Clergy Letters

 

 

July 3, 2020

Meet the newest member of our Beverly team! Meeting today with Patrick O'Connor, our new seminarian intern at the Beverly Collaborative. Patrick is entering his third year of graduate-level theological studies at St. John Seminary in Boston. His formation for priesthood will continue through May, 2022. The Beverly Collaborative will be the site of Patrick's pastoral internship as a seminarian and transitional deacon, under my supervision. Welcome to Patrick O'Connor! We're looking forward to your arrival!

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IMPORTANT UPDATES and SCHEDULE OF MASSES for the BEVERLY COLLABORATIVE

July 2, 2020

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, our limited roll-out of Masses continues. Our priority has been to open (with all the safety protocols in place) the three parish churches for Sunday Mass. This past weekend we were able to open St. Margaret’s. Deo gratias! Some other good news: we were able to re-schedule and celebrate the First Confessions and First Communions of our young parishioners. A sincere “thank you” to all who helped us to make these celebrations a blessing and a success!

This brings up an essential need: VOLUNTEERS to help us at ALL Masses. We need volunteers to help with seating arrangements and with sanitizing the church after each use. For the present, given the safety protocols under which we must operate, this is the only way we can use our parish churches for the celebration of all Masses, Funerals and Weddings.

For the foreseeable future, our Sunday Mass schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday: Public Mass will be offered at 4:00 pm at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH. (This Mass will also be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can watch these live-streamed Masses.)
  • Sunday: Public Mass will be offered at 8:00 AM and 12:00 noon at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH.
  • Sunday: Public Mass will be offered at 9:30 AM at ST. MARGARET CHURCH.
  • Sunday: Public Mass will be offered at 10:00 AM at ST. MARY CHURCH.
  • DAILY MASS – PLEASE NOTE: we HOPE to begin the celebration of daily Mass on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays at 9:00 at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH beginning on Monday, July 13, PENDING THE ASSISTANCE OF NECESSARY VOLUNTEER HELPERS. Please call the Office to volunteer: (978) 922-5542

Once again, we wish to emphasize that those whose health or age puts them at a higher risk for catching the Covid-19 virus, or who do not yet feel ready to attend public gatherings will be safer at home instead of at Mass. Cardinal O’Malley has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to live-stream one Mass each weekend for those at home. The safety protocols that we must observe during Mass include:

  • Wearing a mask covering nose and mouth in the church. (Exceptions are a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a mask; children under the age of 2; children between the ages of 2 – 5 at the parents’ discretion; priest, deacon and lector while serving in the sanctuary.)
  • Proper social distancing. Seating will be from the front of the church toward the back. Please follow the directions of the ushers.
  • Observance of signs indicating permissible seating and direction in the church.
  • No congregational singing during Mass.
  • Reception of Holy Communion in the hand only.
  • No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including in the parking lot.
  • Church will be sanitized after each Mass.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED AND MUST BE RESERVED. Families who quarantined together can sit together but there must be at least 6 feet of distance between families and other groups and/or between individuals at all times.

PLEASE CALL or EMAIL THE PARISH OFFICE BY FRIDAY, NOON to arrange for a seat: (978) 922-5542 or office@beverlycatholic.com  Please include the following information: Name; time of Mass, number of seats (single, or with other household members), return phone number and/or email address.

With prayers for peace and blessing on all.

Frs. David C. Michael, Timothy Kearney, Paul Wargovich

IMPORTANT UPDATE - SCHEDULE OF MASSES for the BEVERLY COLLABORATIVE

Masses for June 27 - 28, 2020

ATTENTION: Please note below – seating is LIMITED - and you must register in advance to attend one of the Masses.

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, we are in the process of a limited roll-out of the Sunday Mass schedule in our Collaborative. We’re deeply grateful for the assistance of the staff members and volunteers who have enabled our recent Masses to go as smoothly and safely as possible under the present restrictions. We continue to need the generous assistance of volunteers. If you would like help, please contact the Collaborative Office.

This coming weekend, June 27 - 28, our Mass schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday, June 27 – Public Mass will be offered at 4:00 pm at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH. (This Mass will also be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can watch these live-streamed Masses.)
  • Sunday, June 28 – Public Mass will be offered at 8:00 AM and 12:00 noon at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH.
  • Sunday, June 28 – Public Mass will be offered at 9:30 AM at ST. MARGARET CHURCH.
  • Sunday, June 28 – Public Mass will be offered at 10:00 AM at ST. MARY CHURCH.

