News and Events
Knitting Circle, Thursday, March 13
Giving Hands Knitters and Crocheters will meet at 7 p.m. in the conference room at the back of the sanctuary. We work on a variety of projects for community outreach such as hats and mittens for elementary school children, baby hats and blankets for crisis pregnancy centers and neo-natal care units in area hospitals, and baptismal blankets for the parish. We have many patterns for many levels of expertise. Please come join us, whether you are a novice or experienced knitter or just want to learn!
Pastor’s Class, Tuesday February 25 – March 18
In his recent apostolic exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel (Evangelii Gaudium), Pope Francis writes: “The joy of the gospel fills the hearts and lives of all who encounter Jesus. Those who accept his offer of salvation are set free from sin, sorrow, inner emptiness and loneliness. With Christ joy is constantly born anew. In this Exhortation I wish to encourage the Christian faithful to embark upon a new chapter of evangelization marked by this joy, while pointing out new paths for the Church’s journey in years to come.”
Father Jerome will teach a four week Pastor’s Class from 7-8:30 pm on Tuesday evenings, beginning on February 25 and ending on March 18. Each class is independently focused and gives us an opportunity to understand more fully the evangelizing spirit evident in Pope Francis’ first year as pontiff. Books are available in the Parish Office for $10 and will also be available for purchase before class on Tuesday evenings. Refreshments will be provided.
Lenten Bible Study, Tuesday March 4 - April 15
Each Tuesday beginning on March 4 and concluding on April 15, we will study selections from the Scripture readings for the coming Sunday. Please feel free to bring a brown bag lunch – drinks will be provided. Discussion will be facilitated by Pastoral Assistant Anna Wallich.
Celtic Mass and Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner, Saturday March 8
Father Jerome blessed the Grand Marshall’s sash before the investiture of Sister Patricia Sullivan, R.S.M. as this year’s Grand Marshall during the Celtic Mass, officially opening the Saint Patrick’s Day season for the city of Manchester. The Ancient Order of Hibernians, the oldest and largest Irish Catholic group in America, processed in with bagpipe accompaniment, and our parish choir sang a variety of Celtic anthems during the liturgy.
Following the Celtic Mass, the parish hosted our annual Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner with a traditional meal of corned beef, cabbage, potatoes, Irish soda bread, and a variety of desserts. Almost three hundred people came together to celebrate the Irish heritage in the city of Manchester, with traditional Irish music as well step-dancing performed by students from the Cunniffe Academy of Irish Dance. Joan Bissonnette chaired a diverse committee which decorated the gym at Saint Benedict Academy, organized the meals, and arranged raffle items, in addition to the more mundane tasks of serving food and cleaning up. Many different baskets and items were raffled off to support parish activities.
Thank you to all who helped make this event such a success!
Wednesday evening choir rehearsals
Choir rehearsals begin at 7:30 p.m. in the choir loft above the sanctuary (head left up the stairs when you enter the church). If you like to sing, please think of joining us! Contact choir director Dennis Delay at email@example.com for further information.