On the Way....

St. Peter and St. Paul are names we know well, especially in Auburn and Candia. These are the patrons of our two adjoining parishes. We are named after the two great Apostles who were martyred just a few years apart in the City of Rome. Peter, with the "Keys of the Kingdom", and Paul, with the "Two-edged sword" of Sacred Scripture, the Word of God. One, the Apostle to the Jews, the other, to the Gentiles.


So in a sense today is the Feast Day of the two parishes that I serve as pastor. St. Peter in Auburn, 60 years old this year, and St. Paul in Candia, 37 years old. These parishes have served people in Auburn and parts of Hooksett, Manchester and Derry; Candia, Deerfield, Raymond and Chester. I offer to God in my Masses today prayers for all of our parishioners, and also for both of these parishes, that we may continue to follow Christ through the intercession of Sts. Peter and Paul.


PARISH NURSE: Friday from 7:30-10:00 am.


Weekly Offertory: $4,690


MY SACRIFICIAL GIVING: St. Peter had to learn a lot about giving. It might have seemed easy when Jesus asked that he follow Him. It certainly was not so simple on the Vatican Hill where he was crucified. I can imitate Him when I give of myself, even when it hurts a little.


FOOD DRIVE NEXT WEEKEND is for the Sonshine Soup Kitchen. Items most needed are juice, gravy, creamer (ie., Coffee-mate), and cream soups. (all non-perishable food items are welcomed!)


PLEASE REMEMBER IN YOUR PRAYERS those who died last week, and especially Nancy Flynn, sister of Steve Sartorelli of this parish.



This year, 2008, marks the 60th anniversary of the founding of our parish. We are going to celebrate by putting together a parish picture directory, through Olan Mills. We hope to have as many people/families in our directory as possible. This offer is open to all REGISTERED parishioners. All you have to do is schedule an appointment and have your picture taken, and you will receive, FREE, an 8 x 10 color portrait, AND a parish directory. If you wish, you may order extra photos from Olan Mills at a very reasonable cost. When making your appointment, keep in mind that you need to commit to about 45 minutes from your appointment time, as you will be selecting your photo shortly after your sitting. The scheduled dates are August 12, 13 and 14, from 3:00 pm - 9:20 pm. We also have scheduled dates on September 18, 19 and 20. We scheduled August dates for those of you who have family members going off to college, or have a busy September and would do better to schedule in August. You may schedule appointments in one of two ways:


1. Online - go to  and click on the link to Olan Mills. You will then be asked to fill in the information, along with your e-mail address and a password that you select. (remember to keep a record of your password!) Please fill in your address information so that we may check against our own records, but please NOTE we will NOT be publishing addresses or phone numbers in the directory. You then save the information - a second page will come up where you can select a time slot in August or September. If you need to change your appointment, you can just go back to the site and sign in. You will be reminded of your appointment via e-mail by Olan Mills.


2. In Church - beginning next weekend, July 5/6, we will have a sign-up sheet on a table in the back of church. You will fill in the number of people in the portrait, the family name, and your phone number. Olan Mills will call you to remind you of your appointment time. Any questions, call Shirley at 623-5429.



GROUP WORK CAMP: Please pray for our Group Work Campers and chaperones as they leave this Sunday for a week of service in Rhode Island. Many thanks to Tom Gregoire and Alan Cote of this parish, and Kristen Gould of St. Paulís, for chaperoning the campers. We are very proud of all our Group Work Campers and chaperones, for taking a week out of their lives, and for all the time they spend raising money to attend Group Camp.



MASS INTENTIONS: The Mass Intentions through the end of December are posted on the bulletin board. If you would like to present the gifts at the offertory for your Mass Intention, please sign up today.


Is your marriage tearing you apart? Call Retrouvaille at 1-800-470-2230 or go to 



REGISTRATION FORMS FOR 2008-09 CHRISTIAN FORMATION are available at the entryways to church. Please fill in the Family information section completely. If your child was not registered in our program this year, please submit a Baptism record, unless the Baptism took place at St. Peter Church. Call Jake at 669-5134, or e-mail  if you have any questions.


TEACHERS NEEDED: Many thanks to those who have volunteered to share their faith with our young parishioners in the 2008-09 year. If you would be interested in helping with weekly dismissals of K-3 during Mass, or at our once-a-month Generations of Faith sessions, please call Jake at 669-5134, or e-mail to  and Jake will be in touch with you.


PLEASE NOTE: We have extra copies of the three bulletin inserts from the Diocese on "The Eucharist - Godís Gift to the World."

You may pick up a packet on the table at the entryway to church.


WELCOME TO NEWLY-REGISTERED PARISHIONERS Paul and Irene Sarette; Patrick and Danielle Wood, and children Anastasia, Nicholas, Rebecca and Sara.


Bishop John McCormack invites to a Special Anniversary Mass and Reception all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond, Wedding Anniversary, anytime during the current year 2008. This celebration will be held on Sunday, October 5, 2008, at 2:00 pm, at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester. We will be forwarding all names to the Diocese of those couples celebrating those anniversaries.


BIRTHRIGHT OF MANCHESTER, (307 Kelley St) In order to allow our volunteers to take their vacations, we need some summer help. Would you like to help women in distress and help us stop abortion? Please consider becoming a Birthright volunteer. All that is asked is to be over 18 years of age, ardently pro-life, and have a sincere desire to listen with concern and with a non-judgmental attitude. No prior training or experience is necessary as we provide that for you. Come join our team. You will find it to be a rich experience. Hours are flexible. Call Mary at the (office 668-3443) or (Phyllis 472-5410).



June 30, Mon. 7:00 am Denise Barbeau by Mr. and Mrs. Albert Bergeron

July 1, Tue. 7:00 am To end abortions, from parishioners

July 2, Wed. 7:00 am Intention of the celebrant

July 5, Sat. 4:00 pm For all parishioners of St. Peter Church

July 6, Sun. 8:00 am Odilon Proulx by the family

July 6, Sun. 11:00 am Marc Beland by his parents



First Reading: Acts 12:1-11

Second Reading: 2 Timothy 4:6-8, 17-18

Gospel: Matthew 16:13-19


This scene immediately follows the passage where the disciples have a miraculous catch of fish (153 of them). Jesus asks Peter three times whether he loves him. This gives Peter the opportunity to heal the pain caused by his triple denial of Jesus when Jesus was arrested. It also gives Peter the opportunity to remember that he is a sinner like the rest of us. This is important, for Peter is being called to be the shepherd of the flock (and thus be the vicar of the Good Shepherd, Jesus). It is essential that Peter not think himself superior to those he serves. The first two times that Jesus asks Peter whether he loves him, he uses a word that implies total love (agape), while Peter responds with a word that states that Jesus is his friend (phile).


The last time Jesus uses the same word that Peter did. The implied message is that Peter might be incapable of the profound love shown by the beloved disciple, but Jesus accepts what Peter can give. He does not ask more of us than we can give.


My meditation on todayís Gospel

Read the Gospel excerpt once again. Play it over in your mind once again. Now substitute yourself for St. Peter and go over the dialogue. What do I mean when I say I love Jesus? What does Jesus mean when he asks to feed his lambs? Am I upset like Peter that He asks me three times if I love Him?