March 26. 2014 4:50PM

New Hampshire Religion News Briefs

Merrimack church to hold fast

MERRIMACK — Saint John Neumann Church will hold its 18th annual Fast for Social Action on March 28 and 29.

This year’s theme is “Love Lights the Way — Jesus is the Way.”

Teen and adult participants will consume only juice and water for 30 hours while engaging in various service and team building activities.

One of the goals of the FAST is to bring awareness to participants about local social injustices and educate them on the needs of neighbors.

Six local agencies will benefit: Jaiden’s Angel Foundation, Hope for Gus Foundation, Greater Nashua Mental Health Center, Corpus Christi Food Pantry, Cure for Hope and Saint John Neumann Outreach.

Typically, about $20,000 is raised to support each agency. Volunteers and donations are essential to the success of the FAST.

Contact the Youth Ministry Office at 880-0825.

Christ the King Parish hosts conference

CONCORD — Christ the King Parish is hosting a Catholic literature conference at the Saint John the Evangelist Activity Center, 72 South Main St.

The conference will be held on March 29 from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Hear speakers discuss great works of Catholic literature and the authors that wrote them.

Scheduled to speak are Father Michael Kerper, pastor of St. Patrick Parish in Nashua and regular columnist in Parable Magazine; Dr. Thomas Howard, author of :C.S. Lewis: Man of Letters” and “On Being Catholic;” Dr. Mitchell Kalpakgian, author of “The Virtues We Need Again: 21 Life Lessons from the Great Books of the West;” and Professor Joseph Pearce, frequent EWTN presenter and author of “Tolkien: Man, Myth and Literary Life.”

More information can be found at the event website:

Event sponsors include the Knights of Columbus Council 112, Concord; and the Heart of the Heights Bookstore and Gift Shop, Concord.

Tickets are $15 and lunch is included.

It is recommended that tickets are purchased in advanced by going to the event website; they will also be available at the door the day of the event, too.

Etz Hayim women’s group to see movie

DERRY — The women’s group of Etz Hayim Synagogue will see the IMAX movie “Jerusalem” on Sunday, March 30, at the Museum of Science in Boston.

“We love getting together, and want to invite other women to join us,” said organizer Dina Chaitowitz.

The group will carpool from the synagogue at 11 a.m.

Movie tickets cost $10 for adults, with a discount for museum members. Etz Hayim invites everyone to visit and experience a warm welcome.

To confirm attendance, email For more information see

Catholic women will hold lenten breakfast

ROCHESTER — The New Hampshire Diocesan Council of Catholic Women is holding a Lenten breakfast on March 29 at St. Mary Parish, 71 Lowell St.

Registration begins at 8:30 p.m., with a closing prayer at 11:45 p.m. Call Helene Beaugegard for information at 335-5999. Register on-line at Men are welcome.