The number to call for prayer requests, or if you wish to pray with us, is 622-2094.
CHURCH IN CENTRAL AND EASTERN
Next week we will take up the Collection for the Church in Central and Eastern Europe. This collection supports Catholic organizations that provide affordable shelter and train seminarians in a region that still struggles from the effects of Soviet rule. By providing pastoral care, catechesis, and funding for building renovations, your donations help to restore the Church and build the future in the region. Please give generously next week.
MANY THANKS TO ALL
The St. Catherine Women's Group wishes to thank all those who made the SOUPER BOWL a great success. Thank you to parishioners and friends who attended, and all who worked during this delicious soup lunch. Thanks to our favorite local restaurants who donated soups, and desserts and our retail and wholesale vendor/friends who provided desserts, salad, beverages and supplies. Thanks to our parish Boy Scouts and Knights of Columbus for assisting. Due to the success of this event, a sizable donation to Christian prison ministries will be made.
STAY INFORMED WITH CATHOLIC
The Diocese of Manchester has an initiative to inform Catholics about important public policy matters facing our elected officials. Catholic Citizenship News provides briefs on legislation as well as information about Catholic social teaching on some of today’s pressing issues. To read the current issue of Catholic Citizenship News and to subscribe, visit www.catholicnh.org/ccn.
CATHOLIC SCHOOL SUPPORT
St. Catherine Parish through the generous support of the parishioners and parents, maintains a dynamic school of which we are very proud. The parish subsidizes families who are registered with a "supported student tuition rate." The minimal criteria for support includes:
Registration as members of St. Catherine Parish
Contributor of record in the parish (envelope users)
Active participation at weekend Masses and in the life of the parish.
All three criteria must be met and verified with Fr. Paul's signature and the parish seal affixed to each Supported Student Form.
FEAST OF ST. BLAISE
Raised as a Christian in a rich family, Saint Blaise became a bishop at a young age. In a vision, God appeared to him and told him to flee. To avoid persecution, he left his town and lived as a hermit in a cave. Wild animals visited and he healed any that were sick and wounded. He was later found and captured but while imprisoned, cured a boy choking on a fish bone. He was ordered to be killed for refusing to renounce his faith and love of God. We celebrate the feast of St. Blaise on February 3. While we invoke St. Blaise for his protection against any physical ailment of the throat, we should also ask his protection against any spiritual ailment-profanity, cursing, unkind remarks, detraction or gossip. St. James reminds us, "If a man who does not control his tongue imagines that he is devout, he is self-deceived; his worship is pointless" (1:26) and later, "We use [the tongue] to say, 'Praised be the Lord and Father'; then we use it to curse men, though they are made in the likeness of God. Blessing and curse come out of the same mouth. This ought not to be, my brothers!" (3:9-10). Therefore, may St. Blaise protect us from all evil, physical and spiritual, which may attack the throat.
ST. CATHERINE SCHOOL NEWS
The winner of the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR) essay contest is Alyssia in grade 6. Her entry in the American History Essay Contest for the Molly Stark Chapter was selected as the winner for the chapter. Alyssia has been invited to the chapter meeting on Tuesday, February 10 at 2 p.m. to read her essay and to celebrate with them.
Sr. Janet came to visit the students and from all accounts, she enjoyed her day. She prayed with the children and read to them, too. She ate lunch with the teachers and staff. She is definitely welcome to come and visit anytime. God bless you, Sister!
The children at St. Catherine School know how important it is to give back. There is never a time when we are blessed that we do not pay it forward. Families in Transition needed our help and once again, the children and their families went beyond expectations. Children collected over 150 books, 100 pair of gloves, 200 bars of soap, 100 winter hats, 150 toothbrushes, nearly 200 canned goods, and many mittens. May these families find support from St. Catherine School as they transition.
Challenging Minds. Sharing Our Faith. Cherishing Families. Are you interested in a tour for your child? Why not attend the Open House this Tuesday, February 10 from 10:30-1:30 p.m. or from 6:30-7:30 p.m. You may contact the school at 622-1711 or visit www.scsnh.com
FAITH FORMATION SCHEDULE OF EVENTS
There are many Adult Faith Formation and community opportunities coming up. There are three simple ways to get information you need: check the bulletin for new events that are being advertised. You may check our website where a new calendar feature displays all our events or check out the stands at the back of the church.
INTERESTED IN BECOMING CATHOLIC?
Would you like to learn more about the Catholic faith? We invite you to attend the inquiry sessions held at 9:15 a.m. each Sunday in the school conference room. For more information, contact Derek at 622-6264, Norine Calvano at 624-8331 or Fr. Paul 622-4966.
WOMEN OF MARY / MEN OF ST. JOSEPH
The Women of Mary meet on the 1st Saturday of each month in the school cafeteria. The Men of St. Joseph meet on the 2nd Saturday of each month from 8-10 a.m. in the school cafeteria. The next meeting for the men will be February 14 and the guest speaker will be Br. Joseph Powell from St. Thomas Aquinas Church in Derry. Each meeting includes Mass, a recitation of the Rosary, full breakfast, and a special guest speaker.
Do you wish you read more frequently? We have the perfect opportunity for you to dive into some interesting books and share them with friends. February's selection: The Temperament God Gave You by Art & Laraine Bennett. Discussion date: February 11 at 7 p.m. Purchase the book at Amazon.com or Barnes & Noble.
