By Yadira Betances
---- — METHUEN — Students at the Islamic Academy for Peace have been busy helping local children and others across the country.
Members of the Student Council are leading a coats collection for the Anton’s Cleaner’s Coats for Kids drive through Jan. 21.
Students have also sent teddy bears for Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn. They are also collecting new and gently used books for the “Reach Out and Read” through Children’s Hospital. So far the school has collected over 100 books. Books or coats can be dropped off at the Islamic Academy for Peace, 125 Oakland Ave.
Kimberly Hahn leads women’s retreat at St. Thomas
DERRY, N.H. — Kimberly Hahn, wife of renowned Christian writer Scott, leads a retreat for women March 23 at St. Thomas Aquinas, 26 Crystal Ave.
“Women of Faith: Blessed and Called,” includes talks, adoration, lunch, confession and recitation of the Rosary. It ends with Mass at 4:30 p.m. Registration fee is $40 and the retreat is limited to 300 people.
In 1993, Hahn and her husband published, “Rome Sweet Home: Our Journey to Catholicism,” a book which details their conversion to Catholicism.
Scott Hahn was a Presbyterian minister and very anti-Catholic, but became interested in the church due to its stance on contraceptives. After prayer, Bible study, and reflection, he converted at Easter 1986. His wife is the daughter of a well-known Protestant minister, who also converted to Catholicism.
The Hahns were married in 1979.
In addition to Rome Sweet Home, Kimberly Hahn has published, “Catholic Education Homeward Bound,” co-written with Mary Hasson, 1996; “Life-Giving Love” co-written with Scott Hahn), 2001; “Genesis to Jesus,” co-written with Michael Barber, 2007 and “Chosen and Cherished: Biblical Wisdom for Your Marriage” 2007.
The retreat is sponsored by St. Thomas’ Knights of Columbus Council 3023. To register, contact the church at 603-432-5000.
Honoring Dr. King
HAVERHILL — Temple Emanu-El hosts a musical service honoring the Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., Jan. 18 at 7 p.m. at the temple, 514 Main St.
Rabbi Ira Korinow, spiritual leader at Temple Emanu-El, the Rev. Gregory Thomas, pastor of Calvary Baptist Church, and Mindy Harris, cantor at the temple, will lead the service. Music will be provided by Joe Devoe, music director at the church, the Calvary Baptist Sanctuary Choir, and the adult choir from the temple.
Members of the Greater Haverhill Clergy Association will also participate.
Abundant Grace, 127 Rockingham Road, Derry: The movie, “Faith like Potatoes” will be shown Jan. 11, 7-9 p.m.
AMC LOWES, Methuen: The film, “Restless Heart,” the story of St. Augustine is shown Jan. 12 at 7 p.m. Tickets are $12 and can be purchased by logging on to www.catholicquest.org or sending a check made out to Catholic Quest in care of Ginny Sartanowicz, 300 Waltham St., Lexington, Ma. 02421.
Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: Convivium Musicum, a Boston-based Renaissance Choir of 20 singers, performs a concert of early music and works by Johannes Brahms, Jan. 20 at 4 p.m. Michael Barrett is conductor. The James Thompson Brass Quintet performs a brass and organ concert Jan. 26 at 7 p.m. Barbara Bruns plays the C.B. Fisk organ. Suggested donation is $15 for adults; $10 children and senior citizens.
Congregation Beth Israel, 501 S. Main St., Andover: Students help lead Kabbalat Shabbat services Jan. 25 with blessings, songs, and food. Dinner begins at 6 p.m., followed by services.
De Colores Christian Books, 34 N. Broadway, Salem: The Rev. Andrew M. Beauregard speaks on the Apocalypse of John Jan. 19 at 10:15 a.m. He will discuss the Catholic Biblical interpretation and the book of Revelation and what revelation really reveals. Participants are asked to bring their bible and notebooks.
Faith Lutheran, N. Main St., Andover: Members of the retiree group, “Prime Timers” meet Jan. 17 at 10:30 a.m. for a slide show on China. Participants are asked to bring a grab bag. The youth group watches “The Hunger Games,” follow by a discussion on the Christian and social themes reflected in the popular movie and book.