Once again, we wish to emphasize that those whose health or age puts them at a higher risk for catching the Covid-19 virus, or who do not yet feel ready to attend public gatherings will be safer at home instead of at Mass. Cardinal O’Malley has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to live-stream one Mass each weekend for those at home.

The safety protocols that we must observe during Mass include:

  • Wearing a mask covering nose and mouth in the church. (Exceptions are a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a mask; children under the age of 2; children between the ages of 2 – 5 at the parents’ discretion; priest, deacon and lector while serving in the sanctuary.)
  • Proper social distancing. Seating will be from the front of the church toward the back. Please follow the directions of the ushers.
  • Observance of signs indicating permissible seating and direction in the church.
  • No congregational singing during Mass.
  • Reception of Holy Communion in the hand only.
  • No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including in the parking lot.
  • Church will be cleaned after each Mass.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED AND MUST BE RESERVED. Families who quarantined together can sit together but there must be at least 6 feet of distance between families and other groups and/or between individuals at all times.

PLEASE CALL or EMAIL THE PARISH OFFICE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 12 NOON to arrange for a seat: (978) 922-5542 or office@beverlycatholic.com   Please include the following information: Name; time of Mass, number of seats (single, or with other household members), return phone number and/or email address.

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at https://rcabrisk.org/welcome-back-video/

With prayers for peace and blessing on all.

Frs. David C. Michael, Timothy Kearney, Paul Wargovich

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IMPORTANT UPDATE - SCHEDULE OF MASSES for the BEVERLY COLLABORATIVE

Masses for June 20 - 21, 2020

ATTENTION: Please note below that you must register in advance to attend one of the Masses.

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, we are in the process of a limited roll-out of the Sunday Mass schedule in our Collaborative. We are deeply grateful for the assistance of the staff members and volunteers who have enabled our recent Masses to go as smoothly and prayerfully and safely as possible under the present restrictions.

This coming weekend, June 20 - 21, our Mass schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday, June 20 – Public Mass will be offered at 4:00 pm at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH. (This Mass will also be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can watch these live-streamed Masses.)
  • Sunday, June 21 – Public Mass will be offered at 8:00 AM and 12:00 noon at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH.
  • Sunday, June 21 – Public Mass will be offered at 10:00 AM at ST. MARY CHURCH.

Once again, we wish to emphasize that those whose health or age puts them at a higher risk for catching the Covid-19 virus, or who do not yet feel ready to attend public gatherings will be safer at home instead of at Mass. Cardinal O’Malley has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to live-stream one Mass each weekend for those at home.

The safety protocols that we must observe during Mass include:

  • Wearing a mask covering nose and mouth in the church. (Exceptions are a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a mask; children under the age of 2; children between the ages of 2 – 5 at the parents’ discretion; priest, deacon and lector while serving in the sanctuary.)
  • Proper social distancing. Seating will be from the front of the church toward the back. Please follow the directions of the ushers.
  • Observance of signs indicating permissible seating and direction in the church.
  • No congregational singing during Mass.
  • Reception of Holy Communion in the hand only.
  • No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including in the parking lot.
  • Church will be cleaned after each Mass.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED AND MUST BE RESERVED. Families who quarantined together can sit together but there must be at least 6 feet of distance between families and other groups and/or between individuals at all times.

PLEASE CALL or EMAIL THE PARISH OFFICE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 12 NOON to arrange for a seat: (978) 922-5542 or office@beverlycatholic.com  Please include the following information: Name; time of Mass, number of seats (single, or with other household members), return phone number and/or email address.

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at https://rcabrisk.org/welcome-back-video/

With prayers for peace and blessing on all.

Frs. David C. Michael, Timothy Kearney, Paul Wargovich

IMPORTANT UPDATE - SCHEDULE OF MASSES for the BEVERLY COLLABORATIVE Masses for June 13 – 14, 2020

ATTENTION: Please note below that you must register in advance to attend one of the Masses.

Dear Parishioners,

As you know, we have begun to resume our life of public worship in a limited fashion. We are deeply grateful for the dedication of our staff members and volunteers who have enabled our first Masses to go as smoothly and prayerfully and safely as possible.

