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St. Catherine of Siena Alumni Reception

Are you an alumni of St. Catherine of Siena School in Manchester? Join us at our Alumni Reception at St. Catherine of Siena School after our Christmas concert on December 10 at 6:00 pm. A Reception will follow at the end of the Concert. Come back to celebrate 60 years of St. Catherine of Siena School!

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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.

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/

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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
EBermani@stjosephcathedralnh.org

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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

2019 - Word  | PDF

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 C (First Sunday of Advent 2018 to Feast of Christ the King 2019)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2018/2019

Vocations Awareness Week

National Vocation Awareness Week will be celebrated in our country November 3-9, 2019.  Please ask Our Lord for more dedicated, holy priests, deacons and consecrated men and women.  May they be inspired by Jesus Christ, supported by our faith community, and respond generously to God’s gift of a vocation.