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Maritime history of the Holocaust

The Lappin Foundation invites the community to join a Zoom presentation on Thursday, January 13 at 7:30 p.m. by historian and collector Judaica Gregg Philipson on the people, organizations, ships and events that shaped the Holocaust to a point sea ​​view. It is a little known but fascinating and important part of the history of WWII and the Holocaust. The display features many rare and unusual artifacts from Gregg and Michelle Philipson’s extensive Holocaust collection. The program is free for everyone. Subscribe to the Zoom on link

Children of Terezin

The Lappin Foundation invites the community to a discussion with the director and the cast of “Terezin: Children of the Holocaust”, Thursday January 20 at 7 pm on Zoom. The film follows a day and a night in the life of six children imprisoned in Terezin during the Holocaust. Anyone who signs up for the Zoom discussion will receive a link to watch the film anytime January 14-20. The screening and the discussion are free and everyone is welcome. Visit to register for this program.


Church of the village of Annisquam, 820 Washington St., is open for worship on Sundays at 10 a.m. The church limits the capacity to 100 people vaccinated. COVID-19 protocols continue to be evaluated as needed. Worship services are also accessible through Zoom. Chat rooms open at 9:30 a.m. A time of prayer and reflection is offered on Thursdays at 7 p.m. via Zoom. Everyone is welcome. For more information and web links, please see

Cape Ann Biblical Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, has a Sunday service at 10:30 a.m., with limited capacity and broadcast live on where past services and messages can be found. For more information, visit or call 978-281-3941.

The Catholic community of Gloucester and RockportChurches in are open for Masses with no capacity limit or reservation.

Saturday Vigil Masses are held at 4 p.m. at St Ann’s Church, 74 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, and 6 p.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 142 Prospect Street in Gloucester.

Sunday Masses will be at 7:00 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Our Lady of Good Voyage Church, 8:15 a.m. at St. Ann’s Church and 10:00 a.m. at St. Joachim’s Church, 56 Broadway in Rockport . Sunday Mass will also be available online on the churches YouTube channel,

Daily masses are celebrated at Notre-Dame du Bon Voyage church on Wednesdays at 5.30 p.m., Thursdays and Fridays at 8 a.m. and the first Saturday of the month at 8 a.m.

The sacrament of confession is offered on Wednesdays from 6:05 p.m. to 6:45 p.m. at the Notre-Dame du Bon Voyage church and by appointment.

Masks are compulsory. There will be social distancing by having all other benches roped up and not available at Sainte-Anne during Masses at 4 p.m. on Saturday and 8:15 a.m. on Sunday.

Reverend James Achadinha, pastor of the community, said all ministry and ministering organizations are meeting again. Pastoral care is always available by calling 978-281-4820 or [email protected]

Gloucester First Baptist Church, 38 Gloucester Ave., hosts Sunday services at 10 a.m. The shrine is open for worship and has been marked with arrows for entry and exit, and some benches have been blocked off to help meet appropriate COVID-19 protocols. Masks are mandatory at all times, as well as the practice of social distancing. The service is also available on Facebook Live to be consulted as it unfolds, or to be consulted later if you wish. Everyone is welcome.

Rockport First Baptist Church, 4 High St. in Rockport, resumed in-person worship on Sunday at 10 a.m. The church will not require masks to be worn but encourages those who wish to do so. Some benches will be closed to maintain social separation. Outdoor Sunday and weekly programming is offered to children and youth. All activities follow COVID-19 protocols. More information about the church and services can be found at

First Church in Wenham, 1 Arbor Street, Wenham hosts candlelit prayer services on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. in front of the church building. Masks must be worn at all times. Outdoor health safety instructions will be followed throughout the events.

Essex First Congregational Church (FCCOE), 39 Main St., Essex, loves it in person (places limited) and online at their website. To participate in the visit and click on “Home Sunday Worship”. You can also stay connected by clicking “Like” on her Facebook page, First Congregational Church of Essex.

Rockport First Congregational Church, UCC, hosts in-person services on Sundays at 10 a.m. The services will be broadcast live on the church’s Facebook and YouTube channels. Questions? 978-546-6638.

Manchester First Parish, 10 Central St. in Manchester, hosts Sunday morning worship in person and online at 10 a.m.

For those who wish to attend in person, the church will follow the state’s COVID-19 protocols; details can be found at Virtual worship for those who are not yet ready to return can be found at and YouTube (search for First Parish Church Manchester by the Sea).

