 1942 by the Portuguese royalty’s own jewelers. Its materials were donated from the jewelry boxes of women throughout Portugal who donated gold and jewels to honor Our Lady of Fatima for her protection during the Second World War. Nearly 3,000 pearls and precious stones encrust the crown.

One gem, however, far outranks all the diamonds, rubies, and emeralds. With its dull, dark gray coloring and a simple almond shape, this gem doesn’t look like much – because it’s not a gemstone at all. It’s the bullet that struck Pope St. John Paul II. One year after the attempt on his life – May 13, 1981 – the Holy Father went to Fatima bearing the bullet as a gift for the Blessed Mother. Uncertain what to do with this unique token, the rector of the Shrine went to the statue of Our Lady of Fatima and examined her crown. At the top, there was an empty space that just so happened to be the exact circumference of the bullet! It is set now as a permanent part of the treasured crown.

Pray for us, O    Holy Mother of God, that we may be made worthy of the promises of Christ!

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

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