• St. Rose of Lima Church

Mass Times

St. Rose of Lima
4:00 p.m. Saturday,
8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday

Our Lady of the Snows
6:00 p.m. Saturday

Weekday Mass Schedule

Mass Times

Please check Weekly Bulletin as Weekday Mass Times are subject to change!
Mondays — 8:30 a.m. — SRL
Thursdays — 6:00 p.m. — SRL
Fridays — 8:30 a.m. Mt. Sacred Heart Convent, 226 Grove St., Littleton, NH

Holy Day Mass Schedule:
Call the parish office or check the website
(Changes according to what day it falls on.)

Confessions: Saturday, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima and other times by appointment.
  • Our Lady of the Snows
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The Samaritan woman said to him, "How can you, a Jew, ask me, a Samaritan woman, for a drink?" Jesus answered and said to her, "If you knew the gift of God and who is saying to you, 'Give me a drink,' you would have asked him and he would have given you living water."

 -Jn 4:9a, 10

Welcome

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.

Our Mission Statement

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.

Staff

Rev. Mark E. Dollard Pastor — Co-Vicar of
  Clergy, Diocese of
  Manchester
revmarkus@outlook.com (603) 444-2593
Deacon Stephen M. Noyes Deacon alkhall@roadrunner.com (603) 444-5930
Sister Monique Couture FCSCJ* Pastoral Associate and
  Minister of Music
mocou@earthlink.net (603) 616-9910
Nick DeMayo

Coordinator of Reliqious
  Education

nickd88@roadrunner.com (603) 823-9816
Sharon Palmerchuck Secretary srlandols@yahoo.com (603) 444 2593

*Sister Monique Couture, as Minister of Music is the contact for any music information.

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. — Email: srlandols@yahoo.com

The parish office hours will remain Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. for the foreseeable future.

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Stations of the Cross

Stations of the Cross will be held every Friday evening during Lent at 6:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Fasting and Abstinence

With the season of Lent coming upon us this week it is time to review the directives concerning fasting and abstinence.

Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and Good Friday, April 14th, 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  should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance in preparation for the renewal of baptism at Easter.

 

Soup & Bread Fellowship

Please come to the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall on Friday evenings following Stations of the Cross for a simple meal of soup and bread.  This will be a reverent celebration of community during the Lenten season.  We welcome your donations of your favorite soup, bread or rolls, but it is not required.  Please join us if you’re able.  Contact Christine Will with any questions at 444-0321 or at 1-302-399-9345.

St. Patrick's Day Dinner Returns

Shamrocks

Erin go braugh―come celebrate the wearin’ of the green!  The parish St. Patrick’s Day dinner and contra dance is fast approaching on Saturday, March 18th beginning immediately after the 4:00 p.m. Mass and lasting until all have been served in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.  It is not too late to make a reservation and/or to volunteer.  If you have not already done so, please complete a reservation/volunteer form available at the entrances of the churches and return it ASAP by leaving it in the baskets located at the entrances at the churches or in the offertory basket.  This is a wonderful opportunity for our parish to enjoy a great family meal and to celebrate and grow our special faith community.

Third Week of Lent

 

St. Patrick’ s Day

St. Patrick

St. Patrick’s Day is this Friday, March 17th.  It is also a Friday of Lent and as such, a day of abstaining from meat; however, St. Patrick is the secondary patron of the Diocese of Manchester.  Catholics residing in or visiting the Diocese of Manchester on Friday, March 17th, the Feast of St. Patrick, are dispensed from the obligation to abstain from meat on this day.  It is recommended that on this day, the suffering of the great Irish famine be remembered.

Wedding Banns

I - Elizabeth Imparato and Marshall Puffer

Your Suggestions Needed

The Honduran Mission Team would like a new name!  The purpose of the team is to provide compassionate care and free medications to impoverished people living in remote areas in Honduras in order to ease the burdens they bear in their daily existence.  To this end, the team is requesting suggestions for names.  Your suggestions may be submitted to any team member or sent via email to frankevhagan@gmail.com.  Suggestions will be considered through March 24th.  If a name is chosen, the person submitting the name will be gifted with their choice of either a bag of Honduran coffee or a bottle of Honduran vanilla.  The mission team will offer a presentation regarding their latest trip on Sunday, March 26th at 9:15 a.m. in St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.  All are welcome to attend and enjoy some Honduran coffee and refreshments in appreciation of the support you have shown to the team and the people of Honduras.

