Message from Mr. Daniel Bouchard, Principal

saint mary school

Dear SMS Community,

As you have heard, on Thursday, June 30th, there was a tragic accident in Methuen and St. Mary parishioner and school father, Tim Reinwald sadly lost his life. Many of us have been thinking about how we may help Tim and his family during this very difficult time and are turning to the Lord for help, guidance and strength.

St. Mary’s parishioner, Carol Augulewicz, Father Mahoney, and I have been trying to think of ways for people to gather in prayer to honor Mr. Reinwald, and support his family.

So, on Tuesday, July 5th, in the adoration chapel in St. Mary Parish (lower church) between 7:30am and 7:30pm, in a particular way, we can gather in quiet prayer (with your children if you choose) for Mr. Reinwald and his family. We will have a table set up with prayer cards where you (and your children) may write a short note to the family and they will be delivered to them as a group from their parish and school community. This may be particularly helpful to those families with children who may a little young to attend the services, but would like to help in some way. (A picture of the card is below)

During these difficult and uncertain times, the Lord wants nothing more than for us to “Come to Him”. I invite you to join us as the Beverly Community to pray for Tim, his family, and his children. May God grant him peace.

Respectfully,
Mr. Bouchard

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.