FAITH FORMATION

Youth Faith Formation
First Holy Communion
Grade 2 Preparation Program

All all fellow parishioners already know, our program of preparation for First Holy Communion was interrupted last spring by the coronavirus pandemic. But since the celebration of public Masses resumed in July, forty-seven young disciples have received their First Holy Communion. We congratulate these young disciples and sincerely thank their parents and families for their cooperation and support.

All new second grade students are now invited to participate in a hybrid model of youth faith formation that will prepare them to receive their First Holy Communion on schedule sometime during the coming spring season. This year’s program will combine online videos and family home study as the primary methods of teaching our young disciples about the Real Presence of Jesus Christ in the Holy Eucharist. And if health and safety guidelines allow it, we will meet in small groups for Faith & Family Workshops (with Mass) in February, March, and April 2021.

Registration

All parents of students eligible to prepare for First Holy Communion 2021 (second grade and up) are invited to submit a registration form and requested tuition of $75 per student on any one of the following days and times at Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish Hall:

  • Friday, October 30 from 5:00pm until 6:30pm
  • Saturday, October 31 from 2:00pm until 3:30pm
  • Saturday, November 7th from 2:00pm until 3:30pm

Preparation

Upon receiving the registration form and tuition, parents will be given a copy of Dynamic Catholic’s Blessed First Communion. For six months, parents and their children will be asked to watch and online video and review a chapter together according to the following schedule:

In addition,  all parents and young disciples are asked to watch (at their own pace) Father Jim’s Monthly Faith & Family Videos on our YouTube Channel which will be posted on these dates:

  • November 15: Jesus Welcomes Us Through Baptism
  • December 15: Jesus Calls Us to Follow Him
  • January 15: Jesus Invites Us to Reconciliation
  • February 15: Jesus Feeds Us
  • March 15: Jesus Invites Us to Supper
  • April 15: Jesus Is Always With Us

Last but not least, if health and safety conditions allow, each student and one parent (only) will be asked to attend one Faith & Family Workshop (with Mass) in February, March, and April. Each family will be asked to choose one option per month: February 5, 12, or 19 at 6:00pm; March 5, 12, or 19 at 6:00pm; and April 9, 16, and 23 at 6:00pm.

Dates for our celebrations of First Penance and First Holy Communion will be announced later this fall. Until then, if you have questions or need more information, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. We hope and pray that you and your child will join us as we forge ahead, make the best of unusual circumstances, and do our best to both protect your family and prepare your young disciples for First Holy Communion. Please join us! All are welcome!

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Youth Faith Formation
Sacrament of Confirmation
Year 2 Preparation Program

As all fellow parishioners know so well, the first year of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport’s Confirmation Preparation Program was interrupted by the coronavirus pandemic. Nevertheless, it remains our fervent hope and prayer that we will be able to celebrate the Sacrament of Confirmation on January 23, 2021 and February 6, 2021 (with limited attendance in accordance with all archdiocesan and state government safety guidelines). In order to do all that we can to protect our parishioners and ensure that our young disciples are prepared to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit at Confirmation, the second year of our program is simple, user-friendly, and video-based. All students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation this coming winter are expected to complete all requirements of our program of preparation:

  • Watch & Pray
    Sunday Mass with Father Jim
    CCGR YouTube Channel
  • Watch & Pray
    New Spirit Virtual Retreat
    Wednesday, October 14, 2020
    6:45pm-8:45pm via Zoom
  • Watch & Pray
    Metanoia: Ten Part Video Series
    CCGRonline Resources
  • Pray & Reflect
    Complete Metanoia Weekly Journal Questions
  • Pray & Reflect
    Complete All Confirmation Forms
  • Pray & Serve
    Raise $100 for Your Home Parish

In lieu of a community service project, all students are expected to raise $100 from family, friends, and fellow parishioners in support of either Holy Family Parish or Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Our students can raise these funds through a single generous benefactor or multiple small donations. Our goal here is to impress upon our young disciples and their families the vital importance of supporting their home parishes during these difficult times.

In addition, a registration fee of $50 is requested to cover costs associated with the New Spirit Virtual Retreat. Please note that the Metanoia video series is currently available online for free (with registration). If for some reason the series becomes pay-per-view during the course of our program, the student’s family is responsible for the cost. If you have questions or need more information, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. Please pray for all of our young disciples, their sponsors, and their parents! Trust in God! Believe in science! Wear a mask! Come, Holy Spirit!

