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New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women

“Through baptism and confirmation the laity are commissioned to be apostles by the Lord Himself,…The laity can engage in their apostolic activity either as individuals or as members of various groups or associations.” Chapter V, Decree on the Apostolate of the Laity , Second Vatican Council


NHDCCW Fall Gathering: Women of Mercy, Women of Action

Saturday, October 15, 2016 from 8:30 AM to 2:30 PM
Saint Andre Bessette Parish, Laconia

  • Learn more about women of mercy in Scripture and in the Church
  • Renew your commitment to live as a woman of mercy
  • Share ways to put mercy into action in everyday life

Speaker: Mary Jane Silvia, Director of Adult Faith Formation, Diocese of Manchester

The day includes: morning prayer, continental breakfast, presentation, lunch, raffle and prizes

$20 includes breakfast and lunch

Contact: Kathryn Buttrick at kbuttrick@rcbm.org or (603) 663-0173

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The NH Diocesan Council of Catholic Women (NHDCCW) is the diocesan umbrella council for all Catholic women’s groups in the diocese as well as individual membership. Today the Council's goal is to encourage all Catholic women to join through individual membership rather than through a formalized women’s group. The NHDCCW is an affiliate of the National Council of Catholic Women.

The Council’s role is to support, empower and educate all Catholic women in spirituality, leadership and service. Its programs respond with gospel values to the need of the Church and society in the modern world.

The National Council with its diocesan councils are members of the World Union of Catholic Women’s Organizations (WUCWO). The Holy See affirms WUCCWO as the “voice of women in the Church and as the voice of Church.” WUCCWO received from the Pontifical Council for the Laity the final decree of its canonical status as a public association of the faithful.


The mission of the NCCW and the NHDCCW is carried out through the work of its commissions. Each commission under the direction of a commission chair works to educate about issues of concerns of the Catholic women, and empower women to respond in faith and with justice and compassion.

The commission works to provide the opportunity for women without any prior organizational experience to develop confidence, organizational competence, sensitivity to the needs of others and opportunities to know and use the resources of the Church and society.

Each year the commissions provide an awareness workshop session for all Catholic women to learn about specific issues. It also provides two breakfast prayer sessions, one in Advent and another in Lent.

  • Church Commission: The aim of the Church commission is to create a community that is educated and dynamic. It offers means to enhance public and private prayer, promotes sound liturgical practice that is sensitive to the cultural diversity of the Church, and provides resources for spiritual nourishment and development of the faith community.
  • International Commission: This commission promotes responsibility for the world community through the conviction that our wealth and resources must be shared with all people. It creates global solidarity with the poor especially women and children throughout the world. ( Relation to Catholic Relief Service Programs.)
  • Family & Community Commission: This commission supports and enhances the importance of family life within the Church and society. It engages its members to address the needs and concerns of the poor in their own community. It addresses the pro-life issues of our society. (USCCB)
  • Legislation Commission: This commission provides information on both state and federal legislation that requires a response from the Catholic Community. (USCCB advocacy)


How can I join the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women as an individual member? The new drive is not for parish groups but individual membership.

To become a member, please complete the registration form along with $75.00 to:

Helene Beauregard
69 Pine Street
Rochester, NH 03867

The $75.00 registration fee for an individual 12- month NHDCCW membership also makes you a member of the National Council of Catholic Women and an affiliate of World Union of Catholic Women’s Organization (WUCWO):

Membership helps you:

  • Grow spiritually
  • Understand Catholic Social Teaching
  • Advocate for a culture of life
  • Promote moral solutions to societal ills
  • Nurture family, faith and values
  • Receive a copy of the bi/monthly magazine Catholic Woman

Mass is offered each month at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, NH for the intentions of the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women. All intentions are remembered for one year. If you have someone you would like to enroll to be among those who will be remembered in the Holy Sacrifice of the Mass offered each month at St. Joseph Cathedral, please fill out the Prayer Request Form on-line and mail it to the address indicated on the form. A card stating your intention will be sent to you.

Mass will be celebrated at St. Joseph Cathedral on the following dates for the people and intentions submitted to the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women:

April 30, 2016 at 8:00a.m.
The following will be at 7:00a.m.
May 24, 2016
June 17, 2016
July 12, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 14, 2016
October 14, 2016
November 17, 2016
December 12, 2016
January 5, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 9, 2017

The following will be at 7:00 a.m.

July 12, 2016
August 11, 2016
September 14, 2016
October 14, 2016
November 17, 2016
December 12, 2016
January 5, 2017
February 15, 2017
March 9, 2017

Catholic Social Teaching 

For more information, please contact:
Mary Ellen Mahon
Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Formation
(603) 663-0159

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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