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77 Clay Street
Littleton, NH 03561-4800
P: 603-444-2593
F: 603-444-3126

St. Rose of Lima Catholic Church

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Mass Times

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

Weekday Mass Schedule:
Mondays — 8:30 a.m. — SRL
Thursdays — 6:00 p.m. — SRL
Fridays — 8:30 a.m. at the Convent

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

*Check bulletin for possible changes.

Confessions: Saturday, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima and other times by appointment.

Eucharistic Adoration

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.

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February 21-22, 2015

After John had been arrested, Jesus came to Gal-
ilee proclaiming the gospel of God:  “This is the
time of fulfillment.  The kingdom of God is at
hand.  Repent, and believe in the gospel.”
- Mk 1:14-15

First Week of Lent


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.

SPECIAL -- The Gift of Lent -- SPECIAL

On Sunday, March 8th at 3:00 p.m. and again on Monday, March 9th at 6:00 p.m. St. Rose of Lima Parish is hosting Gregory Norbet, composer of some of the world’s most loved sacred hymns, among them “Hosea,” “All I Ask of You,” “Come to Me,” and many others.  Come experience the beautiful music and thought provoking prayerful reflection during this season of Lent.  There will be a free will offering as well as the opportunity to purchase some of Mr. Norbet’s CDs following the events.

Lenten Video Series

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 five consecutive Thursdays beginning February 26th 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 and click on Apostolic Exhortations.  Come share our Catholic spirituality with one another in our parish family.

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.

Mass and Eucharistic Adoration, Monday Feb. 23, 2015

Please note that there will be no 8:30 a.m. Mass on Monday Feb. 23, 2015, and that there will be no Eucharistic Adoration on the same date.

St. Rose of Lima Staff

Very Rev. Mark Dollard

 Pastor — Co-Vicar of
 Clergy, Diocese of
 (603) 444-2593
Ms. Sharon Palmerchuck  Secretary/Bookkeeper  (603) 444-2593
Mr. Nick DeMayo  Coordinator of
 Religious Education

 (603) 823-9816
Sister Monique Couture F.C.S.C.J.*

Pastoral Associate and
Minister of Music  (603) 616-9910

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

Additional Opportunities for Reconciliation

In addition to the usual Saturday afternoon from 3:00 - 3:30 p.m. time for confession, these other times are available during Lent:

Friday, March  6th:            5:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Friday, March 13th: 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Friday, March 20th: 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.
Friday, March 27th: 5:30 - 5:45 p.m.


Fr. Mark will also be available following the Stations of the Cross on Friday evenings if you let him know.

Monday, March 30th:         11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
         5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

Lenten Fasting and Abstinence

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

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.

Installation Mass of New Dean for White Mountain Deanery

On Wednesday, March 4th at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church in Woodsville, the Very Reverend Alan Tremblay, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the White Mountain Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci.  All are invited to attend.

Second Collection Next Weekend

Next weekend, February 28th & March 1st, there will be baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your contributions to our monthly Maintenance & Repair Fund.  This collection goes toward the fuel bill for both of our churches.  Your generosity is greatly appreciated!

Office Hours

Monday – Thursday 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m. — Email:

Stations of the Cross

Praying of the Stations of the Cross will be on Friday evenings during Lent at St. Rose of Lima at 6:00 p.m.

End of Year Tax Statements

Any parishioner who used their offertory envelopes during 2014 and would like a letter for tax purposes stating your donation amount for the year, please contact the parish office during business hours, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 2:30 p.m.  Thank you to all who contributed to St. Rose of Lima Parish during the past year.

Social Committee Meeting

There will be a Social Committee meeting on Wednesday, February 25th at 6:30 p.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.  Our Social Committee is extending an invitation to all parishioners who might be interested in joining this committee to help plan fun and/or community building events to  please simply show up at the meeting.  If we get a storm, simply call the office to see if the meeting is still happening.  Our annual St. Patrick’s Dinner is planned for Saturday, March 14th, so we’ll need to pull this together and then plan any additional suggestions.

K of C News

Knights of Columbus members and invited guests will be having a potluck dinner on Sunday, February 22nd.  Social hour begins at 4:00 p.m. with dinner served at 5:00 p.m.  Lots of fun and great food!  See you there!

The Knights of Columbus have the following Ignatius Press products available for purchase with all proceeds going to the Religious Education program. 

