A Word From Our Pastor

Right after the Civil War, the members of President Abraham Lincoln’s cabinet wanted him to impose a severe penalty upon the South which lost the war. Lincoln held his ground and informed his cabinet that he would do the opposite: welcome the former enemy of the North into an equal union of brotherhood.  And the United States of America was born.  Thank goodness for Lincoln’s wise spirit.  When challenged as to why he would do this, Lincoln said: “How else can one change an enemy into a friend other than by calling him your brother?” Lincoln wasn’t an overtly religious man, but he read the lives of Jesus, Ghandi, and St. Francis.  And he would read the Bible to find wisdom and guidance.  All these sources helped him make his decision.  He must have surely read what we hear today expressed by Jesus: “You have heard that it was said ‘You shall love your neighbor and hate your enemy.’  But I say to you, love your enemies and pray for those who persecute you….”  This was one of the hardest teachings of Jesus for Lincoln, but isn’t it for all of us?  For we know that it is natural for us to want to retaliate when someone hurts us.  Do we not hear children say in defending their aggressive behavior:  “But he hit me first!”?  I have always tried to follow the example of my founder St. Francis of Assisi, who tried to use the method of “re-frame” when someone hurt him.  When for example someone called him a derogatory name (“Francis, you are an ass/donkey!”), before retaliating against that person he would stop and think to himself:  “You know Francis, sometimes you say things and do things just like a donkey!!”  And then he would realize that the person calling him that name probably was hurt or angry and lashing out; acting just like a donkey themselves! This would make Francis love God even more for putting up with such strange creatures as we humans.  Lent, which begins next week, gives us an opportunity to reconcile and be at peace with our neighbor; especially with anyone who has hurt us.  We must always remember our vocation as disciples of Jesus: to win back those who are spiritually wounded by our patience, compassion and kindness!  Happy Lent!           ~ Fr. John

 

 

25th Anniversary Celebration on Sunday, March 1, 2020

 

On Ash Wednesday, March 1, 1995, Blessed Sacrament began the Divine Mercy Perpetual Adora on Chapel with adora on of the Blessed Sacrament ‐ 7 days a week, 24 hours a day. The original chapel was a room inside the friary, which is now used as the parish office.  It was the first Perpetual Adora on Chapel in the state.

The Adora on Chapel was so successful, we soon outgrew the space. Fundraising began and on August 2, 1996, Solemn Vespers and a Ground Breaking Ceremony took place and the new chapel was built.  The new chapel was constructed (and fully paid for through dona ons) on November 24, 1996.

A er our merger with St. Theresa Parish in 2004, Bishop McCormack renamed and dedicated the chapel to  St. Theresa of Lisieux.  

The Chapel is now opened from 7am‐7pm daily.  We are always in need of Adorers.  Many blessings have been bestowed upon the adorers and our parish.  Have you ever been to our chapel?  Please take me during this celebra on to visit the chapel.  Think about becoming an adorer with a regular hour, or as a subs tute to cover when an adorer can’t be there. 

 

Sunday, March 1, 2020 Chapel Blessing: 10:15am 

Join Fr. John and Adorers for the blessing of the chapel and then process into the church for Mass.

Celebration on Reception

Please join us following the 10:30am Mass for fellowship and light refreshments provided by members of the Memorial Meal Commi ee.

 

Eucharistic Adoraton

Why do we have Euchars c Adora on?  We believe that Jesus gave us His own body and blood in the special sacrament we call the Holy Eucharist. As Catholics we believe that Jesus is really present in this sacrament! For us, the Holy Eucharist is not just a symbol.  It is not just a memory.  It is not just a promise.  It is really Jesus Christ.  The Holy Eucharist is not some ‘thing’.  It is some ‘one’.  It is Jesus, our Lord and our God.  This is why we call the Holy Eucharist "the

Blessed Sacrament".  

Listen to what the Holy Father says. Pope John Paul says this: "The Church and the world have a great need of Eucharis c worship".  Jesus waits for us in this sacrament of love. Let us be generous with our me in going to meet Him in adora on. No ce how the Holy Father is asking you to be generous with your me. He is not asking for your money but something much more precious – your me.

Why spend me in Eucharis c Adora on?  Here are just a few benefits of spending me with Jesus in Adora on.

† Every Holy Hour we make so pleases the Heart of Jesus that it is recorded in Heaven and retold for all 

   eternity! (Blessed Mother Teresa of Calcu a)

† The spiritual lives of our families are strengthened through our Holy Hour.  (Blessed John Paul II)

                                                      

† The only me our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night He went into agony. Not for ac vity 

   did He plead but for an Hour of companionship.  (Archbishop Fulton Sheen)

                                                                                  

† Perpetual Adora on extends its influence far beyond the individual adorers, touching their homes and 

   families and reaching out to the parish community and beyond. (Pope Paul VI)

† The grace of adora on of Jesus in the Most Blessed Sacrament is given to everyone. (St. Peter Julian Eymard)                                      

† Our Lord hears our prayers anywhere, but He has revealed to His servants that those who visit Him in the 

   Eucharist will obtain a more abundant measure of grace. (St.Alphonsus Ligouri)

                                                                                                                      

How does one spend an hour before Jesus exposed in the Blessed Sacrament?

One of the best aspects of Eucharis c adora on is this: how you spend your me with Jesus is en rely up to you. There is no one preaching to you, reading to you, telling you when to stand, sit, kneel, sing this or whatever. You are on your own.  In most adora on chapels there are books available, some holy hour books, to help you get started if you need them. Most of us do at mes but you're basically on your own. You spend your me with Jesus any way you want. You can pray your Rosary, you can read your Bible, or you can do some other spiritual reading.  Remember, you are there to visit with your friend, Jesus. Talk with Him; tell Him your problems, your needs or your concerns. Tell Him about your joys, too. Chances are He doesn't hear about those very o en!  Some mes all Jesus hears from a lot of us is the complaints and the "gimmes".  Lord, gimme this and Lord gimme that. But most important, is to stop and listen, let Jesus do some of the talking.  He's been wai ng for a chance to visit with you, but your life is so busy with work, family and school, your line is always busy. Jesus can't get through to you.  It's me to give yourself a break.  Take a li le me out for a private visit with your best friend, Jesus. The whole purpose of our human existence is to live forever with the Blessed Trinity in heaven, to enjoy forever, the victory of Jesus over sin and death. We get a foretaste of that eternal happiness and peace when we visit and adore Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.  

Lent is beginning.  Time in Adora on is a wonderful way to prepare for Easter and strengthen our faith.  For more informa on on how to become an Adorer, please contact Irene de Repen gny at 622‐7775

Living the Faith:  "Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth" ((Mt 5:5).
"Meekness can win over hearts, save friendships, and much more,
because people get angry, then they calm down.  They rethink the
issue before retracing their steps, and relationships can be rebuilt."

~ Pope Francis    

                                                                                         

 

Diocese of Manchester

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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Manchester, NH 03104-4396

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