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, February 29th & March 1st, there will be  baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to our monthly Fuel collection.  These funds go toward paying the costs of heating all of our parish facilities.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

Dinner Bell Community Meal

St. Rose of Lima Parish will be serving the Dinner Bell Community Meal this Tuesday, February 25th.  We are in need of desserts.  They may be dropped off at St. Rose kitchen on Monday, February 24th from 9:30 a.m. until noon and on Tuesday from 3:00 - 4:30 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church kitchen.  Thank you for your amazing and generous support!

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

There will not be a Divine Mercy Holy Hour this  Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

 

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.

Sanctuary Candle

The sanctuary candle this week is for the special intention of Helene Pelletier.

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

I - Matthew Carrieri & Jeanne Steele

I - Joseph George & Alexandra De Bour

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.

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.  So come on out for some delicious 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.

  • Beginning on Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, the Holy Eucharist will be offered from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. every Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Church.  This will be a distribution of the Holy Eucharist outside of the celebration of the Mass.  Masks are asked to be worn by everyone over the age of five entering the church.  Masks for children ages two to five is at the discretion of a parent or guardian.  Masks should not be worn by children under the age of two.  Social distancing will be required and other safety precautions will be in place.  This will not be a service of worship or a time to gather in the church.  The sacredness of the moment will be simply for you to receive the Holy Eucharist and then depart.  Once further guidance is received from the governor’s office we will implement that as well.

We recently baptized into our faith community Victoria Lynn Lescenski, daughter of Scott and Cheryl Lescenski and granddaughter of Kevin and Dorothy O’Neil.  May God bless them all!

Rosary for the Unborn

Please join us in praying a special rosary for pre-born babies in danger of abortion this Wednesday, May 6th at noon at St. Rose of Lima Church.  We are asking those in attendance to please abide by the social distancing recommendation of staying six feet apart.  All are welcome!

“Just because something happens to be legal does not make it moral, ethical, or right.  Abortion is perhaps one of the most dramatic examples of a situation where something is legal, but is very much a sin against God.”

―A. L. Barry
The Lutheran Church
President of the Missouri Synod

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

This Tuesday, April 7th in the St. Rose of Lima parking lot 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.This Tuesday, April 7th in the St. Rose of Lima parking lot 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, January 27th 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

We announce the recent passings of Beverly Pelletier and Paul Saucier.

Eternal rest grant unto them, O Lord.

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St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of the Snows

Littleton and Franconia, New Hampshire

 

Information and Events

 

May 19, 2020

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

 I am so deeply grateful for your patience and for fervently practicing our shared faith in your homes during this time of isolation.  I am also very grateful for your prayers for our Church and been fortified by witnessing all the broadcast Masses, pastor video messages, live online rosaries, and all our modified ways of sharing in our faith together.

 I write today to share the news that I have given permission for our pastors and parishes to begin distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful.  For some time now, I have been working with our regional Deans and others on the development of plans for the resumption of the public celebration of Mass, and this interim measure, which has been generated from that process, is intended to allow for the reception of the Eucharist pending the resumption of public Masses.

 Under this interim plan, priests will be using strict safety precautions and will be provided guidance regarding timing, entry and exit procedures, and training of volunteers.  Any parish that is able to comply with the guidelines may begin distributing Holy Communion as early as this weekend; however, I have instructed that all parishes must implement this plan no later than May 30th - 31st.  Please check with your local parish to find out when and how they will be putting this plan into place.

 We are continuing to work on the resumption of the celebration of public Mass.  One item we are addressing is the State of New Hampshire’s current restriction on gatherings of ten or more  people.  Although this restriction has begun to be relaxed in certain contexts, the state, as of the time of this letter, has not yet done so with respect to gatherings for worship.  For the last several weeks, we have been participating in a working group that is developing a careful process for how places of worship will be able to responsibly resume gatherings of more than ten people.  Governor Sununu is awaiting the recommendations that this group even now is finalizing.

 Even though we cannot return fully to public celebration of the Mass immediately, I am very hopeful that we will have public liturgies available soon―even if they will inevitably come with modifications.  In the meantime, priests continue to celebrate Holy Mass privately, and to offer the Sacrament of Reconciliation to individuals.  Churches continue to remain open for private individual prayer at designated times as previously directed.  My dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect.

 I am grateful to all of you who have endured this sacrifice for your brothers and sisters with such a strong sense of our oneness in the Lord.  Let us all pray for one another and look forward to the day of our great reunion.

Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci
Bishop of Manchester

Beginning on Pentecost Sunday, May 31st, the Holy Eucharist will be offered from 10:30 - 11:00 a.m. every Sunday at St. Rose of Lima Church.  This will be a distribution of the Holy Eucharist outside of the celebration of the Mass.  Masks are asked to be worn by everyone over the age of five entering the church.  Masks for children ages two to five is at the discretion of a parent or guardian.  Masks should not be worn by children under the age of two.  Social distancing will be required and other safety precautions will be in place.  This will not be a service of worship or a time to gather in the church.  The sacredness of the moment will be simply for you to receive the Holy Eucharist and then depart.  Once further guidance is received from the governor’s office we will implement that as well.

