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Highlights of our Lenten Resources
View our interactive calendar (coming February 2015) which points you to daily activities based on the Catholic traditions of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving.
|New! In our new Lenten series, you are invited to approach and move through Lent with a perspective rooted in the Sunday readings and the sacraments.
||Participate in a Lenten Radio retreat.
||Read Scripture readings for each day.
View a virtual Stations of the Cross.
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, April 30 from 11:00 a.m. -1:00 p.m. and 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m
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
- Chrism Mass - April 15, 2014, 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester, NH
- Easter Vigil – April 19, 2014 - The entire celebration of this vigil should take place at night, that is, it should begin after nightfall and end before the dawn of Sunday. This rule is to be taken according to its strictest sense. In the Diocese of Manchester the Easter Vigil should not be scheduled before 7:30 p.m.
- Easter Sunday - April 20, 2014
- Read the Holy Father's Lenten Message
- Read Bishop Libasci's Lenten Message
- Reflect with the Pope during Lent in daily tweets
- Daily Prayers and Reflections for Each Day During Lent (USCCB)
- Brief Prayers for Each Day During Lent (Creighton University)
- Virtual Stations of the Cross
- Lenten Radio Retreats:
- First Sunday of Lent (March 9, 2014)
English & Spanish: Bishop Joe Vásquez of Austin, TX
- Second Sunday of Lent (March 16, 2014)
English & Spanish: Archbishop Timothy P. Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services
- Third Sunday of Lent (March 23, 2014)
English & Spanish: Bishop Liam Cary of Baker, OR
- Fourth Sunday of Lent (March 30, 2014)
English & Spanish: Archbishop José H. Gomez of Los Angeles, CA
- Fifth Sunday of Lent (April 6, 2014)
English: Bishop William Michael Mulvey, of Corpus Christi, TX
Spanish: Bishop Mark J. Seitz, of El Paso, TX
- Palm Sunday of the Passion of the Lord (April 13, 2014)
English: Archbishop Dennis M. Schnurr of Cincinnati, OH
Spanish: Archbishop Joseph William Tobin, CSsR, of Indianapolis, IN
- The Resurrection of the Lord (Easter, April 20, 2014)
English & Spanish: Bishop Emeritus Michael D. Pfeifer, OMI, of San Angelo, Texas
Order Free Rice Bowls as a Lenten Resource for your Parish or School
Animate the Lenten season in your parish or school through CRS Rice Bowl, Catholic Relief Services’ Lenten faith formation program. CRS Rice Bowl can help you get parishioners and students excited about their Catholic faith and about helping people in need around the world.
- To order free CRS Rice Bowl materials and find ideas, visit crsricebowl.org or call 1-800-222-0025. For more information, contact Meredith Cook at 603-663-0148 or firstname.lastname@example.org
- 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
Resources for Parishes
- Lenten and Easter Liturgy Guidelines
- During this Lent, the U.S. bishops are encouraging Catholics to make going to confession a significant part of their spiritual lives. They have issued a statement, "God's Gift of Forgiveness: The Pastoral Exhortation on the Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation" that can be distributed and shared in parishes. Dioceses are encouraged to make the sacrament available often during Lent and to use these resources to promote participation.
- USCCB Liturgical Resources for Lent
- The Easter Proclamation (Exultet)
The Easter Proclamation may be made, in the absence of a Deacon, by the Priest himself or by another concelebrating Priest. If, however, because of necessity, a lay cantor sings the Proclamation, the words, “Therefore, dearest friends” up to the end of the invitation are omitted, along with the greeting “The Lord be with you.” CLICK HERE to listen to the Exultet F#.
Watch a Video of the Exultet F#