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BCAF Reception

The Bishop’s Charitable Assistance Fund raises funds for organizations that improve the quality of life and provide basic essentials for individuals and families in New Hampshire, especially the poor and disadvantaged. The Bishop will welcome donors who have given $500 or more to the BCAF to a reception on September 7th. To make a donation and get your tickets, visit www.catholicnh.org/bcaf or contact Melanie English at 603-663-0166.


Wedding Anniversary Mass

Note to editor-

Please publish the announcement below a few times in your July and August parish bulletins. Please complete the attached Couples Response Form by September 22, 2017 and submit the information via Eventbrite to the Diocese. Once we receive the registrations, we will send a personal invitation to the couple(s) listed. Please make sure of spelling for names and that addresses are up to date. The Office of Matrimony will call you if any invitations have undeliverable addresses.

Unlike past years, please do not mail or fax response forms. The forms are for parishes to gather information to directly register their participants via Eventbrite at the following URL: https://2017anniversarymass.eventbrite.com

This is a wonderful experience for these couples and our opportunity to celebrate the vocation of Marriage.

Thank you for your support.

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ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2017), to attend a Special Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on October 15, 2017 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. If you are celebrating your 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond anniversary, please contact the parish office by September 22, 2017. We will need your last names, first names and mailing address. Please also indicate your special anniversary year.

By providing your name to your Parish Office you will be registered and receive an invitation. There is no need for the couple to RSVP.


Child Safety

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) 669-3100, Ext. 110. 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.

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. 

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 e-newsletter 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.

Vocations

Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle A (First Sunday of Advent 2016 to Feast of Christ the King 2017)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2016/2017