This Week’s Message
For the Greater Glory of God

By Cliff Garvey

During this time of digital technology, the worst nightmare for many of us is a power outage. Without electricity and the technology it enables, many of us feel disconnected from the world — no cell phones, no internet, no cable news, no text messages, and no social media. Without electricity, many of us feel afraid, lonely, and isolated. Without electricity, many of us feel alone in a vast and sometimes frightening universe.

More than five hundred years ago, the absence of technology did not discourage a young soldier called Ignatius of Loyola (1491-1556). Ignatius was injured during the Battle of Pamplona in Spain. A cannonball ricocheted off a stone wall and shattered his right leg. Because Ignatius enjoyed the privileges of wealth, he was carried to his family home in Loyola where he underwent several surgeries (without anesthesia) to repair the leg. He was left permanently disabled. His military career was over. But a new life was about to begin.

During his long, painful, and solitary recover, Ignatius sought out books to pass the time. His favorite subjects were romance, heroism, and military strategy. The family library, however, did not contain any books to his liking. In his solitude, Ignatius settled for books about Jesus and the saints. Among them was a Life of Christ by Ludolph the Carthusian (1295-1378). This book was much more than a biography of the Lord. It was also an instruction manual on praying with the scriptures by using the imagination to place oneself into a biblical scene; by seeing and hearing what Jesus and the apostles saw and heard with the mind’s eye.

This book, along with biographies of the saints, prompted both a conversion and a vocation to the religious life. Above all else, Ignatius of Loyola now desired to imitate the saints in their devotion to Christ and the Catholic Church. Inspired by the example of Saint Francis of Assisi (among others), Ignatius made pilgrimages to the Marian Shrine at Montserrat (1522) and the Holy Land (1523). Along the way, he lived like a beggar, then as a hermit. In 1526, Ignatius returned to Spain and studied both theology and language. And by 1535, he had earned a graduate degree in theology from the University of Paris.

In 1539, Ignatius founded the Society of Jesus (Jesuits) with his friends Peter Faber and Francis Xavier. The Jesuits, then and now, take vows of poverty, chastity, and obedience (with a strong emphasis on obedience to the pope). They also place a high priority on a Daily Examination of Conscience (known as an Examen) and the Discernment of Spirits. Above all else, the so-called First Principle and Foundation of the Society of Jesus is the call and realization that “all things in this world are gifts from God, given to us so that we can know God better and return God’s love more readily.” In other words, Ignatius and his followers across the centuries seek to think, speak, and act for one purpose: “for the greater glory of God.”

In our time, Saint Ignatius of Loyola is venerated as a patron of soldiers, discernment, and all people recovering from traumas and injuries. As we celebrate his feast day on July 31st, we are mindful that we do not need high technology to maintain and strengthen the most im- portant connections of all — our relationships with Jesus and the Church. We only need the desire and openness of heart to listen for God’s voice, to recognize God’s work in the world, and to collaborate with God’s eternal desire to save our long suffering world.

Cliff Garvey
Associate Minister
Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport
Contact: cgarvey@ccgronline.com

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Call to Prayer
A Daily Examen

Inspired by Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Give Thanks
What am I especially grateful for today?
The gift of another day?
The events of this day in my life?
The gifts of courage and perseverance?
The love and support of others?

Prayer of Petition
Ask for the light to know God
and to know myself as God knows me.

Examination of Conscience
How have I felt joy today?
What has troubled me today?
What has challenged me today?
Where and when did I pause to pray today?
How have I noticed God’s presence today?

Resolve & Response
In light of my examination of conscience,
what is my response to the God of my life?
Ask for what you need.

Prayer for Tomorrow
As I prepare for tomorrow,
how does God call me to live?
Ask for what you need.

A Prayer by Saint Ignatius of Loyola

Lord, take and receive all my liberty,
my memory, my understanding, and my entire will,
all I have and call my own.
You have given all to me.
To you, Lord, I return it all.
Everything is yours.
Do with it what you will.
Give me only your love and grace.
That is enough for me. Amen.

Listen – Saint of the Day – Ignatius of Loyola


The Assisi Project
Saints for All Seasons 2023
Saturday, August 5th

Dedication of Saint Mary Major Basilica

Summer is a good time of year to step back from the business and busyness of daily life and focus on our relationships with Jesus and those we are called to love. Unfortunately, few among us are able to leave behind home, work, and family for a real retreat from the responsibilities of the world. For this reason and for the second straight year, the Assisi Project is pleased to announce a special series of summertime mini-retreats called Saints for All Seasons.

Throughout his long priestly ministry, Pope Francis has called people of all ages and backgrounds to learn about and pray with the saints. The Holy Father believes in his heart that the saints bring us closer to Christ, closer to the Church, and closer to each other. He says: “The saints are still here, not far from us; and their images [and relics] in our churches evoke the ‘cloud of witnesses’ that always surrounds us (cf. Hebrews 12:1)…The saints remind us that even in our lives, however weak and marked by sin, holiness can unfold (4-7-21).”

