Welcome to St. John the Baptist's website! Here, we share information, news, and inspiration as part of the New Evangelization in our historic parish – which has been ministering to the people of the Suncook Valley for over 140 years. Part of the Diocese of Manchester, NH, we serve parishioners from Allenstown, Pembroke, and Epsom, as well as Deerfield, Hooksett, Bow, Concord, and beyond. New families are welcome!  

If eternity has no beginning and no end, then Eternal Life has already begun. The kingdom of God is truly at hand!  We each ask ourselves, "How is my immortal soul?" Believing in Jesus Christ and faithful to the Teachings of his Catholic Church, we strive to lovingly serve God and neighbor – and ask the Lord's forgiveness for the times that we fail to love. Christ, who is Love Incarnate, gives himself perpetually to us in the Eucharist and mercifully offers us redemption, the way to eternal joy with him. If you’ve never been to our church, or if you haven’t been in a while, we hope that you come and participate with us in the Sacred Liturgy of the Mass.

CORONAVIRUS UPDATE:

• Public Masses will resume June 6-7!

• We are limited to 40% capacity which means approximately 200 people, maintaining physical distancing in choice of pew.
 
• Physical distancing of at least 6 feet from people who are not members of your household should also be practiced during the Sign of Peace, the reception of Holy Communion, and exiting the church after Mass. Wear a mask if possible and please don't bunch up, we need to keep each other safe.
• Since the suspension of the obligation to attend Mass is still in effect, attendance at Mass is NOT yet required.
• For those who prefer to stay home, options are still available, such as TV and live-streaming – scroll down for more info.
• The distribution of Holy Communion without attending public Mass IS still available on Saturdays at 4:45 pm and Sundays at 10:45 am.
• Holy Water fonts will remain empty for the time being.
• Confessions continue to be heard at 3 PM on Saturdays, please use precautions.
• Weekday Masses with the same restrictions will be Tuesday and Thursday at 8:30 am and Friday at 7:30 am.
• And as always, please use common sense to keep yourself and others safe and healthy, which includes staying home if you are unwell, have a fever, or may have possibly been exposed to the coronavirus.

 

Read Bishop Libasci's latest Message to the Faithful by clicking HERE.

 

Keep Sunday Holy

Those who are vulnerable or live with/care for someone who is may wish to continue to stay at home, as the obligation for attendance has not been yet reinstated. You are invited to partake in the Mass spiritually by joining your prayers with all of the faithful and by witnessing celebrations that are broadcast on television or via the internet. 

For schedules of some available Masses, please CLICK HERE.

Holy Communion Distribution

Saturdays 4:45 PM

Sundays 10:45 AM

PLEASE use precautions — We need to keep each other safe! Masks are recommended, physical distancing from non-household members required. And please, PLEASE stay home if you are ill, have a fever, or may have been exposed. Suspension of the Obligation to attend Mass is still in effect, and no one is required to receive Communion. You may pray for spiritual communion.

Confessions are still Saturdays at 3 PM!

Parking lot side entrances will be unlocked. Please wear a mask and keep physical distance in confessional. Remember to stay home if you are ill or have a fever.

(God bless Fr. Finnigan!)

(by appointment, 485-3113)

 

With Jesus, we are never alone.

Let us remember His most frequent words to us:

"Be not afraid."

Let us also remember our neighbors who are at high risk and give them a call to see if there's anything that we can do for them in this difficult time. Please keep an eye on the bulletins for any new information.

To ensure that our parish will be able to continue financially,

please don't forget your usual donations!

Mail check or money order to

10 School St.

Allentown, NH 03275

You can also

safely and easily donate online by clicking HERE.

 

Family Faith Formation/Religious Education Update

registration will be online this year, May 15 – June 15

learn more and register on our updated page: click HERE

 

 
For the latest news from our parish, including

any cancellations

upcoming Knights of Columbus Suppers (always delicious)

Religious Education notifications,

local happenings of interest,

fundraisers and parish events,

 

please see our weekly online BULLETIN!

 

Thank you for visiting our website! We invite you to browse through it to learn some history (including photos) get the latest news from the Vatican, or read the Scripture for today.  Discover our liturgical ministries, social organizations, and local charities that we help – and consider getting involved.  Let us richly live our lives of faith.

Bulletins are available to read by clicking under the "publications" menu item and going to "bulletins" 

or by clicking HERE.

You can also type CatholicSuncook.org/publications in your web browser any time, 

Thank you!  And may God bless you in every season.

Mass Times

Please keep physical distancing standards.

SATURDAY at 4 PM;
SUNDAY at 10 AM;
TUESDAY & THURSDAY at 8:30 AM
FRIDAY at 7:30 AM
LATIN MASS on the 1st Sunday of each month at 11:30 AM.
HOLY DAYS, see our Bulletins under "Publications" menu tab
CONFESSION: Saturday at 3 PM.

Our church is wheelchair accessible.
Please stay tuned for changes as they come.

Office Hours

Mondays, Tuesdays, Thursdays, and Fridays: 8:30 AM to 1 PM;
Closed Wednesdays for the summer.

For EMERGENCIES ONLY, when office is closed, please call 387-0685

Staff

St. JB Online

Like us on Facebook! http://www.Facebook.com/SJBSuncook 

Most of our photographs are courtesy of Dan Chase, a volunteering parishioner.  If you have old pictures or photos of current events, news items, or updates that you would like to share here, or on Facebook, send them to  [email protected]  (Don't forget the "t" in St !)  All other questions regarding Masses or other particular information from the office should be directed to 485-3113 or by email [email protected]  Thank you!

We are looking for volunteers to help us with the Facebook page.  You don't even need to be computer savvy – just eager to learn and willing to do what you can for this ministry work.  Please contact [email protected] if you have any questions or if you're interested in lending a hand – thank you!

roof fund

ROOF FUND

Our roof has, thankfully, been fully repaired, and we appreciate all donations toward this cause! We still have to pay off the large bill, however, so we need your continued support.

Please check out our newest bulletin for the latest fundraisers and consider taking part. For example, we have a 50 Challenge running until Thanksgiving that ttwo of our parishioners set up in honor of their parents' 50th wedding anniversary! Dan and Francine Chase are long time, dedicated members of our St. John the Baptist parish.

Donations to the roof fund can be made by mail: 10 School St., Allentown, NH 03275. Or, when we have public Masses, if you are attending here at St. John the Baptist or Holy Rosary in Hooksett, you can write "SJB roof fund" on an envelope and place it in the collection basket. You can also donate safely and securely online! Just click "Online giving" in the top menu or go to stjohnsuncook.weshareonline.org, then scroll down to click "make a donation" under "roof".

Thank you and God bless you!

Online Giving