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
Confessions: Saturday, 3:00 – 3:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima and other times by appointment.
Monday morning Eucharistic Adoration will be discontinued during the summer months. It will begin again in September. Watch the bulletin for the start date and mark your calendar now to spend some time with Jesus this fall. Help our parish grow in the following ways from participation in Eucharistic Adoration: increased Mass attendance and confessions, increase in priestly and religious vocations, healings, conversions, and restored marriages.
He summoned the crowd again and said to them,
Hear me, all of you, and understand. Nothing that
enters one from the outside can defile that
person, but the things that come out from within
are what defile. MK 7.14-15
Prayer for Vocations
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
|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.
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 US 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 visit Philadelphia and celebrate a public Mass on Sunday, September 27th. For information and pilgrimage details, go to the diocesan website at www.catholicnh.org/wmof.
Our capital campaign is still going strong. We’re at the halfway point in our fundraising effort. The goal is $80,000.00 and we’re at $46,665.00! 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||$0.00|
|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.
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.
Commodity Supplemental Food Program (CSFP)
This Friday, Sept. 4th at the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall from 10:00 – 11:30 a.m., CSFP will be distributing food to NH residents 60 years and older who meet income guidelines. The types of food distributed are canned fruits, vegetables, fruit juices, and meats, cereals, rice and pasta, peanut butter, and milk and cheese. To find out if you qualify, call 1-800-942-4321.
The Pastoral Council has asked me to send out one last request to all of our parishioners who have not given anything towards our Capital Campaign Fund Drive as of yet. Presently, we have received $46,665.00 from approximately 32% of our parishioners. The goal was to reach $80,000.00 in order to complete five much needed projects. #1 - A new oil burner at Our Lady of Snows has been installed. #2 - A new handicapped access to the Parish Office has been constructed. #3 - New main entryway doors to St. Rose Church are presently being constructed. #4 & #5 are to be to re-shingle the roof and pave the driveway at the Rectory. The Pastoral Council really wishes for a higher level of parishioner participation. If you haven’t given yet, the original request was for $200 per household, however even a $1 gift would be appreciated. If you want to make a donation please make your check out to the parish and mark the memo line “Capital Campaign” or place a cash gift into a separate envelope marked “Capital Campaign” and drop it into the collection basket or mail it to the parish office. Thank you in advance for your continued support and generosity.
Special Message from Deacon Steve
Hello everyone, I would like to echo Father Marks’ sentiments about all those who came together to make the parish picnic such a wonderful event. It’s hard to believe but we’re already heading into September.
As we move into the next month I would encourage those of you interested in Catholic education for adults to start thinking about topics and dates that you might be interested in meeting. We can continue our study of precepts of our Catholic faith as well as Bible Study but there are many other avenues we could look at as well.
It’s also that time of year when those individuals or perhaps someone you know may be interested in joining our Catholic faith and will begin looking at the formation process through RCIA through the month of September.
Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is a process developed by the Catholic Church for prospective converts to Catholicism who are above the age of infant baptism. Candidates are gradually introduced to aspects of Catholic beliefs and practices.
If you or someone you know may be interested in being fully initiated in the Catholic Faith have them contact the prish office and I will contact them back.
As many of you know I am on the board at Pathways Pregnancy Center. Our parish has been very generous throughout the course of this year not only supporting the banquet but raising about $300 through the baby bottle collection. The annual walk for life takes place on September 19 from ten to noon. The hope is that they will raise about $1500. This money will be used to help fund the ultrasound program that will begin in the closing months of this year. In addition to the walk we will be doing some painting and preparation of that new room and space on September 12 from nine to noon. If you do not mind doing some light painting we could use your assistance. Thank you again for all that you do for God and the community.
Blessings upon you,
Dinner Bell Community Meal Update -
Our annual planning meeting was held at All Saints' Church on Tuesday, August 18th. The weekly meal program begins on Tuesday, September 8th. As in the past, St. Rose of Lima Church has been scheduled for the last Tuesday of each month, starting on September 29th. As has happened in recent years, there is one exception to this schedule. The big all-group Thanksgiving meal is on Tuesday, November 24th, which means that SRL Church is bumped one week to December 1st (giving SRL 2 Tuesdays in December).
Our goal is to prepare and serve whole foods (some gluten-free) for 90-100 persons per meal. We will have more details in the next weeks bulletins. Please let Sr. Monique know if you plan to join our kitchen crew this year, or if you are able to help us with salads and desserts.
Special Colledtion Next Weekend
Next weekend will be our monthly Maintenance & Repair collection. This collection has been going towards offsetting the fuel bill for all of our facilities. Beginning in September for those who use envelopes, the monthly envelope for Maintenance & Repair will actually be replaced by a monthly envelope designated for Fuel. Your continued generosity is greatly appreciated.
North Country Ultreya will meet this Monday August 31st at Linda & Joe McCarthy’s house. Starting with a potluck supper at 5pm., Ultreya will follow at 7pm. Any questions, contact Rick and Mary Pat Simmons at 444-5247 or by email at firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home
In Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis reminds us that as stewards, not owners, of the earth God created for us, we have a moral obligation to cherish and care for the environment. How we care for our environment is linked to how we love our neighbor and respect one another. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/environment for a link to the encyclical, prayers, and other resources.
Struggling in your marriage?
Retrouvaille can help. Rediscover a loving marriage with a Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vy) weekend. The next New England Retrouvaille marriage renewal weekend will be held on Sept. 11th -13th. To register for the weekend or for more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.
