LAWRENCE — Eduardo Feliz first went to the Salvation Army when he needed a winter coat several years ago.
Today, Feliz is leading other people to the church as the new spiritual leader along with his wife, Major Miguelina Feliz. Majors Eduardo and Miguelina Feliz began their post in Lawrence this summer.
”I fell in love with Lawrence despite the inconceivable problems it faces, but I want to be here to help,” he said.
Eduardo Feliz, who grew up Catholic in the Dominican Republic and even considered being a priest. But, he left the church and did not attend serves between the ages of 14 to 30.
”I was totally impious. I didn’t talk about God or the church,” he said.
But things changed when a Salvation Army pastor invited him to a service.
”The pastor invited me to the church, but I told him I didn’t want to go. He kept insisting, but I stood in front of the church smoking or drinking. One day I went inside and continued going from then on,” he said.
The Lawrence congregation has approximately 70 members, 20 of whom joined in the the past two months. Ninety-eight percent of the congregation is Hispanic mainly.
In addition to Lawrence, Eduardo and his wife have served in Buffalo, N.Y., Philadelphia and Lancaster, Penn. and Youngstown, Ohio.
Eduardo was born in Barahona a town in the southern part of the Dominican Republic. He emigrated to the United States in 1974, settling in New York. He studied computer science at Baruch College in New York City and lived there until 1984 when he returned to his native land for two years. He worked for Eastman Kodak for 14 years.
His wife, 48, was born in Santiago, Dominican Republic. She has a degree in administration from APEC University in Dominican Republic and a degree in sociology from Youngstown State University.
Feliz said he tries to live by Psalm 51 which reads, “Have mercy on me, O God, according to your loving kindness: according unto the multitude of thy tender mercies blot out my transgressions. Wash me thoroughly from mine iniquity, and cleanse me from my sin. For I acknowledge my transgressions: and my sin is ever before me. Against you and you only, have I sinned, and done this evil in your sight: that you mightiest be justified when you speak, and be clear when you judge.”
”I’ve made many mistakes in my life and I need to ask for forgiveness to show people that God can also forgive them.”
Feliz and his wife, have two children, Eduardo and Suzette Feliz and five grandchildren.
Bishop McNaughton speaks about Year of Faith
METHUEN — The Most Reverend William J. McNaughton, speaks on The Second Vatican Council and The Year of Faith Nov. 19, at the luncheon speaker series at St. Theresa Church of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 22 Plymouth St.
McNaughton, a Lawrence native, grew up in St. Augustine Parish. He was the founding Bishop of the Diocese of Inchon, Korea.
He attended Vatican II as young bishop and was invited to Rome by His Holiness Benedict XVI for the opening celebrations of the Year of Faith.
Luncheon is free, but donations are accepted. For reservations, call the parish office at 978 686-3984.
Author to discuss time spent with Mother Teresa
HAVERHILL — Author Mary Johnson will discuss her memoir “An Unquenchable Thirst: Following Mother Teresa in Search of Love, Service, and an Authentic Life” Nov. 16, from noon to 1:30 p.m. at Library ArtSpace, Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.
Johnson wrote the book after she joined the Missionaries of Charity, also known as the Sisters of Mother Teresa of Calcutta at age 19. She spent 15 of her 20 years stationed in Rome, where she lived and worked with Mother Teresa.
After leaving the sisters in 1997, she completed a bachelor’s in English at Lamar University and a Master of Fine Arts in Creative Writing at Goddard College. She currently serves as A Room of Her Own Foundation’s Creative Director of Retreats.
The event is sponsored by the college’s Women’s Book Group.
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Atkinson Congregational, 101 Main St., Atkinson: On Nov. 25, the church celebrates its 240th anniversary during the 10 a.m. worship service.
Ballard Vale United, 23 Clark Road, Andover: United Methodist Women meets Wednesday at 7 p.m. Andrea Vannett and Lorna McIntyre lead a program on “Thanking God for What We See.”
Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: A tour of the church’s cemetery is led by the trustees tomorrow at 9 and 11:30 a.m. Organist John Skelton presents an organ recital tomorrow at 4:30 p.m. It includes music by Anton Heiller, Herbert Howells and Jon Sebastian Bach. A choral evensong follows at 5 p.m.
