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Maria and I wish you and your fam­i­lies a very Merry and Blessed Christ­mas and a joy­ous Christ­mas season.

The knights of coun­cil 2179 have been very busy over the last month dis­trib­ut­ing food for Thanks­giv­ing and gifts for Christ­mas to those fam­i­lies in need. You brought joy and good cheer to our parish and com­mu­nity with the very suc­cess­ful sell­ing of Christ­mas trees and worked with BSA on the sell­ing of wreaths. We also dis­trib­uted gifts to the two sem­i­nar­i­ans we sup­port. We voted in 3 new mem­bers to our coun­cil and they took their vir­tual degree. We wel­come to our coun­cil, our new 3rd degree knights: Dominic Fecteau, Michael Pel­czar and Matt Dwyer.

You con­tinue to assist at all Masses at St. Michael’s and St. Mary’s.

Bob Jones also deliv­ered our council’s gift to Father Marc com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th anniver­sary of the Knights of Colum­bus at St. Michael parish in Exeter.

Dear John, and MyBrother Knights,

What a peas­ant sur­prize to receive the beau­ti­ful chal­ice com­mem­o­rat­ing the 100th Anniver­sary of the Knights of Colum­bus at St. Michael Parish in Exeter.

The Knights have been such a pow­er­ful exam­ples to me and to so many. Your good deeds are known through­out the world, your prayer­ful love for the unborn and your spirir of prayer con­tinue to bring hope dur­ing these chal­leng­ing times.

When­ever some­one is in need, you are there to bring com­fort to the afflicted and hope to those in despair. Fr. Michael McGivney con­tin­ues to impact our church through all of you.

Know that I am appre­cia­tive for all you have done for me per­son­ally and for the parish dur­ing my last 11 years.

I now work with a mar­velous group of Knights here in Salem who came to my aid day after my arrival. Together we were able to fill a 30 foot dump­ster in a mat­ter of hours.

Have a won­der­ful Christ­mas Sea­son and know that I will use the chal­ice with thoughts and prayers for all of you.

In His Joy,
Fr. Marc

Broth­ers, the prayer vigil at the Green­land clinic starts up again this Sat­ur­day, Decem­ber 26, from 8:00 am to 9:00 am. The vigil con­tin­ues on the 4th Sat­ur­day of every month until the 40 Days for Life cam­paign begins again. Please come and pray with us for an end to abortion.

The Patri­otic rosary will be held this com­ing Mon­day, Decem­ber 28, at 6:45pm at St. Michael’s. We will also hold a vir­tual plan­ning meet­ing at 7:30 pm.

The next vir­tual degree pre­sented by our state coun­cil will take place on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 8, 2021 at 7:00 pm. All 1st and 2nd degree knights of our coun­cil, here is another oppor­tu­nity to achieve full knight­hood. Please con­tact Dick Hardin and he will sign you up for the vir­tual degree. Dead­line for reg­is­tra­tion is Wednes­day, Jan­u­ary 6. You and your fam­i­lies can attend the degree in the com­fort of your home.

  • On Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 16, 2021, from 10:00am to 1:00 pm, the March for Life will be held in Con­cord, NH.
  • On Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 22, 2021, at 8:00 am, the March for Life will be held in Wash­ing­ton DC.
  • On Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 22, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, we have a Red Cross blood drive at St. Mary’s as long as we are not in lockdown.
  • On Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 31, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, we have the vir­tual Win­ter Quar­terly meeting

That’s it for now, Brothers.

May God con­tinue to bless you and your fam­i­lies as we head into the new year, 2021.

John Vlastelin, GK

COVID-​19 Vaccines

USCCB State­ment: “In view of the grav­ity of the cur­rent pan­demic and the lack of avail­abil­ity of alter­na­tive vac­cines, the rea­sons to accept the new COVID-​19 vac­cines from Pfizer and Mod­erna are suf­fi­ciently seri­ous to jus­tify their use, despite their remote con­nec­tion to morally com­pro­mised cell lines.

Receiv­ing one of the COVID-​19 vac­cines ought to be under­stood as an act of char­ity toward the other mem­bers of our com­mu­nity. In this way, being vac­ci­nated safely against COVID-​19 should be con­sid­ered an act of love of our neigh­bor and part of our moral respon­si­bil­ity for the com­mon good.”

