NEWS

Our Weekly Newsletter
New Every Saturday!

The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport (CCGR) now publishes one comprehensive weekly newsletter for our two parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Our newsletter features a weekly pastoral message, news information about upcoming events and programs (including Mass intentions) throughout the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport. Please click on the links below:

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Bringing Home the Word
New Every Saturday!

In addition to our parish bulletin, all are welcome to enjoy “Bringing Home the Word”, a weekly lectionary-based resource for individual and family use that offers suggestions for prayer and reflection based on the Sunday Mass readings. Please click on the links below:

Pastor’s Note: Submissions to our weekly newsletter are due by 12:00pm on Friday, one full week before the following Sunday’s publication. Submissions that announce a parish event must include date, time, location, and contact information (name, phone number, and preferably an e-mail address). All proposed submissions to our weekly newsletter (both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish) may be edited for content and should be sent to Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. Thank you for your cooperation and support! May God bless you!

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Catholic News & Information

Along with the CGGR Weekly Bulletin and Bringing Home the Word, all are invited to learn about the vibrant life of the Catholic Church in Greater Boston and throughout the world by visiting the following websites:

For additional suggestions for news and information about the Roman Catholic Church, please see Father Jim or a member of our pastoral team; or contact Cliff Garvey, Associate Minister, at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Thank you!

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Father Jim’s
Journey to Portugal & Spain
May 27-June 6, 2018

All parishioners and friends of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invited to join Father Jim on a “Journey to Portugal & Spain” from May 27th through June 6th, 2018. Highlights in Portugal include Lisbon, Coimbra, Porto, Braga, a cruise on the River Douro, and a pilgrimage visit to Fatima. Highlights in Compostela (Spain) include pilgrimage visits to the Shrine of Saint James the Great, the Church of Saint Francis, and Saint Martin Monastery, along with tours of the historic city center and other sites.

The price of this extraordinary tour and vacation to Portugal and Spain is $3,599 per person based on double occupancy. Single occupancy is available for an additional $650 per person. This price includes air travel from Boston to Lisbon and from Porto to Boston; nine nights at four star hotels (seven nights in Portugal; two nights in Spain); deluxe motor coach sightseeing tours; daily breakfast; five lunches; and seven dinners; along with a bi-lingual tour manager. This price does not include optional (but recommended) travel insurance.

A deposit of $1,000 per person is required for each reservation. If you book your trip by December 29, 2017, you can save $100 per person. For more information about “Father Jim’s Journey to Portugal and Spain”, please see Father Jim before or after Mass or contact him at frjim@ccgronline.com; or contact Gomes Travel at 617-354-4499. Please join us for this unique opportunity to join our pastor on vacation in Portugal and Spain! All are invited! All are welcome!

Learn More: Gomes Travel

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Pastor’s Message
Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish
Grand Annual Collection 2017-2018

Just over three years ago, Cardinal Sean O’Malley created the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport as a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Although our parishes share one pastor and one pastoral team, each parish remains canonically independent; has its own finance council; and maintains its own bills, building maintenance, and pastoral programs. Although collaboration between parishes is sometimes challenging, parishioners from both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish are now praying together, working together, and helping each other live the Gospel, share God’s love, and rebuild the Church here in Gloucester & Rockport.

During the past three years, Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish has been blessed in many ways. Attendance at Mass is good. Parishioners are offering very positive feedback about our adult and youth faith formation programs. More young adults and young families are joining us for Mass. Special events like the penny sales, seasonal fairs, and the Crowning Feast of the Holy Spirit are successful both by raising funds and by building and strengthening our parish as a vibrant community of prayer, fellowship, and service. And although we missed the goal for our Grand Annual Collection, contributions increased by 25% over the previous year! Thanks be to you and thanks be to God! As we count our blessings, however, we must also confront our challenges. Included in this week’s newsletter and posted below is a financial summary for the fiscal year that ended on June 30th. For the third consecutive year, we did not balance our budget. As you know, we have worked hard during the past three years to significantly reduce our operating expenses across the board without weakening the pastoral ministries of our parish. Despite these efficiencies, we could not balance our annual budget. This means that we were forced again to use funds from our savings account to make ends meet.

