• 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

 

It is not right to take the food of the children and throw it to the dogs."  She said, "Please, Lord, for even the dogs eat the scraps that fall from the table of their masters."  Then Jesus said to her in reply, "O woman, great is your faith!  Let it be done for you as you wish."  And the woman's daughter was healed from that hour.

- Mt 15:26b-28

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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Pastor's Notes

The financial report that was presented to you about a month ago didn’t produce any questions, but it did produce a few comments about how wealthy the parish is.  In actuality, our parish is financially better off than many of the North Country parishes, but it really isn’t that wealthy.  Of the almost $900,000 in assets, $175,000 of it sits in two separate trusts that provide the parish with annual interest income; however, the principle in both cannot be touched.  $200,000 is in cemetery perpetual care funds that need to produce the interest income for their annual maintenance costs, but as we know, they don’t.  Therefore, $400,000 of parish savings has been set aside in an investment fund to produce the money needed ($25,000) annually for cemetery maintenance.  That $400,000 cannot be accessed without major financial penalty.  So, that leaves the parish with just about $100,000 in unrestricted parish savings.  Thank you for your continued support and stewardship to the parish and its properties!  Please remember to keep us in mind when you plan out your will.  Every donation will go a long way to help out the future of our parish!

Mass Location Change
Week of August 20th.

The Sisters at Mount Sacred Heart Convent are making their annual retreat this week beginning Sunday, August 20th until Friday, August 25th.  Your prayerful support and respect of their desire for quiet and privacy would be much appreciated this week.  In recognition of that, the morning Masses this week will not be celebrated at Mount Sacred Heart chapel but at St. Rose of Lima Church instead.

 

CLICK for Babies

Click for Babies

  • CLICK for Babies invites volunteers to knit or crochet caps in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Your caps will be given to newborn babies in November & December to help educate parents about the ‘Period of Purple Crying,’ a normal but frustrating period of intense crying which all infants experience in the first few weeks and months after birth.

  • The caps should be made of any shade of soft-to-the-touch yarn and be at least 50% purple in color without straps, strings or other potential choking or strangling hazards. Smaller stitches result in a warmer hat.  The large, loose stitches of circular loomed hats tend not to provide enough warmth.  The average newborn head circumference is fourteen inches.  If your hat fits snugly over a balloon blown to fourteen inches around, it will usually fit.  Hats should be approximately between four and six inches high.  Boy caps are really needed but please remember to include blues, browns, grays, and other ‘boy friendly’ colors in their cap designs.

  • Caps need to be dropped off at Littleton Regional Hospital by September 30th or you may call Lucy Peloquin at 444-6014 for pickup.  Patterns for caps are available at www.clickforbabies.org/stitchers-club.

Mass Intentions

As you may have noticed in the Mass intentions, there is an entry listed as ‘Celebrant’s Intention.’  This will be the intention when no one else has offered an intention for that Mass.  In the upcoming weeks there are several openings available.  If you would like to remember someone or if you have a special intention you would like prayers for, please contact the parish office during business hours to make arrangements.

 

Baby

Diapers Needed

Pathways Pregnancy Center is in need of diapers sizes newborn, 4, 5, & 6.  They have several clients who have just given birth (Alleluia!) and several who have older babies.  Diapers may be dropped off in the designated basket in the back of St. Rose of Lima Church or at the Pathways Center on Redington Street in Littleton, Monday through Friday from 9:30 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. (please call ahead first at 444-3991)  Diapers may also be purchased through the Pathways Amazon Smile Program whereby Pathways receives a small amount of money from each purchase.  Go to https://smile.amazon.com/ and select “Pathways Pregnancy Care Center.”

 

Wedding Banns

II - Melissa Nolin & Travis L'Heureux

Our Annual Parish Picnic
is Almost Here!!

Sunday, August 20th
11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

Our Annual Parish Picnic is Here!!

This Sunday, August 20th

11:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.

All parishioners and guests are invited to attend this year’s Annual Parish Picnic.  Join us for a day of fellowship, food, and fun on the rectory lawn!  Children’s games, Bouncy House, Bingo, Talent Show, & much more!  This promises to be a fun day for one and all, so come join us!

Picnic Food

 

Second Collection

Second Collection

This weekend, August 19th & 20th, there will be baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your donations to the NH Missionaries Abroad and Migrant & Refugee Ministry in NH Collection.  This collection supports The Good Samaritan Home in Colombia run by Claire Aucoin.  In addition, a portion of this collection supports the diocesan ministries to migrants and refugees throughout the state of New Hampshire.

RCIA

Thirsting for God?

Do you know someone not baptized or baptized in a non-Catholic Christian tradition who is thirsting for what it means to become Catholic?  Do you know someone already Catholic but who has not yet received Communion and/or Confirmation?  They may be thirsting too!  The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a place to ask questions and seek understanding.  Deacon Steve and Linda Noyes will be offering RCIA classes starting this fall.  If you would like additional information regarding RCIA, please call or email the parish office with your name and contact information.

Anniversary Mass

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th, or beyond wedding anniversary (anytime during the year 2017) to attend a Special Anniversary Mass.  This celebration will be held on Sunday, October 15th at 2:00 p.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.  If you are celebrating one of those anniversaries and would like to attend this special Mass, please contact the parish office during business hours by Friday, September 22nd.  We will need your first and last names, your mailing address, and what anniversary you are celebrating this year.  By providing your name to the parish office you will be registered and receive an invitation.  There will be no need for the couple to RSVP to the actual invitation.