  • “Joseph of Nazareth” DVD (drama) $15.00
  • “Joseph, the Man Closest to Christ” DVD (documentary) $15.00
  • “Go to Joseph” (book) $8.95
  • “The Mystery of Joseph” (book) $14.95
  • “Not Your Average Joe” (book) $12.95
  • “A Child’s Treasury of Bible Stories” (book) $16.95

A limited number of these items are available, so if you are interested please contact Kevin Hastings at 444-5696 as soon as possible.

World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage and Papal Mass

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,

Capital Campaign

Prior Week's Donations $260.00
Total to Date


Please Help

 To make it easier for the office staff to direct your cash contributions for the Capital Campaign to your IRS statements for 2014, would you please put your offertory envelope number on the envelope?  Thank you.

In Memoriam

$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 Mr. Thomas Gage in memory of his son, Stephen Thomas Gage.

Babies Cry!

“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.”

―Pope Francis

CDA News

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas has adopted the Tutwiler Clinic & Outreach in Mississippi as one of their charities.  Our local chapter would like the parishioners of St. Rose of Lima Parish to help with this project by donating medicines for the clinic.  The medications requested are:  Prilosec, Pepcid, Ibuprofen, Naproxyn, Tylenol, aspirin 81 mg., Claritin, Zyrtec, multivitamins, sugar-free cough and cold tablets and cortisone and anti-fungal creams and antibiotic ointments.  All of these items must be in unopened sealed containers.  There is a CDA basket under the holy water font in the back of St. Rose of Lima Church where you can leave your donations.  The patients will appreciate any help you can give toward this project.

Spiritual Bouquet Program 2014 - 2015

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.

Dinner Bell

The next Dinner Bell Community Meal sponsored  by St. Rose of Lima parish is Tuesday, February 24th.  Desserts are welcome and should be delivered to the All Saints Episcopal Church kitchen by 4:00 p.m. on the 24th.  Thank you for all your wonderful support!  For more information, contact Sr. Monique.

Religious Education and High School Religious Education

  • There will be no Religious Ed classes the next two Sundays, February 22nd & March 1st, due to the winter school break.  Classes will resume on Sunday, March 8th.
  • The updated dollar total for Souper Bowl of Caring is now $2,056.00.  Terrific job everyone!  Non-perishable food items are still being accepted at both churches through February which will then be given to the Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Franconia
  • Your continued donations of undamaged religious articles in the designated containers in the back of the churches are greatly appreciated.

High School Religious Education

Parents and students, there are only three remaining sessions in this year’s program, March 8th & 22nd and April 12th.  Students must attend these final sessions to have completed one of the two required years of preparation for Confirmation.

Chef Understudy Needed

Tony Poekert, who has planned, organized and prepared the St. Patrick’s Day Dinner for our parish for more than thirty years, will be hanging up his fork.  The Poekerts are planning on retiring to South Carolina early in 2016 and may not be available to prepare the meal next year.  Tony is seeking a lead person who would be willing to learn all the details of the dinner this year as he sings his ‘Swan Song.’  If you are interested, please call Tony at 444-7727 ext. 11.  Thank you!


North Country Ultreya will be meeting on Monday, February 23rd 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

Parish Quilt Group

The Parish Quilt Group will be meeting on Saturdays throughout Lent at the Knights of Columbus Hall in Bethlehem from 1:00 - 4:00 p.m.  Our group makes quilts for the Dartmouth-Hitchcock Neonatal ICU & Pathways Pregnancy Center.  All parishioners, no matter their skill level, are invited to join.

American Cancer Society Relay for Life

The Kick Off Meeting for the 2015 ACS Relay for Life for June 20th - 21st  is scheduled for Wednesday, February 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.  Snow date is Thursday, February 5th, same time and place.  You’re invited to come and discover how you can fight back against cancer, support survivors and caregivers, and remember those who have lost their battle with cancer.  Refreshments will be served.  For more information, call Ellen Malessa at 823-7223.

Rosary Making

Rosary making at the Lafayette Nursing Center in Franconia is scheduled for Thursday, February 19th.  If you feel called to help out with this worthwhile and rewarding ministry, please contact Donna Cunningham at 444-0935.

Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament Eucharistic Adoration

“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.

Respect Life

“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.

Prayer Group Opportunities

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!

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 (“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 or by speaking with our safe environment coordinator, Nick De Mayo.