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Spring Wedding Anniversary Mass

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples celebrating an anniversary in 2020 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, April 19, 2020 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. To register, please contact your parish office by March 20, 2020. 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!

Sunday of the Word of God

Our Holy Father, Pope Francis, has instituted the Sunday of the Word of God, to be celebrated annually on the Third Sunday in Ordinary Time. For the Sunday Masses of January 25-26, we ask you to bring your personal or family Bible to Mass with you. We want to emphasize the importance of the Bible in Catholic life and encourage one another to read and study it as a regular part of our lives as disciples of Jesus. During the Mass we will have a commitment and blessing prayer as you hold your Bibles. After Mass we will provide you with a service to enthrone and honor the Bible in your homes.

World Day for Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Sunday, February 2, 2020 and in parishes on the weekend of February 1-2, 2020. Please pray for all those who have made commitments in the consecrated life, and be sure to thank them on their special day. May they continue to be inspired by Jesus Christ and respond generously to God's gift of their vocation.

Seeking Qualified Special Educator

St. Francis of Assisi School in Litchfield and St. Benedict Academy in Manchester seek a Qualified Special Educator for students PreK through Grade 6 for a Special Education/Inclusion Pilot Program. Applicants must possess Teacher Certification in General Special Education. Each school requires a Special Educator 15-20 hours per week, but would prefer one teacher as a shared resource for continuity within the program.

For more details: catholicnh.org/schools-employment.

Catholic Charities New Hampshire Acquires Program Serving At-Risk Veterans

Building on our commitment to serving the poor and vulnerable across New Hampshire, Catholic Charities NH acquired Manchester-based Liberty House. Liberty House, which is now an official program of Catholic Charities, serves homeless and at-risk veterans through sober transitional housing, clothing and food distribution and various mental and physical wellness programs. Many of these veterans face immense challenges and invisible wounds, such as trauma, addiction and a lack of secure housing. It is our goal to expand on the work Liberty House has done for more than 15 years – and through your support – create more hope, independence and self-sufficiency for this extremely vulnerable and underserved population.

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.

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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.

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 from the US Catholic Sisters Against Human Trafficking

2020 - English | Spanish

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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Vocations

Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle A (First Sunday of Advent 2019 to Feast of Christ the King 2020)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2019/2020