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Catholic Lawyers Guild Seeking Nominations for 
St. Thomas More and St. Michael Awards
The Catholic Lawyers Guild of NH currently is seeking nominations for the St. Thomas More Award, which is presented to practicing Catholic lawyer or judge who embodies the spirit of St. Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others.  If you know of a lawyer or judge whom you think is deserving of St. Thomas More Award, please submit the nominee’s name, along with a brief description of the contributions the nominee has made to your parish or the community, to Bob Carey at rcarey@orr-reno.com or Orr & Reno, P.O. Box 3550, Concord, NH 03302-3550 before June 5, 2015.
In addition, the Guild is seeking nominations for the St. Michael Award to recognize a practicing Catholic member of law enforcement who has demonstrated uncompromising integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence while always seeking justice, and served his or her community with distinction.  If you know of a member of law enforcement whom you think is deserving of the St. Michael Award, please submit the nominee’s name, along with a brief description of the contributions the nominee has made to your parish or the community, to Brian Quirk at bquirk@preti.com or Preti Flaherty, PO Box 1318, Concord, NH 03302-1318 before June 5, 2015.

 Catholic Lawyers Guild Seeking Nominations for St. Thomas More and St. Michael Awards

The Catholic Lawyers Guild of NH currently is seeking nominations for the St. Thomas More Award, which is presented to practicing Catholic lawyer or judge who embodies the spirit of St. Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others.  If you know of a lawyer or judge whom you think is deserving of St. Thomas More Award, please submit the nominee’s name, along with a brief description of the contributions the nominee has made to your parish or the community, to Bob Carey at rcarey@orr-reno.com or Orr & Reno, P.O. Box 3550, Concord, NH 03302-3550 before June 5, 2015.

In addition, the Guild is seeking nominations for the St. Michael Award to recognize a practicing Catholic member of law enforcement who has demonstrated uncompromising integrity and moral character, displayed an outstanding degree of professional competence while always seeking justice, and served his or her community with distinction.  If you know of a member of law enforcement whom you think is deserving of the St. Michael Award, please submit the nominee’s name, along with a brief description of the contributions the nominee has made to your parish or the community, to Brian Quirk at bquirk@preti.com or Preti Flaherty, PO Box 1318, Concord, NH 03302-1318 before June 5, 2015.


 

Updated Guide for NH Catholics on End-of-Life Decision-Making Now Available

Three Beliefs is a guide prepared by the Diocese of Manchester to assist Catholics in forming their consciences about end-of-life healthcare decisions. The guide contains a NH Advance Directive form that is both consistent with NH law and Catholic teaching and answers frequently asked questions about end-of-life treatment and care from a Catholic perspective. To download or order a copy of Three Beliefs, visit catholicnh.org/threebeliefs or call 669-3100.

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Catholic Communications Campaign 

The Week Before the Collection (May 9-10)

Next week our parish will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). This Collection communicates the Gospel through Catholic social media activities and enriches our faith through Internet, television, radio, and print media. Half of all proceeds remain in our diocese and supports the diocesan website catholicNH.org, electronic newsletters eNews and Catholic Citizenship News, social media including Facebok, Twitter, and Pinterest, and Parable Magazine (parablemag.com). CCC equips us to share our experience of faith, worship, and witness with the world. To donate directly online, visit catholicNH.org/giving.

The Week of the Collection (May 16-17)

Today, we will take up the Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign (CCC). With your support, thousands of faithful across New Hampshire will gain a deeper understanding of their faith through the Diocese of Manchester website catholicNH.org, the electronic newsletters eNews and Catholic Citizenship News, social media including Facebok, Twitter, and Pinterest, and Parable Magazine (parablemag.com). To donate directly online, visit catholicNH.org/giving.

The Week After the Collection (May 23-24)

Thank you for your generosity in last week’s Collection for the Catholic Communication Campaign. Because of your support, thousands of faithful across New Hampshire will gain a deeper understanding of their faith through the Diocese of Manchester website catholicNH.org, the electronic newsletters eNews and Catholic Citizenship News, social media including Facebok, Twitter, and Pinterest, and Parable Magazine (parablemag.com). 

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Camp Fatima & Camp Bernadette Spring Open House

Camp Fatima & Camp Bernadette are having their Spring Open House on May 2nd and 3rd from 11am-4pm both days (rain or shine). The directors and staff will be on hand to give tours and answer questions. If you would like more information, please contact Michael Drumm at mdrumm@campsfatimabernadette.org or visit our website at www.campsfatimabernadette.org.


