Our Pastor’s Message – Summer Projects and a Summer Retreat

by Holy Family Cape Ann on July 9, 2014

July 13, 2014

Last month, I arrived during a busy time in the life of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport.  But now that the wonderful traditions of the Holy Spirit Crownings & Saint Peter’s Fiesta are complete, it’s time to focus on the broader needs of our parishes.  So, here’s and update on where we’re headed in the coming weeks and months.

First, we are hoping to have an all-new website and limited social media presence by the end of the summer.  In addition, we should have new email addresses for each member of the pastoral team that reflect the identity of the new collaborative.  Once that is accomplished, more detailed contact information for members of the pastoral team will be published in the bulletin and posted online.

Second, I have begun having conversations with each member of our pastoral team about their particular positions and ministries in an effort to gauge what works well, what does not, and what we can all do to best serve both Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish.  For example, after consulting with members of the pastoral team, we have now implemented a more streamlined Baptism Preparation Program for new parents and godparents.  Now that both parishes share one pastoral team, it is essential that we reach out to all and, at the same time, make the best use of our time and resources.

Third, one particular area of focus in the coming months will be adult faith formation.  Cliff Garvey, our new Minister of Evangelization, will be working with me and our pastoral team to develop programs that serve the needs of adults of all ages and interests.  These programs will include adult sacramental preparation, book study groups, days of prayer, and other offerings.

One of these programs will be a “Summer Retreat” from Sunday, July 27th through Friday August 1st at 7:00pm at Our Lady of Good Voyage.  During this six-night retreat experience, Cliff and I will lead participants through a series of spiritual exercises and discussions based on Father Henri Nouwen’s classic book, “The Way of the Heart:  Connecting with God Through Prayer, Wisdom, and Silence.”  Each evening of the summer retreat will begin with Evening Prayer, followed by a conference and faith sharing.

All adults are welcome to join us!  An offering of $25.00 per person is requested.  All participants will receive a copy of the book, along with a cup of coffee or cold drink.  If you would like to join us on retreat, please contact Cliff at 978-281-4820 or c.garve3y @ymail.com.

As the summer season continues, please pray for all who work and worship with the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport.

Peace & Blessings to all,

Father Jim


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Parish Pay Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

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