RETREAT: CONSOLING THE HEART OF JESUS
God loves us so much that He is constantly running towards us, seeking to draw us into His merciful embrace. In a few short weeks, we will begin Consoling the Heart of Jesus: a 10 session retreat exploring God's Mercy and love through the teachings of 4 great saints. Please join us for this dynamic, weekly retreat as we strive to accept our Father's gift. Registration forms can be picked up at the entrances of the Church or the rectory office and should be returned to the rectory office by February 10. Sessions will take place on Tuesdays, beginning February 17, at both 9:45 a.m. or 7 p.m.; you may attend either time.
As of February 3, 2015
Total Pledges: $1,108,217.69
Total Cash Received: $798,008.98
Our Goal: $1,700,000
JESUS WAS BORN IN A SHELTER
The box at the main entrance of the church is to collect items for those who live in shelters in Manchester. Needs for February are: Lysol, paper towels, toilet paper, garbage bags and laundry detergent.
Married couples have to deal with the anxieties of the world. Sometimes those stresses can really have a negative impact. Get away from all those worldly anxieties and take time to just focus on God and each other. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are March 13-15 and May 19-21. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit www.wwme.org
THE 3-DAY NH CURSILLO
Is God calling you into a deeper relationship with Him? Cursillo is a Catholic 3-day short course in Christianity designed to help strengthen our baptismal commitment in love of God and love of our neighbor. It is an encounter with Jesus Christ. The next Men’s Weekend is March 5-8 and the next Women’s Weekend is April 9-12. For information contact Deacon Geoff Ashman at 627-8898.
GREATER MANCHESTER AREA ULTREYA
If you’ve already attended a Cursillo Weekend, come and enrich your Fourth Day experience with other Cursillistas by attending the next Ultreya at Ste. Marie parish in Montminy Hall at 7 p.m. every third Friday of each month. Please bring a snack or beverage to share and your instruments. Contact Therese Finegan at 247-6499 or Deacon Geoff Ashman at 627-8898 for further details. Contact Rob Dachowski at 305-9508 if interested in helping with music. Make a friend, be a friend, bring a friend to Christ.
It’s here…2015 Steubenville. Limitless…Unite…Grow. Are you up for the challenge? More information will follow soon.
ST. CATHERINE WOMEN’S GROUP
The Women’s Group is on the move! This year we’ve added a Bake Sale and Holiday party to our more traditional events such as the Sock Drive and Giving Tree, accomplished good works in the church and community. We are looking for all women who desire to be part of a larger group. We want to try new things, and for that, we need you, your ideas and your enthusiasm to shake things up. Our hope is for the group to be fun, promote socialization and do good works for our community as well as our Parish. In our upcoming meeting, we plan to brainstorm our agenda for next year so this meeting will be an excellent opportunity to bring forth your ideas. We meet the second Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. for socializing and the meeting begins at 7 p.m. Our next meeting will be Tuesday, February 10 in the conference room at the school. Please use the Hemlock Street entrance.
40 DAYS FOR LIFE CAMPAIGN
This campaign is made up of three components: Prayer and fasting, constant vigil and community outreach. Launched in Texas in 2004 it has spread internationally with 625,000 volunteers, 9,500 lives saved and 59 abortion centers closed. The local team is planning the campaign from February 18 throughMarch 28. Daily peaceful prayer vigils will be held from 7 a.m.-7 p.m. on the public sidewalk outside Planned Parenthood, Pennacook St., Manchester. Faithful believers are praying that these efforts will mark the beginning of the end of abortion in our community. Hour captains are needed in order to ensure that all 40 days are covered in prayer. All that is required is to commit to one or two hours and then invite 2 or 3 people per hour (family, friends and church members) to participate in a prayerful vigil. Please call Joan 487-2752 for more information. Visit: www.40daysforlife.com/Manchester and follow us on facebook or twitter.
ST. FRANCIS OF ASSISI PENNY SALE
St. Francis parish is holding its 7th Annual Penny Sale on Saturday, February 14, 8 a.m.-7p.m. and Sunday, February 15, 9:30-5p.m. at the Sacred Heart Parish in Manchester. Supper is offered Saturday. To purchase tickets for the supper, call 424-3456. Breakfast will be available Sunday morning. The Grand Prizes are $1,000, $500 and $250. Look forward to instant winner games, I-Pad Mini, Generator hook-up, 50/50 raffles, baskets of cheer, and face painting. New this year – Candyland.
COMPUTER TEACHER WANTED
St. Casmir School in Manchester is looking for a Computer Teacher. This teaching position is for Wednesdays only. Anyone interested in this position can contact St. Casmir School office at 518-5505. If the answering machine picks up, please leave a detailed message and we will be happy to return your call.
SAINT CATHERINE OF SIENA SCHOOL
Blizzard Reschedule Date!
Tuesday, February 10, 2015
10:30 a.m. – 1:30 p.m.
6:30 – 7:30 p.m.
It’s Academic! . . . and so much more
Come and see how we live our mission
Parents, are you looking to provide the right start for your child’s Pre-K through 6th grade school education? At St. Catherine of Siena School, our mission is to Challenge Minds, Share Our Faith, and Cherish Families in our community. Consider a Catholic Education for your child at St. Catherine of Siena School and register for our next Open House.