Some Catholic Apps you might want to try

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You can use your tablet and your smart phone for more than texting or the latest Twitter update.

There are several great Catholic Apps available. Available for both Android and iPhone/iPad devices.

iBreviary iPhone/iPad | iBreviary Android –  Cost – FREE
Allows you to follow along the Mass and the Liturgy of the Hours

CatholicTV iPhone/iPad | CatholicTV Android –  Cost – FREE
Official App of CatholicTV, based in Watertown, Ma

iPieta iPhone/iPad | iPieta Android –  Cost – $0.99
iPieta allows you to download an entire Catholic library to have at your fingertips. Once downloaded an internet connection is not needed to access material.
CONTENTS includes
• Bibles
• Baltimore Catechism
• Calendars with access to the day’s Gospel and Reading(s) from the Douay-Rheims & Vulgate.
• Numerous devotions and prayers
• Spiritual works from authors including St. Louis Marie de Montfort, St. Teresa of Jesus, St. John of the Cross, St. Catherine of Siena, St. Thomas Aquinas (Summa and Catena), St. Francis deSales, and St. Jean-Marie Vianney.
• Papal Encyclicals and Conciliar Documents
• Fathers of the Church (Erdman’s collection)
• Misc: Scripture for the Holy Rosary, Examination of Conscience, 1894 Butler Saint of the Day

Laudate iPhone/iPad | Laudate Android – Cost – FREE
Daily Mass Readings (with Saint of the Day and Reflections). Liturgy of Hours, Latin Liturgy of Hours, Latin Mass, New American Bible, interactive Rosary and Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Seven Sorrows Rosary, Chaplet of St. Michael, Franciscan Crown Rosary, Latin Rosary, Latin Chaplet of Divine Mercy, Servite Rosary, Chaplet of Sacred Heart, multiple Stations of the Cross, searchable prayers and latin prayers with English translation. Douay-Rheims Bible for offline use. Multiple podcasts for daily meditations and Rosary. Catechism of Catholic Church with ability to bookmark and share. My Prayers lets you store your own prayers and move them between iPad and iPhone. Confession guides through sacrament of reconciliation. Vatican documents: 2nd Vatican Council, Code of Canon Law and more.

St. Augustine – Let us sing to the Lord a song of love

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Sing to the Lord a new song; his praise is in the assembly of the saints. We are urged to sing a new song to the Lord, as new men who have learned a new song. A song is a thing of joy; more profoundly, it is a thing of love. Anyone, therefore, who has learned to love the new life has learned to sing a new song, and the new song reminds us of our new life. The new man, the new song, the new covenant, all belong to the one kingdom of God, and so the new man will sing a new song and will belong to the new covenant.

There is not one who does not love something, but the question is, what to love. The psalms do not tell us not to love, but to choose the object of our love. But how can we choose unless we are first chosen? We cannot love unless someone has loved us first. Listen to the apostle John: We love him, because he first loved us. The source of man’s love for God can only be found in the fact that God loved him first. He has given us himself as the object of our love, and he has also given us its source. What this source is you may learn more clearly from the apostle Paul who tells us: The love of God has been poured into our hearts. This love is not something we generate ourselves; it comes to us through the Holy Spirit who has been given to us.

Since we have such an assurance, then, let us love God with the love he has given us. As John tells us more fully: God is love, and whoever dwells in love dwells in God, and God in him. It is not enough to say: Love is from God. Which of us would dare to pronounce the words of Scripture: God is love? He alone could say it who knew what it was to have God dwelling within him. God offers us a short route to the possession of himself. He cries out: Love me and you will have me for you would be unable to love me if you did not possess me already.

My dear brothers and sons, fruit of the true faith and holy seed of heaven, all you who have been born again in Christ and whose life is from above, listen to me; or rather, listen to the Holy Spirit saying through me: Sing to the Lord a new song. Look, you tell me, I am singing. Yes indeed, you are singing; you are singing clearly, I can hear you. But make sure that your life does not contradict your words. Sing with your voices, your hearts, your lips and your lives: Sing to the Lord a new song.

