By Yadira Betances
---- — LAWRENCE — The theme of this year’s St. Patrick’s Day celebrations by the Rev. James T. O’Reilly Division Eight Ancient Order of Hibernians is “142 Years of Dedication to Religion, Heritage, Charity and Community.”
They will honor these words when they present its 2013 Awards to three Lawrence natives two who are serving as men of the cloth and a lay man active in the community, through St. Patrick Parish and the Hibernians.
The Rev John Delaney, pastor at Sacred Hearts Parish in Bradford will receive the Richard Cardinal Cushing Award, and Francis A. O’Connor Jr., will be named the 2013 Irishman of the Year at the Saint Patrick’s Day Dinner Dance on March 9 from 6 to 11 p.m.
Then, at the Hibernian St. Patrick’s Luncheon on March 15, Division 8 will present the John E. Fenton Citizenship Award to Brother Rene Roy of Central Catholic High School, for his distinguished community service to the greater Lawrence area. Both events will be held at the Lawrence Fire Association’s Relief’s In, 1 Market St.
Delaney is a graduate of Central Catholic High School, College of the Holy Cross, University of New Hampshire and Tufts University. He entered Saint John’s Seminary in 1990 and was ordained a priest for the Archdiocese of Boston in 1995.
Before being transferred to Bradford, he was on the ministry team at St. Michael Parish in North Andover. Delaney is chaplain to the North Andover Police and Fire Departments, Chaplain for the Saint Claire League of Catholic Woman and is on the Board of Directors of the Trauma Intervention Program.
O’Connor, who works for the City of Lawrence, is a graduate of Lawrence High and St. Bonaventure University.
He is commissioner of the Junior High Basketball Program at St. Patrick’s Parish. O’Connor leads the Chess Club for the Lawrence public schools and the Lawrence Public Library. He has been a member of the Hibernians for the past 15 years and serves as division historian.
Brother Roy, a member of the Marist order, is a graduate of Central Catholic High School, Marist College, the University of Notre Dame and Mary Grove College in Detroit. He entered the Marist Brothers in 1959 and has served the Marist community in various capacities as a teacher, vocation director, administrator and pastoral assistant in West Virginia, New York, South Dakota, Illinois and Rwanda. He has been working at his alma mater since 2005. Brother Roy is also active with the Lawrence Kiwanis Club and St. Monica Council Knights of Columbus in Methuen.
To order tickets for the banquet and dance, call Robert Gauthier at 978-686-2786 and for the Hibernian luncheon, contact Jack Lahey at 603-898-7766.
Miriam’s Seder celebrates
ANDOVER — For the past 13 years, Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation has hosted a Seder from the female perspective titled “Miriam’s Seder.” The event will be held March 17, from 3 to 8 p.m. at Temple Emanuel, 7 Haggetts Pond.
To commemorate its Bat Mitzvah year, the Jewish Federation will honor B’not Mitzvah, women from the Merrimack Valley who were Bat Mitzvah-ed during the Jewish year of 5733.
The program starts with Kasbah style shopping and appetizers from 3 to 5 p.m., followed by the Seder and dinner. New this year will be two hands-on workshops from 3:30 to 4 p.m., exploring the Haggadah, the Seder prayer book and the second on hosting a kid-friendly Seder.
During the event, the Jewish Federation will collect new and used items for Bat Mitzvah-age Jewish teens in Cuba.
Donations of school and art supplies, undergarments, socks, make up and costume jewelry are also welcomed.
Miriam’s Seder is an annual intergenerational event that celebrates women in Jewish history. Since the program’s inception, the Jewish Federation has presented a Miriam’s Leadership Award. This year, in conjunction with the Seder’s 13th year celebration, organizers will honor young women who have celebrated their own Bat Mitzvah this year with an on site makeover.
Tickets for Miriam’s Seder range from $39 to $56. For information about the event, contact the Merrimack Valley Jewish Federation at 978-688-0466 or log on to the website at www.mvjf.org.
