The Light is On For You – The Sacrament of Reconciliation Lent 2016


Opportunities for Confession in Beverly

Saturday Afternoons

  • St. Mary Star of the Sea (Lower Church) – 2:30-3:15pm
  • St. John the Evangelist – 3:15-3:45pm
  • St. Margaret – 5:00-5:20pm

Wednesday Evenings

  • St. John the Evangelist – 6:30-8:00pm
    • 2/17, 2/24, 3/2 3/9, 3/16 (Reconciliation for Families), 3/23

Tuesday March 1st (During Parish Mission)

  • St. Mary Star of the Sea – 7pm
    • Multiple Confessors will be available for Parish Mission

What the Church Teaches on Confession

Canon 987 To receive the salvific remedy of the sacrament of penance, a member of the Christian faithful must be disposed in such a way that, rejecting sins committed and having a purpose of amendment, the person is turned back to God.

Canon 988 A member of the Christian faithful is obliged to confess in kind and number all grave sins committed after baptism and not yet remitted directly through the keys of the Church nor acknowledged in individual confession, of which the person has knowledge after diligent examination of conscience.

Canon 989 After having reached the age of discretion, each member of the faithful is ob-liged to confess faithfully his or her grave sins at least once a year.


Collaborative Lenten Mission – February 29-March 2

Brian Dunkle SJ

On the evenings of Monday February 29th through Wednesday March 2nd there will be a Collaborative Lenten Mission at St. Mary Star of the Sea Church. Our retreat master is Fr. Brian Dunkle S.J., who is an Assistant Professor of Historical Theology at the Boston College School of Theology and Ministry. Each evening of the mission begins at 7pm.

Tuesday Morning (Women’s) Bible Study and Wednesday Evening (Men and Women’s) Bible Study

Tuesdays 9:00-11am – Tuesday Morning Women’s Bible Study. Acts of the Apostles with Jeff Cavins. Facilitator: Lovelace Howard. $45 Donation is requested for Bible Study materials. Location: St. Mary Star of the Sea Convent, 15 Chapman St. To sign up please contact David Bearse,
Wednesday Evening 7-8:30pm – Bible Study (Men and Women) – The Gospel of Matthew with Jeff Cavins. $45 Donation is requested for Bible Study materials. Location: Parish Collaborative Offices 552 Cabot St. (St. John’s Rectory). To sign up please contact David Bearse,

Middle School and High School Youth Ministry

High School
Sunday 6:00-8:00PM

Middle School
Thursday 6:30-8:00PM


14th YM Night: Happy “Valentine
is a Saint” Day
28th YM Night: Special Lenten Night


11th YM Night: Special Lenten Night
25th YM Night


13th YM Night
25th-26th Hunger for Justice Retreat
-St. Mary’s School, Lynn


10th YM Night
24th YM Night


3rd YM Night
17th YM Night


7th YM Night
21st YM Night

All YM events will be held in the Youth Room (basement of convent at St. Mary’s Parish)HS 6-8pm + MS 6:30-8pm unless otherwise noted. Please contact Stephanie O’Connell, Coordinator of Youth Ministry for more information: Phone- 978-998-1084; Email-

New Bible Study Opportunity This Lent – Thursday 7pm St. Mary Star of the Sea Convent


Join us at St. Mary Star of the Sea Convent (15 Chapman St.) Thursday evenings (starting February 11th) in the Upper Room at 7pm for a biblical journey through the Acts of the Apostles.  We will experience scriptural exegesis from theologian Jeff Cavins, and share our experience and enjoy Coffee together. Facilitator: Bob LaPorte. To register please contact David Bearse at

Save the Date – Mardi Gras Jazz Brunch! Sunday February 7th


On Sunday, Feb 7 the Stella Series continues with a fun family event for the whole community – a Mardi Gras brunch with live Dixieland music from the Wolverine Jazz Band, a professional group specializing in Dixieland and the sounds of New Orleans. Immediately following the 10:45 Mass, join us downstairs for food (including Coffee and Donuts), fun, prizes, and lots of toe-tapping music.