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World Day of Prayer of Prayer for Vocations 

World Day of Prayer of Prayer for Vocations will be observed on Sunday, April 25, 2021 also known as "Good Shepherd Sunday."  The purpose of this day is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to, "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest" (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2).  Please pray that young men and women hear and respond generously to the Lord's call to the priesthood, diaconate, religious life, societies of apostolic life or secular institutes. Resources for promoting vocations can be found on the diocesan website at www.catholicnh.org/vocations.

Catholic Charities Bulletin Text

Download bulletin text and social media posts for Catholic Charities for Spring 2021 - Word | PDF

Mass to Pray for Those Affected by Abuse

In recognition of Child Abuse Prevention Month, the Diocese of Manchester invites you to a Mass to Pray for Those Affected by Abuse on April 20, 2021 at 6 p.m. at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. The celebrant will be Bishop Peter A. Libasci. You may participate in person or via livestream at www.stjosephcathedralnh.org.

CLICK HERE to download a flyer.

Diocesan Easter Series “The Resurrection and the Church’s Mission in the Public Square”

The Diocese of Manchester invites all to join in an Easter Series, “The Resurrection and the Church’s Mission in the Public Square.” This series is offered to help New Hampshire Catholics
reflect more deeply on the Easter message and its meaning today for our state, our country, and the whole world. The full series is available in a free-eBook at catholicnh.org/Easter that
contains brief written offerings and short excerpts from various church writings on the topics that are covered for each week of the Easter Season.

White Mass

The White Mass will be held at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester on Wednesday, April 14, at 5:00 p.m., and will also be livestreamed at stjosephcathedralnh.org. At that time the New Hampshire Guild of Catholic Healthcare Professionals will also recognize the recipient of the 2020 St. Martin de Porres Award, since no White Mass was held last year.

The St. Martin de Porres Award is awarded by the Guild to an individual who has exemplified the virtues of Catholic healthcare in her or his career as a healthcare professional.

Diocesan Organist Training Program

The Office for Worship is offering a 10-month long program geared towards pianists or organists wishing to improve their skill level!

Based on a master-class type of model, this program meets twice a month (Saturdays, 10-2 accounting for 80 hours) and is capped at 10 participants to allow for sufficient one-on-one time between student and instructor. Visit www.catholicnh.org/worship for more information.

New Online Support Group from Catholic Charities NH

Divorce/separation can be an uncomfortable and often misunderstood topic, and for those directly impacted, a painful process with many questions often left unanswered. Catholic Charities NH will be hosting its next online support group, “Divorce/Separation: Why me? What can I do?” for those navigating the divorce process or trying to find their way afterward. Participants will learn more about the dynamics of divorce, better understand their options, learn helpful coping strategies, and support others on the same journey. The program will be held via Zoom for six consecutive Wednesdays (at noon) starting April 21. To register, visit www.cc-nh.org/supportgroup or call 603-752-1325.

Employment Opportunity

Due to upcoming retirements, the Diocese of Manchester is seeking a full-time Maintenance Technician for the Administration Building. The qualified candidate will be responsible for the general maintenance and cleaning at the Administration building as well as other locations. For more information and a complete Job Description, visit our website at www.catholicnh.org/employment/#maintenance.

2021 NH Catholic Directory

The Diocese is now taking orders for the mid-March delivery of the 2021 edition of the New Hampshire Catholic Directory. The cost of the directory is $20. The new edition contains up-to-date parish information, priest assignments, and other useful data.

Visit www.catholicnh.org/parishes/directory to place an order

Year of St. Joseph

Bulletin Insert - What is a plenary indulgence? - Color | Black & White

Facilitator Couples Needed

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking part time Facilitator Couples for our Diocesan Engaged Couple Courses, which may occur remotely or in-person. Couples married at least five years are encouraged to apply for these positions; training will be provided. Couples will collaborate to lead positive, formative weekend experiences for engaged couples based on Ascension Press’ Joy-Filled Marriage program. Interested parties may visit the following link for more information and the full job description: www.catholicnh.org/employment. Applications should be sent to Giselle North at gnorth@rcbm.org.

DOWNLOAD the full job description.

Engaged Couple Courses

Engaged couple formation courses in the Diocese of Manchester are available online. The courses are based on Ascension Press’ Joy-Filled Marriage program and run online for five consecutive Wednesday evenings, from 7 to 8:30 PM. They are facilitated by a pair of Catholic couples experienced in leading marriage formation. Registration in a course also includes a save-worthy marriage formation box (think, subscription box for your relationship!) containing a number of helpful and enriching resources. All interested couples should speak to their pastor or parish marriage formation coordinator to register for the following course: Wednesdays: April 7 - May 5, 2021.

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.

Register to Receive Catholic Citizenship News

Are you looking for an easy way to stay informed about public issues in New Hampshire? The Diocese of Manchester offers an e-mail newsletter with updates on important public policy matters facing our elected officials. Register at catholicnh.org/ccn

Child Safety

Assistance for Victims of Abuse

The Victim Assistance Coordinator 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 Coordinator 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 Victim Assistance Coordinator at (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 3/8/21)

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

Vocations

Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle B (First Sunday of Advent 2020 to Feast of Christ the King 2021)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2020/2021