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For Parish BulletinseNews is the e-mail newsletter from the Diocese of Manchester published biweekly on Wednesdays. Bulletin editors are encouraged to use the information from this newsletter for parish bulletins and websites.

 

Wedding Anniversary Mass

What does it take to make a marriage work?

We met up with three couples at the recent Wedding Anniversary Mass who know how to make a marriage work and asked them for one piece of advice they would give couples starting a marriage. Read what they have to say and see the beautiful photos from the event, on the Wedding Anniversary Mass page.


Recent Recordings

Respect Life Sunday Homily - Bishop Peter A. Libasci

Red Mass Homily - Bishop Salvatore R. Matano

Pray the Rosary with Bishop Peter A. Libasci


Food Bank Turns 30

The Legacy of Ruthie Ford

Ruthie Ford was in the business of creating families. So it is little wonder that when she died peacefully after a brief illness in the summer of 2012 she left behind a long string of broken hearts, including her husband of nearly five decades, her six children, her 18 grandchildren, and one great-grandchild. Some of them were young enough at their Nannie’s passing that they will have to come to know her mostly through stories they are told. READ MORE

Also from Parable

Nov/Dec Issue

Parable Education Guide (pdf)

Parable RCIA Supplement (pdf)


For Coaches: Maintaining Appropriate Boundaries with Minors

The safe environment office has prepared a handout for coaches about maintaining appropriate boundaries with minors.  Please consider distributing this flyer to all coaches. Download handout. (pdf)


Adult Confirmation

Gifts of Wisdom and Courage

Over 150 people took part in a beautiful celebration of the Fall Confirmation of Adults on Sunday, October 19, at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester.
During the anointing with the sacred chrism, as the Sacrament is bestowed, the Holy Spirit bestows his gifts (Wisdom, Understanding, Right Judgment, Courage, Piety, and Wonder and Awe in God’s Presence)on the person being confirmed.  Bishop Francis Christian, in his homily, said that he was “praying that those being confirmed would receive an ‘extra dose’ of the gifts of Wisdom and Courage in order to know God’s wishes and the courage to live what he wishes for us.  Today”, he said, “many people in our society value their image and possessions.  What is our true value?,” he asked.  “We realize our true value when we understand how very much God loves us and wishes for us to live in that love. He loves us so much that he made us in his image.”

If you or someone you know is an adult Catholic (ages 18 and older) who has been baptized, received First Eucharist and are practicing their faith but have not celebrated the Sacrament of Confirmation are invited to participate in a preparation program. LEARN MORE


Gifts of Ministry

Gifts of Ministry

New and nearly new (up to 5 years) catechetical leaders and youth ministers are invited together to offer peer support, direction, and to indentify resources.

Monday, November 3, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
St. Elizabeth Seton Activity Center, Bedford

Download Flyer/Registration Form (pdf)

Register Online


World Youth Day Krakow

Informational Webinar - World Youth Day Krakow

Even though July 2016 seems far off, the time to start planning for WYD is now! Please join the diocese and Chris Dube from Dube Travel as we go over the itinerary planned for the diocesan group and information on Poland, Krakow and the amazing saints we will encounter there, including JPII! Space is limited.

Tuesday, November 4, 2014
1:00 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.
CLICK HERE to learn more about World Youth Day Krakow.


Upcoming Events - Register Today!

Gifts of Ministry - November 3, 2014

New and nearly new (up to 5 years) catechetical leaders and youth ministers are invited together to offer peer support, direction, and to identify resources.

Public Square: A More Excellent Way: Understanding Catholic Teaching on Care at the End of Life - November 15, 2014
Fr. Myles Sheehan, a Jesuit priest and a physician returns as the keynote speaker after presenting to a capacity crowd last year.

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.


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 Recent Issues of CCN

See Also:

Bishop Libasci's Letter

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

Bulletin Insert - "Catholic Citizenship & Your Vote" provides a summary on Catholic Social Teaching on Forming Your Conscience as a Catholic Voter

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

Public Square: A More Excellent Way: Understanding Catholic Teaching on Care at the End of Life - November 15, 2014
Fr. Myles Sheehan, a Jesuit priest and a physician returns as the keynote speaker after presenting to a capacity crowd last year.

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


Bulletin Editors


Thinking About Remarriage

“Thinking about Remarriage” is a daylong program for couples (where one or both were previously married) who are thinking about marriage or who are engaged to be married. Sponsored by the Diocese of Manchester, and presented by a Catholic priest and couples who have remarried, this program helps couples take an in-depth look at and discuss major issues related to remarriage. This includes:

  • Emotional closure of the first marriage
  • Expectations and key issues of the new marriage
  • The blending of children and families
  • Continuing relationships among extended family members, community, and the Church

The next session is January 10, 2015. READ MORE

Family & Marriage Links


Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation
Monday, December 8, 2014


Please note:  Since the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is the Patronal Feastday of the United States of America the obligation to attend Mass on Monday is retained.  A Vigil Mass cannot be celebrated on Sunday Evening since the Sundays of Advent have precedence over all Feasts of the Lord and over all Solemnities.


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Clergy Prayer List - October 2014

Clergy Prayer List - November 2014

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