Our Parish Mission Statement:
From Father John: How are you? We often ask, or are asked, that question But in the midst of the present virus And the economic uncertainty and the stress that we all are under, New Hampshire Catholic Charities would like you to know that they are ready to help if you are in need. Please contact the rectory and we will gladly get help for you.
Sent from Father John: a video (.mp4) of Easter Mass.
A sincere word of thanks to everyone who has sent donations to our parish over the past three weeks. We have received $5,118.00. May the Lord bless you for your generosity.
ABBREVIATED VERSION OF BULLETIN FOR 4/12/2020
Father John would like to inform you that St. Catherine Church will be unlocked on Good Friday from 2:30-4:00 PM to remember our Lord at the time of His death on the Cross. We will pray the Stations of the Cross, The Divine Mercy Chaplet and Day 1 of the Divine Mercy Novena. Social Distancing and sanitizing where you sit, door handles etc.
Deacon Ken's homily for 4/5/2020, Palm Sunday
Father John wants everyone to know there are palms in St. Catherine's rectory garage for anyone who would like one.
Easter 2020-From Bishop Libasci
I am the light of the world; he who follows me will not walk in darkness, but will have the light of life (Jn. 8:12).
My Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ,
On that first Easter night, Jesus appeared to the disciples, “even though the doors and windows of the place where they were staying were locked.” Fear for their very lives brought them to the natural survival instinct to “shelter in place”. We are, undoubtedly, living in a time of grave uncertainty. Our daily lives have changed drastically as we are unable to see our loved ones in person and cannot experience the healing power of the Eucharist.
But nothing, no fear, no locked doors, no quarantine, no separation prevents the Lord Himself from making His presence known in our midst even while we are locked up in our shelters. His words are “Peace” “Do not be afraid. It is I” “Put your finger into the nail marks; put your hand into my side. Do not persist in your unbelief, but believe.”
Christ crucified is Christ truly risen. He understands our fear and leads us to confront fear with Faith. Throughout the Old and the New Testaments we read of the great victories of men and women who confronted fear with a sometimes wavering and sometimes resolute Faith. How heroic that faith is! Let the eternal victory of Our Lord Jesus restore your bravery through belief - deeply renewed belief in Him. In the midst of anxieties and fears, we can find courage through our belief because Jesus rose from the dead. It is from the darkness that Christ resurrects and reverses death.
At this Easter Season, which we observe in the manner of and in union with those first disciples, we look out our windows in the direction of the whole world and pray: “May the heart of Jesus present in the Most Blessed Sacrament, be praised, adored and loved with grateful affection, at every moment, in all the Tabernacles of the world even to the end of time.”
And so, as we mark these joyous days of Jesus’ Resurrection from the dead, and until the Holy Spirit bids the world to come alive again, I pray: “May these days not be marked by our disappointment, but by sharing Jesus’ joy in victory over the snares of the devil. ‘Christ is risen from the dead. By death He conquered death and bestowed life upon those in the tomb’.
May the peace and blessing of Almighty God, the Father + the Son + and the Holy Spirit + descend upon you and remain with you forever and ever. Amen.”
Sincerely in Christ,
Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci
Bishop of Manchester
ABBREVIATED VERSION OF BULLETIN FOR 4/5/2020
Saturday April 4th
May you have a Most Blessed Holy Week
From Diocese of Manchester Office of Vicar General March 31, 2020
On Monday, March 30, 2020, the Reverend Richard Anthony Smith was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 90 years old.
Father Smith was born on July 13, 1929 in Providence, Rhode Island and was ordained a priest on May 26, 1956 by the Most Reverend Matthew F. Brady, D.D., at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Father Smith studied at Providence College; Saint Thomas Seminary, Bloomfield, CT and then he completed his ecclesiastical studies at Saint Mary Seminary in Baltimore, MD.
Father Smith served as associate pastor of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in Concord and as Chaplain at Camp Fatima; then as associate pastor of Immaculate Heart of Mary Parish, Concord; Saint Mary of the Assumption Parish, Tilton; Saint Rose of Lima Parish, Littleton; Saint Anne Parish, Manchester; Our Lady of Lourdes Parish, Pittsfield while serving as Assistant to the Diocesan Camps, and Saint John the Evangelist Parish, Concord.
Father Smith served as pastor of Saint Theresa Parish, Henniker; Saint Patrick Parish, Jaffrey; Saint Matthew Parish, Whitefield; Saint Patrick Parish in Bennington where he served faithfully until his retirement in 2006.
During his lifetime, Father Smith also served as Chaplain to: the Winter Olympic Games, Squaw Valley, CA; Court of CDA, Littleton; College Community, New England College, Henniker; College Community, Franklin Pierce College, Rindge. He served as CYO Director, Belknap-Carroll Deanery; Assistant Deanery Director CYO, Coos County, West Deanery; Youth Director, Manchester Deanery; Formation of Lay Athletic Board; Concord Area Senator; Council of Priests, Franconia Deanery. He also participated in the Pastoral Enrichment Program at St. John’s Seminary, Brighton, MA and the Institute for Continuing Theological Education, Casa Santa Maria, North American College, Rome, Italy.
During his retirement, Father Smith continued to do ministry especially at Good Shepherd Rehabilitation and Nursing Center in Jaffrey, NH.
Fr. Smith is predeceased by his parents George and Mary (Galligan) Smith, and his sister Dorothy A. Smith. He is survived by his sister Cynthia Pearl of Los Gatos, CA and her family.
Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, Fr. Smith will have a private funeral Mass at St. Andre Bessette Parish, at Sacred Heart Church, in Laconia, presided by the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci. There will be a Memorial Mass held at Saint Patrick Church, Jaffrey, New Hampshire at a later date when public Masses are once again allowed. The Wilkinson-Beane Funeral Home, 164 Pleasant Street, Laconia, New Hampshire has care of the arrangements.
With faith and hope in eternal life, let us commend our brother to the love and mercy of God and assist him with our prayers. The statutes of the Diocese of Manchester request that we offer three Masses for the repose of his soul. If you would like to send a sympathy card or note to the family, please send it to his Executor at: Mr. L. Phillips Runyon III, Runyon Law Office, PO Box 674, Peterborough, NH 03458-0674.
Fraternally yours in Christ,
Very Rev. Shawn M. Therrien
Very Rev. Jason Y. Jalbert