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…

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…

Evening for Women: Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30pm at St. John

Evening for Women: Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30pm at St. John

Mary Rita Weschler is Director of The Women’s Table which was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in 2008 to improve the lives of women and their families. Women from all walks of life are served: young, homeless moms living in shelters, older women grieving the loss of a spouse, mothers of children with disabilities, immigrant women in search of community and more. Coffee and dessert to follow in Powers Hall. Program available on Live Stream and will be recorded.

Upcoming Retreats for the Grieving

Upcoming Retreats for the Grieving

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is dedicated to both the prayerful and practical support of those experiencing loss. In the coming months, we will be hosting two special retreats.

In December, we will host “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn”, a half-day retreat offering Christ-centered consolation in the midst of grief.

In February, we will be hosting a one-day retreat with The Emmaus Ministry, which was founded to serve the unique spiritual needs of grieving parents…

Wellesley Virtual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Monday, November 22 from 7:00- 7:45pm Register Today!

Wellesley Virtual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Monday, November 22 from 7:00- 7:45pm Register Today!

During this time of year, we feel the need to gather in unity, return to our values, and offer gratitude. Wellesley area clergy invite you to join them in fellowship for the second annual Zoom Interfaith Thanksgiving service. 

Our pastor, Fr. Jim, and Kelly Meraw, our Director of Pastoral Care, will join clergy from other Wellesley congregations to lead us in prayer, scriptural readings, song, and words of comfort.

This event is available on Zoom and pre-registration is required…

Retreat and Training for New and Existing Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors

Retreat and Training for New and Existing Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors

Sister Evelyn Ronan, SND will be hosting a retreat and training for new and existing Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors in the Collaborative.

Whether you are feeling called to serve for the first time, or you’d like to renew your energy for the ministry and sharpen your skills, you’ll want to attend!

The need for liturgical ministers has never been more acute. Please consider offering your presence to God in one of these two ministries. ALL ARE WELCOME! 

Eucharistic Ministers: Wednesday, November 3 from 7:00-8:30pm
Lectors: Wednesday, November 10 from 7:00-8:30pm
Both retreats will be held in the St. John the Evangelist Sanctuary.  Please RSVP to: mary.campion@sjspwellesley.org