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.
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.
While considering whether you can make a donation, remember that it does not have to be given all at once. Many of those families who have made a donation have given over a period of time. I thank you in advance for anything that you may contribute.
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.
|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.
The parish office will be closed on Monday, May 25th in observance of Memorial Day. The office will re-open on Tuesday, May 26th at 9:00 a.m.
The Divine Mercy Holy Hour will be held on Sunday, May 24th at 2:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.
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.
Bishop Peter Libasci is asking Catholic parishes across the state to take up a special free will offering next weekend, May 30th-31st to support recovery efforts in Nepal following last month’s devastating earthquake. In a letter to priests throughout the state, Bishop Libasci said, “The generosity of the Catholic people of New Hampshire is evident by the strong and ready response they have always shown following such tragic events. I have confidence that they will again respond in a true spirit of universal love. Please inform them of my deep appreciation for their heartfelt donations and ongoing prayers. Given the reports of overwhelming devastation it seems likely that the country will need a long time to recover. May our humble efforts bring some comfort to those affected and may our prayers for the victims and relief workers give them strength as they begin to rebuild.” Donations collected in this free will offering will benefit Catholic Relief Services (CRS), the universal humanitarian agency representing the United States Catholic Church. CRS is already on the ground providing relief and assistance in coordination with Caritas Nepal. For more information about CRS efforts in Nepal, or to donate online, visit www.CRS.org.
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 $42,750.00! 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||$125.00|
|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.
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.
Last year the parishioners of St. Rose of Lima and Our Lady of the Snows donated $873.10 through the Baby Bottle Campaign. This donation helps to keep programs such as ‘Mommy & Me,’ ‘Mommies of Hope,’ ‘Pregnancy Loss,’ and ‘Parenting Education’ continue to help those who come to Pathways seeking guidance and assistance. Pathways also provides a Baby Boutique stocked with clothing, blankets, and diapers which are always in demand. Pathways would like to make the 2015 Baby Bottle Campaign as successful as last year if not more so. Bottles are available at both churches. Please take one home, put your spare change into it, and return it to the church by June 21st. Pathways truly appreciates all St. Rose of Lima Parish has contributed to the success of the center. If you would like more information, know someone in need of assistance, or would like to volunteer at the center, please contact Lesley Wooten at 444-3991.
There will be a Pastoral Council meeting on Wednesday, June 3rd at 6:30 p.m. in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall.
The American Cancer Society will be having their North Country Relay for Life on the weekend of June 20th - 21st at the Lancaster Fair Grounds. If anyone is interested in starting a relay team in memory of Fr. Joe Klatka or in making a donation for a luminaria in his honor, please contact Ellen Malessa at 823-7223.
Please mark your calendars for Saturday, June 6th for the annual walkathon to benefit non-profit hospice care in the North Country. This walk, named in honor of Ray Burton, will be opened by Ray’s sister. There are three and five mile walking routes through the town of Littleton. The walk starts and finishes at North Country Home Health & Hospice on Cottage Street in Littleton. Registration opens at 8:30 a.m. and the walk starts at 9:00 a.m. There will be food, music, raffles, and free t-shirts for the first 100 registrants. You can get more information and sign up online at www.nchhha.org or on Facebook at www.facebook.com/nchhha. Registration is $25.00 per adult which will be waived with $50.00 worth of pledges or donations and $5.00 per child or teen with a waiver of the fee with $10.00 worth of pledges or donations. Please help support hospice care; it really does make a difference in the lives of patients and their families.
We are collecting used, but in good condition, white dresses for angel costumes to be used by our children during the Children’s Christmas Mass. Please contact either Tammy Hastings at 444-5696 or at firstname.lastname@example.org or the parish office during business hours.
North Country Ultreya will meet on Monday, May 25th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows 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 email@example.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.
Thank you for your generosity in last weekend’s collection for the Catholic Communications Campaign. Through your support, millions of faithful will have the opportunity to deepen their faith through daily resources on the internet, television, radio, and in print media. Remember, half of your donations are staying in our diocese to support local communication needs. To learn more about the important work supported by this collection, please visit www.usccb.org.
This is our parish’s last Dinner Bell Meal of the season―this Tuesday, May 26th―being served at 5:00 p.m. at All Saints Episcopal Church Hall. Thank you all so much for a very successful year of providing wonderful meals. On Tuesday we will be serving a tasty spring stew. Please consider making a salad or dessert to add to the main course. Remember to deliver your dish to All Saints kitchen by 4:00 p.m. Tuesday. Thank you!
