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Red Mass

Bishop Libasci invites all to the annual celebration of the Red Mass, which will take place on Thursday Oct. 20, 2022 at 5:15 p.m. at St. Joseph’s Cathedral in Manchester. The Red Mass is an annual opportunity for the judicial, legal, and legislative communities and those who administer law in the Church to pray for strength and guidance in the work they will undertake in the year ahead.

Following the Red Mass, the Catholic Lawyers Guild will host a reception at Bishop Bradley Hall at the Cathedral during which the Guild will present the 2022 St. Thomas More Award to Attorney Courtney Eschbach Wells of the New Hampshire General Court’s Office of Legislative Services. This Award is presented to a lawyer or judge who is a practicing Catholic and who embodies the spirit of Saint Thomas More in his or her courage, dedication, integrity, civility, and compassion toward others.

The reception is free of charge, but all who expect to attend the reception are asked to RSVP online at https://redmass2022.eventbrite.com. Further information about the Mass and reception can be found online at catholicnh.org/RedMass.

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.

Real Presence: What Does It Mean and Why Does It Matter for Parish Life?

Join us and Dr. Timothy O'Malley, acclaimed international speaker, as we contemplate the doctrine of real presence in the history of the Church, and why it matters for parish life. Dr. O’Malley will speak to the dynamics of disaffiliation, the doctrine of Real Presence as response, and cultivating a Eucharistic culture. Mass will be celebrated by Bishop Libasci. Please register at real-presence.eventbrite.com by Wednesday, September 28. Registration ($25) includes continental breakfast, lunch and a copy of Dr. O'Malley's book Real Presence.

Diocesan Organist Training Program

Please put this into your bulletins this week for current musicians of the Church and those who would like to become active with our Music Programs.

The Diocesan Organist Training program (DOT) taught by Diocesan and Cathedral Director of Music, Dr. Eric Bermani, will begin another session in October. This continuing education program is geared towards pianists and organists looking to improve their technical skill level and develop their overall competency as an organist serving a Roman Catholic parish by deepening their knowledge as a church musician. Although the primary focus is on the various technical aspects of playing the organ (introduction and developing familiarity with the different types of instruments, registration, hymn and service playing, etc.), the program also looks at all the various components affecting church musicians: conducting from the console, directing choirs, accompanying cantors, chant, preparing music for the Sunday liturgy and solemnities, choosing appropriate repertoire for funerals and weddings, etc. Because of the intricate role of music within the Sacred Liturgy, the program also explores liturgical theology and closely examines the core elements constituting sacred music. This is a 10-month course meeting twice a month on Saturdays either at the Cathedral of St. Joseph or elsewhere around the Diocese. Interested applicants should contact Dr. Bermani directly at EBermani@stjosephcathedralnh.org to obtain a registration form.

Catholic Charities NH: Online Bereavement Support Group

Catholic Charities NH will be hosting another online support group for those who are struggling with the recent loss of a spouse, family member or loved one. “Bereavement – Experiencing Loss, Being Lost and Finding Your Way Again” is a weekly online (Zoom) program held Wednesdays between September 14 and October 19. 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 Elaine Frenette at 603-752-1325. There is no cost to attend.

New Hampshire Catholic Appeal Update from the Development Office

For Parishes in the 2022 New Hampshire Catholic Appeal

We are pleased to share that the New Hampshire Catholic Appeal, Future of our Faith II, has been successful thanks to your generosity! As a reminder, the following 2nd collections normally held in September will no longer take place, since they are supported through the New Hampshire Catholic Appeal: Catholic University of America/United States Conference of Catholic Bishops (9/4) and the Retired Priests Fund (9/25). Some envelope companies incorrectly printed 2nd collection envelopes for these two discontinued collections. Please do not use these envelopes for these two discontinued collections. Also, the Diocese of Manchester will distribute a report in early 2023 showing the earnings and charitable uses of funds for the NHCA. If you have not already and would like to donate to the NHCA, please do so at www.catholicnh.org/nhca. Thank you again for your support of the NHCA!

Eucharistic Revival Event

Come Join Us to Celebrate Jesus’ True Presence in the Blessed Sacrament

Date: September 24th, 2022
Location: Bank of New Hampshire Pavilion, Gilford, NH

REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED at www.EucharisticRevivalNH.org

Schedule:

8:00 Gates open
9:00 Eucharistic Preacher
10:30 Holy Mass with 200 Person Choir
12:00 Lunch
1:00 Eucharistic Procession with Holy Hour
2:30 Event ends

Children’s activities for parents and children
Free parking
Confessions available
Buses TBD
Concessions

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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.

Director of Information Technology
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH

The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a full-time Director of Information Technology for our Diocesan Administration Building. This position is responsible for the overall planning, organizing, and execution of all Information Technology (“IT”) functions for the Bishop of Manchester and the diocesan administration in all locations. This includes directing all IT operations to meet the needs of the Bishop and the diocesan administration as well as the support and maintenance of existing applications and development of new technical solutions.

Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#it for more information.

Two Parish and School Bookkeeping Positions

The Diocese of Manchester is currently seeking to fill 2 bookkeeping positions, 1 full time position and 1 part time position. The part time position will be 25 hours per week. These positions will work to provide bookkeeping services to parishes and schools throughout the Diocese of Manchester. Some in state travel is required. A Bachelor’s degree in finance is desired. This position requires 2-5 years of proven and recent experience. Please see full job descriptions for more information. Resumes may be forwarded to Giselle North at gnorth@rcbm.org. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#bookkeepers 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

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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 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)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2021/2022