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Third Annual Seminarian Brunch Fundraiser
You are invited to our third annual Seminarian Brunch Fundraiser from 10:00 am – 1:00 pm on Saturday, November 4, at LaBelle Winery (345 State Rte. 101) in Amherst, NH. The bishop and seminarians of the diocese will be hosting this brunch, which will include great food, live music, silent and live auction items, a new vocations video, and much more. Sponsorships are available and individual tickets are $100 per person.
Each year, the diocese spends more than $500,000 on tuition and room and board for our seminarians – a little more than $100 a day for each young man studying to be a priest. While our parishioners are always very generous to the annual New Hampshire Catholic Appeal that supports seminarians, it can only provide about half of what we need each year.
For more information on the fundraiser or to sign up to attend the brunch, please visit liveinblackandwhite.com.
Season of Creation
Sept. 1 is the World Day of Prayer for the Care of Creation, marking the start of the Season of Creation (through Oct. 4), an annual celebration of prayer and action to protect our common home. As the USCCB states, “We show our respect for the Creator by our stewardship of creation. We are called to protect people and the planet, living our faith in relationship with all of God’s creation.” Visit www.catholicnh.org/environment for more information.
Priesthood Sunday is a special day set aside to honor priesthood in the United States. It is a day to reflect upon and affirm the role of the priesthood in the life of the Church as a central one. This nationwide event is coordinated and sponsored by the US Council of Serra International and will be celebrated on September 24th. Please be sure to make your priest feel special, loved and appreciated on Celebrate Priesthood Sunday!
All in New Hampshire are welcome to the Blue Mass on October 1, 2023 at St. Joseph Cathedral in Manchester to pray for and with the members of law enforcement, firefighters, EMTs and dispatchers.
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Bishop Libasci and the Catholic Lawyers Guild of NH cordially invite all members of the judicial, legal, and legislative communities to gather for the Red Mass on October 26 at Saint Joseph Cathedral in Manchester. Following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild will host a reception at Bishop Bradley Hall at the Cathedral. Visit https://redmass2023.eventbrite.com to register for the reception.
Executive Administrative Assistant - Catholic Formation
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH
The Diocese of Manchester is seeking to fill the position of Executive Administrative Assistant to the Catholic Formation Department. This position supports the Diocesan Directors of the Catholic Formation Secretariat by providing and coordinating administrative support.
Visit catholicnh.org/employment#cf-asst for more information.
Major and Planned Gifts Officer
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH
The Diocese of Manchester seeking to fill the position of Major and Planned Gifts Officer. This person will be responsible for managing the major gift program and spearheading a planned giving initiative for Catholic parishes and the Diocese. Significant time is expected to be spent visiting with, cultivating, soliciting, and stewarding donors and prospects.
Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#mpgo for more information.
Executive Assistant to the Judicial Vicar
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH
The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a part-time executive assistant to the Judicial Vicar. This position will support the Judicial Vicar three days per week; Monday, Wednesday and Friday from 8-4:30. The ideal candidate will hold a bachelor’s degree in paralegal or business and have a minimum of 5 years of experience. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#jv 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.
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Engaged Couples Courses
The Diocese of Manchester supports parish efforts to form engaged couples for marriage by providing regular Engaged Couple Courses, in-person and online. These courses are led by experienced, faith-filled Catholic couples and based on Ascension Press’ successful Joy-Filled Marriage program. Online courses consist of five weeknight sessions, from 7 to 8:30 PM. In-person courses run from 6-9pm, Friday, and resume at 8am on Saturday, continuing through 5:30pm. Course registration includes a save-worthy marriage formation box (think, subscription box for your relationship!) containing a number of helpful and enriching resources. To view current course offerings, please visit: https://bit.ly/3xVSU3M . All interested couples should speak to their pastor or parish marriage formation coordinator to register. Other questions may be direct to Derek McDonald, diocesan Director of Family & Respect Life Ministries.
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 firstname.lastname@example.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
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:
Note to Bulletin Editors: Please include the following bulletin blurbs in your parish bulletins at least twice a year.
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:
- Local law enforcement and the Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a minor
- Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a person who is no longer a minor
Delegate for Ministerial Conduct - 603-669-3100