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November 16, 2012

Bishop William McNaughton to speak on Vatican II

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Vatican II also allowed lay people to serve as readers and Eucharistic ministers, and to get involved in Charismatic renewal, marriage encounters and cursillos. There has also been some disadvantages such as less people going to confession and having less respect for the sanctity of life, he said.

“The Year of Faith is a way to concentrate on new evangelization reaching out to those who have lost their faith or whose faith is weak,” he said.

McNaughton said Pope Benedict is asking priests and religious education teachers to read the Vatican II documents and the Catechism. McNaughton was born in Lawrence one of five children. He grew up on Florence Avenue, Tower Hill and attended St. Augustine Grammar School. He graduated from Central Catholic High School. McNaughton was ordained a priest of the Catholic Foreign Missionary Society of America or Maryknolls in 1953. When he was named bishop of Inchon, Korea in 1961, he became one of the youngest bishops in the world. He served in Korea all of his priestly life until he retired in 2002. McNaughton lives in Methuen with his sister Ruth. For the past 10 years, he has offered Mass at the Monastery of St. Clare in Andover and is chaplain to the Knights of Columbus in Lawrence.

People of different faiths will gather to praise and thank God for all the blessings they have received this past year during ecumenical Thanksgiving services

Here is a partial list:

Andover: South Church, 41 Central St., Nov. 18 at 5 p.m. Clergy from Christian, Jewish and Muslim congregations will participate and the service includes the sharing of bread from each tradition. The Rev. Jon Paul, pastor at Free Christian Church preaches. Among other participating clergy are: Imam Telha Akkaya of Selimiye Mosque, Methuen; Rabbi Dr. Robert S. Goldstein, Temple Emanuel; Rev. M. Laura Hoke — Unitarian Universalist Congregation; Rev. Kit Lonergan, Christ Church; the Rev. John Zehring pastor of South Church; Sherry Tupper, Laura Weiss, Director of Music, and Linda Zimmerman all of South Church. Offering during the service benefits Neighbors in Need.

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