Catechists Meeting

There will be a Catechists Meeting on Monday, September 9th at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.

Second Collection

Next weekend there will be  baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to our monthly Fuel collection.  Your donations to this collection go toward the cost of fuel to heat all of our buildings this coming winter.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Dinner Bell News

St. Rose of Lima will be hosting the Dinner Bell Community Meal this Tuesday, October 29th.  We will need desserts to be dropped off on Monday, October 28th at St. Rose Parish Hall between 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. or at All Saints Parish Hall on Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Monetary donations are also welcome to help us purchase the necessary groceries for the coming weeks.  The Knights of Columbus has generously agreed to process these donations on our behalf through their charitable account.  Please make checks out to Knights of Columbus and specify ‘Dinner Bell’ in the memo line.  Checks may be mailed to Knights of Columbus, P.O. Box 841, Littleton, NH, 03561.  Cash donations are also gratefully accepted.  For more information, contact Patty at patricia.obrien051@gmail.com or Nancy at mnannunz@gmail.com.

Sanctuary Lamp

The sanctuary lamp this week is for the special intentions of a parishioner.

There will not be any Eucharistic Adoration this Monday, December 24th.

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting another delicious pancake breakfast following both Masses this Sunday.  Besides pancakes & French toast served with real maple syrup, the mouthwatering menu also includes sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, and tea.  An opportunity for a free will offering will be available.

Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be held this Friday, March 8th, and every Friday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.  Every Friday following the Stations, there will be a simple soup and bread supper available for all in the parish hall.

Congratulations and God’s blessings to Dena Marie Presby who made her First Holy Communion last Saturday at the 6:00 p.m. Mass at Our Lady of the Snows Church.  May she always feel the love and presence of the Lord as she receives Him in Holy Communion.

We recently welcomed into our faith community Hayden Joy White, daughter of Benjamin White and Sarah Pepper.  May God bless them all!

 

 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

This Tuesday, December 3rd at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall from 10:00 - 11:30 a.m., CSFP will be distributing food to NH residents sixty years and older who meet income guidelines.  The types of food distributed are canned fruits, vegetables, fruit juices, and meats, cereals, rice and pasta, peanut butter, milk, and cheese.  To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-942-4321.

Catholic Summer Camps

 

Camp Fatima for Boys and Camp Bernadette for Girls are still accepting registrations for their Summer 2018 Camping Programs.  The camps not only offer a great chance for children to have fun, they also help them to learn new skills and grow socially, emotionally, and spiritually, creating memories which last a lifetime.  The camps are open to campers ages 6 - 15.  If you have questions or you are interested in coming to camp for a tour, please email Marketing Director Brendan Stackhouse at brendan@bfcamp.com or call the camp office at 364-5851.

Ultreya

North Country Ultreya will meet this Monday, November 25th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Franconia.  Any questions, contact Rick (731-7166) or Mary Pat Simmons (731-7167) or by email at    sim7@roadrunner.com

I - Matthew Carrieri & Jeanne Steele

I - Joseph George & Alexandra De Bour

We announce the recent passing of Bailey Culver.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

CASA Training

CASA of New Hampshire (Court Appointed Special Advocates) has scheduled their next training to begin on May 8th in Berlin.  Would you know of anyone who may have ten to fifteen hours per month to volunteer as a CASA advocate for the abused and neglected children located in the North Country?  For more information contact Lucie Remillard at lremillard@casa.org or at 752-9670.  Together we can help every child!

Rosary for the Pre-born

Please join us in praying a special rosary for pre-born babies in danger of abortion this Wednesday, December 4th at noon at St. Rose Church.  You are also invited to join us every Thursday at 5:25 p.m. just prior to the evening Mass.  All are welcome!

“No law can give me the right to do what is wrong.”

―President Abraham Lincoln

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Coffee & Donuts

This Sunday morning following the 8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Masses the Knights of Columbus will be offering coffee and donuts for all of you donut lovers.  A free will offering would be appreciated.

