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St. Catherine (Interior)
285 Main St.
Charlestown, NH 03603
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St. Peter (Interior)
39 Church St.
North Walpole, NH 03609
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Third Sunday of Advent

"This is the one about whom it is written: Behold I am sending my messenger ahead of you; he will prepare your way before you." Matthew 11:10

Rejoice in The Lord Always
Again I say Rejoice...The Lord is Near

Today is Gaudete Sunday, which means "rejoice." For three weeks now we have been preparing for Christmas and, one hopes, enjoying some peace to pray and anticipate the coming of the Lord, not just as a baby two thousand years ago, but also in the end-times, the parousia, when the Lord will come again in glory.

This is the Sunday when the rejoicing begins. Advent, unlike Lent, is not a penitential time, but a time of waiting and anticipation for the fulfillment of God's promises. "[We] will see the glory of the LORD, / the splendor of our God" (Isaiah 35:2). So, "Be patient, brothers and sisters, until the coming of the Lord . . . Make your hearts firm, because the coming of the Lord is at hand" (James 5:7, 8).

Advent Prayer

Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, ever faithful to your promises and ever close to your Church: the earth rejoices in hope of the Savior's coming and looks forward with longing to his return at the end of time. Prepare our hearts and remove the sadness that hinders us from feeling the joy and hope which his presence will bestow, for he is Lord for ever and ever. Amen.

Christmas Schedule

Saturday, December 24
4:00PM and 6:30PM St. Peter
Sunday, December 25
9:00AM St Catherine

Please note: There is no Midnight Mass this year

All Saints Parish Office Information

Address:
St. Catherine of Siena Rectory
P.O. Box 332
Charlestown, NH 03603

Office Hours:
Monday – Friday 9:00 AM – 2:00 PM

Telephone Listing:
Rectory 603-826-3359
Parish Fax 603-826-5875

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EMAIL allsaints3@comcast.net

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