Month: January 2020

POWIR Update: A Heartfelt Thank You!

POWIR Update: A Heartfelt Thank You!

News from the SJSP POWIR team! It is with great joy that we share with you that both our Honduran and Congolese refugee families are employed and financially self-sufficient. It was the families’ hard work along with the unbelievable efforts of Catholic Charities, our SJSP partnership and the abundant generosity of individual parishioners that this was achieved. The refugee families shared Thanksgiving and Christmas welcomed by warm members of our faith community. They were showered with Christmas gifts, including a brand new smart TV that is helping to expand their language acquisition. The POWIR team wishes to extend a heartfelt thank

January 25/26: An Important Message from Cardinal Seán

January 25/26: An Important Message from Cardinal Seán

When the Church raises a prophetic cry, “Choose Life”, we are performing a great service to all society. Life is sacred. Life is a mystery. Life must be protected, nurtured, respected. The Gospel of Life is the center piece of the Church’s social teaching. When the value of life is compromised or diminished, all life is at risk. When we give the State the power to determine which human beings are worthy of living and which should be eliminated, what we are doing is opening a Pandora’s Box that unleashes every kind of injustice and violation of human dignity and

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, February 8

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, February 8

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative and The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents invite you to a one day spiritual retreat for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. Saturday, February 8 from 9:30am to 7:00pm St. John the Evangelist Parish 9 Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02481 $25/person or $40/couple (Registration fee includes three meals and all retreat materials) Ample free parking Scholarships are available PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.emfgp.org Registration forms are also available at the back of the church – please return by January 31, 2020 For more

A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family from Chris Holownia

A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family from Chris Holownia

The Gospel message of Christmas is one of peace, joy, glory, and love. And yet today, on the Feast of the Holy Family, we are faced with the reality of the world into which our Lord Jesus Christ is born, a world of danger, treachery, and terror. In the lectionary for today, the Gospel for today skips over an important piece that is difficult to hear: When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under. That’s why

Laudato Si’ Reading Group at St. John – Begins Thursday, January 30

Laudato Si’ Reading Group at St. John – Begins Thursday, January 30

Are you concerned about the environment? Is there a helpful Catholic response to climate change? How are the poor affected by what is happening to the earth, our common home? If you think about these questions, or if you just want to read and discuss a hopeful and challenging little book, join our Pastoral Care intern, Leo Racine, and other members of the Collaborative in an enlightening three-week study of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’: On the Care for Our Common Home. The group will meet on three Thursday evenings:  January 30, February 6 and February 13 from 7:00