Parish Events--Updated 2/3/2023
St. Joseph Music Ministry Rehearsal
Mondays, 1/16 7:00-8:00 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 selected Monday evenings from 7:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. September through May.
Junior Youth Group
Second Wednesday of the Month, 6-8 pm
St. André Bessette Youth Lounge, Laconia, NH
St. Joseph Parish Youth Aged 9-12 are invited to join the St. André Bessette Parish Junior Youth Group. Snacks, Beverages, Music, Games and more! The group meets every third Thursday of the month from 6-8 pm at the St. André Bessette Youth Lounge located at the Pastoral Center on the SAB Campus, 277 Union Ave., Laconia. All St. Joseph Parish Youth are invited to attend.
Blood Drive Sponsored by Knights of Columbus
Tuesday, February 14, 12:30 - 6:00 pm
St. Joseph Church Hall
The Knights of Columbus Council is hosting its next blood drive in the church hall on Tuesday, February 14 from 12:30 - 6:00 PM. To donate blood, please make an appointment online at www.redcrossblood.org. Call Bob Chapman at 603-630-0874 if you’d like to to help check donors in at the site.
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.
RCIA Sessions--Tuesday Evenings
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.
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.
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.
Events Outside the Parish
National Marriage Week
The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day (Sunday, Feb. 12) are an opportunity to focus on building a culture of life and love that begins with supporting and promoting marriage and the family. This year's theme, "Marriage...one flesh, given and received" highlights the one-flesh union of husband and wife that is willed by God. It also indicates the personal self-gift of each spouse, one to the other. These concepts point to Christ who gives Himself under the appearance of bread and wine—as real flesh and blood (source). For More Information and Resources
Mardi Gras Gala
Saturday, February 11
The 17th Annual Mardi Gras Gala, to benefit Catholic Charities NH, will take place on Saturday, February 11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton Manchester Downtown, with a festive evening of entertainment, cocktails, authentic Cajun cuisine, dancing and more fun for all. This is the first time in three years the event is in person! Proceeds go toward building on Catholic Charities NH’s mission of providing healing, comfort and empowerment to NH individuals and families in need. Register at the link below or call Laura at 603-663-0249.Register Here
Feast of St. Joseph
Saturday, March 18
Bishop Libasci is inviting men of the Diocese of Manchester to Holy Mass and breakfast at St. Joseph Cathedral to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of our diocese, on Saturday, March 18th.
Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program
Each year volunteers for the Volunteer Income Tax Assistance Program (VITA) prepare hundreds of tax returns for free at no cost to area residents with income levels below $60,000. Low and moderate-income individuals and families avoid costly tax preparation fees and claim helpful tax credits with this free service. To prepare the hundreds of returns that we do, the Laconia VITA site needs Intake Specialist and Tax Preparers for the upcoming tax season. You do not need to have previous tax or finance experience, as training is provided. You just need a willingness to learn, and can volunteer a few hours a week or every other week from late January to Mid April. Please contact Cathy Dumais at email@example.com if you would like to volunteer or would like more information about the program.
Road Trip Pilgrimage
Fr. Josh Livingston
You Tube Video
Come take a road trip pilgrimage with Fr. Josh Livingston! Join Fr. Josh as he journeys to St. Patrick Church in Nashua, NH, and be sure to follow our YouTube channel to see our latest videos when they're posted.
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Worldwide Marriage Encounter
Virtual available as well.
Worldwide Marriage Encounter is sponsoring a variety of in-person and virtual marriage experiences, some on weekends, and some on seven weekdays. Couples will explore their relationship with each other, God, and the Church. Registration is limited and a $100 application fee is required. For more information or to apply, call Joe & Ginny Vatelle at 800-710-9963 or visit them Commit at www.WWMEMA.org. Commit to strengthening your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experiences: October 14-16 in Concord, NH and Barre, VT.
CASA:Court Appointed Special Advocates For 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.