Now it is your unquestioned desire to sing of him whom you love, but you ask me how to sing his praises. You have heard the words: Sing to the Lord a new song, and you wish to know what praises to sing. The answer is: His praise is in the assembly of the saints; it is in the singers themselves. If you desire to praise him, then live what you express. Live good lives, and you yourselves will be his praise.

From a sermon by St. Augustine of Hippo included in the Liturgy of the Hours. A brief biography of St. Augustine may be found here.

Wednesday Evening Bible Study – 7pm Collaborative Offices

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7:00pm-8:30pm at the Collaborative Offices, 552 Cabot St.
The Bible Timeline from Ascension Press with Jeff Cavins.
Our next meeting is Wednesday 4/29. We will be continuing our study of the Gospel of Luke, Luke 9:51-19:27.
Men and Women are welcome.
Facilitators Dr. Tom Howard and David Bearse. For more information please contact Evangelization@beverlycatholic.com

Pics of Beverly Churches

beverly collaborativePlease post pictures of our 3 Beverly Catholic Churches on social media. St. Mary’s, St. John’s and St. Margaret’s all have Facebook pages. Don’t forget to Tag your Church!

We can be reached on Twitter @BeverlyCatholic

If you have any photos especially of any special events at the three parishes, particularly from Easter this year or last week’s Confirmation, please email David Bearse at evangelization@beverlycatholic.com.

Volunteers Needed – St. John the Evangelist Altar Society

At present, we have 4 teams of 2 people each. Every
four weeks the team is responsible for light cleaning of
the Altar area, dusting the furniture, also dusting the
organ and the tables in the foyer. Emptying the Holy
Water fonts, washing them and refilling with new Holy
Water. Washing and Ironing the altar linens that are
in the laundry basket.
For more information please contact David Bearse
evangelization@beverlycatholic.com.

What is the Celebration of the Eucharist?

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The celebration of the Eucharist
No one may share the Eucharist with us unless he believes that what we teach is true, unless he is washed in the regenerating waters of baptism for the remission of his sins, and unless he lives in accordance with the principles given us by Christ.
We do not consume the eucharistic bread and wine as if it were ordinary food and drink, for we have been taught that as Jesus Christ our Saviour became a man of flesh and blood by the power of the Word of God, so also the food that our flesh and blood assimilates for its nourishment becomes the flesh and blood of the incarnate Jesus by the power of his own words contained in the prayer of thanksgiving.
The apostles, in their recollections, which are called gospels, handed down to us what Jesus commanded them to do. They tell us that he took bread, gave thanks and said: Do this in memory of me. This is my body. In the same way he took the cup, he gave thanks and said: This is my blood. The Lord gave this command to them alone. Ever since then we have constantly reminded one another of these things. The rich among us help the poor and we are always united. For all that we receive we praise the Creator of the universe through his Son Jesus Christ and through the Holy Spirit.
On Sunday we have a common assembly of all our members, whether they live in the city or the outlying districts. The recollections of the apostles or the writings of the prophets are read, as long as there is time. When the reader has finished, the president of the assembly speaks to us; he urges everyone to imitate the examples of virtue we have heard in the readings. Then we all stand up together and pray.
On the conclusion of our prayer, bread and wine and water are brought forward. The president offers prayers and gives thanks to the best of his ability, and the people give assent by saying, “Amen.” The eucharist is distributed, everyone present communicates, and the deacons take it to those who are absent.
The wealthy, if they wish, may make a contribution, and they themselves decide the amount. The collection is placed in the custody of the president, who uses it to help the orphans and widows and all who for any reason are in distress, whether because they are sick, in prison, or away from home. In a word, he takes care of all who are in need.
We hold our common assembly on Sunday because it is the first day of the week, the day on which God put darkness and chaos to flight and created the world, and because on that same day our saviour Jesus Christ rose from the dead. For he was crucified on Friday and on Sunday he appeared to his apostles and disciples and taught them the things that we have passed on for your consideration.

The first apology in defence of the Christians by Saint Justin, martyr from the Liturgy of the Hours.

St. Justin Martyr lived from 100-165AD. To learn more about St. Justin, Benedict XVI talked about him in his General Audience on March 21, 2007.

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.