 RCIA Institute: Making Disciples

Has your parish been offering RCIA ministry for years and you still wonder if there might be a better way of offering the process? Do the neophytes return for mystagogy after their initiation and evolve into joy-filled and active Catholics? There is an RCIA Institute coming to our diocese on Friday evening, May 29 and Saturday, May 30 at Rivier University in Nashua and presented by nationally known presenters Nick Wagner and Diana Macalintal of TeamRCIA.org in San Jose, California. If you are new to RCIA ministry or seasoned and looking for fresh ideas that prove successful, consider joining others from around the diocese and New England. More information and flyer is available at catholicnh.org/rcia-institute or contact Eileen Smith 663-0174 esmith@rcbm.org or Fran Doucette 663-0173 fdoucette@rcbm.org



 
An Invitation from the Carmelite Sisters of Concord

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In celebration of the 500th Anniversary of St. Teresa of Avila’s birth, the Carmelite Sisters of Concord invite you to attend a special event at the Parish Center of St. John’s Church, 72 South Main St. Concord, Saturday, May 2, 2015, from 9:30 am to 3:00 pm. Sr. Hilary Case, OCD will give two conferences on St. Teresa and the Journey of Prayer and Contemplation. We will also share a special video, “The Daughters of St. Teresa,” which portrays the sisters of a variety of U.S. Carmels, and a virtual choir of Carmelites singing “Nada Te Turbe,” original music with visuals composed by Sr. Claire Sokol, OCD of the Carmel of Reno, NV. We will close our day with Sr. Claire’s virtual choir singing the Salve Regina. Please bring your lunch. Coffee will be available. There will be time to exchange with some of the Carmelite Sisters and also with members of the Secular Carmelites.

For further information, e-mail us: sisters@concordcarmel.org, or call 603-225-5791 and ask for Sister Louise.


Code of Conduct 

Did you know that the Diocese of Manchester has a Code of Conduct? This Code of Conduct, known as Serving Christ, Serving Others, applies to all Church personnel. “Church personnel” not only refers to priests, deacons, and religious men and women, it also includes all those who regularly work or volunteer at diocesan parishes, schools and camps. Some examples are: lectors, ushers, catechists, day care staff and volunteers, Catholic school volunteers, Boy Scout leaders, CYO coaches, youth ministers, members of pastoral and finance councils, choir directors and members, and parish outreach workers.

The Serving Christ, Serving Others Code of Conduct is available online at catholicnh.org/codeofconduct or, if you would like a printed copy, please contact the office.


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

May 2-3, 2015

In the second reading today John encourages us to love one another in deed and truth not in speech only. Do you show your spouse that you truly love them, not just say it? Love your spouse in deed by giving the gift of yourself; make the time to attend the next Marriage Encounter weekend. Upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 29 - 31, 2015, July 10 - 12, 2015 and September 19 - 20, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

May 9-10, 2015

In the readings we are commanded to love one another. Jesus tells us in the Gospel that through living in love we will have complete joy! Attend a Marriage Encounter to gain the tools to truly love your spouse more and receive the joy that it can bring. Strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on May 29 - 31, 2015, July 10 - 12, 2015 and September 19 - 20, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

May 16-17, 2015

Today is Ascension Sunday and we are reminded that Jesus is on his throne. Do we allow him to reign over our lives? One of the ways we show this is by living in humility, gentleness and love in a bond of peace. Do we reflect this in our marriage relationship? Allow Jesus to be Lord of your marriage relationship. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 29 - 31, 2015, July 10 - 12, 2015 and September 19 - 20, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org 

May 23-24, 2015

Today is Pentecost Sunday. Is there evidence that the Holy Spirit is working through us; are the fruits of love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, generosity, faithfulness, gentleness, and self-control in our lives and marriage? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 29 - 31, 2015, July 10 - 12, 2015 and September 19 - 20, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

May 30-31, 2015

In today’s gospel Jesus says, “I am with you always, until the end of the age.” Bring Jesus into your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 29 - 31, 2015, July 10 - 12, 2015 and September 19 - 20, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org


 

World Meeting of Families 

BULLETIN ANNOUNCEMENTS

World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage and Papal Mass

The Diocese of Manchester is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the World Meeting of Families, to be held in Philadelphia, PA, from September 22 to 27, 2015. Participants from around the U.S. and the world will convene to explore the critical role the family plays in society and to give families, and those who minister to families, opportunities to talk about the challenges and blessings that all families have. Pope Francis will visit Philadelphia and celebrate a public Mass on Sunday, September 27. For information and pilgrimage details go to the diocesan website (www.catholicnh.org/wmof).