 

St. Theresa, the Little Flower

The Shrine of the Little Flower
Annual Feast Day

 

Located in Nasonville, RI, although little known, St. Theresa of the Child Jesus Church and Shrine is the first shrine dedicated to St. Theresa in America.  The annual celebration will be on Sunday, August 20th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m., rain or shine.  Mass, as well as the Stations of the Cross, a lunchtime concert, an outdoor living rosary, and a blessing with St. Theresa’s relic following the Mass will be celebrated.  Food and refreshments will be available.  For more information call 401-568-0575 or 401-568-8280 or by email at Shiirl@Finelli.us.  To learn more about the shrine, visit www.SaintTheresaShrine.com.

Religious Education

Religious Education Registration

Registration for this year’s Religious Ed program is going on now.  The registration fees are $50.00 per family.  Registration forms are located in the back of both churches as well as in the parish office. 

Registration forms from last year have been destroyed to insure privacy.  New forms for 2017 - 2018 need to be filled out completely on both sides.  You may place completed forms in an envelope marked ‘Religious Ed’ with cash or check made out to St. Rose of Lima and drop it an any weekend Mass offertory basket or mail it to the parish office.

As always, fees are waived if a parent or grandparent volunteers to help out in the program for the entire twenty-four week school year.

Rosary for the Unborn

Pre-born Rosary

August is the month to celebrate the Feast of the Assumption.  The Blessed Virgin Mary was taken body and soul into heaven because she is the Mother of God.  Mother and child are united.  The Assumption reminds us that they belong together.  We pray that society will see that it cannot love women while killing their children, and cannot save children without helping their mothers.  We pray that people will be touched by the pro-life question, “Why can’t we love them both?”  Rosary is said on Thursday evenings at 5:25 p.m. before Mass.

“Thank you women who are Mothers!  You have sheltered human beings within yourselves in a unique experience of joy and travail.. This experience makes you...the one who is the anchor as the child makes its way along the journey of life.

St. John Paul II

 

Worldwide Marriage Encounter

 “...and you will find rest for yourselves.  For my
yoke is easy, and my burden light.”

Find out how love and communication can ease your burdens by attending a Worldwide Marriage Weekend.  The next WWME Weekends are September 16th - 17th in Medway, MA and October 21st - 22nd in Contoocook, NH.  For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-9963 or visit us at https://wwmema.org.

Offertory Envelopes

Offertory envelopes are now available at the entrance of the churches for those parishioners who have used envelopes or who have requested envelopes during the last year.  The envelopes are grouped according to the first letter of your last name.  If you would like to begin using offertory envelopes or if your envelopes are missing, please contact the parish office during business hours.

Thank You

Many thanks to the parishioners of St. Rose of Lima Parish for donating $6,000.00―the proceeds of the annual Franconia Old Home Day Yard Sale―to our Good Neighbor Food Pantry.  Special thanks to Cindy Burnell and Tammy Hastings for coordinating this event and to Betsy Hansberger for being the anchor who makes it all work!

We’d also like to thank you for your generous donation of pork sausage for the Fourth of July Pancake Breakfast.  This year, we served up made-from-scratch blueberry and plain pancakes, the savory sausage, real maple syrup, juices, coffee, tea, and lots of smiles to our many friends in neighboring communities as well as our own town of Franconia and summer vacationing guests.

We appreciate all your help and thank you for your contributions!

Sincerely,
The Members of the Mission Board
Franconia Community Church of Christ

 

Pilgrimage to Medjugorje
October 24th - November 3rd

Since June 1981, the Blessed Mother has been appearing daily to visionaries in Medjugorje, a remote village in Hercegovina.  Our Lady is trying to bring the world back to her son through prayer, fasting, penance, faith, and conversion.  You are invited to participate in a retreat/pilgrimage to this oasis of peace to experience firsthand a spiritual peace seldom found in the world.  The Spiritual Director is Fr. Alan Tremblay, pastor of St. Joseph in Woodsville.  The cost is $2,395.00, double occupancy.  For more information and to make a reservation, contact Doreen Duquette at 216-4186 or by email at ladyduke95@yahoo.com or call Catholic Journeys at 1-800-715-6670.

First Communion & Confirmation Photographs

The photographs taken by George Mitchell Photography Studio at both the recent First Holy Communion and Confirmation are available for your viewing at the following web addresses:

This is the web address for Confirmation photos:

http://gmfoto.photostockplus.com/event/2566764/

The web address for First Communion photos:

http://gmfoto.photostockplus.com/event/2566765/

If you want prints, you can contact the photographer at gmff@myfairpoint.net with the image number of the prints you want.  If you would like a photo for your social media there are instructions for that on the websites.

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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!

Support for Separated & Divorced

Divorce and separation can be painful experiences.  Support groups are available to those who are seeking healing, comfort, and empowerment.  Visit www.catholicnh.org/support for a listing of groups.  Do you know someone who is going through a separation or divorce?  Please consider passing this information along to them.

 

 

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.

“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 Report Suspected Abuse

If you know or suspect abuse or neglect of a minor (a person under 18 years of age), you must report it to the New Hampshire Division for Children, Youth & Families (DCYF) at 1-800-894-5533 or 603-271-6556.

As an employee or volunteer in the Catholic Church in New Hampshire, in addition to reporting to DCYF, if you know of or suspect sexual abuse of a minor by church personnel you must also report it to:

  1. Local law enforcement and the Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a minor.

  2. Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a person who is no longer a minor.

To contact the Delegate for Ministerial Conduct, please call 603-669-3100.