• 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
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"Look at the birds in the sky; they do not sow or reap, they gather nothing into barns, yet your heavenly Father feeds them.  Are not you more important than they?"

- Mt 6:26

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

Very 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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Ash Wednesday

Fasting and Abstinence

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

Ash Wednesday, March 1st, and Good Friday, April 14th, 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  should undertake these practices seriously in a spirit of penance in preparation for the renewal of baptism at Easter.

 

Ash Wednesday

The schedule for the distribution of ashes and Mass for Ash Wednesday, March 1st, is as follows:

7:15 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima

Prayer service only & distribution of ashes

8:30 a.m. at St. Rose of Lima

Mass & distribution of ashes

Noon at Our Lady of the Snows

Mass & distribution of ashes

6:00 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima

Mass & distribution of ashes

Ultreya

Ultreya

North Country Ultreya will meet this Monday, February 27th from 7:00 - 8:30 p.m. at Our Lady of the Snows Church in Franconia.  Attendance at a Cursillo is not required.  Any questions, contact Rick and Mary Pat Simmons at 444-5247 or by email at sim7@roadrunner.com.

 

Blood Drive Knights of Columbus

The Littleton Knights of Columbus are sponsoring a Red Cross Blood Drive on Thursday, March 2nd from 10:30 a.m. until 4:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church located at 82 High Street in Littleton.  Anyone interested in donating blood is encouraged to pre-register for an appointment by visiting www.redcrossblood.org or by calling 1-800-RED CROSS.  Walk-ins are also welcome.  Anyone needing assistance with directions can call Kevin Hastings at 444-7345.

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

Divine Mercy Holy Hour

There will be a Divine Mercy Holy Hour on Sunday, February 26th at 2:30 p.m. at St. Rose of Lima Church.

First Communion and Confirmation Photos

We’ve had several parents ask about how they could get photos of their children from last year’s Confirmation and First Holy Communion celebrations.  Below are the web addresses where the photos can be accessed.

The link for the Confirmation photos:

http://gmfoto.photostockplus.com/album/2390017/

The link for the First Holy Communion photos:

http://gmfoto.photostockplus.com/album/2349551/

 

Please join us in praying a special rosary for pre-born babies in danger of abortion every Thursday at 5:25 p.m. just prior to the evening Mass.  We usually meet the first Wednesday of the month at noon at St. Rose of Lima Church; however, this Wednesday is Ash Wednesday so we will pray this special rosary next Wednesday, March 8th at noon at St. Rose instead.  Over one million abortions are committed each year in the United States alone.  Our prayers are the most powerful weapon to come to the defense of these innocent little children.  All are welcome!

“To sin by silence when they should protest, makes cowards of men.”

Masterful Film About Catholic Sisters

For Love Alone  

An incredibly well-produced new film opens a window onto the lives of Catholic sisters.  A counterpart of sorts to Fishers of Men, the film about priesthood viewed in thousands of parish halls, For Love Alone captures the essence of women’s religious life, depicting their prayer and service in all its beauty.  Particularly poignant are the scenes of sisters caring for elderly women, with flashbacks to happy lives with husbands, children, and parties.  Great viewing for all Catholics, but especially teens and young women as they discern their vocations.  Both films are available at vianneyvocations.com.

 

Dinner Bell Community Meal

 

 

 

Dinner Bell Community Meal

Dinner Bell

Once again, it’s time for our parish to provide its monthly Dinner Bell Community Meal to feed the hungry of the greater Littleton area on Tuesday, February 28th.  Our menu will include baked ham and stewed venison.  We have some desserts on hand; however, we might need just a few more.  Please consider helping us with a vegetable dish or a salad and please email or call Sr. Monique to confirm your plans.  Also, if you wish to be included on the e-group mailing, please contact Sr. Monique (contact information is on the bulletin front).  Food should be delivered between 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Church kitchen on the day of the meal.  Thanks for your extraordinary support each month!

Honduras Mission Team

The Honduras Mission Team are currently in  Honduras and will return this Tuesday, February 28th.  They have been well supplied for the medical clinics and are well supported by the parish.  For this they have expressed their  gratitude.  Please continue to pray for the safety and effectiveness of the mission!

Second Collection
This Weekend

Second Collection

This weekend, February 25th & 26th, there will be baskets located at the entrances of the churches for your contributions towards the Easter flowers to be used to decorate our churches.

