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The diocese is currently seeking candidates for admission to the Permanent Diaconate Formation Program. Applications will be accepted until the end of this year for the next formation class beginning in the fall of 2017. Bulletin inserts will arrive the week of September 5 for distribution the weekend of September 10-11.
Retired Priests Trust Fund
The second collection benefitting the Retired Priests Trust Fund will be taken up the weekend of September 24-25. Bulletin inserts for the collection will arrive the week of September 12, for distribution the weekend of September 17-18.
Bulletin message for weekend of 9/10-11:
Our retired priests have always been there for us, and they still play a vital role in our lives and in our diocese. Help honor their lives of service and devotion with a contribution to the Priests Retirement Trust Fund in next week’s special collection. You can learn more at catholicnh.org/theyserved.
Bulletin message for weekend of 9/17-18:
Thank you for honoring our retired priests’ lives of service and devotion through your contributions to this week’s special collection, taken up on behalf of the Priests Retirement Trust Fund. You can learn more about the Fund, or make a contribution online, at catholicnh.org/theyserved.
Direct questions about these bulletin inserts to Dana Laviano at (603) 663-0185 or email@example.com
The annual Summer Reception to support the Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund will be held at Trudel House, official residence of the Bishop of Manchester, on Thursday, September 8 from 6:00 to 9:00 p.m. Proceeds from the Summer Reception enable Bishop Libasci to make grants to non-profit organizations in New Hampshire that help those most in need. Attendance at the reception is open to all, but does require a donation. More than 400 attendees from all corners of the state celebrate the campaign’s success at the Summer Reception each September. Information on tickets, donation levels and descriptions of all the grants made by Bishop Libasci and the BCAF can be found at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf or by calling (603) 663-0166.
Remember to Vote in the State Primary on September 13
Catholics, like all eligible citizens, have a serious moral obligation to vote. September 6 is the last day to register to vote at your town or city office for the state primary election. Qualified individuals also may register to vote at the polling place on Election Day and will need to show proof of age, citizenship, and domicile. For more information on voting requirements, visit sos.nh.gov/Elections.aspx or call the NH Secretary of State at (603) 271-3242.
A Message about the Upcoming Elections
We strongly urge all parishioners to register, to become informed of key issues, and to vote. The Church does not support or oppose any candidate but seeks to focus attention on the moral and human dimension of issues. We do not authorize the distribution of partisan political materials on parish property.
Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all homeschool students, parents, instructors and those interested in the ever-popular, ever-growing homeschool system in New Hampshire to attend the special annual Mass on Thursday, September 8, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell Street, Manchester. Questions are welcomed by Father Jason Jalbert at 663-0153 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org.
Aug. 27-28, 2016
Jesus wants us to put others first and to treat them with kindness, respect, love and compassion. Allow Jesus to transform your marriage and show you how to truly love your spouse. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are on September 17-18 and October 21-23. For more information call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME, visit our webpage at www.wwme.org, or at https://www.facebook.com/wwmema
Sept. 3-4, 2016
Today’s Gospel reading may sound a bit harsh at first, but it is meant to wake us up to the fact that God must be first place in our lives if we are to be a disciple of Christ. Find out how to live out God’s design for your marriage. Strengthen, renew, and rekindle your marriage sacrament by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend on October 22-23 and December 2-4. For more information call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME, visit our webpage at www.wwme.org, or at https://www.facebook.com/wwmema
Sept. 10-11, 2016
St. Paul reminds us that Christ will strengthen us and that there is abundant grace, faith and love available to us through Christ Jesus. All of this is available to us in our everyday lives and in our marriages. Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on October 22-23 and December 2-4. For more information call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME, visit our webpage at www.wwme.org, or at https://www.facebook.com/wwmema
Sept. 17-18, 2016
The Gospel tells us “The person who is trustworthy in very small matters is also trustworthy in great ones”. God has entrusted your spouse to your care – are you trustworthy in that care? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are on October 22-23 and December 2-4. For more information call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME, visit our webpage at www.wwme.org, or at https://www.facebook.com/wwmema
Sept. 24-25, 2016
As men and women of God we are to “pursue righteousness, devotion, faith, love, patience and gentleness.” We are called to keep his commandment to love one another as he has loved us. Is this evident in your lives and marriages? Strengthen, renew and rekindle your marriage by attending a Worldwide Marriage Encounter on October 22-23 and December 2-4. For more information call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWME, visit our webpage at www.wwme.org, or at https://www.facebook.com/wwmema
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.
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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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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