First Communion and Confirmation Photos

We’ve had several parents ask about how they could get photos of their children from last year’s Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebrations.  Below are the web addresses where the photos can be accessed.

The link for the Confirmation photos:

http://gmfoto.photostockplus.com/album/2390017/

The link for the First Holy Communion photos:

http://gmfoto.photostockplus.com/album/2349551/

 

Religious Education

An Obstructed Fire Drill, where the children will learn another escape route out of the building, will be held on Sunday, March 26th at 10:00 a.m.

Our last Catechists’ meeting is scheduled for Monday, March 27th at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.  All staff are encouraged to attend.

 

The Parish Quilt Group will be meeting in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall on Saturday, April  1st and April 8th from 1 p.m. - 4 p.m.  Our group makes quilts for DHMC Neonatal ICU & Pathways Pregnancy Center.  For more information, please contact Tammy Hastings at 444-5696.

Masterful Film About Catholic Sisters

For Love Alone  

An incredibly well-produced new film opens a window onto the lives of Catholic sisters.  A counterpart of sorts to Fishers of Men, the film about priesthood viewed in thousands of parish halls, For Love Alone captures the essence of women’s religious life, depicting their prayer and service in all its beauty.  Particularly poignant are the scenes of sisters caring for elderly women, with flashbacks to happy lives with husbands, children, and parties.  Great viewing for all Catholics, but especially teens and young women as they discern their vocations.  Both films are available at vianneyvocations.com.

 

Annual Pro-Life Seminar

Sponsored by the State Council of the

N.H. Knights of Columbus

Pro-Life

Guest speaker Ovide Lamontagne will speak on How Abortion Harms Women and Pro-Life Movement’s Mother-Child Strategy.

The seminar will be held on Sunday, April 9th at St. Joseph’s Cathedral Church Hall on Pine Street in Manchester from 1:00 p.m. until 4:00 p.m.

A free will offering luncheon will be supplied by the Daughters of Isabella at 12:00 noon prior to the seminar.

Free Concerts

Free Concerts

 All Saints' Episcopal Church  

The All Saints' Episcopal Church located on School Street in Littleton will be sponsoring free concerts on Thursdays during Lent beginning this Thursday, March 9th.  The concerts on March 23rd, 30th and April 6th will begin at 12:10 in the afternoon.  These concerts will be forty minutes in length with various artists performing.  On Thursday, March 16th, the concert will be at 7:00 p.m. and will feature harpist William Tobin.  All are welcome and donations would be appreciated.  For more information visit www.allsts.org or call 444-3414.

Second Collection

Catholic Relief Services

This weekend our parish will take up the Catholic Relief Services collection to respond to Jesus in disguise.  This collection provides funding for Catholic Relief Services, USCCB Department of Social Development & World Peace, relief work of the Holy Father, USCCB’s Migrant & Refugee Services, and the Catholic Legal Immigration Network.  These agencies provide relief and support to struggling communities and work toward peace and reconciliation among our marginalized brothers and sisters here and around the world.  Please prayerfully consider how you can support the collection.  Learn more about the collection at www.usccb.org/catholic-relief.

Help Needed for Special Children

Abused and neglected children need a strong voice and that voice could be yours.  CASA of New Hampshire trains, supervises and supports volunteers to advocate on behalf of neglected and abused children in court.  Our goal is to help our community’s most vulnerable children grow up in safe, permanent homes.  If you are a compassionate, caring adult who would like to make a difference in a child’s life, please call or email Lucie Remillard at 752-9670 or at lremillard@casanh.org.  CASA training will begin March 27th in Lancaster.

 

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

Divine Mercy

There will be a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on Sunday, March 26th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

Lenten Series

Seven Deadly Sins...Seven Lively Virtues

Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust:  these ‘seven deadly sins’ are patterns of dysfunction that keep us separated from God and ultimately lead to unhappiness.  Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, we will be meeting in the parish hall weekly from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. to listen and discuss Bishop Robert Barron’s exploration of these seven sinful patterns and how practicing key virtues can break the cycle of sin.  This series will not only be educational but will also prepare you for an examination of conscience and the sacrament of reconciliation.  If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Steve or Linda Noyes (contact information is on the bulletin front).

