Upcoming Meeting

There will be a Social Committee Meeting on Monday, July 8th at 6:30 p.m. at the rectory.  All are invited who would like to attend.

Second Collection

There will be  baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to our monthly Fuel collection this weekend.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Dinner Bell Update

With Sr. Monique moving to France in the near future, there was a recent meeting concerning St. Rose of Lima Parish’s continuing participation in the Dinner Bell Community Meal.  Nancy Annuziato (mnannuz@gmail.com or 443-3208) and Patti O’Brien (patricia.obrien051@gmail.com or 991-0716) have volunteered to coordinate the program for the parish.  If you would like to participate, please contact either Nancy or Patti.

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 parish office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th.  We will re-open on Tuesday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m.

 

 

 

 

The parish office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 28th.  We will re-open on Tuesday, May 29th at 9:00 a.m.

The Knights of Columbus will be hosting another delicious pancake breakfast following both Masses this Sunday, May 5th.  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.  This will be the last breakfast until October, so come on out and enjoy some yummy food and good fellowship!

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 Charlee Jean Womersley, daughter of Thomas & Chelsea Womersley.  May God bless them all!

 

 

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

This Tuesday, June 4th 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, August 26th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Franconia.  Come join us in prayer, song, and sharing.  Bring a friend!  Attendance at a Cursillo is not required.  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 William Laflamme, Nanette Newton, and Frank Mellaci.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

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Rosary for the Pre-born

We meet the first Wednesday of every month (this month July 3rd) at noon at St. Rose of Lima Church and each week at 5:25 p.m. before the Thursday evening Mass also at St. Rose Church.  Our prayers are the most powerful weapon to come to the defense of these innocent little children.  All are welcome!

“Children and unborn children should be protected by law and welcomed into life.”

―President George W. Bush

St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of the Snows

Littleton and Franconia, New Hampshire

 

Information and Events
  • A “BIG” thank you to everyone who helped out with last weekend’s Parish Picnic and especially to Ron & Lynn Lahout for the use of their tent!  The weather was great and the food, music, and fun was enjoyed by the 200+ people who attended.
  • After months of planning and anticipation, our Parish Mission planned for September unfortunately has to be canceled.  The retreat director called last week informing me that he must have two eye surgeries and they have been scheduled just days prior to our mission.  He had no choice but to cancel.  I’ll keep looking for an alternative option for later this fall or next spring.
  • The bell renovation project is just about ready to be contracted with the Verdin Bell Company of Indiana.  Half the money has been raised and the other half has been promised.  Once we have all the money, I will get all the necessary contract and insurance papers filled out and signed and the project will begin.

Rosary for the Pre-born

Please join us in praying a special rosary for pre-born babies in danger of abortion every Thurs-day at 5:25 p.m. before the 6:00 p.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church.  Over one million abortions are committed each year in the United States alone.  Our prayers are the most powerful weapon to come to the defense of these innocent little children.  All are welcome!

“Fewer women would have abortions if wombs had windows.”

―Dr. Bernard Nathanson, former abortionist turned Pro-Life, in his 1979 book, Aborting America

Second Collection

Next weekend, August 31st & September 1st, there will be  baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to our monthly Fuel collection.  We know that cooler weather is just around the corner.  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.

2019 Religious Jubilee Celebration

All parishioners of the diocese are invited to rejoice together as we celebrate the great gift of religious life in the Church and honor this year’s religious Jubilarians.  The celebration will take place on Saturday, September 7th at 4:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester with Bishop Peter Libasci presiding at Mass.  A dinner will immediately follow in the Cathedral Parish Hall.  Please rsvp to rvinson@rcbm.org or 663-0153 if you would like to dine with the Jubilarians after Mass.  Both the Cathedral and parish hall are handicapped accessible through the Seneca Lane entrance.

Our congratulations and best wishes to Mr. and Mrs. Matthew Carrieri and Mr. and Mrs. Joseph George who recently celebrated their sacraments of marriage at St. Rose of Lima Parish!

Offertory Envelopes

Offertory envelopes are now available at the entrance of the churches for those parishioners who have used envelopes or who have requested envelopes during the last year.  The boxes are in alphabetical order.  Please note the address label on the box; if your address is incorrect, please contact the parish office.  Also, if you would like to begin using offertory envelopes or if your envelopes are missing, please contact the parish office during business hours.

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 5th, 25th, or 50th wedding anniversaries during 2019 to attend the Fall Wedding Anniversary Mass.  This celebration will be held on Sunday, October 20th at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.  If you are celebrating one of those anniversaries this year and would like to attend this special Mass, please contact the parish office during business hours by Friday, September 20th.  We will need your first and last names, your mailing address, and what anniversary you are celebrating this year.  By providing your name to the parish office you will be registered and receive an invitation.  Couples celebrating anniversaries of 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 55+ years will be asked to register next year for a spring celebration.

