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.
Sunday Mass Obligation will be reinstated June 19-20!
Our diocese of Manchester is joining other dioceses in the Boston Province in lifting the dispensation of the Sunday and Holy Day Mass obligation on the weekend of Father's Day.
from Bishop Libasci:
"As was the case before the pandemic, those who are sick should not attend Mass. This would include those who recently have been exposed to COVID or any other communicable illness. These individuals are excused but of course, should not be attending other events that would pose the same concerns. A mother’s words ring true: “If you’re too sick to go to church, you’re too sick to go out and play.”"
also from the Bishop:
"The wearing or not wearing of a mask at Mass will now [effective June 6] be at the option of the individual. In making a decision whether to wear a mask, those who have not been vaccinated must be mindful of the need to take other safeguards for the care of self and others, as recommended by public health authorities. In any event, let us not shame or admonish other people whatever course of action they decide to take."
"Except for the bringing up of the Gifts, the exchange of the Sign of Peace, and the Distribution of the Precious Blood (all of which shall remain suspended for the time being), the Liturgy will be celebrated as before the pandemic. While a positive trend is very much anticipated to continue in New Hampshire, directives may be reinstated if there is a change of circumstances. Our continued care for the most vulnerable will help to keep us on a positive track."
Read Bishop Libasci's
Messages to the Faithful regarding the coronavirus
by clicking HERE.
Visiting other parishes this summer?
To ensure that our parish will be able to continue financially, please don't forget your usual donations to St. JB!
Safely and easily donate online by clicking HERE
or mail your check or money order to
10 School St.
Allentown, NH 03275
May you have a faithful and joyful summer!
For the latest news from our parish, including
upcoming Knights of Columbus Suppers (always delicious)
Religious Education notifications,
local happenings of interest,
fundraisers and parish events,
read our weekly bulletin online by clicking HERE!
Bulletins are available at the entrances of the church. They can also be mailed or emailed (contact the office) as well as accessed by typing CatholicSuncook.org/publications in your web browser at any time.
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. If you are visiting or new to the area, we hope to worship with you in our church soon!
Let us richly live our lives of faith. May God bless you in every season.
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.
Closed Wednesdays for the summer.
For EMERGENCIES ONLY, when office is closed, please call 387-0685
It is with heavy hearts that we announce that after 60 years in the Lord's employ, our Fr. Finnigan was called to his eternal reward on June 7, 2021. For the last 15 years we have been blessed and honored to be graced with Fr. Finnigan's genuine wit, in-depth knowledge, and wonderful homilies. Our hearts extend to his remaining family, and those who accounted him as a friend. May God welcome his soul easily through the gates of heaven.
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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 should be directed to the office: 485-3113 or email: [email protected] Thank you!
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 any new fundraisers and consider taking part.
Donations to the roof fund can be made by mail: 10 School St., Allentown, NH 03275. Or 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!
Ever Ancient, Ever New
Can you believe that our parish, in just two years, will be celebrating 150 years of serving God and neighbor?
Our venerable church has seen many improvements in just the last few years —
a new roof, repaired choir loft and spruced up organ,
new carpeting, and new flooring and paint in the sanctuary.
In less than a year, we have mourned the passing of two priests: our administrator, Fr. Adrien, and, very recently, our priest-in-residence, Fr. Finnigan. We remember them with sorrow and joy in our hearts, grateful that they have been part of our parish family and confident that they are being received into heavenly glory.
And now, we await the arrival of our new pastor and parochial vicar to gather the faithful in this time of renewal, to minister to our community, and to lead us into the dawn of the next 150 years…
God is good.