Parish Events--Updated 4/18
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, April 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, April 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.
Spring Scripture Sharing
Wednesday, April 24, 7:00 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
Thursday, April 25, 9:00 am, St. Joseph Parish Hall
We will meet on Wednesday, April 24, 2019 at 7:00 PM and on Thursday April 25, 2019 at 9:00 AM to discuss Bishop Barron’s six week study of St. Augustine and St. Benedict. The study is a tribute to those men and those women whose friendship with Christ transformed not only their lives, but also the world. Please join us. For information please leave a message for Martha at 267-6101.
Christian Movie Night--I'm Not Ashamed
Friday, April 26, 7:00 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
Columbine High School student Rachel Joy Scott grew up
knowing the love of God but wasn't always ready to receive it.
At times her faith is strong, but at other times, she finds that it's
at odds with her daily life. After a difficult breakup with her non-
believing boyfriend, Rachel finds inspiration from a formerly
homeless teen, and her renewed commitment to Christ plays
out powerfully at her high school and around the world. Based
on a true story. (This month of April is the 20th anniversary of the mass shooting) This movie is rated PG13. Parents, make sure you’re comfortable bringing your children. Popcorn, pretzels, and drinks will be provided. For questions or comments, please call Karen Gallagher 603-305-8250
Divorced and Separated Support Group
Saturday, April 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.
St. Joseph Parish Yard Sale & Bake Sale
Friday, May 17, 4:00 pm - 7:00 pm, St. Joseph Parish Hall
Saturday, May 18, 8:00 am - 12 noon, St. Joseph Parish Hall
The annual Parish Yard and Bake Sales are scheduled for the weekend of May 17-18. Gently used items need: Small appliances, toys, books, dishes, glassware, jewelry, furniture, garden items, knick-knacks, pictures, etc. Please, NO cribs, car seats, clothing, TVs or old computers, upholstered furniture or bedding of any kind.
Items may be brought to the Parish Hall ONLY on the following collection dates and times: Sunday, May 12: 8 am - 3 pm. Monday May 13 through Thursday May 16 8 am - 10 am and 4 pm - 6 pm. Please Contact either Ruth Mooney 581-4110 or Karen Gallagher 305-8250 if you can provide help in any with setup, organizing and pricing items, supervising tables during the fair, sales, and cleanup.
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.
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
6th Annual Catholic Literature Conference:
Lost Virtues in Literature
Saturday, April 27, 9:30 am - 5 pm,
Bishop Brady HS, 25 Columbus Ave., Concord
Join us for a day of engaging and enlightening discussion of literary works from a Catholic perspective. Tickets are $25 before April 1st, $30 beginning April 1st; lunch is included. For more details and to purchase tickets, please visit: https://litcon5.eventbrite.com
Saint Gianna's Place Benefit Banquet
May 1, 5:30 pm - 9:15
Executive Court Banquet Facility, Manchester
St. Gianna's Place, a NH-based home for mothers in crisis pregnancies, is celebrating its opening with a benefit banquet on May 1 from 5:30 pm - 9:15 pm at the Executive Court Banquet Facility, Manchester, NH. Our guest speaker is the renowned James Wahlberg. Reservations are $60 per person / $600 per table before March 15, and $65 per person / $650 per table thereafter.
Make checks payable to St. Gianna's Place and mail to Banquet Reservations, 3 Jersey Street, Londonderry, NH 03053. Visit stgiannasplace.org for details.
May 3 - May 5, Waterville Valley
The Cornerstone community of Holy Trinity Parish, Plymouth, NH, cordially invites you to join us for our 2019 Women’s Cornerstone Retreat at the Silver Fox Inn located in beautiful Waterville Valley. Our theme this year is “Seeking Paths to Holiness”. The retreat begins on Friday evening May 3rd and ends at noon on Sunday, May 5th. While each of us in on our own personal faith journey our destination is the same. Our Lord Jesus Christ has tasked us all with living holy lives, serving others and being the hands and feet of Christ to those around us. Come deepen your relationship with Jesus, the cornerstone of our faith. For more information on the retreat and registration please contact Simone Cushing at (603) 279- 0223 or Marilyn Oliver at (603) 786-9726. Brochures and registration forms are available in the back of the church.
Preparing Your Child for High School Success
Thursday May 9, 7 pm, Bishop Brady HS
25 Columbus Ave., Concord
Alice Giarrusso, Academic Coach at Bishop Brady High School in Concord, NH, author and educator, will be presenting a free workshop for parents of eighth grade students to help them prepare their children for a successful and rewarding high school career.
Preparing Your Child for High School Success Thursday, May 9th @ 7 pm, Bishop Brady High School Library, 25 Columbus Ave, Concord, NH. Reserve your seat at https://bishopbrady.edu
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
June 8-9, 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 June 8-9, 2019 in Medway, MA. Additional weekends are scheduled for: September 14-15 in Medway, 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.