 

St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of the Snows

Littleton and Franconia, New Hampshire

 

Information and Events

The Feast of the Immaculate Conception is normally celebrated on December 8th; however, when the feast falls on a Sunday, as it does this year, the feast is transferred to Monday, December 9th.  While the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is a Holy Day of Obligation, there is no obligation when the celebration of the feast is transferred to December 9th.  The parish will celebrate the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary at the 8:30 a.m. daily Mass at Mount Sacred Heart Convent.  Please disregard your parish offertory envelope.

Christmas Wreaths

For those who ordered wreaths, the Esperanza Team will have them ready for pickup following Masses this weekend.  Payment ($25 decorated/$20 undecorated) will be accepted at that time.  Checks should be made out to St. Rose of Lima Church with Honduras written on the memo line.  Thank you for supporting this fundraiser for the Honduras mission.  During this same time, the Esperanza Team will have parish T-shirts available for purchase.  Children’s shirts are $5.00 and adult shirts are $10.00.  Please consider purchasing a parish T-shirt to help support the mission

Holy Days of Obligation

  • Tuesday, December 24th:  Christmas Eve
    •  4:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima
    •  6:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima
    •  12:00 Midnight at St. Rose of Lima
  • Wednesday, December 25th:  Christmas Day
    •  9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows
    • Tuesday, December 31st:  Vigil for the Solemnity of Mary
    •  6:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima
  • Wednesday, January 1st:  Solemnity of Mary
    •  10:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima

2020 Calendars

Our sincere thanks to Ross Funeral Home for once again supplying the parish with the  calendars for next year.  The calendars are on the tables in the churches.

Items Needed

The Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Franconia is looking for new or lightly used crock pots or slow cookers.  Many of their clients do not have complete stoves and are unable to properly cook many of the food items that are distributed.  Crock pot or slow cooker recipe books would also be helpful.  If you can help out, please bring your donation to the pantry which is housed in the Franconia Community Church of Christ on Tuesdays from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. or contact Betsy Hansberger at 823-9924.

Third - Party System to Report Misconduct by Bishops

The Archdiocese of Boston has launched a regional independent third-party reporting system to report concerns about behavior on the part of bishops.  That system, available at www.bishopreporting.ethicspoint.com or 844-762-5208, was launched in cooperation with the other dioceses of the Ecclesiastical Province of Boston (the Archdiocese of Boston & the Dioceses of Burlington, Fall River, Manchester, Portland, Springfield, and Worcester).  The Diocese of Manchester has posted a link to the new regional system on the “How to Report” page of their website www.catholicnh.org/report.

Pilgrimage to the Holy Land

Father Sebastian, pastor of St. Joseph Church in Woodsville, will be leading a pilgrimage to the Holy Land March 1st - 10th of next year.  Itinerary will include visits to Jerusalem, Bethlehem Nazareth, Tiberius, Emmaus, and much more.  Price is $3,799.00 per person and includes airfare, hotels, transfers, fees, taxes, breakfast & dinner, a professional guide and motor coach transportation.  For information:  email stjoseph_church@yahoo.com or joekras44@yahoo.com or by phone to Joe Krasucki at 243-0334.

Support Aging Religious

Our second collection this weekend is for the Retirement Fund for Religious.  Many senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests served for little or no pay.  Today, religious communities often do not have enough savings to meet retirement needs.  Your gift helps provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thousands of elderly religious.  It also helps ensure younger members can continue the good works of their elders.  Please be generous.

 

Rosary for the Pre-born

Please join us in praying a special rosary for pre-born babies in danger of abortion. You are invi-ted to join us every Thursday at 5:25 p.m. just prior to the evening Mass.  All are welcome!

“No law can give me the right to do what is wrong.”

