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***CATHOLIC SCHOOL SURVEY***

Posted on February 26, 2015 in: General News

St. Mary's is once again conducting a survey on behalf of the Bishop and Superintendent of Catholic Schools of the Diocese of Manchester.  We were given permission last year to conduct this survey concerning the re-establishment of a Diocesan Catholic School at St. Mary’s.  There is a short and easy online survey, that all who might be interested are asked to complete.  Please click on the link below and follow the instructions.  The results of the survey will determine our next steps forward.  Thank you for your participation!  Catholic School Survey  ...

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2015 Tax Statement

Posted on January 23, 2015 in: General News

If anyone would like a statement of contributions that they made during the 2015 year for tax purposes please, call the parish office at 603-542-9518 or email your request.

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Register for Summer Camp

Posted on November 16, 2015 in: General News

Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are now accepting registrations for the 2016 summer season. The camps, located in the Lakes Region of New Hampshire, offer 2-week overnight sessions for children, ages 6-15. To request a brochure and DVD, contact Michael Drumm at 603-364-5851 or send him an email, or visit their website. Please don’t wait as sessions fill up quickly.

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Education Contest

Posted on November 18, 2015 in: General News

CATHOLIC DAUGHTERS OF THE AMERICAS COURT VIRGIL H. BARBER #892 Education contest is now in progress. The contest is open to all students, boys and girls in grades 4-12 in public, private or home schools. The categories are essay, poetry, art, computer art, music and photography. There are three disvisions according to grade level and the themes are: We are Stewards of God’s Creation or How Do We Care for the Enviroment. All entries must be of the contestant’s own imagination. Contestants may enter a category only once, BUT may submit entries in multiple categories. Forms and rules may be obtained fro...

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Eggs to Order Breakfast

Posted on December 29, 2015 in: General News

An Eggs to Order Breakfast will be sponsored by the Knights of Columbus on Sunday, January 17, 2016, from 7:00 AM—10:00 AM in St. Mary’s Gym. Prices are as follows:  Adults - $8.00, Children under 10 - $4.0.0 The Menu is:  Eggs to order, omelets, toast, homefries, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, juice and coffee. Proceeds will benefit St. Vincent de Paul.

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Christmas Pageant

Posted on December 10, 2015 in: General News

St. Mary's will be having a Christmas pageant called "St. Francis and the Christ Child--A Christmas Story."   Our religious ed students will be performing in this Christmas pageant.  Please join us on Sunday, December 20, 2015, after the 10:30 am Mass.  A small reception will follow in the gym.  We hope to see you there! 

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HOLIDAY PECAN SALE

Posted on November 18, 2015 in: General News

The annual Holiday Pecan Sale by the Catholic Daughters is here. Delicious 12 oz. plain or chocolate covered, 8 oz. Glazed, 10 oz. cinnamon glazed, and 8 oz. pacan carmel clusters at $7.00/bag.  Fancy English Walnuts 12 oz. bag at $8.00.  Also available are: 16oz Plain pecans at $9.00, 4oz Pecan rolls at $4.00 and 7–way Gift Tin nut assortment at $20.00. Call Arline Marro at 542-5933 or St. Mary’s Rectory at 542-9518!

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On December 12 and 13 the second collection is for our Aging Religious who need our help. In the US today, there are more than 33,000 senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests. These religious worked tirelessly in Catholic schools, hospitals, and agencies, usually for little to no pay. As a result, many religious communities lack adequate savings for retirement and eldercare. Your gift to the Retirement Fund for the Religious helps to provide medications, nursing care and more. Please be generous. Thank you! 

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Blessing & Opening of Holy Door

Posted on December 07, 2015 in: General News

One of the novelties for the Jubilee of Mercy is that for the first time Holy Doors will be designated in every diocese throughout the world. The Jubilee of Mercy is an Extraordinary Holy Year that will open this year on Dec. 8 – the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception – and will close Nov. 20, 2016 with the Solemnity of Christ the King. The Pope first announced the Year of Mercy on March 13, the second anniversary of his pontifical election, during a Lenten penitential liturgy in St. Peter’s Basilica. Mercy is a theme that is dear to Pope Francis, and is the central topic of his episcopal mot...

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ADVENT “TREE OF LIFE” 2015

Posted on November 18, 2015 in: General News

If you have been blessed this past year, please consider helping to provide Christmas gifts of clothing to our less fortunate neighbors. Please take one or more envelopes off the tree in the sanctuary. Each one has a specific gift request including size for men, women, girls, boys, or toddlers.  Please shop for the gift in the next two weeks. Put the gift in a “gift bag” and securely attach the number to the outside of the bag. Gifts must be returned to the church or parish office no later than Sunday December 6th. Leave a receipt in the bag or a tag showing the store of purchase just in case it does no...

