A Jubilant Saint Kathryn Parish Celebrates Five Joyous Decades

April 19, 2019

 

courtesy of Charlene Maniotis

On Saturday evening, April 6, now at the mid-point of the Golden Jubilee Year, the people of Saint Kathryn Parish came together at the Radisson grand ballroom in Nashua for a celebration that was 50 years in the making.  Rejoicing in their 50th anniversary as a parish with a Golden Jubilee Gala to remember, the parish family of Saint Kathryn’s reminisced, prayed, feasted, and danced together with a jubilation that can only come from friendship bound up in the love of Jesus Christ.  Hundreds of parishioners, everyone from 50-year members to the newly registered, attended the gala, thanking God with one heart for blessing the parish over a grace-filled half century.

Kim McCarthy and the Jubilee Social Task Group took months planning and preparing the gala, from the stunning centerpieces, to the entertainment, to the menu and the venue itself.  Parish Pastoral Council President, Dr. Bill Hassey, a Saint Kathryn member of 47 years, was Master of Ceremonies for the evening, leading in celebration the parish he has called home for so long.  Father Joseph Cooper, pastor of Saint Kathryn’s since 2011, presented Waterford Crystal Roses to 19 women of the parish, nominated by fellow parishioners, who have contributed to the life of the community in outstanding ways over the decades. Father Joe also presented six men of the parish with crosses handmade by parishioner John Frechette from floorboards formerly installed in the church sanctuary.

The favors given out to attendees are full of meaning to parishioners and a labor of love for those involved in their making.  For many years, a wooden corpus of Christ hung on the cross in Saint Kathryn’s Stations of the Cross Grotto; but, some of the wood had rotted to the point where the corpus could no longer hang, and it had to be replaced with a fiberglass version.  Frechette fashioned 900 medallions from the wood of the corpus and branded the parish’s 50th Jubilee logo, designed by Jennifer LeClair, onto the keepsakes.  In addition to these favors, parishioners also received a small scroll containing Saint Kathryn’s Golden Jubilee Prayer, composed by Father Joe, and prayed every Sunday Mass by the people of the parish in this Jubilee Year.

Saint Kathryn Parish, once a temporary structure built as a mission of Saint John the Evangelist Parish in 1968, has blossomed into a vibrant community of over 1,000 families and nearly 3,000 souls.  A Catholic community that takes to heart the call to live out the gospel, Saint Kathryn’s provides for the spiritual and material needs of countless individuals within and beyond the church walls and even across the ocean, keeping all in prayer; holding food drives and baby bottle drives; bringing Holy Communion to the homebound; reaching out to veterans; visiting the elderly; supporting Alzheimer’s caregivers; providing for pregnant mothers and families in need; holding a renowned Christmas Bazaar and Penny Sale every year to the delight of thousands in the region; awarding scholarships for the college bound; and even supporting a sister church in Savusavu, Fiji.

Saint Kathryn’s thanks the community of Hudson for 50 wonderful years and looks forward to many more!  All are invited to our many upcoming events, free of admission charge, including a Health and Wellness Workshop with Doctors Mary and Phil Falardeau on May 2 from 10:30 to 11:45 a.m.; a financial planning seminar with John Micavich on May 7 at 7 p.m.; a seminar on estate and end-of-life planning with Attorney Michael Demers (date to be determined); a lawn and garden class with Grounds Manager Rick Balboni on May 18 from 9:30 to 11 a.m.; a choir concert on June 2 at 2 p.m.; and, as always, the Annual Christmas Bazaar and Penny Sale on Nov. 9 and 10.  For workshops, call the office at 882-7793 to register.

But the best way to get to know the people of the parish is to come and worship with them! The Sunday masses include a vigil on Saturdays at 4 p.m., and masses at 8:30 a.m., 10:30 a.m. and 6:30 p.m. on Sundays. (See the Easter services listing elsewhere in this paper for Easter mass times.)  The church is open from 7 a.m. to 8 p.m. Monday through Friday, and from 7 a.m. until the end of evening masses on Saturdays and Sundays for all who would like to stop in for some quiet time with the Lord.  For the full schedule of masses and events, visit the website, www.stkathryns.org.