, Salem, MA

February 23, 2013

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — St. Richard Parish in Danvers will hold its third annual St. Patrick’s dinner on Saturday, March 9, at 5:30 p.m. in the lower church. A traditional corned beef and cabbage dinner will be served. Ticket prices are: adults, $12; children 10 and under, $9; and children 5 and under, free. Tickets are available after each Mass at the St. Richard Parish Center or by contacting Mary Roach at 978-340-3044 or There will be live entertainment by the St. John’s Prep Celtic band and Irish step dancing by O’Shea Chaplin Irish Dancers. Raffle baskets will be donated by Parish ministry groups.

Maple Street Church in Danvers will hold its fourth annual Trivia Night on March 9 at the Polish Club, on Cheever Street, Danvers, from 6 to 10 p.m. All are welcome to attend and encouraged to form teams of eight. Singles and groups with fewer than eight members will be placed with others to form a team. There will be a DJ, prizes, raffles and a cash bar. The cost is $15 for adults and $5 for children. All are welcome to bring snacks, dinner and/or desserts. Call the church office at 978-774-4510 or Mercy Duffill at 508-527-4745 or to purchase tickets, reserve a table or donate to the raffle.

Hatsumi Miura from Yokohama, Japan, will perform in the St. Michael’s Church Organ Recital Series on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 5 p.m. at 26 Pleasant St., Marblehead. Her program will include works by Kerll, Cabezon, Carrieri, Bach, Brahms and Robert Schumann. Miura studied at New England Conservatory of Music and, during her two years in Boston, was assistant organist at All Saints Church in Ashmont. Since returning to Japan in 1998, she has been appointed organist at Yokohama Minato Mirai Hall. She also teaches organ at Ferris University in Yokohama and is organist at St. Andrew’s Episcopal Church in Yokohama. Suggested donation at the door is $10. A reception will follow the concert. For more information, visit or call 781-631-0657.

BostonYJP and Chabad of the North Shore present “Purim in Prison,” a Purim party for young Jewish professionals north of Boston at the Great Escape Restaurant in Salem. The event will be held on Sunday, Feb. 24, at 8 p.m. and will include an open bar, hot kosher hors d’oeuvres and entertainment by comedian Johnny Lampert. Meet, network and socialize with young Jewish singles, professionals and businesspeople north of Boston. To reserve a spot, visit For more information, contact Rabbi Shmaya Friedman at 781-581-3833 or

“Images of Jewish Women in American Film,” a film and discussion series sponsored by the Jewish Women’s Archive, will trace cultural representations of and attitudes toward Jewish women in American films in the past 50 years. The series begins Wednesday, March 6, at 7 p.m. at Woodbridge, 240 Lynnfield St., Peabody, with the movie “Marjorie Morningstar,” the 1958 film version of Herman Wouk’s novel. Future dates and movies include “Hester Street,” April 22, at the JCC in Marblehead; “The Way We Were,” May 2, at Aviv Centers in Peabody; “Private Benjamin,” June 5, JCC in Marblehead; and “Kissing Jessica Stein,” July 22, at Aviv Centers in Peabody. Admission is free, and refreshments will be served. To reserve a spot, contact Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or

The Chabad of Peabody presents “When More Makes Merrier: A Holistic Approach to Happiness” on Monday, March 4, at 7:30 p.m. at 83 Pine St., Peabody. The lesson introduces Jewish wisdom that provides a holistic understanding of what happiness is and how it can be achieved through material satisfaction and spiritual fulfillment. The cost is $10 per person. Reserve a spot at

Children of all ages are invited to experience the Model Matzah Bakery at the Chabad of Peabody, 83 Pine St. From threshing and winnowing the wheat stalks to kneading and rolling, each child will bake their own matzo from scratch. Parents are invited to join their children or join in a discussion/class on how to create a fun, interactive Passover Seder that will keep young children engaged and excited. The class will be led by Raizel Schusterman. The cost is $5 per child and free for parents. Reserve a spot at

The Hamilton-Wenham Public Library presents “Inspirational Evenings” featuring Jorgelina Zeoli’s video series titled “Miracles,” which incorporates Zeoli’s two autobiographical films about healing from trauma through self-awareness, spirituality, music and art. Book signings and videotaped discussions with holistic practitioners, trauma survivors and members of different faiths will follow both films. The series will run April 1, 8, 22 and 29 and May 6, 13 and 20 from 6:30 to 7:45 p.m. at 14 Union St., Hamilton. Seating is limited; to reserve a spot, call the library at 978-468-5577.

Curious about Unitarian Universalism? Join the Unitarian Universalist Church of Greater Lynn for “UU 101,” led by the Rev. Judy Smith-Valley. The course will be held on Wednesdays at 7:30 p.m. through Feb. 27 at 101 Forest Ave., Swampscott. The course will introduce Unitarian Universalism; help attendees decide if UUism is right for them; provide information related to Unitarian Universalist worship, theology, history, social justice, faith development and governance; provide resources within and outside the congregation for the independent exploration of topics; and introduce participants to a cross-section of current members. The class is free and open to the public. Reserve a seat by calling 781-595-8836, ext. 11, or email for more information.

The Girls Book Club is a free program of the Robert I. Lappin Charitable Foundation and funded in part by an allocation from the Jewish Federation of the North Shore. Girls ages 9 to 12 and mothers are invited to participate in club, featuring a series of books that focus on the lives and adventures of American Jewish girls. The club will meet on Wednesday evenings from 7 to 8:15 p.m. at Putnam Pantry, Route 1 north, Danvers, on April 10, June 5, Oct. 2 and Dec. 11. Attendance at all sessions is encouraged but not required. Grandmothers and special friends are also welcome to participate. Books and refreshments are free. Registration is requested by March 1 to Phyllis Osher at or

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church will collect food and essential items for the Danvers Food Pantry. Items most needed are baby wipes, disposable diapers in sizes 3 through 6, canned soups, tuna, pasta, boxed juices and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call the church office at 978-774-4510.

At 12:01 a.m. on Feb. 27, 1963, St. Mary’s Parish was divided in two, and a new parish, St. Richard of Chichester, was officially recognized and named to honor the patron saint of Cardinal Cushing. St. Richard’s will celebrate its 50-year anniversary with a Mass on Wednesday, Feb. 27, at 8 a.m. at 90 Forest St., Danvers. Light refreshments will be served in the rectory conference room following the Mass. Learn more at, or visit for event details.