But in every challenge, we find an opportunity! If we had reached last year’s goal for the Grand Annual Collection, our budget would now be balanced! For this reason, I am writing to ask you to help me raise $45,000 for this year’s Grand Annual Collection. This fundraising campaign is vitally important to our annual parish budget and our long-term financial stability. It bridges the gap between our weekly offerings and our financial obligations: salaries and benefits, insurance premiums, utilities and snow plowing, essential parish programs, and stipends for our senior priest. Every contribution, whether it’s for $10 or $100 will help us achieve our goal of a balanced budget; and every penny raised goes directly to Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish! During the coming weeks, every registered parish family will receive an offertory envelope for the Grand Annual Collection. Please place your offering in the second collection basket during the weekend of October 21st and October 22nd; or mail it to me as soon as possible. Additional envelopes are available from the office or at the doors of the church. As our Grand Annual Collection begins, please join me in praying that each of us, according to our means, will give generously to this all-important fundraising effort.

Finally, please join me in thanking the members of the Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish Finance Council for their dedicated service, good advice, and wise counsel: Patricia Bertero, Jean Madruga, and Ann Marie Noble. Special thanks also to two members of our pastoral team, Claire Murphy and Cliff Garvey, for their hard work and for keeping us focused on making the best use of the financial resources made available to us by our parishioners. Last but not least, my deepest thanks belong to our parishioners for their ongoing prayers and support. Your kindness and encouragement humbles me and sustains me in my ministry. Please know that you and your family are in my prayers. And as always, thank you for your generous support of Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish!

Peace and blessings to all,
Father Jim

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

Our Lady of Good Voyage Finance Report 2016-17

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Pastor’s Message
Holy Family Parish Finance Report
Fiscal Year 2016-2017

It has been just over three years since Cardinal Sean O’Malley established the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport as a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. Although our parishes share one pastor and pastoral team, each parish remains canonically independent; has its own finance council; maintains its own bank accounts and accounting procedures; and continues to be solely responsible for its own bills, building maintenance, and pastoral programs. During the past three years, Holy Family Parish has been blessed in many ways. Attendance is good. Spirits are high. Fundraising events like the Christmas Fair, the Strawberry Festival, and the Grand Annual Collection have been successful both by raising funds and by building and strengthening our parish as a vibrant community or prayer, fellowship, and service. An ongoing source of encouragement and joy is to receive positive comments from both parishioners and summer visitors about the good work of our pastoral team, the amazing dedication of our volunteers, and the blessings of the Holy Spirit in our parish. Although collaboration between parishes is sometimes challenging, parishioners from both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish are praying together, working together, and helping each other live the Gospel, share God’s love, and rebuild the Church here in Gloucester and Rockport.

Along with our many blessings come some challenges and hard choices. Included in this week’s newsletter (and posted below) is a financial summary for the fiscal year that ended on June 30th. Balancing our budget last year without any lease income was indeed a challenge. But thanks to the hard work of our finance council, pastoral team, and countless volunteers, I am happy to report that our parish budget is balanced. Thanks to your generous support, we met and exceeded our weekly offertory goal (102%) and our Grand Annual Collection goal (111%). The Holy Family Women’s Guild also reached its annual fundraising goal of $35,000. In addition, we reduced spending in several areas related to administration, utilities, and basic expenses. On your behalf, I wish to sincerely thank the members of the Holy Family Parish Finance Council for their dedicated service, good advice and wise counsel: Joseph Grella (Chair), Robert Krause, Rosa Ladd, and Sheila McCarthy. I also wish to thank two members of our pastoral team, Claire Murphy and Cliff Garvey, for their hard work and for keeping me (and all of us) focused on making the best use of the financial resources made available to us by our parishioners.

As always, the long-term financial stability of Holy Family Parish depends on parishioners like you who give so much of your time, talent, and treasure to help us raise the funds necessary to pay our bills, balance our budgets, and continue the good and necessary work of sharing Christ’s love, mercy, and friendship with every single person who enters one of our churches. During the coming year, we will work diligently to keep our budget balanced through fundraising events, encouraging weekly offertory, ongoing efforts to reduce expenses, and asking for your help with our Grand Annual Collection. But in the end, it will always be your ongoing prayers and generosity that make what we do possible each and every day. During the coming weeks, I will have more news to share with you about our efforts to repair and restore Saint Ann Church and other important matters. Until then, please accept my deepest thanks for your prayers and encouragement during my first three years as your pastor. Your kindness and support humbles me and sustains me in my ministry. Please continue to pray for me, for our pastoral team, and for each other. And please know that you and your family are always in my prayers. Thank you in advance for your prayers and ongoing support for Holy Family Parish!

Peace and blessings to all,
Father Jim

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

Holy Family Parish Finance Report 2016-17

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Pastor’s Message
Our Pastoral Plan (2017-2019)

Live the Gospel. Share God’s Love. Rebuild the Church.

