Cardinal Seán O’Malley Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson

Cardinal Seán O’Malley Statement Regarding Supreme Court Ruling in Dobbs v. Jackson

Statement from Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley:

For all of us who have spoken, written, worked, marched, and prayed to reverse Roe v. Wade, today’s Supreme Court’s decision in Dobbs v. Jackson is deeply significant and encouraging. This decision will create the possibility of protecting human life from conception; it calls us to recognize the unique burden faced by women in pregnancy; and it challenges us as a nation to work together to build up more communities of support — and available access to them — for all women experiencing unplanned pregnancies…

Friday, June 24: Fr. Jim Update

Friday, June 24: Fr. Jim Update

We’d love to provide a more detailed update, but there isn’t much to report – Fr. Jim’s recovery, as anticipated, is slow but steady. When Fr. Jim has more to share be assured we will share it with you!

He has, however, asked us to let you know how incredibly grateful he is for your prayers and support – and for all the cards and notes he has received! In fact, he noted after the last delivery that he has received so many lovely cards that he might actually run out of space to display them on the walls of his room!

He also wants everyone to know how much he appreciates the time and space he’s been afforded to focus on his recovery and rehabilitation.

NPH Update

NPH Update

The recent campaign on behalf of our friends at NPH was a tremendous success! Our goal was $37,000 to fund education for children in the Mexico home. Thanks to our youth fundraisers, parishioners who fundraised and all of you who donated, we exceeded the goal by collecting $54,431.

John Deinhart, CEO, NPH USA and Andrea Nahigian, the new Donor Relations Director on the East Coast, recently paid us a visit to thank us in person. John says: “The St. John-St. Paul community has been a true blessing in the lives of countless children of Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos. This community truly embodies our Gospel call, ‘whatever you do for the least of these, my brothers and sisters, you do for me.’  With your help, NPH can now send 42 students to school to receive a 7th education…

St. Paul Church Bell Tower Project

St. Paul Church Bell Tower Project

As you know, the St. Paul bell, installed in 1926, has been silent for many years. This is partly because the bell’s ringing mechanism is no longer functioning. However, the more important issue is that the wood framing for the 3,000lb bell is failing and in urgent need of replacement. In addition, the bell tower’s masonry and parapet also require significant repair. These are critical issues of safety and stability, and this work cannot be put off.

The total cost is budgeted to be $487,200.

On behalf of Fr. Jim and Fr. Hehir, we are asking you for your help. St. Paul parishioners have a long history of giving generously to support our parish. Please take a moment to prayerfully reflect on how you can contribute.  To give now…

Adoration Will Pause for the Summer Months

Adoration Will Pause for the Summer Months

Our current schedule for Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament (Mondays at 1:00pm at St. Paul Church and Fridays at 1:00pm at St. John Church) will continue through the month of June.  Adoration at both churches will pause for the summer and resume in the fall.

There will be no Adoration at either church during the months of July and August.

Our final Adoration in June will take place Monday, June 27 at 1:00pm at St. Paul Church.

Friday, June 17: Fr. Jim Update

Friday, June 17: Fr. Jim Update

Fr. Jim has asked us to let you know, once again, how incredibly grateful he is for your prayers and support, and how much all your cards and notes mean to him. 

While Fr. Jim is away from the Collaborative, the Archdiocese of Boston has given Fr. Bryan Hehir the authority to handle the administrative functions of the parishes, allowing Fr. Jim to focus on his recovery. Fr. Jim will, of course, continue to be in contact with Fr. Hehir and the Collaborative staff, providing input and guidance as we navigate through the days and weeks ahead.

Fr. Jim requests that folks continue to rely on the regular updates provided by the Collaborative, rather than texting or calling him directly, so he can focus all his energy on this important stage of his recovery.

Friday, June 10: Update from Fr. Jim

Friday, June 10: Update from Fr. Jim

Fr. Jim has asked us to let you know, once again, how incredibly grateful he is for your prayers and support, and how much your cards and notes mean to him.

He is pleased to report that he is progressing well and has now moved into the rehabilitation phase of his recovery. He knows it will be a long road and a lot of hard work, but he is taking it one day at a time and is encouraged by his progress.

Fr. Jim requests that folks continue to rely on the regular updates provided by the Collaborative, rather than texting or calling him directly, so he can focus all his energy on this important stage of his recovery.

As always, your prayers for his complete and speedy recovery and return to us are still the best way to support him at this time. He will continue to let us know how we can best support him through every stage of his recovery.

Monday, June 6: Message and Request from Fr. Jim

Monday, June 6: Message and Request from Fr. Jim

Fr. Jim asked us to pass along to all of you how much he appreciates your thoughts, prayers, and concern for him.  The unbelievable outpouring of support from parishioners, friends, and of course his family, has been a tremendous comfort.
  
As anyone who has gone through a serious accident or illness, surgery, and a hospital stay knows, the experience is exhausting, and one of the most important factors in recovery is rest.  Fr. Jim has asked that, for now, folks rely on the regular updates provided by the Collaborative, rather than texting or calling him directly, so he can focus on rest and recovery.

He promises to update us regularly, and we promise to keep you updated!

Thank you so much for your understanding –

St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Staff

Sunday, June 5: Update on Fr. Jim

Sunday, June 5: Update on Fr. Jim

We want to provide, with Fr. Jim’s blessing, a little more information about what happened.

Fr. Jim was running an errand, and while standing next to his car in a parking lot he was struck by another vehicle. He was provided immediate care and taken to a Boston hospital, where he is in great hands and receiving the best possible care as he recovers. He is in contact with Fr. Hehir and the Collaborative staff, providing input as we work to arrange coverage during his absence.

So many of you have reached out to ask what you can do for Fr. Jim at this time. Your continued prayers for his complete and speedy recovery and return to us are the best way to support him while he remains in the hospital. Cards and notes can be sent to Fr. Jim at the St. John rectory (9 Glen Road, Wellesley, MA 02481) or dropped in the rectory vestibule (a box will be provided) or at either parish office and they will be delivered to him.  We will, of course, continue to provide regular updates to you as Fr. Jim shares them with us. He will let us know how best to support him in the days and weeks ahead.

Last Weekend for Synod Responses!

Last Weekend for Synod Responses!

If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a moment to answer Pope Francis’ invitation to share your faith, hopes, and dreams for the Church as part of the 2021 – 2023 Synod on Synodality.  You can share your thoughts here on our online portal through Sunday, June 5. In early summer, we will share the fruits of our listening sessions with the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops.

We must understand, though, that this is not a synod with a simple beginning, middle, and end.

Instead, as Fr. Jim explained to us when we began this process, we are called to continue to gather the fruits of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, and to put synodality into practice from now on – both here in our parishes and in the wider Church!