 

Dinner Bell Community Meal

Dinner Bell

Once again, it’s time for our parish to provide its monthly Dinner Bell Community Meal to feed the hungry of the greater Littleton area this Tuesday, February 28th.  Our menu will include baked ham and stewed venison.  We have some desserts on hand; however, we might need just a few more.  Please consider helping us with a vegetable dish or a salad and please email or call Sr. Monique to confirm your plans.  Also, if you wish to be included on the e-group mailing, please contact Sr. Monique (contact information is on the bulletin front).  Food should be delivered between 3:30 - 4:00 p.m. at All Saints Church kitchen on the day of the meal.  Thanks for your extraordinary support each month!

Lenten Series

Seven Deadly Sins...Seven Lively Virtues

Pride, envy, anger, sloth, greed, gluttony, and lust:  these ‘seven deadly sins’ are patterns of dysfunction that keep us separated from God and ultimately lead to unhappiness.  Beginning Wednesday, February 22nd, we will be meeting in the parish hall weekly from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. to listen and discuss Bishop Robert Barron’s exploration of these seven sinful patterns and how practicing key virtues can break the cycle of sin.  This series will not only be educational but will also prepare you for an examination of conscience and the sacrament of reconciliation.  If you have any questions, please contact Deacon Steve or Linda Noyes (contact information is on the bulletin front).

Collection for Church in Central and Eastern Europe

Collection for Church in Central and Eastern Europe

The collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe eases the way for the people of the region by helping Catholic organizations offer affordable shelter, train seminarians, and provide pastoral care and catechesis.  Your donation on Ash Wednesday helps to restore the Church and build the future in the aftermath of Soviet rule.  Visit www.usccb.org (search “Church in Central and Eastern Europe”) to learn more about what your donations have accomplished.

Are you an alumni of Infant Jesus School in Nashua?

Infant Jesus School Nashua NH

Infant Jesus School in Nashua is looking to reconnect with those who have attended the school.  We are working on creating an updated list of alumni and would love to have you be a part of this.  We are in the beginning stages of planning a reunion event for alumni to come and reconnect with old friends, walk the halls of the school, reminisce, and see what the school offers today.  If you would like to reconnect, there are two ways you can.  You can either email the school at alumni@ijschool.org or call 889-2649.  Please provide your name, address, and email information.  We look forward to hearing from you.

Lenten Devotional Aids

On the tables at the entrance of the churches are Lenten devotional materials.  Please help yourself to these supplies to help enhance your Lenten journey toward Easter.

 

Don’t Give Up Chocolate for Lent

Join Dynamic Catholic for Best Lent Ever, a free email program designed to help you have a life-changing Lent.  Based on Matthew Kelly’s latest book, Resisting Happiness, this year’s program will help you identify what stands between you and happiness…and what to do about it.  Are you ready for your best Lent ever?  Sign up at BestLentEver.com.

 

End of Year Tax Statements

Any parishioner who used their offertory envelopes during 2016 and would like a statement letter for tax purposes, please contact the parish office during business hours, Monday through Thursday from 9:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m. Thank you to all who contributed to St. Rose of Lima Parish during the past year.

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!

Ecumenical Choir Festival 2017

Ecumenical Choir Festival 2017

Choir

The annual Ecumenical Choir Festival is being hosted this year by the Littleton Methodist Church on Main Street.  This year’s program is scheduled for 3:00 p.m.  Admission is by donation.  Members of St. Rose of Lima Music Ministry are joining others from the area to offer a well-rounded choral concert―surely some of your favorites will be included in the program.  The accompanist for the concert is our own Joseph Hansalik.  Please consider joining us for this ecumenical effort.  Refreshments will follow in the fellowship hall.

Thinking of Remarriage

Remarriage

“Thinking of Remarriage” is a daylong program for couples where one or both were previously married and who are thinking about marriage or who are engaged to be married.  This program helps couples take an in-depth look at and discuss major issues related to remarriage.  The next session will be May 20th.  Learn more at catholicnh.org/tar or contact Maureen Haas to register at 669-3100, ext 195 or by email at mhaas@rcbm.org.

 

RCIA

RCIA―the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults, is a process for inviting, informing, and initiating non-baptized and baptized persons into our Church.  It’s that time of year again for those individuals who may have an interest in joining the Church to consider entering the RCIA process.  If you, or someone you know, has an interest in the RCIA process, please contact the rectory during business hours and we will arrange a time for either an individual or a group meeting.

Seven Night Norse Legends

Holland America’s Konigsdam

Come and sail away on a seven night cruise on Holland America’s Konigsdam out of Amsterdam, Netherlands from July 30th - August 6th.  Ports of call include cruising Hardangerfjord and Geirangerfjord, Eidfjord, Alesund, Geiranger, & Bergen, Norway.  Prices begin at $3,167.00 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 or Eileen at 1-860-399-1785 or by email at Doug@CatholicCruisesandTours.com.

 

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.

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Following the Path to Heaven

“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 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 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