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 

 

Everyone who has ever gone to school usually has one of the greatest fears a student can have: the final exam!!! Just hearing that word “final” gives us a cold sweat and sends chills down our spine. According to today’s scripture we will also be having a final exam when we face the Lord Jesus at the end of our earthly life. Jesus tells us that the exam will on “Whatever you did for one of the least of my brothers or sisters, you did for me.” We might ask when we did such an act of kindness for our brother or sister that will get us into heaven. Jesus would respond with welcoming the stranger, feeding the hungry, clothing the naked, visiting the sick and imprisoned. If we just stay with “feeding the hungry” since we will be celebrating Thanksgiving this week, we need to remember that Jesus means feeding spiritual hunger as well as physical hunger too. I will give you an example of how we feed spiritual hunger. A very sick and depressed-looking woman came to Mass here one day, and said to me: “Father, I have been here at mass twice, and this is my third time. I get myself out of my sickbed to come here, because you have a wonderful parish. They are a wonderful group of people who welcome me, and I feel fed by their welcome and by your sermon as well.” I thanked her, and said I would tell my parishioners about her experience. She was so ill that she couldn’t sit in the pews, but needed a special chair. But none-the-less, she just had to attend our church because she felt spiritually fed. It is amazing how God works through us when we are in tune with His divine love and mercy. So I certainly am grateful for all of the people we will feed this Thanksgiving with a wonderful holiday meal; but let’s not forget that we are called to feed one another spiritually as well, by reflecting the same qualities of welcome, love and mercy that our Savior gives to us. A Very Happy Thanksgiving to all!   ~ Fr. John

 

 

 

 
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.
Sunday 
7:00 a.m. & 10:30 a.m.

Holy Days
Vigil Mass

6:00 p.m.
Holy Day Mass
8:30 a.m.

Reconciliation
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
Click Here for latest bulletin

Click Here for Father John Feature Page From Parable Magazine

Ministry Schedule

Click Here for November


Coming Events

Sunday, November 23
Religious Education, 9 a.m., church hall
RCIA, 9:15 a.m., friary basement

Monday, November 24
Spirits Alive! 6:30 p.m., Our Lady of Mercy House
No Boy Scouts

Tuesday, November 25
Devotion to St. Anthony following mass
Thanksgiving basket distribution, 11 a.m. - 2 p.m.
Youth Group, make pies for Thanksgiving Dinner, 5 p.m. - 7 p.m. church hall

Wednesday, November 26
Thanksgiving dinner set-up. 9:30 a.m.
No St. Anne's Closet today
No Food Pantry today
No Parish Nurse today
Choir practice, 7 p.m., church

Thursday, November 27
Thanksgiving Dinner, 12 - 2 p.m., church hall
No Prayer Shawl Ministry today
No Cub Scoutsl

Sunday, November 30
No Religious Education
No RCIA
Secular Franciscans, 1 p.m. - 3 p.m.,church hall


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Bulletins

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.