4:00 p.m. Saturday, and
8:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. Sunday
Weekday Mass Schedule:
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. at the Convent
Our Lady of the Snows
6:00 p.m. Saturday
Confessions: Saturday, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima and other times by appointment.
Jesus answered, "My kingdom does not belong to
this world. If my kingdom did belong to this world,
my attendants would be fighting to keep me from
being handed over to the Jews. But as it is, my
kingdom is not here." - Jn 18:36
The Sanctuary Lamp this week is offered up for a special intention at the request of Helene Pelletier.
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.
St. Rose of Lima Staff
|Very Rev. Mark Dollard||Pastor — Co-Vicar of
Clergy, Diocese of
|Steve - Stephen M. Noyes||Deaconfirstname.lastname@example.org||(603) 444-2593|
|Ms. Sharon Palmerchuck||Secretary/Bookkeeperemail@example.com||(603) 444-2593|
|Mr. Nick DeMayo||Coordinator of
|Sister Monique Couture F.C.S.C.J.*||Pastoral Associate and
Minister of Music
*Sister Monique Couture, as Minister of Music is the contact for any music information.
November — Month of the Dead
During this month of November, the month of the dead, we especially remember our deceased loved ones at all Masses. You are invited to bring photos of your deceased loved ones to place on the window sills around the churches; however, please make sure to label the backs of them with your contact information in case we need to return them to you. Additionally, our Book of Life is available in the churches for you to add the names of your deceased loved ones. The names are listed alphabetically and we are asking you to check to make sure the name you are adding has not bee n added previously.
- The new section at St. Rose of Lima Cemetery around the St. Joan of Arc statue, that used to be for ’cremation only’ graves, has been reconfigured to be 5’x8’ 1 grave cremation lots. The burial rights to this new section are now available for sale. Please refer to the information sheets located in the back of our churches for price listing and regulations of all the options.
As you might have noticed in last weekend’s bulletin as well as this week’s, we are having an Ecumenical Service on Thanksgiving Eve at the United Methodist Church in Littleton. We will also be having Mass on Thanksgiving Day at 9:00 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church. I want to wish all of you, whether you are traveling or staying home, a wonderful Thanksgiving experience with family and friends!
Dinner Bell Thanksgiving Meal
This Tuesday, November 24th, all of the church and civic groups who take turns cooking the weekly Dinner Bell community meals will join together to prepare a Thanksgiving community meal. Our parish is asked to prepare one turkey and lots of winter squash. Would someone want to cook the turkey or contribute to its cost? Would you like to contribute some winter squash or contribute to the cost? There will be no room in the All Saints kitchen on the day of our work session to prepare the squash and carve the cooked turkey so we will have our work session in the St. Rose of Lima kitchen from 10:00 a.m. - noon on Tuesday, November 24th. Please bring your own apron and cutting/paring tools. We will deliver our food to the All Saints Parish Hall at 4:00 p.m.
- St. Rose of Lima Parish will be participating in a Thanksgiving Ecumenical Service with other area churches on Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the United Methodist Church on Main Street in Littleton. All are invited. Refreshments will be served following the service. There will be an opportunity for a free will offering which will be divided among NHCC Fuel Assistance Program & the Episcopal Church Food Pantry.
- On Thanksgiving morning, Thursday, November 26th, Mass will be celebrated at St. Rose of Lima Church at 9:00 a.m.
The change over to the new 2016 missalettes at St. Rose of Lima Church will occur after the Thanksgiving Day Mass. If you can stay a few minutes after Mass to help, it would be wonderful; many hands truly make light work. Free copies of the 2015 music issues will be available for one week at the back of the church.
Help promote the true meaning of Christmas this year while supporting faith formation within our parish. The Knights of Columbus have beautiful religious Christmas cards available which are a great way to share the message of God’s love with your friends and family while keeping the focus of Christmas on the birth of Christ.
Again this year, the Knights are donating the proceeds from the sale of the cards and yard signs to help offset the religious education registration fees. Order forms (including a return envelope) are available at the back of both churches. To learn how you can assist in this endeavor, please contact Kevin Hastings at 444-7345 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you for your continued support of Religious Education!
Our Advent Party will be on Sunday, December 6th in the parish hall. There will be lots of new Christmas crafts for kids, cookie decorating, and the Knights of Columbus Pancake Breakfast, which is free to all Religious Ed families on this day. Parents and teenage volunteers to help with craft projects would be appreciated. Contact Tammy at 444-5696 or by email at email@example.com.
The collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD) provides funding for groups that make lasting change and uplift the poor in the US. CCHD’s grants improve education, support economic development, and create affordable housing in low-income neighborhoods. Help us continue to defend human dignity and build communities of solidarity. There are baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to this collection.
