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Priesthood Sunday

October 24/25, 2015

Catholic parishes throughout New Hampshire and the United States will show support for their priests with prayers and special celebrations on the weekend of October 24 and 25. The last Sunday of October has in recent years been designated as Priesthood Sunday, a one-day celebration of the priesthood organized by parish lay leaders and coordinated by the USA Council of Serra International.  Serra International is a lay organization whose aim is to foster and promote vocations to the Catholic priesthood and religious life, and encourages its members to fulfill their own Christian vocations to service.

The lay faithful of each parish, school or other ministry are asked to develop their own special way of marking the day and honoring both priesthood and their own priests. Over the past few years parishes have shown their appreciation by hosting receptions after the Masses, placing an ad in the local newspaper honoring their priest, or presenting their priest with personalized notes reminding him of what he does to bring people closer to Christ.

For more information on Priesthood Sunday go to:  www.priestsunday.org

Message from Bishop Libasci

Messages from the Bishop

World Mission Sunday - Read Bishop Libasci's message for World Mission Sunday that will be held on October 18th in the Diocese of Manchester.  

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Pilgrimage to Italy - Bishop Libasci invites you to join him on a pilgrimage to Italy from April 18 to 26, 2016, as part of the observance of the Extraordinary Jubilee Year of Mercy.

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Annual Red Mass and Dinner

Annual Red Mass and Dinner

Bishop Peter A. Libasci and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire cordially invite all members of the judicial, legal, law enforcement, and legislative communities to gather with those who administer law in the Church to the Red Mass on Thursday, October 22, 2015, at 5:15 p.m. at Saint Elizabeth Seton Church in Bedford. Following the Red Mass, the Guild will hold its annual dinner at the Manchester Country Club at which the Guild will honor Attorney Robert E. Dunn, Jr. of Devine Millimet in Concord with the St. Thomas More Award and Sergeant Carlos Camacho of the Nashua Police Department with the St. Michael Award. For more information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/RedMass. RSVP and purchase tickets to the Dinner by October 1 at: www.RedMass.eventbrite.com.

Are you feeling called to live a life dedicated to the Lord?

There will be an Evening of Information on October 9th at 7:00 pm on the “Consecrated Laity of the Presentation of Mary” (CLPM) at Rivier University, (Dion Center- Board Room) Nashua, NH. Open to men and women of any age, who are single or widowed and who sense a deep calling to give their lives to the Lord through a vow of Celibacy, yet remain in the world.

Come listen, share and meet members of this group who will witness to the joy of what it means to live a new form of community and dedication to God’s people, through the charism of the Srs. of the Presentation of Mary.

Contact: Sr. Colette Barbeau, pm at srcoletteb@gmail.com or (603) 897-8465


Quo Vadis Vocation Camp

Dear Pastors and Bulletin Editors:

I would like to ask for your help promoting our Quo Vadis Day Camp which gives young men the opportunity to discern a possible call to the priesthood. Below are samples for the bulletin and for the announcements at Mass. Thank you kindly for your help. Now more than ever it’s important to show forth the beauty of the priesthood.

Yours in Christ,
Father Jason Jalbert

Bulletin Announcement:

Attention all Catholic young men ages 15-30! The Lord Jesus has a great plan for you! You are invited to attend the First Annual Quo Vadis Vocation Camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having fun. This day will be hosted by Bishop Libasci and will be led by priests and seminarians of the Diocese of Manchester on Saturday, October 24 from 10-4 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Litchfield. If you are interested, please contact the pastor of your parish or Father Jason Jalbert at jjalbert@rcbm.org.

Register online at: www.catholicnh.org/quovadis 

For Pulpit Announcements:

All Catholic young men ages 15-30 are invited to take part in the First Annual Quo Vadis Vocation Camp. This camp will help you to know Jesus more deeply and help you to discern your vocation in life while having a lot of fun with other Catholic Young Men. It will take place on Saturday, October 24 from 10-4 at St. Francis of Assisi Church in Litchfield. Please contact your parish priest or see the bulletin for more information.


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

Sept. 26-27, 2015

“The precepts of the Lord give joy to the heart.” Let your marriage be filled with joy. Deepen your communication, rekindle your romance and renew your sacrament by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on October 23 - 25 and December 4 - 6, 2015. 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

Oct. 3-4, 2015

Jesus reminds us that when God joins together man and woman in holy matrimony “the two become one flesh”.   Husbands and wives do you work at this oneness and love one another as Jesus commanded? Gain the tools to truly love your spouse and receive all the joy that oneness can bring.  Sign up today to attend one of the upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends on October 23 - 25 and December 4 - 6, 2015. 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

Oct. 10-11, 2015

In today’s gospel Jesus challenges us to live as God calls us to, not the world.  Have you allowed the world’s way to detract from your marriage?  The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are October 23 - 25 and December 4 - 6, 2015.  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

Oct. 17-18, 2015

Allow God to strengthen, renew and rekindle your marriage sacrament so that it can flourish and reflect his love.  The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are October 23 - 25 and December 4 - 6, 2015. For more  information call Steve and Michelle O’Leary at 1-800-710-WWMEvisit our webpage at www.wwme.org, or at https://www.facebook.com/Wwmema

Oct. 24-25, 2015

TODAY IS WORLD PRIEST DAY! Worldwide Marriage Encounter thanks all of our priests for their loving service to God’s people.  Join thousands of other Catholics worldwide in taking a day to especially recognize the priests who so faithfully serve us by providing the Sacraments, spiritual guidance, education and love as a daily gift.  Please tell your parish priest how much you love him!

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 

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 

If you know of or suspect abuse or neglect of a minor (under 18 years), 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

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.shieldthevulnerable.org

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