WELCOME TO

 

BEING GOOD STEWARDS.  GROWING GOD'S GIFTS​.

SAINT JOSEPH THE WORKER

We strive to be a parish of Good Stewards, praising and thanking God for His gifts of life, faith, family and friends and our parish and civic communities. We ask for His grace to grow and develop these gifts abundantly for the sake of His kingdom among us.

 
MASS SCHEDULE

 

Effective immediately, Covid Mass restrictions have been lifted.  Find more information here.  

Public Weekend Mass: 
Saturday: 4:00 p.m.

Sunday:  8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

Public Daily Mass: 
Monday - Thursday: 8:00 a.m

Christmas Mass Schedule:
Christmas Eve, Friday, December 24:  4:00 p.m. & 7:00 p.m.

Christmas Day, Saturday, December 25:  10 a.m. (please note there will not be a 4 p.m. Mass)

New Year's Mass Schedule: 

New Year's Eve, Friday, December 31:  4:00 p.m.

New Year's Day, Saturday, January 1:  No Masses today

LIVE MASS STREAMING 

All of our Weekend Masses are now being streamed LIVE!  Previously recorded Masses can be found in the Archive below.

LIVE STREAM

Saturday: 4:00 p.m.

Sunday:  8 a.m. & 10 a.m.

LIVE STREAM ARCHIVED RECORDINGS

CONFESSION

Saturday 3:00 - 3:45 p.m. 

CHURCH OPEN FOR PERSONAL PRAYER

In addition to Masses, the church will also be open during the following hours for private prayer:

Monday - Thursday:  8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Friday: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.

Saturday:  8 a.m. to 12 noon
Sunday: noon to 5 p.m.

 
SUNDAY GOSPEL & HOMILY

by: Bishop Christian

Luke 3:1-6

Click the link below to view an archive of  Bishop Christian's homilies.

WEEKLY
BULLETIN

Click the link below to view our  bulletin archive.

WEEKLY REFLECTION

by: Bishop Christian

 

PARISH NEWS

Welcome!  Here you will find the latest information on our Parish and Diocesan-wide activities.  You can also visit our Parish Calendar for additional activities.  

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~ Baptism ~

Albie James Barry

son of Sean & Taylor (Roth) Barry

&

Mia Isabelle Ubiera

daughter of Freddy & Yarissa (Reynoso) Ubiera

were recently baptized.


We prayerfully welcome them into our Catholic faith.

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~ In Memoriam ~

Let us pray for all those who died

recently. May our compassionate

and loving God welcome

Gary Bernier, Francis Calaguiro &

Donald Lavoie

into His Kingdom and bring

comfort to us who mourn.

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NEW: St. Joseph the Worker Holiday Fair Update

A GREAT BIG THANK YOU to everyone who participated in and supported our Holiday Fair! It was a wonderful parish event and we are so grateful to all of you! A report on this fantastic parish fundraiser will be included in a future bulletin.

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NEW: Outreach Committee Holiday Gift Program

As mentioned in our special bulletin insert last weekend, due to COVID, our Outreach Holiday Gift Program will be a bit different this year. This weekend (12/4-12/5) and next weekend (12/11-12/12), several Outreach Committee members will be in the parish hall after all the Masses with information and handouts explaining the gift giving program. Our agencies for 2021 are: The Front Door Agency, Keystone Hall (a program of Harbor Care) and Meals On Wheels.


Return of Items: 12/18-12/19 Items (new) should be brought back to church on this weekend (12/18-12/19) and will be brought down to the altar during Mass at offertory time. Volunteers will be available to assist you.


God bless you and thank you for your support! 

The Outreach Committee


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NEW: 2nd Collection Next Weekend: 12/11-12/12 Retirement Fund for Religious

Elderly religious need your help. Thousands of senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests served for years in Catholic schools, hospitals, and parishes—often for little to no pay. Now, many religious communities do not have enough retirement savings and struggle to provide for aging members. Your gift to today’s Retirement Fund for Religious collection helps provide medications, nursing care, and more. Please be generous. To learn more visit: https://retiredreligious.org/.

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NEW: Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary (Holy Day of Obligation)

Our liturgies will be celebrated on Tuesday, Dec. 7th at 7:00 pm and Wednesday, Dec. 8th at 8:00 am.


***Please note: The parish office will be closed in observance of the holy day.

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Sales Have Begun! Get Your Calendars!

We’ve officially begun calendar sales and we’re excited once again this year!


• Calendar cost: $10

• For the month of January, 2022

• Filled with $3,500 worth of cash prizes

• On sale until 12/30/21


Calendars may be: picked up at the parish office or downloaded here.


Get some of your Christmas shopping done early! This calendar would make a great gift for family and friends!