Corpus Christi parish at Holy Rosary, 35 Essex St., Lawrence: “Why Catholic” a six week course based on the Catechism, the Catholic church and scripture meets Mondays at 1 p.m. and Tuesdays at 6:30 p.m.
Church of the Transfiguration, 1 Hood Road, Derry: Members of the church and Etz Hayim Synagogue lead an interfaith discussion on the book, “Have a Little Faith,” Nov. 14, Dec. 19 and Jan.16 at noon.
Faith Lutheran, 360 S. Main St., Andover: The Rev. John Heydenreich leads a “Walk through the Bible” study focusing on key stories and what do they mean, Nov. 11, 18, 24; Dec. 2 and 95-6:30 p.m. To register, log on to www.faith-Andover.com or call 978-475-4059. Youth director Tom Schauer hosts “Tom’s Teen Time” for high school students to talk about topics and issues related to teens. The group is watch a film series on “The Hunter Games,” “The Avengers” and “The Way” for discussion and reflection on its Christian and social themes.
First Presbyterian, 346 Broadway, Haverhill: Book study is reading Rob Bell’s “Velvet Elvis” Wednesdays at 7 p.m. and Sundays at 9 a..m.
Island Pond Baptist, 26 N. Salem Road, Hampstead: Women’s Bible study, a DVD series discussing the works of noted Christian writer and speaker, Elisabeth Elliot every Thursday from 9:15 to 11:30 a.m.
Laman Club, 260 N. Main St., Andover: Editors Barbara Vinick and Shulamit Reinharz share stories about Bat Mitzvah around the world, Nov. 15 at 7 p.m. Cost is $13, sponsored by the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation.
Londonderry United Methodist, 258 Mammoth Road, Londonderry: Adult Sunday School class titled, “What Does it mean to be United Methodist” is Sundays at 10 a.m. The video series focuses on the roots of the United Methodist church and the Wesleyan heritage.
Lowes Theater, at the Loop, 90 Pleasant Valley St., Methuen: “Restless Heart” a theatrical release of the epic film on the life of St. Augustine will be shown Nov. 4 at 3 p.m. Tickets are $10. For more information and tickets email Eileen at firstname.lastname@example.org or call 978-851-1304.
Mary Queen of Peace of Sts. Mary and Joseph parish, 200 Lawrence Road, Salem: Veteran Mass is celebrated Nov. 10 at 4 p.m. Names of deceased veterans will be read and their flags will be displayed and blessed. Mass with the sacrament of the anointing of the sick is Nov. 11 at 2:30 p.m.
New Creation Healing Center, 80 Route 125, Kingston: Service focusing on the healing of the Father image is Dec. 7 at 7 p.m. There will also be prayers for people with physical and emotional needs.
Our lady of Good Counsel, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen: Bible study focusing on “Year of Faith” as proclaimed by Pope Benedict XVI to commemorate the 50th anniversary of the opening Vatican II and the 20th anniversary of the Catechism of the Catholic Church. The group meets Mondays through Nov. 19; Wednesdays to Nov. 28 and Thursdays to Dec. 6 all from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Sacred Hearts, South Main St., Bradford: “Mary, the Mother of God” is the topic of the video enrichment series Nov. 8, 6:30 to 8 p.m. The final session is Nov. 15 when the group explores “Peter, Paul and the Missionary Adventure.” Discussion follows led by the Rev. John Delaney.
St. Anne, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead: Gerry Verschuuren, a human geneticist and parishioner of St. Anne, leads a presentation and discussion on the Catholic view of God and evolution, Nov. 9, 7-9:30 p.m.
St. Augustine, 43 Essex St., Andover: Catholic series based on the Rev. Robert Barron’s DVD series runs Nov. 14 and 28; Jan. 23 and 30; March 6 and 20; April 10 and 24 and May 15. The series explores what Catholics believe and why, the art, architecture, literature, beliefs and practices of the Catholic tradition. Cost is $30 for the entire series or $10 or one day, To register email email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org.
