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Make catholicnh.org part of your Lenten Journey

Make catholicNH.org part of your Lenten journey.

This Fourth Sunday of Lent is referred to as Laetare Sunday. The first word of the Entrance Antiphon is “Rejoice!” and latare is the Latin word for rejoice. We rejoice because this week marks the midpoint of our Lenten observance. READ MORE



  • Chrism Mass - March 31
  • Reconciliation available at all NH Catholic parishes - March 30
    from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
  • Easter Vigil – April 4
  • Easter Sunday - April 5

Youth Ministers Day with Bishop Libasci

Upcoming Events - Register Today!

World Prayer for Peace at the Carmelite Monastery - March 28, 2015
This year the Carmelite family celebrates the 500th anniversary of the birth of Saint Teresa of Avila.  Mindful of her cry, “the world is all in flames”, Carmelites throughout the world will unite to offer Saint Teresa the gift of an hour of prayer for peace. Pope Francis has decided to make this initiative his own and will begin this hour of world prayer either at the beginning or at the end of the Mass celebrated on March 26 at Santa Marta (6 a.m. GMT).

Please join us on her birthday, March 28, in this World Prayer for Peace at the Carmelite Monastery, 275 Pleasant St., Concord, NH, in your churches, your homes or wherever you can, and encourage others to unite with us at this time to beg God that true peace, the peace that Jesus promised, may come to our ravaged world. More information and a flier for this event can be found at http://www.concordcarmel.org/peaceprayer

Youth Ministers Day with the Bishop - April 11, 2015
The day will include Mass, hospitality, dialogue with Bishop Libasci and lunch.

Publishers Day for Catechetical Leaders - April 13, 2015
Considering new curriculum? Learn about the best practices and new offerings in presentations from several publishers.

New and Nearly New Orientation, Part II - April 15, 2015
For Youth Ministers and Catechetical Leaders in ministry for five years or less. Several Diocesan Directors will provide participants with an overview of the resources available through their respective offices. 

Mass for the Healing of Those Affected by Child Abuse - April 16, 2015
In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Diocesan Safe Environment Council cordially invite all the Catholic faithful to a special Mass on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m.

Spring Adult Confirmation Classes and Celebration

Marian Mass and Breakfast with the Bishop - May 9, 2015
7:30 a.m. Rosary, 8:00 a.m. Mass followed by catered breakfast.

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.

2015 Annual Retreat for Parish Ministers - May 28-29, 2015
Ignatian Spirituality: Finding God in All Things with Rev. Bill Clark, SJ at the Marie Joseph Spiritual Center, Biddeford Pool, Maine.

Bulletin Editors

Here is an overview of items for your parish bulletins.

New! Bishop Libasci's Good Friday Message

Good Friday Collection - Every year on Good Friday, a collection is taken up in every Catholic church to support the people and places of the Holy Land. LEARN MORE | DOWNLOAD BULLETIN RESOURCES

Mass for the Healing of Those Affected by Child Abuse - In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Diocesan Safe Environment Council cordially invite all the Catholic faithful to a special Mass on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT | DOWNLOAD FLYER

RCIA Institute: Making Disciples- Help us to get the word out to people who are interested in RCIA. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

CRS Rice Bowl – CRS Rice Bowl is Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith formation program and a way to get parishioners and students excited about their Catholic faith and about helping people in need around the world. GET A BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT to thank your community for participating in CRS Rice Bowl and to remind them to return their Rice Bowls before Easter.

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends - Updated for March! GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit - The Diocese of Manchester is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families which will be held in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, 2015. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS. Read Bishop Libasci's Letter about the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage.

See more bulletin announcements.

Easter Seals Receives Grant from BCAF

Easter Seals of NH

Bishop Libasci visited Easter Seals of NH to see how a Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund grant for special transit services is helping elderly and others with disabilities move about the community. Fred Roberge, Bishop Libasci, Devin Farrelly, and Larry Gamon stand with one of the buses that serves the greater Manchester area.

LEARN MORE about the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund

Featured Employment Opportunity

Director of Adult Faith Formation
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester has an opening for a Director of Adult Faith Formation. The Director provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for adult faith formation and the Catechumenate in parishes and all related diocesan agencies and institutions within the Diocese. READ MORE

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

CLICK HERE for school employment opportunities including positions for principals, teachers, custodians, nurses, aides, and more.

Attention Parish Administrators
2015 Labor Law Training Seminars

The New Hampshire Department of Labor is offering a Labor Law Training Seminar on how to stay in compliance with NH labor laws. The seminar will be offered on 12 dates in a number of different locations throughout the state. These events are free and open to employers, businesses and the public. LEARN MORE

World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit

Pilgrimage to World Meeting of Families and Papal Visit

Sign up for our pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families which will be held in Philadelphia from September 22 to 27, 2015 and centered around the theme “Love Is Our Mission: The Family Fully Alive.” Pope Francis will celebrate a public Mass on the final day. Read More

Catechesis for World Meeting of Families

Each month leading up to the World Meeting of Families we are posting a theme that includes a call to Think, Pray, and Act. These features can serve as a guide for deaneries and parishes to explore and prepare to participate in the spirit of the World Meeting, whether in person or in the parish.

Attention Bulletin Editors and Webmasters

Here are four ways you can help us to spread the word about the Pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families:

  1. Post and Distribute these flyers:
    Flyer 1 - full trip (pdf)
    Flyer 2 - weekend only (pdf)

  2. Post this announcement in your bulletins and website.

  3. Post this graphic and link on Facebook.

  4. Tweet this: Join @BishopLibasci and @catholicnh on a Pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families #wmof www.catholicnh.org/wmof

Parable Magazine needs you!

Parable Donation Drive

During the month of March, you will receive a Parable Donation Drive envelope in your mailbox. Every year at this time, we ask that you support Parable in a very practical way. Your generous contribution helps keep Parable coming to your home and the homes of your fellow parishioners. (A donation is not a payment for a subscription to the magazine. In order to receive the magazine, you must be a member of a parish that receives Parable.)

You can also make a donation online at www.parablemag.com or send your contribution to:
Parable Magazine
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Manchester, NH 03105
Please make checks payable to RCBM.

Most of all we ask for your prayers – for those who contribute to the magazine and for those we feature. We pray that God uses Parable to inspire and to bring his Good News to the faithful in New Hampshire.

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Mar/Apr Issue

Parable Education Guide (pdf)

Parable RCIA Supplement (pdf)

Natural Family Planning

Avoiding and Achieving a Pregnancy Naturally

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Family & Marriage Links

Year of Consecrated Life

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. Distribute these prayer cards, which will be delivered to parishes in advance of the World Day of Consecrated Life, February 8.

  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.

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Clergy Prayer List - March 2015

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