Category: From the Pastor

June 7: A Message from Fr. Jim on Trinity Sunday

June 7: A Message from Fr. Jim on Trinity Sunday

I pray not only for them, but also for those who will believe in me through their word, so that they may all be one, as you, Father, are in me and I in you, that they also may be in us, that the world may believe that you sent me.  And I have given them the glory you gave me, so that they may be one, as we are one, I in them and you in me, that they may be brought to perfection as one, that the world may know that you sent me, and that you loved

Introducing Fr. David Brogan

Introducing Fr. David Brogan

A few weeks ago, we shared the news that Fr. Robert would be leaving us at the end of the summer to take up his new assignment as pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Dover and St. Theresa Parish in Sherborne.  At that time, I let you know that Fr. David Brogan, an enormously talented young priest who happens to be a good friend of Fr. Robert, would be joining us as our new Parochial Vicar on September 1.  I am happy to announce that Fr. David will now be joining us officially on June 1, so we will have both Fr. Robert and

Reopening – An Important Message from Fr. Jim

Reopening – An Important Message from Fr. Jim

As you know, Governor Baker has announced that houses of worship can resume services, within the specific guidelines he has issued, in Phase 1 of the re-opening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Archdiocese of Boston has provided parishes with additional guidelines and restrictions, and parishes must complete the preparations and be able to comply with all of the guidelines and protocols before resuming public Masses. Here at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, we are working very hard to get our churches ready and our systems in place to begin the process of slowly and carefully re-opening our churches.

Saint John School Principal Announcement from Fr. Jim

Saint John School Principal Announcement from Fr. Jim

I am thrilled to announce that Mrs. Siobhan Mahoney will be the next principal of Saint John School, starting on July 1, 2020. Our Selection Committee (comprised of Bryan Belton, Kerrie Grover, Katie Jarvis, Traci Medeiros, Christian Rubio, Jackie Welham, and me) met with many highly qualified candidates during multiple rounds of interviews, and Mrs. Mahoney was unanimously agreed upon to be the best person to lead SJS. Mrs. Mahoney began her career at the New England Center for Children, where she served as a case manager for students on IEPs and taught Preschool. From there, she moved to Mount

May 17: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 17: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 6th Sunday of Easter

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. (Jn 14:18-21)         Thank God for Zoom.  Two months

Parochial Vicar Announcement from Fr. Jim

Parochial Vicar Announcement from Fr. Jim

My dear friends in Christ, Last week our parochial vicar Fr. Robert Blaney and I addressed you in a video posted on our website to deliver important news. Effective September 1, 2020, Fr. Robert will be leaving our collaborative to take up his new assignment as pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Dover and St. Theresa Parish in Sherborne. Fr. Robert has brought so many gifts to our collaborative and we are all very sad that he is leaving us. It has truly been a joy for me to work with him as a trusted and valued colleague who

Recorded Masses from the Collaborative Are Back Beginning May 10!

Recorded Masses from the Collaborative Are Back Beginning May 10!

You will recall that as we entered Holy Week, we made the difficult decision to stop recording live liturgies at the Collaborative. At that point in time, with the public health crisis escalating rapidly and our available technology somewhat limited, we knew that we would not be able to gather to provide these services while keeping everyone safe and complying with social distancing directives. We then launched a new weekly feature called “Together in Prayer: Our Weekly Celebration of the Word with our Faith Community”, a video compilation with readings from our lectors, homilies from our priests, and music from familiar voices.

May 3: A Message from Fr. Jim on Good Shepherd Sunday

May 3: A Message from Fr. Jim on Good Shepherd Sunday

The Lord is my shepherd, I shall not want. He makes me lie down in green pastures; he leads me beside still waters; he restores my soul. He leads me in right paths for his name’s sake. Even though I walk through the darkest valley, I fear no evil; for you are with me; your rod and your staff— they comfort me. You prepare a table before me in the presence of my enemies; you anoint my head with oil; my cup overflows. Surely goodness and mercy shall follow me all the days of my life, and I shall dwell

April 26: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 3rd Sunday of Easter

April 26: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 3rd Sunday of Easter

Now that very day two of them were going to a village seven miles from Jerusalem called Emmaus, and they were conversing about all the things that had occurred. And it happened that while they were conversing and debating, Jesus himself drew near and walked with them, but their eyes were prevented from recognizing him. He asked them, “What are you discussing as you walk along?” They stopped, looking downcast. One of them, named Cleopas, said to him in reply, “Are you the only visitor to Jerusalem who does not know of the things that have taken place there in