Almost three years ago, Cardinal Seán created the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport as a collaborative of two historic parishes: Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. This model of parish life is the product of an archdiocesan pastoral plan called “Disciples in Mission” which called for each parish to remain canonically and financially independent, but served by one pastor and one pastoral team. It also called for the creation of a three year pastoral plan in every collaborative. Here in Gloucester and Rockport, our challenge was to create a plan that respects the unique character of our parishes but strengthens their growing collaboration as a community united in prayer, fellowship, and service. After many months of discussion, prayer, research, and hard work, I am happy to report that our pastoral plan is complete and that Cardinal Seán has personally approved it.

This long process began by assembling a pastoral planning team. Rather than choosing a team that represented particular groups or interests, I decided to choose a team that gave voice to the different life experiences and vocations that are present within our parishes: a newly baptized single woman, a single man, a single mother, a widow and grandmother, a grandfather, a married father with children, a mother whose young adult children are not fully practicing their faith, a divorced and remarried woman, and an experienced elementary school teacher. This strategy was widely praised by archdiocesan leaders and is now being used in other parishes. More importantly, the members of our planning team gave generously of their time and talent to draft a three year pastoral plan that will empowers our parishes to become spirit-filled schools of prayer and dynamic centers of the New Evangelization.

During the course of this pastoral planning process, we identified three values that will direct the work of our parishes: prayer, fellowship, and service. We also developed three priorities that will guide our ministries and serve our most pressing needs: 1) creating a culture of discipleship (with primary emphasis on adult & youth faith formation); 2) creating a culture of stewardship (with primary emphasis on building maintenance and fundraising); and 3) creating a culture of vocations (with primary emphasis on praying for and promoting vocations to the diocesan priesthood). Lastly, we shaped a simple but compelling vision that will inspire our work together as disciples: “Live the Gospel. Share God’s love. Rebuild the Church.” This vision, along with our values and priorities, will serve as both the foundation and motivating energy of our shared ministries in the Lord’s vineyard.

Needless to say, I am excited about every component of our pastoral plan. In some areas, like youth faith formation, we have already made much progress in reimagining and rebuilding our programs. In others, like building maintenance and fundraising, we have much hard work ahead. Right now, I am particularly enthusiastic about two adult faith formation initiatives: our spiritual direction and retreat ministries. At this point, Cliff Garvey is the only trained and certified spiritual director in our parishes. By next spring, however, Cliff will be joined by two others: Ann Marie Noble and Patricia Bertero, who are completing the first year of their training program at Saint Anthony Shrine in Boston. I am also delighted that Cardinal Seán has approved our proposal to transform Saint Ann Rectory into a “House of Prayer” that will offer both directed and non-directed retreats under the guidance of a resident director. And I am very happy that Cliff has agreed to oversee this project. Throughout the Church, there is considerable demand for this kind of retreat ministry. In addition, rental income and retreat donations will make the former rectory more self-sufficient in terms of utility costs and ongoing maintenance expenses.

In accordance with archdiocesan guidelines, our pastoral plan was drafted to achieve practical results. It will be implemented with both flexibility and focus by me, our amazing pastoral team, and the dedicated family of volunteers who share their time, talent, and treasure with our parishes. Our pastoral plan is now posted below. Printed copies are also available at our pastoral office. And during the coming weeks and months, there will be much more to share with you about our plan. So, stay tuned! Until then, I wish to sincerely thank the members of our pastoral planning team: Andrea Ando, Peter Brau, Cliff Garvey, Thomas Misuraca, Ann Marie Noble, Jane Russo, Lori Thorstensen, Margaret Wiberg, and Betsy Works. As a pastor, I could not have hoped for a more positive and supportive group of parishioners with which to work on this important project. In addition, our team wishes to thank Denise Ehlen of Catholic Leadership Institute and Father Paul Soper, Director of Pastoral Planning for the Archdiocese of Boston, for their guidance, good friendship, and great advice during this process.

