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Michael Sartori Ordination

Transitional Diaconate Ordination

You are cordially invited to attend the ordination of Michael Sartori to the Sacred Order of the Diaconate through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Bishop Libasci on Saturday, May 30th at 10 am at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. READ MORE

Nepal Needs Your Help!

Special Collection for Victims of Nepal Earthquake

Bishop Libasci is asking parishes across New Hampshire to take up a special free will offering the weekend of May 30-31 to support recovery efforts in Nepal following last month’s devastating earthquake. Donations will benefit Catholic Relief Services, the international humanitarian agency representing the U.S. Catholic Church. CRS is already on the ground in Nepal responding to urgent needs for water, food and shelter. For more information about CRS efforts, or to donate online, please visit www.CRS.org

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Peter's Pence Collection

Peter's Pence Collection

Embarking on the third year of his pontificate, Pope Francis continues to call each of us to be a witness of charity. “To love God and neighbor is not something abstract,” he said, “but profoundly concrete: it means seeing in every person the face of the Lord to be served, to serve him concretely.” The Peter’s Pence Collection unites us in solidarity with the Holy Father and his works of charity toward those who are suffering around the world.

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Seeking Nominations

Catholic Lawyers Guild Seeking Nominations for
St. Thomas More and St. Michael Awards

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of NH currently is seeking nominations for the St. Thomas More Award, which is presented to practicing Catholic lawyer or judge who embodies the spirit of St. Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others. If you know of a lawyer or judge whom you think is deserving of St. Thomas More Award, please submit the nominee’s name, along with a brief description of the contributions the nominee has made to your parish or the community, to Bob Carey at rcarey@orr-reno.com or Orr & Reno, P.O. Box 3550, Concord, NH 03302-3550 before June 5, 2015.

In addition, the Guild is seeking nominations for the St. Michael Award to recognize a practicing Catholic member of law enforcement who has demonstrated uncompromising integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence while always seeking justice, and served his or her community with distinction. If you know of a member of law enforcement whom you think is deserving of the St. Michael Award, please submit the nominee’s name, along with a brief description of the contributions the nominee has made to your parish or the community, to Brian Quirk at bquirk@preti.com or Preti Flaherty, PO Box 1318, Concord, NH 03302-1318 before June 5, 2015.

Fortnight for Freedom

Fortnight for Freedom

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops has called for a “Fortnight for Freedom,” a 14-day period of prayer, education, and action in support of religious freedom, from June 21 to July 4.  This two-week period is a time when our liturgical calendar celebrates a series of great martyrs who remained faithful in the face of persecution by political power. This year, the theme of the Fortnight will focus on the “freedom to bear witness” to the truth of the Gospel.

CLICK HERE for ideas to recognize this special period of prayer and education in your parish.

SUBMIT your Fortnight for Freedom events to our online calendar.

BCAF Kickoff

Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund Launches Campaign

The 2015 Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund began its 31st year with a meeting of the volunteer committee. The volunteers help raise funds that are used by the Roman Catholic Bishop of Manchester to assist organizations that provide basic needs to people in New Hampshire. Last year the fund raised over $216,000 and over 400 donors attended the Summer Reception. READ MORE

Parable Magazine Feature

A Friend to the Poor
Cleo Castonguay reflects on how a simple food pantry became so much more

When Cleo Castonguay reflects on his 15 year tenure as president of the Saint Vincent de Paul (SVdP) conference in Exeter, an old adage comes to mind: “Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day; show him how to fish, and you feed him for a lifetime.” READ MORE

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Bulletin Editors

Here is an overview of items for your parish bulletins.

Catholic Lawyers Guild Seeking Nominations for St. Thomas More and St. Michael Awards - Deadline for nominations is June 5. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Three Beliefs - Updated Guide for NH Catholics on End-of-Life Decision-Making Now Available. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT and BULLETIN INSERT

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.

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Featured Employment Opportunity

Catholic Youth Minister
St. Matthew Parish, Windham, NH

Do you long to help young people come to know Him? Are you seeking a unique opportunity to guide and shape a growing youth ministry program?

Saint Matthew Parish, a vibrant community located 45 minutes north of Boston in Windham, NH, seeks a radically welcoming, faith-filled Youth Minister to serve our particularly youthful parish of 2,800 families. Applicants should actively practice and desire to grow in their Catholic faith, have strong interpersonal and communication skills, and be knowledgeable in applicable technology and social media. Prior experience in Youth Ministry is preferred; a passion to journey with tweens, teens and beyond is required! This part-time position offering flexible hours will include some evenings and weekends. READ MORE

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

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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

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