Evening for Women: Opening Mass Tuesday, October 11 at 6:00pm at St. Paul

Evening for Women invites you to our Opening Mass on Tuesday, October 11th at 6:00pm at St. Paul Church, followed by a pot luck dinner in the Parish Hall.

In keeping with this year’s theme, “Angels Among Us,” our Mass will be celebrated by Fr. Peter Gyves, S.J., who is the founder and director of A Faith That Does Justice, an interfaith organization that raises consciousness about social issues affecting the most vulnerable among us and offers opportunities for people to walk in solidarity with those who our society marginalizes… 

Please bring a Fall dish to share at this our first post-Covid gathering. Kindly RSVP by Sunday, October 9 to…

Religious Education Opening Schedule

Religious Education Opening Schedule

Sunday, October 2
5:00pm Sunday Youth Mass (St. John Church)
6:00-8:00pm Confirmation Prep Classes   (St. John Campus)

Sunday, October 16
9:00am Family Mass (St. John Church)
10:15 – 11:15am Grade 1-5 Classes (St. John Parish Center)

Wednesday, October 19
3:30 – 4:30pm Grade 1-5 Classes (St. John Parish Center)

Sunday, October 23
4:00 – 5:00pm Middle School Classes (St. Paul Campus)
5:00pm Sunday Youth Mass (St. Paul Church)

POWIR Update: Seeking IT Professional

POWIR Update: Seeking IT Professional

The POWIR group is seeking an IT professional as a volunteer tutor for one of the young men we are helping to resettle here in MA. He has a college degree from Afghanistan and is a hard worker. He is working on a Google Professional Certificate in IT Support and could use some assistance with this course.

Google has partnered with the National Association of State Workforce Agencies to distribute 30,000 scholarships among its member organizations. Upon completion, he will be well prepared for a competitively paid job as a Computer Support Specialist, IT Manager, Help Desk Technician, or Network Administrator, and will be able to directly apply for jobs with Google and over 150 U.S. employers.

The course is online at the student’s own pace so your time commitment is flexible. Students are expected to complete the certificate within six months, and he is on track to finish in January, but the material is becoming more challenging…

September 25: St. Paul Bell Tower Project Update

September 25: St. Paul Bell Tower Project Update

The refurbishment of our Bell Tower is well underway! The work is now about 30% complete, and is on track to be finished by the end of November.  As of September 11, we have received $114,069 in cash gifts and more than $24,000 in outstanding pledges toward our total budget of $487,200 for the renovation.  Thanks to your generosity, we were able to pay the first contractor bill of $102,431 with cash donations received, so we have not yet had to borrow from our line of credit with the Archdiocese.

Many thanks to all who have donated or made a pledge to the Bell Tower Fund. If you have not yet had a chance to contribute, envelopes are available at the entrance to the church, and gifts may also be made online.

St. Paul Parish is pleased to announce that all donors giving $5,000 or more will have their names listed on a commemorative plaque to be installed in the church’s gathering area…

Getting to Know Our Guest Celebrants, Part II

Getting to Know Our Guest Celebrants, Part II

This is the second installment in our series featuring our guest celebrants to help you learn a little bit about them and put faces with names!

Fr. Borja Miró Madariaga S.J.
Fr. Borja was ordained to the priesthood this past June in Spain. Born in Bilbao, Spain to a Catholic family, Fr. Borja joined the Society of Jesus in September 2012, and is currently at Boston College studying Moral Theology. In an interview prior to his ordination, Fr. Borja was asked what a 21st century priesthood should be like (translated from the Spanish):

“For me the priesthood is the way that the Lord has chosen for me as a servant of his people. No more no less… to bring the people closer to God through the ministry of the word, the spiritual exercises and the sacraments…

This Weekend’s Events Celebrating the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

This Weekend’s Events Celebrating the Feast of St. Vincent de Paul

Over the past few weeks, we’ve shared the history and mission of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. We’ve also shared the history of our SJSP Conference and told you about the work we’ve done to help our friends in need here in our local community, made possible by your generous donations. 

The Second Collection at all Masses this weekend will support the on-going work of the SJSP Collaborative Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Thank you for helping us to help the many friends in need in our community through your generous donations.

All parishioners are invited to participate in this weekend’s Community Walk and Welcome Back Luncheon events, sponsored by our SVdP Conference…

Update On Our Live Stream Schedule

Update On Our Live Stream Schedule

Since early 2021, when the equipment was installed in both parishes in response to the pandemic, we have livestreamed all regularly scheduled weekday and weekend Masses in the Collaborative. Now that we are returning to a more “normal” routine, and in an effort to conserve resources, beginning this weekend, September 24-25, we will stream two weekend Masses live (with recordings available to watch later on our YouTube channel) for those who are ill or homebound:

5:00pm Vigil Mass from St. John the Evangelist Church
11:00am Sunday Mass from St. Paul Church

We will continue to live stream First Communions, Confirmations, and other special liturgies for family and friends who cannot attend in person. Funerals, weddings, and baptisms may also be livestreamed if the family so chooses…

Support Our Young Pilgrims Going to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon!

Support Our Young Pilgrims Going to World Youth Day 2023 in Lisbon!

Please support our young pilgrims by participating in our World Youth Day Closed End Raffle – all proceeds will be used to help defray travel and other expenses associated with attending this week-long event. Only 500 tickets will be sold so be sure to get yours early!  Tickets are $100 each and you could win one of these prizes:

1st Prize: $5,000 2nd Prize: $2,000 3rd Prize: $1,000

Our young pilgrims and their chaperones will be on hand at Masses to sell tickets – look for the purple shirts! Tickets can be purchased in-person by cash or check, by scanning the QR with your smartphone. You can also purchase tickets online right now by clicking…

Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees – National Migration Week 2022

Building the Future with Migrants and Refugees – National Migration Week 2022

For nearly a half century, the Catholic Church in the United States has celebrated National Migration Week, which is an opportunity for the Church to reflect on the circumstances confronting migrants, including immigrants, refugees, children, and victims and survivors of human trafficking. Commenting on the place of migrants in God’s plan, Pope Francis emphasizes that “the Kingdom of God is to be built with them, for without them it would not be the Kingdom that God wants. The inclusion of those most vulnerable is the necessary condition for full citizenship in God’s Kingdom.”

Let us take some time to reflect on how we can better welcome, protect, promote, and integrate migrants living in our midst. More information about can be found…

Cardinal O’Malley Statement on Venezuelan Refugees and Immigration Policy

Cardinal O’Malley Statement on Venezuelan Refugees and Immigration Policy

Immigration policies and practices stand as an abiding moral, legal and political challenge to our Commonwealth and our country. We have delayed far too long in developing an effective response to immigrants, migrants, and refugees at a moment when the movement of men, women, children, and families surpasses any other known example in our history.

Our common humanity is the lens through which our response to immigrants and refugees must be judged. Pope Francis has made the plight of immigrants and refugees a constant theme of his pontificate. The Holy Father’s witness, in word and deed, has been based on understanding immigrants and refugees as pilgrims forced by socio-economic conditions, human rights abuses, and the climate crisis to leave their homes in search of safety, security and stability for themselves and their families.