Blessed Sacrament Parish

14 Elm Street, Manchester, NH 03103, 603-622-5445

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Pastor's Corner PDF Print E-mail

Pastor’s Corner:

One of the joys of being a priest is performing your siblings’ weddings.  I can remember at the time of my brother Joseph’s upcoming marriage, everyone was saying how amazed they were that he found a mate (Iris) who finally made him settle down.  You see, Joe was a confirmed bachelor, so we thought.  His whole life revolved around work, playing hockey, and hanging out with his friends. Having such a great mother as we did who cooked gourmet meals, washed our laundry, and kept us in line, Joe thought: “Who needs a mate? Life is pretty darn good already!”   But then Iris came along, and Joe fell like a giant oak tree: it was love at first sight!!!  Everything changed, and Joe even became more conscious of how he dressed!  With this little history of Joe in mind, I can recall saying the opening prayer at Joe & Iris’ engagement party.  It was the prayer of Solomon from today’s first reading:  “Give your servant, Lord, an understanding heart to know what is right and good!”  As I prayed it at the benediction, I wanted to communicate to Joe that he finally got life right: God granted him his heart’s truest desire.  And that is to have a heart that is understanding so that we can serve God in this world, and enjoy his company forever in eternity. What are we looking for in life that will fulfill our heart’s desire?   Joe was really looking for love but was looking in the wrong places.  We oftentimes desire what is right and just in life, but we don’t know where to look or what to look for. Yet if we develop an “understanding heart” as did Solomon through doing acts of kindness, through praying often, and through trusting God’s plan for our lives, we will be led to what will truly fulfill our heart’s desire.   ~ Fr. John

Anniversary Mass with Bishop Libasci PDF Print E-mail

Anniversary Mass with Bishop Libasci

Bishop Peter A. Libasci invites all couples who are celebrating their 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond Wedding Anniversary (anytime during the year 2014), to attend a Special Anniversary Mass. This celebration will be held on October 6, 2014 at 2:00 p.m., at Saint Anselm Abbey Church, Manchester.  If you are celebrating your 25th, 30th, 35th, 40th, 45th, 50th or beyond anniversary, please contact the parish office by August 13, 2014.  We will need your last name, first names and mailing address. Please also indicate your special anniversary year.

No More Masses on Wednesday Mornings PDF Print E-mail

Starting this week, we will no longer celebrate Mass on Wednesdays. We have some pre-scheduled Masses that we were not able to reschedule. Please watch the bulletin for those dates. Here is a list of Wednesday Masses in the area:   Sacred Heart: 8am; St. Anthony: 8am; St. Pius X: 8am; St. Catherine: 9am; St. Raphael: Noon


Fall Festival News! PDF Print E-mail

This year the Fall Festival will be held on Saturday, October 25, 2014 from 9:00am-6:00pm. We are going to add a church table with new handmade/crafted items such as hats, mittens, gloves, tole, decorative painting items, ornaments and small ceramic pieces, etc. Please contact Sue Robinson Chair of the Church Table at (603) 621-3863 for more information for times and place to drop items off.  Your help and your donations, as always, are greatly appreciated. More information regarding the Festival will be forthcoming in the near future.



Boston Red Sox Catholic Night July 29, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

The Red Sox are inviting Church Groups to attend their July 29, 2014 game vs. the Toronto Blue Jays for Catholic Night. We would need to have a minimum group of 20 people to attend. Seats would be in the Outfield Grandstand and cost $30 per person. Transportation not included. If you’re interested in attending this game, please call Lisa at the parish office (622-5445) by May 30, 2014.   


Help Needed! Ministry Service Volunteers PDF Print E-mail

As a volunteer you emulate Jesus in his life. Blessed Sacrament Memorial Meals are a wonderful outreach to families. Food is provided and hospitality is given to families in celebration of the loved one’s life. It helps remind the families of the heavenly banquet of God’s kingdom.

 Volunteers are needed:

     - To make calls (list is provided) to the generous cooks

     - To be a team coordinator

     - To help serve, set up and clean up

 If you have time, working or not working, and you are eager to get involved, this ministry is for you. Women or men are welcomed, training will be provided.

Please call Sister Marjorie at the office, 622-5445.


Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule
Monday - Friday    

8:30 a.m.
Saturday Vigil        
4:00 p.m.
7:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Holy Days
Vigil Mass

6:00 p.m.
Holy Day Mass
8:30 a.m.

Saturday (Church)
3:00 p.m. 

Sacramental Programs   
Marriage:  Arrangements need to be made at least six months in advance.  Call for an appointment.
Baptism:  Is celebrated the last Sunday of each month.  Call to make arrangements.

Bulletins and Inserts
Click Here for latest bulletin

Click here for July

Coming Events

Tuesday, July 29

* Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass

Wednesday, July 30                           

* St. Anne’s Closet Closed today

* Food Pantry, Closed Today

* NO Parish Nurse today

Fall Festival October 25, 2014, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.



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Please access our bulletins from previous Sundays. They contain important temporal information about our church, not necessarily available on this web site.

New Roman Missal

Changes are coming this fall with the new Roman Missal. In order to prepare for the changes, each week we will be including a handout in the bulletin to help explain these changes. Also, Fr. John and Br. Charles will also give us updates from the pulpit.

Mission Statement

Blessed Sacrament Parish is a Roman Catholic Faith Community.  We gather in Eucharistic celebration and prayer, living and sharing the gospel with faith, hope and love.  As disciples of Jesus Christ, we place ourselves at the service of all.