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This fall, there will be two weekends set aside for the 3-Day Cursillo Weekend. During these joyful weekends of learning, music, laughter, prayer, sharing, reflection and silence, you will encounter our Lord and feel the presence of the Holy Spirit.   The weekend touches each person in a unique way.  For some it is life ch...

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Pilgrimage to Fatima, Portugal April 3-10, 2017 There will be a pilgrimage to Fatima celebrating the 100th year of the appearance of Our Lady of Fatima in Portugal. The price of $1960 includes: RT air from Boston to Lisbon, Portugal (all airline taxes and fuel charges , accommodations with private facilities based upon double occup...

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Catholic Daughters of the Americas, Court Virgil H. Barber #892 Education Contest is now in progress. The contest is open to all students in grades 4-12, in public, private and home schools.  The categories are Essay, Poetry, Art, Computer Art, Music, and Photography.  There are three divisions according to grade level. The t...

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On Saturday, January 28th, at Noon, we will have a prayer vigil across from Planned Parenthood on Pleasant Street, Claremont.   As Mother Theresa said: “But I feel that the greatest destroyer of peace today is abortion, because Jesus said, ‘If you receive a little child, you receive me." Please come out an...

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St. Vincent de Paul is in need of soups and pasta products (ziti, macaroni, rigatoni, etc.). These items can be left in the St. Vincent boxes inside the Church or they can be left at the Rectory Monday-Friday 8 am to 1 pm. Thank you!

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New schedules for Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors have been posted on our website for December and January. 
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On December 20th, there will be a Pot Luck Supper for Catholic Daughters and their spouses/guests. The Pot Luck Supper will take place at 6:00 PM at the Senior Center in the banquet room. 
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The Knights of Columbus will be having a (La Tourtiere) Pork Pie Supper!!  It will be held on December 10th after the 4:00 PM Mass in Saint Mary’s Gym. Tickets are $10.00 per person.  These tickets will be sold after all the Masses this weekend as well as at the church rectory.  Be sure to reserve your spot by...

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Annual Pecan Sale Sponsored by the Catholic Daughters Delicious 12 oz plain mammouth or chocolate covered pecans &$8.00/bag. Cinnamon Glazed Pecans $8.00/Bag Glazed Pecans $8.00/Bag Carmel Pecan Clusters $8.00/Bag   Also available are: 16 Oz Plain Mammouth Pecans $10.00/Bag Pecan Rolls $4.00 each. Walnuts $8.00/...

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Holiday Craft Fair November 19 from 9 am - 2:30 pm Saint Mary’s Gym Claremont, NH Featuring . . . Area Crafters, Food Concession, Cookie Sale & More! Sponsored by: Catholic Daughters of the Americas Ct. Virgil H. Barber 892 - Claremont, NH and Knights of Columbus Fr. Cote Council 1820 - Claremont, NH Benef...

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The closing of the Holy Door will take place on Sunday, November 13th at 3:00 PM with a Mass.  See the schedule of confessions in the center of the Home page.
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Grand Prize Raffle tickets for the Annual Penny Sale are available at the Rectory and will be available the night of the Penny Sale. They will be sold after Masses for the next 2 weekends. Grand Prize is $1500.00 if you are present, $1200.00 if you are not. The Rectory is open during the week from 8:00 AM to 1:00 PM. Thank you for y...

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On Saturday, November 12, 2016, we will be having our 2nd Annual Penny Sale in St. Mary's Gym.  The doors will open at 5:00 PM and the Penny Sale starts at 6:00 PM. Up until the day of the Penny Sale, we are accepting monetary donations.  They can be left at the Rectory, in the box located at the back of the mid...

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If you are still uncertain about who to vote for in the presidential election, you must listen to a Homily that helps Catholics with that choice.  It will only take about 20 minutes of your time and is more valuable to listen to than any debate to help you make up your mind.  Just click on Homily and listen to the video.

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Thank you to all parishioners who have completed and submitted your Commitment Card to the church. As a reminder, all commitments need to be submitted to the church no later than October 30th in order to be accounted for in the final summary report. Please complete and submit your card to the church even if you are unable to make a cha...

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Women, there is still time to sign up to spend three wonderful days with the Lord at Cursillo.   In this busy world we often get so caught up in daily life that we don't take time to be present with the Lord.  Our souls are starving for Him and He is thirsting for us.  Perhaps it is time for you to stop and listen to...

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If you have not done so already, please fill out a parish registration form. All families must fill this out in order to be a registered member of St Marys. Please contact our office with any questions. Thank you. 

