Our Pastor’s Message
Our New Pastoral Council
It is hard to believe that it has been more than three years since Cardinal Sean asked me to serve as pastor of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. As you know, this model of parish life is the product of an archdiocesan pastoral plan called “Disciples in Mission.” This innovative plan called for multiple parishes to remain canonically and financially independent, but served by one pastor, one pastoral team, and one pastoral council.
When I became your pastor in June 2014, the success of our collaboration was uncertain. Almost immediately, it became clear that because of the shortage of priests, only one priest would be assigned to our parishes on a full-time basis for the foreseeable future. Soon after, it became necessary to evaluate our buildings, finances, programs, worship schedules, and the ministries of our pastoral team members. Some changes went unnoticed. Other changes were more difficult to accept or understand. And although our first months together were sometimes challenging, we have made steady progress toward truly becoming a faith community united in prayer, fellowship, and service.
The measure of our progress is a tribute to the deep faith, dedication, and resilience of all our fellow parishioners. Your ongoing kindness, prayers, and generosity of spirit mean the world to me. In addition, we must thank our pastoral team, which has weathered some difficult storms with grace and resolve. We must thank our parish finance councils for their good advice and ongoing commitment to the long-term financial stability of our parishes. And now, we must congratulate and thank (in advance) the members of our newly-created collaborative pastoral council, which has been cho- sen based on your input, guidance, and good counsel.
Unlike a traditional parish council, whose members focus on the needs of one particular parish, our collaborative pastoral council will be called to think beyond the boundaries and interests of “my parish” toward a broad appreciation for the common good of “our parishes.” After our spring nomination process and a period of consultation with members of our pastoral team and other parishioners, I am happy to announce that the following parishioners have agreed to serve on our council: Maureen Cusumano (OLGV), Jennifer Dort (OLGV), Mary Duran (HFP), and Margaret Wieberg (HFP).
All of our new council members are registered parishioners, active participants in the life of our parishes, and committed to the success of our collaborative and its pastoral plan. Please note that in accordance with archdiocesan guidelines, each parish is equally represented by two parishioners and will meet approximately five times each year. Also in accordance with archdiocesan guidelines, three members of our pastoral team will serve as voting members of the council: Cliff Garvey, Deacon Raymond Wellbank, and myself. Our first public meeting is scheduled for Saturday, December 16th beginning with Mass at 8:00am in Saint Ann Church. After Mass, we will gather in Saint Ann Church Hall. All parishioners are invited to attend. If you would like to share your views with our pastoral council, please feel welcome to contact us at firstname.lastname@example.org.
As our collaborative pastoral council begins its new ministry, please pray its members, for me and our senior priests, for our pastoral team, and for all who live, work, and worship in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport. May the Holy Spirit continue to unite us as a community of prayer, fellowship, and service. And may our Risen Lord bless us with the courage and grace to live the Gospel, share God’s love, and rebuild the Church.
Peace and blessings to all,
Reverend James M. Achadinha, Pastor
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
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Holy Family Parish
Annual Christmas Fair
Saturday, November 18th
All are invited to join Holy Family Parish for our Annual Christmas Fair on Saturday, November 18th from 9:00am until 2:00pm in Saint Ann Church Hall. This year’s fair will feature various tables, including homemade baked goods and cookies, Christmas decorations, Santa’s Corner, Chinese Raffle, White Elephant Table, and our famous Basket Wheel (see below)! In addition, raffle tickets are now available for cash prizes, an Apple Watch, and a Red Sox Game Package.
We are very grateful for all donations to the Basket Wheel and to all of our other sale tables! We are especially grateful to Greely Funeral Home and Pike-Newhall Funeral Home for their donations of raffle prizes. The Christmas Fair Committee and the Holy Family Women’s Guild are working overtime to make this year’s fair another great success! So, please support this important parish fund- raising event by joining us on Saturday, November 18th in Saint Ann Church Hall! For more information about how you can help us make this the most successful Christmas Fair in our history, please contact Lydia Bertolino at email@example.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish
Annual Turkey Giveaway
Monday, November 20th
All are invited to join Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish for its Annual Thanksgiving Turkey Giveaway on Monday, November 20th at 7:00pm in Our Lady’s Hall. We will have turkeys for raffle, a 50-50 raffle, and our famous homemade sweetbread, along with cider, vegetables, and all trimmings for a delicious feast on Thanksgiving Day! Pizza and soft drinks will be available, too! So, please join us for this exciting holiday tradition! For more information, please see Father Jim before or after Mass or contact him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Pastor’s Advent Scripture Study
Begins Thursday, November 30th
During the Holy Season of Advent, all adult parishioners, friends, and guests of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invited to join Father Jim for a weekly lunchtime scripture study based on the scriptural libretto of George Frideric Handel’s “Messiah.” On four consecutive Thursdays from November 30th through December 21st at 12:00pm in Our Lady’s Hall, Father Jim will lead a one-hour discussion and reflection on the scripture passages used in Handel’s beautiful operatic treatment of the life, death, and resurrection of Jesus Christ.
In preparation for each week’s session, participants will be asked to read from Douglas Connelly’s book, “The Messiah: The Texts Behind Handel’s Masterpiece.” All participants are welcome to bring their own lunch and join us for as many sessions as possible. A donation of $20.00 is requested from those who can afford it. Participants will be provided with a copy of the book, along with coffee, tea, or bottled water. If you would like to join us for this special scripture study series, please contact Father Jim at email@example.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Learn More: Holy Season of Advent
Advent Faith & Family Mass
Youth Faith Formation Special Event
Saturday, December 2nd
In the Gospel of Matthew, Jesus says: “Let the little children come to me, and do not stop them; for it is to such as these that the kingdom of heaven belongs (Matthew 19:14).” In response to the Lord’s call, all children, parents, grandparents, godparents, and guardians are invited to join Father Jim for our Third Annual Advent Faith & Family Mass on Saturday, December 2nd at 4:00pm in Saint Ann Church. During Mass, Father Jim will offer a special homily about the Jesse Tree (see Isaiah 11:1-4) and a special blessing for all families and children. In addition, every child will receive a special gift.
Please save these dates for our upcoming Faith & Family Masses: Saturday, January 6th at 4:00pm in Saint Ann Church; Sunday, February 18th at 11:45am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church; and Sat- urday, May 12th at 4:00pm in Saint Ann Church. For more information about our Advent Faith & Family Mass, please see Father Jim or contact Betsy Works at firstname.lastname@example.org. Let us reaffirm that Mass is our class! Jesus is our Teacher! Every child is a gift from God! And every family in our pews is a gift from God, too! Please spread the word among your family and friends! Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Advent & Christmas Concert
An Annual Holiday Tradition
Sunday, December 3rd
All parishioners, friends, and guests of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invit- ed to join Tom Misuraca, LuAnn Pallazola, and our adult and youth music ministries for our Thirteenth Annual Advent & Christmas Concert on Sunday, December 3rd at 2:00pm in Saint Ann Church. All of this year’s musical selections have been chosen to help prepare our hearts to celebrate more fully the Holy Season of Advent and the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas. As always, our adult and youth choirs will perform along with talented instrumentalists. In addition, members of our Brazilian Community will perform with us, too! For more information about this popular holiday tradition, please contact Tom Misuraca at email@example.com. Please join us as we share the gift of music! 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. Working together as a Roman Catholic community united in prayer, fellowship, and service, we are committed to living the Gospel of Christ, sharing God’s love and mercy with all people, and rebuilding the Church in Gloucester & Rockport. All are invited! All are welcome! Always!
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