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On April 18-26 2016, join Bishop Peter A Libasci and other pilgrims from the Diocese of Manchester on a Pilgrimage to Italy (Rome, Orvieto, Florence, Siena & Assisi). This promises to be blessed even that will bring many blessings, graces & fond memories. Highlights include: Visiting the 4 Holy Doors of Rome, viewing the Eucharistic Miracles of Bolsena & Siena, The Vatican tour, and much more. Optional excursions available. For information contact the parish office, RESERVE YOUR PLACE by calling Canterbury Pilgrimages at 800-653-0017 or e-mail Canterbury Pilgrimages at reservations@canterburypilgrimages.com ...

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Hand Decorated Wreaths

Posted on November 18, 2015 in: General News

New England Classical Academy (NECA) is selling hand decorated wreaths to benefit their Arts programs. There are 8 beautiful designs for $25 each, photos are available on the school website. Delivery is the first week of December. Contact Amy Cheevers or by phone at 306-9474 to place your order. 

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The Knights of Columbus Aluminum Can Drive is on Saturday, Nov 28th from 3:00 to 4:00 PM at the St. Mary Rectory Garage and on Sunday, Nov 29th from 7:30 to 10:30 AM at the St. Mary Rectory Garage. Aluminum cans only!  Rinse out cans, do not crush them.  5-Cent Plastic Soda bottles marked VT accepted.  Please check markings! 

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HAPPY THANKSGIVING!

Posted on November 18, 2015 in: General News

      Happy Thanksgiving  to all of our Parishioners and their families!   Keep safe in your travels!

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New schedules are now available.  You may download your copy from the website or pick one up at the entrance of the Church this weekend.

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HOLIDAY CRAFT FAIR

Posted on October 05, 2015 in: General News

Saint Mary’s Holiday Craft Fair Saturday, November 21st 9:00 AM - 2:30 PM St. Mary's Gymnasium, Main Street Over 40 crafters making homemade items and baked goods! Food and beverages will be available.  Admission is Free!  

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Annual Turkey Raffle

Posted on November 16, 2015 in: General News

The ANNUAL TURKEY RAFFLE will take place at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall at 58 Elm Street in Claremont, NH, on Tuesday, November 17 at 7:00 pm 

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K of C INVITATION

Posted on November 16, 2015 in: General News

The Knights of Columbus invite Men and their Families to our Council Open House on Sunday, November 15th at 1:30 pm in the K of C Room in the St. Mary Gym. You will learn about the Knights of Columbus...our story and our work!  There will be light refreshments.  

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OLD-TIME PENNY SALE

Posted on October 05, 2015 in: General News

St. Mary's will have an Old-Time Penny Sale on Saturday, November 14th in St. Mary's Gymnasium.  Parking is on Central Street.  Free admission. Doors will open at 5:00 pm.  At 6:00 pm we will have the 1st round of prizes.   100+ Prizes per round and over 300 prizes in all.  Our grand prize is $1500 if the winner is present.  Tickets are $1 each.

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Bakers needed for Penny Sale

Posted on October 28, 2015 in: General News

We are looking for bakers for our Penny Sale which will be held on November 14th.  If you wish to bake, we are requesting 2 dozen cookies, bars or brownies.  You may drop them off at the Parish Office on Friday, Nov. 13th, or at Penny Sale.   Call the Parish Office at 603-542-9518 for more information. 

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Murder Mystery Dinner

Posted on October 21, 2015 in: General News

New England Classical Academy (NECA) presents an exciting Murder Mystery Dinner on November 6th and 7th at 6:00 PM. Please join the fun for this Agatha Christie type show and a delicious meal at the Claremont Senior Center. Tickets are available online for $30, proceeds benefit the school fuel fund or call NECA at 542-6341 for more information. 

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Saint Mary’s Cemetery

Posted on October 21, 2015 in: General News

If there is anyone who still has items that have been left at Saint Mary’s Cemetery please be sure to pick those up by October 30th. If they are not picked up by this time they will be discarded.  Thank you! 

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Penny Sale Donations and Tickets

Posted on October 07, 2015 in: General News

Donations for the Penny Sale are still being accepted. They are looking for items worth at least $15. Also, tickets for the Penny Sale Raffle are still being sold in the Church Rectory. Grand prize is $1500 if present. If not present $1200 and the $300 remaining will be a 2ndgrand prize. Tickets are 1 of $1, 6 for $5, 12 for $10 and 25 for $20. If you purchase $20 worth at a time you will become a sponsor.

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YB Catholic Conference 2015

Posted on October 13, 2015 in: General News

On November 7, 2015, St. Patrick Parish, Newport, NH, will host YB Catholic Conference 2015.  This year's conference features Trent Horn from Catholic Answers Live!  Join us this year as we explore understanding the Church's teaching on the hot button topics that face our modern world and why the Church teaches what she teaches.  Learn how to enter into dialogue with those who feel lost or who are searching for answers.  Come away proclaiming, "Lord, your have the words of everlasting life!" Click here to download the event flyer. Click here to register f...

