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April 6, 2013

Geneticist to speak at St. Augustine about God and evolution

By Yadira Betances

---- — ANDOVER — Dr. Gerard M. Verschuuren author of “God and Evolution?” speaks April 13 from 10 a.m. to noon at St. Augustine Church Hall, 43 Essex St.

A human geneticist, Verschuuren was born and educated in the Netherlands. He has taught biology, genetics, human genetics, statistics, philosophy, philosophy of biology, logic and programming in the Netherlands as well as Merrimack College in North Andover and Boston College.

He is the author of “Darwin’s Philosophical Legacy – The Good and the Not-So-Good,” “ Of All That Is, Seen and Unseen – Life-Saving Answers to Life-Size Questions,” “God and Evolution? – Science Meets Faith,” and “What Makes You Tick? – A New Paradigm for Neuroscience.”

Religion listings

:Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury Road, Andover: The Rev. Andre Patenaude better known as “Father Pat” performs in concert April 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. For tickets call Fran at 978-851-2186.

Atkinson Congregational, 101 Main St., Atkinson: Cathy Dionne discusses our faith journeys during an adult Bible study, April 28 at 8:45 a.m.

Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: International artist Douglas Major performs an organ recital April 28 at 4 p.m. The parish is hosting an introduction to “Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd” children’s formation program, May 4, 9 :30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Cost is $10. To register, email chughescuozzo@christchurchandover.org.

Corpus Christi at Holy Rosary Church, 35 Essex St., Lawrence: Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated tomorrow beginning at 2:45 p.m. with Eucharistic adoration, recitation of the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Novena to St. Anthony begins April 16 at 7 p.m. and continues on Tuesdays for nine weeks.

:Faith Lutheran, 360 S. Main St., Andover: Pastor Marsha Heydenreich leads a Bible study group on “The Old Testament in Matthew,” Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.

:Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St., North Andover: “Night Words — A Midrash on the Holocaust” by David Roskies will be presented tomorrow from 2 to 4:30 p.m. in Cascia Hall. “Night Words” is a dramatic reading by 36 participants who bring together the boldest writings from rabbinic, medieval, and modern literary sources, dialogue, voices, questioning, and even orchestrated rage at the height of the Holocaust.

North Parish, 190 Academy Road, North Andover: The Green Sanctuary Film Series presents “Genetic Roulette,” April 7, 6:30-8 p.m. Discussion follows.

St. Augustine, 34 Essex St., Andover: Year of the Faith Scripture study will be held Mondays through May 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The study was designed by the Rev. Mitch Pacwa and examines themes instead of specific Bible books. Topics include belief in Jesus, assent to Creed, conversion, witness of charity, faith and new evangelization. To register, contact Sister Madonna at srmadonna@staugustineparish.org. Cost is $15.

St. Basil Salvatorian Center, 30 East St., Methuen: Tickets to the reverse raffle and dinner are available for $100. Drawing will be held April 17 at 6 p.m., and only 250 tickets will be sold. Grand prize is $5,000. Each ticket admits two people to a stuffed chicken dinner.

St. Christopher’s Episcopal, 187 East Road., Hampstead: “Rhythms of Grace” a sensory friendly worship is April 6 at 2 p.m. The service includes Bible stories, interactive therapeutic arts and crafts projects, and gluten-free communion. The goal of the non denominational program is to meet the spiritual needs of children and their families living with autism-spectrum disorders.

St. Joseph of St. Mary and Joseph parish, 40 Main St., Salem: The chaplet is introduced by Anna Willis and sung by Brenda Terry tomorrow at 3 p.m. Confessions will be heard at 2 p.m. Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated with the recitation of the chaplet.

St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., Manchester: The Diocese of Manchester is hosting a Mass for those affected by child abuse on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Reception follows in the parish hall. For information, contact Joseph P. Naff, director of the Office of Healing and Pastoral Care at 603-668-0014 ext. 233 or email him at jnaff@nh-cc.org. Bishop Peter Libasci leads Mass in honor of the Virgin Mary May 18. It begins with the Rosary at 7:30 a.m., Mass at 8 a.m., followed by a catered breakfast. To register, log on to www.catholicnh.org/nhdccw.

