Bishop Barron on How to Make Public Arguments and Political Correctness

Fr. Robert Barron

…I would like to revisit a time when people knew how to have a public argument about the most hotly-contested matters. Though it might come as a surprise to many, I’m talking about the High Middle Ages, when the university system was born. And to illustrate the medieval method of disciplined conversation there is no better candidate than St. Thomas Aquinas. The principal means of teaching in the medieval university was not the classroom lecture, which became prominent only in the 19th century German system of education; rather, it was the quaestio disputata (disputed question), which was a lively, sometimes raucous, and very public intellectual exchange. Though the written texts of Aquinas can strike us today as a tad turgid, we have to recall that they are grounded in these disciplined but decidedly energetic conversations…

For the rest of Bishop Barron’s article please follow this link.

The Joy of Love by Pope Francis (Amoris Laetitia) – Monday June 27

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Please join Fr. Karlo for our final session on Pope Francis’ recent Post-Synodal Exhortation “The Joy of Love.” We will be covering chapters 7, 8, and 9 of the document.

We will be meeting on Monday June 27 from 7-8pm at the Conference Room in the Collaborative Offices (St. John’s Rectory)

For more information contact David Bearse at or 978-922-0113.

Youth Ministry Events – Canoe Trip!

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High School Youth Ministry
25th Footebros Canoe Trip! 10:30-2:00pm
*Permission Slip Needed
*Deadline to sign up: June 15th

Middle School Youth Ministry
25th Footebros Canoe Trip! 10:30-2:00pm
*Permission Slip Needed
* Deadline to sign up: June 15th

Please contact Stephanie O’Connell, for more information. For our complete summer schedule please click here.

ParishPay for St. Mary Star of the Sea and St. John the Evangelist


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