Programs & Events

The Assisi Project
10th Anniversary Advent Gathering
Sunday, December 10th

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that seeks to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the inspiration of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to serve the Church and to give witness to the Good News of Christ through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and educating others about our way of life. In celebration of our 10th anniversary as a Fellowship of Franciscan in Spirit, all members and friends of the Assisi Project are cordially invited to join us for a special Advent gathering on Sunday, December 10th beginning with Mass at 11:45am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church (located at 142 Prospect Street in Gloucester).

After Mass, we will adjourn to Our Lady’s Hall for a meal of homemade bread, soups, and desserts. In addition, we will share memories of our journeys together during the past ten years and look ahead to the future. Our gathering will conclude with Daytime Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. If you would like to join members of the Assisi Project for this special day of faithful prayer, delicious food, and good friendship & fellowship, please contact Cliff Garvey at c.garvey@ymail.com. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome! Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us!

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The Assisi Project
Saturdays with Saint Francis
Saturday, November 25th

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that seeks to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the inspiration of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to serve the Church and to give witness to the Good News of Christ through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and educating others about our way of life. On the last Saturday of each month, the Assisi Project meets at 8:00am for “Saturdays with Saint Francis” in Saint Ann Church (74 Pleasant Street in Gloucester, Massachusetts).  Each session is a two-hour mini-retreat that includes Mass, formation, faith sharing, and fellowship. Coffee and refreshments are served.

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Our Formation: Live Like Francis
Throughout the year, we will be studying the book, Live Like Francis: Reflections on Franciscan Life in the World, by Jovian Weigel and Leonard Foley. In preparation for our next meeting, scheduled for Saturday, October 28th, we will be reading and reflecting on the following selections from the book:

  • Reflection 26: Christ Joins Us to His Prayer: The Liturgy (p. 115)
  • Reflection 27: Eucharist: Contemplating the Mystery (p. 119)
  • Reflection 28: The Liturgy of the Hours (p. 124)
  • Reflection 29: Praying as a Group (p. 129)

If you are interested in growing closer to Christ Jesus and learning more about Saint Francis of Assisi, please prayerfully consider joining us! You do not need to travel with us to Assisi to be part of the Assisi Project! Our members, friends, and followers range in age from 15 to 92! Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome! Always!

Our Upcoming Meetings
Saturday, November 25, 2017 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saturday, December 30, 2017 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saturday, January 27, 2017 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saturday, February 24, 2017 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saturday, March 31, 2017 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am
Saturday, April 28, 2017 | Begins with Mass at 8:00am

In case of inclement weather, please check our website for possible cancellations and schedule changes. All adults are welcome to join our fellowship. For more information about the Assisi Project, please contact Cliff Garvey at c.garvey@ymail.com. May the Lord give you peace, now and always! Saint Francis of Assisi, pray for us! Saint Clare of Assisi, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us!

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The Assisi Project
Franciscan Stations of the Cross
Palm Sunday, April 9th

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that seeks to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the inspiration of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to serve the Church and to give witness to the Good News of Christ through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and educating others about our way of life. On Palm Sunday, April 9th, all are welcome to join the Assisi Project for its Annual Palm Sunday Prayer Vigil. We will gather for the celebration of Mass at 11:45am in Our Lady of Good Voyage Church. After Mass, we will adjourn to the Parish Hall for a light Lenten lunch. After lunch, we will return to Our Lady’s Church for a Holy Hour of Eucharistic Adoration that will include praying the Franciscan Stations of the Cross. For more information about becoming part of the Assisi Project, please contact Cliff Garvey at c.garvey@ymail.com. All are invited! All are welcome!

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The Assisi Project
Day of Prayer & Reflection
Saturday, May 6th

All parishioners, friends, and guests of the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport are invited to join the Legion of Mary, the Assisi Project, and their spiritual director, Cliff Garvey, for “The Joy & Power of the Rosary” on Saturday, May 6th at Saint Anthony Chapel. During this four-hour mini-retreat, we will explore the spiritual significance of the Holy Rosary, with particular emphasis on the Franciscan “Crown Rosary” which focuses on seven joyful events in the life of Our Blessed Mother. This special morning of prayer and reflection will proceed according to the following schedule: Holy Mass at 8:00am; Morning Prayer & Reflection at 9:00am; Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary at 10:00am; Daytime Prayer & Reflection at 11:00am; Angelus & Closing Prayer at 12:00pm.

