Bishop Libasci has written a new Letter to the Faithful announcing the return of public celebration of Mass in the Diocese of Manchester. Please click here to read the letter. More information, both from the Diocese and our Church, as to when and how public Masses will resume will be coming soon. Distribution of Holy Communion will still take place as planned this weekend.
Please keep checking this website for current updates.
Please click here to read the Letter to the Faithful of the Diocese of Manchester regarding the distribution of Holy Communion. More information specific to the distribution of Holy Communion at Our Lady of the Mountains can be found below under "From Our Pastor."
- Updates from the Diocese of Manchester regarding the coronavirus.
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- Resources available for livestreamed and televised Masses
Our own livestream can be found below. You may have to scroll down in order to see it, especially if you're on a cell phone. You can view the livestreamed Mass by clicking on the play button in the center of the video; you do not need a Facebook account to do this.
From Our Pastor
On May 19th we received news that Bishop Peter Libasci has granted permission to begin distribution of Holy Communion to the faithful. However, certain guidelines, which will be explained in this letter, must be followed in order to put this plan into action. The reception of Holy Communion will take place in the church but outside of the Mass; again, the celebration of gathering publicly for Mass is still suspended. Please read our Bishop’s Letter to the Faithful for more details, including his hope, too, for us to fully participate in our liturgies soon.
In his letter to priests, our Bishop stressed that the “experience of the Eucharist must be appropriate to the circumstances and timely in regard to the local celebrations of the Mass.” Having stated this, the opportunity to receive Holy Communion will only be available following Mass that will be announced. After I privately celebrate the 10:30 Mass, I will be present for ONE hour, from noon to 1pm, to offer communion for those who are able to and wish to receive.
- There is ONLY 1 Entrance (through the Narthex handicapped door) and ONLY 1 Exit (to the left through the handicapped ramp to the side of the organ). Yellow tape will be used to guide you along the way.
- Masks are required to be worn in the church by everyone over age 5, and are only to be removed at the time of reception. A mask will also be worn by the priest, deacon, or extraordinary minister while distributing Holy Communion.
- Our center aisle will be marked with blue colored tape on top of the pews and on the floor to ensure the proper 6 feet of distance between recipients, and our doors will be opened to reduce touching surfaces and increase ventilation.
- Our pews will remain closed off, and preparatory prayers before receiving and thanksgiving prayers made following the reception of communion will have to take place outside the church. *Additional prayers provided for you can be found here.
- Please, NO loitering in the Narthex, or in other parts of the church, to socialize, etc.
- If you experience any of the symptoms of COVID-19 such as fever, shortness of breath, or otherwise feel sick, you also must stay home for the best interest of all.
Finally, distribution of Holy Communion to the homebound HAS NOT resumed. For those who are unable to come to church to receive, please contact the office and arrangements will be made for me or Deacon Jack to assist. Currently, the Sacrament of the Sick is offered for those who are desperately ill.
Blessings to you!
Mass will be streamed on 5/31 at 8:30 a.m.
Mass for 5/24/20:
If Mass is livestreamed it will be posted here on this site and on our Facebook page; viewers do not need a Facebook account in order to see the Mass. This may not be available every week, since pandemics seem to have a way of changing plans day to day. If this is the case, at least we hope to post a homily on this website from time to time.
Our Church is now open three days a week for personal prayer. On Monday, Wednesday, and Friday from 9:00AM to 1:00PM, ONLY four (4) people at one time will be permitted in the Church. If you arrive to find there are already four people inside, please wait outside the church building until it's time to enter.
There will be four kneelers and chairs set up for you around the altar six feet apart. It would be considerate to limit your prayer time (perhaps to 1/2 an hour) in order to accommodate others who wish to come during this time to pray as well.
Entrance to the Church will only be allowed through the handicap entrance; all other doors will remain locked. We suggest wearing a protective mask as well as gloves for the safety of all. Please note again the importance of social distancing, as we "distance" apart these days to pray in the Church too in order to prevent the chance of spreading illness.
Confessions will be heard from 2:30-4:00 p.m. on Saturday, May 30th.
There will be drive-up, and only ONE person is to be present in the vehicle: the driver. The passenger side window is to be opened halfway, providing a safe social distance. An orange cone will be in place to ensure the proper distance between cars (at the bottom of the hill, leading to the handicapped Narthex entrance).
