Hello Parish Family,
It’s almost August and we don’t know about you, but this stretch of hot and humid weather has a few of us daydreaming about the cool days of fall. However, we don’t want to wish away these long (somewhat) lazy days of summer. There will be snow on the ground before we know it and then we’ll be complaining about how we can’t wait for summer! So, just a reminder, try and have some “summer fun” if you haven’t already. An ice cream sundae sounds wonderful right about now!
These continue to be trying times. Our lives have been disrupted and the pandemic has created additional challenges due to the many restrictions put in place for the health and safety of one another. The ongoing stress and anxiety can have negative effects on our health and life. It can be difficult to reclaim joy in our lives, but we must remember that God loves us and made us for joy. So, striving to CHOOSE JOY and holding on to hope during this time of adversity will not only help us but can also inspire those around us!
“Cultivating joy isn’t easy, but it is simple – as simple as one, two, three…One: “Rejoice always.” Two: “Pray without ceasing.” Three: “In all things give thanks.” – Curtis A. Martin
“Joy is prayer-Joy is strength-Joy is love-Joy is a net of love by which you can catch souls.” – Mother Teresa
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, so that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” – Romans 15:13
Updates and Reminders
UPDATE: St. Joseph the Worker Parish Livestream Masses: We are livestreaming both the Saturday, 4 p.m. and Sunday, 10 a.m. Masses. Click here to access our livestream Mass resources, which will be updated each weekend.
UPDATE: Click here for last weekend’s (July 26, 2020) Gospel and Bishop Christian’s homily. This weekend’s Gospel and homily will be posted by 1:00 p.m. on Sunday. You may also listen to past homilies provided in a searchable archive.
Public weekend Masses: We continue to have two weekend Masses, Saturday at 4:00 p.m. and Sunday at 10:00 a.m. The Sunday 8 a.m. Mass will be re-instituted in the near future. Please read Bishop Christian’s letter and review our guidelines prior to attending Mass to ensure your safety and the safety of others. You may also download printable guidelines. The dispensation of obligation for Sunday Mass is still in effect for anyone reluctant to attend, especially those for whom it is medically inadvisable.
Public daily Mass: Monday – Thursday at 8:00 a.m.
The church will continue to be open for private prayer: Monday - Thursday: 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m., Friday: 8 a.m. to 5p.m., Saturday: 8 a.m. to 12 noon, Sunday: 12 noon to 5 p.m.
Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament: Tuesday evenings: 6 - 7 p.m. or Wednesday mornings: 8:30 a.m. - 12 noon (in the main church). All are welcome! Please join us! Also, we are always looking for additional “committed Eucharistic adorers” for each hour of adoration. Interested in signing up for a specific hour or learning more? Please contact Pat Hurd at: 603-882-1503 or email@example.com.
NEW: If August is the month of your birthday or wedding anniversary, please check your mailbox next week! We’ll be mailing out our monthly cards with the dates of the scheduled Masses celebrating these special occasions.
Your support is extremely important! We’re grateful for your continued contributions to our parish’s weekly offertory. Your faithful support is essential to assisting us with 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. Thank you for being as generous as 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
Thank you for taking the time to stay up to date with our parish news. If you have any questions, special needs or prayer intentions, please 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 St., Nashua NH 03062
603-883-0757, Ext. 2