Attention Young Adults – The Indo TONIGHT 7pm

The Young Adult group will be meeting at The Indo  for fellowship and Irish music Sunday evening 4/26 at 7pm.

Indo is located at 298 Cabot St., Beverly, Ma 01915

What is the Young Adult group?

The Beverly Catholic Young Adult Ministry caters to young adults in their 20s and 30s. We have young adults from Beverly and surrounding areas participating in our programs. We exist to facilitate the growth and experience of an authentic faith life with other young adults in the parishes of Beverly, as well as to do God’s will by serving others in our lives and in the community.

Contact for Young Adults – Jillian Reno,

Beverly Catholic – Social Media

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We’re on Facebook and Twitter!

Beverly Catholic Twitter 

St. John the Evangelist Facebook*

St. Margaret Facebook*

St. Mary Star of the Sea Facebook*

*All three parish Facebook pages receive the same posts; comments, likes, and tags are specific to the individual page

Beverly Catholic Email Newsletter

Any suggestions or ideas for content for our social media pages please contact David Bearse,


First Communion Masses in Beverly

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First Holy Communion Celebrations begin in our Beverly Parishes begin the weekend of May 2/3.

Saturday May 2nd
10:30am St. John the Evangelist
11:00am St. Margaret
4:00pm St. Mary Star of the Sea

Sunday May 3rd
10:45am St. Mary Star of the Sea

Saturday May 9th
10:30am St. John the Evangelist
4:00pm St. Mary Star of the Sea

Let us keep our First Communicants and their families in our prayers.

Introibo ad altare Dei – I will go to the Altar of God (Ps. 43)

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A beautiful marble altar has been installed at St. Mary’s Church. It replaces a small, portable, painted wood altar table. May it help us give glory to God and express the centrality of the Eucharistic sacrifice in our faith community.

298. It is desirable that in every church there be a fixed altar, since this more clearly and permanently signifies Christ Jesus, the Living Stone (1 Pt 2:4; cf. Eph 2:20). In other places set aside for sacred celebrations, the altar may
be movable.

An altar is said to be fixed if it is so constructed as to be attached to the floor and not removable; it is said to be movable if it can be displaced.

299. The altar should be built separate from the wall, in such a way that it is possible to walk around it easily and that Mass can be celebrated at it facing the people, which is desirable wherever possible. Moreover, the altar should occupy a place where it is truly the center toward which the attention of the whole congregation of the faithful naturally turns.[115] The altar should usually be fixed and dedicated.

300. An altar, whether fixed or movable, should be dedicated according to the rite prescribed in the Roman Pontifical; but it is permissible for a movable altar simply to be blessed.

301. In keeping with the Church’s traditional practice and with what the altar signifies, the table of a fixed altar should be of stone and indeed of natural stone…

From the General Instruction of the Roman Missal (GIRM). The GIRM may be found at the USCCB website.

Pope Francis on the Extraordinary Jubilee of Mercy

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Jesus Christ is the face of the Father’s mercy. These words might well sum up the mystery of the Christian faith. Mercy has become living and visible in Jesus of Nazareth, reaching its culmination in him. The Father, “rich in mercy” (Eph 2:4), after having revealed his name to Moses as “a God merciful and gracious, slow to anger, and abounding in steadfast love and faithfulness” (Ex 34:6), has never ceased to show, in various ways throughout history, his divine nature. In the “fullness of time” (Gal 4:4), when everything had been arranged according to his plan of salvation, he sent his only Son into the world, born of the Virgin Mary, to reveal his love for us in a definitive way. Whoever sees Jesus sees the Father (cf. Jn 14:9). Jesus of Nazareth, by his words, his actions, and his entire person reveals the mercy of God.

From Misericordiae Vultus by Pope Francis. The text may be found on the Vatican website.

St. John’s Chapel Prayer Group – The Chapel at the Collaborative Offices (former St. John’s Rectory)

adoration pope francisPrayer Meetings are held in The Chapel at the Collaborative Offices on Tuesday mornings directly following the 9:00am Mass (Held at St. John’s Church) and are coordinated by Jackie Proctor. Prayer, Rosary, readings and discussion take place in the presence of the Blessed Sacrament. A special focus of this prayer group is praying for priests. For more information please contact David Bearse,

The Good News of the Resurrection

Fr. Robert Barron

…For the Easter faith—on clear display from the earliest days of the Christian movement—is that Jesus of Nazareth, a first-century Jew from the northern reaches of the Promised Land, who had been brutally put to death by the Roman authorities, is alive again through the power of the Holy Spirit. And not alive, I hasten to add, in some vague or metaphorical sense. That the resurrection is a literary device or a symbol that Jesus’ cause goes on is a fantasy born in the faculty lounges of Western universities over the past couple of centuries. The still startling claim of the first witnesses is that Jesus rose bodily from death, presenting himself to his disciples to be seen, even handled. It is a contemporary prejudice that ancient people were naïve, easily duped, willing to believe any far-fetched tale, but this is simply not the case. They knew about visions, dreams, hallucinations, and even claims to ghostly hauntings. In fact, on St. Luke’s telling, when the risen Lord appeared to his disciples in the Upper Room, their initial reaction was that they were seeing a specter. But Jesus himself moved quickly to allay such suspicions: “Look at my hands and my feet, that it is I myself. Touch me and see, because a ghost does not have flesh and bones as you can see I have.” While they were still, in Luke’s words, “incredulous for joy,” the risen Jesus asked if there was anything to eat and then consumed baked fish in their presence. This has nothing to do with fantasies, abstractions, or velleities, but rather with resurrection at every level…

From The Startling Good News of the Resurrection by Fr. Robert Barron. If you would like to continue reading this article click here.