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Sacramental Registers & Records Refresher

This training session will introduce the Diocesan guidelines and policies regarding SACRAMENTAL REGISTERS AND SACRAMENTAL RECORDS: PROCEDURES FOR PARISH PERSONNEL to those who are new to parish ministry or those who have not attended an earlier presentation of the Procedures document, and will be a valuable update for those parish and institutional officials who are in need of a refresher. These procedures for sacramental registers and sacramental records are intended to assist parish personnel satisfy the serious obligation. This training session is meant primarily for pastors, associate pastors, parish administrators, permanent deacons, pastoral associates, and those members of parish staffs who will be responsible for the accurate recording of sacraments received in the parish, updating of Parish Sacramental Records, and the maintenance of Parish Sacramental Registers. Information presented will be helpful also for those who are involved in the preparation for the reception of baptism, confirmation, Eucharist, and marriage including RCIA coordinators. Chaplains and pastoral ministers on college campus and in hospitals and nursing homes will benefit from the information as well.

After participating in this training webinar, it is expected that attendees will be able to

  • Understand and respect the importance of accurate and properly preserved sacramental registers and sacramental records;
  • Record accurately and in a timely manner the information relative to the reception of sacraments in the parish;
  • Generate accurate and complete sacramental certificates;
  • Identify potentially problematic record-keeping practices and correct or report them appropriately;
  • Know when and whom to ask for assistance.

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Direct Questions to:
Wendy McGrath, (603) 669-3101, Ext. 14 or wmcgrath@tribunal.rcbm.org

About the Office of Canonical Services

The Office of Canonical Services is the forum in which the bishop, assisted by his judicial vicar and canonical staff, conducts the legal governance of the Diocese, in accordance with Church teaching, legislation, and the 1983 Code of Canon Law. This office promotes and protects the obligations, rights and privileges of constituents throughout the Diocese, advises the bishop on matters associated with the various aspects of Church law, provides assistance, research and consultation on all areas of Church law for clergy and laity, processes and regulates permissions and dispensations relative to marriage, supervises the alienation and suppression of temporal goods of the Diocese, and represents the Diocese in matters of hierarchical recourse to the Holy See.

The Tribunal, as an ecclesiastical court, adjudicates ordinary contentious trials, including marriage invalidity cases and documentary cases associated with marriage law, in conjunction with the promoter of justice and the defender of the bond. The judicial vicar reports directly to the bishop on matters concerning canonical trials, supervises the canonical staff, and works with the secretary for administration on personnel, budget and administrative matters.
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What is a Tribunal?
Annulments
Commonly-Asked Questions

The Tribunal, as an ecclesiastical court, adjudicates ordinary contentious trials, including marriage invalidity cases and documentary cases associated with marriage law, in conjunction with the promoter of justice and the defender of the bond. The judicial vicar reports directly to the bishop on matters concerning canonical trials, supervises the canonical staff, and works with the secretary for administration on personnel, budget and administrative matters.

The Annulment Process 

Few things cause more misunderstandings, generate more confusion, or give rise to more questions, than the work of the Catholic Tribunals in marriage invalidity cases, or "marriage annulments." The booklet below gives answers to the most commonly-asked questions.

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For more information, please contact:
(603) 669-3101
info@tribunal.rcbm.org


Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
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