Lincoln, New Hampshire

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In Weakness there is Strength

Jesus asks us to reorient our priorities.  In embracing what the world sometimes values little, we find what has the greatest value.

In the early 1960s, former naval officer and theology professor, Jean Vanier, decided to do something personally about the conditions he saw in institutions for the developmentally disabled. He made a home with two men who had disabilities. Naming their house “L’Arche,” after Noah’s Ark, he and the others lived as a family, sharing daily tasks and relaxing together.  Since then, L’Arche communities have spread throughout the world.  They ask people of different abilities and disabilities to live in community with one another.  “Daybreak”, the L’Arche community in Toronto, attracted the priest and writer Fr. Henri Nouwen. Recovering from depression, Nouwen became Daybreak’s pastor and began helping Adam Arnett, a man with a severe disability.  Nouwen called Adam his friend, teacher, and guide.  Whenever he traveled or lectured, Fr. Nouwen invited a person with a disability to accompany him as a cofacilitator.

In honor of these visionaries, and in observance of October’s National Disability Employment Month, the St. Joseph’s Parish Outreach Committee, on behalf the parish community, has donated $500 to New England Disabled Sports at Loon Mountain.  There, boundaries are broken and nearly 600 athletes living with disabilities are able to enjoy adaptive sports.  It’s always a pleasure to see these athletes and their families at St. Joseph’s when they’re in town! 

“Laudato si’, mi’ Signore”

Laudato si’, mi’ Signore”—“Praise be to you, my Lord.” 

In the words of this beautiful canticle, Saint Francis of Assisi reminds us that our common home, God’s vineyard, is like a sister with whom we share our life and a beautiful mother who opens her arms to embrace us.

Whether you are visiting St. Joseph’s Parish or live in the area all year long, you cannot help but to admire the beauty of God’s creation – especially this time of year when He paints the local vineyard with brilliant color to remind us of the depth of His Universal Love for us.

In your bulletin today – and at the entrances to the church – you will find postcards of our beautiful little church nestled in the fall foliage.  Please take some home to post on your refrigerator, prop up on your desk, use as a bookmark, or send to a friend.  Thank you for joining us this weekend in the Lord’s vineyard!

Let us labor to protect the environment always – His vineyard and our common home. 

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Blessing of the Pets

The Lord God formed out of the ground various wild animals and various birds of the air.

Following the 10:00 A.M. Mass on Sunday, October 3, we will gather in the church parking lot for the annual blessing of pets to commemorate the Feast of St. Francis of Assisi, which is Monday, October 4. Last year, among the many humans in attendance, we were joined by cats, dogs, a beautiful horse who enjoyed snacking on Table Talk pies, and a cute little pig named “Oliver” who oinked a few times when splashed with holy water! Of course, the birds were chirping from their roosts in the nearby trees. St. Francis would have been proud!

Psalm 147:9 tells us that God is concerned for all His creation, including the animals He created. We can take from Scripture that if God takes care of animals, then so should we. Many parents introduce a pet into their home to teach their children responsibility and other positive qualities, such as unconditional love, forgiveness, and steady companionship. That’s why pets are taken to hospitals and nursing homes to interact with people in need. They help reduce symptoms of anxiety and depression.

We can learn an incredible deal from animals.

Good St. Francis, patron of animals, you loved all of God’s creatures. To you they were your brothers and sisters. Help us to follow your example of treating every living thing with kindness. Watch over our pets. Keep them – and their human companions – safe, healthy, and always in God’s loving care.

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney


If you have a medically-diagnosed gluten intolerance and would like to receive Holy Communion with a low gluten host, please notify a greeter or sacristan at least ten minutes prior to the start of Mass to place your request.  Low gluten hosts are not consecrated prior to the specific Mass for which they are requested.  Please approach the Communion station of the priest-celebrant for the reception of Holy Communion by the low gluten host that you have requested.

St Joseph, Defender of Life

Dear Parishioners,

There has been some significant legislation enacted recently that affects the pro-life posture of Catholic social teaching. Next Sunday, October 3, is Respect Life Sunday. The USCCB Secretariat for Pro-Life has developed in this Year of Joseph the following “A Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life” to call our

prayerful attention to the gift of life in general, but “especially where it is vulnerable or threatened.”

A Prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life

Dearest St. Joseph, at the word of an angel, you lovingly took Mary into your home. As God’s humble servant, you guided the Holy Family on the road to Bethlehem, welcomed Jesus as your own son in the shelter of a manger, and fled far from your homeland for the safety of both Mother and Child. We praise God that as their faithful protector, you never hesitated to sacrifice for those entrusted to you. May your example inspire us also to welcome, cherish, and safeguard God’s most precious gift of life. Help us to faithfully commit ourselves to the service and defense of human life —especially where it is vulnerable or threatened. Obtain for us the grace to do the will of God in all things. Amen.

God bless,
Fr. John Mahoney

Next Sunday, October 3rd, is Respect Life Sunday. There will be prayer cards inserted next week in our bulletin with a prayer to St. Joseph, Defender of Life.

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