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The sorrowful mysteries, a dramatic presentation of the Mystery Play Rosary Meditation, will be presented by the Franciscan Mystery Players of Ste. Marie Church, Manchester, NH, at St. Christopher Church, at 7:30 PM on Friday, March 4, 2016.

This is the second year the players have come to St. Christopher for this presentation during Lent. If you were unable to attend last year, please save the date for this year. Come for the fish dinners in the parish hall (4:30 to 6:30) and then come upstairs to the church for the presentation. Make it an evening at the parish

Knights of Columbus from St. Patrick and St. Christopher Parishes will be serving Baked Fish Dinners on Fridays during Lent: February 12, 19, 26, and March 4, 11, and 18. The dinners are served from 4:30 to 6:30 PM in the church hall.

The menu includes a generous portion of baked fish, baked potato, vegetable, coleslaw, rolls, beverage and selections from our famous dessert table. Cost is $11. Pizza is available at $2.00. Take-out orders can be placed by calling 717-4980.

Our snow cancellation policy is that dinners will be cancelled when Nashua schools are cancelled due to inclement weather.

Wednesday, February 10 is Ash Wednesday, the beginning of the holy season of Lent. Masses with the distribution of ashes are at 7:15 and at 9:15 in the morning, plus at 7:00 in the evening.

There is no better way to mark this holy season of Lent than by coming to the holy sacrifice of the Mass. Masses are celebrated at 7:15 AM each week day morning here at St. Chris. There are also Masses at other times of the day throughout the city of Nashua. Try to attend Mass as much as possible.

Each Friday evening during Lent, we will have the Friday evening Fish Dinners sponsored by the Knights of Columbus. This is a wonderful opportunity for people to get together and to socialize. I want to thank the Knights of Columbus, plus the many people who work with them, for all their hard work and dedication in this annual Lenten event. At 7:00 PM, each Friday evening, we will also have the Stations of the Cross in the Church. I invite you to come to both of these Friday evening events.

I pray that a holy Lent awaits us all. - Fr. Kelley

We are in the process of updating our website to better serve our parishioners. You will notice that the website looks a bit different and it should be much easier to read on mobile devices and tablets. We hope that you like the new design. It is a work in progress, so please be patient with us as we complete this task. If you have any question or issues, please click here to email us.

Saint Christopher Parish has many opportunities for service, activites, ministries and volunteering. Last fall we gathered input from those participating in these ministries and activities and compiled many testimonials. You can read them by clicking on this link Volunteer Testimonial Hanbook, and if you would like to participate in any of the activities or ministries, please contact the rectory.

Register now for the 5th Annual, “One-Day Winter Warm-Up” happening on Monday, February 22 from 8:30 to 11:30 a.m. This one-day event is open to children in grades Pre-K and up. Youth who have completed grade 6 and older are welcome to help as junior leaders. 

 
Volunteers are needed for this event.  To register your child fill out this registration form and return it to the rectory. For futher information and to volunteer contact Alana Kocsis at alana @ stchrisparishnh.org.

“The joy of crossing through the Door of Mercy is accompanied by a commitment to welcome and witness to a love that goes beyond justice, a love that knows no boundaries.” - Pope Francis
Bishop Libasci celebrated a special Mass on the 3rd Sunday of Advent (12/13/2015) to opeh the Holy Door at the Catherdral of St. Joseph as a part of the celebrations for the Holy Year of Mercy. See the photos.

Click this link to find more information from the Diocese of Manchester on the Year of Mercy

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Rectory Hours Monday - Friday 9:00-3:00
Rectory Office (603) 882-0632
Parish Email General Information
Pastor Fr. Richard J. Kelley
Vietnamese Ministry Fr. Thien Nguyen
Deacon Deacon Jim Daly
Bookkeeper Jean Dickson
Parish Life Linda Sanborn
Music Ministry Carol Ann Skabo
Faith Formation (CCD) Alana Kocsis
RCIA Mike Bozek
Confirmation Deacon Jim Daly
Bulletin Marta Nissen
Finance Committee Tom Nardone
Pastoral Council Elizabeth Cote
Webmaster Michael Richards


Parish Information, Ministries, Programs and Articles

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New to St. Christopher Parish?

