Parish Events--Updated 10/21
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, October 22, 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, October 23, 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.
Fall Scripture Study--The Mass
Wednesday, October 24, 7:00 pm --OR--
Thursday, October 25, 9 am
St. Joseph Church Hall, Belmont
The Fall 2018 Session will began on Wednesday, September 19 at 7 pm; and, will be repeated on Thursday, September 20 at 9 am. We will study and discuss “The Mass”, a 6 week DVD presentation by Bishop Barron. This study will give us a deeper understanding of the Mass. For more information, leave Martha a message at 267-6101.
The Secret Tape Letters
Thursday, October 25, 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Church Hall, Belmont
Come learn about the evils of Satan and how he works in our daily
lives. Please join us Thursday nights at 7:00 - 8:30 for our study of this book. ALL ARE WELCOME ~ We meet in the lower level of the church. For questions please call: Lionel & Annette Maurier 603-279-4320
Saturday, October 27, St. Joseph Church, Belmont
Ushers and Greeters: 9:00 am
Lectors and Eucharistic Ministers: 10:00 am
Altar Servers: 11:00 am
Ushers, Greeters, Lectors, Eucharistic Ministers and Altar Servers will meet in the church at their scheduled times and then meet in the parish hall for coffee and donuts. Altar Servers will be served pizza. Please RSVP at 267-8105 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
Divorced and Separated Support Group
Saturday, October 27, 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.
Tuesdays, through November 13, 6 pm
St. André Bessette Pastoral Center, 277 Union Ave., Laconia
Free Dinner, Dynamic Talk, Group Discussion. Invite a friend to join you! Registration forms are available at the back of the church.
*The ABBA House of Mercy and Prayer is located on the 2nd floor in the new St. Andre Bessette Parish Pastoral Center, 277 Union Avenue, Laconia, NH. We are fully handicapped accessible. The Abba House welcomes anyone seeking prayer for any reason. Please call to insure a dedicated time for your needs. 603-524-9609 and ask for the Abba House.
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.
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
Laconia training scheduled for October, 2018
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 .
Wedding Anniversary Mass
Sunday, October 21, 2:00 pm
St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester, NH
Register by September 18
Bishop Peter A Libasci invites all couples celebrating an anniversary of 5, 25 or 50 years, to attend the Fall Wedding Anniversary Mass. Couples are encouraged to invite select family members to share in the joyous occasion. This celebration will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2018 at 2 pm at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester.
To register, please contact the parish office by September 18, 2018. 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 other significant anniversaries will be asked to register next year for a spring celebration. To all married couples celebrating 5, 25 or 50 years, congratulations, and we look forward to seeing you at this fall’s Wedding Anniversary Mass.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
December 7-9, 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 December 7-9 in Duxbury, MA. Additional weekends are scheduled for January 18-20 in South Kingstown, RI; March 8-10 in Duxbury, MA; 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.
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.