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Important Information: Revised Order Regulating Gatherings

Important Information: Revised Order Regulating Gatherings

As you know, a Revised Order Regulating Gatherings Throughout the Commonwealth became effective on August 11, reducing the indoor and outdoor gathering limits permitted in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The order specifically exempts gatherings for the purpose of religious services from these new reduced limits, so we can continue to gather in the same numbers at our Outdoor Masses. However, it is important that we continue to follow current Massachusetts and Archdiocesan safety rules and capacity limitations: Face masks and social distancing are absolutely necessary for all of our gatherings, including outdoor Masses. Mass reservations are required to ensure that

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

The Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry Team has been working to address the challenges posed by COVID19 to identify options for 2020 Spring sacraments and strategies for our 2020-2021 Religious Education Programs.  Last week we sent a survey to all registered Religious Education families to gain insight into their thoughts and preferences and will be utilizing those results over the next few weeks to develop options and plans that are feasible for our Collaborative.  Our goal is to roll out details and registration on or around September 5th.  If you are, or will be, a family engaged in our Religious Education and/or

Beginning August 10: Hours for Private Prayer in Our Churches and Distribution of Holy Communion

Beginning August 10: Hours for Private Prayer in Our Churches and Distribution of Holy Communion

What challenging times we are living through. Many individuals are seeing fruits of an increase of time available to nourish our relationships, and slower, richer time with the Lord in prayer. However, we are acutely aware as well that some of our parishioners are missing those quiet moments alone in the sanctuary to pray. Many also, for health reasons, are still not comfortable attending Mass, but are missing Holy Communion.  In order to meet both spiritual needs, our churches will be open for private prayer for an hour each week, beginning Monday, August 10, at the following times: 2:00pm on

Sunday, August 2: Live Stream of First Mass of Thanksgiving from St. Paul Church, followed by First Blessings

Sunday, August 2: Live Stream of First Mass of Thanksgiving from St. Paul Church, followed by First Blessings

Fr. Matthew will celebrate a First Mass of Thanksgiving on Sunday at St. Paul Church. The Mass will be private due to current social distancing limitations, but it will be streamed live on the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Facebook page.  A Facebook account isn’t required  – just click the link below on Sunday at 1:30pm to watch with us!  Please click the following link to download a program for the First Mass of Thanksgiving: Mass Program First Blessings We invite all parishioners to join us on the lawn outside St. Paul Church on Sunday between 3:00 – 4:00pm to offer

Watch the Ordination Live on CatholicTV – Saturday, August 1 at 10:00am

Watch the Ordination Live on CatholicTV – Saturday, August 1 at 10:00am

Deacon Matthew Norwood will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ by His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Saturday, August 1, 2020, at 10:00am in a private Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. The Rite of Ordination to the Order of Presbyter will be broadcast live on CatholicTV and streamed online at CatholicTV.org/watch-live. (CatholicTV is available on XFINITY/Comcast (Ch 268), Verizon FIOS (Ch 296), and RCN (Ch 85). Also available on ROKU and Amazon Fire TV.) Please click on the following link to download a program for the Rite of Ordination to the Order of Presbyter: Mass

A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts Regarding Police Reform Legislation

A Statement of the Roman Catholic Bishops of Massachusetts Regarding Police Reform Legislation

THE TIME IS NOW – A CALL FOR CHANGE AND UNITY The sin of racism and struggle for racial justice has been part of our nation’s history for centuries. Awareness of both has never been absent, but too often both themes have been marginalized. Periodically, they are brought to the forefront of common discourse, most often triggered by aggressive, violent, or horrific acts perpetrated on members of our African American, Latino, and other minority communities. As a result, serious discussions regarding how society acts and reacts to alter the culture of discrimination, violence, ignorance and indifference often occur and appear

Reminder: Reservations for Outdoor Masses Required

Reminder: Reservations for Outdoor Masses Required

Reservations are required for all Masses so we can comply with the guidelines regarding social distancing and capacity. Please do not come to Mass if you have not pre-registered, if you are sick, or if you have recently been exposed to someone who is sick.  Our anticipated Mass schedule for the rest of the summer is: 4:00pm Saturday Vigil Mass at St. Paul 9:00am Sunday Mass at St. John 11:00am Sunday Mass at St. John Please bring lawn chairs or blankets for seating (chairs will not be provided except in the Limited Mobility section.)  Please visit our Outdoor Mass Guidelines and Reservations page for important information

Ordination Information for Deacon Matthew Norwood

Ordination Information for Deacon Matthew Norwood

Saturday, August 1 – Ordination Mass Sunday, August 2 – Mass of Thanksgiving Sunday, August 2 – First Blessings:  3:00-4:00pm on the lawn of St. Paul Church – all are welcome! Matt’s Ordination Mass and Mass of Thanksgiving are private due to social distancing limitations, but links to the livestreams of both Masses will be sent out via email and posted on the Collaborative website. We invite all parishioners who would like to receive a first blessing from Fr. Matt to come to the lawn outside St. Paul Church on Sunday, August 2nd between 3:00 and 4:00pm. Social distancing rules

A Message from Deacon Matthew Norwood

A Message from Deacon Matthew Norwood

Dear parishioners of St. Paul and St. John Parishes, It is with great joy that I tell you that I will be ordained to the Sacred Priesthood of Jesus Christ by His Eminence Cardinal Sean O’Malley on Saturday, August 1, 2020, in a private Mass at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross. While the current circumstances have posed many challenges in planning for this day, I could not be happier that this day has arrived. My heart is full when I consider that I will soon share in Christ’s priesthood. I would like to express my gratitude to all of