This Week’s Message
A Prayer for Holy Week
By Cliff Garvey
Lord Jesus Christ,
we begin this holiest of weeks
by waving palms to honor you.
But as these sacred days pass,
we will hope beyond all hope
that the supper of your betrayal will be left in friendship;
that the prayers of your agony will be answered;
that the pillar of your scourging will be left unbloodied;
and that the timbers of your Cross will be left unbound.
Yet we know that our destiny depends on your destiny:
to be arrested wrongly,
to be beaten mercilessly,
to be humiliated publicly,
and to suffer and die
naked and alone under the sun, for us and for all.
Lord Jesus Christ,
we will approach this week’s end with sadness and sorrow.
We will endure with you
the horror of the cross,
the silence of the tomb,
and the grief that comes with death.
Yet again we know that your destiny will ensure our destiny:
to emerge from the tomb,
to rise from the dead,
to embrace those we have lost, and to touch the face
of our Father in heaven,
who lives and reigns with you and the Holy Spirit,
one good and almighty God,
for ever and ever. Amen!
Saint Ann, pray for us!
Saint Joachim, pray for us!
Saint Anthony, pray for us!
Our Lady of Good Voyage, pray for us!
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
Our Prayer & Worship Schedule
The Celebration of Holy Mass is the source and summit of our community’s joy and its life of prayer, fellowship, and service. All are welcome to join us for Mass and to participate in Holy Communion in accordance with personal conscience and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. During Holy Week and Easter, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport will gather to pray and celebrate Mass according to the following schedule. Come and pray with us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Holy Thursday | March 24th
Morning Prayer | 8:00am at Saint Joachim Church
Mass of the Lord’s Supper | 7:00pm at Saint Ann Church
Good Friday | March 25th
Morning Prayer | 8:00am at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
Stations of the Cross | 12:30pm at Saint Ann Church
Service of the Lord’s Passion | 3:00pm at Saint Joachim Church
Service of the Lord’s Passion | 7:00pm at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
Holy Saturday | March 26th
Morning Prayer | 8:00am at Saint Ann Church
Easter Vigil Mass | 7:00pm at Saint Ann Church
Note: No Saturday Vigil Masses
Easter Sunday | March 27th
Mass | 7:00am at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
Mass | 8:15am at Saint Ann Church
Mass | 10:00am at Saint Joachim Church
Mass | 11:45am at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
For more information about our worship schedule during Holy Week and Easter Sunday, please see one of our priests or deacons or a member of our pastoral team before or after Mass; or contact Father Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Divine Mercy Sunday
A Celebration of God’s Love
Sunday, April 3rd
On April 3rd, all are invited to join the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport for Divine Mercy Sunday from 2:00pm until 3:30pm in Saint Ann Church. Our program of prayer will begin with Exposition of the Blessed Sacrament and Eucharistic Adoration at 2:00pm; the Holy Rosary at 2:30pm; and the Divine Mercy Chaplet at 3:00pm. We will conclude with Daytime Prayer and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament at 3:30pm. Please join us for all or part of this special celebration of God’s love and mercy! For more information about this special annual event, please contact our Sacristan, Jane Russo, at email@example.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Spring Vacation Catholic Kids Camp
The Vatican Express
Begins Tuesday, April 19th
The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is pleased to announce that all children (ages 5 through 11) are invited to participate in our first-ever Spring Vacation Catholic Kids Camp, entitled “The Vatican Express”, from Tuesday, April 19th through Friday, April 22nd from 8:00am until 12:30pm at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. During this exciting week of prayer and fellow- ship, children will learn about the traditions and treasures of the Vatican through active and engaged participation in games, music, skits, and easy-to-make crafts. The tuition for this innovative youth faith formation pro- gram for children is just $25 per child for the entire week! Scholarships are available to those who cannot afford tui- tion. Also, adults and older children (ages 12 and up) are invited to join us as volunteers! For more information, please contact Betsy Works at bworks@ccgronline. Please join us! All are welcome!
Established in 2014, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport is a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Our worship sites include Saint Ann Church in Gloucester, Saint Anthony Chapel in Gloucester, Saint Joachim Church in Rockport, and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester. We are a Roman Catholic faith community united in prayer, fellowship, and service. For more information about becoming a member of one of our parishes, please contact Father Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are welcome!
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