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 1st & 2nd, 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

This week our parish hosts the Dinner Bell Community Meal at All Saints Episcopal Church on Tuesday, January 28th at 5:00 p.m.  We are in need of some desserts which can be dropped off at St. Rose’s kitchen on Monday, January 27th between 9:30 a.m. - noon or on Tuesday, the 28th, between 3:00 -4:30 p.m. at All Saints kitchen.  As always, we are so grateful for the many donations we receive from you which allows us to continue to do this important work.  For those who wish to donate food, please refer to the USDA Food Safety Guidelines found at https://www.fsis.usda.gov/shared/PDF/Keep_Food_Safe_Food_
Safety_Basics.pdf
when making a donation.

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 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.

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.

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.

Come on out for a delicious breakfast and help raise money for the Esperanza por Honduras Mission Team at the same time!  The Knights of Columbus will be hosting their monthly delicious pancake breakfast following both Masses next Sunday, February 2nd, but with a twist.  All the free will offerings collected will be donated to the Esperanza por Honduras Mission Team to help purchase medical supplies for their upcoming trip in February.  So, besides the pancakes and French toast served with real maple syrup, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, tea, and fellowship, you can feel extra good about helping those less fortunate people in Honduras.

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.

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!

Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)

This Tuesday, February 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.This Tuesday, February 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.

Rosary for the Unborn

We meet the first Wednesday of every month (this month February 5th) 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!

“The primary moral judgment on candidates and their positions is to be made in the light of their concern for protecting human life from conception to natural death.”

―Cardinal Francis George

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 passing of Ned Johnson.

Eternal rest grant unto him, O Lord.

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Divine Mercy Holy Hour

There will be a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on  Sunday, February 23rd at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

 

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.

 

 

St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of the Snows

Littleton and Franconia, New Hampshire

 

Information and Events
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  • The Pastoral Council met last Monday evening to discuss the parish survey results.  Ninety-nine surveys were submitted by parishioners; we have 425 registered families in the parish.  One suggestion was that over the next several weeks or months there be a section in the bulletin entitled “Did you know?’ to try to answer or explain some of the questions and comments submitted by those who filled out a survey.  Be sure to look for it in this and upcoming bulletins.

Rosary for the Unborn

We meet the first Wednesday of every month 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!

“The primary moral judgment on candidates and their positions is to be made in the light of their concern for protecting human life from conception to natural death.”

―Cardinal Francis George

“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.

End of Year Tax Statements

Any parishioner who used their offertory envelopes during 2019 and would like a statement letter for tax purposes, please contact the parish office during business hours.  We thank you for your contributions.

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.

Souper Bowl of Caring
Wrap-Up

Our final numbers are in―we raised $2,359.40 and a total of 847 food items between our parish, Profile School, and Lafayette Regional School.  In addition, our parish partner donated $2,500.00, so that means All Saints Food Cupboard in Littleton and Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Franconia each will receive $2,429.70!

Our 3rd Annual Souper Supper was very successful this year, raising nearly $400.00, and a fun evening was had by all forty-two attendees.  Congratulations to Sue Tibbets who won $41.50 on the 50/50 raffle, and many thanks for her kind donation of her winnings to the Honduras Mission.

Special thanks to our parish families, the Burnells and the Wills, for once again helping coordinate this event, and to our parish youth and the many parishioners who come together each year to help make this such a success.  We truly have such a wonderful parish, we literally could not do this without you.  Please know how much you are appreciated!

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

There will be a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on  Sunday, February 23rd at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

 

 

Second Annual Pathways Pregnancy Center Concert

Please save the date of February 22nd for an afternoon concert of praise, gospel, and inspired music to benefit Pathways.  From 1:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the Littleton Opera House, performances by The Classical Guitar Trio, Paul Koleske, Comfort Country, Solidarity, and Liz Bolduc will provide the musical entertainment.  There is no admission for this concert but a goodwill donation at the door would be greatly appreciated.  All proceeds will go directly to the pregnancy center.  Light refreshments will be available.  Thank you in advance for your support of this important community resource.

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Palms for Ashes

Ash Wednesday is coming up fast, so if anyone has palms from last year they would like to dispose of, there are containers located at the entrances of the churches.