Once again, we wish to emphasize that those whose health or age puts them at a higher risk for catching the Covid-19 virus, or who do not yet feel ready to attend public gatherings will be safer at home instead of at Mass. Cardinal O’Malley has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to live-stream one Mass each weekend for those at home.

This coming weekend, June 13 – 14, our Mass schedule will be as follows:

• Saturday, June 13 – Public Mass will be offered at 4:00 pm at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH. (This Mass will also be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can watch these live-streamed Masses.)

• Sunday, June 14 – Public Mass will be offered at 8:00 AM and 12:00 noon at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH.

• Sunday, June 14 – Public Mass will be offered at 10:00 AM at ST. MARY CHURCH. As our need and capacity to expand our Collaborative Mass schedule evolves, we continue to ask for your patience and understanding. The organization and planning of this slow-roll out is demanding, but necessary.

The safety protocols that we must observe during Mass include:

• Wearing a mask covering nose and mouth in the church. (Exceptions are a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a mask; children under the age of 2; children between the ages of 2 – 5 at the parents’ discre>on; priest, deacon and lector while serving in the sanctuary.)

• Proper social distancing. Seating will be from the front of the church toward the back. Please follow the directions of the ushers.

• Observance of signs indicating permissible seating and direction in the church.

• No congregational singing during Mass.

• Reception of Holy Communion in the hand only.

• No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including in the parking lot.

• Church will be cleaned after each Mass. SEATING IS VERY LIMITED. Families who quarantined together can sit together but there must be at least 6 feet of distance between families and other groups and/or between individuals at all times. PLEASE CALL or EMAIL THE PARISH OFFICE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 12 NOON to arrange for a seat: (978) 922-5542 or office@beverlycatholic.com   Please include the following information: Name, time of Mass, number of seats (single, or with other household members), return phone number and/or email address.

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at hHps://rcabrisk.org/welcome-back-video/  

With prayers for peace and blessing on all.

Frs. David C. Michael, Timothy Kearney, Paul Wargovich

June 1, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As you know, we have begun to resume our life of public worship in a limited fashion. I am deeply grateful for the dedication of our staff members and Collaborative volunteers who enabled our opening Masses to go as smoothly and prayerfully and safely as possible.

Once again, we wish to emphasize that those whose health or age puts them at a higher risk for catching the Covid-19 virus, or who do not yet feel ready to attend public gatherings will be safer at home instead of at Mass. Cardinal O’Malley has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to live-stream one Mass each weekend for those at home.

This coming weekend, June 6 – 7, our Mass schedule will be as follows:

  • Saturday, June 6 – Public Mass will be offered at 4:00 pm at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH. (This Mass will also be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can watch these live-streamed Masses.)
  • Sunday, June 7 – Public Mass will be offered at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH.

As our need and capacity to expand our Collaborative Mass schedule evolves, we will be planning and working to open St. Mary Church and St. Margaret Church. We continue to ask for your patience and understanding. The organization and planning of this slow-roll out is demanding, but necessary.

The safety protocols that we must observe during Mass include:

  • Wearing a mask covering nose and mouth. (Exceptions are a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a mask; children under the age of 2; children between the ages of 2 – 5 at the parents’ discretion; priest, deacon and lector while serving in the sanctuary.)
  • Proper social distancing. Observance of signs indicating permissible seating and direction in the church. No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including in the parking lot.
  • No congregational singing during Mass.
  • Reception of Holy Communion in the hand only.
  • Church will be cleaned after each Mass.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED. Families who quarantined together can sit together but there must be at least 6 feet of distance between families and other groups and/or between individuals at all times.

PLEASE CALL or EMAIL THE PARISH OFFICE BY FRIDAY, JUNE 5 NOON to arrange for a seat: (978) 922-5542 or office@beverlycatholic.com  Please include the following information: Name; time of Mass, number of seats (single, or with other household members), return phone number and/or email address.

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at https://rcabrisk.org/welcome-back-video/.  

With prayers for peace and blessing on all.

STAY INFORMED of our up-to-date news through our website www.BeverlyCatholic.com or www.Facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic.

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at https://rcabrisk.org/welcome-back-video/ or linked on our website and Facebook page. Take few minutes to watch it, as you will find it to be very helpful.

