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Priestly Ordinations

You are cordially invited to attend the priestly ordinations of Rev. Mr. Daniel Mikolajewski, Rev. Mr. Cuong Van Nguyen, and Rev. Mr. Roarke (Rory) Traynor through the laying on of hands and the invocation of the Holy Spirit by Bishop Libasci at St. Joseph Cathedral on June 4 at 10:00 a.m.

Catholic Communications Campaign

The Catholic Communications Campaign Collection will be held the weekend of May 28-29. Please visit https://www.catholicnh.org/ccc/#bulletin for bulletin announcements.

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.

Volunteers Needed

Relics of St. Bernadette of Lourdes, France will visit Our Lady of Lourdes Church in Pittsfield, NH as part of a nationwide five-month tour this year. The visit will be from 5/25/22 - 5/27/22. The relics will leave for New York state on 5/28/22.

Volunteers are needed for a variety of service endeavors that will aid pilgrims with information and assistance as they view and venerate the relics. We currently have forty-four volunteers, however, we are hoping for a hundred and fifty or more. The three days are split into four hour shifts and we are hoping to split the workload up as much as possible. We understand that people’s availability will have a bearing on how much we can split things up. Please contact Paul Morency, Grand Knight of Council #11606, at socguiteas@gmail.com; cell phone, 603-491-1352; home phone, 603-736-8384 and leave your name, email address, phone number and availability. For more information about the tour, visit: stbernadetteusa.org.

Vita et Caritas Award

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.

Recognizing Excellence Awards Gala

Join the Catholic Schools Office at the Recognizing Excellence Awards Gala on June 16th when we will officially honor our School Leader of the Year, Clergy Member of the Year, Community Partner of the Year and most especially our Teacher of the Year. You can register for the Gala at 2022-gala.eventbrite.com.

Keep Kids Safe: Pray for Victims of Abuse

Sadly, in the United States, 1 in 10 males and 2 in 10 females report having been sexually abused as a child. Praying for victims of child abuse is something we all can do to support those who were abused. If your parish or school prayer group or Eucharistic Adoration ministry is interested in praying for victims of abuse through the diocesan Cry to Heaven prayer program, please contact healing@rcbm.org or (603) 663-0125 for further information. For more resources to assist victims of abuse, visit www.catholicnh.org/healing.

New Hampshire Catholic Appeal

CLICK HERE to find bulletin announcements and inserts for the New Hampshire Catholic Appeal for those parishes who are participating this year

eBook, Christ Our Passover

Easter is truly the Season of the Eucharist.” To enrich the celebration of this Easter Season, the Diocese of Manchester has published a free eBook called Christ Our Passover, a collection of brief excerpts on the Eucharist from documents of the Second Vatican Council and the writings of Pope Francis, Pope Benedict, and Pope John Paul II. The eBook is designed to be used at the convenience of individuals or parishes and does not need to be read cover to cover. The book is available at www.catholicnh.org/easter.

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.

Editor/Business Manager – Parable Magazine

The Diocese of Manchester (the Catholic Church in New Hampshire) seeks a qualified Editor and Business Manager for its diocesan magazine, Parable. Parable serves to bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to all in New Hampshire and highlights the teachings and inspiring stories of our faith. The editor is responsible for managing all phases of editorial development and production of Parable; implementing editorial procedures to ensure print and digital publication is completed in a timely manner; and managing business functions, marketing, engagement, and development of Parable.

Candidates should be practicing Catholics with a strong background in editorial management functions including working with freelance contractors, organizing copy and photography for publication, and oversight of printing and production schedules. Interested and qualified candidates should send resume and cover letter to Giselle North at Gnorth@rcbm.org. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#parable 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.

Campus Minister at University of New Hampshire at St. Thomas More Parish

The University of New Hampshire is seeking to fill the Campus Minister position.  The qualified candidate will help bring the Good News of Jesus Christ to those in New Hampshire and specifically to those on the UNH campus. Please visit www.catholicnh.org/employment/#unh 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 for an expected mid-March delivery. 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.

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 C (First Sunday of Advent 2021 to Feast of Christ the King 2022)

Vocation Bulletin Blurbs - 2021/2022