Those who are unable to go for various reasons should make their act of contrition and go to confession when it becomes possible again. Perhaps this can be arranged in a different way at another time, but for now they should make an act of contrition.
Spiritual Communion Prayer
Since we are unable to receive Communion sacramentally now, we make a spiritual communion in our hearts:
I believe that You
are present in the Most Holy Sacrament.
I love You above all things,
and I desire to receive You into my soul.
Since I cannot at this moment
receive You sacramentally,
come at least spiritually into my heart. I embrace You as if You were already there and unite myself wholly to You. Never permit me to be separated from You.
Walking In the Light
In preparation for the feast of Pentecost, St John Paul II’s reflections from the book entitled Walking In the Light: 30 Days With Pope John Paul II can help us and provide some spiritual direction, too, in dealing with the coronavirus crisis. During these dark times, this saint truly brings us to trust and follow Jesus who is truly, "The Light of the world." We are grateful to Twenty-Third Publications and Pope John Paul II Cultural Center for authorizing us to use this copyrighted material. God Bless you!
With praise and thanksgiving to God, Bishop Libasci will ordain two men as transitional deacons, the final step before becoming a priest, on Saturday, May 30, at 10am, at the Cathedral of Saint Joseph.
In light of the coronavirus outbreak and safety restrictions, these men - David Gagnon and Joseph Moynahan - were given the option to, but chose not to, postpone their ordination. They will receive the Sacrament of Holy Orders in a largely empty Cathedral, with only their parents, and close relatives and friends in attendance. Other family, friends, priests and deacons and other well- wishers will be with them in spirit, as they will be able to watch a livestream of the Mass from the Saint Joseph Cathedral website.
Although priests, deacons and the laity will not be able to share in this most wonderful and significant moment in the life of the Church in person, David and Joseph would be grateful if people would pray for them and watch the Ordination Mass at www.stjosephcathedralnh.org.
Monday, 25 May
For all Parishioners
Tuesday, 26 May
For Fr. Steve's personal intentions
Wednesday, 27 May
For all Parishioners
Thursday, 28 May
For a Special Intention
Friday, 29 May
For Vocations to the Priesthood, Diaconate, and Religious Life
Saturday, 30 May
For Arthur Theophelakes
For Lea and Louis Michaud
Sunday, 31 May
For Geraldine Greto
For the Connors family
Readings for the week of May 24, 2020
- Sunday: Ascension: Acts 1:1-11 / Ps 47:2-3, 6-7, 8-9  / Eph 1:17-23 / Mt 28:16-20
- 7th Sunday of Easter: Acts 1:12-14 / Ps 27:1, 4, 7-8  / 1 Pt 4:13-16 / Jn 17:1-11a
- Monday: Acts 19:1-8 / Ps 68:2-3ab, 4-5acd, 6-7ab [33a] / Jn 16:29-33
- Tuesday: Acts 20:17-27 / Ps 68:10-11, 20-21 [33a] / Jn 17:1-11a
- Wednesday: Acts 20:28-38 / Ps 68:29-30, 33-35a, 35bc-36ab [33a] / Jn 17:11b-19
- Thursday: Acts 22:30; 23:6-11 / Ps 16:1-2a and 5, 7-8, 9-10, 11  / Jn 17:20-26
- Friday: Acts 25:13b-21 / Ps 103:1-2, 11-12, 19-20ab [19a] / Jn 21:15-19
- Saturday: Morning: Acts 28:16-20, 30-31 / Ps 11:4, 5 and 7 [cf. 7b] / Jn 21:20-25
- Next Sunday: Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 or Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b or Ez 37:1-14 or Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Extended Vigil: Gn 11:1-9 / Ps 33:10-11, 12-13, 14-15 / Ex 19:3-8a, 16-20b / Dn 3:52, 53, 55, 56 [52b] or Ps 19:8, 9, 10, 11 / Ez 37:1-14 / Ps 107:2-3, 4-5, 6-7, 8-9  / Jl 3:1-5 / Ps 104:1-2, 24, 35, 27-28, 29, 30 [cf. 30] / Rom 8:22-27 / Jn 7:37-39. Day: Acts 2:1-11 / Ps 104:1, 24, 29-30, 31, 34 [cf. 30] / 1 Cor 12:3b-7, 12-13 / Jn 20:19-23