First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen: People interested in becoming a member can attend an informal meeting Jan. 13 after the 10 a.m. service. New members will be received on Jan. 20.
Merrimack College, 319 Turnpike St., North Andover: “Jews, Christians and Muslims: Together in Prayer,” Feb. 6, 7-8:30 p.m. in Cascia Hall.
New England Bible, 60 Chandler Road, Andover: A Bible study for women on the Book of Ruth begins Jan. 8 and a second Bible study on Nehemiah starts Jan. 10. Both meet at 10 a.m.
North Parish, 190 Academy Road, North Andover: The film “Tapped” will be shown tomorrow at 6:30 p.m., followed by a discussion. Pulitzer Prize finalist Martin Espada speaks Jan. 13 at the 9 and 11 a.m. Espada will read poems and speak about immigration drawing on his experience representing Latin American immigrants. Espada will read some of his poetry today at 3 p.m. The Book and Movie Group watches the movie “Visitor,” Jan. 10 followed by discussion. The Rev. Lee Bluemel and the Membership Committee lead “Exploring Unitarian Universalism,” Sundays, Jan. 27, Feb. 3 and Feb. 10, 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. Reservations can be by sending an email to MembershipCoordinator@northparish.org.
Presentation of Mary Academy, East St., Methuen: A 10-week retreat based on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius and in the spirit of Blessed Ann Marie Rivier begins Jan. 7 at 6:30 p.m. in the Ste. Claire Residence on the school campus. To register, call Sister Nora at 978-685-2852.
Sacred Hearts, Bradford: The parish hosts a holy hour of life Jan. 20 at 3 p.m. with adoration of the Blessed Sacrament and benediction.
St. Anne, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead: “The Crippled Lamb” by Max Lucado will be the basis for the Christmas pageant performed and narrated by children, tomorrow at 4 p.m.
St. John the Evangelist, 110 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill: All the choirs of St. John and St. James parishes celebrate a holiday concert tonight after the 4 p.m. Mass.
St. Basil Salvatorian Center, East St., Methuen: The Rev. Ralph DiOrio leads an evening of prayer and healing, Jan. 17, 6 to 9 p.m. For advance seating, call 978-683-2959.
St. Joseph of St. Mary and Joseph Parish, 40 Main St., Salem: The Rev. John Michalowski leads a workshop on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius January through June. Participants will pray 45 to 60 minutes a day over the assigned scripture passages or meditations from Ignatius’ exercises, then write their experience in a journal. The program, “Exploring the Catholic Faith” where participants reflect on the Sunday gospel and discuss it, continues Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. through Easter.
St. Jude, 435 Mammoth Road, Londonderry: The book club discusses “Jesus and the Jewish Roots of the Eucharist: Unlocking the Secrets of the Last Supper” by Dr. Brant Pitre Jan. 16 at 7 p.m.
St. Matthew, 2 Searles Road, Windham: Members of the Men of St. Joseph meet Jan. 12 beginning with rosary at 7:15 a.m. followed by Mass with the Rev. Paul Belhumeur. Deacon Bernie MacDonald is guest speaker.
St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover: The Tuesday Bible study group explores the book of Revelation beginning Jan. 10 at 7:30 p.m. The parish celebrates Father Paul Keyes’ 50th anniversary as a priest, Feb. 3 at noon. Reception follows. “Why Catholic?” a faith sharing group begins Feb. 10 and meets for six-week to explore the key tenets of the apostle’s creed with emphasis on the trinity, the incarnation and the paschal mystery.
St. Monica, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen: Adult formation classes based on the Catholicism series by the Rev. Robert Barron starts in January on the fourth Monday of every month at 7 p.m. Cost is $30 for the workbooks. To register, call Jim Lundt at 978-683-1193 ext. 101 and leave your name and number. Padre Pio Prayer group meets Jan. 8 at 6:30 p.m. and includes group prayer, recitation of the rosary with meditations written by Padre Pio and veneration of a relic. Mass in Latin is celebrated Jan. 9, 7-9 p.m. The Rev. Albert MacPherson celebrates Mass and healing session, Jan. 14 at 7 p.m.
