Our Pastor’s Message
Forever I Will Sing!

By Father Jim

In the Old Testament of the Holy Bible, the Book of Psalms contains one hundred fifty religious poems or hymns. Composed over the course of perhaps one thousand years by various authors (including David, Moses, and Solomon), the psalms can be divided into four categories. Many of the psalms are songs of praise. Some are hymns of thanksgiving. Others are prayers of petition. And the rest are penitential psalms. As part of the Liturgy of the Word at every celebration of the Holy Mass, we sing or recite one of the psalms as a way of linking the readings from the Old and New Testaments.

This weekend, we pray with portions of Psalm 89 (see below). At the end of each verse, we cry out: Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord! This refrain speaks to the central theme of the first section of this long psalm of thanksgiving — our enduring gratitude for God’s faithfulness to his people. In this context, God’s faithfulness can be understood as God’s constancy, devotion, loyalty, and commitment to those who believe and trust in his promise of salvation. So when we sing or speak the refrain, we pledge to give voice and living witness to God’s goodness and love for his creation.

Psalm 89 features fifty-three verses. We pray with just six of these verses during this weekend’s Mass, but these few lines reveal that our God is good, kind, just, joyful, faithful, and glorious. This psalm also teaches us that God is strong and all-powerful. Our God is no ordinary god. Our God is exalted. He is superior and high above all other powers in the universe. James L. Mays (1921-2015), a prominent scripture scholar, once explained that God merits our faith and gratitude because he alone can rise above and prevail over the forces of chaos that haunt our sick and suffering world. Dr. Mays said that God’s justice and righteousness are the foundation stones of his heavenly throne; and that God’s love and faithfulness are the ways by which he exercises power in the world (See Interpretation: Psalms, 284-285).

Praying with Psalm 89, we should remain mindful that our song of thanksgiving is united across the ages with believers just like us — past, present, and future. Our humble song is united with the choir of angels and the communion of saints whose voices echo across the heavens for all time. And our little voices are united with the voice of the Crucified and Risen Jesus, who as a faithful Jew, prayed with the psalms during his journey on earth. This powerful spiritual communion brings us closer to God, closer to Christ, closer to each other, and closer to all those who believe in the Creator and Master of the Universe.

So today, when we cry out, Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!, it is not just you, me, and our brothers and sisters here in Gloucester and Rockport. It is instead the entire People of God who raise their hearts and voices in thanksgiving. From the dawn of time until the end of ages, we proclaim the love and faithfulness of the God of Mercy. We proclaim the justice and righteousness of the One True God. And we give thanks for the Lord’s gifts and blessings, his strength and mercy, his kindness and protection, and his abiding love for each one of us. Thanks be to God! Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord! Amen! Amen!

Reverend James M. Achadinha, Pastor
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
Contact: frjim@ccgronline.com

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Call to Prayer
A Psalm of Thanksgiving

Psalm 89:2-3, 16-17, 18-19

Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!

The promises of the Lord I will sing forever,
through all generations
my mouth shall proclaim your faithfulness.
For you have said, ‘My kindness is established forever,’
in heaven you have confirmed your faithfulness.

Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!

Blessed the people who know the joyful shout;
in the light of your countenance, O Lord, they walk.
At your name, they rejoice all the day,
and through your justice they are exalted.

Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!

You are the splendor of their strength,
and by your favor our horn is exalted.
For to the Lord belongs our shield,
and to the Holy One of Israel, our king.

Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!

Glory to the Father,
to the Son, and to the Holy Spirit;
as it was in the beginning,
is now and will be forever. Amen.

Forever I will sing the goodness of the Lord!


