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Bishop Libasci

Bishop Libasci's Christmas Message

Dear Brothers and Sisters in Christ:

As we look upon the Christ child lying in the manger, we might find ourselves listening to the familiar Christmas Carols—so much like the peaceful reassurances of a lullaby accompanying the rocking of an infant to sleep.  We might let our minds wander a bit to imagine this little baby’s giggles, cries, and, as is often the case with such little ones, the curious looks at the many strange sights that surround Him.  We might find ourselves drawn in to a precious and very disarming slice of life, a tiny little life that engages me in spite of myself:  He wants to reach out to me, to hear my voice, to be reassured that I recognize Him, and it is clear that He recognizes me! READ MORE

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Blessing of a Christmas Manger or Nativity Scene

Worldwide Telecasts from the Vatican for Christmas and New Year's Day

Remembering Fr. Couto

Fr. Robert Couto Called to His Rest

On December 10, 2014, the Reverend Robert Couto was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord. He was 68 years old. READ MORE


Make CatholicNH.org Part of Your Advent Journey


Featured Article: Las Posadas 

Feasts and seasons rich in tradition offer precious human experiences that shape and form us throughout our lives. The colors, smells, foods, activities and celebrations may vary from culture to culture but all are rooted in universal longings, needs and hopes.

December seems especially full of opportunities for us to enrich our lives and one another with expressions of these longings, needs and hopes – the things that really matter to us. As the darkness of night grows, we light candles to scatter the darkness; as winter settles in, we highlight all that indicates life is being replenished, not squelched; in the midst of harsh economic and personal times we are reminded of those who have less and asked to share from what we have and who we are. The paradox of light within darkness, life in what seems barren, and sharing while in need are just some of the realities at the core of being human.

For Catholics and other people of faith religious traditions and beliefs lie deep within such human experiences.  They invite us to step even closer to our longings and hopes and find the Presence of Emmanuel, “God-with-us.” One such tradition observed at this time of year is Las Posadas. Posadas is a delightful and unique tradition of the people of Mexico.  A nine-day preparation for celebrating the Nativity of Our Lord, Posadas is a reenactment of looking for lodging for Joseph and Mary as they journeyed to Bethlehem.

Seminarian Fund Collection

Seminarian Fund Collection

The annual Seminarian Fund Collection is January 17-18, 2015. Educating seminarians is an investment in the future of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire, but this goal cannot be fulfilled without the help of the faithful. The cost to educate a seminarian is more than $100 for every day he is in formation. This expense includes tuition, room and board at seminary. 100% of every dollar collected for the Seminarian Education Fund goes toward supporting the education and formation of men studying for the priesthood. The annual collection is the primary source of funding for seminarian education. LEARN MORE

Attention Bulletin Editors: Brochures are expected to arrive in parishes between January 5 -6. Please include them in your parish bulletin on the weekend of January 10-11, 2015.

Year of Consecrated Life

Secular Discalced Carmelite

Cissy Van Loon, O.C.D.S., has been married for 35 years and has six children, 12 grandchildren, and four great-grandchildren. In her nearly 70 years she has been a nurse, a case manager, a firefighter, and a school bus driver. With such a full and varied life, it’s a bit of a surprise to discover the Plymouth resident has also taken vows as a Secular Discalced Carmelite. (Discalced means “shoeless,” a nod to the Carmelite reformers who wore sandals instead of shoes and stockings, thus setting them apart from the original order.) READ MORE

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.

4 Ways You Can Get Involved:

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

  2. Include these prayer intentions each week in your liturgy, and the announcements in your parish bulletins.

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

  4. 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.

World Youth Day Krakow

World Youth Day Krakow 2016
Deadline Extended to January 15th

Don't delay. If you are interested in going to World Youth Day in Krakow, a commitment is needed by January 15th.

Proposed Itinerary

Pilgrimage Reservation Agreement

Informational Webinar - Listen to the Recording NOW!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

RCIA Retreat

RCIA Retreat

February 7, 2015
Christ the King Parish - St. John the Evangelist Church
Concord, NH

“Who do you say that I am?” (Mt. 16:15)

Have you been with a friend, who asked you the above question? Could you actually answer the question about who your friend is, or would you be confused like the disciples, or fumble with an answer?

Will you take time for yourself to look at these questions with other RCIA coordinators and team members? Put yourself in this place and time to reveal to the Lord who you say He is, or do you assume the answer? Give your self the time and opportunity to come face to face with the Lord and answer Him--- “Who do you say I am?” Scary... maybe. Intense... surely. Life-giving and soul filling... “Come and see.”

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Our Lady of Cedars

Our Lady of the Cedars Parish, Manchester

Written and Photographed by Matthew Lomanno

“Enter the Church and repent...for here is the physician, not the judge. Here one is not investigated, one receives remission of sins.” – Saint John Chrysostom

This quotation appears on every bulletin of Our Lady of the Cedars, a Melkite Greek-Catholic parish. Begun by Lebanese immigrants in 1930 it was established formally as a parish in 1955. At first glance, the church seems to look, sound, and smell like an Orthodox church – but not every Eastern Church is Orthodox. Many Roman Catholics are surprised to find that not all Catholics are Roman Catholic. The Melkite Church, which follows the ancient traditions of the Byzantine East, is among many other Eastern Catholic Churches in this country and throughout the world, all of which are in full communion with the Church of Rome and the pope. READ MORE

Also from Parable

Nov/Dec Issue

Parable Education Guide (pdf)

Parable RCIA Supplement (pdf)

Thank you for your generous support!

Bishop Libasci asked parishes to conduct a free will offering on the weekend of September 13-14 to help Catholic Relief Services (CRS) respond to urgent needs for aid and assistance in the Middle East.  Diocese-wide a total of $59,138.78 was collected, which will be used to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support to those affected by the ongoing violence there.  Thank you for your generous response.

Grant Opportunities

Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund - The Fund enables the Bishop of Manchester, through a board of directors, to make grants to not-for-profit organizations without regard to religious affiliation for projects that help people in New Hampshire meet their basic needs.

CRS Rice Bowl Grants - Grants are available to support parish organizations such as food pantries, St. Vincent de Paul Society programs, or other ministries, programs, or projects intended to alleviate hunger and/or poverty in NH.

Updates from Human Resources

2015 Holiday and Holy Days Schedule

Parish Safety Program - This model program applies to all locations with  5 or more employees for Joint Labor Management Committee and 10 or more employees for a written safety plan.  Locations need to maintain these reports and records and file bi-annual updates with the state.

Paylocity - Important Year-End Reminders

CLICK HERE for other forms and information related to Human Resources.

Featured Employment Opportunity

Chaplain, Catholic Medical Center

Catholic Medical Center is seeking a full-time Chaplain. Some of the essential functions include: Regularly visits with all patients, especially new admissions, while daily giving priority to referrals and those in greatest need. Provides sacramental ministry, religious counseling and crisis intervention as appropriate. Provides information about the availability of area clergy and makes contacts when requested. Ensures pastoral availability to families and staff in times of crisis. For a complete description and to apply visit the CMC website.

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Upcoming Events - Register Today!

Spring Adult Confirmation Classes and Celebration

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends - January 23 - 25, 2015

Thinking About Remarriage - January 10, 2015

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.

Retrouvaille - A Program for Couples Struggling in their Marriages


Do you feel lost, alone or bored in your marriage? Are you constantly fighting? Does talking about it only make it worse? Retrouvaille is a program to help couples heal and renew their marriages. The next Retrouvaille weekend in New England will be held on January 9-11. READ MORE

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