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World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

October 18-19, 2014

Attention Bulletin Editors: Here are links to Bishop Libasci's letter.
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 Respect Life Sunday

Respect Life Sunday

October 5, 2014

Bishop Peter A. Libasci will mark the beginning of Respect Life Month by celebrating Mass on October 5, 2014 at 10:30 a.m. at Saint Joseph Cathedral at the corner of Pine and Lowell Streets in Manchester. All are invited to attend.

CLICK HERE for resources to mark Respect Life Sunday in your parish, school, or community.


 The Voice of Catholic Women within the Family

Join women from around NH on October 18 for a program dedicated to “The Voice of Catholic Women within the Family” sponsored by the NH Diocesan Council for Catholic Women. The gathering will be held at St. Katharine Drexel Parish, Alton, NH. The keynote speaker, Beth Mahoney, will focus on the role of women in the family, particularly living and sharing our faith. She will highlight the example of Mary within the Holy Family and other women who have been a voice within the Church’s ministry to families. The day begins with Rosary at 8:00 a.m. followed by 8:30 a.m. Mass. The fee of $25 includes a continental breakfast and catered lunch, and the program will conclude by 1:30 pm. To register, visit http://catholicwomen2014.eventbrite.com or contact Jo-Ann Ellison at jellison@rcbm.org or 663-0147.


Priesthood Sunday 

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 25 and 26. 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


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:

January 9-11, 2015
September 11-13, 2015

To register for the weekend or for more information, call 1-800-470-2230 or visit www.HelpOurMarriage.com.


 

 

Red Mass and Dinner

The Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of New Hampshire cordially invite all associated with the study and administration of justice to join them for the celebration of the Red Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire on Tuesday, October 7, 2014, at 5:15 p.m. The annual celebration of the Red Mass is designed to provide all attending members of the legal community, including judges, government officials, legislators, lawyers, and members of the law enforcement community, the opportunity to join those who administer justice in the Church and reflect on the power and responsibilities of their offices.

The Red Mass this year will be celebrated by Bishop Peter A. Libasci. The homilist for the Mass will be The Most Reverend Salvatore R. Matano, Ninth Bishop of Rochester, NY.

Following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild will hold its ninth annual dinner at Fratello’s Italian Grille, at which it will honor the recipient of the Saint Thomas More award. This year, Laurel Ann O’Connor, Esq., an attorney with the New Hampshire Department of Justice and a parishioner of St. Thomas Aquinas Parish in Derry, will be honored with the award. For further information, please visit www.catholicnh.org/RedMass.


 Bishop Libasci Urges Catholics to Cast Votes for Good of Others

Bishop Peter A. Libasci has issued a letter in advance of New Hampshire’s September 9 primary election calling upon Catholics in the Diocese of Manchester to be citizens “who will work first and foremost for the good of others . . . to benefit all people, especially the unborn, the poor, the forgotten elderly.” CLICK HERE to learn more about Catholic teaching on forming your conscience and the moral obligation to vote.

Read Bishop Libasci's Letter

Resources for Parishes


 

Middle East Humanitarian Relief

Bishop Libasci has asked parishes to conduct a free will offering on the weekend of September 13-14 to help Catholic Relief Services (CRS) respond to urgent needs for aid and assistance in the Middle East.  Please respond as generously as you can to provide humanitarian relief and pastoral support to those affected by the ongoing violence there. (Photo Above: A CRS staff member speaks with a beneficiary displaced in Iraq. Kris Ozar/CRS)

For Parishes:

Bishop Libasci's Letter

Instructions from the Finance Office


 

Humanitarian Crisis: Unaccompanied Children from Central America

Humanitarian Crisis: Unaccompanied Children From Central America

Since October 1, 2013, more than 52,000 unaccompanied and undocumented children and teens have crossed the southwestern United States border, fleeing extreme poverty and violence in El Salvador, Honduras, Guatemala and elsewhere in Central America. LEARN MORE about the humanitarian and political crisis and how you can TAKE ACTION HERE.

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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.

Become a Creighton Model FertilityCare Practitioner

Are you interested in joining a team of providers of The CREIGHTON MODEL FertilityCare System? Be a resource in your parish to provide this effective method to achieve and postpone pregnancy, and offer the hope of pregnancy to couples who are experiencing infertility. This is accomplished without the use of artificial reproductive technologies and respecting life from the moment of conception. FertilityCare Practitioners provide this service for families and are a resource for engaged couples programs and RCIA. The next training begins on October 25, 2014 in Darien, CT

For more information contact:
Kathy Rivet, Marguerite d’Youville FertilityCare Services
603-232-3141
MargueriteFertilityCare@gmail.com


Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend 

Most couples are busy with work and family. It seems that every moment of the day is planned and there’s never enough time to get everything done. When was the last time you had a weekend alone? Consider planning a weekend away just the two of you, to renew your marriage relationship.

Sept. 20-21, 2014

The second reading calls us to “conduct yourselves in a way worthy of the gospel of Christ”. The Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend helps your marriage to be a sign for the world. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are October 24-26, 2014 and December 5-7, 2014. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org

Sept. 27-28, 2014

In our second reading it calls us to “complete my joy by being of the same mind, with the same love, united in heart, thinking one thing.” Bring your marriage to a unity of heart. Restore, renew and rekindle your marriage at an upcoming Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekend. The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are October 24-26, 2014 and December 5-7, 2014. For more information call Jim and Elaine Richard at 1-800-710-WWME or visit our webpage at www.wwme.org


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 

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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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.


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


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
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The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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