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March 6, 2010

Singer speaks about visit to Medjugorje

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.

Religion listings:

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."

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