Month: June 2020

NEW! Scheduled Hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

NEW! Scheduled Hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation

As you know, our regular Saturday afternoon hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation were suspended, along with public Masses, in March.  Since that time, the Sacrament has been available by appointment. We are happy to announce that we can now begin offering scheduled hours for the Sacrament of Reconciliation in the Collaborative, starting this Saturday, June 27.   We will begin with two scheduled times: Saturdays at St. John: 1:00 – 2:30pm  Wednesdays at St. Paul: 7:00 – 8:00pm To allow for both face-to-face and anonymous confession while maintaining proper social distancing, confessions will take place at St. Paul in the

Outdoor Masses This Weekend June 27-28

Outdoor Masses This Weekend June 27-28

We are happy to announce that we will be continuing with a limited schedule of outdoor Masses on the parish lawns this weekend, June 27-28.  Parishioners are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating (chairs will not be provided.)   Reservations are required for all Masses so we can comply with the guidelines regarding social distancing and capacity. Please do not come to Mass if you have not pre-registered, if you are sick, or if you have recently been exposed to someone who is sick. Our schedule for this weekend will be: 4:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Paul 9:00am Sunday Mass at St.

Outdoor Masses This Weekend June 20-21

Outdoor Masses This Weekend June 20-21

We are happy to announce that we will be continuing with a limited schedule of outdoor Masses on the parish lawns this weekend, June 20-21.  Parishioners are invited to bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating (chairs will not be provided.)   Reservations are required for all Masses so we can comply with the guidelines regarding social distancing and capacity. Please do not come to Mass if you have not pre-registered, if you are sick, or if you have recently been exposed to someone who is sick. Our schedule for this weekend, June 20-21, will be: 4:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Paul 9:00am Sunday Mass at St. John 11:00am

Mass Intentions

Mass Intentions

Since the suspension of public Masses in the Archdiocese of Boston began on March 14, we have been unable to take new scheduled Mass intentions. All previously scheduled Mass intentions have been, and will continue to be, remembered by Fr. Jim, Fr. Robert, and Fr. David at the Masses they offer privately. While we can now begin to offer a limited number of public Masses, the reality is that the Mass schedule will be subject to change, even from week to week, for the foreseeable future. As such, all public Masses at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative are being offered

Outdoor Masses This Weekend June 13-14

Outdoor Masses This Weekend June 13-14

We are happy to announce that the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative will be offering a limited schedule of outdoor Masses on the parish lawns this weekend, June 13-14.  Please remember that the dispensation from the Sunday Mass obligation remains in place, and will continue for the foreseeable future. Individuals at particular risk, including older adults and those with complicating medical conditions, are strongly urged to avoid the risks associated with attending public celebrations of the Mass. A recorded Mass will continue to be made available every weekend on our website. Reservations are required for all Masses so we can comply with the guidelines and restrictions regarding capacity and social distancing. Please do

June 7: A Message from Fr. Jim on Trinity Sunday

June 7: A Message from Fr. Jim on Trinity Sunday

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.  And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved

Cardinal Seán’s Message to the People of the Archdiocese on the Issue of Systemic Racism

Cardinal Seán’s Message to the People of the Archdiocese on the Issue of Systemic Racism

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

Reflections from Parishioner Odessa Sanchez: “This subject is really hard to speak about…”

Reflections from Parishioner Odessa Sanchez: “This subject is really hard to speak about…”

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

Interfaith & Multi-Congregational Witness – Sunday, June 7 at 4:00pm at The Village Church

Interfaith & Multi-Congregational Witness – Sunday, June 7 at 4:00pm at The Village Church

“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