Saint Stanislaus Church, Winchester, New Hampshire
Winchester is an "outpost" of St. Stanislaus Parish in Nashua, New Hampshire, providing Mass and Confessions on Sundays and Holydays.
Mass and Event Schedule for Winchester
August 15, 2021 + A Message from Father Brancich
In January, 2018, Bishop Libasci asked Father Liebert and I to provide Mass and confessions at Winchester on a temporary six-month basis. This continued for the next 2-1/2 years until November, 2020 when he asked us to take on Winchester as an “outpost” of our parish in Nashua. This, too was a temporary basis through summer of 2021 when he would re-evaluate the situation.
Recently, we were informed by the Diocese that Bishop Libasci had made the decision to permanently provide a priest to minister at St. Stanislaus in Winchester and that this priest would come from the Institute of the Good Shepherd, an order established in 2006 to provide the Traditional Latin Mass and Sacraments. Effective September 10 of this year, Father Hugh Beaugrand will be the priest full-time in Winchester. He will live at the rectory and serve this Latin Mass community. The final Sunday for the Priestly Fraternity of Saint Peter (FSSP) at Winchester will be Sunday, September 5th when Father Beaugrand and Father de Laire from the Diocese will also be present at Mass. More details about the exact situation and arrangements will be provided by the Diocese in the coming weeks.
The news came as a surprise to us. Regardless, it has been our great pleasure as priests of the FSSP to have had the opportunity to get to know you and serve you for the past 3-1/2 years. We are grateful for all the support so many of you have shown us. I am so proud of how so many answered the call of the bishop last fall to step up to the plate in Winchester by volunteering and supporting the Mass financially. The FSSP will continue to staff Saint Stanislaus parish in Nashua.
Father van Zee and I look forward to continuing to minister to you through September 10 when the responsibility for Saint Stanislaus in Winchester will fall entirely on the shoulders of Father Beaugrand. I also sincerely thank Father Liebert for his dedicated support and invaluable assistance in growing the Latin Mass community in Winchester into a thriving and essential Latin Mass community.
October 18, 2020 + From Your Priests by Fr. John Brancich, FSSP, Pastor
Last Sunday at Saint Stanislaus Church in Winchester, I announced some news from Bishop Libasci about that location. Since it is currently an outpost of our parish and many of you attend in both places, I want to summarize what I said for those who weren’t there. The first thing I was asked to convey is Bishop Libasci’s true desire to provide for those in that area of the Diocese who desire the Traditional Latin Mass. That is why he asked us FSSP priests to offer one Mass with confessions there each Sunday and Holyday, beginning January, 2019. Winchester is part of Mary, Queen of Peace Parish under the care of Father Tremblay and Father Britto, priests of the Diocese who had six Churches and 10 Sunday Masses between them. This was not sustainable, so one of the six Churches (Immaculate Conception in Troy) will be closed and three weeks ago the final “Novus Ordo” Mass in English was offered in Winchester, where the Sunday attendance was only a couple dozen people at most. The Traditional Latin Mass averaged 174 people each Sunday in September, and now that is the only Mass there.
The Bishop is calling on those attending the Latin Mass to step up and support Saint Stanislaus in Winchester, since they are the only ones using the Church for Mass. He has asked us to add a second Mass on Sundays and Holydays and will use this coming year through Summer, 2021 as a trial-run to see if enough support both financially and in volunteer hours exists to support the upkeep of the Church. In addition to financial support for paying the utility and other bills, volunteers will be needed to keep the Church clean, to plow the snow in the lots before Masses in the winter, to count the money and prepare deposits each Sunday and other things. Beginning November 1, a second Mass (Low, for now) will be added and the schedule will be as follows:
Winchester Sunday Schedule (beginning November 1st, 2020)
7:15 - 7:50 a.m. Confessions
8:00 a.m. Low Mass
9:15 – 9:50 a.m. Confessions
10:00 a.m. Low Mass
Mr. Steve Duchaney, who lives near Winchester and whose family has been supporting our parish since I arrived in 2016 will be organizing the volunteers and be the local contact since we priests are 90 minutes away and there is no staff there. Those who wish to volunteer should contact Mr. Duchaney directly or call the parish office in Nashua to be put in contact with him.
This should come as welcome and happy news to those living in the southwest corner of the diocese. The Bishop is giving an opportunity to show that real support exists there for this, so please “step up” if this is what you desire.
Support Winchester Financially
Click below. Choose “Winchester – Regular Support” from the list of funds and that donation will go completely to Winchester.