Please Join our Parish Family!

Follow this link to our registration page or call the rectory at 603-882-0632.

Saint Christopher Parish has an exciting program called Faith Direct. With Faith Direct, parishioners will be able to contribute their weekly offering through a monthly draw on their bank account or credit card.

Saint Christopher Parish has an exciting program called Faith Direct. With Faith Direct, parishioners will be able to contribute their weekly offering through a monthly draw on their bank account or credit card.
Faith Direct is principled in the stewardship model that with sacrificial giving, we place God first and ourselves next. Faith Direct is the ideal vehicle for our parishioners to carefully consider and decide how one can consistently serve Christ through their treasures.
With Faith Direct, our parish families can enjoy the convenience of not having to write a check every week, the security of knowing their contributions go directly from their bank account to the parish's account, and the fulfillment of seeing an annual statement that details their generosity.
How does Faith Direct work?
This secure program works directly with the your bank, in the same way as other electronic funds transfer systems such as utility bills or your mortgage payment. All transactions are done electronically, debiting your account automatically for the amount to which you have agreed in writing. It is a hassle-free, simple solution for today’s busy families.
Please sign-up today by clicking on the Enrollment Form below using NH10 for our parish code.

Parish Code NH10
Parish Code -- NH10

Are you not ready for Faith Direct, but would like to make a one-time on-line donation? Please use the donation button below. Your generosity is appreciated.
Donate on-line use Parish Code NH10

The Adult Choir

The Rehesal time is every Wednesday Evening from 7:00 - 8:30
The choir will sing at the 10:00 mass three Sunday's a month and for Ash Wednesday, Holy Week and Holy Day masses.

Children's Chorister Choir

The Rehearsal time is every Sunday Morning from 11:15 - 12:00
The children's Choir will sing at the 10:00 mass once a month.

Please come and join us in praising God in song.

If you are interested in joining the music programs at the parish or have any questions, feel free to contact the music director, Carol Ann by clicking on this link.

For information on the program, please contact Alana Kocsis

For details on the program and important dates please read the 2015-2016 Handbook 2015-2016 Handbook.

Classes are on-going.

Pre-K to Grade 5 - Sunday Morning in the School
Grades 6 - 8 - Monday Evening in the Church hall
Confirmation - Sunday Evening in the Church hall

Registraton forms:

2015-2015
2016-2017 - check back after Easter

Office Hours by appointment only
Phone 603-882-0632 / Fax 603-881-8728

 

Please review this year's handbook

 

CONFIRMATION
Please contact Deacon Jim Daly at 882-0632 with any questions regarding the Confirmation program. We are actively using the Bible in each class. Students are asked to please bring their Bible to every class.

Sacrament Preparation:

A two year program to prepare high school confirmation candidates for full communion into the Roman Catholic Church by calling them to full, active participation in their spiritual community of St. Christopher and the universal Church through a period of deep reflection, prayer, and service.

Goals:
  • Provide a Confirmation Preparation program designed to execute key elements of the Mission and support the faith formation/sharing needs of the Parish youth.
  • Provide a forum fostering an open and engaging Parish/Youth Relationship in order to increase visibility of youth participation and their role in the Parish Community.
  • Baptism is the sacrament of the foundational communication of the Spirit, and Confirmation is the perfecting of baptism.
Class Values:

Students are expected to build community in the class through knowledge about, appreciation of, and cooperation with one another.

  • Mutual Respect (for diversity and for each other)
  • Sincerity (atmosphere that encourages and elicits truthful expression and sharing)
  • Imagination
  • Co-Responsibility (with teacher & each other to make this an interesting and rewarding experience)

Put Yourself in God's Hands! / Celebrate the Sacraments of Initiation

The Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA) is the process established by the Church for individuals over the age of 18 to become Catholic or to renew their faith. We can help you on your spiritual journey if you are:

  1. Someone in need of Baptism.
  2. Someone baptized in another Christian tradition who wants to become Catholic.
  3. Someone baptized Catholic who has not celebrated First Communion or Confirmation.

