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Change in Status of St. Benedict Center, Richmond, NH

Notice re: change in status of the Saint Benedict Center and the “Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary” and the Immaculate Heart of Mary School:
Following decisions reached by the Congregation for the Doctrine of the Faith in Rome, the Slaves of the Immaculate Heart of Mary, The Saint Benedict Center, The Saint Benedict Center, Inc., and the Immaculate Heart of Mary School, Richmond, NH, have been placed under strict canonical prohibitions and obligations by the Bishop of Manchester. As a result, under no circumstances may Catholics receive the sacraments of the Church at the Saint Benedict Center or any of its locations, nor should they participate in any activity provided by this group or school, including their summer camp. Further details can be found on the diocesan website at: www.catholicnh.org/sbc.

Blessing of Wedding Anniversaries

Note to bulletin editors: Please publish the announcement below a few times in your January and February parish bulletins. Please see your pastor for information on how to submit names of registrants to the Office of Family Life and Ministries.

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples celebrating an anniversary in 2019 of 10, 15, 20, 30, 35, 40, 45 or 55+ years, to attend the Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on Sunday, March 3, 2019 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. To register, please contact your parish office by February 1, 2019. The parish office will gather and submit all necessary information. Once registration has been completed by the parish office, all registrants will receive an invitation to this special celebration. Couples celebrating anniversaries of 5, 25, or 50 years will be asked to register later for a fall celebration. To all other married couples, congratulations and we look forward to seeing you at this spring’s Wedding Anniversary Mass!

Child Safety

Assistance for Victims of Abuse

The Office for Healing and Pastoral Care provides services and support, promotes healing, and supports the emotional and spiritual well-being of survivors of sexual abuse and misconduct in the Church. The Office also seeks to be a source of comfort and support for anyone who is a survivor of sexual abuse in any walk of life. If you are a victim of abuse or misconduct by someone representing the Catholic Church, we encourage you to contact the Director of the Office for Healing and Pastoral Care at jnaff@rcbm.org or (603) 663-0125. For more resources to assist victims of abuse, visit www.catholicnh.org/healing

Twenty-Four Bulletin Announcements to Promote Child Safety

Use these bulletin announcements throughout the year:

Download: Word | PDF (updated on 11/14/18)

Note to Bulletin Editors: Please include the following bulletin blurbs in your parish bulletins at least twice a year.

How to Report Suspected Abuse

If you know of or suspect abuse or neglect of a minor (a person under 18), 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

Outreach Services for Victims and Their Families

If you or a loved one has experienced abuse by someone representing the Catholic Church, we urge you to contact the diocesan Office for Healing and Pastoral Care at (603) 663-0125. Help is available.

Families Coping with the Opioid Crisis

Divine Mercy Parish
12 Church Street, Peterborough, NH 03458

6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, January 30, 2019

When addiction causes problems, not only does the person with the addiction suffer, but those around the person also suffer. The aim of this presentation is to provide information and resources that will help family members and other loved ones of individuals with addiction find ways to cope with and reduce their own suffering. For more information or to register, visit www.cc-nh.org/peterborough-coping. Presented by Catholic Charities counselors with experience in treating Substance Use Disorder.

Family and Marriage

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.

Human Trafficking

Download these bulletin inserts for the coming year from the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking - Word  | PDF

Invasive Species Alert

The State of New Hampshire is requesting your assistance in getting valuable information to your congregation about identifying and reporting insect infestations in imported wood crafts. This is part of the state's on­going efforts to get targeted information out to the public in order to detect potential new infestations before they can spread - reducing the economic and environmental costs from invasive insects. They are reaching out to your community because of a recent find of exotic beetles in an olive-wood nativity set purchased during a sale at a New Hampshire church. 

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9 Days for Life

Download these bulletin announcements to promote the annual pro-life novena, 9 Days for Life, January 14-22.  

Northeast Catholic College

Attend college and grow in your Catholic faith! Northeast Catholic College in Warner has a rolling admissions process and encourages students to apply now to take advantage of its generous financial aid offerings. Students from the Diocese of Manchester are eligible for Free Room and Board, the New Hampshire Diocese Scholarship, and potentially N.H. Governor's Scholarship. Please visit the scholarships section of the website, northeastcatholic.edu, for more details.

Public Issues

Public Issues Bulletin on the Death Penalty

Educational Bulletins

Help your parishioners to understand the issues we're following in the legislature with our black and white educational bulletins. Topics include abortion, death penalty, immigration, and more. 

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Rice Bowl Collection Results

The 2018 Rice Bowl collection raised $79,389.35 from parishes and schools this past spring. Of that almost $80,000, 25% or $19,847.32 will stay here in New Hampshire to fund local programs that alleviate hunger and poverty. If you or your organization are interested in applying for a CRS Rice Bowl grant, please contact Bevin Kennedy (bkennedy@rcbm.org; 603-663-0136). CRS Rice Bowl is a national education and fundraising program that funds projects throughout the world to meet basic human needs and works to address poverty. Thank you for your support!  


Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle C (First Sunday of Advent 2018 to Feast of Christ the King 2019)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2018/2019