St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

Extending Thanks

When collecting each week the donations from the poor box in the church, I am always moved by the generosity of both our year-round and visiting parish family who remember those who need extra financial help in these challenging times.  On top of that, over recent days a few people have quietly handed me substantial sums of cash, insisting on anonymity, and instructing that the proceeds be forwarded to families in our community who need food or other essentials of life.  These charitable overtures mean more than you will ever know (this side of Heaven) to the families who benefit from them!

A note of gratitude should be extended, too, to a group of dedicated and trustworthy women who donate their time by counting the weekly parish contributions.  To Millie Berry, Colette Crowley, Nina Haynes, Eileen Latham, Mary Pieroni, and Susan Whitman, a heartfelt thanks for all you do behind the scenes to keep the parish fiscally operational.

Finally, many thanks to everyone who made the Christmas Season a time of holiness and happiness at St. Joseph’s Parish – from Colette Crowley, Delia Sullivan, and Mike Iarocci, who decorated the church, to Margaret Sweeney and the music minsters who supported the liturgies so prayerfully and beautifully, to the liturgical ministers, to the Eventbrite team who helped with crowd management, to our terrific ushers who welcomed the faithful, maintained good order, and sanitized the church building after each celebration.  And of course, thanks to all the wonderful parishioners and visitors who heeded the call, “O Come, All Ye Faithful.”

With prayerful thanks and best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, January 23      4:30 PM Michael Leclerc
By Susan Whitman

Sunday, January 24                                            
7:30 AM For the People of the Paris
10:00 AM Michael Vitale & Roger Libby                
By Barbara & Helen

Wednesday, January 27 8:00 AM
Right to Life Mass and Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctity of Life

Thursday, January 28 8:00 AM Loretta Costa (Living)
By The Wolowski Family

Friday, January 29 8:00 AM Noelle French (Living)
By The Wolowski Family

Saturday, January 30 4:30 PM Mary Jane & Clement Comesana Sr. By Ronnie Comesana

Sunday, January 31
7:30 AM  Alden Crawford
By Bob Regan
10:00 AM For the People of the Parish

Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion

I am happy to announce that the following Extraordinary Ministers of Holy Communion have been approved and reappointed by Bishop Libasci to administer the Body and Blood of the Lord: Jay Bartlett, Jane Maki, Barbara Vitale, Xena Bartlett, Janet Peltier, Susan Whitman, Peter Eisenhauer, Mary Pieroni, Jan Wolowski, Frederick Germain, Nancy Sweeney.

Limited in scope to the distribution of Holy Communion at Mass at St. Joseph’s Church, and with permission to those institutions immediately served by the Parish, these dedicated Catholics are deputed to faithfully distribute the Eucharist to the People of God under my guidance and direction.  May they be strengthened and comforted by the Blessed Sacrament they distribute.  These appointments are for a three-year term, expiring on December 31, 2023. 

Fr. John Mahoney

Mass Intentions for the Week

Saturday, January 16    4:30 PM Mary F. McCarthy
By her family

Sunday, January 17                                            
7:30 AM  For the People of the Parish
10:00 AM Lionel Gingras     6 year anniversary
By Denise & Eddie Rush

Wednesday, January 20 8:00 AM Noelle French (Living)
By The Wolowski Family

Thursday, January 21 8:00 AM Patty Papio (Living)
By Jane & Ray Maki

Friday, January 22 8:00 AM Jarek Horosz
By Jan Wolowski

Saturday, January 23 4:30 PM Robert Leclerc
By Susan Whitman

Sunday, January 24
7:30 AM  For the People of the Parish
10:00 AM Michael Vitale & Roger Libby
By Barbara & Helen

Wednesday, January 27 8:00 AM
Right to Life Mass and Eucharistic Adoration for the Sanctity of Life

A Letter of Gratitude

On a wintry day a few weeks ago, just before Christmas, a mother of four contacted the rectory asking about assistance with grocery needs.  Her work hours had been reduced and she had run short of money to feed her family.  I explained that through the benevolence and generosity of St. Joseph’s parishioners and visitors we were able to help.  I thought you would like to see the gratitude letter she sent later:

Dear Father Mahoney,

Yesterday was a day I’ll never forget.  The children came home from school all with a look of wonder on their faces. The aroma of homemade beef stew, bread and fresh baked apple pie overwhelmed them. I told them of my visit with you. We are all so thankful to you and the church. Please know the boys had full bellies and were very happy after their meal.  Thank you!

We all like to be told, “Good job!”  Deep in our hearts, we long to hear the affirming words that Jesus heard as he broke through the waters of the Jordan at his Baptism: “You are my beloved Son; with you I am well pleased.”  Our truest identity stems from our own Baptism and subsequent outreach to others.  This thank-you letter from the mother affirms that the infusion of the Holy Spirit and the fruits of baptism have taken root among those who come from near and far to worship here at St. Joseph’s.  As Isaiah puts it, “You are a light for the nations … the Lord, your God, the Holy One of Israel, has glorified you.”  What a blessing to have you here!  All are welcome, all are welcome, all are welcome in this place!

Fr John Mahoney

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