Throughout the morning, there will be scheduled breaks and time for faith sharing, fellowship, and refreshments. Coffee, tea, and bottled water will be available throughout the morning. And after our closing prayers, all are invited to remain for a picnic lunch. During Mass, a free will donation will be taken in support of our adult faith formation ministry. If you would like to join us for this special day of prayer and reflection, please contact Cliff Garvey at c.garvey@ymail.com (so that we can adequately plan for food and drinks). Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!

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The Assisi Project
Summer Evening Retreat
Begins Monday, August 7th

The summer season is a great time of year for stepping back from the business and busy-ness of daily life in order to focus on our personal relationship with Jesus Christ. Unfortunately, few among us are able to leave work, family, and friends behind for a real retreat from the world. For this reason, the Catholic Community of Gloucester & Rockport, in partnership with the Assisi Project, is pleased to announce our Fourth Annual Summer Retreat!

From Monday, August 7th through Friday, August 11th, all are invited to join Father Jim and Cliff Garvey for a unique opportunity to experience the spiritual peace and renewal of a week-long retreat without leaving home! Each evening of our summer retreat will begin at 7:00pm in Saint Anthony Chapel with Evening Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours. After our shared prayer, Father Jim and Cliff will lead our community in a period of reflection, discussion, and faith sharing. Each evening will conclude at 8:30pm with Night Prayer. During each day of the retreat, the chapel will open at 12:00pm for silent personal prayer and reflection.

This year, we will explore “The Little Flowers” of Saint Francis and Pope Francis. After his death in 1226, nearly eight centuries ago, the early followers of Saint Fran- cis of Assisi wrote a series of little stories about his life and the miracles that he performed. These “Little Flowers” serve now as the foundation of our knowledge and understanding of Saint Francis and his lasting impact on the Church. In our own time, Andrea Tornielli, a journalist who covers the papacy, has assembled the so-called “Fioretti” or Little Flowers of Pope Francis, a heartwarming collection of stories about how the Holy Father lives the Gospel each and every day.

Between each night of the summer retreat, participants will be asked to read brief selections from both the “Little Flowers of Saint Francis” and the “Little Flowers of Pope Francis.” In this way, we will gain a better appreciation of these two holy men and their impact on the Church; and we will grow closer to Christ by learning from their good deeds and good works among God’s people. If you would like to join us for our Fourth Annual Summer Retreat, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com by Sunday, August 6th. A donation of $30 is requested from those who can afford it. Copies of both books, along with cold drinks, will be provided. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome! Always!

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The Assisi Project
Day of Prayer & Reflection
Saturday, September 30th

All are invited to join the Assisi Project, Father Jim, Cliff Garvey, for “Learning to Love: A Day of Prayer & Reflection with Saint Francis of Assisi” on Saturday, September 30th at Saint Anthony Chapel in Gloucester. During this four hour mini-retreat, we will explore the life and times of Saint Francis of Assisi in anticipation of his feast day (October 4th). This special day of prayer and reflection will proceed according to the following schedule: Holy Mass at 8:00am; Morning Prayer & Reflection at 9:00am; Eucharistic Adoration & Rosary at 10:00am; Daytime Prayer & Reflection at 11:00am; and the Angelus & Closing Prayers at 12:00pm.

Throughout the morning, there will be scheduled breaks and also time for faith sharing, fellowship, and refreshments. Coffee, tea, and bottled water will be available throughout the morning. And after closing prayers, a light lunch will be served. Although there is no registration fee for this event, a free will donation will be collected during the celebration of Mass. Also, please note that there will be no morning Mass at Saint Ann Church on Saturday, September 30th. If you would like to join us for this special morning of prayer and reflection, please contact Cliff Garvey at c.garvey@ymail.com by Thursday, September 28th so that we can plan adequately for food and drink. Please join us! All are invited! All are welcome!

