Saint Joseph Parish Christmas Fair
Friday, November 10, 4:00 pm - 8:00 pm
Saturday, November 11, 7:30 am - 3:00 pm
St. Joseph Parish Hall
St. Joseph Parish, Belmont, will be hosting its annual Christmas Fair Friday, November 10 from 4-8 pm and ending on Saturday, November 11 from 7:30 am – 3:00 pm. The fair’s theme, “Christmas in the Village,” highlights venues you might find in a small village including crafts’ shops, vendors, children’s playground, bakery, bistro and highlights over 100 items in the Silent Auction and over forty themed baskets in the Penny Sale.
The Village Bistro has created a menu that will whet any appetite. The dinner menu on Friday includes Intense Mac & Cheese, Three-Bean Chili, Chicken Pie, Salad and Phylis’s Fresh Rolls. On Saturday enjoy a breakfast including French Toast, Bacon, Crustless Quiche, Phyllis’s Maple Rolls and Jo’s Rhubarb Coffee Cake. Lunch on Saturday features Jasper White’s Traditional New England Fish Chowder, Chicken Pie, Intense Mac & Cheese, Three-Bean Chili, and Salad.
Dessert at the Village Bakery is available all day and is a short distance from the Village Bistro. Not far from the bakery is the Village Jewelry Shop and the Village Craft Shop, featuring hundreds of crafts created by the St. Joseph Crafters. The St. Joseph Choir will be caroling in the village on Saturday from 9:30 am – 12:00 noon. The Children’s Playground features S’mores outdoors on Friday night and the opportunity to create crafts.
Finally, the Village Center is host to the Penny Sale and Silent Auction. Bid on themed baskets, gift certificates form local vendors, gift items, and enter a number of raffles, including a cash raffle, and lottery tree.
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, November 13, 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, November 15, 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.
The Pivotal Players
Autumn Scripture Sharing--St. Joseph Parish Hall
Wednesday, November 15, 7:00 pm or
Thursday, November 16, 9:00 am,
Come join us for a new six-week DVD study on the Pivotal Players with Bishop Barron. We will learn about BL John Henry Newman, C.K. Chesterton, and Michelangelo. Meetings will begin on Wednesday, September 28 at 7 pm or Thursday morning September 28 at 9:00 am. For more information, please call Martha at 267-6101.
Wednesday, November 15, 5:30 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
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.
Divorced and Separated Support Group
Saturday, November 25, 5:30 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
An ongoing support group for separated and divorced persons meets every 2nd and 4th Saturday of the month at 5:30 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.
Parish Christmas and Pot Luck Party
Saturday, December 2, 5:30 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
More details soon!
Events Outside the Parish
Help Needed! Volunteer Income Tax Assistance (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
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.
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.
Give Them a Hand--Yours!
Wednesdays, November 15, December 20.
4:30-6:30 pm, Hands Across the Table, Laconia
Our parishioners often applaud the work we do as Knights, and we appreciate your thanks. But right now, we’re asking you to give us a hand in a different way. We help serve community meals at Hands Across the Table in Laconia on the third Wednesday of each month, and we need some extra hands to join ours. You don’t have to become a Knight, nor make a long-term commitment – just offer to help from 4:30-6:30 PM. And there’s usually enough to feed the helpers when the meal is over! Men and women of all ages can assist – we need just a few volunteers on Oct. 18, Nov. 15, and Dec. 20. If you can help on one (or more) of those days, please call Richard Arington at 603-267-8703, or email@example.com.
Medicare Part D
Enrollment Period: October 15 - December 7
NH Catholic Charities, Laconia
The annual enrollment period for Medicare Advantage and prescription drug benefit plans starts Saturday, October 15, and the deadline for enrollment is Dec. 7. Seniors needing to or wishing to change their plans can contact Servicelink or Leonard Campbell at NH Catholic Charities, 528-3035 for questions.
Joseph House Retreat Opportunities
Men's Silent Retreat
Friday, November 17, 5:30pm - Saturday, November 18, 7:00pm
Friday, November 17 through Saturday, November 18, 2017 Arrival 5:30 pm Friday, November 17; departure, Saturday, November 18 at 7:00 pm. To register by mail: please include check in the amount of $125, payable to Joseph House. Also include your name, address, phone, email and date of retreat. Mail to Joseph House, 279 Cartier Street, Manchester, NH 03102
Unbound: Freedom in Christ Day of Retreat
Anticipating Advent with a Clean Heart
Saturday, November 18, 8:30 am - 3:30 pm
St. Andre Bessette Parish
Do you have emotional junk that weighs down your past, present, and future? UNBOUND teaches 5 simple keys to life-long freedom from the chains of emotional, spiritual and mental bondage and unlocks the doors to freedom. UNBOUND equips you to get free, stay free, and even help a friend to come into deeper relationship with God. Come see what true freedom means. Call 603-524-9609 and leave a message for Jude or e- mail AbbaHealingCenter1@gmail.com for more information.
JOIN FR. MARC DROUIN FOR A HOLY LAND PILGRIMAGE “RETURN TO THE HOMELAND”
November 28-December 7, 2017 (10 Days) $3,489 from Boston
For Information and Reservations, contact Rita & Lew Goody. Telephone: 800-332-4659 or 352-628-7835
Join Fr. Marc Drouin as he visits the sites where Jesus was born. Understand our faith in a new way by being in the land where Jesus walked, lived, taught, and performed miracles. Create unforgettable memories by walking in the footsteps of Jesus! Registration forms are available at the St. André Bessette Parish office.
Visit Unitours Website to see an itinerary of the tour.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
December 2-3, 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 Weekends are December 2-3 in Brewster, MA; and December 8-10 in Quincy, MA. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at www.WWMEMA.org.
March for Life
January 18-19, Washington, DC
We need you to go to Washington, DC for the 45th March for Life and Pilgrimage of Faith. Join the estimated 300-400 pilgrims from the Diocese of Manchester to stand up for the Sanctity of Human Life. For more information, contact Valerie Somers at 978-660-9777 or Valerie_lynn_somers@comcast.net. Registrations should be received by November 1, 2017 with a 50% deposit. Final payments should be in by December 15, 2017.