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Cultivating Holiness in Your Homeschool
Once again, Catholic homeschoolers are gathering virtually to be encouraged as they fulfill their mission to be the primary educators of their children: “Cultivating Holiness in Your Homeschool”, June 9-10, 2023. Homeschool Connections, a leading provider of on-line classes both live and recorded for over a decade, are again hosting the premier Catholic homeschool conference.
Maureen Wittmann and Walter Crawford, co-directors of Homeschool Connections, are committed to not letting anything stop Catholic homeschoolers from getting everything they need to enrich their families. From excellent talks to meeting the colleges and universities and seeing the materials they might need for success from a variety of exhibitors their conference is packed. For more information visit https://catholichomeschoolconference.com.
Totus Tuus is a parish-based summer catechetical program for both grade school age children, and junior and senior high school youth. Teams of four, two men and two women, travel to a different parish each week, hosting a five-day catechetical program for grades 1-12, similar to “Vacation Bible School." The week is filled with faith, fun, and friendship. There are messy games and crazy skits. Our college-age teachers provide an authentic witness to the students. For more information, visit catholicnh.org/totustuus.
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Catholic Summer Symposium at Scenic Portsmouth Abbey, Rhode Island
Join us this June 9-11 in scenic Rhode Island for New England's premier gathering of Catholics interested in the intersection of faith and culture. This year we will be exploring the theme ‘To Cultivate and to Toil’: On Profession and Vocation, featuring talks by Ross Douthat (New York Times), Tom Hibbs (Baylor) and more. His Excellency Thomas Tobin (Providence) will celebrate Holy Mass and a Eucharistic Procession for the Solemnity of Corpus Christi. You can find out more information on our website: portsmouthinstitute.org/summer or call 401-643-1175.
Do you want to say “yes” to God’s plan for your life? You are invited to attend our Fiat Days to spend time with other young women, 14-18 years of age, looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having lots of fun. Fiat Days is led by the vocations team of the diocese and includes a schedule of Mass and prayer, activities and opportunities to grow in friendship with the Lord and with each other. Fiat Days will be held July 24-28 at Magdalen College in Warner, NH. Visit liveinblackandwhite.com for more information.
Quo Vadis Days
You are invited to attend our Quo Vadis Overnight Camp to spend time with other young men your age looking at the Lord’s call in your life while having lots of fun.
Quo Vadis Days Camp led by priests and seminarians of the diocese and includes a variety of games, prayer, other activities and opportunities to grow in friendship with the Lord and with each other. Quo Vadis Days Camp will be held July 31-August 4 at Magdalen College in Warner, NH. Please register by July 25th (but don’t wait – this camp fills up quickly). Visit liveinblackandwhite.com for more information.
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/or 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 must be submitted electronically and are due by June 2, 2023.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
Diocesan Director of Adult Faith Formation
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH
The Diocese of Manchester is seeking a Director of Adult Faith Formation. This position provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for Adult Faith Formation, Family Faith Formation, Lay Ministry Formation, and the Catechumenate in parishes within the Diocese of Manchester. Works in collaboration with the Secretary for Catholic Formation and Catholic Formation staff as well as with parishes and all other related diocesan agencies and institutions.
Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#se for more information.
Bishop’s Delegate for Safe Environment
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH
The Diocese of Manchester seeking to fill the position of Bishop’s Delegate for Safe Environment. This position is responsible for assisting in the implementation and ongoing oversight of diocesan policies, including, but not limited to the Promise to Protect, Pledge to Heal Policy, in the parishes, Catholic schools and other institutions of the Diocese, including the diocesan central administration. This position exercises independent judgment and initiative in the performance of day-to-day functions.
Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#totustuus for more information.
Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation
Diocese of Manchester, Manchester, NH
The Diocese of Manchester is currently seeking a Diocesan Director of Parish Faith Formation. This position provides leadership and is responsible for the ongoing development and support of programs and services for Parish Faith Formation, Grades 1-12, including comprehensive youth ministry, Sacramental Formation for First Reconciliation and Penance, Confirmation and First Communion, and serves as resource person to the Catholic School office regarding the teaching of the Catholic faith. Visit catholicnh.org/employment/#pff 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.
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.
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 .
2023 NH Catholic Directory
The 2023 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.
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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 email@example.com 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
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:
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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:
- Local law enforcement and the Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a minor
- Delegate for Ministerial Conduct if the abuse involves a person who is no longer a minor
Delegate for Ministerial Conduct - 603-669-3100
Intercessions for Vocations - Cycle A (First Sunday of Advent 2022 to Feast of Christ the King 2023) - Word | PDF