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

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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

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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

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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

In Defense of Confession

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503. What is confession?

Confession is a sacrament instituted by Jesus Christ by which those who fall into sin after baptism may be restored to God’s grace. Confession is called the sacrament of penance because it supposes that the recipient is truly repentant of his sins. It involves the admission of one’s sins made to a duly approved priest in order to obtain absolution.

504. On what scriptural authority does the Catholic Church base its prac­tice of confession?

On the promise of Christ, as recorded in Matthew 16, that he would give the keys of the Kingdom of Heaven, and the power of binding and loosing to his apostles and the Church. And again, on the fulfillment of that promise, with specific reference to absolution from sin, as recorded in John 20:23. There we are told that, having breathed upon the apostles, Christ said to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit. If you forgive the sins of any, they are forgiven; if you retain the sins of any, they are retained.” By those words he gave the power to the official representatives of the Church of forgiving or not forgiving sin as they judged fit; and promised to sanction and ratify their decision.

From In Defense of Confession by Fr. Leslie Rumble. To continue reading this article click here.

Our weekly Confession Schedule

Boston Catholic Appeal 2015

The 2015 Catholic Appeal campaign is well underway. Thank
you to all who already have participated. Your generosity will benefit hundreds of pastoral, charitable,
and educational programs at work within the Archdiocese of Boston. We need the participation of
every parishioner. If you have yet to participate in the 2015 Catholic Appeal, please pledge online at
www.bostoncatholicappeal.org or complete a pledge for available in the back of the church.

Pax Christi – Tuesday April 14th 7pm St. Mary Star of the Sea Convent

Pax Christi will hold its monthly meeting. The agenda will include a review of legislation in the Massachusetts State Legislature affecting social justice, review of nuclear talks with Iran, and future
projects.
(USA Pax Christi favors a negotiated deal with Iran.)
All are welcome to inquire and join Pax Christi.
Call Karen Watkins, Co Chair, at 978 524-0029 for more details.