St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: Mass in honor of Our Lady of Altagracia, patroness of the Dominican Republic, is Jan. 20 at 12:30 p.m. “Life and Faith” adult faith formation series exploring part II of the Cathechism of the Catholic Church will be held Feb. 21, March 14 and April 11, from 7-8:30, through April. Bible study for people in their 20s and 30s meets weekly to discuss the Passion and Resurrection narratives of Jesus, Tuesdays at 8:30 p.m.
St. Patrick, 12 Main St., Plaistow: Centennial Mass for emergency medical technicians and members of the police and fire departments is celebrated Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. Reception follows hosted by the teen ministry. Members of the parish’s Men’s Club meet Jan. 12 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship.
St. Paul Episcopal, Main St., North Andover: The women’s book group discusses “The 19th Wife” by David Ebershoff, Jan. 17.
South Church, 41 Central St., Andover: Adult education course on spiritual innovation, Jan. 8 and 15, 7-9 p.m. The course explores innovation, neuroscience and the gospel message. Rabbi Robert Goldstein, spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel preaches Jan. 13 at 10:30 a.m. as part of the Temple Emanuel and South Church Pulpit Exchange. The Temple Emanuel Junior Choir participates.
Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover: Rabbi Miriam Philips leads the Jewish book group, Jan. 24 at 7 p.m. Cantor Idan Irelander leads a bar and bat mitzvah class for adults beginning Feb. 28 at 7 p.m. Participants will learn to read Hebrew, the history of music and chant the Torah trope or the musical phrase cantillation applied to sacred text during public readings.
Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill: Bible study class meets Jan. 12 at noon to discuss issues concerning Israel and the Middle East. The temple hosts a service Feb. 3 at 1 p.m., honoring the four American chaplains who in 1943 gave their life preservers when their ship, the USS Dorchester was struck. Reception follows at the Haverhill American Legion Post 4, Main Street. Haverhill native and best-selling author Larry Tye speaks on his latest book, “Superman: Who Knew he was Jewish” Feb. 3 at 9:30 a.m. The book club discusses “Cain” by Jose Saramago, Jan. 13 from 10 a.m. to noon.
Trinitarian Congregational, 72 Elm St., North Andover: The Rev. Richard Knight leads a discussion on Garry Morgan’s “Understanding World Religions in 15 Minutes a Day,” Wednesdays at 7 p.m., starting Jan. 9. The book costs $12.
Trinity Episcopal, 26 White St., Haverhill: Historian and theologian Dr. Fredrica Harris Thompsett, is guest preacher tomorrow at 10 a.m. She has taught at Episcopal seminaries for more than 35 years and is a well-known lay leader in the church. Thompsett has written many articles and books on the history and leadership of ordained and lay men and women in the church. “Born of Water, Born of Spirit: Supporting the Ministry of the Baptized in Small Congregations” co-written by Sheryl Kujawa-Holbrook published in 2010, has received rave reviews.
Universalist Unitarian, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: The documentary, “The Price of Inequality” based on Joseph Stiglitz’ book will be discussed Jan. 11 at 7 p.m. The church hosts its 27th annual Rev. Dr. Martin Luther King Breakfast, Jan. 20 at 8 a.m. with members of Calvary Baptist Church.
West Congregational, 767 Broadway, Haverhill: Kris Mineau, president of the Massachusetts Family Institute is guest speaker at the Sanctity of Life prayer breakfast Jan. 16 from 8 to 10 a.m. Breakfast is free. For reservations, call the Pregnancy Care Center of Haverhill at 978-373-5718 or email firstname.lastname@example.org by Jan. 11.
West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover: Jennifer Zhang of the Winchester School of Chinese Culture presents a slide show of traditional Chinese culture and the current cultural renaissance, Jan. 13 during fellowship hour.