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Make catholicnh.org part of your Lenten Journey

Make catholicNH.org part of your Lenten journey.

Be sure to check out our new Lenten series by Mary Ellen Mahon, Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Faith Formation. Based on the Sunday readings, each week offers reflections, prayers, and suggested actions to guide you in a meaningful Lenten journey.


Lent Calendar



Reconciliation Day

Diocesan Day of Reconciliation


You are invited to join other NH Catholics in a statewide day of Reconciliation. This is an opportunity for you to open your heart and allow the Lord to fill it with His grace.

All parishes will open their doors to welcome you on Monday of Holy Week, March 30. We will offer the Sacrament for Reconciliation from 11 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. in [insert your location]. For a complete listing of parishes visit catholicnh.org.

New Resources for Reconciliation

Our updated Reconciliation web page includes:

  • Bulletin graphics and a flyer for promoting the Diocesan Day of Reconciliation
  • Short Guide on Reconciliation in English and Spanish
  • How-to Make a Good Confession
  • Answers to Frequently Asked Questions

Virtual Stations of the Cross

Virtual Stations of the Cross

Our virtual Stations of the Cross complements your other Lenten practices and offers the homebound an opportunity to pray the Stations. Our video series includes images from Stations found throughout the Diocese of Manchester. Join Bishop Libasci as he leads us through these Stations. Pray the Stations of the Cross

Bulletin Editors

Here is an overview of items for your parish bulletins.

Code of Conduct - Please place this notice in bulletins in January or February about the Diocese of Manchester Code of Conduct known as Serving Christ, Serving Others. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Installation Masses for New Deans in the Diocese of Manchester - With the appointment of new Deans for the nine Deaneries in the Diocese of Manchester, Bishop Libasci will preside over each of the Installation Ceremonies at Masses which will be celebrated in the church of each Dean. As a way of extending an invitation to the faithful in each Deanery we are asking that the notice for your Deanery be placed in your parish bulletins. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit - The Diocese of Manchester is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families which will be held in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, 2015. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS. Read Bishop Libasci's Letter about the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage.

Annual Lenten Morning of Reflection Breakfast for Catholic Women - The annual women's morning of reflection breakfast will be on March 7th. GET THE BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Men of St. Joseph Mass and Breakfast - The annual men's Mass and breakfast in honor of our patron saint will be on March 14. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Featured Employment Opportunity

Public Policy Outreach Coordinator

The Diocese Administration offices has a part-time opening for a Public Policy Outreach Coordinator. The position is for 6 to 8 hours per week. CLICK HERE to read the job description for more information. Resumes may be sent to Chris Hagen, Director of Human Resources, at chagen@rcbm.org.

CLICK HERE for other employment opportunities.

2015 NH Catholic Directory

The 2015 New Hampshire Catholic Directory is now available.  The new edition contains changes in clergy assignments, parish mergers, updated parish data and contact information, and new information in many other areas. The price remains the same as last year at $19.00, which includes shipping.  If you have any questions, please contact Dana Laviano at 663-0185 or dlaviano@rcbm.org.

Order Online

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World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit

Sign up for our pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families which will be held in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, 2015 and centered around the theme “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Pope Francis will celebrate a public Mass on the final day. Read More

Catechesis for World Meeting of Families

Each month leading up to the World Meeting of Families we are posting a theme that includes a call to Think, Pray, and Act. These features can serve as a guide for deaneries and parishes to explore and prepare to participate in the spirit of the World Meeting, whether in person or in the parish.

Family & Marriage Links

Ask Fr. Kerper

Does the Hail Mary take our focus away from the Lord?

Dear Father Kerper: As a young child I learned to say the Hail Mary and I know that some Catholics say it all the time. Recently a Protestant friend asked why Catholics say this prayer so much. He said that we should be praying to the Lord, especially by using the Our Father, which comes from the Bible. This makes sense to me. Doesn’t the Hail Mary pull us away from the Lord? Why do we make it so important? READ MORE

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Parable RCIA Supplement (pdf)

Year of Consecrated Life


2015 Year of Consecrated Life

Pope Francis has proclaimed 2015 a Year of Consecrated Life, starting on the First Sunday of Advent, the weekend of November 29, 2014, and ending on February 2, 2016, the World Day of Consecrated life.


5 Ways You Can Get Involved:

  1. Pray! Get these bulletin announcements and intercessions for January and February.

  2. Save the date for the upcoming diocesan wide celebration, Rejoice!, on June 14, 2015.

  3. Distribute these prayer cards, which will be delivered to parishes in advance of the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 8.

  4. Watch these videos to learn more about the YCL and the vows of Consecrated Life.

  5. Learn more about the different charisms, the various orders, and why Consecrated Life is important to the church today in this Special Report on Religious Life.

Catholic Day at the State House

Catholic Day at the State House

Save the Date!

Join Bishop Peter A. Libasci and Catholics throughout the Granite State for Catholic Day at the State House to learn how you can make a difference in our state by advocating for justice and the common good.

Wednesday, March 18, 2015
9:00 a.m.
State House and Holiday Inn, Concord, NH

This event will be offered at no charge to participants and will include lunch.

Upcoming Events - Register Today!

Spring Adult Confirmation Classes and Celebration

RCIA Institute: Making Disciples - May 29-30, 2015
Perhaps you've been doing RCIA ministry for many years and still wonder if there is a better way to offer the process? Do your Neophytes disappear after Mystagogy? Come and find out why. This workshop is ideal for both new and seasoned RCIA teams.

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Clergy Prayer List - February 2015

Clergy Prayer List - March 2015

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Updated: Pastoral Assignments

Prayer Lists, Intentions, Intercessions, and Bulletin Blurbs

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Libasci (Audio Recording)

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