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Our colorful pinwheel templates feature three designs with positive messages for children, teens, and adults. The activity guide also includes discussion cards parents can use to jump start conversations about child safety with their children. Include the pinwheels in your gardens or displays, on bulletin boards, as part of a classroom lesson about personal safety, or make them at home.
CLICK HERE to download the pinwheel templates and to find more ways that your parish, school, community, or family can take action this April to promote child safety and help eliminate 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 28 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as we pray for all those who were abused as children, particularly those who were abused by people representing the Catholic Church. The Mass will be celebrated at the Parish of the Holy Spirit, 161 Main Street, Keene and will be followed by a brief reception. For more information, please contact Joseph P. Naff, LICSW, Director, Office of Healing and Pastoral Care, at firstname.lastname@example.org 669-3100, Ext. 110
Pope Francis’ eagerly-awaited Apostolic Exhoratation Amoris Laetitia has been published. The document focuses on the family, drawing together almost three years of consultations with Catholics in countries around the world. READ MORE
The New Hampshire House Judiciary Committee soon will consider SB 426, a bill to study doctor-prescribed suicide. Some claim there is no harm in studying physician-assisted suicide, but your help is needed to let your representatives know that even studying assisted suicide sends the message that suicide has a place in our society.
In reality, suicide is a tragedy. We should be working together to prevent it. Read our talking points and call your representatives today to let them know that our focus must be on improving compassionate end-of-life care -- not studying methods to hasten death for those diagnosed with a terminal illness.
How to Contact Your Representative:
CLICK HERE to find the contact information for your representatives or call (603) 271-3661.
Thank you for your active participation in preserving the dignity of life. Know that you make a difference. ~ Meredith Cook, Director, Office of Public Policy
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On Sunday, April 10, 2016 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, Scouts who have earned religious awards were recognized and adult leaders who have been nominated received awards from the Bishop.
On Thursday, April 7, 2016 Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, celebrated the annual White Mass for healthcare professionals at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Immediately following the White Mass, at the New Hampshire Institute of Art, the NH Guild of Catholic Healthcare Professionals honored Mrs. Carol Shanahan, R.N., with the 2016 St. Martin de Porres Award, given annually to a Catholic healthcare professional who exemplifies the virtues of Catholic healthcare.
On the weekend of May 7-8, our diocese will take up the collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. This collection supports the USCCB’s efforts to communicate the Gospel through Catholic social media activities, podcasts, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese to support catholicnh.org, Parable magazine, eNews and Catholic Citizenship News, and other communications efforts. For more information, please visit catholicnh.org/media.
Bishop Libasci will recognize a volunteer who works to improve the lives of women, children or families through the Vita et Caritas award . The family of the late Ruthie Ford has established the award in memory of the work Ruthie accomplished. The award will be given to a volunteer, who through service to a non-profit agency helps transform the lives of women, children or families, exemplifies the Gospel message to love one another. The volunteer will be recognized at the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund’s Summer Reception and the non-profit organization will receive a $2,500 gift. Information and an application form are available at catholicnh.org/vca. The deadline for applications is June 24, 2016.
The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund is now accepting grant applications for the Spring 2016 review cycle. Applicants should submit a completed application and all required information no later than May 6, 2016. Information and application forms are available at catholicnh.org/BCAF or by calling Melanie English at 603-663-0166.
Diocese of Manchester and New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites all women of the diocese to join in a Marian Mass and Breakfast with Bishop Libasci on May 7, 2016.
The Federation of Diocesan Liturgical Commissions and the BCDW Secretariat Staff are teaming up to offer workshops on the revised rite for the Order of Celebrating Matrimony.
The workshops are intended for priests, deacons, parish musicians, and diocesan leaders who actively prepare couples for marriage and for the celebration of Matrimony.
The two workshops available in our area will be held at St. Julia Parish, 374 Boston Post Road, Weston, MA from 8:30 am to 3:30 pm. Cost is $55 per person; this will include lunch, beverages, and workshop materials.
In a world filled with noise and distractions, it’s easy to forget that God’s mercy is at the heart of Jesus’ teaching.
This retreat will provide an opportunity to step into the quiet, allowing time to explore some of the parables of mercy as a way to focus our attention on Jesus, the face of the Father’s mercy. This time of prayer will give us time together to consider ways of cultivating mercy amid the inevitable challenges of life.
Presenter Sister Pat Boyle, CSJ is a Sister of St. Joseph of Boston. She currently serves as the Associate Director of the Office of Pastoral Planning. In that role, Sister Pat is involved in the implementation of the Archdiocesan Pastoral Plan, Disciples in Mission. She is also the Coordinator of Pastoral Associates, overseeing their Archdiocesan certification process and ongoing formation. Sister Pat has also served in a variety of ministries within the Church of Boston.
Early registration for NH Catholic Youthfest , “Ascend” is now available online at www.nhyouthfest.org.
During early registration, now through Monday, April 18th, for every 10 youth registered one adult chaperone attends free! This annual event, open to middle and high school youth, will feature Jon Niven \ LIFT, Katie Prejean, Colin MacIver and Christopher Duffley
NET (National Evangelization Team) Ministries Retreat Team of young men and women ages 18-28 have been invited to our diocese October/November 2016 offering junior high and high school retreats. Request a date for your parish now! Go to the website for more information catholicnh.org/formation/youth/
Pilgrimage and Journal Keeping Guide - Each month download our new Year of Mercy reflections. The theme for part four is "Saints in Mercy" with a focus on Saint Faustina and Divine Mercy Resources.
We've added a new category to our web calendar for posting Bible Study events.
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Clergy Prayer List - April 2016
Clergy Prayer List - May 2016
Pray the Rosary with Bishop Libasci (Audio Recording)