Our Pastor’s Message
Calling Adult Disciples!
During the past ten years, Cliff Garvey and I have worked together seven times to prepare adults for the Sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, First Eucharist, and Confirmation. Each year that we have been blessed to participate in this important ministry, the Lord has given us a diverse group of adults who prepare for the sacraments for different reasons. Some come simply because they have not received the sacraments and are preparing for marriage or hoping to serve as godparents to a newborn niece or nephew. Others come because they are not Catholic but are married to a Catholic spouse, are attending Mass regularly, but are unable to participate fully in the Eucharistic life of the Church. Still others come with a real hunger for prayer and instruction in the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. They long to become part of the Church for Christ’s sake and for their own. Whatever the reason, the work of preparing adults for the sacraments can be both challenging and deeply rewarding.
Last year, Cliff and I were joined by two fellow parishioners, Patricia Natti and Paul Makowski, who assisted us in preparing six adults for the sacraments. Patty and Paul offered their guidance, prayers, and support; and also shared their own spiritual journeys. Over the course of seven months, our group spent many hours getting to know each other, sharing our faith experiences, learning about Christ and his Church, and praying together as a fellowship of Christian disciples. Last spring’s Easter Vigil Mass was the joyous culmination of our journey when these adults were fully received into the Catholic Church through the blessed waters of baptism, the spiritual nourishment of the Lord’s Body and Blood, and the gracious gifts of the Holy Spirit.
I had hoped that this year would be no different. I prayed that a group of adults would step forward (for whatever reason) to prepare for and receive the sacraments. And I longed to experience again the miracle of new life that comes with watching someone receive the sacraments for the first time. Much to my disappointment, however, not a single aspiring adult disciple has registered for our program! But here’s the thing: I know that they’re out there! I know (in my heart and in fact) that there are men and women in our parish communities who worship with us but who are unable to fully participate in our shared liturgical and spiritual life because they have not received one or all of the Sacraments of Initiation.
Here’s where you come in! If I know that these aspiring adult disciples are out there, then you do, too! Do you have an adult son or daughter who has not been baptized? Do you have an adult grandchild or godchild who has not received First Penance or First Eucharist? Do you have an adult niece or nephew who has not received the Sacrament of Confirmation? Do you have a friend or neighbor who is seeking to grow closer to Jesus but doesn’t know the way? Ask them to contact us! Invite them to join us! No guilt! No lectures! No pressure! Just remind them gently that the Lord is calling them and is ready to welcome them with open arms! Most of all, please pray that these adults will step forward, take a risk, and trust that our Heavenly Father is calling them by name to join his Church. Please pray that they will accept the offer of peace and strength that comes with knowing and loving the Risen Jesus who loves them beyond words. And please pray they will let Jesus more fully enter their lives…and ours, too!
Peace and blessings to all,
Reverend James M. Achadinha, Pastor
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
Adult Faith Formation
RCIA & Adult Confirmation Preparation
Calling Adult Disciples!
If you are an adult (age 18 and over) and have not received the Sacraments of Baptism, Penance & Reconciliation (Confession), Holy Eucharist, or Confirmation in the Roman Catholic Church, then please prayerfully consider joining our adult faith formation program which will meet on Sunday mornings after the 8:15am Mass in Saint Ann Parish House. The Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults (RCIA) is a program that prepares adults to be received into the Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. Our group will meet approximately twice each month to learn about the basic beliefs, teachings, and traditions of the Church. As part of this same process, our Adult Confirmation Program prepares adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation and fo- cuses on the challenges of living a life of faith in an increasingly busy and secular world. If you (or someone you know and love) would like to join us for this journey of faith and become part of a unique fellowship in preparation for receiving the sacraments of God’s Holy Church, then please see Father Jim or contact Cliff Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Holy Family Women’s Guild
An Evening at Studio Crepe
Wednesday, October 26th
All are invited to join the Holy Family Women’s Guild on Wednesday, October 26th for an evening of great food and good company at Studio Crepe (located at 17 Railroad Avenue in Rockport). For every meal purchased between 5:30pm and 8:00pm, Studio Crepe will donate 15% of the proceeds to support Holy Family Parish. So, please join us for a night out with family, friends, and fellow parishioners and help support our parish! For more information, please contact Lydia Bertolino at email@example.com. All are invited! All are welcome!
Year of Mercy Special Event
The Jesus Prayer: Fall Mini-Retreat
October 27th-October 28th
In early August, sixty-five parishioners joined Father Jim and Cliff for our Third Annual Summer Retreat: The Jesus Prayer. Since then, many parishioners have asked for more information about desert spirituality and the ancient practice of calling on the name of Jesus. In response to this profound spiritual hunger, all are invited to join us for ‘The Jesus Prayer: A Reprise, a two-night mini-retreat on Thursday, October 27th and Friday, October 28th from 6:30pm until 8:00pm in Saint Anthony Chapel. Each evening will begin with Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. After praying together, we will watch and discuss the highly acclaimed film, ‘The Mysteries of the Jesus Prayer’; learn about praying with the Jesus Prayer; and explore how praying with this timeless prayer can bring you closer to our Risen Lord. You need not have participated in the Summer Retreat to join us for this special program! All parishioners, friends, and guests of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invited to join us! For more information, please contact Cliff Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org. This program is free (but donations will be gratefully accepted). Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Solemnity of All Saints
A Holy Day of Obligation
Tuesday, November 1st
Since late antiquity, the People of God have honored the holy men and women who have been canonized by saints in the Roman Catholic Church. The Solemnity of All Saints honors all saints, known and unknown, who have gone before us in faith and pray for the salvation of souls. In commemoration of this Holy Day of Obligation on Tuesday, November 1st, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport will celebrate Masses according to the following schedule: Monday, October 31st at 4:00pm in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church; Tuesday, November 1st at 8:ooam in Saint Joachim Church; Tuesday, November 1st at 12:00pm in Saint Ann Church; and Tuesday, November 1st at 7:00pm in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. For more information, please contact Father Jim at email@example.com; or see a member of our pastoral team. Please join us! All are invited! 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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