Blessed Sacrament Parish

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

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Pastor's Corner, April 12-13, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Fr. John J. Bucchino , ofm

This Sunday we begin Holy Week once again. During the special days ahead, we recall the mysteries of our Lord’s passion, death and res-urrection. The amazing fact is that he did it all for us!! And the scriptures remind us, "Even while we were still sinners!" Our Lord is so great and merciful beyond our comprehension. He loves us so much he humbled himself to be-come just like one of us. St. Francis of Assisi used to weep with profound gratitude at the thought of God’s humility. Are we ready to meet our hum-ble and loving God through the person of Jesus Christ this Holy Week? The best way we can prepare is to pray a little more than we usually do. We can also strive to be more humble in our thoughts about other people, and in our actions to assist them in their need. Let us start our journey to Jeru-salem, joining Jesus this Palm Sunday – waving our palms in honor of our King and Savior. There is an early American spiritual entitled:  What a friend we have in Jesus!! He is truly our best friend, our Savior, our Shepherd, our King, our priest, our Lord, and brother. Let us put ourselves in the right spirit as we walk with Jesus through the events of Holy Week right up to Easter Sunday, as we celebrate the great gift of our salvation!!!!         ~ Fr. John

Special Request for Help and Prayers PDF Print E-mail

One of our young parishioners, Jaxson Field, age 9, has been diagnosed with Acute Myeloid Leukemia and has been undergoing chemotherapy at Boston Children’s Hospital and is expected to be there for at least the next 4 months. During this time, his parents are traveling daily back and forth, taking time off from work. As we can all imagine, it is a big financial hit for the family. To help them by trying to ease some of the financial burden, a website has been set-up for the family where you can follow Jaxon’s journey and if you’re able, donate to help the family.

 The website is:

 Please keep Jaxson, his parents Kate and Brian, and his brother Kellen in your prayers.

Holy Week Schedule PDF Print E-mail


Palm Sunday of the Lord’s Passion, April 12th & April 13th
Saturday: 4pm
Sunday: 7am & 10:30am

 Holy Thursday, April 17th
Mass of the Lord’s Supper, 7:00pm

Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion, April 18th
Stations of the Cross, 3:00pm
The Passion of Our Lord, Veneration of the Cross, 7:00pm

 Holy Saturday, April 19th
Easter Vigil Mass, 7:00pm

 Easter Sunday, The Resurrection of the Lord, April 20th
Masses 7:00am & 10:30am


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.


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.

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Holy week schedule



Coming Events

Sunday, April 13
Religious Education grades 1 - 7, 9 a.m., church hall
RCIA, 9 a.m., church basement

Monday, April 14
Reconciliation available 11 a.m. - 1 p.m. and 5 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
No Spirits Alive!, 
Boy Scouts, 6:30 p.m., church hall

Tuesday, April 15
Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass
Choir Practice, 7:30 p.m., church

Wednesday, April 16
St. Anne's Close, last names A-L, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.
Food Pantry, last names A-L, 1 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.
Parish Nurse, 1:30 p.m. - 3 p.m., church hall

Thursday, April 17
No Prayer Shawl Ministry
No Cub Scouts
No Choir Practice
Easter Egg stuffing 6 p.m., church hall
Holy Thursday service, 7 p.m., church

Friday, April 18
Stations of the Cross, 3 p.m., church
The Passion of the Lord, 7 p.m., church

Saturday, April 19
Easter Vigil, 7 p.m.

Sunday, April 20
No Religoius Education today




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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.