On Sunday, June 7th at 12:00 noon, the CDA members, along with their husbands, friends, and any interested ladies of the parish are invited to enjoy a catered dinner in the St. Rose of Lima Parish Hall. The cost of the dinner is $22.00 per person. For more information or to RSVP, contact Ellie Opalinski at 823-9553 or Christina Bogat at 869-2104.
The reception of new members into the Catholic Daughters of the Americas will take place at the 10:30 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 24th at St. Rose of Lima Church. All CDA members who are attending the Mass should assemble in the rear of the church prior to the beginning of the Mass. We will sit in the reserved pews on the left side of the church with our new members, Carissa Stewart and Helen Delege. Those interested members will join in a breakfast following the Mass.
Mount Sacred Heart Convent is still collaborating with NH Catholic Charities to partner with individuals or households wishing to do some gardening as a learning process and then share in the yield as produce becomes available throughout the summer. There is also an opportunity to help provide weekly deliveries of food to two local food pantries in lieu of using the produce for the Dinner Bell Community Meal which does not occur during the summer months. If you or someone you know is interested, please contact either Sr. Monique at 616-9910 or Christina Bertin at NH Catholic Charities at 444-7727
Additionally, the Mount Sacred Heart Garden is already in gear and as Spring becomes more of a gradual reality, the process of getting in the garden is proceeding. If you would like to do some volunteer work on occasion the schedule this week is Monday & Wednesday from 8:30 a.m. - noon and Friday from 9:30 a.m. - noon. Other times can be arranged by appointment. Please let Sr. Monique know if you would like to help.
We are also looking for volunteers to help with counting the offertory collections. It would only involve one Monday morning every three or four weeks. If you are interested, please contact the parish office during business hours, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
This weekend, after the 10:30 a.m. Mass only, we will be changing the missalettes in the pews. You can help with this task by removing only the “Today's Missal” (the front booklet) and placing it at the end of the pew. This will save time in replacing the new “Today’s Missal.”
This weekend, Tony Poekert of NHCC will speak at all Masses about this year’s campaign for Catholic Charities. Catholic Charities provides programs that honor the dignity of life with programs that feed the hungry, heal the sick, strengthen families, and welcome the stranger. As the need rises, Catholic Charities is prepared to help. Please consider moving lives forward with a gift this year. You’ll provide comfort, education, mentoring, and most importantly, hope for those who are facing difficult times.
Have you heard of St. Louis de Montfort's Marian Consecration? Ever wanted to do it but thought it was too complicated? Not only is this retreat easy to make―one page a day for 33 days―but its spirituality is the “quickest and easiest” way to become a saint! We’re all called to become saints, so why not travel the quickest and easiest way? Pick a Marian feast day, start 33 days beforehand and invite others to join you too. If they say “religious books are boring,” tell them not to worry because this book is written in a fun, east-to-read style. It’s time to draw closer to Jesus through your Mother Mary. She’s waiting for you. She loves you. She wants to help you. This book is about letting her do just that.
Fr. Michael E. Gaitley, MIC, is director of the Association of Marian Helpers, a spiritual benefit society of the Congregation of Marian Fathers of the Immaculate Conception. He is the author of “Morning Glory.” Booklets are available on the shelves in the back of the church or see Fr. Mark.
Are you looking for a great way to interact within the community, make new friends, and learn new life skills that can change your life? Mount Sacred Heart Covenant Garden may be just for you! The Covenant Garden is a collaborative project between the Daughters of Charity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and NH Catholic Charities. This joint venture invites up to five families, households, or individuals each year to participate in the process of learning how to cultivate a garden and share in the yield. The goal of this project is to empower participants to gain knowledge and experience so as to successfully garden on their own in the future. It also has the mutual benefit of helping both the sisters and the learners cultivate and harvest crops abundant enough to share with the greater community through the local food pantries and soup kitchens. If this is something you think you might be interested in, please contact Christina Bertin at 444-7727 ext. 13 or at email@example.com.
Rosary making at the Lafayette Nursing Center in Franconia is scheduled for Thursday, March 19th. If you feel called to help out with this worthwhile and rewarding ministry, please contact Donna Cunningham at 444-0935.
“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.
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!
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.