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 


I was visiting my brother who lives in New Jersey last weekend. We were celebrating his birthday. A wicked ice storm enveloped the area where he lived, making it impossible to travel. As we looked out the living room window, we could see many cars slipping and sliding on the ice, just like being in a free-fall going wherever the ice was taking them. In short, the wheels of the cars lacked traction. They couldn’t stay connected to the ground. Sometimes our lives seem to lack “traction.” That is, we are like people who slip and slide all over the place because our feet are not connected to the source of life and stability: our Lord Jesus Christ. In today’s first reading, the people of Nineveh lacked traction. Their actions were evil and they refused to turn to God. But with the help of the prophet Jonah they regained their traction, repented of their evil, and once again were headed in the right direction as God spared them. The disciples Simon and Andrew in today’s Gospel, on the other hand, did not lack traction. As soon as they heard the call of Jesus to repent and believe in his good news, they followed him – left everything else behind, and found peace and fulfillment. It seems to me that our world today is losing traction; that is, it is slipping sliding on the ice of false teaching, deception, mistreatment of neighbor, and lack of compassion for the poor. You hear many people today saying: “Why should I share my money or possessions with those less fortunate. Let them earn it as Ii did. I have no obligation to help them.” This is a false notion promoting individual rights over the common good of all persons. Christ calls each of us through our baptism to help one another, to share our goods, and to repent of our sins. So be careful and don’t slip on the ice of selfishness and indifference; don’t lose your spiritual traction our Lord Jesus.                           ~ Fr. John



Now that we know that the Patriots are in the Super Bowl, it is time to start planning the Souper Bowl of Caring at Blessed Sacrament. the past 9 years,Youth Group has collected money and nonperishables as part of the national movement.  

This is a quick and fun way to volunteer. Bowl weekend (January 31st and February 1st) we will be collecting money and food items. I need volunteers following the 4:00, 7:00, and 10:30 Masses. You will be outside for about 10 minutes and holding a large soup know if you are interested! I will meet volunteers in the back of the church following Communion.



The money and food will stay in the parish for the food pantry. year, we will be focusing on protein. We will be collecting: peanut butter, beans, tuna, spam, etc. Other foods will be collected as well. I am also looking for a few volunteers to help me count and carry items to the food pantry (across the parking lot) following the 10:30 Mass on February 1st.  

Let me know if you have any questions or would like to volunteer!

Thanks, Ellen (867-8881)

Go Pats!

Sr Amy Hoey PDF Print E-mail

Sr. Amy Hoey, R.S.M.

Click here to read an article about her in Parable magazine.

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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Senior Valentine Dinner Information


Ministry Schedule

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Coming Events

Sunday, January 25

* Religious Education grades 1 - 7, 9 a.m., church hall

* No RCIA today

* secular franciscans, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., church hall

Monday, January 26   

*Spirits Alive!  6:30 p.m., olom house
* boy scouts, 6:30 p.m., church hall

 Tuesday, January  27                 

* Devotion to St. Anthony following Mass
* food pantry prep, 6 p.m. - 8 p.m., food pantry

Wednesday, January 28

* St. Anne’s Closet, closed today

* Food Pantry, 1 p.m. - 3pm, last names m-z
* NO Parish Nurse today

Thursday, january 29

* Prayer Shawl Ministry, 9:15 A.M., OLOM HOUSE

* Cub Scouts, 6 P.M., CHURCH HALL

Sunday, january 18

* Religious Education grades 1 - 7, 9 a.m., church hall

*RCIA,  9:15 a.m., friary basement 

*secular franciscans, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m., church hall

Save the Date
February 15, 2015, Senior Valentine Dinner/flyers available 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.