Parish Events--Updated 12/2
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, December 10, 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, December 11, 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 Secret Tape Letters
Thursday, December 12, 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
33 Days to Morning Glory, Series by Fr. Michael Gaitley
Thursdays, December 12 - January 3, 6:30 pm
St. Joseph Church Hall, Belmont
An Advent Study in preparation for Marian Consecration on the Feast of the Solemnity of Mary, Mother of God on New Year's Day.
Thursdays, Nov 29 - Jan 3 at 6:30 pm in the Parish Hall. Cost for materials which includes the book and companion guide will be $30; however scholarships are available. Contact Wanda Gilson 267-8174, ext. 16 or email@example.com to register or for more information.
Divorced and Separated Support Group
Saturday, December 8, 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.
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 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
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
Pro-Life Essay Contests
Deadline January 1
All Catholic School students in grades 6-12 are invited to participate in the March for Life Essay Contest as well as the Knights of Columbus Respect Life Contest. Enter to win a free trip to the March for Life on Friday, January 18, 2019! All runners up will be provided half of the registration fee. Apply Today!
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 email@example.com .
March for Life, Washington DC
January 17 - 18
Reservations Due November 1
March for Life is scheduled for Thursday January 17, 2019 – Friday January 18, 2019. 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 the Human Life. The trip cost includes bus transportation, t-shirt, bag lunch on ride down, one night at hotel, metro tickets, and continental breakfast at the hotel. Reservation forms are available in the church as well as on the parish website. Completed forms and deposit should be sent to Valerie Somers, 31 Glen Drive, Nashua, NH 03062. For more information, contact Valerie at 978-660-9777 or Valerie_lynn_somers@comcast.net. Registrations should be received by November 1, 2018 with a 50% deposit. There is an increase of $10 per person after Nov. 1. Final Payments should be in by December 15, 2018.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
January 18-20, South Kingston, RI
“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 January 18-20 in South Kingstown, RI. Additional weekends are scheduled for; 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.
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.
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.