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A Word from our Pastor PDF Print E-mail

Fr. John J. Bucchino, ofm

Many people have told me of their experience of thinking of someone who is dear to them who might live far away from them and pick up the phone to call, when lo and behold, that other person just “happens to be” on the other line.  Some coincidence: You were both thinking of each other at the exact same time!  But is it really coincidental?   Or is there some force or spirit which moves us to connect with each other?  In our faith we call that force the Holy Spirit, the third person of the Blessed Trinity.  We believe as Catholics that our Holy Spirit is always at work trying to bring peace, love and hope to his people, the church.  But there is one small catch to this process: We must invoke or call down the spirit because God never ever forces a situation to occur without us asking.  God the Father through Jesus makes us holy; but it is God the Holy Spirit who gently nudges us to call upon him, to receive the gifts and graces that we need for living the Christian life.  Perhaps a personal experience may help: When my father was in the process of dying, we his children came to his sick-bed to be with him.  Given his difficulty to breathe, he couldn’t speak let alone stay awake. I felt a great desire within me to share with him my words of love and gratitude, but felt sorry he could not respond.  I invoked the Holy Spirit to somehow let dad know deep in his heart of my love for him, of all his children’s love for him.  All of a sudden, dad reached for my hand and squeezed it firmly – even as he remained unable to move or speak.  I was stunned!!  I knew that the Holy Spirit heard my prayer and dad’s too, because that’s what the Spirit does: brings people together in love, even without words.  My dear brothers and sisters, the Holy Spirit is God’s wonderful and powerful gift to us his disciples.  But do we really believe that nothing is impossible with God’s Holy Spirit?  If there are any situations that do seem difficult or impossible for you or your family, please invoke the Holy Spirit. That’s all you need to do: the Spirit is there, waiting to bless you with the abundant love of God…Happy Pentecost!        ~ Fr. John

 
2015 Micah Award Recipients PDF Print E-mail

We are happy to announce that two of our parishioners, Larry & Natalie Welch, have been selected as the 2015 Micah Award Recipients. This award from GSOP, is given to people who represent the seven different parishes or community agencies that serve their neighbor in the spirit of the Prophet Micah. Blessed Sacrament is one of the parishes that belongs to Granite State Organizing Project (GSOP) which sponsors this award each year. “Micah” stands for Micah In Community Action Heroes.  Larry & Natalie over the years and to this day, continue to serve the community in many ways their motivating force is their faith in God and their love of neighbor.  So we congratulate both of these fine individuals for their achievement, and for the good witness they bear for our Blessed Sacrament Community.  The award will be given at a dinner on Saturday, June 6 from 6-9pm. 

To learn more, please visit http://granitestateorganizing.org/MICAH-AWARD.asp

 
Special Collection for the Victims of Nepal Earthquake PDF Print E-mail

Bishop Libasci is asking parishes across New Hampshire to take up a special free will offering the weekend of May 30-31 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.

This special collection coincides with our monthly deficit collection; we do not want to hold 3 collections.  Therefore, we will have basket on the altar where you can leave your free will donation before or after Mass.  We ask that you use a plain envelope marked NEPAL to avoid confusing it with the church collections.  For your convenience, we will have a stack Catholic Charities envelopes marked NEPAL that you can use as well.

The Parish Office will be closed on Monday, May 25 in honor of Memorial Day.  Mass will still be held at 8:30am.  Please take a moment on Monday to remember all those who served and are still serving our Country.

 

 
St. Anthony's Food Pantry PDF Print E-mail

Purpose: To provide food for eligible families. Canned, dry and frozen food is collected from parishioners and other agencies and distributed free of charge to persons and families in need. Offering food to those in need is one of the Corporal Works of Mercy and is a practical way of fulfilling the Gospel mandate to feed the poor.

 

We have made some changes at the Food Pantry. There are now several opportunities for people to share their time and talent by helping at the Food Pantry. If you are interested in learning more about the Food Pantry and how you can help, please call Collen Heyward at 935-9949. Listed below is the current schedule:

 

Mondays, 9am-11am: -Sort donations on shelf - currently in need of 2 more volunteers

 

Tuesdays, 9am-11am: - Food pick up; unload truck; general help   -  Currently in need of a driver with a pickup truck or willing to drive a Uhaul,

to pick up food from the NH Food Bank.

 

Tuesdays, 6-8pm:              - Pack the boxes & bags of food to be given to the clients on Wednesdays

 

Wednesdays, 1:30-4pm:                 - Help clients carry food to their cars

 

Saturdays: 8:30am:          - Volunteer needed to pick up donated food at Sam’s Club (will fit in your car)

 

Sundays, 8:30am:              - Volunteer needed to pick up donated food at Sam’s Club (will fit in your car)

 

Your convenience:            - Two volunteers needed to clean the Pantry, Based on time convenient for you, but avoiding above times.

 

 
Adorers Needed! Make Adoration part of your Lenten Journey PDF Print E-mail

Open Hours

Wednesdays: 3pm Fridays: 4pm Saturdays: 4pm

The above listed Open Hours are in need of permanent filling. However,

the Chapel on a weekly basis has 15‐20 open hours!!! These hours

are people that are sick, on vacation, snowbirds or may have a Dr. appointment.

It’s getting difficult to find people to fill those open hours

each week. Lent is a wonderful time to spend time in prayer at the

Chapel. Do you have one hour you can give to Jesus this Lent? Please

see the sign up board with open hours in the back of the church or stop

by the Chapel and sign up there. If you have questions, please call Irene

at the number listed above.

 

Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule

Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & Friday    
8:30 a.m.
Saturday Vigil        
4:00 p.m.
Sunday 
7:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Holy Days
Vigil Mass

6:00 p.m.
Holy Day Mass
8:30 a.m.

Reconciliation
Saturday (Church)
3:00 p.m. 

Sacramental Programs   
Marriage:  Arrangements need to be made at least six months in advance.  Call for an appointment.

Baptism: Is celebrated the last Sunday of each month.  Call to make arrangements.

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Ministry
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Coming Events

Monday, May 25, Memorial Day Observed
Office Closed

* No Spirits Alive!

* No  Boy Scouts

Tuesday, May 26

* Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass

* Food Pantry Prep, 6‐8pm, Food Pantry

* Pastoral Council/Finance Committee, 6 p.m., friary

Wednesday, May 27

*No  St. Anne’s Closet today

* Food Pantry, last names Q - Z, 2 p.m. - 4 p.m.

* No Parish Nurse today

Thursday, May 28

* Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:15 a.m., OLOM House

* Cub Scouts, 6 p.m., church hall

Saturday, May 30

* Eagle Scouts Banquet, 5 p.m., church halll

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Bulletins

Please access our bulletins from previous Sundays. They contain important temporal information about our church, not necessarily available on this web site.

New Roman Missal

Changes are coming this fall with the new Roman Missal. In order to prepare for the changes, each week we will be including a handout in the bulletin to help explain these changes. Also, Fr. John and Br. Charles will also give us updates from the pulpit.

Mission Statement

Blessed Sacrament Parish is a Roman Catholic Faith Community.  We gather in Eucharistic celebration and prayer, living and sharing the gospel with faith, hope and love.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we place ourselves at the service of all.