Parish Events--Updated 2/9
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, February 11, 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Church
The Music Ministry at St. Joseph Parish welcomes and encourages full participation of the community in sung prayer and to welcome and foster the talents and gifts of the members of the music ministry and community. The choir rehearses on Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. September through May.
RCIA Sessions--Tuesday Evenings
Tuesday, February 12, 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Church Hall
For the coming months, our RCIA sessions will be on Tuesdays at 7 PM in the church hall. This is an opportunity for those who are interested in joining our church but were unable to attend sessions previously held on Mondays. If you, or someone you know, would like to learn more about the process for becoming one with our faith community, you are welcome to attend a scheduled RCIA session or contact the parish office at 267-8174.
Divorced and Separated Support Group
Saturday, February 9, 2:00 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
An ongoing support group for separated and divorced persons meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 3:00 pm in the Saint Joseph Parish Hall. For more information, please contact Ginny Timmons at 581-9559. All are welcome. Confidentiality, compassion and shared learning are components of the group’s meetings. A free lending library is also available in the St. Michael Room of the Parish Hall.
Prayer for Vocations
St. Joseph Parish, Ongoing
During the weekend of June 2-3, our parish began a program that encourages families and individuals to pray for vocations. To bring awareness to the dire need for more vocations, and to assist your daily prayer, a packet containing a crucifix, instructions, and prayers for the week, will be handed out to volunteers at the conclusion of each
weekend Mass. All parishioners have the opportunity to participate in this time of prayer by signing up on the list provided in the back of the church. Questions? Please contact Leonard Campbell at 455-1105 or by email at email@example.com.
Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are now accepting registrations for the 2019 summer season. The camps, located in the Lakes Region of NH, offer 2-week overnight sessions for children, ages 6-15. Please don’t wait as sessions fill quickly. The gift of a summer camp experience could be the ideal Christmas present for your child or grandchild.
Catholic Charities Counseling
New Hampshire Catholic Charities provides individual, marital, family, and couples' counseling, helping people with a variety of personal difficulties including: Depression, Stress, Family Conflicts, Relationship Problems, Anxiety, Substance Abuse, Life Adjustment Issues, Grief and Loss. Counseling also helps individuals and families strengthen communication skills in order to build and sustain healthy relationships and live more satisfying lives. A sliding scale fee is offered. Contact Catholic Charities at 528-3035 for more information.
CASA:Court Appointed Special AdvocatesFor Children
CASA of NH trains concerned citizens to advocate for abused and neglected children in the courts. There are children waiting for someone to speak on their behalf. Your common sense, commitment to children, and a contribution of 10-15 hours a month will help ensure a child grows up in a safe, permanent home. To become a CASA/GAL volunteer and help the children in your community, please call 800-626-0622, or apply at www.casanh.org/onlineapplication.
Overeaters Anonymous (OA) is a fellowship of individuals who through shared experience, strength, and hope are recovering from compulsive overeating. We welcome everyone who wants to stop eating compulsively. Weekly meetings are held at St. Joseph Church in Belmont on Wednesdays, beginning at 5:30 PM. Contact the Parish Office at 267-8174 for more information.
Events Outside the Parish
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA)
The Laconia VITA site needs Intake Specialist and Tax Preparers for the upcoming tax season starting late January. Low and moderate-income individuals and families avoid costly tax preparation fees and claim helpful tax credits with this service. Intake Specialists greet tax filers, conduct an intake review to make sure all documents are present for a complete and accurate tax return, and offer resources for other financial needs filers may have. Tax Preparers need not have previous tax or finance experience, just computer aptitude, a willingness to learn, and can volunteer a few hours a week or every other week from late January to mid April. Training and software are provided starting November 6. To volunteer please contact Cathy Dumais at 603-528- 4295, or firstname.lastname@example.org .
St. Andrew Dinners
Joseph House, 279 Cartier St., Manchester
Friday, February 15: Young Men Ages 19-24
Friday, February 22: Older Men Age 25+
St. Andrew was the first of the Apostles to hear Jesus’ call to follow him. We invite men in our diocese who are considering a vocation to the priesthood or who would simply like some help hearing the Lord’s call for their life to an evening of prayer, conversation with the Vocations Team, and dinner. These evenings will take place for different age groups on Fridays from 6-8 pm at the Joseph House (279 Cartier Street) in Manchester. Please RSVP to Becky Vinson at email@example.com or (603) 663-0153 if you would like to attend.
Saturday, March 2, St. Elizabeth Seton Parish Hall, Bedford, NH
This workshop is to equip Catholic laity to form vibrant Vocation Ministries that promote vocations to marriage, priesthood, and consecrated life in their parishes. Learn How to Promote Vocations in Your Parish. Make a Concrete Plan for Your Parish Ministry.
Speaker Rhonda Gruenewald is the author of Hundredfold: A Guide to Parish Vocation Ministry. Based in Houston, Rhonda has been invited by many bishops to help start Vocation Ministries in their dioceses. Audiences love her charm, wit, and wisdom--not to mention her practical know-how about reaching young people with a pro-vocations message.There is no cost to attend this important day. Lunch will be provided.Please register by February 1, 2019. (Snow Date: Saturday, March 9. Register Now
Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass
Sunday, March 3, St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester
Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples celebrating an anniversary in 2019 of 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 55+ years, to attend the Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. To register, please contact your parish office by February 1, 2019. The parish office will gather and submit all necessary information. Once registration has been completed by the parish office, all registrants will receive an invitation to this special celebration. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 5, 25, or 50 years will be asked to register later for a fall celebration. To all other married couples, congratulations and we look forward to seeing you at this spring’s Wedding Anniversary Mass!
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
March 8-10, Duxbury, MA
“May the God of endurance and encouragement grant you to think in harmony with one another,” As we await the coming of the Lord, let us live in our marriages with endurance and encouragement. Explore how by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next WWME Weekend is January 18-20 in South Kingstown, RI. Additional weekends are scheduled for: April 13-14 Brewster, MA; June 8-9, 2019 in Medway, MA; September 14-15 inMedway, MA; and December 13-15 in Duxbury, MA. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at www.WWMEMA.org.
Connecting Families to Sacramental Ministries for Children and Youth
Wednesday, March 13, 8:30 am - 2:30 pm
St. Mark the Evangelist, LondonderryThe Center for Ministry Development invites you to join us for this workshop series which will provide vision and practical resources for leaders to know, welcome, engage, and empower parents as they share faith and sacramental life with their children. The workshop will take place on Wednesday, March 13, 2019 from 8:30am-2:30pm at St. Mark the Evangelist in Londonderry. Register
Men of St. Joseph Mass and Breakfast
March 16, 7:30 - 10:30 am, St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester
Bishop Libasci is inviting men of the Diocese of Manchester to Holy Mass and breakfast at St. Joseph Cathedral to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of our diocese on Saturday, March 16, 2019.
7:30 am - Rosary
8:00 am - Mass
9:00 am - Breakfast and Fellowship
9:30 am - Keynote
Volunteer Driver Program
Are you over the age of 21? Do you have a dependable and insured vehicle and a desire to help someone in your community get to a medical appointment and other critical community services? If so, contact the Volunteer Driver Program (VDP) at 603.224.8043 to see how you can help. VDP is an initiative of the Mid-State Regional Coordinating Council for Community Transportation, operated by the Community Action Program Belknap- Merrimack Counties, Inc.