Parish Events--Updated 1/18
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Monday, January 20, 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, January 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.
Lifeguide Bible Sharing -- Prayer
Thursday, January 23, 7:00 pm
St. Joseph Church Hall
A new Lifeguide Bible sharing session -- “PRAYER” -- will begin on Thursday, November 21 at 7:00 p.m. at St. Joseph Church, Belmont.
The group will meet for twelve sessions to discuss topics such as:
--Conversing with God (Genesis 18:16-33)
--Prayer and Spiritual Conflict (Daniel 10)
--Praying with Confidence (Luke 11:1-13)
To register for this study or for more information please call Lionel & Annette Maurier at 279-4320.
Holy Land Pilgrimage with Father Marc Drouin
November 8-17, 2020
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 per- formed miracles. Create unforgettable memories by walking in the footsteps of Jesus! For more information please pick up the informational flyer at the entrance the church or visit www.Unitours.com. View a video with helpful information about traveling with Unitours here.
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.
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.
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.
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. Low and moderate-income individuals and fami- lies avoid costly tax preparation fees and claim helpful tax credits with this service. Intake Spe- cialists greet tax filers, conduct an intake review to make sure all documents are present for a complete and accurate tax return, and offer re- sources for other financial needs filers may have. Tax Preparers need not have previous tax or fi- nance 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
Monday, January 27, St. Peter, Farmington, NH
Register for one of two suicide awareness workshops geared to educate parents, teachers and parish leaders on how to recognize signs of depression and other mental health problems, initiate conversation and get him or her help.
Register for Monday, January 27 - St. Peter, Farmington
March for Life
January 23-24, Washington DC
Hundreds of NH residents will travel together by chartered coaches on Thursday morning, January 23rd, 2020, returning after the events of the day on Friday evening, and arriving back in NH very early Saturday morning. Register here.
New Hampshire March for Life Mass
January 24, Manchester, NH
On January 24th, we will silently process from the Diocesan Administration Building to Saint Joseph Cathedral where Mass will be celebrated. Join us in solidarity with those taking part in the March for Life in Washington, DC.
February 7, 6-8 pm, Joseph House, Manchester
We invite women in our diocese, ages 14-40, who are considering a vocation to the religious life or would simply like some help hearing the Lord's call for their life, to an evening of prayer, conversation with consecrated women, and dinner. Sister Mary Thomas Lesniak, a native of New Hampshire, a member of the Felician Sisters, and teacher at Holy Family Academy in Manchester, will share her inspiring vocation story! Learn More
Joseph House Retreat Center, Manchester
HS Students February 21, 6-8 pm
Men 19-60 February 28, 6-8 pm
Men who are considering a vocation to the priesthood or would like some help hearing the Lord's call for their life are invited to our St. Andrew Dinner. If interested, please contact Rebecca Vinson at email@example.com or (603) 663-0153. Learn More
Worldwide Marriage Encounter
March 13-15, 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 March 13-15 in Duxbury, MA; April 18-19 in Brewster, MA; June 5-6 in Medway, MA; September 11-12, Medway, MA; and October 16-18, TBD in NH. Additional weekends will be posted shortly. For more information, call Stephen & Michelle O'Leary at 800-710-9963 or visit us at www.WWMEMA.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.