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The Office for Worship is responsible for planning and overseeing diocesan liturgies involving the Bishop of Manchester. It is also responsible for assisting parishes with liturgies at which the bishop will preside or celebrate. In addition, the Office for Worship provides the priests and faithful of the diocese resources for the encouragement of liturgical understanding, appreciation, and celebration.

Blessing of Candles and Blessing of Throats

On February 2, the Church celebrates the feast of the Presentation of the Lord which occurs forty days after the birth of Jesus and is also known as Candlemas day, the blessing and procession of candles is included in today's liturgy.

This year parishes have the opportunity to celebrate the Feast of the Presentation of the Lord on a Sunday.  Consider blessing the candles which will be used throughout the year on this feast, in addition parishes may also choose to offer the blessing of throats.  CLICK HERE.

Seeking Nominations

Seeking Nominations
Mass and Award for Catholic Health Care Professionals

On Thursday, April 24, 2014, at 6:00 p.m., the Most Reverend Peter A. Libasci, D.D., Bishop of Manchester, will celebrate the White Mass at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester, New Hampshire.  The “White Mass” has traditionally been a Mass held to ask God’s blessings for healthcare professionals and is a special opportunity to affirm the profound service that healthcare professionals provide to the sick according to the model of Jesus Christ. 

A reception will be held immediately following the White Mass at the New Hampshire Institute of Art at which an individual who has exemplified the virtues of Catholic healthcare in her or his career as a healthcare professional will be honored with the Saint Martin de Porres Award.  To nominate a healthcare professional for the award, on or before February 10, 2014, please submit a letter of nomination to the Saint Martin de Porres Award Committee, care of Peter J. Cataldo, Ph.D., Chief Healthcare Ethicist, Archdiocese of Boston, at peter_cataldo@rcab.org, or mail it to him at Archdiocese of Boston, 66 Brooks Drive, Braintree, MA, 02184. Letters should contain as much detail as possible and should include contact information for the nominator and nominee.

DOWNLOAD Saint Martin de Porres Call for Nominations

For more information, please contact:
Rev. Jason Y. Jalbert
Director of the Office for Worship
(603) 663-0132

Diocese of Manchester
The Catholic Church in New Hampshire

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