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On November 7, 2015, New Hampshire Right To Life will host a conference designed to help women who are post-abort / post-traumatic miscarriage and their care providers to understand the hallmarks of PASS (Post Abortion Stress Syndrome) and other pregnancy traumas.  Nurses and Doctors can earn continuing ed credits for attending. Click here to learn more and register for the conference.  Please share this with anyone who could benefit from attending this conference.

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Grand Prize Raffle tickets for the Penny Sale, which will be held on November 14th, are being sold at the rectory Monday-Friday from 9:00 am to 2:00 pm! One for $1, six for $5, twelve for $10, twenty-five for $20.  Those who purchase $20 worth of tickets at one time will be sponsors!  The winner, if present during the penny sale, will win a grand prize of $1500!  If not present, the grand prize will be $1200 and there would be a 2nd grand prize for $300.

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This weekend we will welcome Fr Peter Marsalek from the Society of Our Lady of the Most Holy Trinity (SOLT) as a missionary speaker at all of our Masses.  Living a joyful life, SOLT serves humanity in fourteen countries throughout the world.  SOLT needs your help to continue it’s missionary work throughout the world.  They would like to invite you to this work through your prayers, consideration of a volunteer opportunity and financial support.  Please help Fr. Peter and SOLT respond to the needs of the people.  Please be as generous as you can.  Thank you!

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PIE SALE

Posted on October 21, 2015 in: General News

The Catholic Daughters are sponsoring a pie sale this weekend after each of the Masses.  This will be taking place at the entryway to the gym closest to Central St. Be sure to stop and take a look at all the yummy pies they made!  Thank you! 

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K of C Eggs to Order Breakfast

Posted on October 07, 2015 in: General News

The Knights of Columbus Council 1820 will sponsor an Eggs to Order Breakfast from 7:00 AM-10:00 AM on Sunday, October 18th at St. Mary's Gym in Claremont.   The breakfast includes:      eggs to order, omelets, toast, homefries, bacon, sausage, oatmeal, juice and           beverage.   The cost is:                                           $7 for adults and children 10 and over                   ...

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St Mary’s still has openings for vendors on the stage.  All vendors must have homemade items for the Holiday Craft Fair! This year it will be held on Saturday November 21 from 9:00 am to 2:30 pm! Call the parish office for more information: 603-542-9518.

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Items are needed for St. Vincent de Paul Society: Canned meat and fish. These items can be left at St. Vincent de Paul's on Mondays from 2-4 pm, in the bins located in the Church, or at the Rectory. Thank you!

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Sunday Bulletin-October 11

Posted on October 07, 2015 in: General News

The Sunday Bulletin for October 11, 2015, is not available for our website.  The Bulletin will be available at St. Mary's this weekend or at the Parish Office.

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On August 22, 2015, over 78,000 pro-lifers turned out at hundreds of Planned Parenthood locations to protest their barbaric practice of harvesting and selling the body parts of abortion babies—the largest nationwide pro-life protest in history. On Saturday, October 10, #ProtestPP hits the streets again with another national day of protest at Planned Parenthood centers throughout the country.  Join us on October 10 and help expose the truth about Planned Parenthood in your community!           Claremont, NH:          136 Pleasant Street      ...

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Pilgrimage of Mercy-October 3, 2015

Posted on September 17, 2015 in: General News

Join Fr. Michael and parishioners of St. Patrick's, Newport, NH, as they make a half day pilgrimage to the major relics of St. Maria Goretti. Solemn Mass and Veneration of her relics will take place at Immaculate Conception Parish in Nashua, NH. A bus will be leaving from St. Patrick's Parish at 7:15 in the morning of October 3rd to take us to Immaculate Conception. Visit this website to learn more and reserve a space!

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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 - $9,163.55 for St. Mary’s Parish.  God Bless, Norma J. Limoges Chairperson

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Since Planned Parenthood is NOT taking the expose' of their aborted baby parts trafficking lying down, and is coming against the Center For Medical Progress specifically, and the pro-life movement generally, with everything they've got, this national webcast will be a good first start for understanding and defending against those misguided people who view the discovery worse than the crime itself! Register now to attend an URGENT nationwide webcast event that 40 Days for Life is hosting next Tuesday night called: "Stop Baby Parts Trafficking".        WHAT: Urgent "Stop Bab...

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The Bible and the Virgin Mary

Posted on August 30, 2015 in: General News

St. Mary Parish will begin a parish Bible study: The Bible and the Virgin Mary which was developed by St. Paul Center for Biblical Theology.  This Bible study will be presented in six sessions by Victor Bergeron and Marlene Jordan.  It will take place on Mondays at 6:00pm beginning on September 14th in the room above the Chapel. This Bible program will reveal what the Bible says about Mary.  You will discover how Catholic beliefs about Mary build on the Old Testament as well as the Gospels.  You will also learn why the early Church used titles like "New Eve" and "Ark of the New Co...

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REGISTRATION FOR RELIGIOUS ED

Posted on September 03, 2015 in: General News

Registration for Religious Ed classes will be held on September 13th in the Gym following the 10:30 Mass. This will be a mandatory parent meeting to discuss some changes in the program.  Registration forms and Religious Ed calendars may be printed off the St. Mary Parish website.  Just hover over the Faith Formation tab, then click on Religious Ed to find the link for these documents.  These forms will also be available at the meeting. See you all at the meeting! 

