By Yadira Betances
---- — NORTH ANDOVER — “Night Words – A Midrash on the Holocaust” , written by David Roskies, will be presented April 7 at 2 p.m. at Cascia Hall on the campus of Merrimack College, 315 Turnpike St.
Night Words is a dramatic reading by 36 participants taken from rabbinic, medieval, and modern literary sources, dialogue, voices, questioning, and orchestrated rage at the calamity of the Shoah, a name for the Holocaust used in Hebrew as well as English.
During the performance, as the readers enter, they line up in a row and give their shoes to the ushers. They then go to the “Place of Meeting” (within Cascia Hall) and sit. A quorum for the service is 36 people and includes men, and young adults. Each participant receives a text of the service from which they read. Non-reading attendees are seated around the hall.
The play is geared toward adults and older children.
The reading is based in a millennial-old Jewish legend that there are 36 righteous people on earth, called Lamed Vavniks, unknown to others and themselves of their mission. They lead challenging lives, but when are needed, they perform acts of kindness, charity, bravery – and then immediately return to their ordinary lives, without the realization that they have just accomplished an act that has caused the Divine to manifest in the world.
The 36 people include a story-teller, historian; rabbi, messenger, judge, clerk, clown; Abraham, Nurse; Isaac; dreamer; philosopher; barber; musician, doctor; poet and Cantor.
Temple Emanu-El Haverhill and the Center for the Study of Jewish-Christian-Muslim Relations at Merrimack College are co-sponsoring the event.
To register, send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or call the temple office at 978-373-3861.
Community of Faith faces up to bullying
HAVERHILL — “Bullying in the name of religion happens,” a dialogue with lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender and questioning teenagers and leaders of diverse congregations takes place Wednesday from 7 to 8:30 p.m. in The Hartleb Technolocial Center at Northern Essex Community College, 100 Elliott St.
The event includes a panel discussion with three youth and three area clergy; presentation of the musical video “I Don’t Deserve This” by Amanda McCarthy, research on lesbians, gay, bisexual youth done by Dr. Caitlin Ryan and How to be faith allies in support of our LGBTQ community.
The event is sponsored by Community of Faith, a group of churches in Andover, North Andover, Haverhill and Lowell whose goal is to promote equality and inclusion for Lesbian, Gay, Bisexual, Transgender, and Questioning individuals and their families while reaching out and helping those looking for a spiritual home.
Catholics celebrate Divine Mercy Sunday April 7
On the first Sunday after Easter, the Catholic church celebrates what is known as Divine Mercy.
The devotion, said on Rosary beads, emphasizes God’s mercy and the forgiving love of Jesus.
It was revealed to Maria Faustina Kowalska, a Polish nun, who on Feb. 22, 1931, had a vision of Jesus where he asked her to tell people of his mercy. He also taught her the devotion said today. She recorded the visions of Jesus in her diaries.
In his apparitions, Jesus asked Faustina to spread a devotion to the Divine Mercy image, where Christ is shown with two rays gushing from his heart | red for the blood of souls and white that makes them righteous. Faustina was canonized as a saint by fellow Pole, Pope John Paul II, on April 30, 2000.
The chaplet is prayed at 3 p.m., which is the time Jesus died on the cross on Good Friday. Services include veneration of the image of Divine Mercy, recitation of the Rosary and of the chaplet of the Divine Mercy, exposition of the Blessed Sacrament, benediction, readings, and reflection.
Partial list of services:
Sacred Hearts, 165 S. Main St., Bradford, 3 to 4 p.m.
St. Matthew, 2 Searles Road, Windham, 2:30 to 4 p.m.
St. Michael, 196 Main St., North Andover, 3 p.m.
St. Monica, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen, 2:15 to 3:30 p.m., featuring music by the Rev. Scott Ness.
St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence, 3 p.m.
:All Saints, 120 Bellevue Ave., Haverhill: St. Anthony spring devotion is held Tuesdays at 6 p.m. with rosary, followed by devotion.
Andover Country Club, 60 Canterbury Road, Andover: The Rev. Andre Patenaude better known as “Father Pat” performs in concert April 14 from 2 to 5 p.m. For tickets call Fran at 978-851-2186.
Atkinson Congregational, 101 Main St., Atkinson:Cathy Dionne discusses our faith journeys and what we and the church believes during an adult Bible study, April 28 at 8:45 a.m.
Christ Church, 25 Central St., Andover: International artist Douglas Major performs an organ recital April 28 at 4 p.m.
Faith Lutheran, 360 S. Main St., Andover: Pastor Marsha Heydenreich leads a Bible study group on “The Old Testament in Matthew,” Wednesday from 10 to 11:30 a.m.
