St. Mary plans Movie Nights

Published 8:07 pm Saturday, June 1, 2013

Beginning June 6, St. Mary Catholic Church in Suffolk will host four “Movie Nights” chronicling how Christianity began.

Fr. Kenneth Wood, pastor of the downtown Suffolk church, said the evenings are open to everyone — Catholics, other Christians, “and those still looking.”

“We want everyone to come and see the thrilling story of how Christianity began, and we’ll even supply the popcorn,” he said.

Fr. Ken Wood, pastor of St. Mary Church in Suffolk, greets parishioners, from left, Amanda Moegenberg and her sons Travis and Joseph, and Cheryl O’Connor.

Fr. Ken Wood, pastor of St. Mary Church in Suffolk, greets parishioners, from left, Amanda Moegenberg and her sons Travis and Joseph, and Cheryl O’Connor.

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According to organizer Aggie Dowd, the series presents the early history of the Christian faith in multimedia videos.

“These four evenings are an opportunity for Christians of all faiths to get together and celebrate their common beginnings, as well as for those who would like to learn more about Christianity to do so in an unpressured, friendly environment,” she said.

The four episodes are from the 10-part “Catholicism” series, an award-winning documentary that was broadcast last year on many public broadcast stations across the country. Produced by filmmaker Mike Leonard of NBC’s Today show, the series took two years to produce and is filmed in high-definition cinematography, spanning more than 50 locations in 15 countries.

“You don’t have to be a Catholic to appreciate Christianity,” St. Mary parishioner Amanda Moegenberger said. “Nor do you have to be a believer. We think this is a wonderful opportunity for Catholics, Christians and nonbelievers to socialize, get to know each other and learn the early history of Christianity.”

The four sessions will be held on June 6, and 19, and July 11 and 25. Each program will begin at 7 p.m. and will take place in St. Mary’s Social Hall on Smith Street (behind St. Mary’s church, which is located at 200 South Broad St.). Light refreshments will be served.

For more information and to reserve a seat, contact Aggie Dowd at 809-3431 or at ags7171@gmail.com.