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St. Mary's 8th Annual Indoor Yard Sale will be held on Saturday, September 12, 2015, from 8:00am to 2:00pm.  It will be located in St. Mary's Gymnasium on Main Street in Claremont, NH.  There will be over 100 tables with thousands of items for sale! We will have a lay-away service and a carry-out service.  Food and beverages will be available. See you there!!!

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#ProtestPP Saturday

Posted on August 24, 2015 in: General News

On Saturday, August 22, a group of 13 of us gathered for our monthly vigil across from Planned Parenthood clinic on Pleasant St. in Claremont.  Joining us for the first time was Charlotte Antal, a representative from NH Right To Life (NHRTL).  She wanted NHRTL to have a presence at our vigil just in case of a backlash from Planned Parenthood representatives in retaliation for this protest day across the nation. As it turned out, the vigil was uneventful and our prayer witness received general support from passersby.  NHRTL posted an article on their website about our group.  

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SPECIAL THANK YOU!

Posted on August 25, 2015 in: General News

Father Shawn wants to extend a special thank you to all those who have offered prayers and sympathy for our Church during this difficult time. May God bless you abundantly!

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This is an invitation to Help the Sisters of Mercy with a Project: Partnering with the Women of Haiti. Quilt Raffle to benefit Women and Families in Plaisance, Haiti.      $5.00 ticket gives you a chance to win one of 8 different styles of handmade quilts which will be randomly            drawn on October 11, 2015 at the Haiti Breakfast. Sr. Louise Foisy and Sr. Cecelia Ferland will be selling the raffle tickets after Masses during the weekend of August 29. Thank you for your willingness to help. 

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Are you a married couple looking for a moral way to achieve or avoid pregnancy? Do you struggle with infertility? Are you a teenager wishing you knew when your next period is coming? Are you held back by PMS symptoms? Are you a premenopausal woman struggling with hormone changes? The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System can help, and you are invited to learn more about this amazing Natural Family Planning method! The Creighton Model FertilityCare™ System (CrMS) is an authentic language of a woman’s health and fertility, where women learn to record daily observations of cervical mucus as an indicator o...

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Here we are at another Fourth Saturday coming up this weekend at Claremont Planned Parenthood for our usual 12 Noon - 1:00 pm prayer witness against abortion and now also, at the same time joining the national protest against Planned Parenthood in the recent disclosures of their grisly business culling and then trafficking in the body parts of aborted babies!  How awful does it have to get before the American people awaken  in outrage against this evil slaughter of innocents!? Please come out and add your presence to our numbers to make this an extra-impact witness against the renegade Planned Parenthood! ...

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Dayspring Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley continues to provide a wonderful program to pregnant women in need!  They offer many resources which include counseling, ultrasounds, options for adoption, maternity/family training, baby items which includes clothing and much more!  They are entirely privately funded which means they are able to help women with their pregnancy and also allow pregnant women another option in our community than going to Planned Parenthood.   Please help by donating to the baby bottle benefit.  Baby Bottles are located in each entrance of the Church. Any donation...

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Non-Perishable Foods Needed!

Posted on July 27, 2015 in: General News

St. Vincent de Paul is in need of non-perishable food items for its food pantry.  Financial donations are also needed.  You may bring them to the Annex Building next to the St. Mary Gymnasium during business hours on Mondays from 2-4 PM or to the Rectory. St. Vincent de Paul can be contacted by phone at 603-542-5950 during our hours on Mondays. Thank you for your generosity!

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In 2015, the Feast of the Assumption of Mary is not a Holy Day of Obligation.  Masses will be held according to normal scheduling. Our Parish Picnic/Potluck will be held in honor of the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary on August 16th from Noon to 4:00 PM.  Please contact the Parish Office to let us know you are coming and what you intend to bring.  We will need salads and finger desserts.

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PARISH PICNIC/ POTLUCK

Posted on August 09, 2015 in: General News

On August 16th from Noon-4:00 PM we will celebrate the Solemnity of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. It is very important that we celebrate the solemnities of the Lord and his mother with great joy and true celebration. This year we will celebrate with a parish picnic which will take place on the lawn by the Church and the gym. We hope that as many people as possible will attend. I also intend to invite those who are residents of the shelter next-door. It is important for us to show our love and concern for taking time to fellowship with our neighbors. The picnic will be partially potluck. The parish will...

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Ultreya Information Meeting

Posted on August 09, 2015 in: General News

On August 11th at 6:30 PM, above the chapel, we are holding an informational meeting on the upcoming Ultreya weekends.  Please come if you can or call Vic Bergeron if you need additional information at 603-542-6387.