We are aware that we will need to make ongoing adjustments to our Mass schedule and seating availability as this evolves. These first few weekends will be a trial run for us and, again, we ask you to be patient. Getting it right for us may take some time.

With prayers for you and your loved ones, and for all.

Fr. David Michael and Fr. Tim Kearney

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May 31: Announcement of Fr. Paul Wargovich to Beverly

I am very pleased to announce that Cardinal O’Malley has assigned Fr. Paul Wargovich to serve as Parochial Vicar in the Beverly Collaborative, beginning this Friday, June 5. Fr. Paul’s assignment here is a great vote of confidence on the part of the Cardinal in the work of our collaborative.

Fr. Paul is a native of Plymouth. He was ordained a priest in 2019 after having completed his studies at St. John Seminary in Boston. He served his Deacon internship at St. Joseph Parish in Needham, where he was well-received by the entire community. I am certain that you will find Fr. Paul to be a bright, personable, and prayerful man.

Fr. Tim and I are delighted to have him join our collaborative staff and our little rectory community. We ask you to join the two of us in extending a warm welcome to Fr. Paul Wargovich!

Fr. David Michael, Fr. Tim Kearney

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May 26 Update on Resumption of Public Masses

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As you know, in a limited fashion, we will be able to resume our life of public worship after these months of quarantine. We come to this new moment mindful of the many sacrifices that have been made, losses that have been suffered, and prayers that have been raised to God. Our return to the Eucharist as a source of grace and strength will be a blessing.

This joyful news is tempered by the fact that the Corona virus is still with us and that we must meet strict protocols mandated by the Commonwealth and the Archdiocese to ensure that we can accommodate public worship in a way that is as safe as possible. In accord with Archdiocesan recommendations, we are planning a slow roll-out of Sunday Mass, phased in over several weeks and months. This measured approach will mean an adjustment for all of us and we ask for your prayerful support and, especially, for your kind patience and understanding.

We wish to emphasize that those whose health or age puts them at a higher risk for catching the Covid-19 virus, or who do not yet feel ready to attend public gatherings will be safer at home instead of at Mass. Cardinal O’Malley has extended the dispensation from the obligation to attend Sunday Mass for the foreseeable future, and we will continue to live-stream one Mass each weekend for those at home.

After consultation with the parish staff and careful consideration of what seems best for us at this time, we will begin a new temporary Mass schedule this weekend, May 30 – 31.

  • On Saturday, May 30, the 4:00 Mass will not be open to the public, but will be live-streamed on www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic. Even if you don’t have a Facebook account, you can still watch these live-streamed videos.

  • On Sunday, May 31, public Mass will be offered at 8:00 AM, 10:00 AM and 12:00 noon at ST. JOHN THE EVANGELIST CHURCH.

The safety protocols that we must observe include:

  • Wearing a mask covering nose and mouth. (Exceptions are a medical condition that precludes the wearing of a mask; children under the age of 2; children between the ages of 2 – 5 at the parents’ discretion; priest, deacon and lector while serving in the sanctuary.)

  • Proper social distancing. Observance of signs indicating permissible seating and direction in the church. No social gatherings either before or after Mass, including in the parking lot.

  • No congregational singing during Mass.

  • Reception of Holy Communion in the hand only.

  • Church will be cleaned in-between each Mass.

SEATING IS VERY LIMITED. Families who quarantined together can sit together but there must be at least 6 feet of distance between families and other groups and/or between individuals at all times.

PLEASE CALL THE PARISH OFFICE to arrange for a seat: (978) 922-5542.

STAY INFORMED of our up-to-date news through our website www.BeverlyCatholic.com or www.Facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic.

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at https://rcabrisk.org/welcome-back-video/ or linked on our website and Facebook page. Take few minutes to watch it, as you will find it to be very helpful.

We are aware that we will need to make ongoing adjustments to our Mass schedule and seating availability as this evolves. These first few weekends will be a trial run for us and, again, we ask you to be patient. Getting it right for us may take some time.

With prayers for you and your loved ones, and for all.

