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 Mass for the Healing of Those Affected by Child Abuse

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month in April, the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Diocesan Safe Environment Council cordially invite all the Catholic faithful to a special Mass on Thursday, April 16 at 6:30 p.m. Please join us as we pray for all those who were abused as children, particularly those who were abused by people representing the Catholic Church. The Mass will be celebrated at St. Mary Church of Parish of the Assumption, 25 Third Street, Dover and will be followed by a brief reception. For more information, please contact Joseph P. Naff, LICSW, Director, Office of Healing and Pastoral Care, at jnaff@rcbm.org or 669-3100 Ext. 110

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 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


 CRS Rice Bowl Thank You Announcement

Bulletin Announcement

Suggested Dates: March 21-22, 2015 and March 28-29, 2015

Thank You for Participating in CRS Rice Bowl

During this Lenten journey, our parish community has prayed, fasted, and given alms with a special focus on the poorest members of our global community. Through our Lenten prayers and donations, we have touched the lives of millions of people served by Catholic Relief Services, our representative to the poorest communities in the world. Please return your Rice Bowl [PROVIDE INSTRUCTIONS]. Thank you for your generosity.


Installation Masses for New Deans in the Diocese of Manchester 

With the appointment of new Deans for the nine Deaneries in the Diocese of Manchester, Bishop Libasci will preside over each of the Installation Ceremonies at Masses which will be celebrated in the church of each Dean. Below are the dates, times and locations of each Installation. As a way of extending an invitation to the faithful in each Deanery we are asking that the notice for your Deanery be placed in your parish bulletins. 

On Wednesday, March 4th at 7pm at St. Joseph Church in Woodsville, the Very Reverend Alan Tremblay, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the White Mountain Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

On Thursday, March 5th at 7pm at Immaculate Heart of Mary Church in Concord, the Very Reverend Raymond Ball, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Capital Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

On Wednesday, March 11th at 7pm at Resurrection Church in Nashua, the Very Reverend John Grace, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Souhegan Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

On Thursday, March 12th, at 7pm at St. Anthony Church in Manchester, the Very Reverend Richard Dion, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Amoskeag Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

On Monday, March 16th at 6:30pm at Sacred Heart Church in Laconia, the Very Reverend Marc Drouin, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Lakes Region Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

On Wednesday, March 25th at 7pm at St. Thomas More Church in Durham, the Very Reverend Andrew Cryans, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Seacoast Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.

On Thursday, March 26th at 7pm at St. Mary Church in Claremont, the Very Reverend Shawn Therrien, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Upper Valley Deanery at a Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci, Bishop of Manchester. All priests, deacons, religious, parish staff and lay faithful are invited to this special event.


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.


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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Year of Consecrated Life

Feb. 28-Mar. 1

Bulletin Announcement: Pope Francis exhorts, “Awake the world! Awake the world! How? Put Christ at the center of your existence… It is not easy; let yourselves be touched by his hand, led by his voice, sustained by his grace.” Do you know someone who seeks to meet this challenge? It is the Year of Consecrated Life! catholicnh.org/religious

Intercessions:

For Consecrated Persons, that they may have the grace to let their lives be stirred by Christ and his Gospel in order to “wake up the world,” we pray …

That all the faithful may celebrate the gift of Consecrated Life in the Church, we pray…


 Annual Lenten Morning Reflection Breakfast for Catholic Women

The NH Diocesan Council of Catholic Women invite all the women of the Diocese to a Lenten Morning Reflection Breakfast on Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 8:00 a.m. to noon at St. Mary Parish in Rochester. Presenter Soha Menassa, Project Manager for Catholic Relief Services Lebanon, will tell stories of how Catholics are helping Syrians in the midst of the humanitarian crisis in their country and in neighboring countries. The morning includes Rosary, breakfast, and the presentation. Register online at lentbreakfast2015.eventbrite.com. Cost is $10. For more information contact Mary Ellen Mahon at memahon@rcbm.org or (603) 663-0159  


 Men of St. Joseph Mass and Breakfast

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all men of the Diocese to honor our Patron, St. Joseph, at a special Mass and breakfast on Saturday, March 14, 2015 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Seating for Mass is open, and no registration is required. Seating for breakfast is limited to the first 250 registrants. Register on-line at mensbreakfast2015.eventbrite.com and the cost is $9.00. For more information contact Bill Donroe at 432-6066 or bdonroe@comcast.net.


 

 Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends

March 7-8, 2015

“Lord, you have the words of everlasting life.” Take time to reflect on what God is asking for your marriage. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on May 1 - 3, 2015, May 29 - 31, 2015 and July 10 - 12, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

March 14-15, 2015

Today’s gospel says “But whoever lives the truth comes to the light, so that his works may be clearly seen as done in God”. Let your marriage live in truth and works through God. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 1 - 3, 2015, May 29 - 31, 2015 and July 10 - 12, 2015. In the first reading it says “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” God wants to be invited into your marriage. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

March 21-22, 2015

In the first reading it says “I will be their God, and they shall be my people.” God wants to be invited into your marriage. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are May 1 - 3, 2015, May 29 - 31, 2015 and July 10 - 12, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org 

March 28-29, 2015

Are you looking to put Christ in your marriage? Deepen your communication, rekindle your romance and renew your sacrament by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on May 1 - 3, 2015, May 29 - 31, 2015 and July 10 - 12, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org


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:

April 10-12, 2015
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 

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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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