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The Assisi Project
Tenth Annual Pilgrimage
November 3rd-November 11th
Sold Out!

For the tenth consecutive year, Father Jim Achadinha, Cliff Garvey, and the Assisi Project are sponsoring a week-long, small-group pilgrimage to Assisi, Italy. Each year, our pilgrims have literally walked in the footsteps of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. This year, from November 3rd through November 11th, we will journey again to Assisi and to the Franciscan Sanctuary at La Verna. There may even be one or two surprises in store in celebration of our tenth anniversary!

Each morning, we will begin with Morning Prayer from the Liturgy of the Hours and Mass. Father Jim celebrates Masses at the Basilica of Saint Francis, the Basilica of Our Lady of Angels, the Carceri Hermitage, and the Sanctuary at La Verna. Each afternoon, our pilgrims will have the free time and guidance to explore Assisi at their own pace and to visit its many churches, cafes, museums, and shops. Each evening, we will gather for supper, followed by Evening Prayer, a reflection, and faith sharing.

As a fellowship of pilgrims, we will explore the historic Basilicas of Saint Francis and Saint Clare. Each of these great basilicas contains the tombs of the saints, holy relics, priceless frescoes and other works of art, along with quiet chapels for personal prayer and worship. We will also visit the Basilica of Saint Rufino, where Francis and Clare were baptized; the Church of Saint Damian where Christ spoke to Francis and hastened his conversion; the Carceri Hermitage where Francis and his first followers retreated for prayer and contemplation; and the chapel known as the Porziuncola, which is considered the home church of the worldwide Franciscan community.

In addition, we will spend leisurely afternoons in and around the Piazza del Commune, Assisi’s city center, with its ancient Roman temple (now a Catholic Church), sidewalk cafes, restaurants, and shops. Our more adventurous pilgrims will also have a chance to visit the Rocca Maggiore, the great medieval fortress with its stunning views of Assisi, the Spoleto Valley, and Mount Subasio. And finally, we will travel to La Verna, the mountain sanctuary in Tuscany, where Saint Francis received the stigmata. At La Verna, we will celebrate Mass, have lunch, and participate in the daily procession that commemorates how Saint Francis received the five wounds of the Crucified Christ.

The cost of this extraordinary pilgrimage is $3,399 per person and includes roundtrip airfare & fees; ground transportation (except personal taxi services); guest house accommodations (single room & bathroom); and all meals in the guest house. Please note that this pilgrimage involves some strenuous physical activity, including walking up and down steep hills and stairways. In addition, access to many pilgrimage sites in Italy is limited for those with physical disabilities. For more information, please contact Cliff Garvey at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Space is very limited! Please join us!

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The Assisi Project
Tenth Anniversary Year | 2007-2017
Spiritual Direction Ministry

Thomas Merton once wrote: “Spiritual direction is, in reality, nothing more than a way of leading us to see and obey the real director, the Holy Spirit, hidden in the depths of our soul.” In this spirit and in an effort to help adult disciples (in the Roman Catholic Church) grow closer to their Risen Lord in a confidential and supportive environment. Cliff Garvey, the Assisi Project’s co-founder and spiritual director, is available for both individual and small-group spiritual direction on a regular or one-time only basis. For more information, please contact Cliff at cgarvey@ccgronline.com. Saint Francis, pray for us! Saint Clare, pray for us! Our Lady of Angels, pray for us! May the Lord give you peace!

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About Us

Founded in 2007, the Assisi Project is a Fellowship of Franciscans in Spirit that seeks to live the Gospel of Jesus Christ through the inspiration of Saint Francis and Saint Clare of Assisi. Our mission is to serve the Church and to give witness to the Good News of Christ through formation and prayer, pilgrimage and retreat, and educating others about our way of life. In 2017, in celebration of our 10th anniversary, we will lead our annual fall pilgrimage to Assisi; meet monthly for Mass, faith formation, and faith sharing; and offer adults several opportunities to experience a Franciscan-style “hermitage retreat.” For more information about the Assisi Project and upcoming opportunities for faith formation, prayer, and pilgrimage in the Franciscan spiritual tradition, please contact Cliff Garvey at c.garvey@ymail.com. May the Lord give you peace!

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