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Catholicnh.org Goes Mobile

The Communication Office is proud to introduce the new mobile version of our online directory and calendar. Because navigation of a website can be difficult on a small device, we have created a mobile version of our most visited pages, the directory and calendar, designed specifically for viewing on smaller screens. Our mobile website will look the same on any phone, be it the iPhone, Android, Windows Phone, or BlackBerry. There is no need download an app; simply visit catholicnh.org on your mobile device and you will be directed to the mobile site. Finding a Mass time or event near you is now easier than ever.

Our new calendar has several enhanced features including:

  • more search options
  • a slide show featuring diocesan events
  • the ability to easily post flyers and photos
  • links to post events on social media sites.

All Catholic organizations in New Hampshire are welcome to submit their events. Feel free to pass along this link to our online calendar submission form: http://events.catholicnh.org/submitevent

Adjustment to Deanery Boundaries 

To: Deans

From: Patrick F. McGee, Sr.

Date: July 9, 2014

RE: Adjustment of Deanery Boundaries

Upon the request of Fr. Edmund Babicz, pastor of St. Anthony Parish, Sanbornville, and St. Joseph Parish, Center Ossipee, and after hearing from the Deans of the Lakes Region and Seacoast Deaneries, Bishop Libasci has realigned the boundaries of the Lakes Region and Seacoast Deaneries. Accordingly, St. Anthony Parish and St. Joseph Parish are now assigned to the Seacoast Deanery and are no longer assigned to the Lakes Region Deanery.

Fr. Babicz indicated that he believes he can participate in more activities in the Seacoast Deanery, especially in the winter months. In addition he believes the realignment would better serve the parishes in terms of events such as Advent and Lenten Penance Services. 

This realignment is effective July 1, 2014.

The parish boundaries for the two parishes will remain the same. They are:

Saint Anthony, Sanbornville, New Hampshire
The east border is the Maine state line
The west border lies along the borders of the parishes in Farmington and Alton/Wolfeboro
The south border is the parish of Our Lady of the Holy Rosary, Rochester
The north border is Saint Joseph Parish, Center Ossipee
The Parish includes the towns of Brookfield, Wakefield, Sanbornville, Middleton, Milton and Union

Parish Boundaries for Saint Joseph Parish, Center Ossipee, New Hampshire
The Parish includes the towns of Center Ossipee, Ossipee, Effingham, Freedom, Tamworth,
Madison, except the north end, the southern portion of Albany and the southwest corner of Eaton

Please feel free to share this information with the clergy and laity in your Deanery. We will publish the notice in eNews. Thank you.

Lawson Scam 

To: Pastors, Parish Administrators, Parish Secretaries, and Parish Bookkeepers 

From: Diane Murphy Quinlan

Date: July 10, 2014

RE: Cheryl Lawson (aka Jamey Edmonds, Cheryl McCarter-Wallis); Steven Lawson

In 2013, a woman who identified herself as “Jamey Edmonds” contacted a number of parishes (Catholic and non-Catholic) and requested money to pay her rent, claiming that her son was having surgery, her husband recently died, her vehicle was disabled, and she was about to be evicted for non-payment of rent. She seemed distraught when telling her story. She requested money for her rent and produced a copy of an obituary, a report from a hospital, and a copy of the lease. She asked that checks be made payable to the “landlady.” The parishes did not know her, as she was not from the area.

Unfortunately, some parishes gave this woman money and subsequently learned that they were “scammed.” In hindsight, the parishes realized that the obituary was not from a newspaper and the information in it could not be verified online, the “landlord” never returned the parish’s call, and the woman’s story changed slightly from the time she called the secretary and the time she picked up the check. The woman insisted that she needed the money that day, not giving the parishes much time to verify the information she provided. The woman subsequently was arrested and identified as Cheryl Lawson (see http://www.concordmonitor.com/home/8052939-95/police-manchester-woman-swindled-concord-church-with-fake-sob-story).

Since her arrest, she has continued to contact parishes, seeking money to pay her bills. In addition to Jamey Edmonds, she has used the name Cheryl Lawson and Cheryl McCarter-Wallis.