With regard to the AstraZeneca vac­cine, the bish­ops found it to be “more morally com­pro­mised” and con­se­quently con­cluded that this vac­cine “should be avoided” if there are alter­na­tives avail­able. “It may turn out, how­ever, that one does not really have a choice of vac­cine, at least, not with­out a lengthy delay in immu­niza­tion that may have seri­ous con­se­quences for one’s health and the health of oth­ers,” the bishop chair­men stated. “In such a case … it would be per­mis­si­ble to accept the AstraZeneca vaccine.”

While some phar­ma­ceu­ti­cal com­pa­nies have been work­ing on a vac­cine for COVID-​19 with­out using morally com­pro­mised cell lines at all, oth­ers have been using such cell lines in either the design and devel­op­ment phase or the pro­duc­tion phase or in both. Still oth­ers have been mak­ing use of a morally com­pro­mised cell line only for a con­fir­ma­tory test of the vaccine’s effi­cacy. This leads many peo­ple who are con­cerned for the sanc­tity of human life to ask if it is eth­i­cal to accept any of the vac­cines that have some con­nec­tion to abor­tion[1].

In 1972, a female child was aborted in the Nether­lands, and cells from her kid­neys were extracted and devel­oped into the cell line now known as “HEK293.” “HEK” stands for “Human Embry­onic Kid­ney.” Cells from the HEK293 line have been com­monly used in bio­logic research since the late 70s.

The vac­ci­na­tions pro­duced by Pfizer and Mod­erna did not use HEK293 in their design, devel­op­ment, or pro­duc­tion, but did use cells from the line in a con­fir­ma­tory test, said the bishops.

While nei­ther vac­cine is com­pletely free from any con­nec­tion to morally com­pro­mised cell lines, in this case the con­nec­tion is very remote from the ini­tial evil of the abor­tion,” said the bishops.

Con­versely, the vac­cine pro­duced by AstraZeneca “should be avoided if there are alter­na­tives avail­able,” said the bish­ops, as this vac­cine is “more morally compromised.”

The HEK293 cell line was used in the design, devel­op­ment, and pro­duc­tion stages of that vac­cine, as well as for con­fir­ma­tory test­ing,” said Rhoades and Nau­mann. The two com­pared the AstraZeneca vac­cine to the cur­rent rubella vac­cine, which also was reliant on “morally com­pro­mised cell lines.”[2]

So what does our Bishop say? I have it on good author­ity, from some­one deep within the Dioce­san Admin­is­tra­tion Offices (also known as St. Michael’s West) that the Bishop agrees with the state­ments above and has no posi­tion on the ques­tion of ask­ing his flock to get the vac­cine. He leaves that deci­sion up to us.

So how do the Pfizer and Mod­erna vac­cines work? They both use a novel and some­what new tech­nol­ogy called mRNA or mes­sen­ger RNA. Accord­ing to the CDC, mRNA mol­e­cules are injected into mus­cle tis­sue with some of the mRNA pass­ing through the local cell walls. There it does what its name sug­gests and it deliv­ers a “mes­sage” to pro­duce a protein.

Remem­ber all those images of the COVID-​19 virus that look like a ball with “spikes” ema­nat­ing from the sur­face? Well the ball sec­tion con­tains the COVID repli­ca­tion code and tricks the cell into mak­ing many copies of its self. This con­tin­ues until the cell is exhausted or pops. As the copies of the virus are being made, other sys­tems in the cell rec­og­nize they do not belong and they are ejected from the cell mem­brane. The “spikes” are a pro­tein which is the mech­a­nism the virus uses to “open” the cell wall, pass by its nat­ural defenses, and “set up shop” to make more virus from within.

Back to the vac­cine; the mRNA from the vac­cine tells the cell to make a sec­tion of the COVID-​19 spike pro­tein, or the com­plete spike pro­tein (depend­ing on who’s vac­cine you get). The cell rec­og­nizes the pro­teins do not belong and ejects them; this stim­u­lates the immune sys­tem to rec­og­nize the spikes and there­fore the whole COVID-​19 virus. The immune sys­tem fol­lows by gen­er­at­ing anti­bod­ies to destroy the COVID-​19 virus. The mRNA from the shot has a very short life and poses no dan­ger to the body, it soon dis­solves away. It should be noted that the mRNA never pen­e­trates the nucleus and never comes in con­tact with the DNA of the cell.

