, Salem, MA

May 17, 2014

North Shore religion news in brief

The Salem News

---- — As part of its 155-year anniversary celebration, Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Marblehead will congratulate five long-term parishioners with a special awards presentation at the 11 a.m. Mass on Sunday, May 18, at 85 Atlantic Ave. A reception will take place prior to the 10 a.m. Mass. Parishioners to be recognized are Marie Adams, daily communicant and Marblehead resident; Lois Denis, former president of the Mothers’ Club and collaborator of the Sisters of Notre Dame in the Parish School; Wilbur Bassett, longtime usher at the 7:30 a.m. Sunday Mass; and Harold McKinnon, longtime usher at the 4 p.m. Mass. For more information, visit, or call the parish rectory at 781-631-0086.

St. Richard Parish of Danvers is holding its 29th annual Monsignor Cusack/John Costello Golf Tournament on Monday, June 2, at 8 a.m., at the Far Corner Golf Course in Boxford. Registration begins at 7:30 a.m. The cost is $90 per person and includes 18 holes of golf (best ball/shotgun start) with a cart, and a cookout with prizes, raffles and awards. To participate, mail the name of player(s), address, phone number, and email address along with a check made payable to “St. Richard Parish” to Seaneen Breen, 4 Robert Road, Danvers, MA 01923, before Tuesday, May 20. Single and group golfers are welcome. For more information or for sponsorship opportunities, contact Seaneen Breen at 978-804-6353 or

The community is invited to the JCC of the North Shore on Wednesday, May 28, at 7:30 p.m., for an entertaining, interactive, and easy-to-remember and implement seminar on inspiring Jewish identity in children. The seminar is for parents and grandparents, and features best-selling author and internationally-renowned speaker Doron Kornbluth. Through stories and exercises, the presentation helps parents and grandparents to get more involved in Judaism for both themselves and their children. The event is free and kosher dairy desserts will be served. RSVPs are requested by Wednesday, May 21, to Susan Feinstein at 978-740-4431 or The JCC is located at 4 Community Road in Marblehead.

Our Lady Star of the Sea Parish in Marblehead is offering “Why Catholic,” a new program open to all adults who want to learn more about Catholicism and the sacraments, and meet other members of the parish. Small group sessions take place in the Parish Center, 80 Atlantic Ave., on the following days: Sundays, 12:15 to 1:30 p.m., May 18, June 1 and 8; Mondays, 9:45 to 11 a.m. and 7 to 8:30 p.m., May 19 and June 2; and Thursdays, 9:45 to 11 a.m., May 22 and 29. For more information, visit, or call 781-631-0086.

The Peabody Essex Museum and St. Michael’s Church are sponsoring a symposium, titled “Building a Handsome Church: St. Michael’s Marblehead, 1714,” on Saturday, June 7, from 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., at PEM, 161 Essex St., Salem. The symposium features a full day of presentations observing the 300th anniversary of the oldest Episcopal Church in New England still holding worship services in its original building. The $75 registration fee includes all presentations, lunch, tours of St. Michael’s Church, concluding reception and general admission to PEM. Everyone is welcome to attend. Registration and details are available at

The Lappin Foundation has formed the Youth to Israel Alumni Association, which invites all alumni from 1971 to 2013 who participated in any of the teen trips subsidized by Lappin Foundation and by the Jewish Federation of the North Shore, including Y2I, LGI, USY, NFTY, Young Judaea and others. The first alumni event will take place on Sunday, June 1, at 4 p.m., with a free, special screening of the IMAX film “Jerusalem, The Movie.” Alumni are invited to reconnect, reminisce, and re-visit the magic and beauty of Jerusalem. Seating is limited to 300. Attendees will receive a goodie bag of Israeli treats. Alumni can reserve up to two tickets each by contacting Evan Coltin at 978-740-4410 or

On the second Sunday of each month, members and friends of Maple Street Congregational Church 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, peanut butter, canned tuna and cereal. The church is at 90 Maple St., Danvers. For more information, call 978-774-4510.

Jewish children, ages 6 months to 8 years, are invited to be a part of PJ Library, the free Jewish book-of-the-month club. Illustrated books about Jewish holidays, traditions, folklore and more are mailed directly to children, making it easy for parents to build a Jewish library for their young children. Subscriptions are free and made possible by funding from the Lappin Foundation, Cohen Hillel Academy, the Harold Grinspoon Foundation and CJP. Dozens of fun family programs around books of the PJ Library take place throughout the North Shore during the year, and all are free. For information about eligibility and other family programs, contact Phyllis Osher at 978-740-4404 or, or visit