Who are Secular Franciscans? St. Francis established the Third Order Franciscans some 800 years ago in response to requests from everyday people, married and single, men and women who wanted to follow his way of life but were unable to do so due to work, family obligations, etc. In response, he founded a third order that allowed them to be Franciscan yet remain at home doing the work they had always done. Secular Franciscans gather one Sunday a month as a fraternity. The closest fraternity to Littleton meets at the Fr. Lively Center in St. Johnsbury. Gatherings are open to all. Come to observe and learn what we are about. Visit www.nafra-sfo.org or call Anita at 1-802-751-5318 or Michael at 823-8571
The Littleton Christmas Parade is fast approaching! To participate this year, we need parents and children of all ages to dress up in Nativity costumes (costumes provided) and ride on the float or walk while handing out candy. It’s always a fun time, and we are usually the only float that depicts the Nativity. If you would like to participate, and are available on Friday, November 27th, the day after Thanksgiving, call Tammy at 444-5696 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org by Tuesday, November 24th.
Seeking Medicines for the Mission to Honduras
The Honduran Mission Team is collecting over-the-counter medication for the medical mission in February. Needed are children’s vitamins, adult vitamins, acetaminophen, ibuprofen, aspirin, stomach medications (Zantac, Pepcid, Prilosec, Tums, etc.), and allergy medicines (Claritin, Zyrtec, Allegra). Generic equivalents are fine. There is a bin behind the pews in St. Rose of Lima Church. Your support is greatly appreciated!
NH Catholic Charities Notes
- A kitchen and bedroom set in good condition is being donated to Catholic Charities for a family in need.
- Good Neighbor Food Pantry in Franconia is looking for someone who would be willing to travel to the NH Food Bank in Manchester twice a month to pick up large food orders for the pantry. This person needs to have a truck or a large vehicle and would be reimbursed for gas through Franconia Church of Christ.
- For more information on both of these items, please contact Christina at Catholic Charities by calling 444-7727 x 13 or by email at email@example.com.
Divine Mercy Holy Hour
Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be this Sunday, November 22nd at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.
A huge thank you to Mount Sacred Heart garden volunteers and contributors! We are truly grateful for the generosity of sweat and time to this worthy project. There are still a few tasks throughout the winter season, but it’s been a great growing season. And yes, we are still accepting leaves and yard clean-up material in our loose leaf bin or bagged near the sun shed.
- There are Advent reading resources available for parishioners on the back tables in both churches.
- During Advent there will be additional times available for the Sacrament of Reconciliation at St. Rose of Lima Church.
Fr. Mark will be available during these times until there is no one left in line. The times are:
- Thursday, December 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
- Monday, December 7th at 9:00 a.m.
- Friday, December 18th at 12:00 noon
- Monday, December 21st at 6:00 p.m.
Holy Days of Obligation
- Tuesday, December 8th: Immaculate Conception
- 8:30 a.m. at St. Rose
- 12:00 noon at Our Lady of the Snows
- 6:00 p.m. at St. Rose
- Thursday, December 24th: Christmas Eve
- 4:00 p.m. at St. Rose
- 6:00 p.m. at St. Rose (Children’s Mass)
- 12:00 Midnight at St. Rose
- Friday, December 25th: Christmas Day
- 9:00 a.m. at Our Lady of the Snows
- Thursday, December 31st: Vigil for the Solemnity of Mary
- 6:00 p.m. at St. Rose
- Friday, January 1st: Solemnity of Mary
- 8:30 a.m. at St. Rose
- 12:00 Noon at Our Lady of the Snows
2015 Christmas Lights at La Salette Shrine
The La Salette Shrine in Enfield, NH is presenting their Christmas lights display beginning with the opening weekend of November 28th & 29th. The shrine will then be open nightly from December 4th -31st from 5:00 - 9:00 p.m. The displays have changed over the years, but the focus is always on the birth of the Savior. In addition to the nativity sets on display, there is a Santa program for children and scheduled concerts. For more information, visit www.lasaletteofenfield.org.
Lectors, Ministers of Communion, & Altar Servers
To download a copy of the schedule click here.
The schedules for the months of November and December are available in the back of the churches for those persons who do not have email. Sign-up sheets for Christmas & New Year’s Day Masses will be posted in the churches sometime in early December for ministers to list their availabilities.
Social Committee Meeting
There will be a Social Committee meeting on Monday, November 30th at 6:30 p.m. at the rectory where we will discuss and plan some fun events for 2016.