Although sci­en­tists have been research­ing mRNA vac­cines in gen­eral for the last 10 years or so, this is the 1st actual appli­ca­tion of this cat­e­gory of vac­cines in human population.

Now that’s a lot to pray and think about!

[1] MORAL CON­SID­ER­A­TIONS REGARD­ING THE NEW COVID-​19 VAC­CINESUSCCB

[2] US bish­ops approve use of coro­n­avirus vac­cines with ‘remote con­nec­tion’ to abor­tion — CNA Staff, Dec 14, 2020

The 40 Days for Life cam­paign ended on All Saints Day, so we will begin our prayer vigil on the 4th Sat­ur­day of each month, start­ing with Decem­ber 26, 2020 at 8:00 am. Please attend and pray for an end to abortion.

Thank you, Broth­ers, for all you do, and have a great weekend.

John Vlastelin, GK

The NH State Council’s Degree Team will be hold­ing a vir­tual degree for the exem­pli­fi­ca­tion of Char­ity, Unity and Fra­ter­nity on Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 8th at 7:00 PM. The on-​line exem­pli­fi­ca­tion offers the the coun­cil mem­bers the per­fect oppor­tu­nity to advance to full Knight­hood. 1st and 2nd Degree mem­bers inter­ested in advanc­ing to full Knight­hood are to con­tact our Finana­cial Sec­re­tary, Dick Hardin to reg­is­ter for the on-​line exemplification.

Dick’s email address: This email address is being pro­tected from spam­bots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Home Phone Num­ber: (603) 7722581

Broth­ers, hope you are hav­ing a good week­end. Touch­ing base with every­one on upcom­ing events:

  1. On Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 16, 2021, from 10:00am to 1:00 pm, the March for Life will be held in Con­cord, NH.
  2. On Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 22, 2021, at 8:00 am, the March for Life will be held in Wash­ing­ton DC.
  3. On Fri­day, Jan­u­ary 22, 2021, from 1:00 pm to 6:00 pm, we have a Red Cross blood drive at St. Mary’s as long as we are not in lockdown.
  4. On Sat­ur­day, Jan­u­ary 23, 2021, Holy Hour Prayer and Adordation
  5. On Sun­day, Jan­u­ary 31, from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm, we have the vir­tual Win­ter Quar­terly meeting

Links to badges:

https://​www​.kofc​sup​plies​.com/​I​t​e​m​/​1880

https://​www​.kofc​sup​plies​.com/​I​t​e​m​/​615​-​a

100 Anniversary Coin Front SmallDue to the COVID19 restric­tion lim­it­ing the num­ber peo­ple to con­gre­gate, the council’s 100th Anniver­sary Cel­e­bra­tion is post­poned to August 1, 2021. Mem­bers will receive their invi­a­tions iin June 2021. Updates will be posted on this website.

Milestone

Mr Alan G Leblanc-​20
Mr Robert E Jones-​20
Mr Christo­pher D Bruce-​20
Dr Mark L Reeder-​19
Mr Mark A Sullivan-​15
Mr Joseph E Klempa-​14
Mr Shawn J Gregory-​12
Mr Mark F Delaney-​12
Mr Christo­pher E Golas-​6
Mr Paul E Brown-​6
Mr Joel M Breton-​6
Mr John F Baker-​6
Mr Ray­mond L Russell-​4
Mr John F Gray-​4
Mr Stephen H Brennan-​4

Prayer for The United States of Amer­ica
Com­posed by His Excel­lency Arch­bishop Carlo Maria Viganò

Almighty and Eter­nal God, King of Kings and Lord of Lords: gra­ciously turn your gaze to us who invoke You with confidence.

Bless us, cit­i­zens of the United States of Amer­ica; grant peace and pros­per­ity to our Nation; illu­mi­nate those who gov­ern us so that they may com­mit them­selves to the com­mon good, in respect for Your holy Law.