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Grand Prize Raffle Tickets for the Annual Penny Sale will be sold after each Mass on October 1st and 2nd.  Tickets are $1.00 each, 6 for $5.00, 12 for $10.00 and 25 for $20.00.  Checks should be made payable to St. Mary Parish.  Tickets may also be purchased at the Rectory during the week from 8:00 am to 1:00 pm. Th...

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On Wednesday, September 28, 2016, at noon, the Rite of Reception of the Body will take place at St. Joseph Church in Claremont, NH. Father Majka will lie in repose in the church until 7:00 p.m., when a Requiem Mass will be celebrated in the presence of his body. On Thursday, September 29, 2016, Father Majka will lie in repose at St. St...

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By now you have received a brochure detailing the Increased Offertory Program our parish will be participating in over the next few weeks. This informative brochure is intended to communicate the financial needs of our parish and why we are having a dedicated focus on our parish offertory. Commitment Sunday for this Program is Septembe...

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On Saturday, September 24th, there will be a prayer vigil across from Claremont Planned Parenthood on Pleasant Street from 12:00 Noon to 1:00 pm. We will pray for an end to abortion.  Please come out and give public witness that Faith is still alive and vibrant here in our community!  

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I wish to sincerely thank the numerous people who donated items for the annual yard sale. I would also like to extend my deep appreciation to the parishioners who worked tirelessly for weeks preparing for the event and to those who worked the day of the sale. With these combined efforts we were able to raise $10,291.00 for St. Mary’...

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Feast of our Lady of La Salette Triduum and Feast Day Saturday, September 17 2016 6:30 PM Celebration of Eucharist   V. R. Rene Butler, M. S., Homilist Renewal of La Salette Associates’ Promises. Candlelight Procession with Rosary in honor of Our Lady Sunday, September 18, 2016 Solemnity of the Feast of Our...

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Religious Ed classes will be starting back up on Sunday, September 18th at 9 am in the school building.  The fee has remained constant at $20 per child with a maximum of $60 per family. Completed registrations can be dropped off, mailed or scanned and emailed to the Parish Office.   The Registration Fee m...

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ST. MARY’S GIGANTIC INDOOR YARD SALE SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM ST. MARY’S GYM MAIN STREET CLAREMONT, NH OVER 100 TABLES AND THOUSANDS OF ITEMS FOR SALE. LAY AWAY SERVICE CARRY-OUT SERVICE FOOD/BEVERAGES 

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On September 9th, St. Mary's will have a Day of Prayer for Peace in our communities.  This initiative comes at the request of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB).  Following is St. Mary's schedule for the day: 7:30 AM — Morning Mass 12:00 PM-3:00 PM — Adoration in the Church 3:00 PM&...

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Gigantic Indoor Yard Sale St. Mary’s Gym Saturday, September 10, 2016 8:00 AM to 2:00 PM   Proceeds from the yard sale will benefit St. Mary’s Parish.  Donations for the yard sale will be accepted in the gym during the following dates/times: Monday, August 22, 2016 (3 pm – 7 pm) Wednesday, August 24...

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On Saturday, November 12, 2016, we will have our 2nd Annual Penny Sale.  We will be looking for donations of new items valued  in the $20-$50 range, as the date comes closer.  Any questions can be directed to our Chairperson, Albert St. Pierre, at 543-0433.

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KICK-OFF MEETING THE ANNUAL ST. MARY’S YARD SALE WILL BE HELD ON SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 10, 2016 FROM 8:00 AM – 2:00 PM, IN THE GYMNASIUM. WORKERS ARE NEEDED! PLEASE ATTEND THE KICK-OFF MEETING ON WEDNESDAY, AUGUST 17, 2016 @ 6:00 PM IN THE GYM. ASSISTANCE IN SETTING UP TABLES IS NEEDED AT THIS TIME. IN ORDER TO ACHI...

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LITURGICAL SCHEDULE FOR AUGUST 12-15 DAYS OF PRAYER, FASTING, AND ATONEMENT In response to the violence and civil unrest here in the U.S. and around the world, we are called by our Bishop to "engage in an act of solidarity in faith".  To learn more about it, read Bishop Libasci's letter.  Friday, August...

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Our Diocese is encouraging each parish to have online giving through their websites.  This makes it easier for people traveling, going on vacation or homebound to automatically give to the Church while away.  This can also be implemented on a recurring basis throughout the year.  You can easily make changes to you...

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Celebrate the 50th Anniversary of Sister Cecelia Ferland as a Sister of Mercy.  Join the party: Sunday, July 31st from 2:00 pm to 4:30 pm.  There will be Snack and Beverages, No gifts please.   The party will be held at Student Conservation Association, 689 River Road, Charlestown, NH.  From...