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NEW: St. Joseph the Worker Parish Healing Prayer Ministry

St. Joseph the Worker Parish is pleased once again to offer to our parishioners an opportunity to receive healing prayer for a variety of physical, emotional and spiritual needs or for a loved one. Due to the pandemic we had to cancel the ministry for safety reasons. The pandemic has caused a great deal of fear and anxiety for all of us. Healing prayer is greatly needed and we are delighted to be able to offer this ministry once again.  We will continue to take the necessary precautions for those who come for prayer.


The healing prayer ministry is a Catholic, confidential ministry of love, hope and acceptance. All of society is in need of God’s healing touch which can be experienced through the members of this ministry that brings peace and spiritual support for God’s people.


We believe God heals today because He is the same yesterday, today and tomorrow. We know that God uses ordinary people to bring healing to his people. He can heal broken hearts and wounded spirits. We have a limitless God, His Word is true. When Jesus walked this earth the majority of his ministry was healing the sick. Jesus came to save and to heal. He gave His authority and entrusted His mission of healing to his apostles and other men and women. Scripture tells us that we are God’s handiwork, created in Christ Jesus for the good works that God has prepared in advance for us to do. (Eph. 2:10). Jesus still heals today, and the healing power of God is as real today as it was during the lives of the apostles.


Jesus said in Mathew 18:20, “If two or more agree on earth about anything for which they are to pray, it shall be granted to them by my heavenly Father. For where two or three are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.”


Pope Francis lamented that so many have left the church because they found it to be “too cold, too

caught up with itself”. He urged us to focus on “warming people’s hearts, to become a Church of

mercy to everyone around us. And what better way then to begin than by establishing a healing prayer ministry in the church. We show through our prayer and compassion for people just how much Jesus loves them. Believe and Trust in Jesus. Together with Jesus we, the healing minister can make a difference in people’s lives.


Prayer Teams will be available once a month in the Eucharistic Chapel immediately after each of the

Masses on the second weekend of each month.  Those wishing to receive prayer should come and sit in the seats in front of the Eucharistic Chapel.


The Healing Prayer Ministry will begin next weekend: December 11th & 12th.

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~ The Pope’s Monthly Prayer Intention ~

December ~ Evangelization: Catechists


Let us pray for the catechists, summoned to announce the Word of God: may they be its witnesses, with courage and creativity and in the power of the Holy Spirit.

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An Advent Day For Children

Saturday, December 4th

12:00 noon-3:00 pm


Activities for children in Kindergarten to grade 5 in the St. Joseph Parish Center and classrooms. Come and find out the meaning of Advent through story and crafts. Lunch (pizza, juice, and water) will be served. Sponsored by the Faith Formation Committee. If interested, please contact Miss Janice at janicemercure@stjoenash.org.

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The Men of St. Joseph Meetings are back!!

Please join us for Faith Formation, Fellowship and Food


Saturday, December 11th @ 7:15 – 9:00 am In the Church Hall


The Men of St. Joseph is an association of Christian men across the United States, united under the Catholic Church, who meet on a regular basis to learn and pray together and encourage each other to be the spiritual leaders of their families. We know it is a struggle to balance being a husband, father, worker, coach, friend and spiritual leader. The Men of St. Joseph understand that with each other’s support and shared accountability, it becomes a little easier. Most importantly we know that if we surrender our day to day problems to God, we will be better husbands, fathers and friends. Through Christ, we will become the best version of ourselves.


We welcome all men to join us on this journey.


Register on our website, or email Doug Hoffer at daahoff@mac.com


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KNIGHTS NEWS

Knights of Columbus

Council 12311

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NEW:   Blood Drive


Friday, December 17th, 12-6 pm

St. Joseph the Worker Parish


Please call 1-800-RED-CROSS or visit:  redcrossblood.org and enter: JOSEPHTHEWORKER to schedule an appointment.


Join us in answering the call to help others give blood!

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Parish Book Club

Our next book club meeting will be held in the Founders Room on December 6th. We will be discussing: When Stars Are Scattered by Victoria Jamieson. We will begin at 6:30 for socializing, with our book discussion starting at 6:45. Please join us! We’d love to have you!


Upcoming Meeting Dates and Books:


Monday, January 24th - Finding God's Will for You by St. Francis de Sales


Please note: If you plan on attending any of the above meetings, please email Peggy Sacco at: mesacco6693@aol.com so that we can contact you in the event of a meeting rescheduling. Thank you!

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2022 Mass Book

To make a request you may call the parish office, place your Mass Intention in an envelope marked “Mass Request” and place it in the offertory basket or stop by the parish office during regular hours. The suggested donation is $10.00.

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Faith Formation

GIFT Assignment:  Second Sunday of Advent


EDGE (Faith Formation for Grades 6,7, & 8) ~ Next session with students:  Sunday, December 5th 6:00-7:30 pm

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Living the Liturgy at Home

O Come, O Come Emmanuel


Prayer


Lord Jesus Christ, we await your Second Coming as we prepare for your First Coming at Christmas. Be near us now as we light the first candle of our Advent wreath. As this light grows brighter, we are reminded that you are already here, in your Word, in your Church, in the faces of those in need, and our love for each other. You live and reign with the Father and the Holy Spirit, one God, for ever and ever. Amen.