Author, longtime minister to preach at North Parish
NORTH ANDOVER — Long time pastor and author, the Rev. Kirk B. Jones. preaches tomorrow at 9 and 11 a.m. at North Parish Unitarian Universalist church.
A pastor for more than 30 years, Jones was the founding minister of Beacon Light Baptist Church in New Orleans. In his years as a minister, he has also served churches in Chester, Penn., Boston, Randolph, Whitman, and Tewksbury.
Jones is an adjunct professor of ethics, preaching and pastoral ministry at Andover Newton Theological School. A prolific writer, in 1997, he cofounded “The African American Pulpit,” a quarterly preaching journal.
Among his published books include, “Rest in the Storm: Self-Care Strategies for Clergy and Other Caregivers,” “Addicted to Hurry: Spiritual Strategies for Slowing Down,” The Jazz of Preaching: How to Preach with Great Freedom and Joy,” “Say Yes to Grace: The Facebook Page Reflections” and “The Sacred Seven: How to Create, Manage, and Sustain a Fulfilling Life.”
This fall, Abingdon Press will publish his most recent work, “Fulfilled: Living and Leading with Unusual Wisdom, Peace, and Joy.”
St. Michael hosts Lenten mission, musical
NORTH ANDOVER — “Renewal of Mind and Heart: Scriptural Spirituality Today,” is the theme of the Lenten mission to be held at St. Michael Parish tomorrow through Thursday. The church is located at 196 Main St.
Presenters will be the reverends Mike Champlin and Nick Punch as well as Sister Joan Bukrey.
The schedule and topics are as follow: tomorrow, 7 p.m.,”The Hour of Jesus;” Monday, 9:45 a.m. “Ecumenism and Freedom of Conscience,” and “Old Habits Die Hard,” 7 p.m.; Tuesday, 9:45 a.m. “Why the Windows Were Opened” and “The Sacrament of Reconciliation,” 7 p.m.; Wednesday, 9:45 a.m., “Good “New Fashioned” Catholicism,” and “Leave Our Boats Behind,” 7 p.m.; Thursday, 9:45 a.m. Anointing Mass.
For information, call the parish office at 978-686-4050 or email firstname.lastname@example.org
On March 9, St. Michael Parish is hosting the “Resurrection”a Cantata/Music Drama” performed by the St. Patrick’s Family Players at 7:30 p.m.
The musical group is made up of more than 100 performers ranging from ages 3 to 80, who are members of several congregations from Watertown. In addition to performing locally, the St. Patrick’s Family Players have traveled to Ireland, where they performed in Galway, Dublin and Dingle, as well as Rome and Ciampino, Italy.
:All Saints Church, Chelmsford: Three Choirs Festival Sunday, March 3 at 4 p.m. Sung by the combined youth choirs of Christ Church, Andover, All Saints Church, Chelmsford and Grace Church, Salem. Special anthems include a newly commissioned setting of Psalm 23 by Louise Mundinger. Music under the direction of Maggie Marshall and Barbara Bruns.
Ballard Vale United, 23 Clark Road, Andover: The series “Immigration and the Bible: A Guide for Radical Welcome,” Sundays 9 a.m. through March 24. The Lenten study looks at the stories of immigrants and migration from Abraham and Sarah in Genesis to the Israelites who wondered in the desert for 40 years and Jesus who immigrated to Egypt as a baby.
Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: Lenten lectionary based bible study Sundays 9 to 9:45 through Palm Sunday. Members discuss “The Rich and the Rest of Us” Tuesdays in Lent at 6:30 p.m. Carolyn Cuozzo leads an overview of the Cathechesis of the Good Shepherd program, March 11, 7:30 to 9 p.m. The chatechesis is the basis of the Christian education program at the church. She speaks part of the church’s Women’s Group.
Faith Lutheran, 360 S. Main St., Andover: Midweek worship services will be held from noon to 12:30 p.m. on Tuesday and March 12 and 19. A soup and sandwich lunch follows. Pastor Marsha Heydenreich leads a Bible study group on “The Old Testament in Matthew,” Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
First-Calvary Baptist, 586 Massachusetts Ave., North Andover: Ecumenical service March 13 at noon, sponsored by Communities Together.