Mondays: On the first and third of the month, the “Still Speaking” group meets at 7:30 pm to discuss the thinking of modern intellectuals on questions of faith, morals and justice in relation to our spiritual tradition. On the last Monday of the month, the Book Group meets at 7 p.m. to discuss a book of interest to people of various backgrounds.

Wednesday: Prayer & Meditation, 7 p.m. An opportunity to come together for a quiet reflection, a sharing of the scriptures and the offering of prayer intentions.

Thursdays: Bible Study, 4:00 p.m., covers upcoming weekly scriptures. No preparation is necessary.

To join these programs on your computer, tablet, smartphone, or phone, contact [email protected] or 978-526-7661 for details.

Gloucester United Methodist Church, 436 Washington St., has an in-person worship service on Sundays at 9:15 a.m. Everyone is welcome! More information on the church’s Facebook page,

Unitarian Universalist Church of Gloucester, 10 Church St., hosts in-person Sunday services at 10 a.m. Seats are spaced out for social distancing and masks are mandatory. The services are also broadcast live. For more information, please visit Everyone is welcome.

Cape Ann North Shore Bible Church, 65 Eastern Ave. in Essex, plans this Sunday to have a service at 10 a.m. and stream it online. Seats can be reserved at

Lanesville Orthodox Congregational ChurchThe 10 am Sunday worship service is held in person and online. Visit for information or for the link to connect via Zoom or Facebook to participate.

Pigeon Cove Chapel in RockportServices are celebrated in person and online at 10:30 a.m. Sunday. See his YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523

Rockport United Methodist Church, 36 Broadway in Rockport, has an in-person worship service on Sundays at 11 a.m. Everyone is welcome! More information can be found on our sister church’s Gloucester United Methodist Church Facebook page,

Episcopal Church of St. John, 48 Middle St., resumed in-person Sunday worship at 9 a.m. Online services are posted on YouTube at stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services and more information are available at

Saint Paul Lutheran Church, 1123 Washington St. in Gloucester, resumed in-person worship services every Sunday starting at 10 a.m. All national and local COVID-19 guidelines for group participation are followed. Online virtual Sunday worship services are also available, with recordings posted on To find out more, subscribe to the church newsletter on Everyone is welcome; please call 978-283-6550 with any questions.

Ahavat Achim temple runs a religious school, weekly Torah study class, morning Shabbat service, and Sunday minyan service in person and on the Zoom platform. Instructions on how to join the temple’s Zervices can be found on its home page,, where details on the programming of the High Holidays can also be found.

Congregational Church of the Trinity UCC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, invites all to its Sunday services at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary and on Zoom. Reverend Dr Norma Brettell will lead the service. Please contact the church office, [email protected] or 978-283-1442, for details on the COVID-19 protocols in place.

Weekly Seaside Strummers ukulele band. No experience required. Play, laugh and learn with us.

Weekly Scripture Prayer Group: Pray using a method that allows the spirit to settle deeply.

Connect with the church by email, or online at

Rockport Unitary Universalist Society, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport, resumed in-person worship on Sunday at 10:30 am Services will continue on Zoom. Check the website for the Zoom link if you cannot attend in person. The church demands that masks be worn regardless of immunization status and all participants are urged to socially distance themselves. Everyone is welcome.

Visiting parish, Churches of the Sacred Heart and of Saint-Jean-Baptiste: All masses and services are held at Sacred Heart Church, 62 School St. in Manchester, while St. John the Baptist, 52 Main St. in Essex is temporarily closed for renovations.

The Rev. Paul Flammia celebrates Sunday mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m.

The Saturday Vigil Mass will be celebrated in person at 5 p.m., and available to view on the parish website,, and YouTube channel at 4 p.m.

More information can be found on the parish website at

West Gloucester Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave. in Gloucester, suspends in-person worship in January due to a local increase in COVID-19 cases. Sunday church services with musician Renée Dupuis will be broadcast live at 10 a.m. on the church’s Facebook page. You don’t need to be a Facebook subscriber to view the service, which can also be viewed at other times.

The church also offers a Zoom Prayer Time / Coffee Hour on Fridays at 10 a.m. All are welcome. To receive the Zoom link, please call the church at 978-283-2817 and leave your email.

For pastoral needs, questions, or to reach Reverend Rona Tyndall, please call the church at 978-283-2817.

Announcements can be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed Andrea Holbrook at [email protected], at least two weeks before the event.

Ruth R. Culp