Miriam Dinner

Are you looking to follow the Lord and ready to say “yes” when he calls?  We would like to invite women in our diocese, ages 14 - 40, who are considering a vocation to the religious life or would simply like some help hearing the Lord’s call for their life, to an evening of prayer, conversation with consecrated women, and dinner.  Come hear the story of Sister Agnes Therese Davis, TOR, a native of New Hampshire who has answered a call to religious life.  This evening will take place at the Joseph House located at 279 Cartier Street in Manchester on Friday, September 6th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Please RSVP to Becky Vinson at rvinson@rcbm.org or 663-0153 if you would like to attend.

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.

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
.

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Ultreya

North Country Ultreya will meet this Monday, August 26th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Franconia.  Come join us in prayer, song, and sharing.  Bring a friend!  Attendance at a Cursillo is not required.  Any questions, contact Rick (731-7166) or Mary Pat Simmons (731-7167) or by email at   sim7@roadrunner.com

Click for Babies

  • CLICK for Babies invites volunteers to knit or crochet caps in an effort to prevent infant abuse.  Your caps will be given to newborn babies in November & December at Littleton Regional Hospital and the Androscoggin Valley Hospital in Berlin to help educate parents about the ‘Period of Purple Crying,’ a normal but frustrating period of intense crying which all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.
  • The caps should be made of any shade of soft-to-the-touch yarn and be at least 50% purple in color without straps, strings or other potential choking or strangling hazards.  Smaller stitches result in a warmer hat.  The large, loose stitches of circular loomed hats tend not to provide enough warmth.  The average newborn head circumference is fourteen inches.  If your hat fits snugly over a balloon blown to fourteen inches around, it will usually fit.  Hats should be approximately between four and six inches high.  Boy caps are really needed but please remember to include blues, browns, grays, and other ‘boy friendly’ colors in their cap designs.
  • Caps need to be dropped off at Littleton Regional Hospital by September 30th or you may call Lucy Peloquin at 444-6014 for pickup.  Patterns for caps are available at www.clickforbabies.org/stitchers-club.

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.

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.

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.

Diocesan & Cathedral Choral Ensembles Seek Additional Singers

If you like to sing, create beautiful music, deepen your soul in ways you have never imagined, and like to have fun, the Diocese of Manchester and the Cathedral of St. Joseph are looking for additional singers for all choral ensembles.  There are several choral groups with availability including the Cathedral Choir which is the Cathedral’s ’primary’ choral ensemble, the  Diocesan Festival Choir which supplements the Cathedral Choir at several diocesan liturgies over the course of the year, the Diocesan Children’s Choir which is open to all children and young adults in grades 4 - 12 (public, private/parochial and home school students) and the newly established all male St. Anthony Schola whose repertoire will consist of Gregorian chant as well as choral music.  All rehearsals for all groups are held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph in Manchester.

The combined choral ensembles participate in a concert performance of Handel’s Messiah with orchestra each year.  This year, the performance will take place at the newly renovated Rex Theater on Amherst Street in Manchester on Saturday, December 14th.  The choirs will also be producing a professional grade Christmas CD which will be recorded in the months ahead.  2019 promises to be an exciting time to engage, sing, and make music!  For more information about the above ensembles, to obtain a choral calendar, and to schedule an interview/audition, kindly contact Eric Bermani at ebermani@stjosephcathedralnh.org.

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.

 

 

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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.

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.

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!

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.

Catholic Family Day

The Diocese of Manchester is offering the Vita Nova Catholic Family Day at Camp Fatima in Gilmanton Iron Works on Sunday, August 25th.  Games, prayer, swimming, biking, Mass, Confession, music, and fun will be available for the entire family.  Lunch and dinner will be provided.  The prices for this one day event are:

 $20.00 per adult (ages 16 & up)

 $15.00 per child (ages 3 - 15)

 Children ages 2 and under are free

For more information or to register online by August 2nd, go to http://vitanova.org/catholic-family-weekend.

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.

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 on Divine Mercy Sunday, May 26th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Engaged Couples Weekends

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking part-time presenters and part-time hospitality coordinators for our Engaged Couples Weekends in the following regions:  the Seacoast area, Greater Manchester/Nashua area, and the Western and Northern NH areas.  These positions will collaborate to lead positive, formative weekend experiences for engaged couples based on Ascension Press’ Joy-Filled Marriage program.  These workshops will take place on various weekends throughout the year.  Couples married at least five years are encouraged to apply.  Training will be offered for these openings.  If you are interested in applying, please send your resume to Chris Hagen at chagen@rcbm.org as soon as possible.  Please visit https://www.catholicnh.org/employment/.

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