April 10, 2019

April 12 Stations of the Cross – 2:15 PM – Church

April 17 Paper Wednesday News

April 17 Holy Week Mass – 9:15 AM

April 18 Poetry Slam – 1:45 PM – Church Hall

April 19 – April 28 April Vacation!


NEW! Thank You –  We have one last Auction thank you to extend! This one goes out to absolutely EVERYONE who participated in some way to make our Auction such a success. We are proud to announce that this year’s Auction broke our earnings record, bringing in $71,000!!!!!! This is a full $16,000 more than last year’s event. We are blessed to have so many wonderful volunteers, parents, friends, alumni, and businesses assisting in this milestone…THANK YOU!!


NEW! Holy Week Collection for Ledge Street Food Pantry As we did last year, we will be running a Holy Week Collection for the Food Pantry of Ledge Street School during Holy Week. Each grade has been assigned a food item of particular need for the pantry. Items are due by 9:00 AM on Thursday, April 18 so we can deliver them to Ledge Street before April vacation. Thank you for you help! An informational flyer will go home today with students, but you can see it HERE.


Last Day of School – We made it! Spring has sprung and we do not have to add any makeup days to our calendar in June! Therefore, the schedule for the last few days of school is:

Grade 6 Graduation Lunch (12:00 PM) – June 6

6th Grade Graduation (7:00 PM) – June 7

PreK and Kindergarten Last Day – June 7

Grades 1-5 Last Day – June 13 – Release at 12:30 PM


NEW! Paper Wednesday News – Next Wednesday, April 17, will be our next paper News! If you have any material to be distributed, please submit it to Marta at [email protected] or Jackie at [email protected] by this Friday, April 12!


NEW! The Car Wash BluesHas your Spring visit to the car wash left your car without its St. Chris magnet? Don’t suffer the car wash blues….just email Marta at [email protected] to request another one! We love seeing our logo out and about on everyone’s car!


After Care in 1st Grade – This Friday is the LAST Friday Fish Dinner, so please pick up your After Care child/ren in 1st grade on Friday. In addition, After Care will be in 1st grade NEXT Monday, April 15 due to parish conflicts. Please go to the 1st grade doors to pick up your children!


NEW! Lifetouch Spring Portraits....and a Bike Raffle! – All students received their Spring portrait proof packages yesterday…and they looked soooo cute! Please remember that if you are not intending on ordering a portrait package, you must return the proof to the school so we can send it back to Lifetouch. If ALL of our parents either order portraits OR return their proof to us by May 17, Lifetouch will give us a new bicycle to be raffled as part of our Field Day festivities!


NEXT WEEK! Holy Week Mass – Our Holy Week mass will take place next Wednesday, April 17 at 9:15 AM in the church. Please join us!


NEW! Chess Club News --  This Friday, April 12th. is the last day of Chess Club. Over the last twenty plus Fridays, the kids played Chess and games at the Club. During this time they learned the basics of Chess, how to focus, analyze and strategize. They put in their own thinking and also learned from each other. As usual, we are ending with our annual friendly tournament where kids put their skills to use to earn their certificates and some prizes. Hope you all have a good summer. (And thank you SO much to Chess Club coordinators Tal Murthy, Chris Parks, and Ed Panagopoulos!)


April Vacation – This year, April vacation begins on Easter weekend. As always, we will have Good Friday off from school. Therefore, our April vacation will run from April 19 through April 28!


FINAL Hot Lunch Ordering – Hot Lunch ordering for May is open on Booli.com and will run through April 15. Hot Lunch will end on Friday, May 24. Because there will be NO Hot Lunch in June, this is the last Hot Lunch ordering period for the school year! As of May 28, all students must bring a bag lunch through the end of the year!


THIS WEEK! Stations of the Cross – Our final Stations of the Cross will take place THIS Friday, April 12, at 2:15 PM. 4T is preparing.  


UPDATED! Fine Arts Center – We continue to work on the asbestos removal plans this week. More news to come soon! In the meantime, you can find more information about the project and how to support it HERE! Please note: Any donations made through the Paypal link on the Fine Arts Center page will be reserved for the Fine Arts Project. It will not be applied to the Annual Fund or any other fundraising effort. Many thanks to Brent and Katie Osborn, Brad and Beth Kreick, Thomas Barrett, and Douglas Beals for their donations to the Fine Arts Center!


