Month: August 2020

Reunited! The Rwamuhinda Family

Reunited! The Rwamuhinda Family

Members of our SJSP POWIR group were at Boston Logan Airport last Friday evening when the Rwamuhinda family was finally reunited! As many of you are aware, we were praying with expectant hearts for their daughter Peace to be allowed to make the journey to her new home in Boston. It is truly a miracle that this has happened, and a tangible result of the outstanding efforts of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement. Peace is 21 years old and has lived alone in the refugee camp in Rwanda since early March when her family was finally able (after a 13 year wait) to resettle

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

A big shout out to Aidan Ulian and his fellow crew of Boy Scouts for cleaning, painting and organizing the Youth Ministry Storage space in the basement of the St. John’s rectory! The space was in disarray and the room was looking tired so Aidan took on the task of making it functional and giving it a face lift. As part of his Eagle Scout Project he developed a sorting and organization plan including storage solutions and space efficiencies to allow us to store all of our items in ways that would be easy to inventory and access. He led

Wonderful News from Our POWIR Group!

Wonderful News from Our POWIR Group!

Our SJSP POWIR group who, as many of you know, have been supporting a recently arrived family from a refugee camp in Rwanda, have wonderful news to share! The Rwamuhinda family arrived in mid-March, amidst the chaos of the outbreak of the pandemic. It was a miracle of God’s grace that Emile, Rosine and five of their six children were settled in Revere. Catholic Charities and our SJSP POWIR group received the news that the Rwamuhinda’s eldest daughter, Peace, will be arriving on Friday, August 21st into Boston! A small group of our volunteers, and Catholic Charities will be escorting the

NEW TIME! Private Prayer and Distribution of Holy Communion

NEW TIME! Private Prayer and Distribution of Holy Communion

We are adjusting the start time of our private prayer hours in anticipation of the reopening of schools.  Beginning the week of August 24, each church will be open for private prayer for an hour each week:  1:00pm on Mondays at St. Paul 1:00pm on Fridays at St. John (Masks are required and social distancing protocol will be strictly observed.) At the conclusion of the hour, Holy Communion will be distributed on the steps of the church at 2:00pm, particularly for those who are not yet able to come inside or able to gather in large groups.

Important Information: Revised Order Regulating Gatherings

Important Information: Revised Order Regulating Gatherings

As you know, a Revised Order Regulating Gatherings Throughout the Commonwealth became effective on August 11, reducing the indoor and outdoor gathering limits permitted in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The order specifically exempts gatherings for the purpose of religious services from these new reduced limits, so we can continue to gather in the same numbers at our Outdoor Masses. However, it is important that we continue to follow current Massachusetts and Archdiocesan safety rules and capacity limitations: Face masks and social distancing are absolutely necessary for all of our gatherings, including outdoor Masses. Mass reservations are required to ensure that

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

The Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry Team has been working to address the challenges posed by COVID19 to identify options for 2020 Spring sacraments and strategies for our 2020-2021 Religious Education Programs.  Last week we sent a survey to all registered Religious Education families to gain insight into their thoughts and preferences and will be utilizing those results over the next few weeks to develop options and plans that are feasible for our Collaborative.  Our goal is to roll out details and registration on or around September 5th.  If you are, or will be, a family engaged in our Religious Education and/or

Private Prayer and Distribution of Holy Communion

Private Prayer and Distribution of Holy Communion

What challenging times we are living through. Many individuals are seeing fruits of an increase of time available to nourish our relationships, and slower, richer time with the Lord in prayer. However, we are acutely aware as well that some of our parishioners are missing those quiet moments alone in the sanctuary to pray. Many also, for health reasons, are still not comfortable attending Mass, but are missing Holy Communion.  In order to meet both spiritual needs, our churches will be open for private prayer for an hour each week, beginning Monday, August 10, at the following times: 2:00pm on

Watch Fr. Matt Norwood’s First Mass of Thanksgiving

Watch Fr. Matt Norwood’s First Mass of Thanksgiving

On Saturday, August 1, Fr. Matthew Norwood was ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ by His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley in a private Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross.  On Sunday, August 2, he celebrated a First Mass of Thanksgiving at St. Paul Church. Following the Mass, family, friends, and parishioners were invited to receive First Blessings from Fr. Matt on the lawn of the church.