A Message from Fr. Jim: News About Our Collaborative Pastoral Council

A Message from Fr. Jim: News About Our Collaborative Pastoral Council

It is with my most sincere thanks, that after more than 5 years of shepherding our Collaborative Pastoral Council into existence and providing guidance, Leah Cinelli, Jon Bonsall, Ed Ryan and Jerry Kehoe have concluded their service to the Collaborative Pastoral Council. I am most grateful for their service to our Collaborative.

Please join me in welcoming the following parishioners to the CPC effective in January 2022. Each will serve a 3-year term beginning in September 2022.

Russ Morton, Odessa Sanchez and Dorene Christie will join Carolyn Anderson, Mary Mullen, and Rose Mary Donahue as representatives from St. John.

Katie Hamel, Julie Byrne and Michael Mastrianni will join Doug Smith, Donna Norwood and Eugenia Kennedy in representing St. Paul.

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Pray for unity, pray for the synod

Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Pray for unity, pray for the synod

In a joint letter sent on 28 October 2021 to all bishops responsible for ecumenism, Cardinal Koch, President of the Pontifical Council for Promoting Christian Unity, and Cardinal Grech, General Secretary of the Synod of the Bishops, offered suggestions aimed at implementing the ecumenical dimension of the synodal process in the local churches. “Both synodality and ecumenism are processes of walking together,” the two Cardinals wrote.

The 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity on the theme “We saw the star in the East, and we came to worship him” (Mt 2: 2) prepared by the Middle East Council of Churches, offers a propitious occasion to pray with all Christians that the Synod will proceed in an ecumenical spirit.

Come and Be Comforted – Upcoming Programs for the Grieving

Come and Be Comforted – Upcoming Programs for the Grieving

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is dedicated to both the prayerful and practical support of those experiencing loss. We are offering two special programs in the coming weeks for those who are grieving:

A six-week “Seasons of Hope” group for anyone searching for meaning and consolation after the death of a loved one.

A one-day “Emmaus Ministry Retreat” for grieving parents.

For more information and to register…

9:00am Mass at St. Paul and 1:00pm Adoration at St. John Cancelled on Friday, January 7

9:00am Mass at St. Paul and 1:00pm Adoration at St. John Cancelled on Friday, January 7

With the current forecast calling for heavy snow and hazardous travel throughout the day, and with the safety of our parishioners and staff always at the forefront of our decisions, the 9:00am Mass at St. Paul and the 1:00pm Adoration at St. John on Friday, January 7 are cancelled. 

The Collaborative Offices will also be closed, and staff will be working remotely.  Messages and emails will be returned as soon as possible.

RCAB Mask Mandate Extended Through March 3

RCAB Mask Mandate Extended Through March 3

In the light of the continued growth in the numbers of new COVID cases, Cardinal Seán is extending the current mask mandate.

It is mandated that that throughout the archdiocese all people attending public Masses, including weddings and funerals, wear masks. This is an extension of the mandate currently in effect, and expires on Thursday, March 3, 2022, which is the day after Ash Wednesday.

Mass celebrants, deacons, readers, servers, choir members, and instrumentalists, must all wear masks except when they are speaking…

Thank You from “Spirit of Sharing” for St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence

Thank You from “Spirit of Sharing” for St. Patrick’s Parish in Lawrence

Thank you for so generously giving and volunteering to brighten Christmas for the 342 boys and girls chosen as beneficiaries of this year’s Spirit of Sharing, Lawrence, program. Although many of the parents of these children, often first-generation, work two to three jobs, they cannot afford to meet rent, utility, grocery and school-related expenses and also provide Christmas gifts to their sons and daughters. This year’s effort, a hybrid of online and in-person giving of items and funds, was challenging in light of the pandemic, but yielded an abundance of presents and good will. We believe this was the most robust year of giving since Spirit of Sharing’s beginnings at the turn of the millennium…

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 January 26.  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:  January 26, February 2, February 9, February 16, February 23, March 2

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