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Confirmation course

The Gloucester and Rockport Catholic Community offers a two-year preparation program for high school students who wish to receive the Sacrament of Confirmation. Due to the coronavirus pandemic and the necessary restrictions on large in-person gatherings, the first year, which begins this spring, will be a simple, user-friendly, video-based remote program. Teenagers under the age of 18 wishing to prepare for the Sacrament of Confirmation can complete a registration form and return it in person to Notre-Dame Hall this Saturday, March 6, from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. or March 13, between 2:30 p.m. and 4:00 p.m. Suggested tuition of $75 per student is requested at the time of registration. Bursaries are available for families in need. Bibles, timetables and journals will be distributed at in-person registration on March 6 and 13. Registration forms and program schedules are also available at For more information, please visit or contact Reverend James Achadinha at 978-281-4820 or [email protected]

Passover mosaics

Israel-based mosaic muralist Mia Schon will lead a one-hour Spring and Passover-themed paper mosaic workshop on Monday, March 15 at 7:30 p.m. Participants will learn how to reuse paper step by step to design their own unique source and Passover themed card using supplies from home. All you need is a glue stick, scissors, printer paper and a magazine or alternative paper to cut out. The workshop is free and no experience is necessary. Sign up for the Zoom link on Contact [email protected] or call (978) 565-4459 with any questions.


The village church of Annisquam is hosting online services every Sunday at 10 a.m. 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, go to

Cape Ann Bible Church, 8 Thompson St., Gloucester, offers a Sunday service at 10:30 a.m. on for the live stream. Old services and messages can be found there. For more information, go to or call 978-281-3941.

The Catholic Community of Gloucester and Rockport is taking reservations online and by phone for Sunday Mass at 8:15 a.m. at Saint Ann’s Church, 10 a.m. at Saint Joachim’s Church and 7 a.m. and 11:45 a.m. at Church of Our Lady of Bon Voyage. Places are limited and reservations must be made before 5 p.m. on Saturday and will be confirmed. Rev. James Achadinha conducts Masses privately, then uploads them to the church’s YouTube channel, CCGRonline, and provides resources on the community’s website,, for hosting private home services. Each update includes prayers and scripture passages to read and ponder at certain times of the day. The Sacrament of Penance and Reconciliation (confession) is available by appointment only.

Sacred Heart and St. John the Baptist Churches: Reverend Paul Flammia will celebrate Mass at 8:30 a.m. and 10 a.m. at Sacred Heart Church in Manchester. Sunday Mass schedule available at Sign Up Genius on the parish website at Reservations for all Masses can be made and attendance requirements can be found at

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 pews have been blocked off to help observe proper 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 watch as it unfolds, or to watch later if you wish. Everyone is welcome.

Wenham First Church, 1 Arbor St., Wenham holds candlelit prayer services on Sundays at 4:30 p.m. outside the church building. Masks must be worn at all times. Outdoor health safety guidelines will be followed throughout the events.

The First Congregational Church of Essex (FCCOE), 39 Main St., Essex, worships in person (spaces limited) and online on its website. To enter, visit and click on “At Home Sunday Worship”. You can also stay connected by clicking “Like” on his Facebook page, First Congregational Church of Essex.

The First Congregational Church, UCC, in Rockport is live streaming Sunday services on its Facebook and Zoom page at 10 a.m. Questions? 978-546-6638.

First Parish Manchester is offering a virtual worship service on Sundays at 10 a.m. Join us at The church also offers:

Wednesdays: Prayer and Meditation at 7 p.m., an opportunity to come together for quiet reflection, sharing of Scripture and offering prayer intentions.

Thursdays: Bible study at 4 p.m., discussion of upcoming weekly scriptures. No preparation is necessary; All welcome.

Tuesday evening classes and committee meetings online via Zoom. To join the Zoom conference, on your computer, tablet, smartphone or phone, contact [email protected] for details.

