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eNews is the e-mail newsletter from the Diocese of Manchester published biweekly on Wednesdays. Bulletin editors are encouraged to use the information from this newsletter for parish bulletins and websites.


April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

April is Child Abuse Prevention Month

"Appropriate Boundaries" is the theme this year for April is Child Abuse Prevention Month. The Diocese of Manchester has a number of resources about appropriate boundaries. Abiding by these standards and monitoring the standards and practices of others helps to protect children who are entrusted in our care! READ MORE

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. DOWNLOAD FLYER

Remembering Fr. Klatka

Remembering Rev. Joseph S. Klatka

On April 13, 2015, the Reverend Joseph S. Klatka was called to his rest and to the glory of the Resurrection promised by the Lord.  He was 76 years old. READ MORE

Three Beliefs

Three Beliefs: A Guide for NH Catholics on End-of-Life Decisions

Revised 2015

Three Beliefs is a guide prepared by the Diocese of Manchester to assist Catholics in forming their consciences about end-of-life healthcare decisions. The guide contains a NH Advance Directive form that is both consistent with NH law and Catholic teaching and answers frequently asked questions about end-of-life treatment and care from a Catholic perspective.

CLICK HERE to download or request a copy of Three Beliefs and to learn more.

Bulletin Announcement and Insert

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

World Day of Prayer for Vocations

On Sunday, April 26, 2015, the Church will celebrate the World Day of Prayer for Vocations.  The purpose of the Day is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to “ask the master of the harvest to send out laborers for his harvest.” (Mt 9:38, Lk 10:2). Parishes throughout New Hampshire will observe the day through special prayers and devotions. READ MORE

Catholic Communication Campaign

Catholic Communication Campaign

The 2015 Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC) will be held in our diocese the weekend of May 16- 17. The CCC supports projects throughout the world that strengthen Catholic faith, worship, and witness by spreading the Gospel message on radio and television, in print, and on the Internet. Half of the proceeds from this collection stay here in our diocese to support our local communication efforts.

Here in our diocese the CCC helps make possible Parable magazine, the diocesan website (www.catholicnh.org), eNews, Catholic Citizenship News, and other efforts to bring information and messages about our Church and Faith to a wide audience both in New Hampshire and around the world.

READ Bishop Libasci's Letter


DOWNLOAD Resources from the USCCB

RCIA Institute

Upcoming Events - Register Today!

Catholic Scouting Recognition Ceremony - April 19, 2015
Scouts who have earned religious awards will be recognized and adult leaders who have been nominated will receive awards from the Bishop.

White Mass - April 22, 2015
Bishop Libasci will celebrate the White Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester for healthcare professionals. The White Mass is a special opportunity to ask God’s blessings for healthcare professionals and to affirm the profound service they give to the sick according to the model of Jesus Christ. St. Martin de Porres Award Winner Announced

Spring Adult Confirmation Classes and Celebration

NH YouthFest - May 2, 2015
Youthfest is a daylong event designed for all young people in grades 6-12 to spend the day with the Gospel and the Catholic Faith.

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

Ascension Thursday - May 14, 2015
In addition to Sundays, there are six holy days of obligation on which the faithful are expected to attend Mass. Ascention Thursday is a holy day of obligation. It is celebrated 40 days after Easter Sunday and honors Christ's ascent, body and soul into Heaven. Contact your parish for Mass times or visit our directory on catholicnh.org

Thinking About Remarriage - May 16, 2015
This day long program is for couples where one or both were previously married and thinking about marriage or are engaged to be married.

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. VIEW SCHEDULE

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.

NET Ministries

2015 NET Retreats

Once again NET is coming to the Diocese of Manchester, and offering fourteen possible retreat dates. All retreat themes are appropriate for Grades 7 to 12. NET seeks to help youth understand and accept God’s unconditional love for them, and to grow in their commitment to Jesus Christ and His church. NET offers the team members’ faith as witness to youth that faith in God is desirable, acceptable and an exciting part of their lives.

Interested? Last day to submit the "Interest Form" is tomorrow!


Bulletin Editors

Here is an overview of items for your parish bulletins.

Camp Fatima & Camp Bernadette Spring Open House - Camp Fatima & Camp Bernadette are having their Spring Open House on May 2nd and 3rd from 11am-4pm both days (rain or shine).  The directors and staff will be on hand to give tours and answer questions.  If you would like more information, please contact Michael Drumm at mdrumm@campsfatimabernadette.org or visit our website at www.campsfatimabernadette.org.

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

World Day of Prayer for Vocations - April 26, 2015

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

500th Anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila - The Carmelite Sisters of Concord invite you to join them in a special event including two conferences on May 2, 2015 in Concord. GET BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENT

Catholic Communications Campaign - May 16-17

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

Director of Family Life Ministries
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester has an opening for a Director of Family Life Ministries. The Director provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for marriage preparation and enrichment, baptism preparation, family life, parenting skills, Catholic Scouting and CYO in parishes and all related diocesan agencies and institutions within the Diocese. The position works collaboratively with the Secretary for Catholic Formation and staff as well as with parishes and all other related diocesan agencies and institutions. READ MORE

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

CLICK HERE for school employment opportunities.

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

Catholic School News

In School News: Run for God

On Saturday, April 11, over 225 “Run for God” runners and walkers successfully completed their 12 week training program in Dover as they participated in the Saint Mary Academy 5K Run/Walk. READ MORE

Read Superintendent's  Message for April

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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

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.)

50% of donations received by April 20 will be credited directly to your parish. This will help your parish cover the cost of sending Parable to the homes of all of the registered parishioners in your community.

You can also make a donation online at www.parablemag.com or send your contribution to:
Parable Magazine
Attn: Finance Office
P.O. Box 310
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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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. Read this Parable Magazine article about Sr. Mary Virginia a religious sister of the Sisters Adorers of the Precious Blood.

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

  4. Watch these videos to learn more about the YCL and the vows of Consecrated Life.

  5. 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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