Exposition will begin immediately following the 8:30 a.m. Mass on Mondays with Benediction at 11:55 a.m. A sign-up sheet is posted on the bulletin board of St. Rose of Lima Church located on the back right hand side of the church. If a funeral is scheduled, adoration will be cancelled.
Due to Fr. Joe Klatka’s funeral, there will not be any Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament on Monday, April 20th.
Thank you for visiting the St. Rose of Lima Parish site. Our parish has been serving our community since 1882, and we welcome you to browse our site and learn of our love of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ.
Next weekend, May 2nd & 3rd, there will baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to our monthly Maintenance & Repair Fund. Your contributions to this collection go toward our annual heating costs. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.
St. Rose of Lima Church and Our Lady of the Snows Mission are striving to provide settings and events for local people to grow in the Catholic faith through experiences of formation for children, teenagers and adults, and through sacramental celebrations.
|Very Rev. Mark Dollard||
Pastor — Co-Vicar of
|Ms. Sharon Palmerchuck|| Secretary/Bookkeeper
|Mr. Nick DeMayo|| Coordinator of
|Sister Monique Couture F.C.S.C.J.*||
Pastoral Associate and
*Sister Monique Couture, as Minister of Music is the contact for any music information.
The Diocese of Manchester is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families to be held in Philadelphia, PA from September 22nd to 27th. Participants from around the U. S. and the world will convene to explore the critical role the family plays in society and to give families and those who minister to families opportunities to talk about the challenges and blessings that all families have. Pope Francis will celebrate a public Mass on Sunday, September 27th. For information and pilgrimage details, go to the diocesan website, www.catholicnh.org/wmof.
North American Martyrs Parish of Colebrook & West Stewartstown is sponsoring a “Life in the Spirit” seminar on Friday, May 1st - Sunday, May 3rd. This weekend seminar will establish or deepen your relationship with Jesus and provide a fuller expression and manifestation of the Holy Spirit in your life. Cost of the weekend is $25.00 per person and includes all light meals and supplies. For more information or to register, please call or email Constance Ouellette at 538-9975 firstname.lastname@example.org, Donna Adams at 538-9926 email@example.com, or call the parish office at 237-4342.
To the parents of our young children: In the words of St. Teresa of Avila, “let nothing trouble you...” In other words, when you come to church with your young ones, please relax. God put the wiggle in children. At times they are going to wiggle and squirm and, yes fuss, even in God’s house. It’s the way of life and we were all there at one time. Do not become anxious. All are welcome! If it is easier, sit toward the front of the church so that the little ones can see and hear what is going on at the altar. They get tired of seeing the backs of others’ heads. Take the time to quietly explain the parts of the Mass and the actions of the priest, deacon, altar servers, and musicians etc. Sing the hymns, pray and voice the responses. Children learn liturgical behavior by copying you.
If you have to leave Mass with your child, feel free to do so, but please come back. In the glass sacristy in the back of St. Rose Church there are chairs and a speaker that are meant for parents with little ones who simply need a moment. But please come back and remember what Jesus says in the gospel, “Let the children come to me.” Remember the way we welcome children in church directly affects the way we respond to the church, to God, and to one another. Let them know that they are at home in this house of worship. To the members of our parish: The presence of children is a gift to the church and they are a reminder that our parish is growing. Please welcome our children the same way as Jesus did, with a warm smile and a word of encouragement to their parents.
Our capital campaign is still going strong. We’re at the halfway point in our fundraising effort. The goal is $80,000.00 and we’re at $41,325.00! Just a reminder...it has been requested that every registered family donate some amount. If every family donated just $200.00 over the course of one year, we would get to our goal. There are envelopes available at both churches if you want to make a donation. If you choose to use a check, please remember to place “Capital Campaign” in the memo line. Please include your envelope number if you use offertory envelopes. Our first two projects: the new oil burner at Our Lady of the Snows and the handicapped entryway to the parish office at the rectory will be accomplished once the snow disappears and warmer temperatures are among us.
|Prior Week's Donations||$25.00|
|Total to Date
$2000.00 has been donated to the Capital Campaign by Miss Donna Cunningham in the memory of Miss Dorothy Blondel-Francis.
$100.00 has also been donated to the Capital Campaign by Mr. & Mrs. Gregory Thompson in memory of Annette Laflamme Aldrich.
$200.00 has been donated to the Capital Campaign Fund by Mrs. Ann Wiggett in memory of her husband, Floyd.
$200.00 has been donated to the Capital Campaign Fund by Mr. Thomas Gage in memory of his son, Stephen Thomas Gage.
