Parish Events--Updated 8/17
RCIA Sessions--Tuesday Evenings
Wednesday, August 21, 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, August 24, 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.
39th Annual High Adventure Scouting Retreat
September 13-15, Camp Fatima, Gilmanton
Boy Scouts, Girl Scouts, American Heritage Girls, and their Leaders have been gathering every year for the past 39 years on the 3rd weekend in September to give a meaningful, spirit-filled beginning to a new year of Scouting. All Girl Scouts, Boy Scouts & American Heritage Girls in grades 6-12, and Adult Leaders, are invited to the 39th Annual High Adventure Scout Retreat Friday, September 13 – Sunday September 15, 2019 at Camp Fatima in Gilmanton Iron Works, NH. The cost is $13 per scout and $10 per adult. Individual Scouts may attend without a Troop for $25. Please send us an email so we can make arrangements to place you with a Troop or for more information: email@example.com
Catholic Youth Conference
Saturday, November 16, 8:30 am - 5 pm
Bishop Guertin High School, NashuaJoin us at the first ever Catholic Youth Conference: Experience God's Unconditional Love with keynote speaker Paul J. Kim and praise and worship music from Delmore Worship. Saturday, November 16, 2019. This event is open to all Jr. High School and High School Students (grades 7-12). For More Information
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
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.
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
On Hiatus until September 2019
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.
Events Outside the Parish
Young Adult Retreat
Friday, August 23 7:00 pm to Sunday, August 25 noon
Notre Dame Spiritual Center, Alfred, ME
Are you a young adult living in NH or Maine? Do you ever wonder what it would be like to set aside all of society's pressures for a while and feel perfect just as you are? Would like to get to know other Catholic young adults in a relaxed and spirited setting? Then have we got a weekend for you! Open to Catholic young adults (ages 21-35) from the Dioceses of Manchester, NH and Portland, ME. Please visit the event website for more information: https://portlanddiocese.org/olff/ya-retreat19
If you have any registration questions, please contact Alyse Hlasny at email@example.com or (603) 663-0108.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
September 14-15, Medway, 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 September 14-15, 2019 in Medway, MA. Additional weekends are scheduled for: 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.
More Than Sad: Teen Suicide Prevention Workshops
Monday, September 23, 6:30pm - 8 pm
Thursday, September 26, 6:30pm - 8 pm
The More Than Sad family of programs has taught over a million students, parents and educators how to be smart about mental health. Learn how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate a conversation and get him or her help.
Monday, September 23,
Ste. Marie Parish, Manchester
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Thursday, September 26
Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord
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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.