The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport and the Assissi Project have gathered to read and pray with a long list of books from various genres. Now the project is sponsoring a sale of its leftover books.

“During this time of self-isolation and social distancing, when we are called to pray and worship from the safety and solitude of our homes, we can still accomplish these goals by dedicating ourselves to a daily period of prayer, reflection, and spiritual reading,” the Rev. James Achadihna said in announcing the sale Thursday. April 23 is the Feast of Saint George, (died 303) who is venerated as one of the Fourteen Holy Helpers for the protection against pandemic illnesses and as the patron saint of books.

For a donation of $10 per book (plus $5 for shipping), the community will send a book from its inventory and a prayer card that was blessed on the relics of Saint Francis of Assisi.

A list of available titles is available at

In addition, the Assisi Project will add buyers and their families to the community’s daily prayer list.

All proceeds will benefit Holy Family Parish and Our Lady of Good Voyage Parish. If you are interested in any of the available books, please contact the Assisi Project at; or send your donation by mail to the Assisi Project, Post Office Box 3158, Gloucester, MA 01931.

In other Cape Ann religious news:

Annisquam Village Church is hosting Spiritual Connection Circles on Tuesdays at 4 p.m. and Thursdays at 7 p.m. Each includes prayer, scripture, and an opportunity for reflection and sharing. Live stream of Sunday Worship Service begins at 10 a.m. Chat rooms open 30 minutes prior to each service for community members to converse. For information and weblinks, visit:

The Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport’s pastor, the Rev. James Achadinha is conducting Masses privately, then uploading them to the church’s new YouTube channel, CCGRonline. Achadinha also is providing resources on the community’s website,, to conduct private services at homes. Each update includes prayers and scripture passages to read and reflect on at certain hours of the day.

Churches of Sacred Heart & St. John’s in Manchester-by-the-Sea are hosting Virtual Sunday Mass at 10 a.m. with Father Paul. More information may found in the latest church bulletin at

First Congregational Church, UCC, of Rockport is live streaming Sunday services on its Facebook page and Zoom at 10 a.m. Questions? 978- 546-6638.

The Orthodox Congregational Church of Lanesville has moved its weekly prayer meeting, Bible study classes and Sunday 10 a.m. worship services online. Visit for link to connect via Zoom or Facebook to participate.

Pigeon Cove Chapel in Rockport is moving its services to a distance format for 10:30 a.m. Sunday worship. See its YouTube channel, Pigeon Cove Chapel. 978-546-2523

St. John’s Episcopal Church, 48 Middle St., is closed, except for AA meetings. Online services are posted on Youtube at stjohnsgloucester. Updates, links to services, and more information are available at

St. Paul Lutheran Church in Gloucester is holding Sunday School at 9:15 a.m. and Sunday worship services at 10 a.m. on Facebook Live at All welcome. Questions? Call 978-283-6550

Temple Ahavat Achim is remaining closed until at least Friday, May 4. The temple’s Religious School, weekly Torah Study class, morning Shabbat service and Sunday minyan service have moved to the Zoom platform. Instructions on how to join the temple’s Zervices may be found at on its homepage,

Trinity Congregational Church of Gloucester news may be found at

West Gloucester Congregational Church, UCC, 488 Essex Avenue, Gloucester, is worshiping online at its website, (click on the Resources tab). Or like the West Gloucester Trinitarian Congregational Church on Facebook to view services.

Listings may be sent to: Religion Calendar, Gloucester Daily Times, 36 Whittemore St., Gloucester, MA 01930; or emailed to Andrea Holbrook at, at least two weeks prior to the event.

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