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Weekly Reflection

 

 

Dear Parishioners,       

                                            

I pray that this email finds you well, prayerful and filled with trust and hope in the Lord.  There is no question, that in the midst of this trial, the entire world is experiencing a very difficult Lent.  This great penance and discipline is not one that we have chosen for ourselves.  As a community, we are physically separated from one another, however, in faith and in prayer we are not only united, but very close to one another in heart and mind.  And the Lord is in our midst.  Be assured that Fr. Arockia and I are praying fervently for each one of you in our daily Holy Hours and Masses! 

We find ourselves in the desert with Jesus and we can be tempted by fear, panic, and discouragement.  It is to be expected.  However, as people of faith, as disciples of the Lord, He gives us strength and courage!  We remain steadfast and faithful.  We know that God always brings good out of tragedy.

As we continue to navigate these unchartered waters, there are a few announcements to keep in mind:

St. Mary Church is open daily from 9:00 am to 4:00 pm for you to come and spend time with Our Lord.  He never abandons us!

Confessions are heard each day from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.  In order to maintain the required 6-feet social distance, Fr. Shawn and Fr. Arockia are in separate wings of the church.

First Friday Eucharistic Adoration will be held Friday, April 3rd, from 9:00 AM to 4:00 PM in the church.  Confessions will be heard this day also from 3:00 to 4:00 pm.

The Chapel is closed until further notice.

The parish office continues to be open from 8:00 am to 2:00 pm Monday through Thursday, closed Friday.  However, to help keep face-to-face communication at a bare minimum, we will be keeping the glass storm dorm closed when speaking with a visitor.  You are welcome to call the office at 542-9518 if you have any questions or concerns. 

Also at this time we ask that you remember your weekly offering.  It is imperative to the running of our parish.  You may sign up online through our parish website, mail it to the office, or drop it off in the parish mailbox during the week.  Thank you to everyone who has been sending in or dropping off their offertory money.  It is greatly appreciated!

The parish has set up a Facebook account in order to reach out to those on Facebook who might be interested in keeping contact with parish updates and events.  If you are on Facebook, send a friend request to “SaintMary Parish.”  Once we have confirmed the friend request, we will send you an invitation to like the Page “Saint Mary Parish.”  These are 2 different areas on Facebook.  Please note that all updates will be posted on the Saint Mary Parish Page so be sure to like the page in addition to friending the parish account.

The parish website “ww.stmaryparishnh.org” is also kept up to date with any parish events and/or notices.

We have begun to utilize parish group emails to send out parish information as well as the beginning of emailing bulletins to help keep you connected with the parish.  These emails are sent only to those households who have registered with the parish.

With our new Facebook Page we hope to be live-streaming Masses and Holy Week soon.  Pray that we are successful.  Be strong, trust in the Lord and prepare for an enormous celebration when this crisis has passed.

God Bless and Love you All!

Fr. Shawn