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World Mission Sunday

World Mission Sunday, our annual worldwide Eucharistic celebration for the Missions and missionaries of the world, will be celebrated on October 24 this year. We will have a special collection to provide for the building up of over one thousand local churches in Asia, Africa, the Pacific Islands, and parts of Latin America and Europe. Through the work of these churches, and their witness to Christ, the poor receive practical help and experience God's love, mercy, hope, and peace.

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Amazing Grace

When did you hear that sweet sound? 

Parable magazine invites New Hampshire Catholics to share moments when you especially became aware of God’s grace at work in your life. It could be at the birth of a child. Perhaps it helped you through a moment of great trial, struggle or confusion. Maybe you felt this free and unmerited help from God in the ordinary moments of the day.

Please visit https://form.jotform.com/RCBM/grace to share your story with us. We will contact you if your story is selected for publication in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Parable.

Submissions are due Oct. 25. Thank you! 

Keep Kids Safe - Abuse Awareness Training

Did you know? The Diocese of Manchester requires all those who work with children and youth in our parishes, schools, and camps to complete “safe environment” training. This training teaches adults to recognize and report suspected abuse and boundary violations. Training is offered free of charge to all NH Catholic adults and is available online at https://manchester.cmgconnect.org 

For more information about child safety, visit www.catholicnh.org/safety.

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.

Visit www.catholicnh.org//koc-respectlife for more information.

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

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.

Sales, Marketing, & Development Director
Camps Bernadette & Fatima

Gilmanton Iron Works, NH

Camps Bernadette & Fatima have an opening for a skilled professional to serve as its Sales, Marketing, & Development Director. We are seeking a faithful, proven sales professional who will advance our mission as a joyful, Catholic community by implementing strategies that increase camper retention and camper enrollment. This professional also creates productive marketing initiatives that assist the resident directors with staff recruitment, expand our reach into key communities, and develop robust, sustainable relationships with families, alumnae, and donors. The sales, marketing, and development director should be hard working, a proven motivator, have strong relationship and communication skills, and a desire to advance our Catholic mission in which campers and staff grow in faith, confidence, and friendship. The successful candidate will work closely with the Executive Director in many areas including development. This person will be in a highly visible, external role, be an excellent communicator, possess solid presentation skills and be able to achieve assigned goals in retention, recruitment, and fundraising. The role supervises the communications discipline.

Interested candidates should send a resume and cover letter to Rachel DesRuisseaux, Human Resources, at rachel@bfcamp.com, or to 32 Fatima Road Gilmanton Iron Works, NH 03837.

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. 

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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.

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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

Amazing Grace

When did you hear that sweet sound?


Parable magazine invites New Hampshire Catholics to share moments when you especially became aware of God’s grace at work in your life. It could be at the birth of a child. Perhaps it helped you through a moment of great trial, struggle or confusion. Maybe you felt this free and unmerited help from God in the ordinary moments of the day.


Please click this link to share your story with us. We will contact you if your story is selected for publication in the Jan/Feb 2022 issue of Parable. Submissions are due Oct. 25. Thank you!