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Highlights of our Lenten Resources

God's saving action is the strong and repeated thread woven throughout the Sunday Scripture readings this Lent. Join us each week in our new Lenten series for reflections and questions to guide your Lenten Journey.

Watch Video Reflections on the spiritual practices of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving that will help bring us into a deeper relationship with God.

Read Scripture readings for each day.

Virtual Stations of the Cross: Join Bishop Libasci as he guides us through the Stations of the Cross. The video series includes photos of Stations from Churches throughout New Hampshire. 


Read the Lenten guidelines for fasting and abstinence and find meatless recipes to help you plan your meals.

Discover how your participation in CRS Rice Bowl benefits the poor all over the world and learn more about these people and places through virtual tours and videos.

Diocesan Day of Reconciliation - All parishes in our diocese will open their doors on Monday, March 21. 


You will also find guides and suggestions for personal reflection and suggestions for enriching your relationships with the Lord and with others. We hope you will visit catholicnh.org each day during the 40 days of Lent and that your visits will bring deeper meaning and discovery to your life as a disciple of the Lord.

During this Lenten season, whether you were baptized Catholic as an infant, a child or you are now deciding to look into what the Catholic Church is about, we are glad you are here. We invite you to join us in worship, prayer, and fellowship at one of our 90 parishes in New Hampshire. Wherever you are in your faith journey, please CLICK HERE to help you discover—or re-discover—the Catholic faith.

Mark Your Calendar 

  • Women's Lenten Morning of Reflection - Saturday, March 5, 2016. The New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invites you to join them for their annual Lenten Morning of Reflection Breakfast in Laconia. "Mary, Mother of Mercy" will be presented by Rev. Wilfred H. Deschamps, pastor of St. Patrick Parish, Jaffrey.
  • Mass and Men's Breakfast to Celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph - Saturday, March 19, 2016. Bishop Libasci is inviting men of the Diocese of Manchester to Holy Mass and breakfast at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester to celebrate the Feast of St. Joseph, patron of our diocese. Men are invited to assemble at 7:30 a.m. to pray the Rosary.
  • Reconciliation available at all parishes - Monday, March 21, 2016.  You are invited to join other Catholics in a statewide Day of Reconciliation. All parishes throughout the state will offer extended hours for the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation on this day; please call your local church for specific details. A complete list of parishes can be found at catholicnh.org
  • Chrism Mass - Tuesday, March 22, 2016, 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester, NH
  • Easter Vigil – March 26, 2016 - The Easter Vigil should begin at a time that allows for new fire to break the darkness of night. The Easter Vigil may not be scheduled before nightfall. In the Diocese of Manchester the Easter Vigil should not be scheduled any earlier than 8:00 p.m.
  • Easter Sunday - March 27, 2016 




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.

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

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.


  • Find information for parishes and educators to learn about using Rice Bowl resources creatively during Lent in classroom, family, and whole community settings.
  • Download the CRS Rice Bowl app and find a new way to bring Lent to Life! Features include:
    • Prayerful reflection for each day of Lent
    • Customizable tool to set Lenten sacrifice goal and track progress towards its achievement
    • Meatless recipes for Fridays during Lent
    • Stories and videos of people who benefit from prayers and almsgiving to CRS Rice Bowl
    • Available in English and Spanish

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The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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