Blessed Sacrament Parish

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

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Pastor's Corner PDF Print E-mail

A very wise teacher once gave the greatest advice to parents who were raising their children. He said: “If you want to give your child a special gift for them to remember you by, let them see your love for one another.” Each day let them see your kindness by the way you listen and speak to each other; your tenderness by the way you cherish and embrace each other; your generosity, by your forgiving each other over misunderstandings. Truly there is no material, financial, or otherwise gift that could come anywhere near that kind of love. But he also advised that their love must be visible, tangible, real and frequently expressed and witnessed. It must be “tangible;” so real you can almost touch it and feel it.  That is why Pope Benedict wrote his very first encyclical on “love.”  As we listen to Jesus respond to the teachers of the law in today’s Gospel, to the question of which commandment is the greatest, he says that total love of God and total love of neighbor is the greatest, and it is the same.  You can’t say you love God and hate your neighbor.  When we think of this “total love” to which we are called, we might say to ourselves: “Impossible!  I see so many faults in other people; how can I possibly love them totally?  I can’t even love them a little bit!  At times, I don’t even like things about myself!” And here’s where the saints can help us.   Wednesday we celebrated the feast of St. John Paul II.  He taught us not to fear loving ourselves or others; because he believed so strongly that God loved us first.  So when we feel we can’t love someone else, even a little bit, we can turn to God, and pray that we may love that person with Jesus’ love. We must always remember that our Christian faith is primarily a way of living the love of Jesus in the world.  All else flows from this reality!     ~ Fr. John

World Youth Day PDF Print E-mail

World Youth Day

Congratulations to our young parishioner, David McAndrew for being chosen for a Diocesan Ministry Award! David will receive the award during the celebration of World Youth Day in NH  on Sunday, October 26 at St. Joseph Cathedral.  The celebration will begin at 2pm followed by the presentation of awards.  There will be a reception in the parish hall immediately following the presentations.  All parishioner are invited to attend and support David.  

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.


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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Ministry Schedule
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Coming Events

Sunday, October 26

* NO Religious Education today

* RCIA, 9:15am, Friary Basement

* Secular Franciscans, 1-3pm, Church Hall

Monday, October 27                          

* My Brother’s Keeper, 9am-Noon, Church Hall

* Spirits Alive! 6:30pm, Our Lady Of Mercy House

* Boy Scouts, 6pm, Church Hall

Tuesday, October 28

* Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass

Wednesday, October 29                   

* NO St. Anne’s Closet today

* NO Food Pantry today

* NO Parish Nurse today

Thursday, October 30

* Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:15am Our Lady Of Mercy House

* Cub Scouts, 6:30pm, Church Hall

Sunday, November 2

* Religious Education, 9am, Church Hall

* RCIA, 9:15am, Friary Basement

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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.