Category: Service and Outreach

May 9 POWIR Update

May 9 POWIR Update

During a time when we are all feeling so isolated and unable to help our struggling brothers and sisters in tangible ways, our POWIR group continues to support our newly arrived Rwandan Refugee family on a weekly basis. Emile, Rosine, Thierry, Gentil, Gentille, Jeanine, and Gideon are happily settled in their beautiful new apartment in Revere. Our POWIR volunteers continue to delivery groceries, maintaining appropriate social distance, on a twice weekly basis. Last week Catholic Charities interviewed some of our cherished POWIR members about their experience resettling this family during the COVID19 pandemic. That footage will be an integral part

POWIR Update: Welcome Home Rwamuhinda Family!

POWIR Update: Welcome Home Rwamuhinda Family!

We are so happy to be able to share some wonderful news – our POWIR family, Emile and Rosine Rwamuhinda and their children, are now settled in their new apartment in Revere!  As you will recall, the family arrived in Boston on March 18, and have been staying in temporary housing in Quincy while we worked with Catholic Charities Boston to secure permanent housing.  Late last week, we received word that an apartment would become available on Monday, March 30 – and that the family would need to move in on Tuesday, March 31.  This seemed like an impossible task,

They’re Here! Some Good News in a Difficult Time…

They’re Here! Some Good News in a Difficult Time…

It is with hearts brimming over with joy we announce the truly miraculous arrival of our new POWIR family, Emile and Rosine Rwamuhinda and their children, in Boston! The family landed at Logan Airport today at 2:20pm. During these unimaginably difficult days and circumstances, Catholic Charities and our POWIR Team remained uncertain whether they would actually be able to come until the very last moment. As we explained in last week’s bulletin, Emile and Rosine and their children fled the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007, and they’ve been living in a refugee camp ever since. We were notified during

Welcome Emile and Rosine and Family, Arriving in Boston on March 18!

Welcome Emile and Rosine and Family, Arriving in Boston on March 18!

As many in the collaborative heard during last week’s Masses, we have exciting news to share regarding our partnership with Catholic Charities to assist in the resettlement efforts of Immigrant and Refugees into the Boston area. On March 18, 2020 our SJSP POWIR Group will be welcoming Emile and Rosine, and their five children, from a refugee camp in Rwanda. The family fled the Democratic Republic of Congo in 2007. They’ve been living in a refugee camp ever since and their two youngest children were born there. As many of you know we’ve been praying for the opportunity to assist a

Our Collaborative Lenten Gift: What is POWIR?

Jesus calls all of us in the parable of the Good Samaritan to be responsible for those in need, no matter who they are or where they come from. The St. John – St. Paul Collaborative Lenten Gift this year recognizes Jesus’ call and will direct all contributions into the St. John – St. Paul Collaborative POWIR Fund to support our POWIR work going forward in partnership with Catholic Charities. What is POWIR? POWIR is an acronym that stands for Parishes Organized to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees. The U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops launched the program in 2010 to intensify

POWIR Update: A Heartfelt Thank You!

POWIR Update: A Heartfelt Thank You!

News from the SJSP POWIR team! It is with great joy that we share with you that both our Honduran and Congolese refugee families are employed and financially self-sufficient. It was the families’ hard work along with the unbelievable efforts of Catholic Charities, our SJSP partnership and the abundant generosity of individual parishioners that this was achieved. The refugee families shared Thanksgiving and Christmas welcomed by warm members of our faith community. They were showered with Christmas gifts, including a brand new smart TV that is helping to expand their language acquisition. The POWIR team wishes to extend a heartfelt thank

POWIR Update: Getting Settled

POWIR Update: Getting Settled

Our SJSP POWIR volunteers have been busy getting Maria, Marcos, Chantal, Emmanuel and Jeremie settled in their new home in Dorchester. They live in a lovely apartment near Pope John Paul II Park, with an easy walk to grocery stores, St. Mark’s Church, Fields Corner T,  laundry and much more. Through the generosity of many of our parishioners we’ve been able to begin assisting them with a rental subsidy. Your continued online donations to help the family are of vital importance. This week our volunteers are focused on bringing the families to their first medical evaluations and getting a sense

Christmas Wish 2019

Christmas Wish 2019

We are happy to extend an invitation to everyone in the parish collaborative to participate in this year’s St. John Christmas Wish Program. During this holiday season, we hope to grant wishes for more than 400 children! Each child receives a new outfit and a special Christmas Wish gift they have requested. These gifts will go to the youngsters in our own parishes, as well as in our sister parishes of St. Katherine Drexel in Roxbury, St. Patrick in Lowell, St. Patrick in Brockton and the Julie Family Learning Program in Boston.