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Merrimack County churches band together to fight domestic, sexual violence

CONCORD — Twelve faith communities in Merrimack County are banding together this weekend to help end domestic and sexual violence.

The communities will hold discussions, provide information, give sermons and let it be known that scripture does not condone violence against women, men, children or teens.

On Sunday, May 4, there will be a candlelight vigil at 7 p.m. at South Congregational Church with prayers and remembrances. At 7:30 p.m., the candlelight march will move down Main Street to the State House lawn.

Participating Faith Communities include Bow Mills United Methodist Church, Concordia Lutheran Church, Grace Episcopal Church, Hillside UMC, Holy Cross Episcopal Church,St. Paul’s Episcopal Church, Temple Beth Jacob, South Congregational Church, Unitarian Universalist Churches of Concord, Franklin and Manchester, and Wesley Methodist Church.

Mass for Syria May 1

MANCHESTER — The Most Rev. Peter A. Libasci, bishop of Manchester, will celebrate a Mass at 6:30 p.m. on May 1 in St. Joseph Cathedral to pray for those suffering from violence in Syria and the Middle East.

Bishop Libasci will be the principal celebrant of the Mass with Father Joseph I. Khoueiry, pastor of St. George Maronite Catholic Church in Dover, and Father Thomas P. Steinmetz, pastor of Our Lady of the Cedars Melkite-Greek Catholic Church in Manchester, as concelebrants.

Both the Maronite and Melkite Churches are in communion with the Bishop of Rome, but draw their liturgical traditions and identity from the Middle East.

A collection will be taken up at this Mass, which till provide humanitarian assistance in Syria and Lebanon.

Bishop Libasci said, “After more than two years of ongoing violence in Syria, our brothers and sisters there and in the broader Middle East are in dire need of both our prayers and our charity. I am asking that Catholics of all rites and churches join us at this special Mass on May 1, and to give as generously as they can to help respond to the refugee crisis.”


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