Saint Denis Catholic Church is in Hanover, New Hampshire, the home of Dartmouth College. It is a parish of the Roman Catholic Diocese of Manchester. The parish was founded in 1907, and the cornerstone of the present church was laid in 1922. It has been a place of peace and contemplation for over one hundred years, where area residents, college students, and visitors alike are invited to find fellowship and to worship God in Word and in Sacrament, in Spirit and in Truth.
In 2007, Saint Denis Parish was entrusted to the pastoral care of the Dominican Friars of the Province of Saint Joseph (New York), who also minister at Aquinas House, the Catholic Campus Ministry at Dartmouth College.
Saturday Vigil: 5:00 PM
Sunday: 9:00 and 11:30 AM
Monday - Friday: 7:30 AM
Saturdays: 9:00 AM
Wednesdays: 4:00 - 4:30 PM | Saturdays: 3:30 - 4:30 PM
Also available by appointment.
Wednesdays: 8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
First Fridays of the month: 8:00 AM - Noon
(Adoration will resume on Wednesday, April 7, 2021.)
Some notes regarding Mass attendance
The State of New Hampshire revised its COVID-19 guidance for Places of Worship to remove the 50% capacity restriction that has been in place since last year. The Diocese of Manchester will also be removing its 50% capacity limit. (Here at St Denis, we have capped attendance at about 40% since last year.) Please note, however, that in keeping with the guidelines still in place from the New Hampshire Department of Health and Human Services and the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, attendees who are not part of the same immediate household must continue to be seated at least 6 feet apart. So while the overall capacity maximum has been eliminated, the practical reality with 6-foot distancing in place is that attendance capacity still will be far less than 100%. Of course, the other requirements, such as mask wearing, remain in place, and here at St Denis, every other pew will continue to be roped off for the time being.
Distribution of Holy Communion
Beginning with Pentecost Sunday 2021 (the weekend of May 22/23), Holy Communion will be given to the people at the regular time within Mass. When you get up to receive Holy Communion, be mindful of social distancing from the person or group ahead of you. And after receiving Our Lord in Holy Communion, please return to your place in church by walking all the way around the pews on your side of the church rather than walking back up the main aisle. As we get used to this new procedure over the next few weekends, we might need to make some slight changes logistically to keep the Communion line flowing as smoothly as possible.
Important things to note
- One restroom is available for each Mass. Please be sure to use the restroom that has the time for the Mass you are attending on the door. That way we can thoroughly disinfect afterwards and keep the other restroom clean for the next Mass.
- The obligation we have as Catholics to attend Sunday Mass still remains suspended in the Diocese of Manchester.
- If you choose to come to Mass, a mask continues to be required while in church. As soon as you leave church, you are free to remove your mask if you feel comfortable doing so.
- Please enter through the front/main doors of the Church and exit through the side doors.
Please join Fr. Brian virtually in prayer
As we have been celebrating Mass in public since the first weekend of June 2020 with precautions, we will continue to live stream all three weekend Mass, as well as our weekday Masses, for anyone who chooses to or who must remain at home at this time. Simply click on the picture entitled "Live Streaming" above to access St Denis Masses from home.
The church is open daily for private prayer from 7:00 am- 4:00 pm. There are days when it is open later than 4 PM. Just remember to practice social distancing from others who may be praying, and if there are others in church, please keep your mask on. If there are not, you may feel free to remove your mask if you are comfortable doing so.