―President Abraham Lincoln

Sr. Monique’s Address

If you'll like to keep in touch with Sr. Monique, her address is:

Sister Monique Couture, FCSCJ

Communaute FCSCJ

55, rue de la Republique

B.P. 8

91230 Montgeron

France

March for Life

Diocese of Manchester Pilgrimage

Join us in Washington, DC!

Registration is now open for our 2020 pilgrimage to Washington, DC for the annual March for Life.

For more information or to register, visit www.catholicnh.org/national-M4L.

Sponsors & Donations Needed

Our parish Youth Group will be collecting donations and sponsors for their second annual rock-a-thon for the next two weekends.  This year the teens have decided to raise money to repair the handicap ramp at Our Lady of the Snows Church.  Thanks for your support!

Dinner Bell News

St. Rose of Lima will be hosting the Dinner Bell Community Meal this Tuesday, December 10th.  We will need desserts to be dropped off on Monday, December 9th at St. Rose Parish Hall between 9:30 - 11:00 a.m. or at All Saints Parish Hall on Tuesday from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m.  For more information, contact Patty at patricia.obrien051@gmail.com or Nancy at mnannunz@gmail.com.

Support for Separated & Divorced

Divorce and separation can be painful experiences.  Support groups are available to those who are seeking healing, comfort, and empowerment.  Visit catholicnh.org/support for a listing of groups.

Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA)

Perhaps you feel something is missing in your life.  Perhaps you feel drawn to the Catholic faith or are baptized Catholic, but for some reason haven’t gotten around to receiving the sacraments of Confirmation and/or First Communion because of life’s circumstances.  Part of the Church’s mission is to respond to God’s promptings as best as we can and to help others who are searching for something more.

RCIA is the process by which those who wish to become Catholic, or those who are already baptized Catholic and wish to complete their Sacraments of Initiation (Confirmation and Eucharist).  This process allows one to enter into a deeper relationship with the Lord and gather with others on the same journey to learn more about the beauty of the Catholic faith.

If you would like more information, please contact Deacon Steve at 603-444-5930 or alkhall@roadrunner.com.

 

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The parish will once again be helping people in need this Christmas season via the Giving Tree.  If you are interested in participating, choose a tag from the tree and purchase the requested gift.  Red tags with red yarn are for Bethlehem Elementary School (contact person Nancy Gigliello 869-5848).  Wrap the gift, putting the tag on the outside of the wrapping, then simply place your gift under the Giving Tree.  These gifts need to be returned by Sunday, December 15th to allow time for them to be distributed prior to Christmas.  White tags with gold yarn are for Christmas Connections at Pathways (contact person is Angel Marshall 991-5425).  These gifts should not be wrapped but left in the store bag and the tag attached to the outside.  The gifts will then be taken by volunteers to the participating agencies for distribution.  These gifts need to be returned to the churches by tomorrow, December 9th in order for them to be wrapped and distributed before Christmas.

Sacrament of Reconciliation

During the season of Advent there will be additional opportunities to receive the Sacrament of Reconciliation in addition to the usual time on Saturdays from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.  These additional times at St. Rose are:

  • Monday, Dec. 9th  6:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 12th  6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Monday, Dec. 16th  3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
  • Thursday, Dec. 19th  6:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

 

Lectors, Ministers of Communion, & Altar Servers

There are sign up sheets posted in the back of the churches to volunteer your availabilities for the Christmas & Solemnity of Mary Masses.  Please sign up as soon as possible so the schedule can then be arranged and distributed.

Second Annual Youth Group

Rock-A-Thon

Even if you haven’t been to any other youth group event this year, please consider joining us for a rocking night, Saturday, December 21st - Sunday, December 22nd!  We’ll meet for the 4:00 p.m. Mass after which we’ll have dinner and then the get the rocking muscles set before we begin rocking at 6:00 p.m.  For the next twelve hours we’ll rock, with short breaks every hour, in order to raise money to repair the handicap ramp at Our Lady of the Snows Church.  We will wrap up the rocking at 6:00 a.m. with breakfast for anyone who is still awake!  Any high schooler in the parish is welcome to participate.  Don’t want to stay all night?  Just come for as long as you would like.  RSVP to Elaine
Andrews at 919-601-1944 or elaine.tolley.andrews@gmail.com so a rocking chair can be reserved for you.

