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Working with the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops, the National Council of Catholic Women is doing all we can to eliminate the scourge of human trafficking. Locally, the New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women will be hosting a free symposium on human trafficking, June 25, 2016 at 9:30 am at St. Mary Church, Lowell St. Rochester NH. Presenters include: a representative from the Strafford County Sheriff’s office; Basra Mohammed, a legal advocate from Catholic Charities; and Erin Albright, the Regional Director of Give Way to Freedom, who holds a BA degree in International Affairs, and a Juris Doctor from Boston College Law School. Erin has worked with the Boston Police Departments Human Trafficking Task Force.
Other presenters are: Jasmine Marino, a victim of human trafficking, tells her story and how this has affected her life and Sister Helene Higgins from the Sister of St. Joseph who will speak on the efforts of the U.S. Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking. Coffee and pastries will be served.
There is no cost but registration is requested to ensure sufficient refreshments and materials. For more information and to register contact Jo-Ann Ellison at jellIson@rcbm.org or 603-663-0147.
The Catholic Lawyers Guild of NH currently is seeking nominations for the St. Thomas More Award, which is presented to a 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 firstname.lastname@example.org or Orr & Reno, P.O. Box 3550, Concord, NH 03302-3550 before Friday, July 1, 2016.
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 email@example.com or Preti Flaherty, PO Box 1318, Concord, NH 03302-1318 before Friday, July 1, 2016.
catholicnh.org en Español
The Diocese of Manchester has created a web page for Spanish-speaking Catholics, with information about the Church and ministries of our diocese. Visit www.catholicnh.org/en-espanol to learn more.
La Diócesis de Manchester ha creado una página web para los católicos de habla hispana, con información sobre la Iglesia y los ministerios de nuestra diócesis. Visita www.catholicnh.org/en-espanol para aprender más.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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If you know of or suspect abuse or neglect of a minor (a person under 18), you must report it to the NH Division for Children, Youth and Families at 1-800-894-5533 or 603-271-6556.
As an employee or volunteer in the Catholic Church in New Hampshire, in addition to reporting to DCYF, if you know of or suspect sexual abuse of a minor by Church personnel you must also report it to:
1. Local law enforcement and the Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a minor
2. Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a person who is no longer a minor
Delegate for Ministerial Conduct - 603-669-3100
If you or a loved one has experienced abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, we urge you to contact the diocesan Office for Healing and Pastoral Care at (603) 669-3100 x 110. Help is available.
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:
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.
Link to: www.shieldthevulnerable.org
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