Our Parish Prayer Heavenly
Father, We pray for all of the people and programs at St. Christopher
Parish. Unite us as a community of believers and grant us the wisdom,
grace, and strength to do your will. We ask this through Christ our Lord.
We are a Roman Catholic Parish, whose
members live and proclaim the saving message of Jesus Christ.
Our Vision St. Christopher Church serves as
a spiritual home where all are welcome to share in its ongoing commitment
to providing opportunities for Worship through
the Celebration of the Sacraments, Service through
active and compassionate participation in the community, Education in God's Word and the Catholic faith, and Fellowship through parish events that nurture and support family life.
Pope Francis - Papal Visit
Fr. Kelley had the honor and privilege to travel to Washington, DC for the Papal Visit. Click on the items below to find out more information and read his reflections.
For people’s interest & information, Fr. Kelley will give a presentation of his time in Washington while he was there for the Holy Father’s visit. This presentation will take place on Monday evening, October 5 at 7:00 PM in the church hall. Refreshments will be served. All are welcome to attend.
POPE FRANCIS - The pilgrimage of Pope Francis to Cuba and the United States is now history. However, let us hope & 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 & 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 & 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 – ‘Do 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 ‘flying-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 ‘take 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.
We are pleased to offer the opportunity to dedicate one or more of these 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 ourParish.
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
Faith Formation News
Faith Formation Programs begin on September 20, 2015
It's time to register for Religious Education Classes, including Sacrament Preparation Classes.
Classes for Grades Pre-K through 5 begin on Sunday, September 20 from 8:30 to 9:45 a.m. in the school..
The Home Study Program, open to children in Grades Pre-K to 8, is offered to families who find Sunday and Monday classes inconvenient and want the opportunity to teach their children at home. This program opens Sunday, September 20 at 6:00 p.m. in the Church Hall.
The Confirmation Program, under the direction of Deacon Jim Daly, begins on Sunday evening, September 13 at 7:00 p.m. in the church hall. Both candidates and parents are to attend this important introductory meeting. Please bring the candidate's Baptism certificate to this meeting.
Grades 6, 7, and 8 meet for the first class on Monday evening, September 21 at 6:30 p.m. in the church hall. Parents and students are to attend the first class.
First Reconciliation and First Eucharist Sacrament Preparation, for children in Grades 2 and older, begins with a parent meeting on October 4 at 5:30 p.m. in the church hall. Pre-registration is required. Please bring the child's Baptism certificate to this meeting.
Click here for this year's Faith Formation Handbook
New Encyclical from Pope Francis!
In Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis reminds us that as stewards, not owners, of the earth God created for us, we have a moral obligation to cherish and care for the environment. How we care for our environment is linked to how we love our neighbor and respect one another. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/environment for prayers, and other resources. You can click on the photo to read the encyclical in pdf format or visit the Vatican's Website for an on-line version of the document.
Faith Formation & Confirmation
2015-2016 Handbook - coming soon
Classes begin the Week of September 20th.
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.
More details to follow as the schedule is finalized.
As we celebrated Pentecost Sunday, the 8:00 AM Mass was offered for James E. Coffey, the first Nashua citizen who lost his life in WW1. Our garden club finished up their plant sale. We honored the Blessed Mother where Andrea Richards crowned our Lady after a procession from mass during a short Crowning Celebration. Following the crowing, the Knights of Columbus hosted a social where we rememembered Fr. Kelley's 43rd Anniverisary of his Ordination.
We welcomed members of the The James E. Coffey Post No. 3, The American Legion of Nashua, New Hampshire for a memorial mass for James E Coffey.
If you are homebound 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.
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.
Saint Christopher Parish Prayer Shawl Ministry
- Creating for our Community
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.
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:
Someone in need of Baptism.
Someone baptized in another Christian tradition who wants to become Catholic.
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.
NO PREVIOUS EXPERIENCE OF FNM NECESSARY / NO OBLIGATION TO RETURN.
Look in our weekly builitin for more information on the date. Weekly Lectionary-based Gathering for Prayer and Faith-sharing or contact Peter Gallaher, 603-883-3234, Gosia Krawiec, 603-672-5487 or Peter Szydlik, 508-615-6604
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.
Be joyful always; pray continually; give thanks in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you in Christ Jesus -1 Thessalonians 5
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