We recently learned that Steven Lawson (who reportedly is from the same family) has been asking for money from churches around the state. He has used different scenarios, but generally claims that his family is being evicted and is at risk of becoming homeless.

I thought that you should be aware of this concern in the event that you are contacted by these individuals. Feel free to contact me with any questions.


Gertrude Hammond Appointed as Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Peter A. Libasci has appointed Gertrude Hammond as Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation, effective August 4, 2014. The Diocesan Director provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for Parish Faith Formation, Grades 1-12, including Sacramental Preparation for First Reconciliation and Penance, First Communion and Confirmation. The director is the lead agent in providing services and programs for DRE’s and other catechetical leaders and serves as a resource person to the Catholic Schools Office regarding the teaching of religion.

Gertrude worked in the finance field from 1987- 1993 and has served as catechetical leader at Saint Katharine Drexel Parish, Alton/Wolfeboro, since 2008. She completed the Lay Ministry Formation Program, Called to Servant Leadership, in 2011 and received a MEd, Religious Education from Boston College in 2013. Gertrude, her husband, Chris, and their three children are members of Saint Katharine Drexel Parish.


David A. Thibault Appointed as Executive Director of Camping Services

We are pleased to announce that Bishop Peter A. Libasci has appointed David A. Thibault to serve as Executive Director of Camping Services for the Diocese of Manchester. The Executive Director provides leadership and is responsible for supervision, administration, coordination and the ongoing development of all professional endeavors of the diocesan camps. David will join the Camps Staff July 1, 2014.

David has been associated with the camps for many years and served in various leadership positions at Camp Fatima from 1980 – 1992. He served in parish Youth Ministry positions from 1993 – 2010. He holds a Master’s Degree in Education, has been a teacher and Associate Principal, and, for the past five years, served as Headmaster at Mount Royal Academy, Sunapee, NH. Mr. Thibault and his family are members of St. Patrick Parish, Newport, NH.

Personnel Announcements

Patricia A. Gabree, who serves as the Director of the Office of Lay Ministry Formation and the Office of Marriage Ministry as well as the Co-Director of the Office of the Permanent Deacon Formation, has decided to retire, effective June 30. Pat has served as a diocesan director since 1996. She has enriched and developed new approaches and programs for catechetical and lay ministry education and formation and directed the establishment of the diocesan Lay Ministry Formation Program. Pat served as the lay representative on the New Hampshire Council of Churches and was also named a National Catholic Education Association (NCEA) Catechetical Scholar. Pat’s NCEA research on the future of educating and forming parish catechetical leaders and her experience with developing the Lay Ministry Formation Program contributed to the formation of diocesan partnerships with the University of Notre Dame Catechetical Leader Apprentice Formation Program, Echo, and Satellite Theological Education Program (STEP). Regionally, Pat represented the diocese as a member of the New England Conference of Diocesan Directors of Religious Education, serving four years as Secretary to the Conference and ten years as a member of the New England Adult Symposium Planning Committee.

We are deeply grateful for Pat’s selfless and generous service to the Lord and His Church over the years. She will be greatly missed, but we wish her well as she begins this new chapter in her life.


Deacon Gregory R. McGinn has also decided to step down as Delegate for Ministerial Conduct, effective June 30. Since he was appointed Delegate for Ministerial Conduct in March 2009, he has been devoted to strengthening efforts to ensure that our Church is a safe environment for all people, updating and overseeing compliance with our Code of Ministerial Conduct and Policy for the Protection of Children and Young People, and responding to the pastoral needs of those harmed by the Church and those accused of misconduct. It is with gratitude for Deacon McGinn’s faithful service that Bishop Libasci has accepted his resignation. 

Deacon McGinn will continue to serve in the diocesan administration as Director of the Office of the Permanent Deacon Formation. He and Patricia Gabree have served as Co-Directors of the Office of Permanent Deacon Formation since August 2009.


Bishop Libasci has appointed Mary Ellen D’Intino to serve as Delegate for Ministerial Conduct, effective July 1, 2014. This appointment is in addition to her responsibilities as Compliance Officer and Director of Safe Environment Programs. We are grateful to Mary Ellen for accepting these additional responsibilities.


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