Lawrence General Hospital, 1 General St., Lawrence: Ecumenical service Wednesday at noon, sponsored by Communities Together.
Mary Queen of Peace of Sts. Mary and Joseph Parish, 200 Lawrence St., Salem: Lenten Mission, Monday through Thursday after the 6:30 p.m. Mass. Penance service on March 10 at 2 p.m.
:Sacred Hearts, South Main Street, Bradford: video Lenten series on “Catholicism” Thursday 6:30 to 8 p.m. to March 14.
St. Augustine, 34 Essex St., Andover: Evening prayer using the liturgy of the hours begins Wednesday at 6:15 p.m. through May 15. Seventh grade students in the religious education program host a Taize prayer service March 4 at 6:30 p.m.
:St. Christopher’s Episcopal, 187 East Road, Hampstead: “Rhythms of Grace” a service for children with autism-spectrum disorders and other special needs will be held today at 2 p.m. The theme is, “Jesus’ ever present power calms and protects us.” The non-denominational service features bible story, therapeutic arts and crafts projects and gluten-free communion. The services are held the first Saturday of the month and are staffed by trained volunteers.
:St. Joseph of 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. The program, “Exploring the Catholic Faith” where participants reflect on the Sunday gospel and discuss it, continues Sundays, 7-8:30 p.m. through Easter. Lenten Mission, March 4 to after the 7:15 a.m. Mass. Members of the Youth group host a family Lenten dinner, March 8 at 5:30 p.m. followed by praying the stations of the cross. Lent in story and song is performed March 22 at 7 p.m.
St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., Manchester: Bishop Peter Libasci preaches on the spiritual works of mercy during the Lenten mission March 6, 13 and 20 at 7 p.m.
St. Lucy, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen: Stations of the Cross Fridays at 5:30 p.m. followed by soup or pizza.
St. Luke the Evangelist, Newton: Lenten evening prayer is sung Sundays at 6 p.m. follow by reflection and reconciliation.
St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover: The Tuesday Bible study group explores the book of Revelation at 7:30 p.m. “Why Catholic?” a faith sharing group meets for six-week to explore the key tenets of the apostle’s creed with emphasis on the trinity, the incarnation and the paschal mystery. The Lenten mission, “Why Catholic: Believe, Profession of Faith” Wednesdays through April 10. The Lenten session of Women in God’s Spirit study, “Why Catholic,” is Wednesdays to April 10.
St. Monica, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen: The Padre Pio Prayer group meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for prayer, recitation of the Rosary, chaplet of the Divine Mercy, Mass ending with Mary’s Way of the Cross. The Rev. Peter Grover, director of St. Clement Eucharistic Center in Boston leads a Lenten reflection March 11 after the 7 p.m. Mass. Latin Mass is celebrated March 13 at 7 p.m. Al Righini leads a presentation on the Shroud of Turin March 13 at 7:30 p.m.
St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: “Life and Faith” adult faith formation series exploring part II of the Catechism of the Catholic Church will be held March 14 and April 11, from 7-8:30, through April.
St. Thomas Aquinas, 26 Crystal Ave., Derry: The reverends Bruce Czapla, Chris Gaffrey and Roger Croteau are available for reconciliation March 12 from 7 to 8:30 p.m.
Trinitarian Congregational, 72 Elm St., North Andover: Pastor Rich Knight leads a Lenten Book Club on “Proof of Heaven: A Neurosurgeon’s Journey into the Afterlife,” by Dr. Eben Alexander, Wednesdays during Lent at 10 a.m. or 7 p.m.
Universalist Unitarian, 15, Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: The film, “Beasts of the Southern Wild,” will be shown March 7 at 7 p.m.
West Parish, 129 Reservation Road, Andover: Lenten study using Marcus Borg’s book “Speaking Christian,” tomorrow at 9 a.m.