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.
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.
Endeavoring to enhance the spirituality of the Lenten season, St. Rose of :Lima Parish is presenting a video series by Fr. Michael Renninger of the Diocese of Richmond, Virginia reflecting on Pope Francis’ Apostolic Exhortation Evangelii Gaudium (The Joy of the Gospel). The series will be presented for the next three Thursdays in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall following the 6:00 p.m. Mass. The evenings should run no later than 8:00 p.m. and will include a video presentation based on a chapter of the document with follow-up discussion. To read a copy of the document or to download a copy, go to http://www.vatican.va and click on Apostolic Exhortations. Come share our Catholic spirituality with one another in our parish family.
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.
Ash Wednesday, February 18th, and Good Friday, April 3rd, are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.
Fasting is to be observed by all persons 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day, one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain strength, may be taken according to one’s needs, but together they should not equal another full meal. Eating between meals is not permitted, but liquids, including milk and juices, are allowed.
Abstinence is observed by all persons 14 years or older. On days of abstinence, no meat is allowed. Note that when health or ability to work would be seriously affected, the law does not oblige. When in doubt concerning fast and abstinence, the parish priest should be consulted.
Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. The faithful and catechumens should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance and of preparation for baptism or of renewal of baptism at Easter.
Christians around the world are united in a special way during Lent, Holy Week, and Easter. Our hearts, minds, and prayers are also especially aware of the Holy Land. Our parish, once a year on Good Friday, is called on to support Christians in the Holy Land. As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the holy places. When you donate on Good Friday, you are supporting Christians in the Holy Land. Franciscans and others in the Holy Land are housing and feeding the poor, providing religious formation and education, maintaining shrines and parishes, and conducting pastoral ministry. For more information, visit MyFranciscan.org/good-friday. The Good Friday collection is requested by the Holy Father. Please be as generous as your abundance allows.
There are baskets located at the entrances of the churches this weekend for your donations to the Rice Bowl. Your donations provide for many third world projects. Your generosity is greatly appreciated!
Praying of the Stations of the Cross will be on Friday evenings during Lent at St. Rose of Lima at 6:00 p.m.
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It’s Life Bridge Banquet time once again. The banquet will be held on Thursday, March 26th at the Littleton Elks Club with hors d’oeuvres from 5:00 - 6:00 p.m. and the program presented from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. Last year St. Rose of Lima Parish was well represented at this worthy event! Let’s do it again and support a vital program for youth and adult mentors in our North Country. If you are interested, please contact Sr. Monique by March 18th.
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.
The Honduras Mission Team had a safe and effective week in the San Francisco de la Paz area of Olancho, Honduras. Working with Hondurans, they were able to provide care for approximately 650 people and fit 212 people with eyeglasses. This care was provided in four different villages, three of which were extremely remote. There was a little financial support donated by St. Basil the Great Parish in Ohio to help toward the purchase of additional medicines in Honduras when more was needed. The Honduran people were very grateful for the care, medicines, and glasses provided. They presented St. Rose of Lima Parish with a lovely carved wooden plaque as a token of their appreciation. Thank you for your generous donations for the clinics and for your prayers.
Our capital campaign is still going strong. We’re almost at the halfway point in our fundraising effort. The goal is $80,000.00 and we’re at $35,130.00! 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||$770.00|
|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.
The Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be held on Sunday, March 22nd at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.
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.
“Babies cry, make noise, go here and there. But it annoys me when a baby cries in church and there are those who say he needs to go out. The cry of a baby is God’s voice: never drive them away from the Church.”
It’s that time again. Our next Dinner Bell Community Meal hosted by St. Rose of Lima Parish will be on Tuesday, March 31st. Please consider contributing desserts which need to be delivered to the All Saints Episcopal Church kitchen by 4:00 p.m. on March 31st. Thank you so much for your continued support.
North Country Ultreya will meet on Monday, March 30th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church. Any questions, contact Rick and Mary Pat Simmons at 444-5247 or by email at email@example.com.
The Parish Quilt Group will be meeting on Saturday, March 28th , at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bethlehem from 9:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. Our group makes quilts for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Neonatal ICU & Pathways Pregnancy Center. Lunch and fabric will be provided. All parishioners, no matter their skill level, are invited to help. For more information or to sign up for any or all of the dates, please contact Tammy Hastings at 444-5696 or at firstname.lastname@example.org.
There are sign up sheets located in the churches for altar servers, lectors, and ministers of communion to volunteer during Holy Week services. Please sign up your availability as soon as possible so the schedule can be finalized and distributed.
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 Knights of Columbus will be hosting another delicious pancake breakfast this Sunday, March 22nd in the parish hall after all Masses. During the breakfast between 9:15 and 10:15 a.m. our Honduran Mission Team will be presenting a slide show and informal talk about their recent trip to Honduras. Don’t miss this opportunity to enjoy a hearty breakfast, Christian fellowship, and mission presentation. Opportunity for a free will offering will be available.
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.