METHUEN — Irish singer David Parkes, who was cured of Crohn's disease after visiting Medjugorje, will be in concert Monday at St. Monica Church, 212 Lawrence St.
The program begins with Mass at 7 p.m. followed by concert.
Parkes is the son of a band leader and trumpet player. He was diagnosed with Crohn's disease in 1977 and after 13 years of fighting the disease and going through 13 operations, doctors told him there was no hope.
While at Medjugorje with his wife, Anne, he was cured at a healing service. Parkes has since dedicated his life to spreading the message of Medjugorje and God's healing.
Medjugorje, located in Bosnia and Herzegovina, has become well known because the Blessed Virgin Mary has been appearing to six young people since June 24, 1981 with a message of peace, love, faith, conversion, prayer, and fasting. The site was in Yugoslavia at the time.
Every year, thousands of faithful flock to the town seeking healing.
Model Seder scheduled at Merrimack College
NORTH ANDOVER — Rabbi Robert Goldstein leads the 13th annual Passover Seder on March 16 at 2 p.m. in Cascia Hall on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St.
Goldstein, spiritual leader of Temple Emanuel in Andover, is also chairman of the executive board of directors for the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack.
Passover commemorates the Exodus of the Israelites from Egypt and the highlight is the Seder, with symbolic foods and its elaborate liturgy, the Haggadah. Free, but reservations required by March 9 by e-mailing, JCM@merrimack.edu.
Ballard Vale United, 25 Clark Road, Andover: Women Lenten Study Sundays, until March 28. Breakfast is at 8:30 a.m. with study from 9 to 10:15 a.m. The group will use the book "Food & Faith" by Wendy Whiteside. Cost, $7. Centerpoint Community, 101 School St., Salem, N.H.: Women's Bible study on the book of Revelation is Thursdays through March 25, 6 to 7:30 p.m. The group will also watch and discuss the DVD series "The Inheritance."
Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: Book discussion, "The Economy of Grace," by Kathryn Tanner, Fridays during Lent, noon to 1:30 p.m.
The parish choir performs a choral evensong March 14, 5 p.m. works include "Manificat" and Psalm 51, "Create in Me a Clean Heart, O God,"
Congregation Beth Israel, 17 Boutwell Road, Andover: Rabbi Edward Friedman leads several adult education courses: Talmud class, Sunday, 9:30 to 10:20; introduction to the prayer book, 10:30 to 11:20 a.m.
Congregation Beth Israel, 501 S. Main St., Andover: Rabbi Edward Friedman leads a Passover Adult education class March 14, 9:30 a.m.
Etz Hayim, 1 Hood Road, Derry, N.H.: The Book Club reads, "The Yiddish Policemen Union" by Michael Chabon on Sunday, 10 a.m. to noon.
The movie, "The Chosen" is shown March 13, 7:30 p.m.
First Baptist, 30 Park St., Methuen: The Rev. Alexander Daley leads interfaith Lenten service Wednesday at noon. Luncheon follows.
First Church Congregational, 26 Pleasant St., Methuen: Lenten adult education "The Open Door, A Journey to the True Self" by Joyce Rupp on Tuesdays until March 23, 7 to 9 p.m.
First Congregational, 6 Church St. Kingston, N.H.: Learn the core biblical values of the Christian faith Sundays during Lent at 8:45 and 10:30 a.m.
Haverhill Presbyterian, Carleton St., Haverhill: Members play the roles of Peter, John, Mary Magdalene, the chief priests as well as lawyers and bailiffs during "The People v. Judas Iscariot" about the punishment phase of his trial Sundays to March 21 at 7 p.m.
Mary Queen of Peace, 200 Lawrence St., Salem, N.H.: Liturgy of the Word for children Sundays at the 10 a.m. Mass during Lent. Stations of the Cross and soup Wednesdays at noon through Lent.
New England Bible, 60 Chandler Road, Andover: Women's Bible study on the book of Revelation on March 25, 10 a.m. to noon. They will also watch and discuss the DVD series, "The Inheritance."
Newton Junction Baptist, 18 W. Main St., Newton Junction, N.H.: Healing service March 14, 2 p.m.
North Parish, 190 Academy Road, North Andover: Class for people interested in joining the Unitarian Universalist Church is March 10 and 17.
North Salem United Methodist, 389 N. Main St., Salem, N.H.: Healing service is March 14, 9 a.m.
Redeemer Lutheran, 163 E. Haverhill St., Lawrence: Lenten services March 10, 17 and 24, 7 p.m.