Marriage Renewal Weekend
To register for the September 11-13, 2015 weekend or for more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.
Gardehers & Bakers Needed
Your Honduran Mission Team will be holding a perennial plant and bake sale on October 10th - 11th in the parish hall. The proceeds from this sale will be used to purchase medicines and supplies for the upcoming mission in February 2016. If you have perennial plants, fall is a great time to divide them, plant new perennials, and prepare your gardens for spring. The mission team is looking for donations of perennial plants so please keep this request in mind as you plan your fall gardening. Baked goods will also be needed for the sale. All items may be dropped off at the parish hall the morning of October 10th. Your support is appreciated. For anyone interested in joining the mission team, contact Evelyn Hagan at 348-1106 or Nancy Gigiello at 869-5848. The next trip is planned for February 11th - 18th, 2016.
Annual Homeschool Mass
Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all homeschool students, parents, instructors, and those interested in the ever-growing homeschool system in New Hampshire to attend a special Mass on Thursday, September 10th at 10:00 a.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Questions are welcomed by Fr. Jason Jalbert at 663-0153 or by email at email@example.com.
CLICK for Babies
CLICK for Babies invites volunteers to knit or crochet caps in an effort to prevent infant abuse. Your knitted or crocheted 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 at least 50% purple in color without straps, strings or other potential choking or strangling hazards. The circumference of the caps should be between 7.5 to 13.5 inches and the height between 3.5 and 6 inches. Remember to include blues, browns, grays, and other ‘boy friendly’ colors in your 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.
Understanding Catholic Teaching on Marriage
The US Supreme Court recently redefined civil marriage as a constitutional right extending to two persons of the same sex. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/marriageFAQ to find answers to questions you may have about the Supreme Court decision and Church teaching on marriage.
Day of Renewal II
Save the date of Saturday, October 3rd from 8:30 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. for the Day of Renewal II at Ste. Marie Church in Manchester. Three workshops with former NH resident Dr. Tom Curran of My Catholic Faith Ministries and Sound Insight Radio will be offered. Call Jackie Morganti at 332-3576 or watch for more information in future bulletins.
The Catholic Tour is a thirty-four year old Catholic Travel Apostolate and has been able to secure only fifty-two air seats and hotel beds for the last “Fatima Special” tour on November 4th - 10th, 2015. The pilgrimage pricing will be only $1,499.00 which includes your transatlantic airfare from the Newark, NJ airport, hotel accommodations, all breakfasts and dinners, tour escort, deluxe motor coach, and all airline fees and taxes. This “at cost” pricing has been done only once per year for the last five years, but this will be the last for Fatima due to the shortage of air seats and hotel beds in Fatima for the next two years. This offer will not be repeated in the future. The Catholic Tour looks forward to serving you in this special "Thanks to Our Lady of Fatima Pilgrimage.” For more information or to make a reservation call 1-877-627-4268 or by email at jimadair@thecatholictourcom.
Summer Reception Funds Grants for Needy
The annual Summer Reception to support the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund (BCAF) will be held at the Trudel House, the official residence of the Bishop of Manchester, on Thursday, September 10th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from this reception enable Bishop Libasci to make grants to non-profit organizations in New Hampshire that help those most in need. Attendance at the reception is open to all, but does require a donation. More than 400 attendees from all corners of the state celebrate the campaign’s success at the Summer Reception each September. Information on tickets, donation levels, and descriptions of all the grants made by Bishop Libasci and the BCAF can be found at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf or by calling 663-0166.
Back -To - School Prayer
God of all knowledge,
You knew us when we were still in our mother’s womb.
You know our coming and our goings.
Grant us wisdom to act on the knowledge we have of you, and humility to admit when we do not know what to do.
Bless our minds with the knowledge of you and how you sent your Son into the world to show us the way to you.
Bless all students who are preparing to go back to school.
Bless their teachers and aides that help them to learn.
In addition, give us who are parents the ability to be the first teachers in the faith we have received from our parents.
We ask all this through Christ our Lord and brother.
Charitable Assistance Fund Grant
Recently Bishop Libasci and the Board of Directors of the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund awarded over $56,000.00 in grants to organizations in New Hampshire in the last quarter. A grant of $5,000.00 was awarded to the Boys & Girls Club of the North Country which serves the North Country including Littleton. This grant will assist with operational expenses and continue to provide supervised afterschool care and vacation camp for children in the North Country under the supervision of caring adults. In allocating this grant the Bishop and the Board recognize that there are limited resources for afterschool care in the Littleton area and childcare can be a critical service for working families. If you know of a non-profit organization that is serving those most in need, feel free to recommend that they consider applying for a grant. Information can be found at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf.
Catholic Cruise to the Caribbean
Come sail away on a 7-night Caribbean Cruise from December 5th - 12th on Holland America’s Westerdam out of Ft. Lauderdale to Grand Turk Island, San Juan, St. Thomas, and Half Moon Cay in the Bahamas. Prices begin at $1269.00 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 at 1-860-399-1785 or by email at Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com.
Retrouvaille of New England
If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, we believe Retrouvaille can help. You are not alone! Our peer ministry is led by couples who have lived through the honeymoon phase often followed by deep disillusionment before finally finding resurrection in their marriages using the tools taught in this program. Rediscover a loving marriage with a Retrouvaille weekend. The next Retrouvaille marriage renewal weekend will be held on September 11th - 13th. To register for the weekend or for more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.
“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?
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.
“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 www.catholicnh.org or by speaking with our safe environment coordinator, Nick De Mayo.