Fr. David Michael and Fr. Tim Kearney

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AN ANNOUNCEMENT TO THE PARISHES OF THE BEVERLY COLLABORATIVE

May 20, 2020

“They devoted themselves to the teaching of the apostles and to the communal life, to the breaking of
the bread and to the prayers” (Acts 2:42).
Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,
These past weeks have been a true spiritual sacrifice for many, and we rejoice in the news that, in the
near future, we will be able to begin to resume our life of public worship! Thanks be to God!
This joyful news is tempered by the fact that the Corona virus is still with us and that we must meet
strict protocols mandated by the Commonwealth and the Archdiocese to ensure that we can
accommodate public worship in a way that is as safe as possible.
Given the demands of meeting these protocols, and out of an abundance of caution, our plan is to work
toward an opening date of the weekend of May 31.
In accord with Archdiocesan recommendations, we are planning to provide a slow roll-out of Sunday
Mass, phased in over several weeks and months. This measured approach will mean an adjustment for
all of us and we ask for your prayerful support and, especially, for your kind patience and understanding.
We have already begun to address the needs necessary for the opening of Mass and we will get back to
you as soon as possible with the details as they emerge.
In the meantime, please allow us to say a sincere word of deepest gratitude to all staff members and
parishioners – and they are many – who have helped us through these demanding days. We continue to
implore God in our prayers for all of you, for all who have been affected by the pandemic and,
especially, for those who have died.
St. Margaret of Scotland, Saint John the Evangelist, St. Mary Star of the Sea, pray for us!
God bless you all!
Fr. David Michael and Fr. Tim Kearney.

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Easer Clergy Letter of April 12

Dear brothers and sisters,

Happy Easter to all! In these difficult days filled with anxiety and suffering, may the glory of the Risen Christ inspire us to renewed faith and hope in his victory! Christ is our Light! Let us support one another in faith so that our hope in Him will sustain us all.

If you had the chance to watch our livestreamed liturgies for Holy Thursday, Good Friday and Holy Saturday, perhaps you sensed, with me, that our Catholic faith and devotion to our life of worship seemed even greater this year because our need seems greater. Being away from the sacraments has been a great spiritual sacrifice. Being secluded has entailed all its own sacrifices and has been the source of anxiety and suffering for many. And, of course, let us not forget those who are weak or ill, and let us pray for those who have died.

Still, we must thank God for what we have. Let us thank ALL in our various ministries, in our office, members of the Saints Academy staff and parish religious educators, and all in our Collaborative who have risen to the occasion to find new ways to serve others under unprecedented circumstances so that our life of faith will continue! Blessings upon ALL - especially upon all the young people whom we serve. Let us remember that they, too, have had to make many sacrifices. All the more, then, should we remember with faith Jesus’s promise: “I am with you always until the end of days.”

This year, out of necessity, the Easter Vigil began without the drama of the blessing of the fire and the procession of the Paschal Candle in the darkness. Instead, the Vigil began with the Deacon chanting the text of the song known as the “Exsultet” (Latin for “Let them rejoice!”) The text, one of the most beautiful in the Catholic liturgy, is a recital, in the style of a hymn of praise, for God’s work of salvation through the ages. The images are rich and powerful.

The candle represents “Christ, our Light.” The word “Paschal” refers to our Jewish roots - namely to the feast of Passover or “Pesach.” This is why we speak of the death and resurrection of the Lord as the “Paschal” mystery. In the words of the Exsultet: “These, then, are the feasts of Passover, on which is slain the Lamb, whose blood anoints the doorpost of believers.” For the early believers, as indeed for us, Christ is our Paschal/Passover Lamb. As the Passover lamb was to be spotless (Exodus 12:5), so is the sinless Lord. As the lamb’s blood on the wooden doorpost saved those inside from death, so, too, the Lamb’s blood on the wooden cross saves those who believe. At the same time that the Passover lambs are being slaughtered in the temple, so, too, is Jesus slain on the cross (John 18:28, 18:39, 19:42).

May Christ our Light, the Paschal Lamb, who died and rose for us and who invites us now into the new life of the Paschal season bless us and save all who call out to Him in need. And may Mary, our Blessed Mother, inspire us with her powerful intercession to comfort all along the way.

“For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 8:38-39)

Happy Easter, and peace to all.

Fr. David Michael Fr. Timothy Kearney 

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                                                                                                    April 6, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters,Once again, the days most sacred in our Christian life of faith have arrived. The Triduum (“The Three Days”) – Holy Thursday, Good Friday, Holy Saturday - leading to the Easter celebration of resurrection and the promise of eternal life in Christ are the days that are richest in God’s grace.

