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How do you live out your faith in  day-to-day life?

How do you live out your faith?

The National Federation for Catholic Youth Ministry (NFCYM) provides the St. Timothy and Companions on the Journey awards to recognize adults and youth who have contributed consistently and creatively on the parish/school and diocesan levels. As part of the selection process, applicants were asked to answer several questions about their faith.

Read some of the questions and responses from the award winners.

Share your answers to these questions on Facebook.

Heart-to-Heart with Mae Edwards

We Value You. We Need You. We Miss You.
Q&A for our young adult readers

Dear Mae: “Why are young adults so distant from the Church?” (Ellen, age 24) Dear Ellen: I sincerely appreciate the weight of your words and have been asking God to help me answer this question with honesty and hope, even though I feel greatly challenged, and a bit nervous about responding. But, I am so very grateful for your question. I recognize this is something many people may want to ask but are hesitant to do so. READ MORE

Also from Parable

Nov/Dec Issue

Parable Education Guide (pdf)

Parable RCIA Supplement (pdf)

Celebrate Religious Education Month

Celebrate Religious Education

"God's Gift of Forgiveness" is theme this year for celebrating religious education. Each year a poster is designed and educational resources are developed for teachers and parents to use.

CLICK HERE to read more about the theme and to download the poster and resources.

World Youth Day Krakow

World Youth Day Krakow 2016
Deadline to Register is Dec. 15th!

Don't delay. If you are interested in going to World Youth Day in Krakow, a commitment is needed by December 15th.

Proposed Itinerary

Pilgrimage Reservation Agreement

Informational Webinar - Listen to the Recording NOW!

CLICK HERE for more information and to register.

Updates from the Safe Environment Office

Updates from the Safe Environment Office

New online training for adults- Shield the Vulnerable

Effective November 1, the Diocese of Manchester is using Shield the Vulnerable online training as its initial and refresher training for adults who will work with minors. The training is found here: www.shieldthevulnerable.org

Related documents:

Cover letter for volunteers with instructions

FAQs for pastors, principals, and Safe Environment Coordinators

Tip Sheet for Working with Boy Scout Troops

The safe environment office has developed a tip sheet to help parishes that charter Boy Scout troops work with the volunteers as effectively as possible.

Rice Bowl - Now Taking Grants


CRS Rice Bowl Updates

Thank You!

CRS Rice Bowl is the Lenten faith-in-action program of Catholic Relief Services. This year, you fasted and prayed, living in solidarity with the poorest and most vulnerable. And thanks to your generosity, the Diocese of Manchester raised over $75,000 for CRS Rice Bowl. 75% of these gifts support CRS programs around the world, and 25% remains here in NH for direct support for local hunger and poverty alleviation efforts as well as efforts to advocate for solutions to injustice.

Parish Grants Available through CRS Rice Bowl

Thanks to your generous support of CRS Rice Bowl, once again, the diocese will offer grants to parishes through the portion of the funds that remain here in the diocese from the annual collection. Grants are available to support parish organizations such as food pantries, St. Vincent de Paul Society programs, or other ministries, programs, or projects intended to alleviate hunger and/or poverty in NH. CLICK HERE to read more and print an application.

Work Smarter Not Harder Workshop

Work Smarter, Not Harder Workshop

Friday, November 21, 2014
10:00 a.m. - noon (includes lunch)
Diocesan Administration Building - Auditorium

Do you find yourself battling with your computer during the course of your work day? Learn how to make better use of the technology that’s at your fingertips. We will demonstrate several tips and tricks using Word, Outlook, Windows, and Google that will help you work smarter, not harder.

Who should attend: New and self-taught users of Microsoft Word and Outlook. This workshop is open to people working or volunteering in parish ministry: pastors, deacons, parish secretaries, bulletin editors, catechists, youth ministers, etc.

Last Call!
Register online at diocesetips.eventbrite.com

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

Catholic Campaign for Human Development

On November 22-23, our diocese will take a collection for the Catholic Campaign for Human Development, the domestic anti-poverty program of the US Conference of Catholic Bishops. CCHD offers support to organizations advocating for structural change to address the root causes of problems facing the poor and vulnerable here in America. 25% of the funds raised from this collection stay here in NH to fight the root causes of poverty. Please be as generous as possible. CLICK HERE for sample bulletin announcements.

Updates from Human Resources

2015 Holiday and Holy Days Schedule

2015 Open Enrollment

Parish Safety Program - This model program applies to all locations with  5 or more employees for Joint Labor Management Committee and 10 or more employees for a written safety plan.  Locations need to maintain these reports and records and file bi-annual updates with the state.

CLICK HERE for other forms and information related to Human Resources.

Now Taking Camp Registrations

Now Taking Registrations for Camps Fatima & Bernadette

Bulletin Editors: Please post this bulletin announcement the weekend of November 15-16 and for a few weeks if possible.

Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are now accepting online registrations for the 2015 summer season. The camps, located in the Lakes Region of NH, offer 2-week overnight sessions for children, ages 6-15. For more information or to request a brochure and DVD, contact Michael Drumm at 603-364-5851 or e-mail mdrumm@campsfatimabernadette.org. You can also visit us on the web at www.campsfatimabernadette.org Please don’t wait as sessions do fill up quickly.

Confirmation Prep Project

80+ Participants Get Confirmation Preparation Training

The National Initiative on Adolescent Catechesis partnered with Dr. Michael Carotta to enhance current efforts with Confirmation Preparation in parishes to “promote discipleship as the expectation for life after confirmation.”  Thirty parishes and over eighty participants in the Diocese of Manchester elected to take part in this process beginning with phase 1 in March 2014. READ MORE

Catholic Women

45 Women Gather for "The Voice of Catholic Women Within the Family"

Forty-five women from parishes throughout the diocese gathered at St. Katharine Drexel Church, Wolfeboro, on October 18, 2014 for Mass, a presentation on “The Voice of Catholic Women within the Family” by Beth Mahoney, Director of Holy Cross Family Ministries, a recognition ceremony honoring four exemplary Catholic women committed to faithfully witnessing to the faith, and a lunch provided by Hart’s Turkey Farm Restaurant. The four honorees, Rita Laurion, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Rochester, Claudette Kangas, St. Andre Bessette Parish, Laconia, Dorothy Powers, St. Pius X Parish, Manchester, and Theresa Sanfacon, Our Lady of the Holy Rosary Parish, Rochester were presented with a medal of Our Lady of Good Counsel, patroness of the National Council of Catholic Women.

Upcoming Events - Register Today!

Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends - December 5-7, 2014 and January 23 - 25, 2015

Thinking About Remarriage - January 10, 2015

Rivier University High School Retreats - Various dates

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.

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.

More Links

Clergy Prayer List - November 2014

Clergy Prayer List - December 2014

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