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Contact Your State Representatives to Voice Opposition to Assisted Suicide

HB 1283 is a bill pending before the NH Legislature that would legalize assisted suicide. The House of Representatives could vote on this bill as early as March 14. Please contact your representatives ASAP to urge them to oppose this bill. For more information about HB 1283 and how to contact your representatives in the Legislature, visit: catholicnh.org/nosuicide.

Parishes: an updated bulletin insert is available here

2023 New Hampshire Catholic Appeal Pledge Reminder

Thanks to over 10,000 donors, the 2023 New Hampshire Catholic Appeal (NHCA) received over $3.7 million to support ministries such as the Community Services program at Catholic Charities NH, Parable magazine, Catholic education, our retired priests, seminarians and so much more! If you have made a pledge to the NHCA, we encourage, if possible, that all pledges be fulfilled by March 31, 2024. If you have a question about the status of your pledge, please reach out to Anne Marie Ashford in the Development office at 603-663-0152 or aashford@rcbm.org. We thank you again for your support of the appeal.

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For mid-February bulletin announcement. It would be beneficial for the pastor to announce this as well.

2023 New Hampshire Catholic Appeal Annual Report

The 2023 New Hampshire Catholic Appeal (NHCA) annual report is now available at your parish and online at www.catholicnh.org/nhca. Also, copies are being mailed to all who donated to the NHCA. Thanks to over 10,000 donors, the NHCA has raised more than $3.7 million to date which is helping to fund the Community Services program at Catholic Charities New Hampshire, Catholic Education, Parable magazine, priest retirement, the seminarian fund and so much more! The annual report breaks down the total raised and the initial distributions as of October 2, 2023, at which time $402,090 was issued in rebates to parishes who reached their NHCA goal. Please take a moment to review the annual report which allows us to work toward a more sustainable and collaborative church in New Hampshire. For any questions regarding the New Hampshire Catholic Appeal, please contact Bevin Kennedy at 603-663-0136 or at bkennedy@rcbm.org.

NH Monthly Couple Enrichment Circle

The N.H. Enrichment Circle is a monthly gathering of married couples who make time to nurture their relationship. Some of the couples have attended a Worldwide Marriage Encounter Experience in the past but this is not a requirement and new couples are welcome. Each gathering offers a different topic designed to foster strong, healthy married relationships and communication. Participants have a chance to collectively explore the topic and then, as a couple, share on a related question. Meetings are on the first Saturday of each month from 6:30-8PM at the Immaculate Heart Of Mary parish center in Concord, NH. Participants are asked to bring a snack to share and a writing notebook.  For more information, contact Dave and Karen Demers: (617) 448-0745 or dkd1974@aol.com.

Employment Openings

Executive Director of Camping Services
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH 

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking to fill the position of Executive Director of Camping Services for Camp Bernadette and Camp Fatima, Inc. This position will support and ensure that as Roman Catholic camps, Camp Bernadette and Camp Fatima, Inc. will provide campers a safe, faith-filled, and loving environment where all feel welcome regardless of their religious upbringing.

Visit www.catholicnh.org/employment/#camping for more information.

Diocesan Bookkeeper – Part Time
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a part-time Multi- Parish and School Bookkeeper to perform bookkeeping services for several diocesan locations. This position will support the Director of School and Parish Services by providing bookkeeping services including receivables, payables, expense reimbursements and payroll services to multiple locations throughout the Diocese. Qualified candidates for this position will have a Bachelor degree in finance or accounting or equivalent experience, 3 to 5 years’ experience as a bookkeeper or accountant or equivalent experience, preferably in a school setting. Experience in the use of QuickBooks, ConnectNow and other financial/payroll software.

Visit www.catholicnh.org/employment/#bookkeeper for more information.

Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is currently seeking to fill the role of Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation. This position provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for Parish Faith Formation, Grades 1-12, including comprehensive youth ministry, Sacramental Formation for First Reconciliation and Penance, Confirmation and First Communion, and serves as resource person to the Catholic School office regarding the teaching of the Catholic Faith. 

Visit www.catholicnh.org/employment/#pff for more information.

Totus Tuus Missionary
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking missionaries for the Totus Tuus program this summer. Totus Tuus calls upon college students and seminarians from across the United States and Canada to carry out the mission of Totus Tuus. 

Visit www.catholicnh.org/employment/#totustuus for more information.

Internal Auditor
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is currently seeking to fill the position of Internal Auditor. The Internal Auditor will plan and perform on site reviews of parishes, schools, missions and institutions in the Diocese of Manchester. The incumbent will review accounting and financial management, internal controls, compliance with laws and regulations, and perform analytical reviews of financial statements.

Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#ia for more information.

Camps Fatima and Bernadette

Camps Fatima and Bernadette have openings for a Camp Counselor and Camp Nurse. Please visit catholicnh.org/employment/#camps for more information.

Natural Family Planning

Natural Family Planning is just what it sounds like: a 100% natural way for spouses to plan the size of their family. It is an extremely effective method for achieving, or temporarily avoiding, pregnancy, depending on the couple’s situation and intent. To learn more or to find an instructor near you, please visit CatholicNH.org/NFP .

Project Rachel Ministry

If you or someone you know is suffering after abortion, confidential, non-judgmental help is available from Project Rachel Ministry. Call or email - Phone: 603-663-0192; email: ProjectRachel@rcbm.org - for Project Rachel in New Hampshire. Spanish speakers may visit EsperanzaPosAborto.org.

Alliance to End Human Trafficking

Founded and Supported by US Catholic Sisters

Download Bulletin Blurbs for 2024: Word | PDF

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.

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 3/10/23)

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 2023 to Feast of Christ the King 2024) - Word PDF

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2023/2024 - Word PDF