“Today a loving God called Pope Emeritus Benedict XVI home to his eternal reward for a lifetime of dedicated service to the Church. That service included 71 years as a priest, 28 years as a Cardinal, and nearly eight years leading the Catholic Church as the Bishop of Rome and Successor to St. Peter. His life and his pontificate were based in a deep and abiding faith and an extraordinary record of theological scholarship. In the years leading to the Second Vatican Council and at the Council itself, Father Joseph Ratzinger made substantial contributions to the renewal of Catholic theology, and he played a significant role in the drafting of key conciliar documents…
Remembering Sr. Julie McDonough, SNDdeN, former Saint John School Principal
Sr. Julie McDonough, SNDdeN, principal of Saint John School for almost 25 years, went peacefully home to her good God on December 25, 2022 after 72 years of service to the Sisters of Notre Dame de Namur.
Sr. Julie will be remembered at the Saint John School Mass on Monday, January 9 at 9:00am at St. John the Evangelist Church, the Feast of the Baptism of the Lord. The Mass is open to all members of our collaborative and school community to join in remembering and praying for Sister Julie.
A Christmas Message from Fr. Jim
As I write these words, we have just celebrated the Third Sunday of Advent, known as Gaudete Sunday. The rose vestments and candle on the Advent wreath remind us that the Lord is near. And therefore, there is always cause for rejoicing.
Six months ago, I was involved in an accident which nearly took my life. Today my heart is full of gratitude to God as I am restored in body, mind and spirit. And my heart overflows with gratitude to you! The support of your love and prayers during these months has been a balm to my spirit. God has heard your prayers. I begin my slow return to ministry with a renewed conviction that God is good, and that God is faithful. You have been Christ’s face to me!
Cardinal’s Christmas Message
My dear friends, I wish all of you and your loved ones a very blessed and Merry Christmas!
We want to remember in a very special way all of those who are suffering, beginning with the people of Ukraine and all those who will celebrate Christmas in cold, hunger, and darkness. We remember, too, those who have lost loved ones and face the prospect of celebrating Christmas this year without a beloved member of the family. We pray for those battling with addiction, depression, and hopelessness…
Our Christmas Mass Schedule
Sacrament of Reconciliation on Christmas Eve
There is no better way to prepare for Christmas!
Sunday, December 24 from 10:00am – 12:00pm
St. John Chapel
Masses on Christmas Eve
*4:00pm Mass at St. John Church 3:30pm Youth Choir Prelude and Carols
4:00pm Mass at Saint John School Hall
4:00pm Mass at St. Paul Church
*8:00pm Mass at St. Paul Church 7:30pm Choir Prelude and Carols…
Sue Amalfi, St. Paul Parish Secretary, to Retire
Sue Amalfi, who is a life-long parishioner and has been a dedicated St. Paul employee for twenty years, will be retiring from her position as St. Paul Parish Secretary at the end of this year.
Sue began her career in the banking industry. One day a Saint Paul School employee asked Sue whether she would be interested in pursuing a job at Saint Paul School as a K-1 Teacher Aide. Sue took the role, and in her words, “I walked into Saint Paul School and fell in love!”…
Mary Campion, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, to Retire
Mary Campion, who has served as our Coordinator of Pastoral Care since August of 2021, will be retiring from ministry at the end of this year. We are grateful to Mary for sharing her gifts and talents with the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative community, and we know you join us in wishing her every blessing as she begins this new phase of her life.
Mary began her career with the Archdiocese of Boston in 1983 as a Spanish teacher in a diocesan high school. After working in the publishing industry, she returned to work for the Archdiocese in 2005 as a Director of Religious Education. She then became a Pastoral Associate and has worked in that capacity in three different parishes…
“Spirit of Sharing” Gift Collection for St. Patrick Parish in Lawrence
Founded over two decades ago by a group of St. John-St. Paul parishioners and Saint John School families, the Spirit of Sharing-Lawrence collection helps brighten Christmas for about 350 boys and girls living at severe risk for hunger in Lawrence, MA. Many thanks to Fr. Jim Laughlin and Fr. Bryan Hehir, and to all parishioners, for your abiding support of Spirit of Sharing and the Lawrence community.
Spirit of Sharing provides cheerful Christmas gifts for children whose parents, despite working two to three jobs a week, cannot afford to give them presents…
St. John “Carol Sing” – Monday, December 12 at 6:00pm
All are invited to join us Monday, December 12 at 6:00pm for a good old-fashioned Carol Sing!
Come to sing all your favorite Christmas Carols!
Bring your family and friends –
and some festive sweets to share!
Evening for Women: “The Visitation – An Advent Liturgy” – Tuesday, December 6 at 6:00pm
All women of the Collaborative are invited to gather in the Chapel at St. John for our Advent Liturgy.
Followed by a pot-luck dinner in Powers Hall – please bring a dish to share!
To help us plan for the evening, please click this link to let us know that you’re coming: RSVP