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ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Posted on July 15, 2015 in: General News

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2015), to attend a Special Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on October 18, 2015, at 2:00 p.m., at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester, NH. If you are celebrating your 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond anniversary, please contact the Parish Office by August 6, 2015. We will need your last name, first names and mailing address. Please also indicate your special anniversary year.

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Paul Koleske is a Contemporary Catholic Christian Musician, Singer, Songwriter, Speaker, and Recording Artist.  He has 3 CDs to his credit; FREE ME – THANK YOU LORD – I BELIEVE.  He travels the United States of America conducting Parish Missions, Concerts & Reflections, Retreats, and Youth Ministry Events. On Sunday, August 2nd @ 7:00 pm, Paul Koleske will appear at St. Mary Catholic Church, 32 Central Street, Claremont, NH.  Paul will be offering a Concert of his Inspired Music and Inspirational Spoken Reflections as a special event for everyone in St. Mary's Paris...

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Grand Prize Raffle tickets for the Penny Sale are being sold at the Rectory, 32 Pearl Street, Claremont, NH  Monday to Friday from 9 AM to 2 PM!   1 for $  1  6 for $  5 12 for $10  25 for $20  Those who purchase $20 worth of tickets at one time will be sponsors!  The winner, if present during the Penny Sale, will win a grand prize of $1,500! If not present, the grand prize will be $1,200.  The 2nd grand prize winner will receive $300.

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Annual Pilgrimage to Canada

Posted on January 21, 2015 in: General News

August 3-6, 2015  $425 per person based upon double occupancy. Visiting the shrines of Sacred Heart in Sherbrook, Cap-de-la-Madeleine in Three Rivers, St. Joseph Oratory in Montreal, St Anne de Beaupre in Quebec and St Benoit du Lac in Magog. Cost Couch Bus transportation from St. Mary’s in Claremont includes two full meals a day, accommadation with private facilities, taxes, etc. For a flyer or more information contact Juanita Sweet at (603) 826-4486.

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The Knights of Columbus will be having their Aluminum Can Drive on Saturday, July 25 from 3:00—4:00 PM...St. Mary Rectory Garage and Sunday, July 26 from 7:30—10:30 AM at St. Mary Rectory Garage.   Aluminum cans only!  Rinse out cans, do not crush them. 5 Cent Plastic Soda bottles marked VT will also be accepted.  Please check markings!  Thank you.

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Visit the Elderly

Posted on July 08, 2015 in: General News

The older generation has been an important part of building and caring for the parish.  Now they are our “prayer warriors” and we need to let them know that they are still needed.  If you have a few minutes every couple of weeks to stop at Silver Maples; leave a bulletin; and let them know we are thinking of them, please call Steve Denis at 543-1533.  Leave a message if I am not there. It is in giving that we receive. 

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Parish to Parish Support Fund

Posted on July 15, 2015 in: General News

This weekend the second collection is for the Parish to Parish Support Fund. This fund provides grants to parishes in NH experiencing financial difficulties. Please give generously. Thank you. 

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October 16-23, 2015. $1,750 per person based upon double occupancy. Join Father Steve in spending a full week in Fatima, Portugal. Fatima is one of the most important Catholic shrines in the world dedicated to the Virgin Mary. Fatima's fame is due to the Apparitions of Our Lady of the Rosary that appeared to three shepherd children; Lucia dos Santos and her two younger cousins, Francisco and Jacinta between May and October of 1917. The cost includes 3 full meals a day, accommodations with private facilities, taxes, etc. For more information, contact Juanita Sweet at the Parish Office at 603-826-4486.

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The Bible Class: The Bible and the Sacraments is a six week course.  The class will be held in St. Mary's Church on Mondays at 6:00 PM.  It began on June 1st and will run through July 6th.

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Fortnight for Freedom

Posted on June 03, 2015 in: General News

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a "Fortnight for Freedom."  This is a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 to July 4. This two-week period is a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power. This year, the theme of the Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.  Please set some time aside during this 14-day period to pray for our religious freedom.

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Dayspring Pregnancy Care Center 15th Annual Baby Bottle Benefit is going until Father’s day! The money collected goes towards ultrasounds, pregnancy tests, educational tools, Bibles, etc. for the people they serve.  Baby bottles are at the entrances of our Church. Please take a bottle home from Church, and also consider taking one to your office or place of work if possible! Thank you! 

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Connecticut Valley Ultreya

Posted on June 10, 2015 in: General News

On Saturday, June 20th, the Connecticut Valley Ultreya group will be having a pot luck supper for members in St. Mary's Gym at 6:00 PM.  The Newport Ultreya group is invited.  This meeting will be hosted by Vic and Linda Bergeron.   

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**PARISH CENSUS**

Posted on June 10, 2015 in: General News

Saint Mary’s is working to update Church records. We have a new system in place and require updated parish member information to transfer into it . Parish Census Questionnaire forms can be found at each entrance and on the back table in the Church.  We need ALL parishioners of Saint Mary’s to participate in the census. Only one form is required for each family. Once this form is filled out, there are a couple of options for returning it.  You may drop it off or mail it to the Parish Office at 32 Pearl St.,Claremont, NH 03743. The other option is to drop it in the Offertory basket in ...