Past worship services available on YouTube; search First Parish Church Manchester by the Sea.

Gloucester and Rockport United Methodist Churches continue to share worship together online each week. Music, scriptures and sermons are featured every Sunday from 9.15am on Due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the two church buildings at 436 Washington St., Gloucester, and 36 Broadway, Rockport, remain closed until deemed safe to open. However, “the people are the church” of the churches and the missionary work continues. Any questions can be directed to the church website listed above.

Gloucester Universalist Unitarian Church, 10 Church St., Gloucester, is holding Zoom worship services are online,, on Sundays at 10 a.m. For an invitation to join the service, email [email protected] before 10 a.m. on Sunday morning. Everyone is welcome.

Cape Ann’s North Shore Bible Church, 65 Eastern Ave. in Essex, plans this Sunday to have a service at 9 a.m., another at 11 a.m., and stream them online. Seats can be reserved at

Lanesville Orthodox Congregational Church Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. remain online, but some weekly prayer meetings and Bible study classes meet in person. Go to for information or for the link to connect via Zoom or Facebook to participate.

Pigeon Cove Chapel services in Rockport are remote for Sunday worship at 10:30 a.m. See his YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle Street, is closed except for AA meetings. Online services are posted on Youtube at stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services and more information are available at

St. Paul’s Lutheran Church in Gloucester holds Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday Services at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live at All welcome. Questions? Call 978-283-6550

Ahavat Achim Temple remains closed due to the coronavirus pandemic. The temple’s religious school, weekly Torah study class, morning Shabbat service and Sunday minyan service have been moved to the Zoom platform. Instructions on how to join the Temple Zervices can be found on its homepage,, where details of major holiday programming can also be found.

Trinity Congregational Church UUC, 70 Middle St., Gloucester, invites all to its Drive-In Church, which is held every Sunday in the church car park, from 10:30 a.m. sharp Arrive early and listen to the service from your car stereo, or sit outside in socially distanced chairs. Communion will be celebrated in a COVID-19 safe format on the first Sunday of each month. The service is also available online at; and on the Facebook page: Trinity Congregational Church Gloucester.

The church also offers:

Ice Cream Social, Wednesdays 7-7:30 pm vis over Zoom (bring your own ice cream).

UCC Lent Book Club on Tuesdays from February 16 to March 30, from 4 p.m. to 5 p.m., also on Zoom.

For links to these events, please contact Trinity Congregational Church at 978-283-1442 or [email protected]

Unitarian Universalist Society of Rockport, 4 Cleaves St., Rockport, hosts Zoom worship services online Sundays at 10:30 a.m. For an invitation to join the service, send an e-mail to [email protected] Everyone is welcome.

West Gloucester Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Ave., Gloucester, continues to pray online on its new website, (click on “Worship Church Online”) for the safety of parishioners. Congregants can also like West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church on Facebook to view services. Church services are available on YouTube; search West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church.

March 7 – Third Sunday of Lent. Communion Sunday. Musician Renée Dupuis.

March 14 – Fourth Sunday of Lent. Musician Renée Dupuis.

March 21 – Fifth Sunday of Lent. Musicians Jeannine Lynch and Arnie Rosen.

March 28 – Palm Sunday. Musician Renée Dupuis.

Zoom Meditation Lent on Wednesdays March 10, 17 and 24 at 6 p.m.

The Zoom Book discussion group meets every Thursday at 5 p.m. to discuss “American Jezebel: The Extraordinary Life of Anne Hutchingson, the Woman Who Deified the Puritans” by Eve LaPlante.

The church also offers a Zoom Prayer Hour on Wednesdays at 10 a.m. and a Zoom Coffee Hour on Fridays at 10 a.m. All are welcome.

To receive the link for any of the Zoom groups, please call the church at 978-283-2817 and leave your email and let us know which link(s) you would like to receive.

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

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

Ruth R. Culp