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Cursillo Community Outdoor Meet & Greet Picnic

October 3, 2021 @ 1PM
St. Joseph’s Church
200 Pleasant St, Epping, NH 03042

There are picnic tables and plenty of open space. Bring your own lunch. Bring your chair. Bring a snack if you want to share. But most of all bring yourself and a friend, of course!

RSVP as a heads up to John DePlanche – 603-312-7425, johndeplanchenhcs@gmail.com


October is National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

To learn more about the Catholic response, visit the U.S. Bishop’s website for their Pastoral Letter, “When I Call for Help.” If you, a family member or friend needs help now, contact the National Domestic Violence Hotline, 800‐799‐7233 (24 hours); 800‐787‐3224 (TTY), www.thehotline.org. If you are in immediate danger, call 911.

Visit www.catholicnh.org/get-help for local resources.

(Parishes can find a toolkit at: www.catholicsforfamilypeace.org/uploads/1/3/3/0/133030287/toolkit_2020-english.pdf)

Seeking Dietary Aides- Manchester, NH Area

New Hampshire Catholic Charities-St. Joseph Residence is looking for full & part time dietary aides to join our team.

Mother’s hours or after school/weekend hours available. Hours would be between 6am - 6:30pm to include every other weekend. Pay based on experience, benefit packages available.

Please submit your resume at www.cc-nh.org or come by & fill out an application with Jennifer Marshall between 9am - 3pm.

St Joseph Residence
495 Mammoth Rd
Manchester, NH 03104
(603) 668-6011

A Nursing home for the Sisters of the Presentation of Mary. EOE

Online Bereavement Support Group from Catholic Charities NH

Have you recently lost a spouse, family member or friend, and are struggling to cope with the loss? Catholic Charities NH will be starting its next online support group, “Bereavement – Experiencing Loss, Being Lost and Finding your Way Again,” a six-week program helping participants discover new ways to cope with loss, while creating opportunities to be supported and support others also sharing a painful journey. Sessions will be held on Wednesdays (September 29 – November 3) from 1:30-2:30 p.m. To register, visit www.cc-nh.org/bereavement. You may also call 603-752-1325 or email efrenette@nh-cc.org.

Anniversary Celebration

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples celebrating a significant wedding anniversary in 2021, and those recently unable to participate due to COVID-19, to attend the Fall Wedding Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on Sunday, October 17, 2021 at 2:00 p.m., at St. Joseph Cathedral, Manchester. To register, please contact your parish office by September 22, 2021. The parish office will gather and submit all necessary information. Once registration has been completed by the parish office, all registrants will receive an invitation to this special celebration. To all you married couples, congratulations and we look forward to seeing you at this fall’s Wedding Anniversary Mass!

(Please note that this celebration may be subject to change and that any in place diocesan COVID-19 protocols will be observed. Registration will remain open until we have reached capacity; please no guests.)

Celebrating Laudato Si’ and the Season of Creation

DOWNLOAD this bulletin insert for use in July and August to introduce Laudato Si’ and to prepare for the September 2021 Season of Creation – beginning on Sept 1st and ending with the Feast of St. Francis on Oct 4th.

DOWNLOAD Intercessions for July, August, and September

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.

Employment Openings

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

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. 

Camps Bernadette & Fatima: Facilities Tech/Carpenter

Camps Fatima and Bernadette, the Catholic Camps of NH located in the Lakes Region, have an immediate opening for a Facilities Tech with a minimum of 2-3 years of carpentry and general maintenance experience. This full-time hourly position reports to the Facilities Director, and offers a benefits package including health, dental, vision, 403b, paid holidays, sick, personal and vacation days. Interested candidates should submit a resume to Mark Dupuis: mark@bfcamp.com.

Auditor/Field Advocate Coordinator
The Diocese of Manchester – Office of Canonical Services and Tribunal

The Tribunal Office at the Diocese of Manchester has a job opening for an Auditor/Field Advocate Coordinator. This judicial position is responsible for supporting the adjudication of ordinary contentious trials, including marriage invalidity cases in conjunction with the Judge, Promoter of Justice and Defender of the Bond. This position supports and strengthens the goals and objectives of the Office of Canonical Services & Tribunal Administration. This position requires a Bachelor’s Degree in Theology or relate field. The ideal candidate will have previous experience in parish ministry or Tribunal work, be proficient in the use of personal computers and other office equipment, possess strong interviewing and analytical skills and be able to communicate well both orally and in writing. Interested and qualified candidates should send resume to Giselle North at Gnorth@rcbm.org. 

Year of St. Joseph

Bulletin Insert - What is a plenary indulgence? - Color | Black & White

Facilitator Couples Needed

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking part time Facilitator Couples for our Diocesan Engaged Couple Courses, which may occur remotely or in-person. Couples married at least five years are encouraged to apply for these positions; training will be provided. Couples will collaborate to lead positive, formative weekend experiences for engaged couples based on Ascension Press’ Joy-Filled Marriage program. Interested parties may visit the following link for more information and the full job description: www.catholicnh.org/employment. Applications should be sent to Giselle North at gnorth@rcbm.org.

DOWNLOAD the full job description.

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


Clergy Prayer Lists

Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle B (First Sunday of Advent 2020 to Feast of Christ the King 2021)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2020/2021