Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults

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RCIA is the program by which adults who are unbaptized, or baptized in another Christian faith, become Catholic. In Beverly it’s also the program by which baptized Catholics, who have not received Confirmation and/or First Holy Communion, prepare and receive these Sacraments.

Meetings are held Tuesday Evenings from 7-8pm starting September 27th.

For more information contact David Bearse, evangelization@beverlycatholic.com or call 978-922-0113.

Hipsters, coffee, and Jesus

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Hipsters tend to get a bad rap for embracing this “just chillin’” lifestyle. They are accused of spending more time dawdling than working. And it might be a valid complaint in some cases.

But isn’t there something to be said for slowing down and having a good conversation over a cup of slow-brewed coffee? Everything about the Merc invites the customer to take a moment to relax and spend time with friends. It’s not a spot to place an order and hurry on to your next commitment.

In a lot of ways the Merc is an image of Christian prayer.

In the midst of our busy lives we often treat our prayer life like a Starbucks drive-thru instead of a pour-over. We hurry through our prayers or gloss over them as we speed through the day, never taking the time to listen to Jesus.

Hipsters, coffee, and Jesus: What we can learn about prayer from cups brewed one at a time by Matthew PeteschTo read the rest of Mr. Petesh’s article click here.

Feast of St. James – the Botafumeiro

“The Botafumeiro is a famous thurible found in the Santiago de Compostela Cathedral (in the past similar devices were used in large churches in Galicia, nowadays sometimes is used in the Tui Cathedral). Incense is burned in this swinging metal container, or ‘incensory’. The name ‘Botafumeiro’ means ‘moke expeller’ in Galician…” –for more information follow this link