First Baptist, 122 Main St., Plaistow: Michael Tougias, renowned author of several books on survival, will present a program entitled “Overboard: A True Bluewater Odyssey of a NH Man’s Survival” Wednesday at 7 p.m.
New Creation Healing Center, 80 Route 125, : Rev. Canon Mark A. Pearson leads a healing service specifically for people with cancer April 5 at 7 p.m. Susan Lee, a dental hygenist from Clifton Park, N.Y. will speak about being healed of advanced cancer before medical treatment could begin.
North Parish, 190 Academy Road, North Andover: The Green Sanctuary Film Series presents “Genetic Roulette,” April 7, 6:30-8:00 p.m. Discussion follows.
St. Augustine, 34 Essex St., Andover: Year of the Faith Scripture study will be held Mondays beginning April 1 to May 13, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The study was designed by the Rev. Mitch Pacwa and examines themes instead of specific Bible books. Topics include belief in Jesus, assent to Creed, conversion, witness of charity, faith and new evangelization. To register, contact Sister Madonna at email@example.com. Cost is $15. Dr. Gerard M. Verschuuren speaks on, “Where Do We Come From? The Catholic View on God and Evolution,” April 13, 10 a.m. to noon. Program is sponsored by the Merrimack Catechetical Association for Truth.
St. Basil Salvatorian Center, 30 East St., Methuen: Tickets to the reverse raffle and dinner are available for $100. Drawing will be held April 17 at 6 p.m., and only 250 tickets will be sold. Grand prize is $5,000. Each ticket admits two people to a stuffed chicken dinner.
St. Christopher’s Episcopal, 187 East Road., Hampstead: “Rhythms of Grace” a sensory friendly worship is April 6 at 2 p.m. The service includes Bible stories, interactive therapeutic arts and crafts projects, and gluten-free communion. The goal of the non denominational program is to meet the spiritual needs of children and their families living with autism-spectrum disorders.
St. John the Baptist, 110 Lincoln Ave., Haverhill: Farewell reception for the Rev. Felix xxxx tomorrow at 2 p.m.
St. Joseph Cathedral, 145 Lowell St., Manchester: The Diocese of Manchester is hosting a Mass for those affected by child abuse on April 11 at 6:30 p.m. Reception follows in the parish hall. For information, contact Joseph P. Naff, director of the Office of Healing and Pastoral Care at 603-668-0014 ext. 233 or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org. Bishop Peter Libasci leads Mass in honor of the Virgin Mary May 18. It begins with rosary at 7:30 a.m., Mass at 8 a.m., followed by a catered breakfast. To register, log on to www.catholicnh.org/nhdccw.
St. Lucy, 254 Merrimack St., Methuen: Sisters Ann Whittaker and Anne Marie O’Shea lead “Women of Spirit, Living in God’s Amazing Grace,” April 13 from 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Schedule includes Mass, breakfast and two sessions. Cost is $10. For registration information, call the church office at 978-686-3311.
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.
St. Monica, 212 Lawrence St., Methuen: The Padre Pio prayer group meets Tuesday at 6:30 p.m. for group prayer, recitation of the Rosary and Chaplet of the Divine Mercy and discussion of religious topics. The extraordinary form of the Latin Mass will be held Wednesday at 7 p.m. Women’s prayer group meets April 15 at 7 p.m. in the school’s music room.
St. Patrick, 118 S. Broadway, Lawrence: The Adult Faith Formation series, Life and Light discusses the sacrament of marriage, April 11, 7 to 8:30 p.m. The rite for the blessing of a child in the womb to support parents waiting the birth of their children takes place April 21 at the 9 a.m. and 12:30 p.m. Masses.
St. Patrick, 12 Main St., Pelham: Tom Lavalley speaks on the sacred liturgy of Vatican II documents at the Women of Mary meeting April 6 beginning with Mass at 8 a.m. Lavalley, a member of St. Mark the Evangelist Parish in Londonderry, is in the deaconate program.
St. Theresa of Our Lady of Good Counsel, 22 Plymouth St., Methuen: “God is Calling You to be His Friend: An Intimate Relationship with God” is the theme of a parish retreat April 20, 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Day includes scripture, liturgy, song and prayer. Donations accepted. Sister Linda Bessom speaks on housing issues and the homeless, April 8 at noon. Sister Bessom was a teacher at St. Augustine School in the 1970s and 1980s and her presentation is part of the parish’s luncheon speaker series. Donations accepted.
Temple Emanu-El, 514 Main St., Haverhill: Bible study class is held April 13 after the sabbath service to discuss issues concerning Israel and the Middle East.
Universalist Unitarian, 15 Kenoza Ave., Haverhill: The book group discusses Alison Wright’s “Learning to Breathe: One Woman’s Journey of Spirit and Survival,” April 14.