“Stories from the Shadows” Book Discussion – Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm at St. John Powers Hall

“Stories from the Shadows” Book Discussion – Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm at St. John Powers Hall

Please join us for an interactive book discussion on Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor, Dr. James O’Connell’s collection of stories and essays written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston  through the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), the recipient of this year’s Collaborative Lenten Gift.  The evening will be facilitated by Deirdre Heilbron, R.N., parishioner and nurse with BHCHP,  Sue Brady Hartigan, parishioner and volunteer, and Kelly Meraw, St. John-St. Paul Director of Pastoral Care…

It is not necessary to have read the book to benefit from this evening – all are strongly urged to attend! Copies of the book will be available for purchase…

Seasons of Hope: A Group for Those Who Are Grieving

Seasons of Hope: A Group for Those Who Are Grieving

If you have experienced the death of a loved one and are searching for meaning and consolation, we invite you to join our upcoming Seasons of Hope group, which begins on April 20.  Seasons of Hope is a Christ-centered group where we will be able to share and learn from each other as we walk together in faith on our unique journey of grief.  

We will meet on Wednesday evenings from 5:00-6:30pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall for six sessions.

The group will be facilitated by Kelly Meraw and Anne Mears and we look forward to welcoming you with great love.  To register…

Telling the Story Part Three: Integrated Care

Telling the Story Part Three: Integrated Care

The mission of the Boston Health Care for the Homeless Program is to ensure unconditionally equitable and dignified access to the highest quality health care for all individuals and families experiencing homelessness in our community. Many homeless patients struggle with at least one substance abuse problem, at least one chronic physical condition and a psychiatric illness. Each condition is often preventable and manageable…on its own. But, in combination and left untreated, such health problems become compounded — and all too often, fatal. 

Medicine has long grappled with addressing these interconnected aspects of a patient’s healthcare in a coordinated way. The integrated care model at BHCHP unites physicians, physician assistants, nurse practitioners, nurses, case managers and behavioral health professionals in close collaboration. They follow patients in a variety of settings – on the streets, at the Barbara McInnis House, in shelter-based clinics, in the hospitals and in housing – providing regular contact and uninterrupted care…

In Case You Missed It: “Let Us Dream Part Two: A Time to Choose” with Kelly Meraw

In Case You Missed It: <i>“Let Us Dream Part Two: A Time to Choose”</i> with Kelly Meraw

The second of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,” was held on Thursday, March 24.

Kelly Meraw, Director of Collaborative Pastoral Care, shared her reflections on the second part of the book – Part Two: A Time to Choose

If you missed it, or would just like to listen again, click the play button to watch the video below… 

Pope Francis Consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Pope Francis Consecrates Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On Friday, March 25, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis consecrated Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary. At the 9:00am Mass on Friday, we prayed the Act of Consecration along with the Pope and Catholics all around the world.

Copies of the special prayer of consecration (included below) are also available at the entrances to the churches, and we encourage you and your families to pray together at this time when we so need God’s love and mercy…

Walking Together Corner: Letter to all Priests on the ‘Synodal Journey’

Walking Together Corner: Letter to all Priests on the ‘Synodal Journey’

This week in Synod news – a letter from Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Lazzaro You Heung sik, Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy was published to all their brother priests regarding our Synodal journey. The letter reminded clergy of the rich tradition and habit of Synodality our Church shared in the first millennium. It reminded clergy of our deep need for fraternity and encounters with Christ through mutual listening.

The Bishops highlighted distinct risks in “formalism, which reduces the Synod to an empty slogan; intellectualism, which makes the Synod a theoretically reflection on problems; and immobilism, nailing us to the security of our habits so that nothing changes”…

Thursday, March 24 at 7:00pm: “Let Us Dream Part Two – A Time to Choose” with Kelly Meraw

Thursday, March 24 at 7:00pm: “Let Us Dream Part Two – A Time to Choose” with Kelly Meraw

Please join us this Thursday evening, March 24 at 7:00pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall for Part Two of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.” 

Kelly Meraw, Director of Collaborative Pastoral Care, will continue the series by breaking open the second part of the book – A Time to Choose.

Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book and come to the lectures! (But it is not required or even necessary to have read the book to benefit from the lectures – all are strongly encouraged to attend!) 

Friday, March 25: Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

Friday, March 25: Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary

On Friday, March 25th, the Feast of the Annunciation, Pope Francis will consecrate Russia and Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary during a prayer service at St. Peter’s Basilica.

Pope Francis has asked all the bishops of the world, along with their priests, to join him in the prayer for peace and in the consecration and entrustment of Russia and of Ukraine to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.

Cardinal Sèan has asked that we all join the Holy Father in this universal prayer of consecration. All are encouraged to attend Mass on Friday morning at St. Paul at 9:00AM, when this special prayer of consecration will be included. 

Registration for “World Youth Day Lisbon 2023” is Now Open!

Registration for “World Youth Day Lisbon 2023” is Now Open!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is sending a group of young pilgrims to World Youth Day Lisbon 2023 next summer!  

For more information and to sign up, please visit the World Youth Day page on the Religious Education website.

World Youth Day (WYD) is a worldwide encounter with the Pope which is typically celebrated every few years in a different country. St. Paul and St. John parishes have a rich history attending WYD. We have missed only the WYD in Panama in 2019 –  otherwise we have sent a decent sized group to every WYD stretching back to Rome in 2000! That’s 21 years of participation in this incredible life changing event! It has proven to be one of the best things we do for the youth of our community, and it energizes the parish as a whole…