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Online Bereavement Support Group: Catholic Charities NH

Are you struggling with the loss of a spouse or loved one? Do you feel alone during this difficult time? Catholic Charities NH is here to help with an online support group, “Bereavement – Experiencing Loss, Being Lost and Finding Your Way Again.” The six-session program will be held via Zoom on Wednesdays at 1:30 p.m. starting January 11, 2023, and run through February 15. Participants will learn about the dynamics of grief, explore different coping strategies and have an opportunity to connect with others in similar situations. To register, visit www.cc-nh.org/bereavement or call MaryAnn at 603-357-3093. There is no cost to attend.

Keep Kids Safe- Boundaries in Ministry: Use Technology Safely

Church personnel must take great care when communicating with minors via electronic means such as email, social media sites, or texting. Here are some rules to remember:
Obtain permission from the pastor/principal and parents before communicating electronically * Do not use electronic means of communication with minors younger than high school age * Communicate with the entire group, not individual minors * Use official parish accounts * Copy parents on all communications * Keep all communications ministry-focused * Do not “friend” minors to whom you minister * Keep copies of all messages and posts. For more information about child safety, visit www.catholicnh.org/safety.

CYO Basketball Teams

CYO programs are available from Concord to Nashua. DOWNLOAD the image below for your bulletins.

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Volunteer Driver

St. Joseph Residence in Manchester is seeking a volunteer driver for their 10 passenger bus to take the sisters to their appointments. A CDL license is not required to drive this bus.

Anyone interested would have to be fully vaccinated. A criminal background check, a drug test, as well as a DMV check for their driving record is also required.

If interested, please contact Marlene Makowski, St Joseph Residence Administrator at 603-668-6011.

Knights of Columbus Respect Life Contest

The New Hampshire Knights of Columbus is once again sponsoring a Student Respect Life Essay contest. The contest is open to any Junior High (grades 6 - 8) and Senior High (grades 9 - 12) student in New Hampshire. The New Hampshire Knights of Columbus will provide up to six cash awards of $100 each. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/koc-respectlife for more information.

Volunteers Needed for St. Gianna’s Place 

St. Gianna’s Place is in need of Catholic women to help us at our home for women in unexpected pregnancies, located in southern NH.  We have many opportunities to serve our residents.  Some of these are: teaching weekly classes, cleaning, babysitting, transportation, substitute staff, office help, providing dinner and more. To learn more about us, please visit our website at www.StGiannasPlace.org. Individuals with questions or looking to get involved please send a note of interest to Admin@StGiannasPlace.org.

Help Your Marriage

Stress in Your Marriage? – Retrouvaille is a program for married couples that feel bored, disillusioned, frustrated, or angry in their marriage. Some experience coldness. Others experience conflict in their relationship. Most don’t know how to change the situation or even communicate with their spouse about it. This program has helped 1000’s of couples experiencing difficulties in their marriage. For confidential information about or to register for the upcoming New England program beginning with a weekend on August 12-14, 2022 visit the website at www.HelpOurMarriage.org or call 800-470-2230 or email us at 3023r@helpourmarriage.org.

The Diocese of Manchester is currently seeking nominations for the Vita et Caritas Award (For Life and Love Award), given to a NH volunteer of a non-profit organization who makes significant contributions that help transform the lives of women, children and families. The non-profit organization will also receive a $2,500 grant from the Bishop's Charitable Assistance Fund. An application form and information is available on the Diocesan website at www.catholicnh.org/vca. Nominations may be submitted electronically and are due by June 3, 2022.

Employment Openings

The Diocese of Manchester is currently hiring for the following positions to assist the Bishop of Manchester in serving the parishes, schools and institutions of the Catholic Church in New Hampshire.

Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Formation/ Director of Pastoral Ministry
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is currently seeking to fill the position of Cabinet Secretary for Catholic Formation/Director of Pastoral Ministry. This position is responsible for the administration, supervision, and direction of all departments under the Catholic Formation secretariat. The position serves to encourage, promote, support, and strengthen the goals and objectives of the Secretariat for Catholic Formation and its responsibility to proclaim the Gospel of Jesus Christ to the people of God in the Diocese of Manchester through Catholic formation. This position is expected to exercise independent judgment and initiative in the performance of day-to-day functions. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#formation for more information.

Executive Assistant for Development and Communications
Diocese of Manchester - Communications and Development, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant for the Development and Communications Department. This position primarily provides comprehensive administrative support to the Cabinet Secretary as well as team members. Support the Secretariat’s operations including meeting scheduling and planning, invoicing and reimbursements, data entry and reporting, correspondence and file maintenance, and attending to normal office duties and responsibilities. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#execasst 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.

Executive Assistant – Bishop's Office
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant for the Office of the Bishop. This confidential position supports the operations of the Bishop’s office though a variety of duties by assisting the Bishop’s executive secretary and other administrative support staff of the Bishop’s office. Key duties will be to document current policies, procedures, and protocols, and assist with areas such as the Bishop’s calendar, correspondence, scheduling, filing, and other duties as required. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#bishop for more information.

Executive Assistant to the Finance Officer and Secretary for Temporalities
Diocese of Manchester - Secretary for Temporalities, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a full-time Executive Assistant for the Finance Officer and the Secretary for Temporalities. This position provides support to the offices within the Secretariat, as directed by the Finance Officer & Secretary for Temporalities. The ideal candidate will have excellent time management skills and the ability to meet deadlines, verbal and written communication skills, strong organizational skills and ability to multitask. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#finance for more information.

Director of Campus Ministry 
Plymouth State University, Plymouth, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking to fill the Director of Campus Ministry position at Plymouth State University. The qualified candidate will help bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to those in New Hampshire and specifically to those on campus. The campus minister is responsible for the direction and growth of the Catholic Campus Ministry for the university. The campus minister articulates and fulfills the overall Catholic Campus Ministry mission, which forms the faith community, provides pastoral care to students, educates for justice, facilitates personal development, develops leaders for the future and participates in university programs. Qualified candidates should have a BA in pastoral studies, theology or equivalent training. It is also required that candidates are practicing Catholics in good standing and have a working knowledge of Church teachings and practices. Visit catholich.org/employment/#plymouth 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.

Communications Director - Diocese of Manchester

The Diocese of Manchester seeks a results-oriented and strategic Communications Director. The goal of this position is to share the Good News of Jesus Christ to all in New Hampshire. Position is responsible for the development and implementation of a communications strategy to support the Bishop’s vision, the Diocesan mission, and strategic plan. This position is responsible for creating and managing communications strategies, tactics, and tracking results to increase stakeholder engagement while working across multiple traditional and digital communications vehicles and platforms. Position works under the direction of the Cabinet Secretary for Development and Communications, in close collaboration with senior staff, cabinet secretaries, and the Bishop of Manchester. Must have leadership experience, 7+ years of similar work experience and comparable education. Interested and qualified candidates should send resume to Giselle North at Gnorth@rcbm.org. 

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 .

2022 NH Catholic Directory

The 2022 edition of the NH Catholic Directory is available to order for $20. The new edition contains up-to-date parish information, priest assignments, and other useful data. Place your order at: www.catholicnh.org/parishes/directory.

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.

US Sisters Against Human Trafficking

Download Bulletin Blurbs for 2022: Word | PDF

Download Bulletin Blurbs for 2023: Word | PDF

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 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 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 3/8/21)

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

Vocations

Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle C (First Sunday of Advent 2021 to Feast of Christ the King 2022)

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle A (First Sunday of Advent 2022 to Feast of Christ the King 2023) - Word | PDF

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2021/2022

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2022/2023 - Word | PDF