We hope and pray that you’re well and staying safe during these extraordinary times. Please find below, a second letter from Bishop Christian. Thank you in advance for taking time to read it.
We’re also happy to share the first of a weekly series of video addresses by Bishop Christian. Please be sure to subscribe to our YouTube channel to get notifications of future videos. https://youtu.be/TVg-kH_8VQ8
We continue to encourage you to visit our Facebook page and parish website for future updates, livestream Mass information, faith formation resources and much more! https://www.stjoenash.org/
We continue to pray for all those affected by the coronavirus, the health and safety of our parish family, all medical professionals and first responders, our nation and our world.
Jesus said, “I am the resurrection and the life; whoever believes in me, even if they die, will live, and everyone who lives and believes in me will never die.” – John 11:25-25
God bless you!
My dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
I hope you and your families are well and staying safe as, together, we endure this national health crisis. Each day as I celebrate Mass (which, by the way is very strange without a congregation), I am praying for each one of you that the Lord gives us what we need during these difficult days. I hope you are using our parish website and our Facebook page to keep up to date and to also benefit from the many spiritual resources available to you on them. Remember, that our church is open for private prayer from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. seven days a week. Also, if you have not provided us with an email address, please contact our Office Manager, Kim Dupont at 603-883-0757, ext. 2 or so we can more easily stay in contact with you. Please don’t hesitate to phone or email me if there is anything I can do for you.
If any one of you is in short term critical financial difficulty, perhaps the parish can help you. Over the years our Tithing Fund has set up an emergency component. While the funds available in it are not substantial, we can consider some assistance for you if you are truly in need and have nowhere else to turn.
Just as you do, the parish also still has regular financial obligations during this time and we humbly ask that, insofar as your financial situation permits, you continue to contribute your weekly offering to the parish. You can put it in the mail, drop it off during business hours, or go to our website to use the online giving opportunity there. Thank you for doing the best you can in this regard.
As Holy Week approaches, we will share special opportunities for prayer and reflection. Palms will be available for pick-up beginning on Saturday, April 4th through Good Friday, April 10th from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. You may also take this opportunity to return your CRS Rice Bowls. There will be a basket near the baptismal font for you to place your donations. God bless you for your generosity for those in need.
The Lord always brings good from evil for us if we let Him. In this case, maybe it is a renewed appreciation of all we take for granted or a deeper understanding of our human limitations, and indeed, of the briefness of our lives here on earth. But as we approach Easter, we remember that the cross, borne in faith, always leads to new life. It is that new life we hope for and wait for together.
Sincerely in Christ,
IMPORTANT: COVID-19 Update from Bishop Christian
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ;
In response to directives from the Center for Disease Control (CDC) and New Hampshire Health and Human Services, Bishop Libasci has released a letter stating that the celebration of Mass as we are accustomed to it in the diocese will change in light of the information we are receiving. We are mindful of our obligation to protect the most vulnerable and protect the common good.
Until further notice, weekend and weekday Mass will not be available to the general public. I will continue to celebrate Mass privately for all the people of the parish and will pray for the intentions for each Mass. Please refer to the bulletin for Mass Intention schedule changes.
All group activities will be cancelled until further notice. This includes; Stations of the Cross, Adoration, Rosary, Lenten Adult Enrichment, Gift and EDGE programs, and the Palm Sunday meditation “His Priceless Gift”.
Confession will continue to be available on Saturday at 3 p.m.
The church will remain open for prayer from 8:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. every day, 7 days a week.
Regarding the obligation to attend Mass on Sundays, given the serious nature of the pandemic and the fact that Mass will not be available to the general public, the obligation is impossible to fulfill and so it is automatically lifted and cannot be binding. This is the official teaching of the Church.
In his letter, Bishop Libasci tells us that It is a great and necessary comfort to those who cannot be present to know that their personal intentions will not be suspended or changed. It is also a great sign of care and a comfort for the people to know that the Mass is still being offered for all of them by their priests.
We will provide updates via email, our bulletin, website and Facebook page. We will also provide information for attending Mass ‘virtually’ as well as other resources. In order to receive parish email updates, please be sure to contact the parish office at (603) 883-0757 to provide your most up to date email address.
Parishioners who miss these times will be able to leave their donations inside the church during the hours that the building is open.
Let us pray for one another during these trying days. And let us be ready to reach out with assistance to those who stand in special need. The Lord will see us through. His resurrection will bring us new life.