Poetry Slam – Our student poets are hard at work writing their original pieces for the upcoming Poetry Slam! Please join us on Thursday, April 18, at 1:45 in the Church Hall!


NEW! Nashua Catholic Drama Production -- Do you remember the classic book, The Rainbow Fish? A story, and musical, focused on friendship, and kindness. Come with Nashua Catholic’s Drama Club on Friday, April 12, and/or Saturday, April 13 at 7:00 PM as they go under the magical, colorful world of the deep blue sea!  With shiny, multi-colored scales, Rainbow Fish is the most beautiful fish in all of the ocean, and the only one of its kind.  When Rainbow Fish refuses to share his vibrant, shimmering scales, the whole ocean seems to turn against the vain creature.  Unhappy that no one adores him anymore, the Rainbow Fish seeks out the wise Octopus, who helps him learn that it’s far better to be admired for being kind than for being beautiful. Tickets are available at the door and are $10 per person with children aged 5 and under free!


NEW! Youth Ministry News:

Junior Group News - Teen/Junior Group will help the St. Vincent de Paul Society with their Easter basket food drive, distributing baskets of food to the hungry in our area. Bring your upper body strength to help carry all those hams! See you in the church hall from 4:00 – 7:00 PM on Monday, Aprril 15. (PS – There is free pizza involved)

Kid Group News – Last week we talked about the church hierarchy as a whole; this week, we’ll zoom in on the Pope and talk about the papacy. See you in the Pennell Center from 5:00 – 7:00 PM on April 13!

Video Project Update – Our “Catholic Mass Stereotypes” video will be screened with the Religious Education’s Special Day presentations on Sunday, April 14 at 9:00 AM in the church hall. All are welcome to come and view it!


NEXT WEEK! Holy Week Schedule – Holy Week, the most sacred week of the liturgical year, is next week! St. Christopher Parish welcomes you to attend any of their activities, programs, and liturgical celebrations! The week includes:


Palm Sunday, April 14

Mass at 8:00 and 10:00 AM

The Music Ministry presents The Living Last Supper at 4:30 PM


Monday, April 15

Easter Food Baskets due between 4:00 and 5:00 PM

Reconciliation from 5:00 to 7:00 PM


Wednesday, April 17

School Mass at 9:15 AM


Holy Thursday, April 18

Mass of the Lord’s Supper at 7:00 PM


Good Friday, April 19

Stations of the Cross at 3:00 PM

Good Friday Service at 7:00 PM Holy


Saturday, April 20

Blessing of the Easter Food at 12:00 PM

Easter Vigil at 7:30 PM


Easter Sunday, April 21

Masses at 8:00 AM and at 10:00 AM

Vietnamese Mass at 3:00 PM



Vacation Bible School Save the Date!!! St. Christopher Parish’s popular Vacation Bible School (VBS) with run from July 29-August 2, 2019! This year’s theme is ROAR! 2019: Life is Wild ~ God is Good. Registration forms are included in this week’s paper News ! Children ages 4 (entering pre-K) to Grade 5 are invited to come join us for a GRRReat time at Vacation Bible School this summer! We will travel to the African Savannah, a safari into the Bible, where we will sing, dance, create and play as we learn that even when our life gets WILD, God is always good! And we Trust in Him! We will need many adult helpers for the Safari trip of a lifetime! Please consider sharing your special talent! Email [email protected] for more information or to volunteer!


Happy Hearts Day Care Summer Camp Openings – Linda Rousseau of Happy Hearts Day Care, located across the street from the school, has openings for children age 6 to 11 in her summer camp.  Activities include daily field trips, hiking, swimming, playgrounds, nature preserves, restaurants.  $175 per week, lunch and snacks included.  Please call Linda Rousseau at 880-6575 if interested. 


Hot Lunch Schedules – Thank you to everyone who stepped up to volunteer for the Hot Lunch program! Your help is MUCH appreciated. Volunteers for the next week are below:


Thursday, April 11

Joanne Thurston

Danielle Pray

Tara Stolz


Friday, April 12

Gina Samarel

Karen Hutchins

Heather Reardon

Jaclyn Leonardi


Monday, April 15

Lorraine Barry

Lisa O’Connor

Rochelle Roberts

Stacey Marino


Tuesday, April 16

Emily Uong

Heather McCorry

Kathleen Kenosian

Theresa Scanlan


Wednesday, April 17

Beth Dargin

Ginny Dargin

Jessica MacDonald