...it is important that we have moments of grace and virtual encounter with the Body of Christ. This new blog will provide a daily mediation for your Lenten Journey as well as other ways to engage in our Faith and stay connected to our community.
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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.
Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter
Please join together in watching our Mass for the Seventh Sunday of Easter, celebrated by Fr. Jim and recorded at St. Paul Church, by clicking the link above.
Please join Fr. Jim in the Prayer for Spiritual Communion during Mass – you can click the link to view and/or print the prayer.
Please note: We recommend if you are watching on your laptop that you do so with headphones or external speakers, as it will significantly improve the sound quality for your experience.
St. John the Evangelist Parish
9 Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02481
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502 Washington St Wellesley, MA 02481
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Parish Offices Reopening on a Limited Basis
Beginning Tuesday, May 26, our parish offices will reopen on a limited basis. Our clergy and staff will continue to work remotely whenever possible, as directed in the reopening guidelines from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts and the Archdiocese of Boston, with administrative staff available by phone:
Monday – Thursday: 9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 12:00pm
Administrative staff will be available 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
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
We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We pray that God will hold our servicemen and women in His strong arms, and cover them with His sheltering grace and presence.
As you know, Governor Baker has announced that houses of worship can resume services, within the specific guidelines he has issued, in Phase 1 of the re-opening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Archdiocese of Boston has provided parishes with additional guidelines and restrictions, and parishes must complete the preparations and be able to comply with all of the guidelines and protocols before resuming public Masses. Here at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, we are working very hard to get our churches ready and our systems in place to begin the process of slowly and carefully re-opening our churches.
I am thrilled to announce that Mrs. Siobhan Mahoney will be the next principal of Saint John School, starting on July 1, 2020. Our Selection Committee (comprised of Bryan Belton, Kerrie Grover, Katie Jarvis, Traci Medeiros, Christian Rubio, Jackie Welham, and me) met with many highly qualified candidates during multiple rounds of interviews, and Mrs. Mahoney was unanimously agreed upon to be the best person to lead SJS. Mrs. Mahoney began her career at the New England Center for Children, where she served as a case manager for students on IEPs and taught Preschool. From there, she moved to Mount
As you know, Governor Baker has announced more details of the “four-phase approach” to re-opening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including the welcome news that houses of worship are included in Phase 1 of the plan. The Archdiocese remains committed to working with public officials on the timing and conditions of re-opening churches for Masses, and is closely monitoring the guidance and directives from the state as it develops its own plan to resume public Masses and public gatherings when it is safe to do so. In a message to parishes last week, Bishop Uglietto stated: “It is important to
I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. (Jn 14:18-21) Thank God for Zoom. Two months
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Upcoming Events from the Collaborative
Second Collection: RCAB-Seminarians (Click for more details and links...)
Please visit the Collaborative Calendar page for the full calendar.
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.