Visitation to the Homebound and those in Beverly Nursing Homes

This Visitation Ministry serves those who are elderly, sick, homebound, or those in our local nursing home who are unable to attend Mass by providing them with the Eucharist, contact with the parish, prayer and some regular companionship. Please consider taking the Eucharist to a homebound parishioner or saying The Rosary at one of the local nursing homes. For more information please contact our office.

Attention Men of Beverly – Knights of Columbus

Beverly Knights of Columbus
The Knights of Columbus is the world’s largest
Catholic fraternal service organization. It was
founded by the Venerable Father Michael J.
McGivney in New Haven, Connecticut, in 1882,
and named in honor of the navigator Christopher
Columbus. Originally serving as a mutual benefit society to
low-income immigrant Catholics, it developed into a fraternal
service organization dedicated to providing charitable services,
promoting Catholic education and actively defending Catholicism
in various nations.
The Knights of Columbus is not just a fraternity in name. It is a
brotherhood of Catholic men who each play a part in improving
the world around them, one community at a time. They stand
together in faith, dedicated to uphold the principles they cherish
– Charity, Unity, and Fraternity – while lending their support
and strength to parish, home and fellow Knight. From charity
for worldwide causes, to helping closer to home with volunteer
activities, to a top-rated insurance program that protects those
closest to you, the Knights makes the most of its brotherhood.
All men in the parish – young or old – are welcome and should
consider joining the Knights of Columbus. We’d love to have
you! For more information on joining the Knights, please contact
Peter Jaquith – Grand Knight of Beverly Council 175 –
At: grandknight175@aol.com.

He is Risen! Happy Easter From Fr. Mark

Dear Friends,

Happy Easter! Alleluias ring forth in our Churches this weekend as we celebrate the great Feast of Christ’s Resurrection. His death was for us; and so, too, His rising from the tomb was for us. He died as the Sacrificial Offering for our sins. He rose as the Light of our salvation. The Good News we bear wit- ness to is the Easter message. The Father’s own Beloved Son has freed us from sin and death! His triumph over the tomb invites us to share in his glory. What great cause for celebration – may our Alleluias resound joyfully!

We are called to live always as an “Easter People,” in the love of Christ. What a great gift that we have in one another, as Church. Your participation in the three parishes of our Beverly Collaborative bears witness to the larger community of Christ’s abiding presence. Christ is Risen; He is alive and so is His Church! Please share the love of Christ by joining with us for Masses each Sunday and throughout the week. All are invited to participate in our various activities and ministries – Bible Studies, Youth Ministry Programs, Young Adult Group, Prayer Communities, Choirs, Social Committees, Christian Service and Outreach, and so much more!

Thank you to all who offer so much to our parishes – Saint Margaret, Saint John the Evangelist, and Saint Mary Star of the Sea. Alleluia!

May the Joy of Easter be always in your hearts,

Fr. Mark

Men’s Bible Study

Meets FIRST WEDNESDAY of the Month
Keeping Christ Centered in our Lives through Liturgical Daily
Mass Readings and The Sacramental Life – most especially
The Eucharist. Any questions please contact:
Rob Cerundolo, North Shore Men’s Bible Study
7:00 PM—8:30 PM—55 Cross Lane—Beverly, MA. 01915
617-571-3218 cell – hillcrest4@aol.com

Beverly Easter Sunday Mass Schedule

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Holy Saturday

8pm – The Great Vigil of Easter – St. Mary Star of the Sea Church

Easter Sunday

7am – St. Mary Star of the Sea
8:15am – St. John the Evangelist
9:30am – St. Margaret
10:45am – St. Mary Star of the Sea
12:00pm – St. John the Evangelist

** No 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday **

Reflection for Holy Saturday

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The Lord’s descent into the underworld

Something strange is happening – there is a great silence on earth today, a great silence and stillness. The whole earth keeps silence because the King is asleep. The earth trembled and is still because God has fallen asleep in the flesh and he has raised up all who have slept ever since the world began. God has died in the flesh and hell trembles with fear.
He has gone to search for our first parent, as for a lost sheep. Greatly desiring to visit those who live in darkness and in the shadow of death, he has gone to free from sorrow the captives Adam and Eve, he who is both God and the son of Eve. The Lord approached them bearing the cross, the weapon that had won him the victory. At the sight of him Adam, the first man he had created, struck his breast in terror and cried out to everyone: “My Lord be with you all.” Christ answered him: “And with your spirit.” He took him by the hand and raised him up, saying: “Awake, O sleeper, and rise from the dead, and Christ will give you light.”
I am your God, who for your sake have become your son. Out of love for you and for your descendants I now by my own authority command all who are held in bondage to come forth, all who are in darkness to be enlightened, all who are sleeping to arise. I order you, O sleeper, to awake. I did not create you to be held a prisoner in hell. Rise from the dead, for I am the life of the dead. Rise up, work of my hands, you who were created in my image. Rise, let us leave this place, for you are in me and I am in you; together we form only one person and we cannot be separated. For your sake I, your God, became your son; I, the Lord, took the form of a slave; I, whose home is above the heavens, descended to the earth and beneath the earth. For your sake, for the sake of man, I became like a man without help, free among the dead. For the sake of you, who left a garden, I was betrayed to the Jews in a garden, and I was crucified in a garden.
See on my face the spittle I received in order to restore to you the life I once breathed into you. See there the marks of the blows I received in order to refashion your warped nature in my image. On my back see the marks of the scourging I endured to remove the burden of sin that weighs upon your back. See my hands, nailed firmly to a tree, for you who once wickedly stretched out your hand to a tree.
I slept on the cross and a sword pierced my side for you who slept in paradise and brought forth Eve from your side. My side has healed the pain in yours. My sleep will rouse you from your sleep in hell. The sword that pierced me has sheathed the sword that was turned against you.
Rise, let us leave this place. The enemy led you out of the earthly paradise. I will not restore you to that paradise, but I will enthrone you in heaven. I forbade you the tree that was only a symbol of life, but see, I who am life itself am now one with you. I appointed cherubim to guard you as slaves are guarded, but now I make them worship you as God. The throne formed by cherubim awaits you, its bearers swift and eager. The bridal chamber is adorned, the banquet is ready, the eternal dwelling places are prepared, the treasure houses of all good things lie open. The kingdom of heaven has been prepared for you from all eternity.

From an ancient homily for Holy Saturday, from the Liturgy of the Hours (Roman Breviary).

Holy Saturday Schedule

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Confessions will be heard on Holy Saturday at 2:30-3:30pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

The Great Vigil of Easter* will begin at 8pm at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church.

*Fulfills Sunday Obligation