Learn More: Confirmation Year 2 Schedule (2020-2021)

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The Living Rosary
A Virtual Retreat

Jesus says: “I give you a new commandment, that you love one another. Just as I have love you, you also should love one another (John 13:34).” During this pandemic, when so many of us are sick and suffering and when so many of us are self-isolating to protect ourselves and the people we love, it seems difficult to put Christ’s New Commandment into action.

For more than six months, our parish ministries that build community, serve the poor, share the faith, and raise much needed funds have seen their activities curtailed or suspended. In accordance with archdiocesan and state government guidelines, we were unable to throw open our doors and cry out: “All are welcome!” And concern for the deepening divisions in our country seem to seep into every conversation. These are difficult times, indeed, to live the Gospel and share God’s love!

And yet, our parishes have rose above the shadows of these dark times. More than 100 friends and fellow parishioners recently participated in our first-ever virtual retreat. This retreat featured praying the Holy Rosary, from dawn until dusk, in half-hour blocks, for five consecutive days, for the special intention of God’s mercy, healing, and protection from the coronavirus. When we pray the Rosary, alone or in community, we are part of a powerful spiritual communion that spans the globe and transcends time. Even if you and your family were unable to join us when we prayed the Living Rosary as a community, you can still make the retreat by praying the Rosary for five consecutive days and by listening to each day’s audio reflection:

Our pastor, pastoral team, and fellow parishioners are grateful to each and every person who takes the time to participate in this virtual retreat and prays for God’s mercy, healing, and protection during these difficult times. Our special thanks goes to the Assisi Project, the Legion of Mary of Gloucester & Rockport, the Rosary Group from Saint Charles Borromeo Parish in Woburn, the Sisters of Saint Bridget of Sweden in Assisi, Italy, along with hundreds of other people from Massachusetts, Maine, Maryland, New Hampshire, and New York who have already made this special retreat!

Please read our weekly newsletter or visit this page for information about upcoming opportunities for adult faith formation. For more information about adult faith formation in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Now more than ever, let’s pray together!

Learn More: Pray the Rosary

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The Assisi Project
Free Podcast Series

Founded by Father Jim and Cliff, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that is dedicated to helping believers of all ages to more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ in the spirit of Saints Francis and Clare. In response to the pandemic, Father Jim asked Cliff to look back on nearly two decades of ministry as a catechist, spiritual director, and leader of retreats and pilgrimages; and to create a regular series of podcasts (audio recordings) as a way of continuing his adult faith formation ministry. As of this weekend, Cliff has already created eleven podcasts with more on the way! These podcasts are free and always available! Just click on the links below:

Members of the Assisi Project range in age from 12 to 95 and live in Holy Family Parish, Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish, throughout the Archdiocese of Boston, all across the United States, Canada, Brazil, Italy, Spain, and Angola. Part of our work together is our prayer together. So we pray each day for all who ask for our prayers all around the world. If you would like the Assisi Project to pray for you, your family, your special intention, or the soul of a deceased friend or loved one, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

During this time of pandemic, when we are encouraged to remain at home, all are invited to pray and reflect on the Gospel Life by making use of the many resources on our website (click link below). These resources include our Daily Prayers, Franciscan Rosary, Way of the Cross, our new podcasts, and more than fifty reflections and stories about Saints Francis and Clare of Assisi. Come and pray with us online! May the Lord give you peace — now and always!

Learn More: Assisi Project Resources

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Adult Faith Formation

In addition to our adult faith formation programs that focus on preparation for the Sacraments of Initiation, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport also offers the following programs for adults seeking to deepen their relationship with Christ and His Church:

  • Assisi Project
  • Advent Mission & Retreat
  • Lent Mission & Retreat
  • Summer Evening Retreat
  • Spring & Fall Days of Prayer & Reflection
  • Seasonal Book Study Groups
  • Individual Spiritual Direction
  • Other Special Events

Please read our weekly newsletter or visit this page for the dates and times for these and other upcoming opportunities for adult faith formation. For more information about adult faith formation in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Cliff Garvey, Associate Minister, at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Please join us! All are welcome! 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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