LIFELONG FAITH FORMATION

All faith formation programs are suspended until further notice.

The Assisi Project
Saturday Morning with Saint Francis
Saturday, May 30th

Founded in 2007 by Father Jim and Cliff Garvey during their first pilgrimage and retreat in Italy, the Assisi Project is a “Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit” with members, friends, and followers in the United States, Canada, Europe, and South America. Our mission is to help adults of all ages more faithfully live the Gospel of Christ and grow closer to the Church through the inspiration and intercession of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.

On the last Saturday morning of almost every month, the Assisi Project meets in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church (located at 142 Prospect Street in Gloucester) for Mass, formation, fellowship, and faith sharing. Our next “Saturday Morning with Saint Francis” mini-retreat is scheduled for May 30th from 8:00am until 10:00am. For more information about our programs and events, please click on the link below. Here’s our schedule for the coming months:

  • June 27, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • July 25, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
  • August 29, 2020 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am

In case of inclement weather, please check our website for possible cancellations and schedule changes. For more information about the Assisi Project and its good work in our parishes, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Please note that you do not need to travel with us to Assisi to become part of the Assisi Project! All parishioners, friends, and guests of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invited to join us! Bring a friend! Spread the word! All are welcome! Saint Francis, pray for us! Saint Clare, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us!

Learn More: The Assisi Project

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Living Gospel, Living Francis
Our 13th Annual Fall Pilgrimage
November 5th–November 14th

ASSISI, LA VERNA & MONTEFALCO
RESERVE NOW! SPACE IS LIMITED!

Each year, the Assisi Project brings a small group of pilgrims to Italy in order to literally walk in the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. This year, our pilgrimage will explore the deep and mystical relationship between the Gospel of Christ and the life and example of Saint Francis of Assisi. We are pleased to announce that Father Jim Achadinha and Cliff Garvey will lead our 13th Annual Fall Pilgrimage: Living Gospel, Living Francis from November 5th through November 14th.

As a fellowship of pilgrims, we will begin each day with Morning Prayer & Mass. Father Jim will celebrate Masses at the Basilica of Saint Francis, the Basilica of Saint Clare, the Basilica of Our Lady of Angels, the Carceri Hermitage, the Maddalena Chapel, and the Franciscan Sanctuary at La Verna. After Mass, we will tour these sacred sites and learn about how Francis and Clare lived the gospel and called countless others to do the same. Most afternoons, our pilgrims will enjoy a unique opportunity to explore Assisi at their own pace; to enjoy the atmosphere and culture of the medieval city; and to pray in its many ancient chapels and churches. Each evening, we will gather for supper, formation, and faith sharing; and Cliff will offer a reflection on Franciscan prayer and spirituality.

Our travels with take us to the Basilicas of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Each of these blessed shrines contains the tombs of the saints, holy relics, historic frescoes, and priceless works of art, along with quiet chapels for personal prayer and reflection. We will also visit the Cathedral of Saint Rufinus, where Francis and Clare were baptized; the Church of Saint Damian, where Christ spoke to Francis and hastened his conversion; the hermitage where Francis and his first followers retreated for solitude and silence; and the little chapel known as the Porziuncola or “Little Portion” which is considered the home church of the worldwide Franciscan community.

We will spend several leisurely afternoons in and around the Piazza del Commune, Assisi’s city center with its sidewalk cafes, unique shops, and ancient Roman temple (now a Catholic Church consecrated to the Blessed Mother). Our more adventurous pilgrims will have an opportunity to visit the Rocca Maggiore, the great medieval fortress with its stunning views of Assisi, Mount Subasio, and the Spoleto Valley. If weather permits, we will even trek (by motor coach) to the summit of the mountain!

In addition, we will travel to La Verna, the mountain sanctuary in Tuscany where Saint Francis received the stigmata. At La Verna, we will celebrate Mass, enjoy a traditional Tuscan lunch, and participate in the daily procession that commemorates how Francis received the five wounds of the Crucified Christ. Last but not least, we will journey for the first time ever to Montefalco, home of the Saint Francis Museum Complex and its priceless treasury of art depicting the life and times of the Poor Man of Assisi.

The cost of this extraordinary pilgrimage is $3,549 per person which includes roundtrip airfare and fees (from Boston Logan Airport); all ground transportation (except for personal taxi services); eight nights accommodation (single room and private bathroom) at Casa Santa Brigida; and all meals in the guest house (breakfast, lunch, and supper). All are encouraged to purchase travel insurance: $275 per person. Prospective pilgrims should note that this pilgrimage is limited to just fourteen participants; involves some strenuous physical activity; and access to some pilgrimage sits in Italy is limited for those with physical disabilities. For more information, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Reserve now! Space is limited!

Learn More: The Assisi Project

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Youth Faith Formation
Confirmation Preparation Program
Now Underway!

For many teenagers, the Sacrament of Confirmation has become a kind of graduation from the Catholic Church, rather than the joyful beginning of life as an adult disciple within the Church. We hope to end this sad situation by transforming our sacramental preparation program into an engaging process for the whole family.

First, we place primary importance on attending Mass. For more than a century, the Church asked every parish to offer sacramental preparation programs for children and teenagers. During recent decades, however, we neglected to remind parents of their baptismal promise to be the first teachers of their children in all matters related to faith and morals; and that the most important part of that responsibility is attending Mass as a family. In our increasingly busy world, it has become common for parents to entrust their children to us for an hour of instruction, but then not join us for Mass at the weekend. We will continue to ask parents to dedicate one hour each week to their child’s religious education by joining us for one of our seven weekend Masses!

