Our Christmas Worship Schedule
The Celebration of Holy Mass is the source and summit of our community’s joy and its life of prayer, fellowship, and service. All are welcome to gather with us for Mass and to participate in Holy Communion in accordance with a personal examination of conscience and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. In a spirit of radical welcome to all people, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport joyfully invites you and your family to join us for Mass in celebration of the Nativity of Our Lord Jesus Christ at Christmas!
- Christmas Eve – Tuesday, December 24th
Saint Ann Church at 4:00pm
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at Midnight
- Christmas Day – Wednesday, December 25th
Saint Ann Church at 8:15am
Saint Joachim Church at 10:00am
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church at 11:45am
At Christmas and always, are doors are open to every saint and every sinner. Our doors are open to the rich and the poor, to the young and the old, and to everyone in between. Our doors are open to married couples and single people, to straight people and gay people, and to all who are discerning their way in the world. Our doors are open to every citizen and every non-citizen, and to all who seek a community of prayer, fellowship, and service. Our doors are open to healthy people and sick people and to all who long for the Lord’s healing presence in their lives. Again and again and again, you and your family are welcome! At Christmas and beyond, let us open wide the doors! Let us open our arms! Let us open our hearts and minds! And let us cry out together, forever and always: “Welcome Home for Christmas!”
Our Worship Schedule
The Celebration of Holy Mass is the source and summit of our community’s joy and its life of prayer, fellowship, and service. All are welcome to join us for Mass and to participate in Holy Communion in accordance with personal conscience and the teachings of the Roman Catholic Church. The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport celebrates Masses according to the following schedule. Come and pray with us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Saturday Vigil Masses
- 4:00pm Saint Ann Church
- 6:00pm Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
- 7:00am Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
- 8:15am Saint Ann Church
- 10:00am Saint Joachim Church
- 11:45am Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
- 5:00pm Saint Ann Church (English & Portuguese)
- Monday, Wednesday, Friday & Saturday at 8:00am
Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
- Tuesday and Thursday at 8:00am
Saint Joachim Church
- Saint Joachim Church
- Saint Joachim Church
Tuesday & Thursday 9:00am-10:30am
- Saint Ann Church
For more information about our worship schedule, please see one of our priests or deacons or a member of our pastoral team before or after Mass; or contact Father Jim at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!
Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation
As sinners, we acknowledge our faults and failures. We also believe deeply in God’s boundless mercy and limitless love for us. The Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation (Confess) offers each of us an opportunity to reconcile ourselves with both God and the Church. The sacrament is comprised of four elements: sorrow for one’s sins, confession of those sins to a priest, absolution by a priest, and an act of penance. The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport celebrates the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation according to the following schedule:
- Saint Ann Church
- Our Lady of Good Voyage Church
Wednesday 6:00pm-8:00pm (Lent Only)
Confessions are also heard by appointment with one of our priests. If you cannot participate in the Sacrament of Penance & Reconciliation during one of our regularly scheduled celebrations, then please contact Father Jim at email@example.com.
Daily Prayer Resources
In addition to participating in the sacramental life of our parishes, all Catholics are called to holiness through daily prayer. As one way of encouraging members of our community to grow closer to Christ through prayer, we recommend the following online resources for daily prayer and reflection which can be accessed by clicking on the links below:
- Daily Mass Readings
- Liturgy of the Hours
- The Pope Video
- Sharing the Word
- Sunday Soundbites
- Saint of the Day
- Seven Easy Tips for Prayer
For further suggestions about daily prayer, please see one of our priests or deacons before or after Mass; speak with a member of our pastoral team; or contact Cliff Garvey, Associate Minister, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Liturgy of the Hours
In his First Letter to the Thessalonians, Saint Paul writes: “Rejoice always, pray without ceasing, give thanks in all circumstances; for this is the will of God in Christ Jesus for you (1 Thess 5:16).” For centuries, Christians have puzzled over what it means to pray without ceasing. But one ancient practice provides us with an answer: the Liturgy of the Hours.
Since the middle ages, the Church has used a daily practice of prayer called the “Divine Office” or “Liturgy of the Hours” to mark and sanctify the various hours or times of the day: morning, afternoon, evening, and night. It uses a four-week cycle of psalms, canticles, and scripture read- ings to draw us into deeper relationship with Christ and the Church by uniting us with the Lord and each other through prayers of petition, praise, and thanksgiving.
At ordination, our deacons and priests make solemn promises to pray with the Divine Office each and every day. However, the Liturgy of the Hours is not just for deacons, priests, and those consecrated to religious life. Countless lay men and women around the world make the Liturgy of the Hours the foundation of their daily prayer and worship. Indeed, in Canticum Laudis, the Apostolic Constitution of the Church, we read: “The purpose of the Divine Office is to sanctify the day and all human activity. The Divine Office is the prayer not only of the clergy but of the whole People of God.” The Liturgy of the Hours can be prayed alone or in community. If you are interested in praying online, please click on the link below:
If you have questions or need assistance with praying the Liturgy of the Hours, please see one of our priests or deacons before or after Mass; or contact Father Jim at email@example.com or Cliff Garvey at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Holy Rosary
All are invited to join us every morning after Daily Mass in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport as we pray the Holy Rosary. By praying the Rosary, we grow closer to our Risen Lord by meditating on the mysteries of his life, death, and resurrection; and we grow closer to our Blessed Mother by asking for her intercession for ourselves, our parishes, and our world. For more information, please see Father Jim or a member of our pastoral team. Please join us! All are welcome!
All parishioners of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are now welcome to schedule one Sunday Mass and one weekday Mass in memory of family, friends, and special intentions at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, Saint Ann Church, and/or Saint Joachim Church through December 31, 2016. The suggested donation for a Memorial Mass is $10.00. If you have questions or need assistance, please contact Melissa Unis at email@example.com. Thank you in advance for your cooperation and generosity.
The sanctuary lamps that signify the presence of the Blessed Sacrament in each of our churches in the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport can be donated in memory of departed loved ones. The requested donation for a sanctuary lamp is $25. Also, if you or your family would like to donate altar flowers in memory of a departed loved one, the requested donation is $250 per week. For more information, please contact Melissa Unis at firstname.lastname@example.org. Thank you in advance for your generous support of our parish communities!
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. Our worship sites include Saint Ann Church in Gloucester, Saint Anthony Chapel in Gloucester, Saint Joachim Church in Rockport, and Our Lady of Good Voyage Church in Gloucester. We are a Roman Catholic faith community united in prayer, fellowship, and service. For more information about becoming a member of one of our parishes, please contact Father Jim at email@example.com. Please join us! All are welcome!
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