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Schedules are out for the Month of June through August 28th! Please find these in the back of the church on the table. You can also find the schedule on our website.  Go to the Our Ministries tab and click on the Ministry you serve in the drop-down menu. If there are any questions please call the Parish office at 542-...

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Monday, May 30th, is Memorial Day.  We honor the men and women who died serving our country in the military.   Our Parish Office will be closed in observance of this holiday.
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There will be a First Communion Brunch on May 22nd after the 10:30 AM mass at St. Mary’s Church.  First Communicant families may RSVP to Mandy at the rectory.   Please let us know how many will be attending from your family when calling to RSVP.  Thank you. The brunch is sponsored by Catholic Daughters and ...

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“We wish to invite you to a world-wide prayer vigil on the eve of Pentecost to ask for the fire and the gifts of the Holy Spirit to come upon the Church in a new and powerful way. Modern technology gives us the opportunity as the Universal Church to be more connected than ever in our prayer. Let us cry out together with one voice, a...

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On August 1 - 4, there will be a pilgrimage to Canada.  We will be visiting the Shrines of Sacred Heart, Cap-de-la-Madeleine, St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal, St. Anne de Beaupre in Quebec, and St. Benoit du Lac. A Coach bus will leave from St. Mary's Church in Claremont, NH. The cost is $425 per person based upon double occupa...

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On this Mother's Day, for all whose mothers and grandmothers are still alive - cherish them today. Honor them and thank them.  For all whose mothers have gone home to the Lord, remember them and pray for them.  Let us also honor the Mother of the Lord on this day.  Her maternal care for Jesus still extends to all those ...

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The Sir Knight of the year award night is Monday May 2nd at the Pleasant Restaurant in Claremont. All 4th degree brother Knights and their families are invited...please come out to support the brother chosen for this award.  Dinner is off the menu at 7 PM.

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On Sunday, May 1st, immediately following the 10:30 Mass, we will have a crowning ceremony at the Statue of the Blessed Mother in front of the rectory. Religious Education students will be performing the crowning and will be joined by the Catholic Daughters and the Knights of Columbus in the procession from the church to the statue. Pa...

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April is National Child Abuse Prevention Month.  Children of the world are trafficked for a number of reasons.  However, the majority of these children are trafficked for sexual exploitation. Pope Francis cautions us not to remain indifferent knowing that these precious human beings are being bought and sold like goods...

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St Denis Parish in Hanover is hosting a Marriage Fellowship Group Event: Dinner & Discussion with Simcha Fisher.  All married couples are invited to join us on Saturday, April 16th at 6:30 pm.  Simcha Fisher is the author of The Sinner's Guide to Natural Family Planning.  She blogs weekly for the Nation...

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On April 14, 2016, we will have Confirmation at 7:00 PM at St. Mary’s Church.  Bishop Libasci will officiate. Confirmation Class: St Joseph’s Parish:  Alyssa Ellison and Nicholas Stone All Saint’s Parish:  Andrew Aumand and Liam Sullivan Congratulations!! 

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Sunday, April 3rd is Divine Mercy Sunday.  We will have the following Services on that day: Noon—3:00 PM     Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament 1:30—2:45 PM      Confessions 3:00 PM                Chaplet of Divine Mercy        &nbs...

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The Parish Office will be closed on March 25th, Good Friday, and will reopen on Monday, March 28th at 8:00 am.  Have a blessed and Happy Easter!
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“Every time we go to confession, God embraces us.” Pope Francis' Diocesan Day of Reconciliation You are invited to join other NH Catholics in a statewide day of reconciliation.  This is an opportunity for you to open your heart and allow the Lord to fill it with His grace. All parishes will open their doors...

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On Friday, March 11th, from 5:00 PM to 6:30 PM we will have a Baked Haddock Dinner in the St. Mary Gymnasium.  This dinner is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus Council 1820. Come out and support our KofC and join in fellowship with other members of our Church.

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This Friday, March 4, the religious ed students will be participating in Stations of the Cross at St. Mary's at 6:30pm. Please meet at 6:10 PM in the back of the Church.  
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This coming week is Ash Wednesday.  It is the first day of Lent and also marks the beginning of the collection for CRS Rice Bowls.  Be sure to look for the rice bowls in the next couple weeks.  These will be placed in the entryways of the church. For more information please visit: www.crsricebowl.org .

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On Sunday, February 21, 2016, the Knights of Columbus will be sponsoring a Basketball Free Throw Championship.  For more information please open the file below.
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Come Join us for our annual Mardi Gras Pancake Supper!! "Fat Tuesday" February 9, 2016 5:00 pm to 7:00 pm Serving Eggs, Sausage and Pancakes St. Mary's Gymnasium Proceeds to benefit the Religious Ed program!   

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