St. David Episcopal, 231 Main St., Salem: Bishop Gene Robinson celebrates services and preaches, tomorrow at 8 and 10 a.m. Parishioners who wish to be received into the church or confirmed will have an opportunity during the bishop’s visit. Robinson will be retiring Jan. 5, 2013 and the Right Rev. Robert Hirschfeld will be installed as the new bishop.
St. James, Winter Street, Haverhill: A new course on “My Life with the Saints” by the Rev. James Martin is held Tuesdays at 7:15 p.m.
St. John the Baptist, 120 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill: Members of the Marian Society devoted to Our Lady of Fatima pray the Rosary Wednesdays at 8:30 a.m. The Rev. John Walsh leads a new course on “My Life with the Saints” by the Rev. James Martin, Wednesdays at 9:45 a.m.
St. Joseph of Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish, 40 Main St., Salem: Padre Donahue whom the mission team works with in Honduras celebrates Mass tomorrow at 7:30 and 8:45 a.m.
St. Jude, 435 Mammoth Road, Londonderry: The parish offers instruction to adults with special needs so they can receive the sacraments, Wednesdays 7-8:15 a.m.
St. Luke the Evangelist, 8 Atkinson Depot Road, Plaistow: Story teller Mikki Elliot is guest speaker at the Women’s Guild meeting Nov. 8 at 1 p.m.
Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish, 40 Main St., Salem: The program, “Exploring the Catholic Faith” where participants reflect on the Sunday gospel and discuss it, will be offered Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. through Easter. A six week preparation for a Marian consecration is held through Nov. 21, 7-8:30 p.m. The group will use the book, “33 Days to Morning Glory” handouts and DVD lessons by the Rev. Michael Gaitley. Cost is $15. To register, call the office.
St. Matthew, 2 Searles Road, Windham: Members of Voices of Prayer Intercessory group leads recites the Rosary Nov. 6 at 7 p.m. as they pray for the country during election day. The Rev. Steve Marcoux leads the children Mass Nov. 18 at 9:30 a.m. He will have a homily and make a presenting a special sacramental to them. Marcoux leads service of anointing Nov. 18 at 1 p.m.
St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover: The parish is hosting an opening celebration in the Merrimack Valley for the Year of the Faith. “Lord, Teach Us How to Pray” will be held Nov. 18, 2-4 p.m. with sister Marie Cooper. The session includes prayers Lectio Divina, examination of consciousness and prayer of petitions. For details or to sign up, contact Mary Ann McLaughlin or Ann Cussen at 1-617-779-3640. Glory Group meets Nov. 6 1-2 p.m.featuring Christian fellowship, praise, worship, bible sharing, prayers and personal testimony.
St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: “Life and Faith” adult faith formation series focusing on the sacraments will be held Thursdays from 7-8:30, Nov. 8,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. Mass with the anointing of the sick is Nov. 17 at 4 p.m.
St. Patrick, 11 Main St., Pelham: The parish celebrates a Mass Nov. 11 at 10:30 a.m., to pray for all the men and women who have serve and continue to serve in the Armed Forces. Reception follows at the John H. Hargreaves VFW Post. The Teen Ministry presents a teaching Mass Nov. 18 at 10:30 a.m.
St. Peter Episcopal, 3 Peabody Row, Londonderry: Centering prayer group meets Wednesdays at 7 p.m. for silent prayer and contemplation.
St. Thomas Aquinas, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry: Charismatic prayer group meets for praise, thanksgiving and love through the Holy Spirit, Mondays 7-8:30 p.m.
South Church, 40 Central St., Andover: The church’s annual musical showcase takes place Nov. 4 at 2:30 p.m. Monday night prayer group meets 7-8:30 p.m. to listen to each other and God through silence, centering prayer and compline. Bible study on the Book of Acts meets Tuesday 2-3:15 p.m.
Unitarian Universalist, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: the Rev. Frank Clarkson and Kimberly Cloutier Green lead “Tending the Sacred: Holy Longing, Holy Listening” using contemplative prayer and spiritual direction Nov. 7, 28 and Dec. 5 9:30-11:30 a.m. and Oct. 30, Nov. 13, 27 and Dec. 11, 7-9 p.m.