These are the central celebrations of our faith. Even, and especially, in these days that are filled with uncertainty, anxiety and suffering, we need to make time to come together as the Body of Christ. This year, those times of coming together will be available ONLINE.

Please join us for worship ONLINE on these days that are like no other days. You can access these liturgies online from our Beverly Collaborative parish churches at www.facebook.com/beverlycatholic. If you don't have a facebook account, you can still view the videos at https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic/video/

On Holy Thursday, at 7:30 pm, we will commemorate the Lord’s Supper when Jesus bequeathed to us his gifts of Eucharist and priesthood and called us to service in his name. “As I have washed your feet, so you must wash one another’s.”

On Good Friday, at 3:00 pm, we will reflect on the saving death of the Lord, “a man of sorrows and acquainted with grief…. By his wounds, we are healed.”

At the Easter Vigil at 7:30 pm on Holy Saturday, the most solemn of all nights, the Church waits throughout the world in darkness. With hope and joy, we greet Christ the Light. We hear the great stories of our salvation in the several readings. The “Alleluia!” absent for 40 days returns in an outburst of joy. Although our Communion at Easter will be of a spiritual nature, still it will be a special source of hope and grace for us.

Easter Sunday Mass will be celebrated at 8:00 am.

Once again, in these days, we encourage you to remain steadfast in hope. We acknowledge that so many are distressed, hurting and suffering. We must be assured that the Lord is with us. So is Mary, our Blessed Mother.

An excellent practice that we encourage is prayer with the sacred Scriptures, recalling our faith that the Bible is the Word of God by which Christ himself speaks to us.

Please know that we are praying for you, especially in the times when we are celebrating Mass online with you, and for you.

St. John the Evangelist, St. Margaret of Scotland, St. Mary Star of the Sea, pray for us!

Fr. David Michael and Fr. Tim Kearney

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A LETTER TO THE BEVERLY CATHOLIC COMMUNITY from the PRIESTS

March 23, 2020

Dear brothers and sisters in Christ,

As we write today, we have entered into the observance of the 4th week of Lent. The gospel reading of the healing of the man born blind (John 9:1-41) shows us that the man who was healed grew in his faith through the trials and adversity he experienced. In the end, coming to recognize Jesus as the Son of Man, the man who was healed professed his faith and worshiped. Let us pray that these days of challenge and adversity may be an opportunity for the Lord to enlighten our eyes in a new way, to bring us closer to him in faith!

Given the spiritual challenges of our public worship and the reception of the sacraments having been temporarily suspended – and facing even new sacrifices - it’s heartening to see the many different ways that the People of God are reaching out to one another for encouragement and support in faith. In new ways, we are seeing that the Church is alive! Faith can grow in adversity!

We have drawn your attention to a few – of many – ways that you can stay connected to the Church through television and online.

Beverly Catholic Facebook page: https://www.facebook.com/BeverlyCatholic/

Beverly Catholic Website: https://www.beverlycatholic.com/

Boston Catholic TV is available via cable and online: http://www.catholictv.org/.

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IMPORTANT MESSAGE! THIS WEEK - Join Cardinal Seán on a five-part retreat, using this opportunity to enter more deeply into Lent and grow in your relationship with Christ.

Monday, March 23, 7:00 PM – Prayer
Tuesday, March 24, 7:00 PM – Mercy and Forgiveness
Wednesday, March 25, 7:00 PM – Faith: The Key to Meaning and Call to Friendship
Thursday, March 26, 7:00 PM – Who is My Neighbor? The Good Samaritan
Friday, March 27, 7:00 PM – The Seven Last Words

The retreat will air/stream nightly at 7:00 PM on:
Catholic TV (
click here) • Catholic TV Facebook page (click here)
Archdiocese of Boston’s Facebook page (click here) • Bostoncatholic.org (click here)

Please be assured of our fervent prayer for you and for all. Let us be mindful especially of those who are suffering in these days and pray that the Lord's consolation and presence will be made available to all in need, especially through our own witness and assistance.

Continue on in faith, hope and love, and once again, we remind you of the powerful spiritual counsel of St. John Paul II: “I plead with you – never, ever give up on hope, never doubt, never tire and never become discouraged. Be not afraid.” Saint John Paul II.

In Christ,

Fr. David Michael and Fr. Tim Kearney


 

 

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