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 Bulletin Announcement- Prayer for Victims of Abuse

Christ calls each of us to reach out to victims of abuse in their time of need. Sometimes it is difficult to know how to help, but one effective way of expressing care and concern is through prayer. Please commit to praying on a regular basis for victims of abuse, particularly those abused by clergy or others representing the Catholic Church.

Prayer of Healing for Victims of Abuse

God of endless love,
ever caring, ever strong,
always present, always just:
You gave your only Son
to save us by the blood of his cross.
Gentle Jesus, shepherd of peace,
join to your own suffering
the pain of all who have been hurt
in body, mind, and spirit
by those who betrayed the trust placed in them.
Hear our cries as we agonize
over the harm done to our brothers and sisters.
Breathe wisdom into our prayers,
soothe restless hearts with hope,
steady shaken spirits with faith:
Show us the way to justice and wholeness,
enlightened by truth and enfolded in your mercy.
Holy Spirit, comforter of hearts,
heal your people’s wounds
and transform our brokenness.
Grant us courage and wisdom, humility and grace,
so that we may act with justice
and find peace in you.
We ask this through Christ, our Lord. Amen.

If you have experienced abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, you are encouraged to contact the Office for Healing & Pastoral Care of the Diocese of Manchester at 603-669-3100.

Oracion Parsa Anara Sanar

Dios de amor infinito,
siempre bondadoso, siempre fuerte,
siempre presente, siempre justo:
Tú diste a tu único Hijo
para salvarnos por la sangre de su cruz.
Jesús Bueno, pastor de paz,
une a tu propio sufrimiento
el dolor de todos quienes han sido heridos
en cuerpo, mente y espíritu
por aquellos quienes traicionaron
la confianza puesta en ellos.
Oye nuestro llanto mientras sufrimos
por el daño causado a nuestros hermanos y hermanas.
Infunde sabiduría en nuestras oraciones,
alivia nuestros corazones intranquilos con la esperanza,
endereza los espíritus tambaleantes con fe:
Muéstranos el camino hacia la justicia y la entereza,
danos la luz de la verdad y cúbrenos con tu misericordia.
Espíritu Santo, consolador de corazones,
cura las heridas de tu pueblo
y rescátanos de nuestra dispersión.
Danos valentía y sabiduría, humildad y gracia
para que así actuemos con justicia
y encontremos paz en ti.
Te lo pedimos por Cristo, Nuestro Señor. Amén


 World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday

October 18-19, 2014

Attention Bulletin Editors: Here are links to Bishop Libasci's letter.
Choose from pdf or jpg.


 

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.

NEW: Host a Prayer Vigil

The Worldwide Marriage Community will offer hourly prayers in honor of all Catholic priests throughout the day on Priesthood Sunday. Parishes may wish to host their own prayer vigil. The prayer vigil includes 24 prayer petitions for priests. In the interest of several people praying together in Spirit, individuals and couples sign up to lift up that prayer intention during the specified hour. By doing so, each intention hopefully will be offered by several across the nation during that hour. In this way we can be united in our prayer focus by time zone. CLICK HERE to download the prayer vigil.

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.


 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


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.


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.

October 11-12, 2014

In today’s gospel it says that “The feast is ready, but those who were invited were not worthy to come.” God invites us to make our Sacrament of Marriage worthy to come to the feast. Do we enrich our marriage to make it what God wants it to be? The next Worldwide Marriage Encounter Weekends are on October 24-26, 2014, December 5-7, 2014 and January 23 - 25, 2015. 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.

Attention Bulletin Editors: Help us to spread the word about Catholic Citizenship News with these new bulletin ads available in different sizes.


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
CLICK HERE for a listing of the Special Collections

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The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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