MASS

Important Update (8-28-21): We ask all parishioners (vaccinated or unvaccinated) to wear face masks inside of our churches and church buildings until further notice. Thank you for your cooperation and support! 

Our Pastor’s Message
The Next New Normal

Please read before joining us for Mass!

By Father Jim

In his book, Let Us Dream, Pope Francis writes that everyone experiences a “personal Covid” during their lifetime. These are times when life as we know it stops; and we are called to change or begin again. The pope points to a time of serious illness when he was a young man as his first such moment. He says: “What I learned was that you suffer a lot, but if you allow it to change you, you come out better. But if you dig in, you come out worse (44).”

During the past sixteen months, face masks, hand washing, and social distancing have become the new normal. All of us have been forced to live differently, shop differently, work differently, pray differently, and interact differently with our friends and families. Almost all of us know someone who has been sick. Almost all of us know someone who has died. We can only weep at the staggering losses inflicted upon our sick and suffering world. But through our tears, we see better days ahead.

Thanks to the small sacrifices we have made together and to the miraculous vaccines made by scientists, Governor Baker has announced that as of Saturday, May 29th, face masks are no longer mandated for vaccinated people in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. Non-vaccinated people are urged to continue wearing their masks. In the Archdiocese of Boston, Cardinal Sean has lifted restrictions on seating capacity in all of our churches for sacramental celebrations and special events.

In the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, this means that we will resume celebrating our 6:00pm Vigil Mass on Saturday, June 5th in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. We will resume celebrating our Daily Mass according to a new schedule (see below) on Wednesday, June 2nd. All pastoral ministry and service organizations can begin meeting again. And our Bilingual Sunday Evening Mass will resume sometime during the summer. Please note, however, that our parish office will remain closed; but pastoral assistance is always available by contacting us at 978-281-4820 or office@ccgronline.com.

As a result of these changes, we can expect that both vaccinated and non-vaccinated people will enter our churches and church buildings. We will not ask or judge anyone about their vaccination status. At the same time, we are mindful of guidance offered by Pope Francis, who says: “I believe that morally everyone must take the vaccine. It is the moral choice because it is about your life but also the lives of others.”

These are challenging times. There are no easy one-size-fits all answers to this next new normal. Face masks, hand sanitizer, and social distancing are still encouraged in our churches and church buildings, especially for families with children, those in poor health, and those who cannot be vaccinated because of certain pre-existing conditions.

For my part, I will continue to practice basic safety protocols before, during, and after all liturgical celebrations for the foreseeable future. Our pastoral team will do the same. We encourage you and your family to join us. Wearing masks and practicing social distancing on a voluntary basis are signs of solidarity and support for our brothers and sisters who are sick, afraid, or anxious about the future.

Even though most restrictions have been lifted, it is important to remember that the pandemic is not over. Our parish communities are not completely safe from the threat posed by the coronavirus. During the coming weeks, every parishioner and every family should prayerfully consider when to take off their masks and when to return to church.

All parishioners are advised that effective on Sunday, June 20th, Cardinal Sean has now lifted the dispensation from the Sunday Obligation to attend Mass. At the same time, we will continue to celebrate Sunday Mass for our YouTube community. We will continue to offer socially distant seating in Saint Ann Church. We will continue to offer free and high quality spiritual resources on our websites. And we will continue to pray for each other, look out for each other, and take care of each other. Working together, always together, we will persevere! With God’s help, we will prevail! Peace and blessings to all!

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

NO REGISTRATION NEEDED FOR SUNDAY MASS!
Be kind! Stay safe! Love your neighbor!

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Our Weekend Mass Schedule

Saturday Vigil Mass

  • 4:00pm in Saint Ann Church
  • 6:00pm in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Sunday Mass

  • 7:00am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
  • 8:15am in Saint Ann Church
  • 10:00am in Saint Joachim Church
  • 11:45am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Sunday Mass Online

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Our New Daily Mass Schedule

Mondays & Tuesdays

  • No Masses Scheduled

Wednesdays

  • Mass at 5:30pm
    Followed by Silent Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Thursdays & Fridays

  • Mass at 8:00am
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

First Saturdays (Only)

  • Mass at 8:00am
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church

Learn More: Sacrament of Holy Eucharist

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Our New Confessions Schedule

Wednesday Evenings

  • Confessions Begin at 6:05pm
    Last Confession at 6:45pm
    Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
    And By Appointment

Learn More: Making a Good Confession

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WeShare
Support Your Home Parish!

Now more than ever, your home parish still needs your support! Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish depend solely on your financial support to pay our bills and make ends meet. Let’s follow the money! Your weekly gifts pay for Father Jim’s salary, health care benefits, along food and utilities for the rectory. Your gifts also pay for the salaries and benefits of our remaining pastoral team members who are working harder than ever to clean our churches, maintain our buildings and grounds, and provide for the spiritual needs of our fellow parishioners. Finally, your gifts pay for the necessary maintenance and repairs of our historic church buildings.

All friends, neighbors, and fellow parishioners of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are encouraged to mail their offering or to give electronically. Our mailing address is 74 Prospect Street, Gloucester, Massachusetts 01930. In addition, our WeShare program is a safe and easy way to make donations to your home parish using a credit card, debit card, or electronic check. Because of your generous and ongoing support during these tough times, we can pay our bills, balance our monthly budgets, and ensure the short and long-term financial stability of our beloved parishes. Every dollar counts! Every gift, large or small, makes a difference! For more information about how you can support the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. Thank you!

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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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