St Joseph's Church

Lincoln, New Hampshire

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Thanks

A special word of thanks to Mike Iarocci, Chairperson of the Buildings and Grounds Committee, for completing the unenviable task of putting in order the rectory garage!  And, many thanks to Jan Wolowski and Steve Babin for replacing light bulbs to brighten the worship space in the church!

Lent

Dear Parishioners and   Visitors:

The prayers of the liturgy refer to Lent as “this joyful season.” Though the character of the 40-day period  is penitential, the intent of Lent is to prepare us spiritually for the greatest feast of the Church year, the always-jubilant Easter Season.

So where did Lent come from? Let’s start by saying that Christianity embraces one key belief: the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead. This central article of faith shapes everything we do as Christians, how we live, how we die, and certainly how we express our faith in worship. Easter is, therefore, the primary day of rejoicing, and every Sunday is considered a “little Easter,” a commemoration of how Jesus triumphed over sin and death. 

In the early Church, Christians prepared for the  Easter sacraments by fasting for up to a week, but by the 4th century, a full 40-day period of preparation was observed, imitating the 40-day fast of   Jesus in the desert before undertaking his great mission. Almsgiving was added to the practices of Lent as it, too, was a traditional way of making sacrifice to God in the wake of sinfulness. 

Easter, the Christian Passover, was fixed by the Council of Nicaea in 325 to coincide with the first full moon after the vernal equinox. That makes Lent the annual “springtime” of faith, quite        literally, as the word Lent means “spring.”

Let us pray together, as a community of faith, that this Lenten Season will be a time of faith development and growth in the Spirit for us, for all who gather here, and especially for those who have lost their way in faith.

With prayerful best wishes,

Fr. John Mahoney

Fast and Abstinence

Ash Wednesday (February 14th)     and Good Friday (March 29th)      are days of universal fast, observed by all who are 18 to 58 years of age, inclusive, permitting one full meal and two much lighter meals, with nothing to eat in between meals other than water, milk, and juices.  In addition, both of these holy days are days of full     abstinence from meat (unless excused for  reasons of health) as are all Fridays of Lent — binding all who are 14 years of age and older.

Mass Intentions for the Week

Vigil of The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, February 10 4:30 PM    Mary Moniz
By:  Margaret and Doug Sweeney

Thirty-seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, February 11 The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time
7:30 AM The People of the Parish                                     
10:00 AM Mary Ann Aranyosi          
By:  St. Joseph Music Ministry

Wednesday, February 14 Ash Wednesday
8:00 AM Marty Crowe
By:  Jo Ann Crowe
5:30 PM The People of the Parish

Thursday, February 15 8:00 AM  Gilly Bossie
By:  Ray and Jane Maki

Friday, February 16 8:00 AM Tina Sutton
By:  Ted Sutton

Vigil of The First Sunday of Lent
Saturday, February 17 4:30 PM Mary Jane and Clement Comesana, Sr.
By:  Ronnie Comesana

Thirty-eighth Sunday After Pentecost
The First Sunday of Lent Sunday, February 18
7:30 AM  Fr. Mark Rundzio
 10:00 AM The People of the Parish          

Mass Intentions for the Week


Vigil of The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time
Saturday, February 3 4:30 PM Dale Whitman
By: Susan Whitman

Thirty-sixth Sunday After Pentecost
The Fifth Sunday in Ordinary Time Sunday, February 4

7:30 AM .The People of the Parish
10:00 AM Lara Kinne
By: Mary Beth Kinne

Monday, February 5 4:00 PM(Celebrant’s Intentions)

Tuesday, February 6 4:00 PM Nathalie Bennett
By: Rita Bennett

Wednesday, February 7 (No Adoration) 4:00PM Herta Sutton
-By: Ted Sutton

Thursday, February 8 4:00 PM Czeslaw Malek
By Jan and Gracie Wolowski

Friday, February 9 8:00 AM(Celebrant’s Intentions)

Vigil of The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

Saturday, February 10 4:30 PM Mary Moniz
By: Margaret and Doug Sweeney

Thirty-seventh Sunday After Pentecost
Sunday, February 11The Sixth Sunday in Ordinary Time

7:30 AM.The People of the Parish
10:00 AM Mary Ann Aranyosi
By: St. Joseph Music Ministry

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