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Because of You: Catholic Charities New Hampshire Fall 2018 Update

When Catholic Charities New Hampshire staff visited your parish this past spring, our promise was to regularly update you on the profound impact of your support around our Annual Appeal. We’re honored to share that thanks to your generosity; so far this year, you have empowered and brought hope to the lives of more than 105,900 children, teens, adults and elderly across New Hampshire. They are the impoverished, families on the brink of homelessness, the hopeless struggling with devastating mental health conditions and the elderly seeking to maintain independence. Visit www.cc-nh.org/impact to see more details on the lives you’re touching.

Child Safety

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.

Camp Registrations

Camp Fatima for boys and Camp Bernadette for girls are now accepting registrations for the 2019 summer season. The camps located in the Lakes Region of NH, offer 2-week overnight sessions for children, ages 6-15.  For more information or to request a brochure, contact Brendan Stackhouse at 603-364-5851 or email brendan@bfcamp.com, or visit and register online at www.bfcamp.com.  Please don’t wait as sessions fill quickly. The gift of a summer camp experience could be the ideal Christmas present for your child or grandchild.

Cursillo

Cursillo is a movement of the church for baptized Catholics dedicated to building and strengthening the faith of laypeople through the gift of Christian friendship with an emphasis not on doing Christian things but on being a faithful, joyful Christian in all our environments (family, neighborhood, school, work, etc.). The Cursillo weekend is a three-day encounter with Jesus Christ in the company of others. Men and women have separate weekends. The weekends are offered twice a year in Hooksett and once a year in Gorham.

If you have considered attending a Cursillo Weekend or would like additional information regarding this movement, please visit our website, nhcursillo.org or call Lay Director, Jim Bruneau at 603-944-7826.

Upcoming Fall Weekends:

#311 Women – November 8-11 Hooksett)
#312 Women – November 15-18 (Gorham)

Families Coping with the Opioid Crisis

Our Lady of the Miraculous Medal
289 Lafayette Road
Hampton, NH 03842
6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
Wednesday, November 14, 2018

This unique presentation provides information and resources that will help family members and other loved ones of individuals with addiction find ways to cope with and reduce their own suffering. For more information or to register, visit www.cc-nh.org/hampton-coping.

Presented by Catholic Charities counselors with experience in treating Substance Use Disorder.

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

Northeast Catholic College

Attend college and grow in your Catholic faith! Northeast Catholic College in Warner has a rolling admissions process and encourages students to apply now to take advantage of its generous financial aid offerings. Students from the Diocese of Manchester are eligible for Free Room and Board, the New Hampshire Diocese Scholarship, and potentially N.H. Governor's Scholarship. Please visit the scholarships section of the website, northeastcatholic.edu, for more details.

Prizes for Pro-Life Youth

Students (grades 6-12) of the Diocese of Manchester are invited submit their thoughts on being “pro-life.” There are two avenues for submission with many chances to win prizes. For full details, visit www.catholicnh.org/schools4life.

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. 

Looking for a Way to Stay Informed of Public Issues in NH?

Catholic Citizenship News provides e-mail alerts on legislation from the Diocese of Manchester as well as information about Catholic social teaching on some of today’s pressing issues. Register today at catholicnh.org/ccn.

2018 Retirement Fund for Religious

The Retirement Fund for Religious collection will be taken up the weekend of December 8-9. Many senior sisters, brothers, and religious order priests served for years for little to no pay. Today, religious communities often do not have enough savings to meet retirement needs. Your support helps provide medications, nursing care, and more. Please give to those who have given a lifetime.

Week before the collection

Support the Retirement Fund for Religious. A donor writes, “Your flyer touched my heart—seeing the retired religious, such memories surfaced.” Do you remember the sisters, brothers, or religious order priests who made a positive difference in your life? Today many are elderly and need assistance. Their religious communities struggle to meet retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Please give to next week’s second collection.

Week of the collection

Aging religious need your help. Senior Catholic sisters, brothers, and religious order priests ministered for years for little to no pay. Their sacrifices now leave their religious communities without adequate retirement savings. Your gift to today’s second collection for the Retirement Fund for Religious helps to provide medications, nursing care, and more for tens of thousands of elderly religious. Please be generous.

Week after the collection

Religious give thanks. “This money is pure gift,” writes a religious sister of the support made possible by the Retirement Fund for Religious. “It enables us to continue providing care for our elderly sisters.” Your gift to last week’s collection helps hundreds of religious communities meet pressing retirement needs while continuing to serve the People of God. Thank you for your generosity!

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Rice Bowl Collection Results

The 2018 Rice Bowl collection raised $79,389.35 from parishes and schools this past spring. Of that almost $80,000, 25% or $19,847.32 will stay here in New Hampshire to fund local programs that alleviate hunger and poverty. If you or your organization are interested in applying for a CRS Rice Bowl grant, please contact Bevin Kennedy (bkennedy@rcbm.org; 603-663-0136). CRS Rice Bowl is a national education and fundraising program that funds projects throughout the world to meet basic human needs and works to address poverty. Thank you for your support!  

Vocations

Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle B (First Sunday of Advent 2017 to Feast of Christ the King 2018)

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle C (First Sunday of Advent 2018 to Feast of Christ the King 2019)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2017/2018