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June 1: Updates on Mass this coming weekend

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 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. 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.

STAY INFORMED of our up-to-date news through our website or

An EXCELLENT INSTRUCTIONAL VIDEO is available at 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


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


Important info for reserving a seat at Mass:

When you call to reserve a seat for Mass, we need this information:
Your name.
Time of Mass (8AM, 10AM, NOON).
How many seats (single, or with other household members).
Call back phone number and/or email.

May 30: Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Statement on the killing of George Floyd


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:  or by sending in a check to The Parish Office, 552 Cabot St. Your generosity is greatly appreciated.



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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