Dear Parish Family,
The last few months have been an extremely difficult time for our nation as we experienced enormous human and financial losses due to the pandemic. Then came the tragic death of George Floyd, which has caused pain, anger, protests, and violence in Minneapolis and across the entire United States over this past week. During these times of intense heartache and hurt we're called to pray for mutual understanding, forgiveness, healing, and racial harmony. As our nation continues to map out a strategy for moving forward during the next phase of the pandemic, we must also stand together for a community of life, liberty, and equality for all. We can do that with grace and above all, love.
We pray that this joyful news will bring you peace during this time of unrest. Bishop Libasci has announced that we will be able to resume public celebrations of Mass in the Diocese of Manchester. We are very pleased to inform you that our parish will be prepared to resume public Masses on the weekend of Corpus Christi (June 13th-14th). Read below for details and our latest updates and reminders.
This weekend as we celebrate the feast of the Most Holy Trinity, we’ll reflect on the mystery of one God, three persons – Father, Son, and Holy Spirit. May the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit flow through all of us as we strive to live our lives in a way that reveals the love of God to all we meet!
Updates and Reminders:
UPDATE: The Holy Sacrament of the Eucharist will be available once again this weekend as we celebrate the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. The church will be open for the distribution of Holy Communion on Saturday, June 6th from 4:00 to 4:30 p.m. and Sunday, June 7th from 10:00 to 10:30 a.m. For your safety, we have developed guidelines for this reverent occasion. Please read them carefully before attending. We’re also providing some suggested prayers to help you prepare to receive our Lord.
NEW: We will resume the celebration of public Mass on the weekend of Corpus Christi (June 13th-14th). There will be two Masses, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Sunday 8 a.m. Mass has been temporarily suspended will be re-instituted in the near future. Additional details and guidelines will be mailed/emailed next week and will also be made available on our website and Facebook page.
Due to the distribution of Holy Communion, Sunday Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament will be suspended.
UPDATE: The St. Joseph Knights of Columbus would like to thank all the outstanding students who applied for the two $1000 scholarship awards. The student applications are currently being reviewed by the Scholarship Committee. Stay tuned for the announcement of the two recipients!
UPDATE: Hands to Work, Hearts to God St. Joseph the Worker Face Mask Ministry is donating face masks to our parishioners and local outreach agencies. A huge THANK YOU to our volunteers who are working to ensure everyone who needs a mask has one. 250 masks have been donated so far, including to Marguerite's Place, Meals on Wheels, and Corpus Christi Food Pantry & Assistance. We’d love to provide masks for you and your family! Masks are made of 100% new cotton material and will be washed and individually packaged to ensure your protection. Please use this request form located on our parish web site.
NEW: We’ve noticed that some people are still using the URL of our old website (http://stjoenash.org/stj3index.php). This URL will direct you to the new website, but it has an impact on your site experience and performance. To improve your website experience, please replace the old URL bookmark with the new URL: https://www.stjoenash.org/. Thank you!
We’re so grateful! Thank you so much for your continued contributions to the parish’s weekly offertory, however without regular Masses, our offertory has substantially declined. Your support is extremely helpful in helping us meet our regular financial obligations. There are many ways you can donate to the parish. You may use our Online Giving option, the mail, drop off at the parish office, or place in our locked mailbox located outside and to the left of the main entrance doors. We appreciate you doing the best you can during this difficult time!
Parish Web Site: www.stjoenash.org
Parish Facebook page: www.facebook.com/stjoenash
Diocese of Manchester Web Site: www.catholicnh.org
We appreciate you taking the time to stay up to date with our parish news. If you have any questions, special needs or prayer intentions, we encourage you to contact us. You may email us at firstname.lastname@example.org or call the parish office at 603-883-0757 ext. 2.
God’s blessings and peace,
Bishop Christian and the Parish Staff
St. Joseph the Worker Parish
777 West Hollis Street, Nashua NH 03062