I would like to thank Fr. Kevin for his generous help with us this summer in all our Beverly parishes. Please join us in wishing him well as he prepares to return to Rome to continue his studies after the noon Mass this Sunday in the cafeteria of the Saints Academy school.
The study will begin on September 12 and go through November 7. We gather at 9:15 in the upstairs meeting room in the Convent at 15 Chapman Street, Beverly.
We will study Paul’s letter to the Ephesians using the Great Adventure Bible Study DVD (with Jeff Cavins) and study guide. The price for the study guide is $24 but if that is a hardship, not to worry.
This is definitely a study that a newcomer can easily enter into.
Wednesday Evening Bible Study
Beginning September 27, the Wednesday Evening Bible study will meet from 7:00pm-8:30pm in the St. Mary’s Convent Upper Room to study the book of James.
Men and Women are welcome.
Facilitators: Amy & Mike Donovan and Tom & Cynthia Gernetzke.
Beverly Collaborative Women’s Group
If you are looking for enriching your prayer life, sharing your faith with others, or seeking support while living a life centered on God, this may be the group for you.
There will be a WOMEN’S GROUP meeting on Sunday October 1 at 6:00 – 7:30 pm in the Lower Church of St. Mary Star of the Sea. Please enter via the elevator door. This is open to all women in the Collaborative as well as others you know who may in interested.
Contact Cathie Maglio 978-927-0170 for more information.
Imagine Our Blessed Mother, the Pope, or the President inviting you to set aside one special hour each week to be with them. You would feel like the most important person in the world! You would be overjoyed. You would tell all your friends about it. You would be faithful every week in keeping your scheduled time. Should you respond to Our Blessed Lord’s invitation with any less enthusiasm? “The only time our Lord asked the Apostles for anything was the night when He went into His agony. But as often in the history of the church since that time, evil was awake, but the disciples were asleep. That is why there came out of His anguished and lonely Heart a sigh: “Could you not watch one hour with Me?” (Mt 26:40). Not for an hour of activity did he plead, but for an hour of friendship.” -Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen
If you are interested in signing up for an hour of Eucharistic Adoration at St. Mary’s please contact us via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or call Joanne Wright (978-745-6712) or Lorrie Doucette (978-578-6674).
The Eucharist is described in the catechism as the ‘source and summit’ of our faith. Finding the time to go to Adoration can be difficult. But if you can make it happen, committing to regular Adoration with an open heart can have some surprising results…
Sunday Morning Bible Discussion Group
Would you like an opportunity to think about and discuss the lectionary readings we hear at Sunday mass? The Bible Discussion Group, which began some twenty years ago under the supervision of the late Sr. Marguerite Ledwell, S.N.D., continues to provide St. Mary’s parishioners with a group dedicated to sharing insights into each Sunday’s selections.
Different members are scheduled to facilitate each meeting, with the leader providing a short prepared presentation on the Bible readings. Then each attendee has opportunity, both to relate the week’s Scriptures to his or her own personal experience, and to ask questions about how Catholic Christians should interpret and apply the week’s Scriptures in daily living. An average session might include members sharing how the day’s Gospel applies to their work or family life, or how Old Testament history relates to current moral and social issues, or how we can each provide a stronger witness to the loving truths of the Scriptures in and around our parish.
The Bible Discussion Group gathers in the Lower Church on Sundays around 9:15 a.m., and readings begin at 9:30. Sessions conclude with a prayer at around 10:30 a.m. (before the 10:45 mass). Coffee and light refreshments are provided. Contact: Jonathan Nauman (978-922-7015, email@example.com).
Tuesday Morning Catechetical Reading Group
For more than a decade, parishioners from around the Beverly Collaborative have participated in group reading from Scripture and devotional classics for two hours on Tuesday mornings. Each text is read aloud and in full, with opportunities to pause and discuss throughout. Recent works completed include the Confessions of St. Augustine, St. Francis de Sales’s Introduction to the Devout Life, and Mere Christianity by C. S. Lewis. Currently we’re about to begin reading an anthology of selections from The Fathers of the Church.
The Catechetical Reading group currently gathers in the conference room at the Collaborative Offices (St. John’s) at around 9:45 a.m. for informal talk and set-up, with readings beginning around 10 a.m. and concluding at noon. Attendees come late or depart early if they can’t stay for the full session. Several members often bring refreshments for the group, and coffee is provided. Contacts: Jonathan Nauman (978-922-7015, firstname.lastname@example.org) and Dan Liporto (978-927-9862, email@example.com).