Peace and blessings to all,
Father Jim

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

Learn More: Our Pastoral Plan (2017-2019)

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Pastor’s Message
Repairing Saint Ann Church

Last year, I shared with you what can be best described as a “towering challenge” for the good and faithful people of Holy Family Parish. As you know, when I became your pastor almost three years ago, there was much talk about a proposal to make Saint Ann Church more accessible by installing an elevator and to renovate the parish hall, kitchen, and bathrooms. At the time, the estimated cost of just the elevator (excluding the other projects) was almost one million dollars. And although many thousands of dollars had already been spent on engineering consultants and architectural plans, a thorough inspection of the structural integrity of the church had not been conducted. So, with the support of our finance council, I requested a professional and thorough inspection of Saint Ann Church. The results were both disturbing and disheartening. Over the years, the virtue of deferred maintenance has become the vice of neglect. The ceiling over the spot where the new elevator would have opened into the church is cracked and crumbling. Archways and ceilings in the choir loft and tower have collapsed to the point where all public access to these portions of the church is now prohibited. The anchors, frames, pins, and sills that support both the large and small rose windows are in such bad shape that they need to be rebuilt. And the buttresses on the front of the church have deteriorated to the point that they are separating from the building and threatening its long-term structural stability.

Many of the church’s problems are caused by masonry leaks in the bell tower that allow water to travel from the steeple, through the tower, and then into the spaces between the exterior stonework and interior plaster. These leaks are causing the tower, the east wall, and the interior (especially in the vestibule and choir loft) to deteriorate at an accelerated pace, causing noticeable damage to the front doors, ceilings, walls, and woodwork of the church. These problems are wors- ened by severe winters that cause water to freeze, expand, melt, and contract. Overall, we have reached the point where major portions of our beautiful and historic church must be restored (not just repaired) for both safety and structural reasons. This is no longer about maintaining our church; this is about restoring it and saving it. In short, this potentially ruinous situation is urgent and must be addressed now.

During the past year, Saint Ann Church has been poked, prodded, checked and double-checked by local and regional experts to ensure that we have found any and all problems that might affect its long-term structural stability. Competitive bids to complete the restoration work were submitted by four respected contractors. After studying these bids and consulting with our finance council, parish council, pastoral team, representatives from all of our parish ministries, and archdiocesan officials, we have decided to engage the services of Aniceto Historical Restorations, Incorporated of Milford, Massachusetts, a construction firm with a strong reputation for completing similar projects in the Archdiocese of Boston, to complete this project before the end of this calendar year. The overall cost of this necessary project will be approximately one million dollars.

At this point, the success of the Saint Ann Church Restoration Project depends solely on your support. In order to save our church for future generations of faithful and faith-filled parishioners, we must rededicate all of the donations for the so-called elevator project; and we must begin a vigorous campaign for additional donations. Since calling attention to this problem last year, I have spoken with countless parishioners before and after Mass, at parish events, and in private one-on-one conversations about the challenges facing Saint Ann Church and Holy Family Parish. Some parishioners have asked for their money back. But most parishioners have strongly urged us to forge ahead with plans to restore Saint Ann Church before it’s too late. Needless to say, we cannot meet this towering challenge without your encouragement, enthusiasm, prayers, and support. As always, if you have comments, questions, or a few dollars to spare for this good and worthy cause, please do not hesitate to contact me.

More than 800 years ago, a young man named Francis walked into a dilapidated little church and knelt in prayer before an ancient crucifix. He prayed: “Most High and Glorious God, enlighten the darkness of my heart. Give me right faith, certain hope, and perfect charity. O Lord, give me insight and wisdom, so that I might always discern your holy and true will. Amen.” Upon completing this prayer, the Crucified Christ spoke: “Francis, go and rebuild my church!” That young man would become Saint Francis of Assisi. Many centuries later, we are faced with a similar prayer and a similar challenge. Let us pray for faith, hope, and love. Let us pray for guidance and wisdom. Let us pray for courage and per- severance to confront our towering challenge. And let us pray for the grace and strength to live the Gospel, to share God’s love, and to rebuild our beautiful church! Amen! Saint Ann, pray for us! Saint Joachim, pray for us! Saint Anthony, pray for us! Saint Francis, pray for us! Saint Peter, pray for us! Our Lady of Good Voyage, pray for us! May the Sacred of Heart of Jesus have mercy on us!

Peace and blessings to all,

Father Jim

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

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Parish Pay
Electronic Giving Made Safe & Easy
Available at Both Parishes

Electronic giving is now available at both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. At ParishPay, it is easy, simple, and safe to make online donations to your home parish using a credit card, debit card, or electronic check. Donations can be made on a one-time-only or ongoing basis. And it takes just a few minutes to set up a secure personal account. So, please prayerfully consider supporting your parish by giving electronically! For more information about electronic giving in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, please visit parishpay.com or contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com. If you need any assistance with setting up an account, please contact Claire Murphy at cmurphy@ccgronline.com. Thank you for your generous and ongoing support of our parishes!

Learn More: ParishPay.com

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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.

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