Parish Events--Updated 3/15
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, March 30 16, 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, March 31, 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.
Coffee and Donuts
St. Joseph Church Hall
All are welcome to join us following the 9:30 Mass this Sunday for coffee and donuts.
Knights of Columbus Breakfast
St. Joseph Church Hall
The Robert Leroux Council Knights of Columbus Council 10943 will be hosting their monthly Pancake breakfast Sunday, March 1 following the 9:30am Mass. $7 per person or $28 per family of 4 or more. The breakfast menu will include but is not limited to: Pan- cakes, French Toast, Fruit, Eggs, Fresh Made Home Fries, Sausage, Juice, Coffee, and Milk.
Prayer for Vocations
St. Joseph Parish, Ongoing
In June 2018 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.
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.
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.
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. 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. To volunteer please contact Cathy Dumais at 603-528-4295, or firstname.lastname@example.org
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
April 18-19, Brewster, 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 April 18-19 in Brewster, MA; June 5-6 in Medway, MA; September 11-12, Medway, MA; and October 16-18, TBD in NH. Additional weekends will be posted shortly. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at www.WWMEMA.org.
Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass
Sunday, April 19, 2 pm, St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester
Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples celebrating an anniversary in 2020 of 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 55+ years, to attend the Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 5, 25, or 50 years will be asked to register later for a fall celebration. This celebration will be held on Sunday, April 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. To register, please contact your parish office by March 20, 2020.
Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass
Wednesday, April 22, 5:45 pm, Event Center, Nashua, NH
Please join us for the 2nd Annual St. Gianna's Place Fundraising Banquet on April 22 at The Event Center in Nashua, NH. Immaculee Ilibagiza, Rwandan genocide survivor and bestselling author of Left to Tell, will be the keynote speaker. Appetizers and cash bar begin at 5:45 and dinner will be served at 6:45. There is no fee to attend, but reservations are required and there will be a time for giving during the event. Please call Liz at (603) 247-8654 or Kelly at (603) 770-9288 to reserve your seat.
2020 Fiat Days
June 29 - July 2, Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, Warner
Do you want to say "yes" to God's plan for your life? Young women ages 14-18 are invited to attend the first annual Fiat Days camp to spend time with other young women your age looking at the Lord's call in your life while having lots of fun. Fiat Days is an overnight camp led by the vocations team at the diocese and the Daughters of Mary, Mother of Healing Love of Rochester, NH. It includes a full schedule of hiking, swimming, canoeing, sports and games, daily Mass and prayer, and opportunities to grow in friendship with the Lord and with each other. Financial aid available.Questions? Contact Father Matt Mason at email@example.com or (603) 663-0196. Download a Flyer.
2020 Quo Vadis Days
July 27-31, Magdalen College of the Liberal Arts, Warner
“Quo Vadis” is the Latin phrase for “Where are you going.” Do you know where your life is going? The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you! If you are a young man age 14-18, you are invited to attend the third annual Quo Vadis Days camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having lots of fun. Quo Vadis Days is an overnight camp led by priests and seminarians of the diocese and includes a full schedule of hiking, swimming, canoeing, sports and games, daily Mass and prayer, and opportunities to grow in friendship with the Lord and with each other.
Questions? Contact Father Matt Mason at firstname.lastname@example.org or (603) 663-0196. Download a Flyer