Religious Society of Friends, Forest Street Union Church, 15 Forest St., Methuen: Quaker meetings is Sunday at 2 p.m. for information and directions call 978-397-6340 or visit www.lawrence-andover-quakers.org.
Sacred Hearts, 165 S. Main St., Bradford: The marriage course, a Christian based program begins March 12, 7 to 9:30 p.m., and every Friday through May 7. Cost, $20 per week.
St. Anne, 26 Emerson Ave., Hampstead, N.H.: Holy Hour is March 15 at 7 p.m. with evening prayers, exposition of the Blessed sacrament and benediction.
"Disciples in Mission," Scripture study and discussion using the upcoming Sundays gospel readings Tuesdays through March 30, 10 a.m. or 7:30 p.m. Registration, $6.
St. Augustine, 34 Essex St., Andover: Concert featuring a sample of music suitable for weddings in the Catholic church Sunday, 7 p.m.
Steve O'Brien, a passenger on the plane that made an emergency landing on the Hudson River in New York after losing both engines, speaks on, "Miracles do happen," Sunday after the 5:30 p.m. Mass.
St. Christopher Episcopal, 187 East Road, Hampstead, N.H.: Bible study on the Gospel of Luke is Sundays, following the 10:15 a.m. service.
St. Kathryn, 4 Dracut Road, Hudson, N.H.: Lenten Mission titled, "Staying God-centered in a Me-centered culture." led by the Franciscan Friars of the Primitive Observance on March 8 to 10, with Mass and talk at 9 a.m. and 7 p.m.
The parish is also hosting a "Confess-A-Thon" on March 6, 8, 9, 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.; March 7, noon to 9 p.m. and March 10, 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
St. James Episcopal, 119 Washington St., Groveland: Healing service on March 14, 9:30 a.m. Celtic prayer service, March 17, 7 p.m.
St. Lucy, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen: "Eucharist, Food for the Journey" is discussed during a Lenten supper series March 12, 6 p.m.
St. Luke the Evangelist, 8 Atkinson Depot Road, Plaistow, N.H.: First Saturday devotion with the pilgrim statue of Our Lady of Family is today after the 4 p.m. Mass.
St. Mark the Evangelist, 1 South Road, Londonderry, N.H.: Scripture studies on the psalms Wednesdays through March 24, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover: Sixth-grade students host the Mass on Sunday, noon.
Parish mission focusing on God's love for his people and the meaning of the Mass, March 7 to 9, 7 to 9 p.m. The mission is led by singer and storyteller Vallimar Jansen and liturgical composer Tom Kendzia.
South Church, 41 Central St., Andover: The Rev. John Zehring leads Lenten book study on "Discovering Jesus," on Tuesday and March 16 and 23, 7 p.m.
Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond Road, Andover: The Rev. Richard Burnett leads a Bible study Thursday, 10:30 a.m. He is pastor of Trinity Episcopal Church in Columbus, Ohio and his ministry focuses on economic justice, congregational development, ecumenical and interreligious relations.
The movie, "Yearning to Belong," is shown March 14, 5 p.m. followed by a deli supper and discussion. Cost is $15. Reservations by calling 978-470-1356.
Temple Emanu-El, Main St., Haverhill: Rabbi Ira Korinow and cantor Debbie Levasseur leads a sabbath service for toddlers March 12, 6 p.m.
Lunch and discussion on issues concerning Israel and the Middle East on March 13, noon. Faculty members are honored at the family sabbath service March 19,t 7 p.m.
Trinity Episcopal, 26 White St., Haverhill: The Rev. Jane Bearden discusses the 1979 Book of Common Prayer used in the episcopal church March 21, 4:30 to 6:30 p.m. On the other Sundays, they use African Bible study method, a series of three readings by different people of the same passage, followed by a group reflection on the passage and a group discussion.
Unitarian Universalist, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: Bible study on "The Bible: Trouble and Blessings" is a discussion on the scriptures and its relevance to contemporary issues March 16, 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Introduction to the church, its history and theology by the Rev. Frank Clarkson on March 7 and 14, 9 to 10:15 a.m.
West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover: Merrimack Valley Woodwind Quintet performs March 21, 3 p.m. Video series on "The Gospel According to Rob and Laura Petrie," is March 12 and 19, 7:30 to 9 p.m. Participants watch an episode from the original "Dick Van Dyke Show" followed by discussion.
with Bible references.