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These Catholic camps are now accepting online registrations for the 2015 summer season.  The camps, located in the Lakes Region of NH, offer 2-week overnight sessions for children, ages 6-15.  For more information or to request a brochure and DVD, contact Michael Drumm at 603-364-5851 or email mdrumm@campsfatimabernadette.org. You can also visit us on the web at http://www.campsfatimabernadette.org/.  

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On Friday, June 12th, from 11:00 AM until 1:00 PM, we will meet at Planned Parenthood, 79 South Main Street, White River Junction, VT.  This is a sidewalk ministry to pray for and share alternatives with those who are contemplating abortion at this facility.  If you would like to join this ministry, please contact Walt Stapleton for more information.  If you would prefer, you may call him at 603-542-8656.  We hope to see you there!

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Healing Mass in Newport

Posted on June 03, 2015 in: General News

On Wednesday, June 10th, there will be a Healing Mass at St. Patrick's Church, 32 Beech Street, Newport, NH. This Healing Mass will be officiated by Fr. Richard Mac Lear, OMI.  The Healing Mass will begin at 6:30 PM. 

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Raffle Tickets for Sale

Posted on June 03, 2015 in: General News

Grand Prize Raffle Tickets for the Penny Sale will be sold this weekend after each Mass!  The Penny Sale will be held on November 14, 2015.  If you are interested in volunteering please call Albert St. Pierre, chairman, at 543-7046.  Thank you! 

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CORRECTION: KofC Elections

Posted on May 20, 2015 in: General News

The Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #0635 will be holding elections at the St. Joseph's Church, Claremont, NH, at 7 PM on June 1st. This is for 4th degree members only. 

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Bible Class Registration

Posted on May 26, 2015 in: General News

St. Mary's Parish will be having a new class that will be given by Father Shawn Therrien.  The class offered is Bible Class: The Bible and the Sacraments.  Classes will start on Monday, June 1, 2015, at 6:00 PM in St. Mary’s Church.   If you would like to register for this class please contact the Parish Office at 603-542-9518.  

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Bishop Libasci is asking parishes across New Hampshire to take up a special free will offering this weekend to support recovery efforts in Nepal following last month’s devastating earthquake. Donations will benefit Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church. CRS is already on the ground in Nepal responding to urgent needs for water, food and shelter. For more information about CRS efforts, or to donate online, please visit www.CRS.org.

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Our last class of the year is this Sunday, May 31.  We are going to shorten this class so that we may prepare for First Communion.  We will meet from 9am -10am on Sunday.  Please make sure to arrive early to pick up your child.  Thank you!

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We will celebrate Mass on Memorial Day, Monday, May 25th at Old St. Mary's Church at 9:00 AM.

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Eucharistic Ministers

Posted on April 27, 2015 in: General News

The new schedule is going to be coming out shortly. Please call Lorraine Potvin to let her know of any times that you will not be able to serve. Please call 542-4092! Thank you!! 

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This weekend, we will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). With your support, thousands of faithful across New hampshire will gain a deeper understanding of their faith through the Diocese of Manchester website catholicNH.org, the electronic newsletters eNews and Catholic Citizenship News, social media including facebook, Twitter, and Pinterest, and Parable Magazine (parablemag.com).  To donate directly online, visit catholicNH.org/ giving.

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Volunteers Needed!

Posted on May 06, 2015 in: General News

On Friday, May 15, 2015, the Penny Sale Committee will be hosting a "Social" at 6:00 PM in the gymnasium.  Several volunteers will be needed to plan the event, solicit gifts and sell raffle tickets.  The Penny Sale will be held on Saturday, November 14, 2015.

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SPRING GERANIUM SALE

Posted on April 30, 2015 in: General News

The Catholic Daughters of the Americas Court Virgil Barber 13th Annual Spring Geranium Sale is now in progress. Colors available are pink, white and red.  They are in 5-inch Pots.  The price is $4.00 per pot.  Orders are being taken now and the last day to order is May 15th.  Call Arline Marro at 603-542-5933 for more information or to place an order.

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May Crowning

Posted on May 06, 2015 in: General News

On Sunday, May 10, at 9:00 AM, the Religious Education students will process from the school to the statue of Mary in front of the Rectory for the May Crowning.  All parishioners are welcome to attend this 20 minute ceremony in honor of Mother Mary.

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Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly #0635 will be hosting the Sir Knight of the Year on May 4th! This will be held at the Pleasant Street Restaurant. The Social will be at 6:30 PM and the Dinner will be at 7 PM.  Dinner will be ordered off the menu!  

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The Junior Catholic Daughters will have the crowning of our Blessed Mother at St. Joseph Church on Sunday, May 3, 2015 at 12:30 PM.  The Rosary, Litany and Benediction will follow the crowning. Refreshments will be served at the close of the service in the Church Hall.

