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 www.staroftheseamarblehead.org, 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 www.stmichaels2014.org.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org.