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Diocesan Archives Seek Contributions

The Diocesan Archives wants your help! We have thousands of documents and photos pertaining to the history of the Diocese of Manchester - concerning our Bishops, Priests, Parishes, Schools, and people. We have documents going back to the nineteenth century; however, the concern today is that we are not always capturing current information that will be historical data in 10, 20, or 100 years from now.

If your parish, priest, or organization is doing something memorable, please provide the archives with documents or photos of the event. Examples of recent events that have been saved include the installation of new sanctuary furniture at St. Mark the Evangelist Church, as well as the installation of a statue of our Blessed Mother in the Holy Cross Cemetery in memory of members of local Knights of Columbus Councils.

For more information, please contact Dennis Pedley at dpedley@rcbm.org or 663-0190.

Blue Mass & Breakfast

Members of law enforcement, fire fighters, EMTs, their families and communities are invited to gather and participate in the Blue Mass celebrated by Bishop Peter Libasci on Sun., Sept. 22, at St. Joseph Cathedral with breakfast and awards presentations following in Bishop Bradley Hall. Registrations for the breakfast can be submitted at https://bluemass2019.eventbrite.com or by contacting Alyse Hlasny by 9/18 at ahlasny@rcbm.org or 663-0108.


Diocesan Youth Conference

The Diocesan Youth & Young Adult Events Advisory Committee, known as SUMMIT, has been working hard planning and preparing for the diocese’s first Youth Conference to be held on Saturday, November 16, 2019 at Bishop Guertin High School in Nashua, NH from 9:00 a.m. – 5:00 p.m. The day will include excellent speakers, praise and worship music, adoration and confession opportunities, a presentation of World Youth Day NH Youth awards, and conclude with Mass celebrated by Bishop Libasci at 4:00 p.m. We are asking for your support by encouraging your youth ministers to help the parish teens feel God’s Unconditional Love. Pulpit talks and bulletin announcements supporting the event would be greatly appreciated. If you are interested in attending the conference and assisting with confessions, please contact Kelly Goudreau, Director of Parish Faith Formation at (603) 663-0145. For additional event information and registration, please visit: https://www.catholicnh.org/summit/


Because of You: Catholic Charities New Hampshire: Summer Update

Through your support of Catholic Charities New Hampshire, you have brought hope, healing and compassion to 68,800 Granite State residents living amid despair and crisis this year. This includes helping 1,080 individuals move from poverty and a lack of basic life needs to stability and self-sufficiency; more than 400 homebound and disabled elderly avoid isolation and maintain their independence; and 242 individuals work to overcome grief, depression and significant mental health challenges. While we’re proud of what we’re able to achieve together, our work is far from done. Thanks to you, we will continue to respond to the needs of the poor and vulnerable, just as Jesus Christ calls us to do. To learn more about the profound impact of your support and generosity, visit www.cc-nh.org/impact.

Diocesan and Cathedral Choral Ensembles Seek Additional Singers

The Cathedral of St. Joseph is currently seeking additional singers for all diocesan-based choral ensembles. If you like to sing, create beautiful music, deepen your soul in ways you have never imagined and like to have fun, give one of these choral ensembles a try!

Diocesan Festival Choir: The DFC supplements the Cathedral Choir at several diocesan liturgies over the course of the year. Rehearsals for the DFC are on Monday nights, 7:30 - 8:45 p.m. and is present for liturgies such as Chrism Mass, Mass of Ordinations, Red Mass, etc.

Diocesan Children's Choir (St. Nicholas Schola Cantorum): This particular choral ensemble is open to children and young adults in grades 4 - 12 (public, private/parochial and homeschool students). Rehearsals are on Thursday afternoons from 4:00-5:00 p.m. in the Cathedral's Bishop Bradley Hall (lower church hall). The Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum often sings music in four part harmony and offers a wonderful and unique learning opportunity for children of all ages. The Saint Nicholas Schola Cantorum sings at a 8:30 a.m. Sunday Mass once a month.

The Cathedral Music Department is also announcing the establishment of a newly formed choral ensemble: the ST. ANTHONY SCHOLA. This particular ensemble is diocesan-based and open to all men from around the diocese who like to sing. Repertoire will consist of Gregorian chant as well as choral music written or arranged specifically for TTBB voices.

The combined choral ensembles participate in a concert performance of Handel's Messiah with orchestra each year. This year, the performance will take place at the newly renovated Rex Theater on Amherst Street on Saturday 14 December. The choirs will also be producing a professional grade Christmas CD which will be recorded in the months ahead. 2019 promises to be an exciting time to engage, sing and make music!

For more information about the above ensembles, to obtain a choral calendar and to schedule an interview/audition, kindly contact Eric Bermani at ebermani@stjosephcathedralnh.org.

Notation: All rehearsals are held at the Cathedral of St. Joseph, 145 Lowell St (Corner of Pine and Lowell Streets) in Manchester, NH.

For additional information, contact:
Eric J. Bermani
Diocesan & Cathedral Director of Music
603-622-6404, X31

Seminarian Brunch Fundraiser

Join Bishop Peter Libasci and our seminarians for brunch at the Manchester Country Club on Saturday, October 19, from 10:00—12:30. The brunch will include great food, live music, silent auction, the premier of our new diocesan vocations video, and much more. Sponsorships are available and individual tickets are $100 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, visit: www.liveinblackandwhite.com

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Restoring Trust

Bishop Libasci has announced the launch of a new section on the diocesan website to provide further transparency to the Diocese of Manchester’s ongoing commitment to protecting minors. The new site, www.catholicnh.org/restoringtrust, contains resources for victim-survivors, families, and those who wish to report abuse, and includes the names of priests of the Diocese of Manchester who have been accused of sexual abuse of a minor since 1950.

Wedding Anniversary Mass

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 5th, 25th, and 50th Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2019), to attend a Special Anniversary Mass on October 20th. This celebration will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Please contact your parish office to register.

Please register the names of couples from your parish who wish to attend.

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.

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

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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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