The Family in the World Today and Pope Francis Visit

The 8th World Meeting of Families will be held in Philadelphia, PA, from September 22 to 27, 2015. Pope Francis will celebrate a public Mass on Sunday, September 27. The Diocese of Manchester is sponsoring a pilgrimage to the World Meeting and Papal Mass. Families and those who minister to families can join others from around the country and the world to explore issues that affect family life. For information and pilgrimage details go to the diocesan website (www.catholicnh.org/wmof).

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Struggling in your marriage? - You are not alone! 

If your marriage is tearing the two of you apart, if there is little or no meaningful communication, if you are considering separation or divorce, we believe Retrouvaille can help. You are NOT alone! Our peer ministry is led by couples who have lived through the honeymoon phase often followed by deep disillusionment before finally finding resurrection in their marriages using the tools taught in this program. Rediscover a loving marriage with a Retrouvaille (pronounced re-tro-vy) weekend.

The 2014/15 New England Retrouvaille marriage renewal weekends will be held on:

September 11-13, 2015

To register for the weekend or for more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.


Natural Family Planning 

There is a healthy, life-giving, alternative to contraception and artificial reproductive technologies. The Creighton Model FertilityCare System and NaProTechnology, effective to achieve and avoid pregnancy, offers couples who are experiencing infertility the hope of achieving pregnancy while following the teachings of their Church. For more information contact: Marguerite d’Youville FertilityCare Services at 603-232-3141 or MargueriteFertilityCare@gmail.com.


Support for Separated & Divorced 

Divorce and separation can be painful experiences. Support groups are available to those who are seeking healing, comfort, and empowerment. Visit www.catholicnh.org/support for a listing of groups. Do you know someone who is going through a separation or divorce? Please consider passing this information along to them.


Keep Up-to-Date on State House News

The NH Legislature is starting a new session, and more than 650 bills are on the agenda. Measures include the repeal of the death penalty, physician-assisted suicide, abortion clinic licensing, and support for victims of human trafficking. Register now for Catholic Citizenship News, the public policy enewsletter of the Diocese of Manchester, to receive updates as bills progress and learn how your voice can make a difference. To read the current issue of Catholic Citizenship News and to subscribe, visit catholicnh.org/ccn.


Catholic Citizenship News 

STAY INFORMED WITH CATHOLIC CITIZENSHIP NEWS
The Diocese of Manchester has an initiative to inform Catholics about important public policy matters facing our elected officials. Catholic Citizenship News provides briefs on legislation as well as information about Catholic social teaching on some of today’s pressing issues. To read the current issue of Catholic Citizenship News and to subscribe, visit www.catholicnh.org/ccn.

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How to Make a Report of Sexual Abuse 

Child sexual abuse is a crime in the State of New Hampshire and the Church. New Hampshire law requires that anyone who has reason to suspect that a child is being or has been abused or neglected must make a report to the Division for Children, Youth & Families (“DCYF”) of the State of New Hampshire, 1-800-894-5533. Any person who suspects or alleges child abuse on the part of a priest, deacon, employee, or volunteer of a parish, school, or institution of the diocese of Manchester is also encouraged to make a report to the Office for Ministerial Conduct, 603-669-3100.

Church personnel – clergy, paid employees, and volunteers – have additional reporting requirements if they believe that Church personnel have sexually abused a child. You can learn more about these reporting requirements on the diocesan website at www.catholicnh.org or by speaking with our safe environment coordinator, ______________.

Did you know that the Diocese of Manchester has a Code of Conduct? This Code of Conduct, known as Serving Christ, Serving Others, applies to all Church personnel. “Church personnel” not only refers to priests, deacons, and religious men and women, it also includes all those who regularly work or volunteer at diocesan parishes, schools and camps. Some examples are: lectors, ushers, catechists, day care staff and volunteers, Catholic school volunteers, Boy Scout leaders, CYO coaches, youth ministers, members of pastoral and finance councils, choir directors and members, and parish outreach workers.

The Serving Christ, Serving Others Code of Conduct is available online at http://www.catholicnh.org/assets/Documents/ChildSafety/Policies/CodePolicy-2011.pdf


Child Safety Links for Parish Websites

Parishes and schools are asked to inform adults about the procedures for reporting suspected abuse. An easy way to do this is to post the following graphic link on your website:

How to Report Abuse

Link to: www.catholicnh.org/report

Here is another graphic that can be used on your website to link to our online child safety training, Not on My Watch.

Child Safety Training

Link to: www.nhchildsafety.org


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