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Your events can now reach a bigger audience

Your events can now reach a bigger audience

The Diocese of Manchester has just launched a new widget which allows you to display events on your website from the calendar on catholicnh.org. It’s easy! A simple web form allows you to customize the widget. You can choose from a list of categories and venues or choose to display them all. By posting this widget to your website, you provide a valuable NH Catholic resource to your web visitors.  As more parishes add the event calendar widget to their websites, more people will see your events.

CLICK HERE to see how the widget looks on the St. Christopher Parish, Nashua website.
CLICK HERE to learn more and get this event widget.

Retired Priest Collection

Retired Priest Collection

The annual Collection for Retired Priests is September 27-28, 2014. The bulletin insert will be shipped to all parishes to arrive September 15-16. Please put the insert in your bulletin for the weekend of September 20 – 21 for people to take home and bring back the next weekend. Please ask your pastor to mention the collection in his announcements. For more information about the Retired Priest Fund Collection, go to www.catholicnh.org/ourpriests.

Catchetical Sunday

Catechetical Sunday

This year, the Church will celebrate Catechetical Sunday on September 21, 2014, and will focus on the theme "Teaching About God's Gift of Forgiveness." Those whom the community has designated to serve as catechists will be called forth to be commissioned for their ministry. Catechetical Sunday is a wonderful opportunity to reflect on the role that each person plays, by virtue of Baptism, in handing on the faith and being a witness to the Gospel. Catechetical Sunday is an opportunity for all to rededicate themselves to this mission as a community of faith. LEARN MORE

Celebrate Religious Education Resources

Hot off the press! This new resource is packed with lesson plans and activities catechists and parents can use use for teaching about "God's Gift of Forgiveness." Includes lessons for all age groups, a whole family day of reflection, scripture, quotes, and prayers. DOWNLOAD HERE

Conscience and Your Vote

Catholic Citizenship News Educational Series

In preparation for the fall elections, we are proud to announce the launch of Conscience and Your Vote, an education and awareness drive dedicated to encouraging Catholics in New Hampshire to learn about Church teaching on today’s pressing issues, pray as we form our consciences, and get out and vote. This year, we face great challenges as a nation, but also are presented with great opportunities to build a future based upon the principles laid forth by Christ. READ MORE

See Also:

Bishop Libasci's Letter

Resources for Parishes - Includes prayers, bulletin and pulpit announcements.

Additional Voting Resources - Includes important dates, ideas for catechetical leaders, prayer resources, and more.

Subscribe to Catholic Citizenship News – Starting in September, Catholic Citizenship News will feature a weekly e-mail program to help Catholics learn about Church teaching and prepare for the upcoming election in November.

Respect Life Sunday

Respect Life Sunday Mass October 5 and Resources

Bishop Peter A. Libasci will mark the beginning of Respect Life Month by celebrating Mass on October 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral at the corner of Pine and Lowell Streets in Manchester. All are invited to attend.

CLICK HERE for resources to mark Respect Life Sunday in your parish, school, or community.

Red Mass and Dinner

Annual Red Mass and Dinner

The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire cordially invite all associated with the study and administration of justice to join them for the celebration of the Red Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 5:15 p.m.  Following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild will hold its ninth annual dinner at Fratello’s Italian Grille, at which it will honor the recipient of the Saint Thomas More award.

Learn More about Red Mass and Dinner

Bulletin Announcement

World Meeting of Families

World Meeting of Families Prayer

The World Meeting of Families is an international event of prayer, catechesis, and celebration that draws participants from around the globe. It seeks to strengthen the bonds between families and to witness to the crucial importance of marriage and the family to all of society. This event takes place every three years. This will be the first time that the World Meeting of Families will be held in the United States! It will be held in Philadelphia on September 22-27, 2015.

Join together with families from around the world in prayer. Pray the World Meeting of Families prayer each day with your family for the success of the event and for your family's personal intentions. GET THE PRAYER.

Upcoming Events - Register Today!

Homeschool Mass - September 12, 2014
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

Retrouvaille Marriage Renewal Weekend - September 12-14, 2014
This peer ministry led by couples who have lived through the challenges of marriage offer tools to help couples rediscover a loving marriage.

The Parish as a School of Discipleship - September 25, 2014
Continuing Education Workshop for Catechetical Leaders, Pastoral Associates, RCIA Coordinators, and Youth and Young Adult Ministers.

Tribunal Field Advocate Training - September 26-28, 2014

The Parish Community in RCIA - October 4, 2104
This workshop is for RCIA teams who are looking for ways to actively involve the parish community in the process.

The Voice of Catholic Women within the Family - October 18, 2014
NH Diocesan Catholic Women 2014 Fall Gathering featuring guest speaker Beth Mahoney.

Catechetical Leaders Day with the Bishop - October 23, 2014

Bulletin Editors

Youth Spotlight

Parable Article

Nurturing Extraordinary Love

When Sherrie Juris first asked her eight year old daughter, Christina, if she would do an interview for Parable, she was met with one question: “Is it going to help someone?” A third grader at Saint Christopher School in Nashua, Christina Juris loves a wide range of sports, as well as reading and singing at church. While most kids ask to go to the park, she may ask to climb Mount Washington; instead of writing a letter to her parents at Christmas requesting a toy, she’s more likely to ask permission to volunteer at the local soup kitchen. READ MORE

Parable Magazine

Inside September/October Issue

Parable Education Guide (pdf)

Parable RCIA Supplement (pdf)

Marriage Encounter Weekends

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

When was the last time you and your spouse had a weekend alone? Consider planning a weekend away just the two of you, to renew your marriage relationship. A Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend is a positive, renewing experience for couples that have a good marriage, but want to make it even better. The next weekend in NH is on October 24-26. LEARN MORE

Family & Marriage Links

Employment Opportunities

CLICK HERE for employment opportunities.

CLICK HERE for school employment opportunities.

More Links

Clergy Prayer List - September 2014

Extranet for Priests

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Pastoral Assignments

Prayer Lists, Intentions, Intercessions, and Bulletin Blurbs

RCIA Calendar

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