Pastors Message – Go, therefore and make disciples!

by Holy Family Cape Ann on October 10, 2014

In his first Apostolic Exhortation, The Joy of the Gospel, Pope Francis reflects on how the church can continue to follow Jesus’ command to “go therefore and make disciples of all nations” through what the Church now calls “the new evangelization.” Pope Francis defines an evangelizing community as one that knows the Lord “has loved us first and therefore we can move forward, boldly take the initiative, go out to others, seek those who have fallen away, stand at the crossroads and welcome the outcast.”  In this way, the Holy Father challenges us to bring the Gospel to all people without exclusion.

This new evangelization or “going forth” is no longer just for those who do not yet know Jesus (such as those who have not yet been baptized) but particularly to the baptized “whose lives do not reflect the demands of Baptism.”  As disciples, we are called to share our faith through action more so than just with words.  And we are called to share our faith with everyone, even those with whom we might disagree or dislike.

The responsibility of sharing the Good News of Christ and seeking the lost sheep is no longer only for ordained clergy or members of religious orders; nor only catechists and director of faith formation; nor only pastoral ministers or parish staff.  Rather, every member of our Church is called to play a crucial role in this evangelical work.  Each of us is called to communicate the central message of our Catholic faith – God love us in His Son and bestows upon us His mercy.  In turn, we are called to respond to God’s love by going forth and sharing his love with others.

Pope Francis reminds us that what should disturb our consciences is “the fact that so many of our brothers and sisters are living without the strength light and consolation born of the friendship with Jesus Christ, without a community of faith to support them, without meaning and a goal in life.”  We sometimes forget that the Church community is the house of the Father. Here, everyone can share in some way the life of the Church and be a part of the community.  Here, there is a place for everyone, “with all their problems.”  In this new evangelization, Pope Francis calls us to be “facilitators” of God’s grace rather than arbitrators or tollhouse.  The sharing of the Gospel message is always the work of the Lord.  We are called to cooperate with Him.

As we celebrate World Mission Sunday, we pray for those who continue to share the Gospel and make known Jesus Christ in every nation throughout the world.  We pray for our own missionaries journeying to Cevicos in the Dominican Republic for their service week. And we pray for each of us that we might respond to the Gospel by sharing the love of God with all people.

Peace & blessings to all,

Father Jim


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Religious Education 2014 – 2015

by Holy Family Cape Ann on August 17, 2014


The registration form and the calendar for the 2014-2015 Youth Faith Formation at Holy Family Parish are posted here on the website.   Weekend classes have been scheduled to coincide with our Mass schedule or after school following the Rockport elementary school schedule.  By registering your child for Youth Faith Formation you offer another way to bring about our Christian faith in a community of peers.

The traditional gatherings for our faith formation program in Rockport will meet in the faith sharing loft of St. Joachim Church. At Saint Ann Church in Gloucester, we will continue to use the school building. With the use of the school, we ask that all of our catechists, volunteers and students respect the classroom space including the desks, closets and storage spaces. We are grateful for the use of the school building by the West Parish Public School of Gloucester.  The youth faith formation program will supply all our children with a folder, pencils, crayons and paper that will be necessary for their lessons.

As Catholics, especially as parents, we are called, invited and encouraged to bring our children to Mass every Sunday. It is the experience where as a family we gather to rejoice in the Good News of Christ.  Youth Faith Formation classes do not replace the grace and nourishment from the celebration of Eucharist. The classes assist you in the task of sharing the faith.

Attendance at our weekly classes is important. We only meet once per week. We ask that our children be present every week. We ask that your child not miss more than 3 excused absences so as to meet the milestones of formation each catechetical year.

We will offer opportunities for continued formation for families at our Whole Parish Faith Formation (WPFF) Sundays.  During WPFF throughout the year, our children will participate in “Keeping Children Safe” program mandated by the Archdiocese of Boston. Beginning in October, on the first Sunday of each month, the Children’s Liturgy of the Word (CLOW) will be offered at the 10:45am Mass for our youngest members of the parish.