Lenten Devotional Aids

On the tables at the entrance of the churches are Lenten devotional materials.  Please help yourself to these supplies to help enhance your Lenten journey toward Easter.

Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent.  Based on Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Resisting Happiness, this year’s program will help you identify what stands between you and happiness…and what to do about it.  Are you ready for your best Lent ever?  Sign up at BestLentEver.com.

 

NH Catholic Charities

NH Catholic Charities is looking for a volunteer for a few hours a week to help take care of a client in the Littleton area.  They are also in need of a washing machine for another Littleton resident.  If you can help with either of these requests, please contact Christina at 444-7727, ext. 11.  Thank you!

 

Catholic Vocations in the U.S.

Pray for Vocations

The estimated 68 million Catholics in America make up less than six percent of the 1.2 billion Catholics in the world. Nonetheless, we have the fourth largest Catholic population of any country. Here are a few pertinent stats:

• Annually, more than 500 men are ordained priests in the U.S., a number which is rising slightly.
• There are about 154,000 Catholic weddings each year, though that figure is dropping.
• There are currently about 48,000 religious sisters, but their average age is 75.
• In 2015, 760,000 infants and children were baptized.

When it comes to vocations, how are we doing compared to other countries? As they say on the farm, “fair to middlin.” We are far behind the vocation booms in India, Poland, and Africa, but compared to Europe and Canada, the U.S. Church is doing pretty well and we have reason to be hopeful for the future. Various Catholic youth movements are growing stronger, and many organizations are urging a “culture of discernment.” In the recent political season, we were reminded that “all politics are local,” so let us remember that all vocations come from regular families, parishes, and schools―even from your own family!

Thank You

The members of the Mission Board and Good Neighbor Food Pantry wish to thank your for Souper Bowl of Caring collection. Every little bit helps us provider help to those who need it.

Thinking of Remarriage

Remarriage

“Thinking of Remarriage” is a daylong program for couples where one or both were previously married and who are thinking about marriage or who are engaged to be married.  This program helps couples take an in-depth look at and discuss major issues related to remarriage.  The next session will be May 20th.  Learn more at catholicnh.org/tar or contact Maureen Haas to register at 669-3100, ext 195 or by email at mhaas@rcbm.org.

 

RCIA

RCIA―the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process for inviting, informing, and initiating non-baptized and baptized persons into our Church.  It’s that time of year again for those individuals who may have an interest in joining the Church to consider entering the RCIA process.  If you, or someone you know, has an interest in the RCIA process, please contact the rectory during business hours and we will arrange a time for either an individual or a group meeting.

Seven Night Norse Legends

Holland America’s Konigsdam

Come and sail away on a seven night cruise on Holland America’s Konigsdam out of Amsterdam, Netherlands from July 30th - August 6th.  Ports of call include cruising Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord, Eidfjord, Alesund, Geiranger, & Bergen, Norway.  Prices begin at $3,167.00 for two passengers which includes all port fees and taxes.  Daily Mass will be offered.  Deposits of only $350.00 per person will reserve your cabin.  Space is limited.  For further information or to register, contact Doug or Eileen at 1-860-399-1785 or by email at Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com.

 

Prayer Group Invitation

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.

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“Before you were born, I consecrated you.”

If you think that you may be set apart by the Lord to serve Him as a priest or in the consecrated life, call Fr. Jason Jalbert at 669-3100 or write to: jjalbert@rcbm.org.

“And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them.”

Christ has sown the seeds of your vocation within you.
Might it be to grow in holiness as a priest or in the consecrated life?

Code of Conduct

Did you know that the Diocese of Manchester has a Code of Conduct? This Code of Conduct, known as Serving Christ, Serving Others, applies to all Church personnel. “Church personnel” not only refers to priests, deacons, and religious men and women, it also includes all those who regularly work or volunteer at diocesan parishes, schools and camps. Some examples are: lectors, ushers, catechists, day care staff and volunteers, Catholic school volunteers, Boy Scout leaders, CYO coaches, youth ministers, members of pastoral and finance councils, choir directors and members, and parish outreach workers.

The Serving Christ, Serving Others Code of Conduct is available online at catholicnh.org/codeofconduct

How to Make a Report of Sexual Abuse

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 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