The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord’s instruction to “Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest.” (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). It is the pinnacle of a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church. It affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all vocations to ordination, to consecrated life and to lay ministry. The Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate) and to the consecrated life (religious sisters and brothers). We invite the entire collaborative to commit their prayers today to an increase in vocations.
Unfortunately, we must cancel our regularly scheduled Confessions at St. Paul this Wednesday, April 28. Confessions will still be available this Saturday, May 1 from 1:00-2:30pm at St. John, and our regular Wednesday evening Confessions from 7:00-8:00pm at St. Paul will resume Wednesday, May 5.
The killing of George Floyd has had a traumatic impact on our society. The suffering he endured and the immense loss his family has experienced speaks to us on a very human level. The death of Mr. Floyd in a very public and raw manner catapulted this case into the conscience of the nation. The resulting anger and protest that culminated in the trial and conviction of Derek Chauvin is one important step in the process of addressing the broader issues facing our country in terms of racism, a criminal justice system many feel needs reform and the reality of living as a person of color in America…
It is with a heavy heart that I announce that Anne Mears will be leaving her position as Coordinator of Pastoral Care for our Collaborative, effective May 17. Anne has decided that because of both family responsibilities and the demands of her academic work in pursuit of a degree in theology, she needs to step back from her ministry for the time being. Anne always gives 100% percent of herself to all she does and came to the realization that there are only so many hours in a day! Anne has been a tremendous asset to our Collaborative and has approached her ministry with energy, dedication, love and care. It has been a joy for me to collaborate with Anne in the mission of our Collaborative. The good news is that Anne is not leaving us altogether…
I would like to share my sincere thanks and let you know what a privilege it’s been to be a Cantor for St. Paul Church and Section Leader for the St. Paul Choir as I retire this weekend. Over the past 29 years I’ve watched children in our parish grow up, sung at baptisms, first communions, confirmations, weddings, and too many funerals. I’m so thankful to Mary Lee Cirella for having the confidence in me to be a part of the music ministry here at St. Paul’s. Each and every liturgy and concert was truly a highlight because of the caring, supportive priests and staff, you, the dear parishioners, and especially Mary Lee and the St. Paul Choir. Thank you for these amazing years together…
As you know, last weekend we removed the advance reservation requirement for weekend Masses. We are going to continue this practice while closely monitoring the numbers at all Masses. If capacity issues arise in general, or at particular Masses, we will go back to requiring reservations in some form.
Please try to arrive at church at least 5-10 minutes before the beginning of Mass to allow adequate time for entrance and seating.
Remember: masks (covering the nose and mouth), social distancing, and increased ventilation are still required.
Registration information for our 2021-2022 program will be sent shortly, please watch for our emails and information online and in the bulletin. If you did not participate in our program this year but are looking to register in our 2021-2022 program please email Linda Messore so we can add you
The Easter message of Resurrection and renewal is evident all around us! Do our minds and hearts have the eyes to see the wonder of new life happening in our midst? The flowering of cherry blossoms that transform into the fruition of cherries is a small example of this wonder
In addition to our weekend Masses, all weekday Masses at the Collaborative will also be available via live stream beginning Thursday, April 15! Just click the St. John Live Stream link or the St. Paul Live Stream link at the appropriate time to join with us live: MONDAY – WEDNESDAY
I have some good news that I am thrilled to share with all of you. St. Paul Parish has received a signed lease for the rental of the St. Paul School building from Star Academy Boston. This is a 20 year lease with options to extend up to 30 years.
Star Academy is a private school serving students in Preschool through Grade 8 on their campus in Watertown, and they are very excited to be expanding to Wellesley. They will be giving the inside of the St. Paul School building a much-needed facelift before opening their doors to students on September 1, 2021, and St. Paul Parish will begin to receive rental income from them at that time.