Second, all high school students (beginning in the ninth grade) are asked to actively participate in our two-year preparation program for the Sacrament of Confirmation. During the first year, students will attend seven interactive workshops about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church. These sessions begin on Sunday, February 9th. During the second year, students will attend seven additional workshops and a mini-retreat that are designed to help them grow in prayer, fellowship, and service; prepare them to receive the Seven Gifts of the Holy Spirit; and jumpstart their spiritual lives as faithful and faith-filled young disciples.

If your child is now in high school and sincerely wants to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation, please complete a registration form and return it to us as soon as possible! Registration forms are available at the link below. For more information about youth faith formation in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Betsy Works at bworks@ccgronline.com. Please join us! Spread the word! All are invited! All are welcome!

Confirmation Calendar & Registration (Year 1)

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Youth Faith Formation
First Eucharist Preparation Program
Now Underway!

The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport offers a creative and innovative way for children to prepare for the Sacraments of Penance & Reconciliation (Confession) and First Holy Communion. Our program is designed to prepare both children and their parents for these sacraments; to encourage lifelong relationships with Jesus Christ and the Roman Catholic Church; and to help families grow together in prayer, fellowship, and service.

Our program is simple and family-friendly! First, our top priority is to invite all families to attend one of our seven weekend Masses. Second, all second grade children and their parents, grandparents, or guardians are asked to attend two 90 minute workshops during the fall season and three 90 minute workshops during the winter-spring seasons. Each of these “Faith & Family Workshops” is offered at three different times so that each family can choose which option works best for them.

Our program begins during the weekend of October 12th-October 13th! Calendars and registration materials are posted below. Registration forms can be returned by mail or hand-delivered to our parish offices (located at 74 Pleasant Street in Gloucester). If you have questionsor need assistance with youth faith formation in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Betsy Works at bworks@ccgronline.com. Please join us! Spread the word! All are invited! All are welcome!

Second Grade Registration & Schedule 2019-2020

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The Way
Sacramental Preparation for Adults
Now Underway!

I am the way, the truth, and the life (John 14:6).

“The Way” was among the earliest names for the followers of the Risen Christ. Indeed, the Way appears as a scriptural reference to the earliest Christian communities in the Acts of the Apostles. In addition, both before and after his conversion, tradition holds that Saint Paul referred to the disciples of Christ as part of “The Way.” More than two thousand years later, Catholic Christians are still part of the Way of Jesus Christ. But as we all know, a life of discipleship is not a hobby or pastime. It is a vocation, a way of life that lays claim to our whole heart, mind, and strength. As disciples, our lives should be focused on and inspired by our faith in Jesus Christ, who is our merciful redeemer, friend, and brother. And as disciples, we are called to reach out to those who need our help in growing closer to Christ and the Church.

If you are an adult (age 18 and over) and have not received all of the Sacraments of Initiation in the Roman Catholic Church (Baptism, Eucharist, and Confirmation), then please consider joining the Way, our adult faith formation program that will meet on Sunday mornings after our 8:15am Mass beginning on October 14th. Typically called the Rite of Christian Initiation for Adults, the Way is a seven month program that prepares adults to be received into the Roman Catholic Church at the Easter Vigil. As part of this same program, we will prepare adults for the Sacrament of Confirmation (to be received at either our local Easter Vigil Mass or at a regional archdiocesan celebration).

Our group will meet twice each month for fellowship, formation, and faith sharing. As a community of disciples, we will learn together about the basic beliefs, teachings, and traditions of the Catholic Church. We will explore the methods of prayer that have brought generations of believers closer to Christ and his Church. And we will talk openly and honestly about the challenges of living an authentic life of faith, hope, and love in the modern world. If you would like to learn more about this journey of faith and become part of a unique fellowship in preparation for the sacraments of the Roman Catholic Church, then please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!

Learn More: An Introduction to the Sacraments

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Youth Faith Formation
Youth Choir & Music Ministry
Tuesday Afternoons

The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport’s Youth Choir & Music Ministry meets weekly for fellowship and rehearsal at 5:00pm in Saint Ann Church. Each weekend, the youth choir sings at one of our three churches: Saint Ann Church, Saint Joachim Church, or Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. The Youth Choir & Music Ministry welcomes new members, ranging in age from kindergarten through high school. Young musicians are also welcome to join us! Being a part of this ministry is a great way to make new friends. In addition, it is a great way to participate more fully in the life of our parishes and to learn more about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church! For more information, please contact Patty Natti at pnatti@comcast.net. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!

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Youth Faith Formation
Call for Youth Altar Servers
Help Father Jim Serve God’s People!

Father Jim is full of energy and excitement, but as the only full-time priest assigned to the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, he sometimes needs our help! He is still hoping to create a team of youth altar servers to help him at Mass. All young disciples, age 8 through 17, are invited to participate on a weekly or monthly basis. Parents and adult parishioners are welcome to serve, too! Training is available! Being an altar server is a great way to grow in discipleship and to learn about the teachings and traditions of the Catholic Church.! For more information, please see Father Jim before or after Mass; or contact him at frjim@ccgronline.com. All are invited! All are welcome!

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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:

  • 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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