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Natural Family Planning 2015

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week

July 19-25, 2015

Natural Family Planning Awareness Week is a national educational campaign.  The Natural Family Planning Program of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops develops a poster each year with basic supportive materials. 

The dates of Natural Family Planning Awareness Week highlight the anniversary of the papal encyclical Humanae Vitae (July 25) which articulates Catholic beliefs about human sexuality, conjugal love and responsible parenthood.  The dates also mark the feast of Saints Joachim and Anne (July 26), the parents of the Blessed Mother.

DOWNLOAD RESOURCES - NFP Awareness Week Resources

ABOUT NFP - Learn more about NFP in New Hampshire

Pray and Play on the M/S Mount Washington

Pray and Play on M/S Mount Washington:
Pastors and Parish Staff Annual Summer Outing

  • Enjoy a day away from the busyness of parish ministry.
  • Welcome the new directors in the Secretariat for Catholic Formation.
  • Connect and reconnect with your peers in parish ministry.
  • Relax and renew in a beautiful setting.

The day will start with prayer and reflection at St. Charles Borromeo Church, 300 Route 25, Meredith and will conclude with a two and half hour cruise on Lake Winnipesaukee aboard the M/S Mount Washington. This is a day for pastors, deacons, pastoral associates, parish staff, catechetical leaders, youth ministers.

Learn more and register online

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2015), to attend a Special Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on October 18 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester.  If you are celebrating your 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond anniversary, please contact the parish office by August 6, 2015.  We will need your last name, first names and mailing address. Please also indicate your special anniversary year.

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Nun Run

St. Charles Children's Home 5K Race

9:00 am Labor Day, Monday, September 7, 2015

Join us for the 19th Annual St. Charles Children’s Home 5K Road Race at Martin’s Point Healthcare on the Pease International Tradeport in Portsmouth. Don’t miss this encouraging opportunity to support the St. Charles Children’s Home and encounter a great race experience no matter what level runner you are.

To learn more and register visit: www.runningnuns.com

Annual Homeschool Mass


Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all homeschool students, parents, instructors and those interested in the ever-growing homeschool system in New Hampshire to attend a special Mass on Thursday, September 10, 2015 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell Street, Manchester.  Questions are welcomed by Father Jason Jalbert at 663-0153 or e-mail Becky Vinson at rvinson@rcbm.org.

Resources on Church Teaching on Marriage

The US Supreme Court recently redefined civil marriage as a right extending to two persons of the same sex. The decision does not change the Church’s understanding of marriage, but it does have the potential to create circumstances in which Church teaching and practices may be perceived to be in conflict with civil law. CLICK HERE to learn more.


Understanding Catholic Teaching on Marriage

The US Supreme Court recently redefined civil marriage as a constitutional right extending to two persons of the same sex. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/marriageFAQ to find answers to questions you may have about the Supreme Court decision and Church teaching on marriage.

Exeter Charitable Foundation

Exeter Area Charitable Foundation Received $2,500 Grant

The Exeter Area Charitable Foundation received a grant from the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund to support the Chamber Children’s Fund, which provides warm bedding and clothing for local area needy children. READ MORE

See also:

Learn about the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund (BCAF)

2015 BCAF Annual Reception Invitation and Giving Levels (pdf)

BCAF on Facebook


Summer Reception Funds Grants for Needy

The annual Summer Reception to support the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund will be held at Trudel House, official residence of the Bishop of Manchester, on Thursday, September 10 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the Summer Reception enable Bishop Libasci to make grants to non-profit organizations in New Hampshire that help those most in need. Attendance at the reception is open to all, but does require a donation. More than 400 attendees from all corners of the state celebrate the campaign’s success at the Summer Reception each September. Information on tickets, donation levels and descriptions of all the grants made by Bishop Libasci and the BCAF can be found at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf or by calling 603-663-0166.

Thank you for your support!

During the weekend of May 30-31, parishes throughout the state took up a free will offering to support earthquake recovery efforts in Nepal.  Donations collected in this free will offering totaled $84, 555.64, and will benefit Catholic Relief Services (www.CRS.org), the international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church. Thank you for your generous contributions.

Summer Safe Environment Reminders for Parishes and Schools

CLICK HERE to read some summer Safe Environment reminders for parishes and schools to make sure that all adults who work regularly with minors are in compliance with diocesan policy.

Featured Employment Opportunity

Director of Religious Education
Sacred Heart Parish, Lebanon, NH

We are currently in the process of looking for a new Director of Religious Education. The position is part-time. If interested, please contact the parish office by July 30 at (603) 448-1262.

CLICK HERE for other employment opportunities in parishes, camps, and diocesan administration.

CLICK HERE for school employment opportunities.

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