Blessed Sacrament Parish

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

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Pastor's Corner, August 23-24, 2014 PDF Print E-mail

Fr. John J. Bucchino, ofm

The word “authority” is one of those words that cause a variety of reactions from different people. For some, it represents persons who have very high and important positions, like bishops, mayors and police. When many hear about these positions of “authority,” they associate power and control to them. Their reaction is usually one of respect or fear. For other people, the word “authority” is more about what goes on inside of us individually. They feel that the authority humans have means more about always being a real person (“authority = authenticity”). It is something more internal, less about power and fear, but more about following what’s right. The fact of the matter is that we need to have both meanings of authority in our lives. Sometimes we need others to guide us, whereas other times we need to be more self-directed. I remember when growing up as a young person, I often needed my parents to teach me the right way to live and make choices; yet there were times I needed to listen to that “inner voice” of my own conscience that only I could hear and must obey. It also works this way with our faith. In today’s scriptures we hear Jesus teaching his disciples about the authority of the church that he founded (the “rock”) when he said: “Whatever you bind on earth is bound in heaven; whatever you loosed on earth will also be loosed in heaven.” This is the teaching authority of the church, the magisterium, which is spoken through the pope and bishops. But then there is that inner voice that Jesus so often talks about: “The kingdom of heaven is within you!” This is the voice of the Holy Spirit who guides us through our conscience to make the right choices for living. We are blessed to have two sources of authority to guide us in life: the church and our conscience. We should never feel “caught” between them, for God created both to sustain us and to make our life holy and livable.         ~ Fr. John

Fall Festival Information PDF Print E-mail

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: 9:30am-11:00am; 1:00-3:00pm

Wednesdays: 1-3pm and 5-7pm. You may also call Srs. Anne or Joan to set up a time if you cannot bring gifts during these times. 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. 

More news about donations of grocery items will be in the bulletin within the next 2 weeks.

Also, please remember to pick up you envelopes with money raffle tickets if you have not done so and return as soon as possible.

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


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.

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.



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 & 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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Coming Events

Tuesday, August 26
Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass

Wednesday, August 27 
St. Anne’s Closet, closed today
ood Pantry, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., last names M-Z
Parish Nurse, 1:30 p.m. 3 p.m., church hall

Sunday, August 31
Secular Franciscans, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., church hall


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.