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World Day of Consecrated Life

World Day for Consecrated Life will be celebrated in the Church on Tuesday, February 2 and in parishes over the weekend of February 6-7, 2021. 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.

World Day of Prayer against Human Trafficking

On February 8, Catholics all over the world are encouraged to host or attend prayer services to create greater awareness about this phenomenon. Through prayer, we not only reflect on the experiences of those that have suffered through this affront to human dignity, but also comfort, strengthen, and help empower survivors.

Find resources at www.usccb.org/topics/anti-trafficking-program

Virtual Youth Retreat

Join us on February 28th for an opportunity to strengthen your relationship with Jesus and renew your hope. Now more than ever, God is calling us to transform our hearts and rekindle our faith as we walk along life’s faith journey. For details and registration information, visit lentenyouthretreat.eventbrite.com.

Employment Opportunity

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a full-time upper-level accounting professional for the Administration’s Finance Office. Visit www.catholicnh.org/employment/#finance for details.

Pilgrims for Life

While there will be no diocesan pilgrimage to the national march for life this year, our prayer and advocacy must continue. We’ve created “Pilgrims for Life” to help the faithful of New Hampshire build up the culture of life in the Diocese of Manchester and beyond. Prayer opportunities related to the March for Life will be held in each of the nine deaneries of the Diocese of Manchester. Visit www.catholicnh.org/pilgrimsforlife for more information.

PASTA (Parenting a Second Time Around)

Are you Parenting a Second Time Around? Then a PASTA group may be right for you!  

Sponsored by the New Hampshire Children's Trust, PASTA is a free support group for grandparents and other family caregivers in the position of raising children again. Join other grandparents and relative caregivers online Thursday evenings between January 28th and March 4th from 6:30 pm to 8:00 pm! 

Space is limited, so register today at www.nhchildrenstrust.org/pasta.

January is Poverty Awareness Month

During Poverty Awareness Month, you can take up Pope Francis' challenge to live in solidarity with the poor! You can advocate for change, find and support organizations in your community, give time or resources, or contact local representatives. Visit http://povertyusa.org to learn more.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity

January 18-25, 2021 is the annual observance of the Week of Prayer for Christian Unity. The theme chosen for 2021 is “Abide in my love… you shall bear much fruit.” (John 15:1-17) Throughout 2021, join Christians everywhere in praying “that they may all be one” joining our prayer with that of the Lord Jesus Christ. For more information go to: www.geii.org

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USCCB: National Marriage Week, 2021 - Resources

National Marriage Week is February 7-14, 2021. Below are a list of links to the resources for promoting this important week. More will be made available closer to the event. This year's theme from USCCB is: "To Have, To Hold, To Honor."

Flyer/Bulletin Insert (English) for parishes, diocesan newspapers, etc.
Flyer/Bulletin Insert (Spanish) for parishes, diocesan newspapers, etc.
Preaching Resource for all diocesan clergy
Prayers of the Faithful for parishes
At-Home Marriage Retreat (English) for all married couples
At-Home Marriage Retreat (Spanish) for all married couples
Parish Resource to Promote NMW 2021 for diocesan and parish leaders
Other resources & articles on marriage and family life: ForYourMarriage.org

Please contact Derek McDonald, Director of Family and Respect Life Ministries, with questions.

Online Bereavement Support Group from Catholic Charities NH

Have you recently lost a spouse, family member or friend, and are struggling with grief and loss? Catholic Charities NH will be hosting its next online support group, “Bereavement – Experiencing Loss, Being Lost and Finding your Way Again,” a six-series program helping participants learn about the dynamics of grief, discover new ways to cope while healing and gain the opportunity to be supported and support others also sharing a painful journey. Sessions will be held on Thursdays (January 28 – March 4) from 3:30 p.m. to 4:30 p.m. To register, visit www.cc-nh.org/bereavement. You may also call 603-752-1325 or email efrenette@nh-cc.org.

2021 Virtual Mardi Gras to Benefit Catholic Charities NH

You are invited to be a part of the Virtual Mardi Gras Celebration! Our annual signature event benefits Catholic Charities NH and the hundreds of individuals and families in need that we support. And being online this year, it’s easier to join in on the fun. Register today at www.cc-nh.org/mardigras for a chance to win prizes, bid on action items and more. The event will be streamed on February 16 (Fat Tuesday) on www.cc-nh.org. Call Rosemary at 603-663-0249 with any questions.

Coping with COVID – Online Support Group

For those still struggling to manage daily life with the COVID-19 crisis, Catholic Charities NH is hosting another “Coping with COVID” online support group for parishioners across the Diocese. The (free) five-session program, held on Zoom, provides key information and coping strategies to help you navigate these challenging and uncertain times. You’ll connect with members of the medical and mental health communities and gain valuable relaxation techniques, among other forms of support. Sessions will be held Wednesdays (2-3 p.m.) starting February 3 through March 3. To register, visit www.cc-nh.org/coping. You may also call 603-752-1325 or email efrenette@nh-cc.org.

Engaged Couple Courses

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 by October 31st, 2020.

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 Tuesday or Thursday 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: Tuesdays: October 20 – November 17, 2020.

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 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 Office for Healing and Pastoral Care 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 1/6/21)

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

Code of Conduct Bulletin Announcement

Please place the following announcement about the diocesan Code of Conduct in to your parish bulletin or school newsletter each January. Thank you!

CLICK HERE to download the Code of Conduct bulletin (Word)

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