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An Important Message from Cardinal Seán

An Important Message from Cardinal Seán

When the Church raises a prophetic cry, “Choose Life”, we are performing a great service to all society. Life is sacred. Life is a mystery. Life must be protected, nurtured, respected. The Gospel of Life is the center piece of the Church’s social teaching. When the value of life is compromised or diminished, all life is at risk. When we give the State the power to determine which human beings are worthy of living and which should be eliminated, what we are doing is opening a Pandora’s Box that unleashes every kind of injustice and violation of human dignity and

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, February 8

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, February 8

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative and The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents invite you to a one day spiritual retreat for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago. Saturday, February 8 from 9:30am to 7:00pm St. John the Evangelist Parish 9 Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02481 $25/person or $40/couple (Registration fee includes three meals and all retreat materials) Ample free parking Scholarships are available PRE-REGISTRATION REQUIRED – REGISTER ONLINE AT: www.emfgp.org Registration forms are also available at the back of the church – please return by January 31, 2020 For more

A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family from Chris Holownia

A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family from Chris Holownia

The Gospel message of Christmas is one of peace, joy, glory, and love. And yet today, on the Feast of the Holy Family, we are faced with the reality of the world into which our Lord Jesus Christ is born, a world of danger, treachery, and terror. In the lectionary for today, the Gospel for today skips over an important piece that is difficult to hear: When Herod realized that he had been deceived by the magi, he became furious. He ordered the massacre of all the boys in Bethlehem and its vicinity two years old and under. That’s why

Laudato Si’ Reading Group at St. John – Begins Thursday, January 30

Laudato Si’ Reading Group at St. John – Begins Thursday, January 30

Are you concerned about the environment? Is there a helpful Catholic response to climate change? How are the poor affected by what is happening to the earth, our common home? If you think about these questions, or if you just want to read and discuss a hopeful and challenging little book, join our Pastoral Care intern, Leo Racine, and other members of the Collaborative in an enlightening three-week study of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclical Laudato Si’: On the Care for Our Common Home. The group will meet on three Thursday evenings:  January 30, February 6 and February 13 from 7:00

A Visit from Chris Holownia – This Sunday, December 29

A Visit from Chris Holownia – This Sunday, December 29

Chris Holownia, our Jesuit seminarian, will be home and joining us for both the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses at St. John this Sunday, December 29! He will joyfully accompany both choirs on the piano and also say a few words after the homily about his current placement at Loyola University of Chicago, where he has been assigned for “First Studies.” Please plan to attend one of these Masses and say hello to Chris!