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Important Reopening Changes: Please Read

Important Reopening Changes: Please Read

In my message to you last Saturday, I talked about the preparations that must be made, and the restrictions and guidelines that parishes must comply with, before resuming public Masses. The Archdiocese has been very clear that parishes should not resume Masses before they are ready to do so safely. I let you know that we have been working very hard to apply these guidelines and restrictions to the unique configurations of each of our churches, and to develop protocols specific to our worship spaces for resuming public Mass in the safest way possible. Our aim was to begin the

Memorial Day Prayer

Memorial Day Prayer

We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We pray that God will hold our servicemen and women in His strong arms, and cover them with His sheltering grace and presence.

Reopening – An Important Message from Fr. Jim

Reopening – An Important Message from Fr. Jim

As you know, Governor Baker has announced that houses of worship can resume services, within the specific guidelines he has issued, in Phase 1 of the re-opening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Archdiocese of Boston has provided parishes with additional guidelines and restrictions, and parishes must complete the preparations and be able to comply with all of the guidelines and protocols before resuming public Masses. Here at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, we are working very hard to get our churches ready and our systems in place to begin the process of slowly and carefully re-opening our churches.

An Important Saint John School Announcement from Fr. Jim

An Important Saint John School Announcement from Fr. Jim

I am thrilled to announce that Mrs. Siobhan Mahoney will be the next principal of Saint John School, starting on July 1, 2020. Our Selection Committee (comprised of Bryan Belton, Kerrie Grover, Katie Jarvis, Traci Medeiros, Christian Rubio, Jackie Welham, and me) met with many highly qualified candidates during multiple rounds of interviews, and Mrs. Mahoney was unanimously agreed upon to be the best person to lead SJS. Mrs. Mahoney began her career at the New England Center for Children, where she served as a case manager for students on IEPs and taught Preschool. From there, she moved to Mount

When Can We Re-Open?

When Can We Re-Open?

As you know, Governor Baker has announced more details of the “four-phase approach” to re-opening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including the welcome news that houses of worship are included in Phase 1 of the plan.  The Archdiocese remains committed to working with public officials on the timing and conditions of re-opening churches for Masses, and is closely monitoring the guidance and directives from the state as it develops its own plan to resume public Masses and public gatherings when it is safe to do so. In a message to parishes last week, Bishop Uglietto stated: “It is important to

May 17: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 17: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 6th Sunday of Easter

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. (Jn 14:18-21)         Thank God for Zoom.  Two months

New Religious Ed and Youth Ministry “Faith and Fellowship” Opportunities

New Religious Ed and Youth Ministry “Faith and Fellowship” Opportunities

In an effort to provide opportunities for fellowship and to help families bring faith into their homes while we must remain physically distant from our parishes, the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry team is piloting two Zoom events this weekend. On Sunday morning there will be a St. John Family Mass Faith and Fellowship event at 9:00am (click here to download the worship aid), and on Sunday evening there will be a Youth Ministry 5pm and Fellowship for our high school students.  Plans for a future St. Paul Family Mass event are in the works as well. 

Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry Updates

Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry Updates

Dear SJSP Collaborative Religious Ed Families, On behalf of the staff of the SJSP Collaborative, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and managing well during these incredibly difficult times. If you need any help, spiritually, emotionally or financially please reach out and we will be happy to help when we can and/or put you in touch with someone who can help if we cannot. We write to you today to give you updates on some Collaborative and Religious Ed happenings. First, as Fr. Robert and Fr. Jim announced in their video message last weekend, Fr. Robert has