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Pray the Rosary with Bishop Libasci

New Audio Recording: Pray the Rosary with Bishop Libasci

Now you can pray the Rosary any time with Bishop Libasci. As the month of October is dedicated to the Holy Rosary, we’ve recorded Bishop Libasci reciting the four Mysteries of the Rosary. Visit www.catholicnh.org/rosary to listen and pray with the Bishop.

Also from the Bishop:

Bishop Libasci's Letter for Respect Life Month: pdf | .jpg

Brochure- Talking with your children about sexual abuse

What's New in Safe Environment

Talking with Your Children About Sexual Abuse: The Diocese of Manchester's Safe Environment Office has recently updated and published a resource for parents titled, "Talking with Your Children About Sexual Abuse. CLICK HERE to download a copy.

Safe Environment Coordinators: Here are some tips to prepare for upcoming fall programs and to make sure that all adults who work regularly with minors are in compliance with diocesan policy - CLICK HERE for the reminders.

Bulletin Announcement -  Prayer for Victims of Abuse: Christ calls each of us to reach out to victims of abuse in their time of need. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to help, but one effective way of expressing care and concern is through prayer. Please commit to praying on a regular basis for victims of abuse, particularly those abused by clergy or others representing the Catholic Church. CLICK HERE for the prayers.

Photos from Recent Events

Red Mass - The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire invited all associated with the study and administration of justice to join them for the celebration of the Red Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday, October 7th. Following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild held its ninth annual dinner at Fratello’s Italian Grille and honored Laurel Ann O'Connor, Esq., the recipient of the Saint Thomas More award. See photos on Facebook.

Lay Ministry Formation Vespers - Ten participants in the three-year Lay Ministry Formation Program, Called to Servant Leadership, gathered with Bishop Libasci, their families and friends for Solemn Evening Prayer on Sunday, September 21, 2014 at St. Joseph Cathedral to mark and celebrate their successful completion of the program. See photos on Facebook.

Prayer and Pancakes - Photos on Facebook of the Aquinas House Student Mass and Pancake Breakfast with Bishop Libasci.

Catechetical Leaders Day with the Bishop

Upcoming Events - Register Today!

The Voice of Catholic Women within the Family - October 18, 2014
NH Diocesan Catholic Women 2014 Fall Gathering featuring guest speaker Beth Mahoney.

Catechetical Leaders Day with the Bishop - October 23, 2014

Celebrate Youth Leadership - October 26, 2014
Annual World Youth Day celebration featuring the Saint Timothy Awards and Companion on the Journey Awards.

Rivier University High School Retreats - Various dates starting in November

Gifts of Ministry - November 3, 2014
New and nearly new (up to 5 years) catechetical leaders and youth ministers are invited together to offer peer support, direction, and to identify resources.

Public Square: A More Excellent Way: Understanding Catholic Teaching on Care at the End of Life - November 15, 2014
Fr. Myles Sheehan, a Jesuit priest and a physician returns as the keynote speaker after presenting to a capacity crowd last year.

Celebrate Youth Leadership

Celebrate Youth Leadership

Sunday, October 26, 2014 at 2:00 p.m.
St. Joseph Cathedral Manchester
Saint Timothy Awards and Companion on the Journey Awards

Direct Questions to Mae Edwards, maedwards@rcbm.org.
RSVP to Fran Doucette at fdoucette@rcbm.org.

Priesthood Sunday

Priesthood Sunday
October 25-26, 2014

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 25 and 26. 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.

NEW: Host a Prayer Vigil

The Worldwide Marriage Community will offer hourly prayers in honor of all Catholic priests throughout the day on Priesthood Sunday. Parishes may wish to host their own prayer vigil. The prayer vigil includes 24 prayer petitions for priests. In the interest of several people praying together in Spirit, individuals and couples sign up to lift up that prayer intention during the specified hour. By doing so, each intention hopefully will be offered by several across the nation during that hour. In this way we can be united in our prayer focus by time zone. CLICK HERE to download the prayer vigil.

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

Conscience and Your Vote

Catholic Citizenship News Educational Series

In preparation for the fall elections, we are proud to announce the launch of Conscience and Your Vote, an education and awareness drive dedicated to encouraging Catholics in New Hampshire to learn about Church teaching on today’s pressing issues, pray as we form our consciences, and get out and vote. This year, we face great challenges as a nation, but also are presented with great opportunities to build a future based upon the principles laid forth by Christ. Read Recent Issues of CCN

See Also:

Bishop Libasci's Letter

Resources for Parishes - Includes prayers, bulletin and pulpit announcements.

Bulletin Insert - "Catholic Citizenship & Your Vote" provides a summary on Catholic Social Teaching on Forming Your Conscience as a Catholic Voter

Additional Voting Resources - Includes important dates, ideas for catechetical leaders, prayer resources, and more.

Public Square: A More Excellent Way: Understanding Catholic Teaching on Care at the End of Life - November 15, 2014
Fr. Myles Sheehan, a Jesuit priest and a physician returns as the keynote speaker after presenting to a capacity crowd last year.

Subscribe to Catholic Citizenship News – Catholic Citizenship News started a weekly e-mail program in September to help Catholics learn about Church teaching and prepare for the upcoming election in November.

World Mission Sunday


World Mission Sunday
October 18-19, 2014

Attention Bulletin Editors: Here are links to Bishop Libasci's letter.
Choose from pdf or jpg.


Bulletin Editors

Gifts of Ministry

Gifts of Ministry

New and nearly new (up to 5 years) catechetical leaders and youth ministers are invited together to offer peer support, direction, and to indentify resources.

Monday, November 3, 2014
9:30 a.m. - 12 noon
St. Elizabeth Seton Activity Center, Bedford

Download Flyer/Registration Form (pdf)

Register Online

Support Groups for Separated and Divorced

Because divorce and separation can be painful experiences, support groups are available to those who are seeking healing, comfort and empowerment. READ MORE

Family & Marriage Links

Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Holy Day of Obligation
Monday, December 8, 2014

Please note:  Since the Solemnity of the Immaculate Conception is the Patronal Feastday of the United States of America the obligation to attend Mass on Monday is retained.  A Vigil Mass cannot be celebrated on Sunday Evening since the Sundays of Advent have precedence over all Feasts of the Lord and over all Solemnities.

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Clergy Prayer List - October 2014

Employment Opportunities | School Employment Opportunities

Extranet for Priests

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