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May 1 - 3, 2015, May 29 - 31, 2015 and July 10 - 12, 2015...Are you looking to put Christ in your marriage?  Deepen your communication, rekindle your romance and renew your sacrament by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend.  For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage.

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World Day of Prayer will be observed on Sunday, April 26th, also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday." The purpose of this day is to publically fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. You can find for information about vocation awareness at www.catholicnh.org/vocations.

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Dayspring Pregnancy Center of the Upper Valley continues to provide a wonderful program to pregnant women in need! They offer many resources which includes counseling, ultrasounds, options for adoption, maternity/family training, baby items which includes clothing and much more! They are entirely privately funded which means they are able to help women with their pregnancy and also allows pregnant women another option in our community then going to Planned Parenthood, which mainly offers them abortion. Please help by donating to the baby bottle benefit. Baby Bottles are located at each entrance of the church. Any donation ...

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The Connecticut Valley Ultreya meeting will be changed from Saturday, April 18th at 6:30 PM to Friday, April, 24th at 6:30 PM.  We will meet in the St. Mary's Gymnasium. The reason for this change is a Catholic Daughters conference the weekend of April 18th that would prevent some of our members from attending. We look forward to seeing all Cursillistas in our Connecticut Valley Ultreya and anyone interested in Cursillo.

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In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Diocesan Safe Environment Council cordially invite all the Catholic faithful to a special Mass on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as we pray for all those who were abused as children, particularly those who were abused by people representing the Catholic Church. The Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church of Parish of the Assumption, 25 Third Street, Dover and will be followed by a brief reception. For more information, please contact Joseph P. Naff, LICSW, Director, Office of H...

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Divine Mercy Services

Posted on April 01, 2015 in: General News

On Sunday, April 12th, Divine Mercy Sunday, St. Mary's Parish will have the following services:           Adoration:      Noon to 3:00 PM           Confessions:  1:30 PM to 3:00 PM           Chaplet:         3:00 PM           Benediction:   Following the Chaplet of Divine Mercy The Diary of St. Faustina “Today the Lord said to me, Daughter, when you go to confession, to this fountain of My mercy, the Blood and Water which came forth from My heart always flows dow...

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Daughters of Mary Meeting

Posted on March 25, 2015 in: General News

Monday, April 6 at 6:00 PM...We will meet at the Rectory with Fr. Shawn Therrien.  Father will share his Homilies from the Inter-Parish Lenten Mission at St. Patrick's in Newport.  All ladies from the parish are invited and welcome.

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April 5th 2015...As a pontifical collection requested by Pope Francis, the annual Good Friday Collection offers a direct link for parishioners to be witnesses of peace and to help protect the Holy Places. When you donate on Good Friday, you are supporting Christians in the Holy Land. Visit: MyFranciscan.org/good-Friday 

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CRS Rice Bowl

Posted on March 25, 2015 in: General News

If you took home a CRS Rice Bowl, you may return it next weekend!  Thank you for your generosity! 

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CRS--Thank you!

Posted on April 01, 2015 in: General News

During this Lenten journey, our parish community has prayed, fasted, and given alms with a special focus on the poorest members of our global community. Through our Lenten prayers and donations, we have touched the lives of millions of people served by Catholic Relief Services, our representative to the poorest communities in the world. Please return your Rice Bowls in the box located at the back of the church on table! Thank you for participating in the CRS Rice Bowl! 

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Congratulations to our new Dean!

Posted on February 28, 2015 in: General News

Congratulations to Very Rev. Shawn M. Therrien, V.F., the new Upper Valley Dean in the Diocese of Manchester.  The Diocese of Manchester is divided into nine territorial districts or deaneries.The bishop appoints a vicar forane, also called a “dean,” in each deanery to assist him to, among other things, promote and coordinate apostolic and pastoral activity in the deanery. The following parishes and missions belong to the Upper Valley Deanery: Charlestown: All Saints;  Claremont: St. Joseph and St. Mary and Old St. Mary (Claremont); Enfield: St. Helena and St. Mary Mission&...

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Diocesan Day of Reconciliation

Posted on March 12, 2015 in: General News

"Every time we go to confession, God embraces us." Pope Francis St. Mary's Church will be having a Diocesan Day of Reconciliation on March 30, 2015, from 11 AM to 1 PM and 5 PM to 7 PM. For a complete listing of all parishes, visit: catholicnh.org.    

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Adoration in Lent

Posted on March 12, 2015 in: General News

This is a reminder!  Throughout Lent, there will be Adoration on Sundays from 2:00 PM - 4:00 PM.

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We will be having our monthly can drive on Saturday, March 28 from 3-4PM and Sunday, March 29 from 7:30-10:30AM in the St. Mary Rectory Garage.  We accept rinsed, uncrushed aluminum cans only.  We also accept 5 cent plastic soda bottles marked VT.  Please check markings.  Money raised supports two seminarians and state kidney fund.  Thank you for your support! 

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Thank you for your support!