Inviting all high schoolers of the parish to join us on Sunday, February 9th at 1:45 p.m. at the Littleton Opera House to see the production of You're a Good Man, Charlie Brown.  After the show, we’ll walk downtown for dinner wrapping up our excursion by 6:00 p.m.  Any questions or to RSVP email Elaine at elaine.tolley.andrews@gmail.com.

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.

Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples celebrating an anniversary in 2020 of 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45, or 55 plus years to attend the Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass.  This celebration will be held on Sunday, April 19th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.  Couples celebrating anniversaries of 5, 25, or 50 years will be asked to register later for a fall celebration.  To register, please contact the parish office by March 20th.

 

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.

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.

St. Andrew Dinners

St. Andrew was the first of the Apostles to hear Jesus’ call to follow him.  We would like to invite men in our diocese who are considering a vocation to the priesthood or would simply like some help hearing the Lord’s call for their lives to an evening of prayer, conversation with the Vocations Team, and dinner from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the Joseph House (279 Cartier Street) in Manchester.  Dinner on February 21st is for young men ages 13 - 18 and the dinner on February 28th is for men ages 19 - 60.  Please RSVP to Becky Vinson at rvinson@rcbm.org or 663-0153 if you would like to attend either dinner.

Did You Know?

One of the comments on our recent parish survey was:  “The Our Father should be recited and not sung!”  That’s simply not true.  It might be one’s opinion; however, the Roman Missal gives many options for singing the Lord’s Prayer.

Another suggestion was to have an occasional Children’s Mass.  We’re going to attempt this beginning in April with the first Sunday of each month's 10:30 a.m. Mass to be a Children’s Mass which will include a Children's Choir, as well as children serving as lectors and ushers.  Please refer to our Religious Education section of this bulletin for more details concerning this.

Do you enjoy singing or playing a musical instrument?  If you do, please consider joining our music ministry; no choir experience necessary.  We have rehearsals every Sunday morning from 9:10 - 10:15 a.m. and also on the second Wednesday of the month from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.  New members are always welcome!

Father & Daughter Valentine Dance

Dads, come spend a special evening with your special little girl at the 20th Annual Father & Daughter Valentine Dance on Friday, February 7th from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m. at Good Shepherd Catholic School located at 121 Maple Street in St. Johnsbury.  Cost is $10.00 per person and tickets are available for purchase at the Little Red Wagon in Littleton.  Refreshments will be served and door prizes will be awarded.

The Knights of Columbus O’Neil Council 1835 wishes to thank everyone who supported last weekend’s pancake breakfast.  The proceeds from the breakfast will be donated to our Honduras Mission to purchase much needed medical supplies for those less fortunate individuals in Honduras.  Your generosity was awesome!

Holy Land Pilgrimage

Travel with Fr. Shawn M. Therrien, pastor of St. Mary Parish in Claremont and Vicar General of the Diocese of Manchester and Deacon Dominic Cerrato on a pilgrimage to the Holy Land April 15th - 25th.  The trip will include visiting Jerusalem, Bethlehem, Nazareth, Galilee, Via Crucis, the Last Supper, Gethsemane, Dormition of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Nativity Church, Capernaum, and Tel Aviv.  Cost is $4,099.00 per person including airfare and all included.  To register, please call 855-842-8001 or 508-340-9370.  You may also register online at www.proximotravel.com.

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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.

Miriam Dinner

Are you looking to follow the Lord and ready to say “yes” when he calls?  We would like to invite women ages 14 - 40, who are considering a vocation to the religious life or would simply like some help hearing the Lord’s call in their lives to an evening of prayer, conversation, and dinner at the Joseph House (279 Cartier Street in Manchester) on Friday, February 7th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.  Sr. Mary Thomas Lesniak, a native of NH and a member of the Felician Sisters, will be sharing her inspiring vocation story.  Please RSVP to Becky Vinson at rvinson@rcbm.org or call 663-0153 if you would like to attend.

Eucharistic Adoration

Due to the lack of participation, we will be suspending Monday morning Eucharistic Adoration for the foreseeable future.  If there is renewed interest at a future date, we will reconsider starting it again.

We recently received this note in the parish office:

Dear St. Rose of Lima Parish:

Thank you for all your kindness with the Giving Tree for our holiday gifts!  Many families were very blessed by your generosity.

Sincerely,


Bethlehem Elementary School

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.

 

 

 

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!

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.

Serving the towns of Littleton, Bethlehem, Franconia,

Sugar Hill, Easton, Lyman and Dalton, New Hampshire