St. Lucy, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen: Sisters Ann Whittaker and Anne Marie O’Shea lead “Women of Spirit, Living in God’s Amazing Grace,” April 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule includes Mass, breakfast and two sessions. Cost is $10. For registration information, call the church office at 978-686-3311.

St. Luke the Evangelist, 8 Atkinson Depot Road, Plaistow: Members of the Women’s Guild host the Ladies Social Circle from the Plaistow Baptist Church April 11 at 1 p.m. George Moore speaks on the life and times of George Washington.

St. Mary, 94 Andover St., Georgetown: Feast of the Divine Mercy, tomorrow at 3 p.m.

St. Mary and Joseph Parish, 33 Main St., Salem: The Rev. John Michalowski leads a workshop on the spiritual exercises of St. Ignatius now 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.

:St. Matthew, 2 Searles Road, Windham: Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated tomorrow from 2:30 to 4 p.m. with Eucharistic adoration, recitation of the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. Members of the Men of St. Joseph meet April 13 beginning with recitation of the Rosary at 7:15 a.m. followed by Mass.

:St. Monica, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen: Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated tomorrow from 2:15 to 3:30 p.m. with Eucharistic adoration, recitation of the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and veneration of the Divine Mercy image and music by the Rev. Scott Ness. Women’s prayer group meets April 15 at 7 p.m. in the school’s music room.

St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: Divine Mercy Sunday is tomorrow at 3 p.m. with Eucharistic adoration, recitation of the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and veneration of the Divine Mercy image. The Adult Faith Formation series, Life and Light discusses the sacrament of marriage, April 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The documentary series “Catholicism” will be held Thursdays for 10 weeks, beginning April 18 at 7 p.m. The rite for the blessing of a child in the womb to support parents awaiting the birth of their children takes place April 21 at the 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses.

St. Patrick, 12 Main St., Pelham: The parish’s Men’s Club meets April 13 from 7:30 to 9 a.m. for breakfast and fellowship.

St. Paul Episcopal, 390 Main St., North Andover: Book group discusses “Lolita in Tehran” by Azar Nafisi, April 18

:Sacred Hearts, Bradford: Divine Mercy Sunday is celebrated tomorrow from 3 to 4 p.m. with Eucharistic adoration, recitation of the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and veneration of the Divine Mercy image.

:St. Theresa of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen: “God is Calling You to be His Friend: An Intimate Relationship with God” is the theme of a parish retreat April 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day includes scripture, liturgy, song and prayer. Donations accepted. Sister Linda Bessom speaks on housing issues and the homeless, April 8 at noon. Sister Bessom was a teacher at St. Augustine School in the 1970s and 1980s and her presentation is part of the parish’s luncheon speaker series. Donations accepted.

South Church, 40 Central St., Andover: Spirituality service featuring Taize music and meditations by the Rev. John Zehring tomorrow 10:30 a.m.

Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover: Deborah N. Margolis leads the lecture series today, April 13 and 20 beginning at 10:30 a.m. Margolis is chairwoman, associate professor and human development director for the School of Education’s undergraduate program at Merrimack College. Rabbi Robert Goldstein, Cantor Idan Irelander and cantorial soloist Jodi Blankstein lead the Yom Hashoah service of remembrance April 12 at 7 p.m. Violinist Lea Goldstein provides musical accompaniment.

:Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill: Bible study class is held April 13 at noon to discuss issues concerning Israel and the Middle East. Book club discusses “Once We Were Brothers,” by Richard Balson, April 28 at 10 a.m.

:Third Baptist, 33 Warren St., Lawrence, The theme of the spring revival is “The Cost of Stewardship,” April 16 to 19 at 7 p.m. and April 21 at 4 p.m.

:Trinitarian Congregational, 72 Elm St., North Andover : Coffeehouse concert featuring soloists, Stan Boothby, Janet Swatski and Rich & Alisa Knight, April 6, 7 p.m. Free, but donations accepted.

:Universalist Unitarian, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: The book group discusses Alison Wright’s “Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” April 14.

West Church, 727 Broadway, Haverhill: Beth Moore leads a women’s bible study on, “Stepping Up: A Journey through the Psalms of Ascent,” Mondays at 6:45 p.m. beginning April 8. Dialogue on, “Are Faith and Science at War?” continues April 11, 18 and 25 at 7 p.m.

West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover: Prospective members can learn about the church, April 21 at 9 a.m.