This Weekend, March 2-3: Launch of the 2024 Catholic Appeal – “Forward in Faith”

This Weekend, March 2-3: Launch of the 2024 Catholic Appeal – “Forward in Faith”

This weekend, March 2-3, the 2024 Catholic Appeal will officially launch here in our parishes and across the Archdiocese. One of the most meaningful ways that we witness the presence of Christ and deepen the impact of our Church’s ministries is by supporting the Catholic Appeal.

As your pastor, I invite you to prayerfully consider extending your generosity to this year’s appeal. Many of you have already done so and I am deeply grateful. When our parishes reach their financial targets and participation goals, a portion of the additional funds received will be returned to us for use in our parishes.

Friday, March 15: “Evening for Women” Lenten Retreat – “Tending to the Present with God”

Friday, March 15: “Evening for Women” Lenten Retreat – “Tending to the Present with God”

FRIDAY, MARCH 15 FROM 5:00 – 7:00PM
SISTERS OF ST. JOSEPH SPIRITUALITY CENTER
71 WALNUT PARK NEWTON

Facilitator Crista Mahoney will invite us into a moment of pause, to tend to the present moment with Jesus.

All women of the Collaborative are warmly invited – dinner will be served and carpool arrangements are available. (Please see Registration page for carpool details.)

REGISTRATION REQUIRED – sjspwellesley.org/evening-for-women-retreat

Donations to the St. John-St. Paul Adult Faith Enrichment program to help defray the costs associated with this offsite retreat gratefully accepted…

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner: Saturday, March 16 from 5:00-8:30pm at St. Paul Parish Hall

Annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner: Saturday, March 16 from 5:00-8:30pm at St. Paul Parish Hall

Join Us for Dinner, Drinks, Music, Coffee and Dessert!

Performance by Goulding School of Irish Dance!

Meal Options: Corned Beef Sandwich, Turkey Sandwich, Vegetarian Sandwich

Attention Bakers! Please bring a dessert to share!

Tickets are $20 for Adults and $10 for Children (families with children maximum $50)

Please make your reservations by March 13 to help with planning – thank you!

Please reserve online NOW! Click this link:  sjspwellesley.org/st-patricks-dinner

Poetry Reading with Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick, SJ – Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm at St. John

Poetry Reading with Fr. Tom Fitzpatrick, SJ – Sunday, March 3 at 2:00pm at St. John

Please join us in the lower Chapel at St. John for a Lenten afternoon poetry reading and discussion led by Rev. Tom Fitzpatrick, SJ, from Weston’s Campion Center.

Father Tom has been a Jesuit for 64 years and a priest for 51. His writing reveals a lifelong spiritual journey with God. He uses humor and images of nature, with simple and direct language, to make God real for us.

Fr. Tom founded the Jesuit Center in Amman, Jordan, and remained as director for 14 years. He also served as director of the Pontifical Biblical Institute in Jerusalem for 10 years, and taught for more than 10 years at Fairfield University.

Reconciliation and Worship Service for Teens – Friday, March 1 at 5:00pm at St. Paul Church

Reconciliation and Worship Service for Teens – Friday, March 1 at 5:00pm at St. Paul Church

Are you a teen?  Has it been a while since your last confession? Are you a little nervous about it but really want to receive the sacrament? Come join the Youth Ministry Team for this special reconciliation service – there will be music, a brief reading from scripture, a short reflection, and a walk through an examination of conscience.  The Youth Ministry team will help guide you through all the steps to leaving a little lighter and filled with God’s mercy! 

Are you receiving Confirmation this spring? There is no better way to prepare to receive the Gifts of the Holy Spirit!

Interested, but not sure if you’ll feel ready to receive the sacrament on Friday night? That’s OK – please come anyway, and encourage your friends to come too! There will be no pressure, just an open invitation to experience God’s love and mercy. 

March 2-3: Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Appeal for 2024 – Forward in Faith

March 2-3: Archdiocese of Boston Catholic Appeal for 2024 – Forward in Faith

Once a year, Catholics throughout the Archdiocese are asked to partner with one another to support their parish and the many outreach ministries by contributing to the Catholic Appeal. Many of you received a letter from Cardinal Seán requesting your early support of the 2024 Appeal, and I know that many of our parishioners have already responded – for that, I am deeply grateful.

On the weekend of March 2-3, the 2024 Catholic Appeal will officially launch across the Archdiocese. One of the most meaningful ways that we witness the presence of Christ and deepen the impact of our Church’s ministries is by supporting the Catholic Appeal. As your pastor, I strongly encourage you to join me in giving a gift to this year’s appeal…

“Love (III)” from Week 1 of Lenten Poetry and Prayer

“Love (III)” from Week 1 of Lenten Poetry and Prayer

On the first Friday in Lent, this poem by George Herbert – and its theme of God’s love and forgiveness – was a focus of discussion and prayer.

Love (III)

Love bade me welcome: yet my soul drew back,
Guilty of dust and sin.
But quick-eyed Love, observing me grow slack
From my first entrance in,
Drew nearer to me, sweetly questioning,
If I lacked anything.

A guest, I answered, worthy to be here:
Love said, You shall be he

Week 1: Revisiting The Joy of the Gospel – Introduction

Week 1: Revisiting <i>The Joy of the Gospel</i> – Introduction

Last week, we opened our study with the Introduction… Here are some questions for your prayer and consideration to support your study of the Introduction: 

1. Have you ever experienced a powerful sensation of joy in the midst of what would otherwise be a challenging time? 
2. What does a renewed personal encounter with Christ look like this Lenten season?
3. What are some examples in scripture of people who have experienced an overwhelming joy whose source is the Lord?

This week, we will be diving into “Chapter One: The Church’s Missionary Transformation”. To enrich your study we are offering a Lenten Podcast featuring our beloved late Priest in Residence, Father John Connelly…

A Lenten Message from Fr. Jim

A Lenten Message from Fr. Jim

My dear friends in Christ,

Leper. That is all we know of him. Deemed ritually impure, he was banished from society. He had lost everything: his family, his community… even his name. Leper. This classification became his identity. That is, until he encountered Jesus. Perhaps Jesus could help him. He was desperate. It was worth a shot. He knelt down before him and said, “If you wish, you can make me clean.”

Jesus’ response is astonishing, beginning with the compassion which motivated his actions. Our translation “moved with pity” doesn’t begin to capture the power of the Greek verb σπλαγχνίζομαι (splanchnizomai). Jesus was moved from the depths of his being…