RESOURCES

Free Prayer Resources
For Adults, Families & Children

Saturday, November 21st  – Updated 12:30pm

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 during this time of trial, sacrifice and suffering, we recommend the following resources for prayer and reflection which can be accessed by clicking on the links below:

This Week’s Recommended Resources
Thirty-Fourth Week in Ordinary Time
On Retreat with Bishop Mark O’Connell

Beatification of Blessed Carlo Acutis

The Living Rosary Virtual Retreat

Daily Prayer Resources

Praying with Pope Francis

Father Jim’s Faith & Family Videos

Praying with Father Jim

Assisi Project Podcasts

TERESAStories of Mother Teresa
Catholic Relief Services Video Series
Each Episode: Approximately 2 Minutes

Behold
Stories of Catholic Life
Each Episode: 30 Minutes

Franciscan Media
Struggling with Depression?
Each Episode: Approximately 1-2 Minutes

The Good Samaritan
Catholic Relief Services Video Series
Each Episode: Approximately 3-5 Minutes

CTS101: Catholic Social Teaching
Catholic Relief Services Video Mini-Course
Each Episode: Approximately 4 Minutes

Boo & Linus: The Video Playlist

BOO & LINUS (WATERCOLOR)Boo is blue-tan dapple miniature dachshund. Linus is a piebald miniature dachshund. During this pandemic crisis, they miss greeting parishioners before and after weekend Masses. So, they are watching lots and lots of cool videos. All of these videos are free and easy to watch! Just click the links below! More video recommendations coming soon!

Wild Goose TV
Metanoia: A Journey with Christ Into Conversion

The Ministry of the Wild Goose is part of Franciscan Pathways, a non-profit outreach of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (TOR). The Ministry of the Wild Goose works in partnership with 4PM Media, a Catholic media company, to produce high quality resources that will enhance our spiritual journey. Each episode last approximately 30 minutes. During the coronavirus pandemic, these videos are free (with registration).

Wild Goose TV
The Wild Goose: Discovering the Holy Spirit

The Ministry of the Wild Goose is part of Franciscan Pathways, a non-profit outreach of the Franciscan Friars of the Province of the Most Sacred Heart of Jesus (TOR). The Ministry of the Wild Goose works in partnership with 4PM Media, a Catholic media company, to produce high quality resources that will enhance our spiritual journey. Each episode last approximately 25 minutes. During the coronavirus pandemic, these videos are free (with registration).

Cardinal Sean’s Virtual Retreat
Christ: Our Light in the Darkness

Resources for Adults

The Kids Bulletin

Resources for Families with Children

New! Video Resources for Elementary School Kids

Check back soon for additional resources! If you have questions or need further suggestions about daily prayer during these difficult and uncertain times, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com or Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

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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 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 groups. If you are interested in praying online, please click on the link below:

If you have questions or need further suggestions about daily prayer during these difficult and uncertain times, please contact Father Jim at frjim@ccgronline.com or Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com.

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The Assisi Project
Need Prayers?

Founded in 2007 by Father Jim and Cliff Garvey during their first pilgrimage to Italy, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscan in Spirit. Our mission is to help believers of all ages and backgrounds grow closer to Christ, to the Catholic Church, and to each other through the intercession, inspiration, and life example of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi.

Members of the Assisi Project range in age from 17 to 94 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 visiting assisiproject.com and making use of the many resources on our website (including our Daily Prayers, Franciscan Rosary, Way of the Cross, and more than fifty reflections and stories about Saint Francis and Saint Clare). Come and pray with us online! May the Lord give you peace — now and always!

Learn More: The Assisi Project

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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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