2015 International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day
On Saturday, November 21st, join with a community of suicide loss survivors to find comfort and gain understanding as they share stories of healing and hope. International Survivors of Suicide Loss Day is the one day a year when people who are affected by suicide loss gather around the world at events in their local communities for support, information, and empowerment. This year’s program includes a screening of Family Journeys: Healing and Hope after a Suicide, a new documentary produced by the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention that traces the ripple effect of a suicide through families and communities, and explores the challenges they face as they cope and heal. The nearest locations offering this program would be in North Conway (Denise Leighton at firstname.lastname@example.org or 356-2324) or in Plymouth (Wendy Hills at email@example.com or 443-3880). There are copies of the 2015 New Hampshire Survivors of Suicide Loss Newsletter in the back of St. Rose of Lima Church for those who might be interested.
Experience a Summer of a Lifetime
Camp Bernadette for girls on Lake Wentworth in Wolfeboro and Camp Fatima for boys on Upper Suncook Lake in Gilmanton Iron Works are now accepting online registration for 2016. These camps, for children ages six to fifteen, 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. Please do not hesitate to register as the camps fill very quickly. For more information, call 364-5851 or visit www.campsfatimabernadette.org.
This year the Catholic Church has been observing the Year of Consecrated Life, which began on November 21st, 2014 and will continue until February 2nd, 2016. Our Holy Father wishes to acknowledge and celebrate the gift of religious life―sisters/nuns, brothers/monks and priests who are members of religious orders―to the life of our Church. This vocation of dedicated service to God’s people has been essential to the life and growth of the Christian world from early history, to our immigrant experience at the founding of the nations in the New World, and even to this day, both at home and abroad.
Here in Littleton, we have been blessed by the presence and influence of two religious communities; first, the Sisters of Mercy (RSM), teachers at St. Rose of Lima School until the late 1960’s, and later by the Daughters of the Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus (FCSCJ), who established their Mount Sacred Heart Novitiate and Provincial House here in 1960 and Infirmary/Retirement Home in 1975.
In conjunction with the Year of Consecrated Life, the Daughters of the Charity and their Associates welcome you to an Open House at Mount Sacred Heart at the top of Grove Street on Sunday, October 18th from 1:30 - 4:00 p.m. Guest speaker will be Sister Rosina Bechard, FCSCJ, past Religious Education Resource Person at St. Rose of Lima Parish. Two short sessions of prayer, presentation, and tour will be offered at 2:00 p.m. and 3:15 p.m. Fellowship and refreshments will follow each session. This event is open to everyone―individuals, families, and groups from any of our North Country parishes. For more information, contact Sr. Monique at 616-9910.
Prepare for the Year of Mercy
Are you concerned or deeply troubled about what’s going on in the country and how Christians are being terrorized by ISIS? Well, be not afraid. There is hope. Pope Francis has laid out the key to hope in his call for a Year of Mercy. The key to understanding this time of mercy is Romans 5:20: “Where sin abounded, grace abounded all the more.” In a time of great evil, God gives even greater grace. On December 8th, the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception, we’ll be entering the extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. According to Pope Francis, it’s Mary who will prepare us for the Year of Mercy. Mary can best bring us into God’s mercy when we consecrate ourselves totally to Jesus through her. Saint Louis de Montfort said that a total consecration to Jesus through Mary is the “quickest, easiest, surest, and most perfect” path to becoming a saint. Now is the perfect time to do the consecration. If you begin on November 5th and do “33 Days to Morning Glory,” written by Fr. Michael Gaitley, MIC, you will be joining Mary’s Army consecrating yourself to Mary on the 8th of December and enter into the Jubilee Year of Mercy totally consecrated to her. The “33 Days to Morning Glory” books are at the rear of St. Rose of Lima Church in the book case. If you would like more information, contact Donna Cunningham at 444-0935.
How’s your knowledge of all things Catholic? Come out for an evening of fun at the next Trivia Night in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall this Thursday, November 19th following the 6:00 p.m. Mass.
There will be no Religious Ed classes next Sunday, November 29th in celebration of Thanksgiving. Classes will resume on Sunday, December 6th. Happy Thanksgiving to all!
High School Confirmation Program
Our next class is this Sunday, November 22nd from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.
Bishop Libasci to Lead Diocesan-wide Pilgrimage to Rome & Assisi
In observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy Bishop Libasci will be leading a diocesan-wide pilgrimage to Rome and Assisi. This will be a pilgrimage of solidarity with Pope Francis, to capture the ideals of St. Francis and our Holy Father’s desire for renewal. The pilgrimage is scheduled for April 18th - 26th, 2016. Further information may be found on the Canterbury Pilgrimages website www.canterburypilgrimages.com and will also be placed on the diocesan website.
“And they went out and proclaimed the good news everywhere, while the Lord worked with them.”
If you are discerning a vocation to proclaim the gospel of Jesus as a priest, deacon, or in consecrated life, call Father Jason Jalbert at 663-0132 or write him at firstname.lastname@example.org.
“The Kingdom of God is like
a mustard seed”
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?
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 www.catholicnh.org or by speaking with our safe environment coordinator, Nick De Mayo.