What is the Celebration of the Eucharist?

The celebration of the Eucharist
No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.
We do not consume the eucharistic bread and wine as if it were ordinary food and drink, for we have been taught that as Jesus Christ our Saviour became a man of flesh and blood by the power of the Word of God, so also the food that our flesh and blood assimilates for its nourishment becomes the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus by the power of his own words contained in the prayer of thanksgiving.
The apostles, in their recollections, which are called gospels, handed down to us what Jesus commanded them to do. They tell us that he took bread, gave thanks and said: Do this in memory of me. This is my body. In the same way he took the cup, he gave thanks and said: This is my blood. The Lord gave this command to them alone. Ever since then we have constantly reminded one another of these things. The rich among us help the poor and we are always united. For all that we receive we praise the Creator of the universe through his Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.
On Sunday we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or the outlying districts. The recollections of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as there is time. When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly speaks to us; he urges everyone to imitate the examples of virtue we have heard in the readings. Then we all stand up together and pray.
On the conclusion of our prayer, bread and wine and water are brought forward. The president offers prayers and gives thanks to the best of his ability, and the people give assent by saying, “Amen.” The eucharist is distributed, everyone present communicates, and the deacons take it to those who are absent.
The wealthy, if they wish, may make a contribution, and they themselves decide the amount. The collection is placed in the custody of the president, who uses it to help the orphans and widows and all who for any reason are in distress, whether because they are sick, in prison, or away from home. In a word, he takes care of all who are in need.
We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world, and because on that same day our saviour Jesus Christ rose from the dead. For he was crucified on Friday and on Sunday he appeared to his apostles and disciples and taught them the things that we have passed on for your consideration.

The first apology in defence of the Christians by Saint Justin, martyr from the Liturgy of the Hours.

St. Justin Martyr lived from 100-165AD. To learn more about St. Justin, Benedict XVI talked about him in his General Audience on March 21, 2007.

Cardinal Sean at Gordon College – Monday April 20 at 4PM

cardinal sean

His Eminence Seán Patrick Cardinal O’Malley is Archbishop of Boston and was named Cardinal by Pope Benedict XVI in 2006. We are pleased to announce that he will deliver the Quasquicentennial Lecture at Gordon College on April 20, 2015.

Monday, April 20, 2015
A. J. Gordon Memorial Chapel
Carlberg Sanctuary
4 p.m.

For directions and to RSVP please click here for Gordon College’s site for the event.

Youth Ministry


Our Youth Ministry program offers the unique opportunity for middle and high school teens to grow in a deeper relationship with Christ and His Church.

We welcome teens to join us for Youth Ministry Nights, where we encounter the living God through a variety of different ways.

Great conversations, games and food every week. We’d love to see you.

For more information, Please Contact Stephanie O’Connell, youthministry@beverlycatholic.com.

Middle School and High School Youth Ministry Held at St. Mary’s Convent (access through back door in school yard).

  • High School Nights – Sundays 6-8pm at St. Mary’s Convent
    • April 19
    • May 3
    • May 17
    • May 31
  • Middle School Nights – Thursdays 6:30-8pm at St. Mary’s Convent
    • April 30
    • May 7
    • May 21

Summer Events Calendar Coming in May!

Message from the Pastor

pastor and parochial vicar

Dear Friends,

It was a very difficult winter for many of us! Snow fell week after week and especially affected our Parishes Sunday attendance and collections. At the same time plowing, shoveling and snow removal from roofs left us with extraordinary expenses.

I am asking all, at the urging of the Finance Council, to assist by means of a special collection on the weekend of May 2nd-3rd in meeting these large winter bills. (A second collection will be taken up at each Church toward that Parish’s expenses.)

Thank you for your kind support. May God bless you for your kindness.

Fr. Mahoney