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Come see what makes Saint Mary School a school where your children will learn more.
Open House May 20th 9-11am
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Please join us for the 12 Noon Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church on June 14, 2015 with a reception immediately following to honor Mrs. Karen McCarthy for her 26 years of service and leadership to St. John the Evangelist School and to say “Thank you” and “Good Luck” on her retirement!
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.
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
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. 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.
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.
Prayer 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, firstname.lastname@example.org.
…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.
St. John the Evangelist School proudly presents – Peter Pan Jr.
Saturday May 2 at 7:30pm and Sunday May 3 at 3:00pm
Kaneb Theatre at St. John’s Prep
Adults $12 Students $8
All tickets will be sold at the door
(Cash and checks only please)
“I am the good shepherd.
A good shepherd lays down his life for the sheep.
A hired man, who is not a shepherd
and whose sheep are not his own,
sees a wolf coming and leaves the sheep and runs away,
and the wolf catches and scatters them.
This is because he works for pay and has no concern for the sheep.
I am the good shepherd,
and I know mine and mine know me,
just as the Father knows me and I know the Father;
and I will lay down my life for the sheep.
I have other sheep that do not belong to this fold.
These also I must lead, and they will hear my voice,
and there will be one flock, one shepherd.
This is why the Father loves me,
because I lay down my life in order to take it up again.
No one takes it from me, but I lay it down on my own.
I have power to lay it down, and power to take it up again.
This command I have received from my Father.”
From John 10:11-18. You can find Mass Readings for everyday of the week here from the United States Conference of Catholic Bishops.