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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

Triduum Liturgies

Holy Thursday April 9 at 7:30 pm

Good Friday April 10 at 3:00 pm

Saturday Easter Vigil   April 11 at 7:30pm

Easter Morning April 12 at  8:00 am

New Church Hours

As of March 28th, St. Mary's lower church will be open 9am-12noon, Monday-Saturday.

On Sundays, all 3 churches will be open 9am-12noon; please observe social distancing and limit the total number of people to ten.

PALMS

Since, unfortunately, we cannot safely distribute Palms under the present conditions. NO palms will be available on Palm Sunday. Wherever you may be, please offer your praise to the Lord in prayer and the desire for spiritual communion and helping others in need.
Fr. David Michael  

GIVING

In the meantime, it is important to remember that our priests and parishes need your support both financially and through prayer. Some may not be in a position to donate at this time but for those who can it is vital for the survival of the parishes. Any amount will make a difference. You can donate through the parishes online giving: https://www.beverlycatholic.com/online-giving  or by sending in a check to The Parish Office, 552 Cabot St. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.

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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/.

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


 


 


 

 

 

The Church exists to evangelize, to share the Good News with all people.  We come together as Collaborative Parishes, grounded and united in our love of Jesus Christ, to better identify and utilize our gifts, given by God, for our individual and communal calling in the New Evangelization.  As a Collaborative of Parishes, we are committed to maintain the unique identities and meet the individual needs of the three parishes in the city of Beverly, while working together and sharing resources to better proclaim the Good New of Jesus Christ.

 


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DAILY MASS & CONFESSION SCHEDULE

DAILY MASS (MONDAY-SATURDAY)

7:00AM at St. Mary Star of the Sea

9:00AM at St. John the Evangelist (Except Thursdays)

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(SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION)

WEDNESDAYS

6:30-8:00PM at St. John the Evangelist (During Lent)

SATURDAY

2:30-3:15PM at St. Mary Star of the Sea (Lower Church)

3:15-3:45PM at St. John the Evangelist

5:00-5:20PM at St. Margaret

Confessions are also available by appointment. Please contact our office at 978-922-5542 to schedule an appointment with a priest.


 

 

 

 

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