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Be Informed / Protect Family

With 11 as the average age of first exposure, the problem of internet pornography affects nearly every living generation. It's more important than ever to have a proper understanding of human sexuality, to be aware of the dangerous content that's readily accessible on the Internet, and to know how we can better protect our children and loved ones. Join Father Sean Kilcawley for a number of workshops on topics ranging from "Parenting in the Digital Age" to "The New Evangelization & the Hypersexualized Culture." It's our responsibility to be informed on how to protect our families. More information and registration details may be found on the diocesan website at https://catholicnh.org/RevKilcawley

Catholic Charities New Hampshire: New Independent Living Community in Windham

Catholic Charities New Hampshire is excited to announce it has broken ground on a new 21-unit Independent Living Community at the Warde Health Center in Windham. One- and two- bedroom apartments, with balconies and carports, are available. Community residents will have access to the on-site chapel and Pastoral Care Director, among many services and amenities. Planned opening is November of 2019. We are currently taking reservations for potential community members. Please contact Bret Pomeroy, administrator of The Warde Center for more information at 603-890-1290 or whc.administrator@nh-cc.org.

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.

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

NH Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Lenten Breakfast

Please join the Council of Catholic Women at their annual Lenten breakfast on Saturday, April 6 at the Red Blazer restaurant in Concord from 9am-12pm.

Rev. Matthew Mason, former pastor of Gate of Heaven Parish and current Diocesan Director of Vocations, will speak on “The Joy of the Gospel”. The morning will also include a prayer service, breakfast and door prizes. Visit www.catholicnh.org/women for more information.

The cost is $20 per person. Register by March 29 at https://lent2019breakfast.eventbrite.com or by contacting Alyse Hlasny: ahlasny@rcbm.org or 663-0108

NH Diocesan Council of Catholic Women’s Marian Mass & Breakfast

The Council of Catholic Women invites women of all ages to their annual Marian Mass and breakfast on Saturday, May 18 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. The morning will begin with Rosary at 7:30, Mass at 8:00 am and catered breakfast following Mass. During breakfast, guest speakers Brian and Christine Templeton will discuss parenting, family life and Mary. Visit www.catholicnh.org/women for more information.

The cost for breakfast is $15 per adult and $7.50 for young women under 12. Register by May 10 at https://marian2019.eventbrite.com or by contacting Alyse Hlasny: ahlasny@rcbm.org or 663-0108

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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St. Jean Vianney Relic Pilgrimage

The incorrupt heart of St. Jean Vianney will be visiting St. Joseph Cathedral on April 24th. The Shrine of Ars, France, has made this major relic available for a national tour in the U.S.

The Knights of Columbus is hosting this tour and welcomes this special opportunity to offer veneration of this relic of the patron of parish priests, whose holiness and integrity is a model for clergy and laity alike.

Veneration is from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. and Bishop Libasci will celebrate Mass at 12:10 p.m.

For more information about St. Jean Vianney and the relic tour, please visit www.kofc.org/vianney.


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