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Our Churches Remain Closed at This Time
St. John the Evangelist Church and St. Paul Church remain closed at this time, and Masses have not resumed.
The dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place, and will continue for the foreseeable future.
We are required to be in compliance with the guidelines and directives of the Archdiocese of Boston and the Commonwealth of Massachusetts before reopening our churches and resuming Sunday and daily Masses. We are working very hard to apply the required preparations and protocols so that when we do reopen, we can do so as safely and as reverently as possible. Updates will continue to be posted on our website and sent out to our email list as soon as they are available – please click the link below for the most recent update:
Our weekly recorded Mass appears here each week on Saturday afternoon. Please visit the Liturgy page to watch Masses and “Celebrations of the Word” recorded for previous weeks, and visit our Pastoral Blog, Peace in Uncertainty, for more homilies and reflections from Fr. Jim, Fr. Robert, Fr. Hehir, Msgr. Lind, Fr. Connelly, and our Pastoral Staff.
St. John the Evangelist Parish
9 Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02481
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St. Paul Parish
502 Washington St Wellesley, MA 02481
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Parish Offices Open By Appointment
Our clergy and staff continue to work remotely whenever possible, as directed in the reopening guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Archdiocese of Boston. Administrative staff are generally available by phone:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
The office will be open for Mass cards and other business by appointment only. For everyone’s health and safety, please do not come to the office without calling first to arrange an appointment.
If You Need Emergency Assistance
The St. John-St. Paul Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is available to help those in our community in need of emergency assistance, especially during this current crisis. If you need help with food, rent or mortgage assistance, or help with a utility bill, please reach out to us. Please let any friends or neighbors who might need assistance know that the mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul is to help those in need.
To contact us, please email SVDP@sjspwellesley.org. You may also call either parish office and leave a message. All information received is kept completely confidential. Please stay safe and healthy, and may God bless you!
Latest News and Announcements
Click the link to view the Cardinal’s video message. The text of the Cardinal’s message is available below. June 5, 2020 Dearly Beloved in Christ, For four hundred and one years this land, which would become the United States of America, has had to deal with the evil and moral cancer that is racism. When the word racism is invoked it is often identified in personal terms: someone whose attitudes, convictions and actions target a group of other individuals because of color. This is a valid but only partial meaning of the term. From such people as Fredrick Douglas and
As a Catholic community this week our hearts are heavy having witnessed the brutal murder of George Floyd. Catholics of color are devastated, terrified, and exhausted by the continued systemic, institutional, and implicit racism in the United States and even at times in our own Catholic Church. White Catholics scramble to find the words to provide support for people of color. They are ill-equipped for a national conversation that must happen in order to ally with people of color, to amplify their thoughts and ideas, and to ensure they are heard in their own voice. This week we have the
“My friends, we cannot tolerate or turn a blind eye to racism and exclusion in any form and yet claim to defend the sacredness of every human life,” -Pope Francis, Wednesday June 3rd, 2020 St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is dedicated to the work of ending racial injustice. The sin of racism must end. We are called to fast, pray, speak, listen, and care for the marginalized. Every person is made in the image and likeness of God. We must be co-creators in building up God’s kingdom here on earth. For these reasons, Fr. Jim and members of St. John- St. Paul
May 30, 2020 In Boston we are physically miles away from Minneapolis. But no American city, and, really, no American citizen is separated from what we have seen this week in vivid detail. The killing of George Floyd has catalyzed reactions across the nation. It has done so because it is not a singular, isolated event. The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis this week was morally wrong and must be legally prosecuted. To say this is to state the obvious, but it is worth saying because there is a powerful link between the moral and legal dimensions
A few weeks ago, we shared the news that Fr. Robert would be leaving us at the end of the summer to take up his new assignment as pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Dover and St. Theresa Parish in Sherborne. At that time, I let you know that Fr. David Brogan, an enormously talented young priest who happens to be a good friend of Fr. Robert, would be joining us as our new Parochial Vicar on September 1. I am happy to announce that Fr. David will now be joining us officially on June 1, so we will have both Fr. Robert and
In my message to you last Saturday, I talked about the preparations that must be made, and the restrictions and guidelines that parishes must comply with, before resuming public Masses. The Archdiocese has been very clear that parishes should not resume Masses before they are ready to do so safely. I let you know that we have been working very hard to apply these guidelines and restrictions to the unique configurations of each of our churches, and to develop protocols specific to our worship spaces for resuming public Mass in the safest way possible. Our aim was to begin the
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Upcoming Events from the Collaborative
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Participate in the Daily and Sunday Mass with Catholic TV
Cardinal O’Malley encourages us to participate in the Daily (broadcast live at 9:30am) and Sunday (broadcast live at 11:00am) Mass with the faithful across the Archdiocese of Boston on CatholicTV. Available on XFINITY/Comcast (Channel 268), Verizon FIOS (Channel 296), and RCN (Channel 85). Also available on ROKU and Amazon TV.
Schedules and access to the televised Mass and rebroadcasts are available at www.catholictv.org.