Once again the Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Bellefleur #1208 is beginning a Spiritual Bouquet Program. A spiritual bouquet is a collection of prayers. A ’spiritual bouquet’ gathers together prayer intentions that can be done communally, alone, in church, at home, or in your car. Our idea is that each prayer or spiritual act is like a petal on a flower. Each of us will gather our petals to form beautiful flowers that will be bonded into beautiful ‘Spiritual Bouquets’ in our courts and parishes. These offerings will be collected by the Court Regent to be sent to the State Regent. She will compile the numbers from all the other courts in NH and send them on to the National CDA and Bishop Peter Libasci. You can pray for ‘Increased membership in the CDA or the Knights of Columbus,’ ‘Increased Vocations to the Priesthood and Consecrated Life,’ ‘Peace in our World,’ or ‘An End to Abortion’ by offering Masses, rosaries, Divine Mercy chaplets, visits to the Blessed Sacrament, Stations of the Cross, or other prayers. We invite parishioners to join the Catholic Daughters in this spiritual project. Forms are located in the church on the window sills. These forms may be copied. Between now and February 20th, Daughters and parishioners are invited to join in offering personal Spiritual Bouquets.
This Sunday the Church throughout the world prays for vocations. Will you make a special effort to ask the Lord for more vocations to priesthood and religious life?
Pray a rosary for more young men and women in our diocese to respond to God’s call.
During our Lenten series on the “Joy of the Gospel,” participants were asked what other topics they would like to see presented or discussed in our parish. Based on that feedback, our first presentation will be this Thursday, April 23rd following the 6:00 p.m. Mass. “An Introduction to the Bible” will be presented in the parish hall and the evening will last approximately ninety minutes. Everyone is welcome to attend.
The First Congregational Church on Main Street in Littleton is hosting a community breakfast on Saturday, April 25th from 8:00 - 10:00 a.m. The menu will include eggs, pancakes, bacon, sausage, toast, assorted muffins, juice, coffee, tea, and milk. Suggested donations are: $7.00 per adult and $5.00 per senior citizen and child under 12.
The Knights of Columbus will be hosting another delicious pancake breakfast following Masses next Sunday, May 3rd. Besides pancakes, the mouthwatering menu will include French toast, sausage, scrambled eggs, juice, coffee, and tea. A opportunity for a free will offering will be available. Come on out for some yummy food, good fellowship and the opportunity to give Mom an early Mother’s Day break from cooking!
The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Bellefleur #1208 are sponsoring a catered luncheon by Chef Joe in the parish hall on Sunday, June 7th following the 10:30 a.m. Mass. Mark your calendar now if you would like to join us to celebrate the last meeting of the year. The luncheon costs $22.00 per person and includes everything. Husbands and friends are welcome also. Please contact Carole Bogat for more information at 869-2104.
By now, many parishioners have received information in the mail from NHCC regarding the 2015 - 2016 fundraising effort. Mr. Tony Poekert will be speaking at all Masses the weekend of May 23rd & 24th on behalf of NHCC. We ask that you prayerfully consider how you can help in “moving lives forward” by donating or pledging to NHCC. When returning your donation, please remember to list St. Rose of Lima as your home parish.
On Friday, May 1st at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., CSFP will be distributing food to NH residents 60 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, and milk and cheese. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-942-4321.
North Country Ultreya will be meeting on Monday, April 27th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Mission 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 and Mary Pat Simmons at 444-5247 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
On Thursday, May 7th at the New Life Assembly of God Church in Bethlehem, Pathways Pregnancy Care Center will be having their annual fundraising banquet. Registration begins at 6:30 p.m. with dinner at 7:00 p.m. followed by guest speaker Jeanneane Maxon, Vice President of External Affairs and Corporate Counsel for Americans United for Life as well as an advisory board member for the Care Net Pregnancy Center of Greater Concord (NH) and a member of the State Bar Association of NH. Tickets are $10.00 per person. For more information, call 444-3991.
Have you heard of St. Louis de Montfort's Marian Consecration? Ever wanted to do it but thought it was too complicated? Not only is this retreat easy to make―one page a day for 33 days―but its spirituality is the “quickest and easiest” way to become a saint! We’re all called to become saints, so why not travel the quickest and easiest way? Pick a Marian feast day, start 33 days beforehand and invite others to join you too. If they say “religious books are boring,” tell them not to worry because this book is written in a fun, east-to-read style. It’s time to draw closer to Jesus through your Mother Mary. She’s waiting for you. She loves you. She wants to help you. This book is about letting her do just that.
Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, is director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefit society of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He is the author of “Morning Glory.” Booklets are available on the shelves in the back of the church or see Fr. Mark.
Are you looking for a great way to interact within the community, make new friends, and learn new life skills that can change your life? Mount Sacred Heart Covenant Garden may be just for you! The Covenant Garden is a collaborative project between the Daughters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and NH Catholic Charities. This joint venture invites up to five families, households, or individuals each year to participate in the process of learning how to cultivate a garden and share in the yield. The goal of this project is to empower participants to gain knowledge and experience so as to successfully garden on their own in the future. It also has the mutual benefit of helping both the sisters and the learners cultivate and harvest crops abundant enough to share with the greater community through the local food pantries and soup kitchens. If this is something you think you might be interested in, please contact Christina Bertin at 444-7727 ext. 13 or at email@example.com.
The CDA Spring Rummage Sale will be held on Saturday, April 25th & Sunday, April 26th at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall. Saturday hours are from 8:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and following the 4:00 p.m. Mass. Sunday hours are after the 8:00 & 10:30 a.m. Masses. Help to set up on Friday beginning at 9:00 a.m. would be appreciated as well as on Sunday at noon to pack up. All items, with the exception of electrical items, are accepted. You may drop off items on Friday, April 24th from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. For more information, please contact Doris Rogers at 869-3143 or Mary Reilly at 444-0377.
Rosary making at the Lafayette Nursing Center in Franconia is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. If you feel called to help out with this worthwhile and rewarding ministry, please contact Donna Cunningham at 444-0935.
“My Jesus I love you with all my heart. I am a miserable sinner, but I consecrate myself to you completely. I give you my will, my love, my desires, everything I own. From now on do what you please with me. All I ask is that you love me, that you keep me faithful to the end of my life. I ask for the grace to do your will exactly as you want it done.”
The above is part of a prayer that is prayed every Monday morning following the 8:30 a.m. Mass at St. Rose of Lima Church as we begin exposition and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. “Can you not watch one hour with me?” Adoration is every Monday from 9:00 a.m. until closing with Benediction at noon. Make an appointment with Jesus and spend some time in adoration with him every Monday. There is a sign up sheet on the bulletin board on the right wall of the church after entering through the glass doors.
“ ’Let the children come to me. Do not hinder
them. The kingdom of God belongs to such as
these.’ And He laid His hands on their heads
before He left that place.” (Mt. 19:14)
Why adoration for children? Because Jesus asked us to spend one hour with him. He said, “Come to me all you who are weary and find life burdensome and I will refresh you” (Mt. 11:28). Children have worries too. In today’s world many things cause anxiety. Parents, teach your children where to go to find peace and answers to these worries. Teach them how to ask Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament to help them find the answers. Start with just fifteen minutes and Jesus will do the rest. Eucharistic Adoration is available every Monday morning following the 8:30 a.m. Mass until Benediction at 11:55 a.m.
“Even the weakest and most vulnerable, the sick, the old, the unborn and the poor, are masterpieces of God’s creation, made in his own image, destined to live forever, and deserving of the utmost reverence and respect.”
~ Pope Francis – Day for Life Greeting
Our Respect Life year begins in October with the theme: Each of us is a Masterpiece of God’s Creation. This theme gives us the opportunity to stop and think of the beautiful works of art we have seen – paintings, sculptures, buildings, or other designs. We marvel at how such works were created and how they can stir us to an emotional response.
The Tuesday Afternoon Prayer Group meets from 2:30 – 4:00 p.m. in the Parish Hall at St. Rose. Come join fellow parishioners in praying for our parish. For more information, call Rose Picone at 747-3250.
Are you looking for a small prayer group to start your day off? Join others in prayer on Friday mornings from 7:30 – 8:30 a.m. in St. Rose’s Parish Hall. For more information, call Mary Pat Simmons at 444-5247 or just come join us!
Child sexual abuse is a crime in the State of New Hampshire and the Church. New Hampshire law requires that anyone who has reason to suspect that a child is being or has been abused or neglected must make a report to the Division for Children, Youth & Families (“DCYF”) of the State of New Hampshire, 1-800-894-5533. Any person who suspects or alleges child abuse on the part of a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of a parish, school, or institution of the diocese of Manchester is also encouraged to make a report to the Office for Ministerial Conduct, 669-3100.
Church personnel – clergy, paid employees, and volunteers – have additional reporting requirements if they believe that Church personnel have sexually abused a child. You can learn more about these reporting requirements on the diocesan website at www.catholicnh.org or by speaking with our safe environment coordinator, Nick De Mayo.