Posted on March 19, 2015 in: General News

The Knights of Columbus would like to thank you for your support for the Baby Bottle Coin Collection.  So far, we have forwarded $312.90 to the Pregnancy Center of Claremont via the baby bottle coin collection.  Your continued support is greatly appreciated!

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On Thursday, March 26th at 7pm at St. Mary’s Church in Claremont, NH, the Very Reverend Shawn Therrien, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Upper Valley Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Labasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

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The Knights of Columbus Council 1820 will hold a Work/Committee Meeting in St. Mary's Gymnasium at 7:00 PM on Monday, March 23rd.

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Connecticut Valley Ultreya

Posted on March 12, 2015 in: General News

We will be having our monthly Ultreya meeting on Saturday, March 21st at 6:30 PM, in St. Mary's Gym.  All those who have attended Cursillo or are interested in attending Cursillo are invited to attend. For more information about Cursillo and Ultreya, please visit our page.

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Baked Haddock Dinner

Posted on March 04, 2015 in: General News

On Friday, March 20th, from 5:00-6:30 PM, we will be having a Baked Haddock Dinner in St. Mary’s Gym.  The menu is: baked haddock, baked potato, green beans, coleslaw, rolls, drinks and dessert!  This event is sponsored by the Knights of Columbus 1820 for the benefit of St. Vincent de Paul. Adults-$10.00; Children under 10-$5.00 We hope to see you all there! Stations of the Cross will follow at 6:30 pm at St. Mary’s Church.    

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St. Joseph--March 19

Posted on March 18, 2015 in: General News

We will have Mass on Thursday, March 19th at 12:10 PM, in honor of St. Joseph, husband of Mother Mary. “He was chosen by the eternal Father as the trustworthy guardian and protector of his greatest treasures, namely, his divine Son and Mary, Joseph’s wife. He carried out this vocation with complete fidelity until at last God called him, saying: ‘Good and faithful servant, enter into the joy of your Lord’” (St. Bernardine of Siena).

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The Catholic Relief Services Collection serves Jesus in the victims of human trafficking, in those who suffer from injust laws, and in those who need pastoral care and humanitarian assistance across the globe. Through supporting today’s collection, you help Jesus in disguise.  Many diocese here in the United Sates do not have enough priests and trained lay ministers to serve their parishes. These diocese are known as home missions. The Catholic Home Missions Appeal will take place this weekend in the second collection, and supports these dioceses by funding essential ministries, including seminary educat...

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New Website!

Posted on January 24, 2015 in: General News

We have a lot of exciting things to share, so please browse through the many pages of our new website. Some points of interest for first time users are as follows: Parish Ministries and Organizations. A listing of all Ministries and Organizations with their current contact information. Current Events. You will now be able to view the Parish Calendar and retrieve helpful information so you never miss another Parish event! Current Parish Bulletin. The Parish Bulletins are readily available for viewing via the Parish Links of the site. Church Images. A collection of pictures, recent events and other wonderful p...

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Inter-Parish Lenten Mission

Posted on February 25, 2015 in: General News

On March 10, 11 & 12, St. Patrick Parish in Newport and St. Mary Parish in Claremont will have an Inter-Parish Lenten Mission.  Click on the Related File below for our flyer.

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On Monday, March 2nd, at 7:00 PM, the Knights of Columbus 4th Degree Assembly #0635 will be hosting a spirtual night at St. Joseph’s Parish Hall. Attendance is for Knights and their wives/girlfriends only. 

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Cursillo Informational Meeting

Posted on January 28, 2015 in: General News

We are having an Informational Meeting about the upcoming Cursillo weekends this spring.  The Men's weekend is March 5-8 and the Women's weekend is April 9-12.  The Informational Meeting will be held on February 13th at 6:30 PM on the second floor in the Annex Building.  This meeting is for all who have registered and also for those interested in attending Cursillo.

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Valentine's Day Social

Posted on January 22, 2015 in: General News

On February 2nd of 2015 at 7:00 PM, the Knights of Columbus Fourth Degree Assembly #0635 will be hosting a social in recognition of Valentine's Day at the Pleasant Restaurant! 

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Catholic Daughters of America

Posted on January 21, 2015 in: General News

The Women of Grace Study Program beginning:   February 18th at 6.45pm at Assumption Hall, Newport.  The women of grace program seeks to transform the world one woman at a time by affirming women in dignity & vocation as daughter of God and in their gift of authentic femininity.  Catholic Daughter of America annual membership is $25.00 and The Women of Grace program is $45.00 if purchased through the Parish.  Please call Bernadette McLaughlin parish secretary for sign up January 31st at (603) 863-1422! We hope you will hear the Lord's call to join this wonderful group of&nb...

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Archdiocesan Black Catholic Choir

Posted on January 22, 2015 in: General News

This Sunday, January 25 at 3:00 PM, at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, this highly acclaimed choir, under the direction of Mr. Meyer Chambers, will be performing a concert consisting of Gospel, traditional spirituals plus praise and worship music. This popular event is a rare opportunity to experience religious music in a different form and dimension. A $12 donation is suggested at the door.

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