For more information about the RCIA process at St Christopher Parish, contact Fr. Kelley 882-0632 or Mike Bozek 883-4439.

Baptisms are generally scheduled for the last Sunday of the month or by special arrangement. You are required to attend a class with Deacon Jim Daly. For more information on the Baptism program or to schedule a baptism, please email or call the parish office.

If you want to learn more about Baptism, you can Click here for some notes from previous Baptism classes.

The handbook is under revision - check back soon for updates.
You can check out our Volunteer Testimonial Handbook

The New Hampshire Union Leader ran an article about our Yoga for Senior's program. Read about, "Post-Mass yoga provides time for reflection" - Union Leader August 9, 2012.


Yoga for Seniors instructor Elizabeth Cote, far right, leads her students in the recitation of “namaste” in the basement of St. Christopher Parish in Nashua. (SIMÓN RÍOS/Union Leader Correspondent)

The group meets regularly in the parish hall - contact the rectory for details.

Click here for a printable copy of the article.



Acceptance, Dignity and Hope -- "no act of charity is foreign to the Society"

St. Vincent de Paul'a mission is to help the poor and needy. We serve all residents of Nashua. Our meetings are held on the third Sunday of the month at 7:00pm. St. Vincent helps those in need, on a one-time basis, with food, electric bills, rent payments, car repairs, medical bills, etc. We also distribute about 55-60 food baskets at Thanksgiving and Easter. The foods for these baskets are donated by the parishioners. Help the needy boxes are located at the doors of the church whereby people can place monetary donations to help our cause. We rely on donations to support our work.

If you are in need of assistance from the St. Vincent de Paul Society or would like to join, please contact the Rectory 882-0632.

If you are homebound or seriously ill and cannot attend Mass but would like to receive communion, please call the Rectory 882-0632.

Are you homebound? Would you enjoy a visit? Your parish wants to stay connected with you! If St. Christopher is your spiritual home, how about a visit from one of your fellow parishioners? To arrange a visit, please call the Rectory at 882-0632.

This ministry has created and given hundreds of shawls to those in need. Each shawl is packaged with a card, a small cross, and a prayer, clearly marking it is a gift from Saint Christopher Parish. The members of Creating for Our Community and Father Kelley take time to pray over the shawls, whether individually, or as a group.

We see this Ministry as an extension of our Parish Community, a visible sign to others of the compassion present among the parishioners here at St. Christopher's.

The Shawls are made of many different patterns of knit and crochet. Initially following a pattern designed by the founders of the Ministry, each stitch represents an aspect of our faith. Most common are patterns using groups of three, symbolizing the Father, the Son, and the Holy Spirit.

Our group welcomes anyone who knits or crochets, or who would like to start to learn these skills. Making a Prayer Shawl is a great means to begin this craft, and another way to share your faith with others!!!!!

P.S.- If you don't knit or crochet, but would like to help, we can always use always use your prayers; and cash donations and gift cards to AC Moore or Michael's are appreciated to help us purchase our supplies for this ministry. We do not accept donations of yarn. If you have any questions contact the rectory office.

The Nashua Telegraph on May 27, 2012, had a very nice article abour our Prayer Shawl Ministry. To read the article please, click here.



We are a group of parishioners who love to garden. Our goal is to beautify the grounds around our church. Our annual plant sale pays for all the projects we have done. If you would like to join us you would be most welcome! Happy Gardening!

If you would like to join the Garden Club please contact St. Christopher Rectory at 603.882.0632

Saint Christopher Parish welcomes your requests for prayer. If you, a loved one, or friend, is undergoing a difficult time because of a relationship, work, illness, or any other needs or special intentions, we are happy to remember intentions in our prayers.

Please feel free to indicate your request which we will remember in our daily prayer. May God bless you as we ask God's help in prayer.
Click here to enter your request on the St Christopher Church Prayer-Line
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If you would like to join the St Christopher Parish Prayer-Line-- Click here

If you would like to have a mass intention, the sanctuary lamp burn for a special intention or donate the Altar bread & Wine for the month, please contact the rectory office.

We are pleased to offer the opportunity to dedicate one or more our hymnals in honor of, or in memory of a loved one.

