St. Barnabas Parish has been part of the Beverly community for a very long time, and our “new” church building is now 46 years old. But the “church” of St. Barnabas is always under construction. It is not made from stone or wood or marble, but from the body of Christ. You and I are the body of Christ, and we are the Church he told his disciples to build.
St. Barnabas Parish will never be finished, or beautiful enough, or holy enough. It will always need skilled workers, caretakers, architects, and artisans. The tools and materials we use to build up the body of Christ, the Church, are the gifts and talents God has given to each of us. We must not hoard them or store them away, but rather give them away until there is nothing more to give.
Many people don’t think they have gifts of much value. Surely the apostles felt that way on Pentecost morning, having hidden themselves away in a darkened room, afraid and ashamed. But then they saw the risen Lord, and the Holy Spirit stirred up their gifts into a mighty fire that has enflamed our hearts to this day. The proof of Jesus' resurrection is the witness of the apostles. They had the courage to give their lives for the Gospel, to stand up for what they believe, and to commit themselves to building up the Church, the body of Christ. That has led us here, to this holy time and place.
Today when you come to Mass, you will find your copy of the “St. Barnabas Covenant in your pew. It describes the gifts and qualities that make our parish a family, and differentiate a house from a home. Read more
Join Us in Celebrating a Renewal of our Parish Campus!
St. Barnabas Parish and School are embarking on one of the most significant improvements in our historic campus: the renovation of the green space, play area, and storage facility behind the convent.
The under-utilized area will be transformed into a spiritual retreat for our parishioners, an outdoor play and educational space for our students, and a beautiful legacy for our neighborhood families.
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for more information on the overall project.
Block by Block
St. Barnabas invites you to Block by Block, an opportunity to gather with neighbors to discuss experiences and issues that are important to you regarding our faith, our parish community, and the greater Catholic context in which we exist. Fr. Malloy joins each gathering, held on Sunday afternoons in host parishioners' homes, to listen, respond, and rejoice. Please take a look at the map in the narthex, or look online
, to see what blocks have happened and well as notices for upcoming gatherings. We hope to see you there!
what recent attendees and hosts have to say about their experience at a Block by Block gathering.
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