The Diocese continues to monitor information related to the Coronavirus (also known as COVID-19) through resources available from the Centers for Disease Control (“CDC”) and other authorities. As Christians, we should also be praying for those who are ill and those who care for them. As Catholics, we have a particular duty to protect the most vulnerable among us, and we take seriously our responsibility to the broader community, including grandparents, other seniors and potentially health-challenged family members and friends.
For Parishioners and Parishes
What You Can Do
Staying Home from Mass
As Catholics, we have a heightened sense of responsibility to act prudently and to be mindful of the safety of others, especially those who are most vulnerable. At the current time, all celebrations of the Mass and the other sacraments with a congregation remain suspended, and a dispensation from the obligation to attend Holy Mass on Sundays and Holy Days of Obligation remains in effect.
Bishop Libasci has granted permission for parishes in the Diocese of Manchester to distribute Holy Communion, as an interim measure while planning for the future resumption of public Masses. Please contact your parish for details; a list of Frequently Asked Questions can be accessed here.
Please watch Bishop Libasci's 5.27.20. Message to the Faithful:
A reminder that Bishop Libasci has not yet announced the resumption of public celebrations of Mass in New Hampshire. Catholic parishes in this Diocese will be distributing the Holy Eucharist beginning either this weekend (May 23/24) or next weekend (May 30/31). Parishioners should check with their local parishes for information about the times when this will occur. The Bishop will continue to consult further information from federal, state, and local public health authorities in the course of his decision-making regarding when and how public celebrations of Mass will resume.
CLICK HERE to find a list of livestreamed Masses from our parishes.
Continue to Support Your Parish
As the suspension of public Masses continues, our parishes are still operating yet experiencing the sharp decrease of their weekly offertory. Please consider donating more to your parish during this time if you have the capacity to do so or signing up for your parish’s online giving service. CLICK HERE to find direct links to each parish’s online giving website though you can still mail your weekly check or donation to your parish if giving online isn’t feasible for you or your family.
Additionally, in response to declining offertory, Bishop Libasci is asking the Catholic faithful of New Hampshire to contribute to the newly established Together in Faith: Parish Support Fund. For more information and to contribute, please CLICK HERE.
Turn to Jesus in this time of need.
USCCB's COVID-19 Prayer Resources (prayers available in English, Spanish, and Vietnamese)
Protect Your Mental Health
Recorded Webinars on Mental Health
Presentations by Sharon Trani, MSN, MAMFT, APRN, a Nurse Practitioner and Marriage and Family Life Therapist with Vermont Catholic Charities; facilitated by Dcn. Phil Lawson, Executive Director of Evangelization & Catechesis and Michael Hagan, Manager of Religious Education and Catechesis
Stop the Spread and Stay Educated
Though some among us may feel they can participate in public life or the Mass because they do not have symptoms, the medical evidence is clear that even a person who appears healthy may carry and spread the virus and put others at risk perhaps days later. Wash your hands well for at least 20 seconds with soap and water. Pray two Hail Marys while handwashing for the sick and wear a mask when in public.
Check the public health authorities' webpages for more information on the Coronavirus (resources below).
Faith Formation in the Home Resources
CLICK HERE for a list of faith formation resources to support individuals, families, and communities during this time. The resources offer you opportunities for continuing faith formation in the home and online and it is our hope that you will find them beneficial.
For Catholic Schools and School Families
04.16.20 Schools will continue remote instruction for remainder of academic year. Please see the most current memo from Superintendent Dave Thibault.
03.12.20 Schools were issued a memo with guidance to limiting nonessential work travel and sick time, based on the Diocesan Administration guidelines. Please see here.