A $20.00 donation per hymnal will provide one personalized book plate which will be affixed to the inside front cover of the hymnal. The hymnal is placed in the Church for permanent use by our Parish. In addition to remembering a loved one's memory, a hymnal dedication is also a great way to honor:

Weddings & Wedding Anniversaries, Baptisms, First Communions, Confirmations, Graduations or special life events

To donate one or more hymnals, please fill out this donation form and place it with your payment in a sealed envelope and either drop it in the Offertory or mail it to the rectory. Forms and envelopes will also be avaliable in the Church or by calling the rectory.

Your generous donation will help defray the cost of the hymnals. If you have any questions, please contact the rectory at (603) 882-0632

Families of Nazareth

All are welcome to join The Families of Nazareth parish groupfor prayer and faith sharing.

NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF FNM NECESSARY / NO OBLIGATION TO RETURN.

Check the parish Bulletin for upcoming meetings or contact Peter Gallaher, 603-883-3234



POPE FRANCIS - The pilgrimage of Pope Francis to Cuba and the United States is now history. However, let us hope and pray that the effects of his visit will be around for years to come.

During his visits to Washington, New York and Philadelphia, millions of people came out to see him. Millions more watched him on TV. I had the unique, once-in-a-lifetime experience of being there in person. I was able to see and listen to him at both the White House and the Capitol. It was an experience that I will always remember. I thought that you would be interested in a few of the high-lights of my trip.

September 23rd, Early Wednesday morning, I met up with Senator Kelly Ayotte. There was a shuttle which took us to the White House. Naturally, the security was very tight but it was quite necessary considering the times in which we are now living. According to the various accounts, there were 15,000 people at the White House for the welcoming ceremony. Before the Pope and the President appeared, there were men dressed up as Colonial Soldiers, plus the drum and bugle corps. It all added up to a festive atmosphere which made everything all the more exciting.

When Pope Francis and President Obama appeared, I felt many emotions. It made me all the more: proud to be a Catholic and especially proud to be a Catholic Priest. Years ago, I met Pope St. John Paul II in Rome. I saw Pope Benedict XVI at a large Papal Mass in Washington back in 2008 when he was here. However, this was the first time that I ever saw the Pope and the President of the United States together. The head of the Catholic Church on earth and the head of our nation: both together! Proud to be a Catholic! Proud to be an American! What a privilege to be there at this time!

There were many Senators and members of Congress in our section, plus invited guests. There were several priests as well, a few of them whom I recognized since I knew them from the past. It was good being with all of these people.

President Obama was gracious in his remarks about all the good work that is done by the Catholic Church here in the United States and throughout the world. Pope Francis urged the President to help build a society that is tolerant and inclusive. He also defended the institution of the family and religious freedom as well. History was in the making that day and it was a humbling experience just to be there at that time.

Wednesday afternoon, Pope Francis was at Catholic University when he canonized Fr. Junipero Serra. Twenty five thousand people were at that Mass and you had to have a ticket in order to attend. I did not have one which was just as well since I had been up since 4:00 AM and I was very tired. I watched the Mass on TV at the rectory where I was staying.

Thursday, September 24th was the day when Pope Francis spoke to Congress. I was up in the Gallery with the other invited guests. Again, the atmosphere was festive in anticipation of the Holy Father's speech. This was the fourth time that a Pope has come to the United States, but it was the first time that a reigning Pope has spoken to a joint session of Congress. Naturally, there was much anticipation and discussion as to what he was going to say. He did not disappoint. Pope Francis touched upon many topics including the environment, care for the poor, immigration, and an end to the death penalty. He also emphasized teachings on the family, and life issues as well. He was interrupted by applause many times during the speech

In a very artful way, he referred to four different Americans: Abraham Lincoln, Martin Luther King, Dorothy Day, and Thomas Merton. Each in their own & unique way brought about the ideals of which the Holy Father was speaking. He also referred to the Golden Rule ‚ÇÿDo unto others as you would have them do unto you'. It was extraordinary! It was emotional! It was a privilege to be there.

After the speech I was back at Senator Ayotte's office. There were some other New Hampshire people who were there as well. It was good being able to talk with them and to get their impressions.

