Blessed Sacrament Parish

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

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A Word from our Pastor PDF Print E-mail

Fr. John J. Bucchino, ofm

It is both amazing and troubling that there are at least three symbols in our modern culture that are more well-known than the cross: the Olympic Rings, McDonald’s Big Mac sign, and Mobil Oil’s stallion! These symbols represent victory, satisfaction, and prosperity in that order! But if you ask most people (even Christians) what the cross stands for, they might think of defeat, suffering and death, which is not true. Thus the Church provides today’s wonderful feast of the Cross for us, calling it a sign of exaltation, joy, and fulfillment! This sounds strange to many people. Yet if we think more deeply about the cross of Jesus, we realize how his going to the cross was a sign of God’s great love for us! You see, God gave it all up, even his son, because he is totally committed to loving us. And so the Cross truly is an “exaltation:” a sign of joy, a symbol of hope, and an expression of deep commitment and love. Try to think about the Cross in everyday terms. When a husband and wife sacrifice everything they have for each other and for their children, they make a love commitment without provision for themselves. They hold back nothing, thus accept the crosses that come in life from this place of committed love. And ask them if they regret any cross, they would accept it all: because their crosses helped solidify a deep joy, a spiritual peace, and a powerful energy of spirit that no human can fully understand. This is what the cross is all about: committed love!!! This weekend I will be attending the ordination of one of our Franciscan friars, Brother Joseph Powell, ofm, who will become a deacon. Joseph is stationed at St. Thomas Aquinas parish in Derry. He is one of eleven children, and surely his parents must know the meaning of the cross through their committed love of each other. He will be embracing the cross of Jesus as part of his diaconate, following in the footsteps of St. Francis who used to shed tears of joy when he looked at a cross. For Francis knew what the cross really meant: God’s total love.           ~ Fr. John


Fall Festival News PDF Print E-mail

Dear Parishioners:

Anyone wanting to donate prizes and or baskets for the Penny Sale may bring them to the Mercy House beginning on August 25th. The days the Sisters will be collecting prizes or baskets will be:


Tuesdays, September 9th & 23rd; October 7th & 14th from 9:30am-11:00am; 1:00-3:00pm

Wednesdays, September 10th & 24th; October 8th & 15th from 1-3pm and 5-7pm.

If those times are not convenient, you may call Srs. Anne or Joan to set up a time. Phone: 622-7138

You may leave the gifts at any weekend Mass. Please be sure to mark the item(s) for PENNY SALE

For those of you who wish to donate money for prize purchases you may put your donation in a sealed envelope marked Attention: Fall Festival Committee and drop into the collection basket.

Last day to donate gifts/baskets: October 15th.

Volunteer sign-up sheets are available on the table in the back of the Church. If you can help for a few hours that day, please let the committee now. This is a PARISH EVENT; we need everyone’s help to make it successful.

Fall Festival News! PDF Print E-mail

Fall Festival will once again have the “SPIN THE WHEEL FOR GROCERIES BOOTH”

However to be successful, the Fall Festival Committee is asking for the assistance of all the Parish Families to donate grocery items for the booth.  In order to collect and prepare items for the booth, we are asking families to donate various items each week.  

September 20th & 21st

Breakfast non-perishable goods: (peanut butter & jelly preferably not in glass jars, breakfast bars, energy drinks, pancake mix, dry cereal boxes, coffee, teas, cocoa and other breakfast drinks.)

 Crafts Needed: Are you a crafter? 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. Donations can be dropped off at the parish office M-F, 9am - 5pm or leave in the back of the church in a bag marked Fall Festival.

Thank you for your help with this important fund raiser for our parish— The Fall Festival Committee



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.

Donations PDF Print E-mail

We are having a problem with people dropping off donated items. Please note: We ONLY accept in-season (fall/winter) CHILDREN’S CLOTHING. We do not accept household items, furniture, books, games or adult clothes (except warm goods collected at Christmas). Donations of clothing should be made during office hours, M-F, 9am-5pm. Items left in front of St. Anne’s Closet or the garage doors will be placed in the trash. Clothing should not be left outside of the closet. Bugs, insects and rodents can get into the bags and then contaminate the closet.  If you would like to donate the other items, please visit St. Vincent de Paul, Goodwill, Savers or Family in Transition. They will take all the other items.

Food Pantry Volunteers Needed PDF Print E-mail

The Food Pantry is looking for volunteers to help prepare bags/boxes of food to give out on Wednesdays. We have added a new shift, Tuesday evenings from 6-8pm. If you are available and would like to help the Food Pantry, please call Colleen at 935-9949.


Mass Schedule

Mass Schedule
Monday & Tuesday, Thursday & 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
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Fall Festival Information
Fall Festival Information/Grocery Wheel
More Fall Festival Information

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Coming Events

Sunday, September 14
Religious  Education, Grades 1 - 7, 9 a.m., church hall

Monday, September 15
Spirits Alive! 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mercy House
Boys Scouts, 6:30 p.m., church hall

Tuesday, September 16
Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass
Finance Committee 6:30 p.m., friary

Wednesday, September 17 
St. Anne’s Closet, closed today
ood Pantry, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., last names A-L
Parish Nurse, 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m., church hall

Thursday, September 18
Prayer Shawl Ministry 9:15 a.m., Ou Lady of Mercy House

Sunday, September 21
Religious Education Grades 1 - 7, 9 a.m., church hall

Fall Festival October 25, 2014, 9 a.m. - 6 p.m.
Motow at Foxwoods!  Wednesday, November 19. See flyers in the back of the church



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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.