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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


 Annual Homeschool Mass

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all homeschool students, parents, instructors and those interested in the ever-growing homeschool system in New Hampshire to attend a special Mass on Thursday, September 10, 2015 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 rvinson@rcbm.org.


 

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.


Understanding Catholic Teaching on Marriage 

The US Supreme Court recently redefined civil marriage as a constitutional right extending to two persons of the same sex. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/marriageFAQ to find answers to questions you may have about the Supreme Court decision and Church teaching on marriage.


 Wedding Anniversary Celebration

Note to editor-

Please publish the announcement below a few times in your July and August parish bulletins. All Couples Response Forms are needed at the diocese by August 13, 2015 at the latest. Once we receive your form we will send a personal invitation to the couple(s) listed. Please make sure of spelling for names and that addresses are up to date. The Office of Matrimony will call you if any invitations have undeliverable addresses.

The couples will be given a month to confirm their participation. Their RSVP is due back to the diocese no later than September 8, 2015. Please make note of the deadline for RSVPs due to the diocese, as it is difficult to continue adding couples past this date.

This is a wonderful experience for these couples and the Diocese’s opportunity to celebrate the vocation of Marriage

Thank you for your support.

Bulletin Announcement

ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2015), to attend a Special Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on October 18 2015 at 2:00 p.m., at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester. If you are celebrating your 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond anniversary, please contact the parish office by August 6, 2015. We will need your last name, first names and mailing address. Please also indicate your special anniversary year.


 

Pope Francis’ Encyclical, Laudato Si’, on Care for Our Common Home

In Laudato Si’ (“Praised Be”), Pope Francis reminds us that as stewards, not owners, of the earth God created for us, we have a moral obligation to cherish and care for the environment. How we care for our environment is linked to how we love our neighbor and respect one another. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/environment for a link to the encyclical, prayers, and other resources.


New Award Recognizes Service to Women, Children or Families

Bishop Libasci will be recognizing a volunteer who works to improve the lives of women, children or families through a new award. The family of the late Ruthie Ford has established the Vita et Caritas Award (For Life and Love) in memory of the work Ruthie accomplished. The award will be given to a volunteer, who through service to a non-profit agency helps transform the lives of women, children or families, and who exemplifies, in his or her service, the Gospel message to love one another.  The volunteer will receive a plaque from Bishop Libasci at the Bishop’s Summer Reception and the non-profit organization will receive a $2,500 gift.  Information and an application form are available at www.catholicnh.org/bcaf/pvca.


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

July 11-12, 2015

Jesus sent out the Apostles two by two to preach. Our marriage sacrament is a sign to others – what sign are we showing? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are September 19 - 20, 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

July 18-19, 2015

Are you like sheep without a shepherd? Deepen your communication, strengthen your relationship, rekindle your romance and renew your sacrament by attending the next Worldwide Marriage Encounter weekend on September 19 - 20, 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

July 25-26, 2015

In the second reading, St Paul tells us to live in a manner worth of the call you have received, having humility, gentleness and patience and to bear with one another through love. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are September 19 - 20, 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


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:

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.


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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


Order a Portrait of Bishop Libasci

CLICK HERE to order a portrait of Bishop Libasci for your home or office.


Prayers & Intercessions
CLICK HERE for all prayers and intercessions.

Special Collections
CLICK HERE for a listing of the Special Collections

 


Annual Homeschool Mass

 Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all homeschool students, parents, instructors and those interested in the ever-growing homeschool system in New Hampshire to attend a special Mass on Thursday, September 10, 2015 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 rvinson@rcbm.org.

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

153 Ash Street, Box 310
Manchester, NH 03105-0310
(603) 669-3100
Fax: (603) 669-0377

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