The Knights of Columbus is an organization that prides itself on making a positive impact on the communities it serves.  Our founding principles are charity, unity, fraternity, and patriotism, and we believe these are essential to being a good Catholic citizen.  This year, O’Neil Council 1835 is offering $500.00 scholarships to two  graduating Catholic seniors who have demonstrated these qualities both in and out of school.  The scholarships are open to high school seniors who are registered parishioners of St. Rose of Lima Parish, St. Catherine of Lisbon or St. Joseph of Woodsville, and are graduating from one of the following local schools this year:  Littleton High, Profile Regional, White Mountain School, Lisbon Regional, Woodsville High, Blue Mountain Union, Oxbow High, or St. Johnsbury Academy.  Home-schooled students are also encouraged to apply.  To request an application, please contact Dennis Cote at coteclan@gmail.com or call 444-0340.  Deadline for receiving the completed application is June 20th.

Spring Plant & Bake Sale

The Esperanza Team will be holding their Spring Plant & Bake Sale on the rectory lawn Saturday, May 30th from 9:00 a.m. until noon.  The sale will be set up in a manner that abides by social distancing recommendations and curbside service will be available.  You may also pre-order a curbside delivery of plants, jams, and baked goods by calling 348-1106.  The team will have tomato, basil, and parsley plants available in addition to perennial flowers.  Other vegetable seedlings may also be offered.  Homemade jams and baked goods will be for sale.  All proceeds will be used to purchase medicines and medical supplies for poverty-strickened areas of Honduras.

Food Pantry Update

Thank you to everyone who has donated food to the Food Pantry container in the back of St. Rose Church during this time of increased need.  If you are looking for items to donate, here is a list of items most needed at this time by the local pantries.  Canned pasta, cereal, juice boxes, macaroni and cheese, canned peaches, pears, and applesauce, Near East brand rice, laundry detergent, and dish washing liquid.  Food pantries are for anyone in need, so if you need some extra help with food at this time, please visit.  All Saints Food Cupboard at All Saints Episcopal Church in Littleton is open Sundays, Tuesdays, and Thursdays from 9:00 - 10:00 a.m. and Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Franconia is doing a drive-up/pick-up service from 11:00 a.m. - noon on Tuesdays at the Community Church in Franconia.

Invitation to View Priestly Ordinations

Bishop Libasci invites you to support priestly vocations by joining him spiritually for the Transitional Deacon Ordination, the final step before becoming a priest, on Saturday, May 30th at 10:00 a.m. for Mr. David Gagnon and Mr. Joseph Moynahan and the Priest Ordination on Saturday, June 6th at 10:00 a.m. for Mr. Joshua Livingston and Mr. Ryan Amazeen.  Both ceremonies will be live-streamed at www.stjosephcathedralnh.org.

“...and they have kept your word.”

If you think God may be offering you the grace of serving Him and His people as a priest, or in the consecrated life, call Fr. Matthew Mason at 663-0196 or write him at mmason@rcbm.org.

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.

Housing Needed

Will Wright is a young man who just graduated from Keene State College with a degree in musical education.  He has accepted the position of music teacher at the Haverhill Cooperative Middle School.  He would like to find an apartment in the Littleton area and join our parish.  If you know of an apartment available, please contact Will directly at will3.wright@gmail.com.

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.

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The parish office will be closed in observance of Memorial Day on Monday, May 25th.  We will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th at 9:00 a.m.

St. Rose of Lima Masses

Until the time when we are allowed to attend Masses publicly, you can views Sunday Masses videotaped at St. Rose of Lima Church each week by clicking on the link that was sent out from the parish office by email on April 23rd or by clicking on the “YouTube” icon at the top of the St. Rose of Lima Church Homilies website (https://strosehomilies.org).  You do not need to subscribe to YouTube to view the Masses.  If you have questions or need assistance, please contact the parish office on Thursdays or Fridays during parish office hours.

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.

NH Catholic Charities Update

In this challenging and unprecedented time, NH Catholic Charities continues to serve the needs of  the vulnerable across New Hampshire.  While most of our physical locations are closed, all of our programs remain operational.  Our staff is working remotely and is accessible to serve individuals and families facing increasing hardships during this difficult period.  If you have any questions or require assistance, please contact 669-3030.  You may also visit www.cc-nh.org/programs for more information on how we continue to adapt to changing needs statewide.

Help Available

A message from Representative Elaine French (Grafton #14):

Many of our NH families are experiencing serious stressors from social distancing and stay-at-home guidelines.  The stress may come from loss of income, unpaid bills, meeting rent or mortgage payments, food insecurity, attempting to guide children through distance learning, obstacles preventing care of elderly parents, or simply the isolation cased by physical distancing.  There is help available.  Waypoint (formerly NH Child and Family Services) is ready to help.  Visit https://waypointnh.org/.  On the first page of this website is a “soft number” icon.  Click for an explanation of what the service entails.  Any stressed family can call.  They will receive an appointment for a free talk with trained personnel on ways to handle the situation.

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.

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

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!

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

There will be a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on  Sunday, March 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

 

“To you who have been consecrated in Christ Jesus and called to be a holy people.”

Could it be that you or someone in your family is being called to consider priesthood or consecrated life?  Call Fr. Matthew Mason at 663-0153 or write him at mmason@rcbm.org.

Serving the towns of Littleton, Bethlehem, Franconia,

Sugar Hill, Easton, Lyman and Dalton, New Hampshire