Since I was ‚Çÿflying-high' after being there for this historic occasion, I decided to simply walk back to the rectory where I was staying, rather than take the Metro. I am glad that I did. I made a few phone calls on my cell phone from the front of the Capitol and then started my walk which was about two miles. I took my time, walking by the various government offices and the White House. Even though my walk was in a city and in our nation's capitol, it was a very peaceful walk. I simply wanted to ‚Çÿtake it all in'. While walking I also prayed, reflected and hoped that we as a nation can take to heart and live out the message which Pope Francis gave in his speech earlier that day.

Friday, September 25th, the Pope was in New York speaking before the United Nations. I could have stayed at the rectory and watched him, but I knew that I could read about him later. So, since I was in Washington, I went to the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception where Pope Francis canonized Junipero Serra two days previous. I have been to the National Shrine many times in my life (especially from my seminary years) but it is always good to return. I used these few hours as a bit of a mini-retreat, just walking around the Shrine and visiting the various chapels. Again, it was peaceful and prayerful. Our nation is under the Patronage of Mary, under the title of the Immaculate Conception. This is America's church. I pray through Mary's Intercession that we turn to God as a nation and carry out the ideals of which Pope Francis spoke about through his words and through his actions.

It was a most enjoyable, exciting, and prayerful few days. I thank Senator Kelly Ayotte for making it possible and I also thank the Lord for this once-in-a-lifetime opportunity.



Congratulations to Lieutenant Carlos Camacho of the Nashua Police Department

Carlos Camacho is a Lieutenant with the Nashua Police Department, currently assigned to the Professional Standards Bureau (Hiring and Recruiting). He is a native of South Texas and a U.S. Coast Guard veteran. After his military service, he became a police officer in Houston, Texas, and shortly after was hired at the Nashua Police Department, where he has worked since 1999.

Lieutenant Camacho is an active volunteer at St. Monica's School in Methuen, MA, where he teaches Junior Achievement each spring and coaches the girls' basketball team. He also coaches the Hudson United Soccer Club U-14 girls' soccer team. He is a member of the Saint Monica Knights of Columbus Council 14725, serving as Lecturer. He is Chair of the RED (Racial and Ethnic Disparities) committee in Nashua, and serves as police representative on the Nashua Cultural Connections committee and Nashua Community Conversation on Race and Justice.



A vocation is a calling from God. So, in general terms, a personal vocation is what God calls you to do with your life. All vocations bring us to a fuller realization of the great commandments, to love the Lord our God, and to love our neighbor. Some are called to serve as priests or religious, some to marriage and family life. Discovering and ultimately following your vocation gives the greatest glory and praise to our Creator. Whatever your vocation, you can find some guidance toward it here.

Join in with the other Catholic Churches of the Diocese of Manchester and continue to pray for vocations. Take a moment to visit our Diocesan Vocations Website



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Fr. Thien Nguyen speaks at the Stand up for Religious Freedom Rally at Carter Park in Leominster 6/8/12

The Drivers' Ten Commandments as listed by the Vatican's Office for Migrants and Itinerant People:

  1. You shall not kill.
  2. The road shall be for you a means of communion between people and not of mortal harm.
  3. Courtesy, uprightness and prudence will help you deal with unforeseen events.
  4. Be charitable and help your neighbor in need, especially victims of accidents.
  5. Cars shall not be for you an expression of power and domination, and an occasion of sin.
  6. Charitably convince the young and not so young not to drive when they are not in a fitting condition to do so.
  7. Support the families of accident victims.
  8. Bring guilty motorists and their victims together, at the appropriate time, so that they can undergo the liberating experience of forgiveness.
  9. On the road, protect the more vulnerable party.
  10. Feel responsible toward others.


Lord, hold our troops in your loving hands.
Protect them as they protect us.
Bless them and their families,
For the selfless acts they perform,
For us in our time of need.
And give us peace.
We ask this in the name of Jesus, Our Lord and Savior. Amen.

If you have a loved one serving in the military, please contact the Parish Office so we can add them to our prayer list.



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Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus -1 Thes 5:16-18