In this spirit of unfolding holiness, all are invited to join us in July, August, and September for a series of two-hour mini-retreats. These mornings of prayer, reflection, and adoration will focus on the lives of three amazing saints: Saint Veronica Giuliani, Saint Mary Major, and Saint Teresa of Calcutta. Each mini-retreat will begin with the celebration of Holy Mass at 8:00am in Saint Anthony Chapel. After Mass, Father Jim and-or Cliff Garvey will offer a reflection on the life and veneration of a saint whose life of holiness has inspired men and women all around the world. There will be time for questions and faith sharing, too.

After each reflection, we will pray in silent adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and in veneration of the holy relics of each saint of the day. At 9:30am, we will conclude by praying the Holy Rosary and Benediction of the Blessed Sacrament. Here’s our upcoming schedule:

Saint Veronica Giuliani
True Image of the Poor Christ
An Assisi Project Podcast

Saint Mary Major
Saturday, August 5th
Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saint Anthony Chapel

Saint Teresa of Calcutta
Saturday, September 2nd
Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saint Anthony Chapel

We hope and pray that you and your family will be able to join us for all or even just part of this special series in celebration of the saints which was so popular last summer! For more in- formation, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Save the dates! Spread the word! Bring a friend! All are invited! All are welcome!

Listen – Saint of the Day – Dedication of Saint Mary Major


The Gift of Music
Our Lady of Good Voyage
Summer Carillon Concerts

Begins Friday, August 11th! 

Mark your calendars! Save the dates! A much-loved summer tradition returns next month to Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish and the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport! Our Summer Carillon Concerts will begin on Friday, August 11th at 6:30pm (rain or shine)!

This year, Luann Pallazola, Cynthia Cafasso, and Thomas Dort have prepared programs that include familiar classical and international pieces, popular hymns and songs, patriotic melodies, and selections especially for children!

Installed in 1922, the carillon bells in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church were the first toned set in the United States. The carillon’s thirty-one bronze bells hang from a steel beam within the bell-shaped west tower. Our bells range in weight from 16 pounds to 3,000 pounds.

The carillon bells at Our Lady of Good Voyage were forged by the Taylor Foundry in Loughboro, England. In order to avoid import taxes upon their arrival in Gloucester, the church was declared a bonded warehouse by the Collector of Customs in Boston, who happened to be a friend of the local congressman. Soon after, a bill declaring them “works of art” was passed by Congress and signed into law by President Warren G. Harding.

Although the bells can be heard from blocks away, the sound is always best near our church. This year, Our Lady’s Guild will be selling cold drinks, snacks, and even Super Raffle tickets to support our parish. Our Summer Carillon Concerts are a great opportunity for the whole family to gather with friends, neighbors, and fellow parishioners to enjoy the gift of music.

Additional concerts are scheduled for Friday, August 18th at 6:30pm; Friday, August 25th at 6:30pm; and Friday, September 1st at 6:30pm. For more information, please contact Luann Pallazola at lpallazola@gmail.com. Spread the word! All are invited! All are welcome!


Share God’s Love
Saint Vincent de Paul Society
Help Us Help Others!

The Saint Vincent de Paul Society is an international organization that is dedicated to responding to any request from any person or family in need. Here on Cape Ann, we work through Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish to serve the poor and the needy. Help us help others! Donations can be pushed through the mail slot in the parish office, dropped in the collection basket at any Weekend Mass, or mailed to:

Saint Vincent de Paul Society
74 Pleasant Street
Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930

New members and volunteers are always welcome! For more information about the Saint Vincent de Paul Society and its good work in our parishes and hometowns, please contact Harry Miller at 978-281-8672 or Robert Weeks at svdpmember1@gmail.com. If you or someone you know needs our help, please call 978-281-8672. Thank you for your generous support for the Saint Vincent de Paul Society! May God bless you!


Saint Vincent de Paul Society
All New Clothes Closet
Second, Third & Fourth Saturdays

After many months of hard work and renovations, the new Saint Vincent de Paul Clothes Closet is now open for business in Saint Ann Church Hall on the second, third, and fourth Saturdays of every month from 9:00am until 12:00pm. All are welcome to drop by and check out the All New Clothes Closet by entering through the Pleasant Street doors of Saint Ann Church Hall.

Donations of gently worn clothing and shoes are now gratefully accepted during our regular hours and in the bin located in the Saint Ann School parking lot. Please note that we cannot accept donations of books, toys, or household items. For more information about the Saint Vincent de Paul Clothes Closet, please contact Bridget Nelligan at 781-572-4752 or Cathy Kyrouz at 978-290-1756. Thank you for your generous support!


Safe & Easy Electronic Giving

Lord, everything is yours. — Saint Ignatius of Loyola

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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