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Peters Pence

Peter's Pence Collection

June 25/26, 2016

In this Jubilee Year of Mercy, Pope Francis has called each of us to be a witness of charity. He encourages us to "open our eyes and see the misery of the world, the wounds of our brothers and sisters who are denied their dignity, and let us recognize that we are compelled to heed their cry for help!" (Misericordiae Vultus [MV], no. 15). The Peter's Pence Collection unites us in solidarity to the Holy See and its works of charity to those in need. Your generosity allows the Pope to respond to our suffering brothers and sisters.

Pope Francis blesses a young man in Cuba. CNS Photo/Paul HaringThe purpose of the Peter's Pence Collection is to provide the Holy Father with the financial means to respond to those who are suffering as a result of war, oppression, natural disaster, and disease.

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Pilgrimage to Washington with Bishop Libasci

Year of Mercy Pilgrimage to Washington, DC


Holy Year Pilgrimage

Bishop Libasci is pleased to announce that as part of the observance of the Year of Mercy, he will be leading a diocesan-wide pilgrimage to Washington D.C.  Central to this Pilgrimage will be our visit to the Basilica of the National Shrine of the Immaculate Conception, America’s Catholic Church.  There we will have the opportunity to go through the National Holy Year Door!  The pilgrimage is scheduled for September 26-28, 2016. For further information contact Canterbury Pilgrimages at 800-653-0017 or go to www.canterburypilgrimages.com

Download Flyer: catholicnh.org/pilgrimage

Photo Galleries - Ordinations

2016 Ordination Photos

Bishop Peter A. Libasci ordained Rev. Michael Sartori to the priesthood at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Saturday, June 4 and Rev. Mr. David Harris and Rev. Mr. Matthew Schultz to the transitional diaconate at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Saturday, May 28.

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2016 Priesthood Ordination

2016 Transitional Diaconate Ordination

Parable Wins 6 CPA Awards

Parable Magazine Wins Six 2016 Catholic Press Association Awards

Parable Magazine is the winner of six national awards from the Catholic Press Association including 1st Place - Best Single Photo - Black and White. Congratulations to our contributors and thank you to our sponsors.

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Employment Opportunity: Director of Parish Faith Formation

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a Director of Parish Faith Formation.   This position provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for Parish Faith Formation, Grades 1-12, including comprehensive youth ministry, Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and Penance, First Communion and Confirmation, and serves as resource person to the Catholic School office regarding the teaching of religion.  This position provides formation and professional development for catechetical leaders, youth ministers and for all others who provide faith formation in parishes. For further information about the position requirements and qualifications please see the attached job description.     Interested and qualified applicants may send their resume by August 1, 2016  to Chris Hagen, Director of Human Resources at  chagen@rcbm.org.  

 Free Symposium on Human Trafficking

Free Symposium on Human Trafficking


Working with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Catholic Women is doing all we can to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking. Locally, the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be hosting a free symposium on human trafficking, June 25, 2016 at 9:30 am to noon at St. Mary Church, Lowell St. Rochester NH.

Presenters include: a representative from the Strafford County Sheriff’s office; Basra Mohammed, a legal advocate from Catholic Charities; and Erin Albright, the Regional Director of Give Way to Freedom, who holds a BA degree in International Affairs, and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Erin has worked with the Boston Police Departments Human Trafficking Task Force. Other presenters are: Jasmine Marino, a victim of human trafficking, tells her story and how this has affected her life and Sister Helene Higgins from the Sister of St. Joseph who will speak on the efforts of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Coffee and pastries will be served. There is no cost but registration is requested to ensure sufficient refreshments and materials. For more information and to register contact Jo-Ann Ellison at jellison@rcbm.org or 603-663-0147.

JOIN US: June 25, 2016 at 9:30 a.m. at St. Mary Church, Lowell St., Rochester, NH.

RSVP: Jo-Ann Ellison at jellison@rcbm.org or 603-663-0147

LEARN MORE: USCCB on Human Trafficking

SAVE THE DATE: Continue the conversation during the next Public Square event on November 19, 2016.

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Parish Sacramental Preparation Workshops

Parish Sacramental Preparation Series

Gather, Receive, Share

This three-part workshop series on Parish Sacramental Preparation for pastors, priests, deacons, catechetical leaders and youth ministers, Catholic elementary and high school principals.

Part 1: The Who, What & Why of Parish Sacramental Preparation

Presentations by Bishop Libasci and Directors, Secretariat for Catholic Formation

Attendance is required, except for a good reason. Registration is required to assure adequate materials.

June 21, 2016
12:30 - 3:30 p.m.
Parish of the Transfiguration, Manchester

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Ven y Ve


La Conferencia de Directores Diócesanos de Educación Religiosa – Nueva Inglaterra Presenta

Ven y Ve–Come and See (Juan 1,46)

Conferencia litúrgica y catequética
Sábado, 25 de junio de 2016
9 a.m. - 3:30 p.m. (las puertas se abren a las 8 a.m.)

Rivier University, 420 S. Main St., Nashua, NH

¡Participe en un día festivo de formación interactiva para liturgistas, músicos pastorales, maestros de escuelas católicas y catequistas!

Ven y Ve se enfocará en técnicas para integrar a los ministerios litúrgicos y catequéticos, con el fin de crear una experiencia más profunda y vibrante de oración y comunidad. ¡El conjunto se convierte en más que la suma de sus partes!

  • Tema principal: Bishop Peter Libasci
  • Formación interactiva
  • Talleres en español e ingles
  • Celebraciones de oración y litúrgicas

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Fortnight for Freedom

The United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB) 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. The event begins with the vigil of the Feasts of St. John Fisher and St. Thomas More and ends with Independence Day. This special period of prayer, study, catechesis, and public action is intended to emphasize both our Christian and American heritage of liberty. The theme of this year’s Fortnight emphasizes the many witnesses to religious freedom, both past and present.

CLICK HERE for ideas for recognizing this special period of prayer and education in your own parish.

Nominations for St. Thomas More and St. Michael Awards

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 a 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 Friday, July 1, 2016.

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 Friday, July 1, 2016.

World Youth Day - Stateside

World Youth Day - Stateside

Join us in New Hampshire for a Stateside Celebration of World Youth Day on Saturday, July 30, 2016 from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at Camp Fatima.

Bring your parish! Please join the Diocese of Manchester and Camps Bernadette and Fatima in a World Youth Day USA Stateside Celebration including a live World Youth Day stream from Poland, lunch and Mass.

Check in begins at 11 a.m. 

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Award Recognizes Service to Women, Children or Families

VCA - Service to Women, Children, or FamiliesBishop 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.

Year of Mercy

Each month a new pilgrim resource for the Year of Mercy is available. For June the topic is Spiritual Works of Mercy.

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Video Resource Available on Catholic Social Teaching

Through a collaboration of the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops and Catholic Relief Services, a 7-part video series is bringing the themes of Catholic social teaching to life. You may find it helpful to share these videos with adult faith formation groups, high school theology classes, parents of religious education students, lay ministry formation programs, individuals preparing to participate in service experiences, and others. The videos are being released on a rolling basis, and 3 are now available by clicking here. Spanish subtitles are available.

Catholic Schools

NH Catholic Schools: Now Enrolling!

Where will your child be attending school next year?  Have you considered Catholic Education? There are twenty-one Diocesan Catholic Schools in the state, filled with passionate teachers and like-minded families.  Give your child the gift of focus, the gift of education.  Learn more by visiting your local Catholic School.  Financial Aid is available. Grades Pre-K 3 to 12. www.catholicschoolsnh.org

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