Conversation Questions


In what ways does our family keep our hearts and minds open to the Lord so that we can come to know Jesus personally?

How are you preparing for Jesus’ coming at Christmas?

Are you excited to celebrate his birth?


Faith in Action


If your child has received the Sacrament of Reconciliation, go with your child to confession this week. If your child is too young, set aside a special time to sit quietly in the church and ask God for forgiveness. Tell your child that when we are sorry for what we have done and resolve to do better, God always forgives us.


Did You Know?


…that an angel came to Zechariah to tell him that his wife Elizabeth was going to have a son?

Zechariah doubted these words and, as a result, he was left unable to talk. He remained speechless

up until eight days after John was born, at which time his speech came back when he wrote, “John is his name.”

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Corpus Christi Food Pantry

(Updated 11/18/21)


Items that are low at the pantry:


Hamburger Helper & Pasta Sides

Canned Stew, Canned Spinach &

Canned Mixed Vegetables

Saltines

Toothpaste & Children’s Toothpaste

Men’s & Women’s Deodorant

Shampoo, Conditioner & Baby Wipes


Thank you for your continued support and acts of kindness!!!

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What so ever you do........

For the past few years, members of the parish have joined the Middle School Faith Formation with a special outreach project helping the youth in Nashua that have aged out of the foster care system. 


New Requests as of 11/7/21


Macaroni & Cheese 

Tuna & Individual Packaged Snacks

Gift cards to: Uber, gas stations, Market Basket, Shaw's, Wendy’s &McDonald’s


Thank you for your continued support!

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All Are Welcome! Please Join Us!

Adoration Of the Blessed Sacrament

(Chapel)

Tuesday evenings - 6 to 7:00 p.m.

Wednesday mornings - 8:30 a.m. to 12 noon


“Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all eternity!” ~ St. Mother Teresa of Calcutta


Thursday Evening Rosary

(Chapel)

At 6:00 p.m.


“The rosary is the most beautiful and the most rich in graces of all prayers; it is the prayer that touches most the Heart of the Mother of God...and if you wish peace to reign in your homes, recite the family rosary.” ~ Pope Saint Pius X

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Year of St. Joseph

On December 8, 2020, Pope Francis proclaimed a special “Year of Saint Joseph,” extending to the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception on December 8, 2021. In a new Apostolic Letter entitled Patris Corde (“With a Father’s Heart”), Pope Francis marks the 150th anniversary of Blessed Pope Pius IX’s declaration of Saint Joseph as a Patron of the Universal Church, describing him as a model father and a support and guide for troubled times.


For more information visit: https://www.catholicnh.org/worship-and-sacraments/faith/stjoseph

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Parish Communications

Read the latest communications from the parish.  To be added to our email distribution, click here.  

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FORMED Pick of the Week

Diving into the beauty of the Faith has never been easier: at home, on the go, or from any internet connected device. Discover thousands of books, audio talks, movies, documentaries, and studies... there is something for every member of the family to help them grow closer to Christ and His Church.  Visit our FORMED page for more information.  Check out this week's recommendations from FORMED. 

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Online Giving

For those of you interested in using “online giving”, please click on the Online Giving “button” which can be found in the top right corner or call Helen Dumont in the Finance Office for more details at 603-883-0757, ext. 3.


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Like us on Facebook!

We continue to post prayers, uplifting messages, information regarding faith formation resources and much more!  Be sure to “Like” and “Follow” the page.  https://www.facebook.com/stjoenash


*** Also, please be sure to “Like” and “Share” our posts. By doing this you’ll be helping to spread the gospel message! ***

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🎶 Music for the Soul! 🎶

During difficult times, music can draw us closer to God and through his grace bring peace to our troubled hearts.  


  • K-Love Christian radio is now in our area!  You can listen to uplifting contemporary Christian music by tuning to 107.3FM!

  • Music For Your Soul!  Check out our website at:  https://www.stjoenash.org/music-for-the-soul

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Grow in Faith Resources

Please visit our Grow in Faith webpage to find many free resources to support prayer and engagement during these difficult days.  Also visit our Music for the Soul page for curated playlists.  


A valuable resource for the Liturgy of the Word for different age groups and families ~ please click here to go to Loyola Press Sunday Connection.


"God speaks to us in many ways, including through the Sunday Scripture readings. The Sunday Connection provides useful background and activities to better understand the upcoming Sunday's Scripture readings, helping you to connect the Scripture to daily life in a meaningful way.".

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Got Pictures?

Have pictures of Parish activities you’d like to share? We’d LOVE to use them on the Parish Website and Facebook page to promote our lively community! Please send pictures to Melissa Spinella at melissaspinella@live.com. Thank you!