Catechists for all grades are needed for the upcoming youth faith formation year.  If you feel called to participate in the formation of our youth, please consider being a catechist.  We will provide you with all the training and support needed.   Our youth faith formation program offers classes for students from Kindergarten through Confirmation (grades 9 & 10). Fr. Jim Achadinha, our pastor, and I along with the staff, catechists, and volunteers of our program are here to support you and your family in this work of faith and in the faith formation of your child.

If you have any other questions regarding our youth faith formation program for the upcoming year, please contact me at (978) 281-4820 or e-mail

Summer blessings and peaceful days,

Dawn Alves  -  Director of Youth Faith Formation

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Bulletins 2014

July 3, 2014

Click here for Bulletins June 22, 2014 June 15, 2014 June  8, 2014 June 1, 2014 May 25, 2014 May 18, 2014 May 11, 2014 May 4, 2014 April 27, 2014 April 20, 2014 Easter Sunday April 13, 2014 April 6, 2014 March 30, 2014 March 23, 2014 March 16, 2014 March 9, 2014 March […]

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Parish Pay Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT)

July 1, 2014

Parish Pay provides Holy Family Parish parishioners with an electronic method of collecton weekly offerings.  Electronic Funds Transfer (EFT) gives our parishioners an option of donating electronically through their checking, savings, or credit card accounts.  The funds are then directly transferred to Holy Family Parish each and every month. To find out more about Parish […]

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Homilies 2014

April 7, 2014

FrJohn 7th Sunday of Easter June 1, 2014 FrJohn 6th Sunday of Easter May 25, 2014 Fr John 5th Sunday of Easter May18, 2014 FrJohn 3rd Sunday of Easter May 4, 2014 FrJohn 2nd Sunday of Easter April 26, 2014 Fr John Easter Sunday April 19, 2014 FrJohn Good Friday April 18, 2014 FrJohn Holy […]

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Lenten Evening of Renewal

April 6, 2014

You’re invited to our annual evenings of renewal. Each evening will begin at 7:00pm in St. Ann Church. Sunday, April 6, Fr. Paul Ritt will be the speaker. Fr. Paul is a former seminary professor and an excellent presenter. Click here to hear Fr Paul’s presentation” He’s presently pastor of the Lynnfield Collaborative parishes. He’ll […]

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World Day for the Sick – February 11, 2014

February 15, 2014

Tuesday, February 11, 2014, Fr. John offered two presentations, one was at 10:30am and the second was at 7:00pm in the Parish Hall.  His presentation explained the Sacrament of Anointing the Sick, end of life issues and the importance of a Funeral Mass.  To hear a recording of the presentation click on the link below. […]

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December 31, 2013

How do I get the spirit of power, love and self-control??  What’s it all about??  Alpha has all the answers.  Join us for a “Taste and See” event at St John the Baptist in Essex on Monday, evenings at 6:30pm.  For more information call Louse DePino or Dawn Alves at 978-281-4820(Holy Family Office).

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Religious Education 2013 – 2014

December 30, 2013

Religious Education Information 2013 – 2014 Religious Education Registration Form and Fee Information Scheduling and Locations Children’s Lectionary of the Word Parking Logistics during Faith Formation Classes Whole Parish Faith Formation Confirmation Information Choosing a Confirmation Name Confirmation Application 2013 – 2014 Confirmation Service Work Packet Confirmation Year 1 (grade 9) Saint’s Essay or Choosing […]

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Knights of Columbus Events

December 27, 2013

Knights of Columbus – Council 215 PO Box 399, Gloucester, MA 01931-0399 To visit the Knights of Columbus Website click here. June 29, 2014   Please attend the St Peter’s Fiesta Mass at St Peter’s Square.  Celebrate the pageantry of this time honored tradition with Holy Family Parish.  The 4th Degree will be in attendance. July 8, 2014 at […]

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