Parish Tee Shirts

Tee shirts celebrating the parish family of St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of the Snows are still available in children sizes 4 - 20 and adult sizes small - XL for $10.00 each.  Anyone interested in ordering shirts in colors or sizes which are not currently in stock should contact Evelyn at frankevhagan@gmail.com or 348-1106.  All proceeds go to the Honduras Mission fund.

Collection Bin

The Esperanza Para Honduras Mission Team has a bin behind the pews at St. Rose of Lima Church to collect your empty canning jars and plant pots for use in their future fundraisers.  Thank you for your donations.

Christmas Flower Donations

For offertory envelope users, there is an envelope in your box of envelopes if you would like to contribute in memory or in honor of loved ones toward the flowers used to decorate our churches at Christmas.  For those parishioners who do not use envelopes but would still like to donate, there are forms available in the back of the churches.  Please place the form and your donation in an envelope marked ‘Christmas Flowers’ and place it in the collection basket or return it to the parish office.

Italy & the Oberammergau Passion Play

June 22 - July 2, 2020

Come and join Fr. Kyle Stanton and Deacon Mitch Couture of Gate of Heaven Parish in Lancaster on an eleven day pilgrimage to Italy visiting Rome, Assisi, Florence, and Venice and which will also include visiting Innsbruck, Austria and Munich, Germany and viewing of the Passion Play in Oberammergau.  Cost is $4,479.00 per person and includes round-trip air from Boston, first class or select hotels or guest-houses, admission for the Passion Play, most meals, and sightseeing with an English-speaking guide.   For a brochure and more information, please contact Fr. Stanton or Deacon Couture at 752-2880 or by email at frkfstanton@gmail.com or deaconmitchcouture@gmail.com.

Assistance for Victims of Abuse

The Office for Healing and Pastoral Care provides services and support, promotes healing, and supports the emotional and spiritual well-being of survivors of sexual abuse and misconduct in the Church.  The Office also seeks to be a source of comfort for anyone who is a survivor of sexual abuse in any walk of life.  If you are a victim of abuse or misconduct by someone representing the Catholic Church, we encourage you to contact the Director of the Office for Healing and Pastoral Care at jnaff@rcbm.org or by phone at 663-0125.  For more resources to assist victims of abuse, visit catholicnh.org/healing.

 

 

 

Garden Ministry

The St. Rose of Lima Garden Team is in need of more members.  Please consider joining the team to learn more about gardening, sharing what you might already know, or just to be part of the group that cares for the church’s plants over the growing season.  Joining involves a very small commitment of time and everyone is welcome to join.  If interested, please contact Evelyn Hagan at 348-1106 or by email at  frankevhagan@gmail.com.

Register to Receive Catholic

Citizenship News

Are you looking for an easy way to stay informed about public issues in New Hampshire?  The Diocese of Manchester offers an email newsletter with updates on important public policy matters facing our elected officials.  You can register at catholicnh.org/ccn.

Do you know a pregnant woman in crisis?  St. Gianna’s Place is now open and accepting residents.  Please visit their website at stgiannasplace.org or call them at 521-8440.  They are there to help.

Our Lady of Hope House of Prayer in New Ipswich, NH offers programs with time and space for private retreat days to help deepen your relationship with the Lord.  Beginning in the fall they will be offering the following programs:  “Seeking God in All Things,” “Relax and Knit,” and “Loss and Living.”  For more information, visit www.ourladyhope.org or contact Sisters Rita Pay or Suzanne Rivard at 878-2346 or by email at olhope1@yahoo.com.

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

Our next Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be held on Sunday, November 24th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

 

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Sugar Hill, Easton, Lyman and Dalton, New Hampshire