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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, February 25th at 7pm at St. Anne Church in Hampstead, the Very Reverend Marc Gagne, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Rockingham 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, February 26th at 6pm at St. Bernard Church in Keene, the Very Reverend Stephen Marcoux, V.F. will be installed as Dean of the Monadnock 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 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.


"Spirituality of Imperfection" Day of Reflection 

Attention Catholic Lawyers: On Saturday, February 21, 2015, the Catholic Lawyers Guild of NH will sponsor a Day of Reflection, entitled “Spirituality of Imperfection” in the lower church at St. Anselm College beginning at 9:30 a.m. and ending by 3:00 p.m. at a cost of $20 (which includes lunch). Rev. John Fortin, OSB, Ph.D., currently the Superintendent of Catholic Schools who has served as a professor and author of books and articles in scholarly journals, will lead the retreat. For more information and to RSVP please contact Tom Hammond at thammond@anselm.edu or 603-661-1590 by February 10.


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 

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).

CLICK HERE for Bishop Libasci's Letter Re the World Meeting of Families Pilgrimage

2015 Saint Martin de Porres Award 

Call for Nominations - Deadline February 20, 2015

The Guild of Catholic Healthcare Professionals currently is accepting nominations for the Saint Martin de Porres Award, which recognizes an individual who has exemplified the virtues of Catholic healthcare in her or his career as a healthcare professional. The recipient will be recognized following the annual White Mass on April 22, 2015. Nominations are due by February 20, 2015. For more information, visit www.catholicnh.org/whitemass.

CLICK HERE for information about submitting nominations and about the presentation of the award.


 

Year of Consecrated Life

Jan. 31 - Feb. 1 

Bulletin Announcement: “Together let us thank the Father, who called us to follow Jesus by fully embracing the Gospel and serving the Church, and poured into our hearts the Holy Spirit, the source of our joy and our witness to God’s love and mercy before the world.” (Pope Francis) Come see the gift that is worth celebrating! catholicnh.org/religious

 Intercessions:

That the Church may continue to treasure and celebrate the gift of Consecrated Life with gratitude, passion, and hope, we pray …

That the Holy Spirit continue to call and we continue to welcome Consecrated Persons who desire to witness to God’s love and mercy among us, we pray…

“To tell our story is to praise God and to thank him for all his gifts.” (Pope Francis) Visit us and REJOICE in the abundance of God’s graces! http://www.catholicnh.org/vocations/religious/

With gratitude for Consecrated Life in the Church, we pray…

Feb. 7-8

Bulletin Announcement: Pope Francis’ wish for this Year of Consecrated Life: “May this Year … be an occasion for bearing vigorous and joyful witness before the world to the holiness and vitality present in so many of those called to follow Jesus in the consecrated life.” Come share our joy! catholicnh.org/religious

Intercessions:

 For those consecrated to God by the vows of chastity, poverty and obedience that they may seek to live their baptismal promises more intensely and have the grace to persevere in their commitment to the Lord and serve with open hearts and willing spirits. We pray…

For those who have responded to the prompting of the Holy Spirit to be a Consecrated Person that they may experience the support of the Church as they continue their growth in holiness. We pray to the Lord…

Feb. 14-15

Bulletin Announcement: “From the beginnings of monasticism to the ‘new communities’ of our own time, every form of consecrated life has been born of the Spirit’s call to follow Jesus as the Gospel teaches.” (Pope Francis) Witness the Spirit’s action in the Diocese of Manchester! catholicnh.org/religious

Intercessions:

For members of all forms of Consecrated Life – monastic women and men; apostolic sisters, brothers, and priests; members of societies of apostolic life and secular institutes; consecrated virgins and hermits – we pray …

For new communities of Consecrated Life, that they may respond to the call of the Spirit in following Jesus Christ, we pray…

Feb. 21-22

Bulletin Announcement: Pope Francis challenges members of Consecrated Life and all of us: “The question we have to ask ourselves during this Year [of Consecrated Life] is if and how we too are open to being challenged by the Gospel; … Jesus asks us to practice it, to put his words into effect in our lives.” Meet the challenge and share the JOY!  catholicnh.org/religious

That we all may respond to the challenge to follow Christ in the Gospel, to put Jesus’ words into effect in our lives, we pray …

That the Church may continue to treasure and celebrate the gift of Consecrated Life with gratitude, passion, and hope, we pray …

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

Jan. 31-Feb. 1, 2015

In today’s second reading St Paul talks about the fact that married couples have to deal with the anxieties of the world. Sometimes those stresses can really have a negative impact on our marriages. Get away from all those worldly anxieties and take time to just focus on God and each other by making a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are March 13 - 15, 2015 and May 19 - 21, 2015. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

World Marriage Day

DOWNLOAD these ideas for celebrating World Marriage Day on February 8th in your parish.

 

 Longest Married Couple Project Church Bulletin Announcements

1) The search is on. The Fifth Annual Longest Married Couple Project in the U.S as well as each of the 50 states and territories has started. If you know a couple with a long marriage please nominate them for this honor. This annual search is sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. More information can be found at wwme.org.

2) The search for longest married couples continues. In addition to honoring the longest married couple for the entire United States, recognition will also be given to a couple from each state and territories who has achieved that distinction. In the case of the United States ~ couple, appropriate gifts will be presented to them at a ceremony to be held at their location during Valentine's week. The state winners will receive personal recognition and a special certificate of achievement during that same time frame from the Worldwide Marriage Encounter movement. For more information go to wwme.org

3) Have you nominated a longest married couple? Now is the time to honor couples who have had long marriages. This annual search is sponsored by Worldwide Marriage Encounter. For more information go to 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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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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