Sharing God’s Love
Sacrament of Baptism
Gateway to Life in the Spirit

The Sacrament of Baptism is the first of the three Sacraments of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church. The two others are Eucharist and Confirmation. According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Holy Baptism is the basis of the whole Christian life, the gateway to life in the Spirit, and the door which gives access to the other sacraments. Through Baptism, we are freed from sin and reborn as children of God; we become members of Christ, are incorporated into the Church and made sharers in her mission (CCC 1213).” In June, Father Jim baptized the following young disciples in our parishes:

Lorenzo James Amero
Ava Joy Benedict
James Casey
Liam Gene Corson
Paige Jean Corson
Magnolia Ann DeSantis
Francesco Anthony DiMercurio
Isabella Godoy-Cerritos
Sebastian Godoy-Cerritos
Leila Judi Lee Goulart
Beau Brien Kennedy
Tatum Jane Lynch
Abigail Lilly Mancini
Josephine Felipa Pitman
Carter James Russell
Luca Salvatore Taormina
Molly James Tokarz
Brayan de Oliveira Vieira
Jaxson Timothy Viola

The Sacrament of Baptism is celebrated during Sunday Mass at 10:00am in Saint Joachim Church; on the second Saturday of the month at 11:30am in Saint Ann Church; and on the third Saturday of the month at 11:30am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. For more information, please contact Sheila McCarthy-Durkin at smccarthy@ccgronline.com. Peace, blessings, and congratulations to all!

Learn More: Sacrament of Baptism (1 Minute Video)


Living the Gospel
Weekday Worship
Let’s Pray Together!

In the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, the celebration of Holy Mass is the wellspring of our community’s joy and the guiding light of our shared life of prayer, fellowship, and service. All are welcome to join us for Mass and to receive Holy Communion in accordance with a personal examination of conscience and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. In addition to our weekend schedule, we also pray together throughout the week.

Wednesday Evenings
Rosary at 5:00pm
Mass at 5:30pm
Followed by Eucharistic Adoration & Confessions
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Thursday & Friday Mornings
Rosary at 7:30am
Mass at 8:00am
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

First Saturday of the Month
Rosary at 7:30am
Mass at 8:00am
Followed by the Assisi Project
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Always Available
Sunday Mass with Father Jim on YouTube
Rosary with Father Jim on YouTube

Although face masks are no longer required in our churches and church buildings, all are reminded that masks remain an effective method of slowing the spread of a virus that has killed more than one million people in our country alone. In a spirit of solidarity with the sick, the fearful, the elderly, and those with pre-existing medical conditions, we strongly support those who still feel called to protect themselves and their families. Thank you for your ongoing encouragement and support! We hope that you and your family can join us in prayer and adoration! All are invited! All are welcome! Always!

Learn More: Holy Eucharist (1 Minute Video)


Our Weekly Newsletter
Read it. Share it. Rebuild our Church.

We work hard to create a weekly newsletter that informs, inspires, and instructs our readers about some aspect of the Christian life and about what’s happening in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport. We are grateful for your positive feedback, but please do not leave church without a newsletter! Bring it home! Read and reflect on our weekly message! Share it with your family and friends! Leave a copy at your doctor’s office, your favorite coffee shop, or your barbershop or beauty salon! Help us share God’s love and rebuild the Church! Thank you! Peace and blessings! — Father Jim

CCGR Weekly Newsletter (7-2-23)


The Assisi Project
We’re Praying for You!

Founded in 2007 by Father Jim and Cliff Garvey, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit with members, friends, and followers around the world. We are dedicated to helping believers of all ages and backgrounds more faithfully live the Good News of Jesus through the inspiration and intercession of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Members of the Assisi Project, ranging in age from 15 to 98, pray each day for those who ask for our prayers. If you would like our fellowship to pray for your or your special intention, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of the Angels, pray for us! May the Lord give you peace!

Learn More: The Assisi Project


Safe & Easy Electronic Giving

Real wealth comes from helping others. — Cesar Chavez

Electronic giving has become an essential component of parish support in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport; and it is available in both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. It is safe and easy to make online donations to your home parish using a credit card, debit card, or electronic check.

Donations can be made on a weekly, monthly, or one-time-only basis; and it takes just a few minutes to set up a secure personal account. In additional to the weekly offering, you can also give electronically to our church restoration funds which helps us plan for the repair and maintenance of our beloved and historic churches.

During these challenging times, Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish need your support more than ever before! Please prayerfully consider enrolling in our ‘We Share!’ electronic giving program! For more information about setting up a new account or for assistance with your existing account, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. Thank you for your generous support for our parishes! May God bless you and your family, now and always!

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About Us

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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