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Preparing for Lent

Catholic Schools Week

Catholic Schools Week Kicks Off With Multimedia Student Contest

On Friday, January 29th, Catholic Schools Week kicks off with the third annual Multimedia Youth Contest. The contest is organized by the USCCB'S Catholic Campaign for Human Development (CCHD). It is a tool for schools and parishes to engage Catholics in grades 7 through 12 in learning about the root causes of U.S. poverty and the Church’s response. This year we extended the contest at the local level to include 5th and 6th graders.

Last year we were proud to have two of our own students win the Grand Prize
in the national contest. Pictured above on the cover of the program is the winning entry titled,
“CCHD—Community Garden” by Tristan MacDonald and R.J. Bolduc from Holy Trinity
School (Gr. 7).

Follow us on Facebook next week as we post each day some of the entries from this years contest.

Inviting Catholic Women

Annual Lenten Reflection and Breakfast for Catholic Women

Lent is right around the corner! Once again this year, the NH Diocesan Council of Catholic Women are organzing the Lenten Morning of Reflection and Breakfast. Our morning will include prayer, a delicious hot breakfast, raffle prizes, and a presentation on "Mary, Mother of Mercy" by Fr. Bill Deschamps.

Saturday, March 5, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 12:30 PM

St. Andre Bessette Parish
291 Union Avenue
Laconia, NH 03246



Men of St. Joseph

Mass and Mens Breakfast to Celebrate Feast of St. Joseph

Bishop Libasci is inviting men of the Diocese of Manchester to Holy Mass and breakfast at St. Joseph Cathedral to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of our diocese. Pictured above are photos from last year.

Saturday, March 19, 2016 at 8:00 AM (7:30 AM for Rosary)

St. Joseph Cathedral


National Marriage Week

National Marriage Week

The observances of National Marriage Week (Feb. 7-14) and World Marriage Day/Valentine’s Day (Sunday, Feb.14) provide an opportunity to celebrate the gift and blessing of marriage and to affirm and support engaged and married couples.

For resources to strengthen your marriage and family, please visit the For Your Marriage website: www.foryourmarriage.org

USCCB Resources for National Marriage Week

Family & Marriage Links

 Operation Rice Bowl

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 for efforts to advocate for solutions to injustice.

Parish and School Grants Available through CRS Rice Bowl

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

Order CRS Rice Bowl Materials

CRS Rice Bowl is a Lenten faith formation program that invites Catholics to “live in solidarity with our poorest and most vulnerable brothers and sisters through the three Lenten pillars of praying, fasting, and almsgiving.” To order free CRS Rice Bowl materials for your parish, school, or family, and to find ideas to bring CRS Rice Bowl to life in your community, visit www.crsricebowl.org, call 1-800-222-0025, or contact Jennifer Martin at either
603-663-0145 or jmartin@rcbm.org.

Winter Reminders for Safe Environment Coordinators

Coaches: If you have not done so already, please check the team rosters for any winter teams you sponsor and make sure that all coaches are accounted for in the Safe Environment Database (SED), which is located at www.rcbmnh.org . Coaches have 30 days from the day they start coaching to complete all safe environment requirements.

March for Life Chaperones: This month, many schools and parishes will send students to the March for Life in Washington, DC. Please keep in mind that chaperones who attend overnight trips with youth must complete all safe environment requirements (including background checks and training) before the event.

Overdue individuals: Please check the database pending list for your parish or school. At this time, there are a number of persons showing as overdue in our database. It is possible that you have the forms on file but have forgotten to enter the information into the database.

Please do not hesitate to contact the safe environment office if you have questions or need assistance regarding any of the above items.

Help for Victims

Office for Healing and Pastoral Care

The Office for Healing and Pastoral Care provides services and support, promotes healing, and supports the emotional and spiritual well-being of survivors of sexual abuse in the Church. The Office also seeks to be a source of comfort and support for anyone who is a survivor of sexual abuse in any walk of life. READ MORE

Parable: Promoting the Common Good

Christ Calls Us to Care for Others

“The common good…is much more than the sum of individual interests. It moves from ‘what is best for me’ to ‘what is best for everyone.’ It embraces everything which brings a people together: common purpose, shared values, ideas which help us to look beyond our limited horizons.”
~ Pope Francis

Nicole Plourde is still thinking about Dan. As Parish and Community Services Coordinator for Catholic Charities New Hampshire (CCNH), Nicole puts various aspects of Catholic social justice into practice every day. It is her job to help anyone who knocks on her office door. But Dan was different. READ MORE

See Also: Inside Parable Jan/Feb Issue

Year of Mercy Pilgrim Guide

Year of Mercy Pilgrim Resources

Pilgrimage and Journal Keeping Guide - Each month download our new Year of Mercy reflections. The theme for part one is "Celebrating the Father's Mercy."

Indulgences Fact Sheet - Learn about plenary indulgences and the process for receiving one in the Year of Mercy. Bulletin editors may want to include this fact sheet in parish bulletins.

Personal Guide to Visiting a Holy Door - Parishes with holy doors may be interested in having this available for pilgrims.

REGISTER NOW: Pilgrimage to Italy - Bishop Libasci invites you to join him on a pilgrimage to Italy from April 18 to 26, 2016, as part of the observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy. Space is limited, and the deadline to register is February 28.

Year of Mercy Presentations - Learn more about this presentation and how you can bring it to your parish or small group.

Learn more about the Year of Mercy

NHCC Mardi Gras Event

11th Annual Mardi Gras Gala

Join Catholic Charities NH for the 11th annual Mardi Gras Gala on Saturday, Feb. 6, 2016, at the Grappone Conference Center in Concord. The Mardi Gras Gala raised over $105,000 last year, supporting services that provide pathways out of poverty.

Mardi Gras is a Louisiana-themed event that celebrates the culture of New Orleans, home to one of the world’s most recognized Mardi Gras festivals. Festive decorations transport guests to the French Quarter where they participate in the silent auction, games of chance, and are treated to Cajun and Creole inspired cuisine, live music, dancing and entertainment.

Learn More and Get Your Tickets

Order the 2016 NH Catholic Directory

2016 NH Catholic Directory

The 2016 edition of the NH Catholic Directory is available to order for $19. The new edition contains up-to-date parish information, priest assignments, and other useful data.

Please place an order by downloading an order form and mailing your order to the Finance Office. We ask that all orders are prepaid by check or credit card. You can also order a directory on-line.

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Clergy Prayer List - January 2016

Clergy Prayer List - February 2016

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