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World Meeting of Family

World Meeting of Families

Pope Francis visited the United States September 22-27, 2015, and several members of the diocesan staff attended events in Washington, New York and Philadelphia.  We've posted the best of the photos they brought home with them in this photo gallery.

Visit our World Meeting of Families webpage for links to videos, the Pope's speeches and other resources.

Resources for Persons with Special Needs

Resources for Persons with Special Needs

Persons with disabilities…are integral members of the Christian community. All persons with disabilities have the capacity to proclaim the Gospel and to be living witnesses to its truth within the community of faith and offer valuable gifts. Their involvement enriches every aspect of Church life.  They [persons with disabilities] are not just the recipients of catechesis—they are also its agents. –National Directory of Catechesis, Paragraph 49

Our new web page has resources to help parents and catechists in their task of teaching children and adults with special needs about the Catholic faith.

College Campus Ministry

Catholic Student Organization
at the University of New Hampshire

As students prepare to head off to colleges and universities this fall, many for the first time, there is bound to be a mixture of excitement, anxiety, and anticipation. The transition from home to school is often one of the most challenging times in a young person’s life. Being able to make new friendships and connect with other like-minded people who share a Catholic faith, is a huge step toward easing into collegiate life. Participation in campus ministry provides a perfect opportunity to do just that.

In our three-part series, we traveled to three of New Hampshire’s state schools to meet with the campus ministers and some of the college students who participate in campus ministry. We discovered that students who participated in campus ministry:

  • Made close and meaningful friendships
  • Learned more about their faith
  • Gained confidence about being Catholic
  • Enjoyed fun activities

We invite you, and the students in your life, to see what campus ministry has to offer by reading our three-part series.

This week our Campus Ministry Spotlight is on the University of New Hampshire.

Pilgrimage to Italy with Bishop Libasci

Pilgrimage to Italy

Bishop Libasci invites you to join him on a pilgrimage to Italy from April 18 to 26, 2016, as part of the observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. READ MORE

Attention Bulletin Editors - If you would like this letter for your bulletin, they are available in a couple of different formats. CLICK HERE

Respect Life Sunday

Respect Life Sunday Resources

October 4, 2015

Each year, the Respect Life program of the US Bishops begins anew on Respect Life Sunday, the first Sunday in October. CLICK HERE for resources to bring education about respect for life to your parish, school, or community for Respect Life Month and throughout the year.

Revitalizing Your Parish with Small Christian Communities

October 8, 2015
Choose from two sessions: Morning or Evening

Small Christian Communities (SCCs) are a great way to engage your parishioners in deepening their faith and participating in parish ministry. The purpose is to provide opportunities to encounter Jesus Christ through prayer, reflection, and action and strengthen and identify ways that we can better reach out to people.

Register Online

Download Flyer and Mail-in Registration Form

World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

October 18, 2015

Read Bishop Libasci's message for World Mission Sunday that will be held on October 18th in the Diocese of Manchester.

Attention Bulletin Editors - If you would like this letter for your bulletin, they are available in a couple of different formats. CLICK HERE

Parish Ministers Day with the Bishop

Parish Ministers Day with the Bishop

Thursday, October 22, 12015
8:30 a.m. to 1:30 p.m.

Pastoral associates, youth ministers, catechetical leaders, and parish evangelists are invited to this day with Bishop Peter A. Libasci.

Register Online

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Annual Red Mass and Dinner

Annual Red Mass and Dinner

Thursday, October 22, 2015
5:15 p.m.


Bishop Peter A. Libasci and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire cordially invite all members of the judicial, legal, law enforcement, and legislative communities to gather with those who administer law in the Church to the Red Mass on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 5:15 p.m. at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford. Following the Red Mass, the Guild will hold its annual dinner at the Manchester Country Club at which the Guild will honor Attorney Robert E. Dunn, Jr. of Devine Millimet in Concord with the St. Thomas More Award and Sergeant Carlos Camacho of the Nashua Police Department with the St. Michael Award. For more information, or to purchase tickets to the dinner, please visit www.catholicnh.org/RedMass.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend

October 23-25
Contoocook, NH

Worldwide Marriage Encounter is an enrichment experience for good Christian marriages, offering married couples an opportunity to learn a technique of loving communication that they can use for the rest of their lives. (Couples of all faith expressions are always welcome!) READ MORE

Priesthood Sunday

Priesthood Sunday

October 24/25, 2015

Catholic parishes throughout New Hampshire and the United States will show support for their priests with prayers and special celebrations on the weekend of October 24 and 25. The last Sunday of October has in recent years been designated as Priesthood Sunday, a one-day celebration of the priesthood organized by parish lay leaders and coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International.  Serra International is a lay organization whose aim is to foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and encourages its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations to service.
The lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry are asked to develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring both priesthood and their own priests. Over the past few years parishes have shown their appreciation by hosting receptions after the Masses, placing an ad in the local newspaper honoring their priest, or presenting their priest with personalized notes reminding him of what he does to bring people closer to Christ.

For more information on Priesthood Sunday go to:  www.priestsunday.org

Quo Vadis Vocation Camp

Quo Vadis Vocation Camp

October 24, 2015
10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.


Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-30!  The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you!  You are invited to attend the First Annual Quo Vadis Vocation Camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun.  This day will be hosted by Bishop Libasci and will be led by priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Manchester on Saturday, October 24 from 10-4 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Litchfield.  If you are interested, please contact the pastor of your parish or Father Jason Jalbert at jjalbert@rcbm.org.

Register Online: quovadiscamp.eventbrite.com

Bulletin and Pulpit Announcements: CLICK HERE

March for Life

Time to Register for March for Life

Deadline to Register: October 31, 2015


March for Life Thursday January 21, 2016 – Friday January 22, 2016

We need you to go to Washington, DC for the 43rd March for Life and Pilgrimage of Faith.  Join the estimated 300-400 pilgrims from the Diocese of Manchester to stand up for the Sanctity of the Human Life.  We will attend Mass as a group both days, first at a local parish, then with Bishop Libasci on Capitol Hill.  We will attend the Rally and March on the National Mall by the Smithsonian buildings and there will also be an opportunity to lobby your Senators and Congressmen.  The trip cost includes bus transportation, t-shirt, bag lunch on ride down, one night at hotel, metro tickets, and continental breakfast at the hotel. 

Reservations forms need to be forwarded to Valerie Lynn Somers, 55 Spring Cove Road, Nashua, NH 03062 or Valerie_lynn_somers@comcast.net by October 31,  2015 with a 50% deposit. Final Payments are due by December 15, 2015.

NOTE TO BULLETIN EDITORS: Please change the last paragraph by parish group leaders to reflect their names and deadlines to make our deadlines. 


March for Life 2016 Information

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Catholic Marriage Preparation: What Do We Know? What Do we Do?

November 2, 2015
6:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m. includes a light supper

What are we trying to accomplish as we prepare couples for marriage? How do we deal with the challenging issues that couples bring to us? Join the conversation with Dr. Jim Healy, leading authority on marriage preparation issues, and your peers in marriage preparation ministry.

Register Online

Download Flyer and Mail-in Registration Form

New and Nearly New Orientation for Parish Ministers

New and Nearly New Parish Minister Orientation

November 3, 2015
9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.

New and Nearly New (up to 5 years) Catechetical Leaders, Youth Ministers, RCIA Coordinators, Evangelists, and Pastoral Associates are invited to come together to meet Diocesan Directors, learn what resources are available, and to offer peer support.

Register Online

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