St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Update on Mask Mandate

The Diocesan Digest

Weekly Administration E-Mail Communications for Pastors and Associate Pastors

April 16, 2021

Welcome to the Diocesan Digest!

If you have any questions or suggestions about this communication, please contact Bevin Kennedy (, 603-663-0136).

Topics in this Digest

1. State Mask Mandate
You may have seen that the Governor announced the repeal of the State mask mandate. This is causing confusion because it does not repeal what is in place for guidance for Houses of Worship in New Hampshire which incorporated the CDC’s best practices including the continued recommended  wearing of masks. From the first days of this pandemic impacting our State, the Diocese has been, and will continue to be, informed by federal and state public health experts and our own local, Catholic health resources.

What the Governor is allowing to expire is separate from the broader and still prudent precautionary measures which remain in place: washing and sanitizing of hands, maintaining a distance of six feet, or twenty for choirs, and other measures the Diocese has had in place since last May. Masks when in close confines, such as when we are at Mass, are still strongly encouraged to be worn by those who are able, according to the guidance we have asked all to follow.

While vaccines are now widely available, they should not give the false sense that no other precautions are necessary or helpful. We ask you, therefore, to continue to follow the guidance of best practices for the Celebration of Mass and other aspects of Parish life which are found on our website by clicking here and watching the Diocesan Digest for further updates.

Please also be aware that municipal regulations may address the wearing of masks in your community.

For questions, please contact Fr. Jason Jalbert (663-0132 or; Meredith Cook (663-0148 or; or Dennis Honan (663-0112 or….

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, April 17     4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana, Sr.
By Ronnie Comesana
Saturday Mass celebrated by Fr. Remo Zanatta

Sunday, April 18                                                
7:30 AM Herta Sutton                                                          
By Thomas Sutton
10:00 AM For the people of the Parish
Sunday Masses celebrated by Fr. Dixon J. Choolakkal

Wednesday, April 21 8:00 AM Martin Wallem
By The Wolowski Family

Thursday, April 22 8:00 AM Andrea Lahey
By Michelle & Jim Lahey

Friday, April 23 8:00 AM Gerard Dupuis & family (Living)
By Gene Duquette

Saturday, April 24 4:30 PM For the people of the Parish

Sunday, April 25    
7:30 AM Emma Mosco
By Peter & Carol
10:00 AM Mark Rosier
By Margaret & Doug Sweeney

Easter Memorial Offerings

Donor In Memory/Honor of
Quentin & Judy Boyle Sam Boyle
Gisele Laliberte Special Intention
Laura Laufenberg Joseph W. Laufenberg, Jr.
Rae Peron Aime Perron, Perron family, Clough family, Macedo
Family, Eric Johnson
Ray & Jane Maki Chris Maki, Philip & Paul Hajjar, Sol & Betty Hajjar,
Martin & Edla Maki, Ralph Carol & Gary Maki,
Ray & Edith Morris, Katherine Emerson
Susan Whitman Dale Whitman, Randolph & Blanche Boyle, Sandra, Ray &
Randy Borgnis, Shirley, Robert & Michael LeClerc,
Cameron Morrissette, Whitman Family
Nancy Bujeaud Claire Bujeaud, Jim Bujeaud
Ed & Elaine Whitlock Special Intention
Anonymous Special Intention
Janet Peltier Herman & Helen Cadorette, Claire Ward
Fred & Peggy Mehrmann Special Intention
Ed & Margie Rody George & Helen Rody, Joseph & Margaret Misejko
Barbara Vitale Michael Vitale, Marguerite & Millard Young, The Young &
Laleme families, Roger Libby
Annie Anderson Nancy Holtzman, Beatrice St. Hillarne
Nathan & Nina Haynes Joseph & Mabel Lehoullier, Irving & Helena Haynes
Rosemarie Henderson Special Intention
John McGovern Special Intention
Mary Pieroni Michael & Mary Iarocci, Albert Pieroni, Michelina
Muscatelli, Isabel Rafferty, Marguerite Lemieux,
Deceased Pieroni/Iadiocoia, Deceased Iarocci/Muscatelli
Michael Iarocci Special Intention
Nancy & David Gardner David Gardner, Jr.
Doug & Margaret Sweeney John & Lillian Sweeney, Mary Moniz, Robert &
Marianne Loranger
Jack McDonald Special Intention
Patricia Hamdan Dr. F. Hamdan, MD
Lee & Eileen Latham Matthew & Mary Driscoll
Consider the lilies, how they grow: they neither toil nor spin; but I tell you, not even Solomon in all his glory clothed himself like one of these (Luke 12:27).

We are ever grateful to those who contributed to provide such beautiful flowers to adorn the church during the Easter Season.  May they, and those memorialized, be remembered in our prayers of gratitude!
Continued blessings of the Easter Season to all,     Fr. John Mahoney

Thanks on Divine Mercy Sunday

“No one claimed that any of his possessions was his own, but they had everything in common.”

It’s unlikely that those who survive the pandemic will look back on these days with much nostalgia.  Sickness and loss, fear and division, stress and isolation.  The consequences will be with us for a generation.  Yet emerging from the tragedy were also instances of humanity, decency, and heroism that echoed the time of the first Apostles and disciples.  We’ve shared food, masks, information, errands, songs.  We’ve gathered on balconies and in virtual rooms. We’ve found ways to pray, to heal, and to encourage.  This Divine Mercy Sunday, give thanks for those who have helped you through this and every crisis – especially to healthcare workers and to those volunteers in the local community who’ve helped with the massive undertaking of “getting shots into arms!”

Special thanks, too, to the many parishioners and visitors who were able to attend the Lenten, Triduum, and Easter liturgies this year!  We should be ever grateful to those who volunteered their time and efforts to ensure a safe and sanitized church, a beautiful worship environment, and reverent Masses and liturgies: Our wonderful team of ushers that welcomes everyone and maintains good order (Special thanks to Max, our youngest usher!); our Safety Committee members who protect us with compliance issues relative to Mass registration, crowd control, and distancing requirements; our Liturgy Committee (notably Colette, Delia, and Mike I.) that works tirelessly to schedule ministers and adorn the church with flowers and banners; our music ministers (Margaret and her colleagues) who support our worship with appropriate and uplifting music (Alleluia!); all of our lectors and EMs (Excellent Easter fire on Holy Saturday with the help of Jay Bartlett and Jan Wolowski!) who proclaim the Word of God and distribute the Body of Christ; our sacristans who set out vessels and prepare sacred linens (Thanks, Lisa!) for Holy Mass; the volunteers who led the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings; our Faith Formation team that fostered a deeper understanding of Easter faith in the parish’s children; and, of course, to the volunteers who work behind the scenes counting collections – especially Nina and Susan, but also Colette, Millie, Mary, Eileen, and Barbara!

Father John Mahoney

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, April 10   4:30 PM Evangelization of the Human Race
By Tom Ortowski

Sunday, April 11                                                  
7:30 AM For the People of the Parish                                        
10:00 AM Tina Sutton                                                             
By Ted Sutton

Saturday, April 17 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana, Sr.
By Ronnie Comesana
Saturday Mass celebrated by Fr. Remo Zanatta

Sunday, April 18    
7:30 AM Tina Sutton  
By Thomas Sutton
10:00 AM For the people of the Parish
Sunday Masses celebrated by Fr. Dixon J. Choolakkal

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