Category: SJSP Collaborative

Supporting Your Parish

Supporting Your Parish

We understand that there are very challenging days ahead for many people. We ask that you please continue to support your parish, if at all possible, during these troubling times, as we rely on our weekly Offertory Collections and monthly Special Collections to cover operating expenses (heating and maintaining our buildings, staff salaries and healthcare benefits, etc.) With the extremely generous gifts of 3 parishioners, we were able to get our offertory back on track for the weekend of March 21 & 22. We are very grateful and continue to pray that those who are able to donate during this crisis

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

March 16: A Message from Fr. Jim

March 16: A Message from Fr. Jim

On that day, as evening drew on, Jesus said to his disciples: “Let us cross to the other side.” Leaving the crowd, they took Jesus with them in the boat just as he was. And other boats were with him. A violent squall came up and waves were breaking over the boat, so that it was already filling up. Jesus was in the stern, asleep on a cushion. They woke him and said to him, “Teacher, do you not care that we are perishing?” He woke up, rebuked the wind, and said to the sea, “Quiet! Be still!” The wind

COVID-19: Updated Directives from the Archdiocese of Boston and the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

COVID-19: Updated Directives from the Archdiocese of Boston and the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

Updated Directives from the Archdiocese of Boston All Masses and, except as provided below, religious services in all Archdiocesan parishes, missions, and campus ministries are suspended until further notice. This suspension begins at 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon, March 14. The Cardinal has issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston. Baptism, Confirmations, weddings and funerals may proceed but attendance should be limited to only immediate family. All religious education, faith formation and related activities (e.g. adult faith formation, youth ministry, etc.) are suspended until further notice. All other social events,

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

COVID-19 UPDATE: Important Information from the Archdiocese of Boston and the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

COVID-19 UPDATE: Important Information from the Archdiocese of Boston and the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

As you know, the progression of Coronavirus (COVID-19) is a rapidly developing situation. We are monitoring these developments closely, and are implementing the directives, guidance, and best practices we are receiving from the Town of Wellesley, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Archdiocese of Boston, as we move forward. As always, our foremost concern is for the health and safety of God’s people – our parishioners, our school students and their families, the dedicated staff and many volunteers at our parishes and school – and the wider local and global community. Directives from the Archdiocese of Boston Cardinal Seán, in

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner CANCELLED

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner CANCELLED

We are disappointed to announce that out of an abundance of caution we will not be holding the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Paul on March 14.  We thank everyone for their efforts to date and look forward to next year. If you have already purchased tickets, please send an email to stpaulsocialcommittee@gmail.com so that we can provide you a refund.

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

Announcing Our Collaborative Pastoral Plan

Announcing Our Collaborative Pastoral Plan

This weekend, December 7-8, we will be distributing copies of our newly-completed Collaborative Pastoral Plan – a vision that articulates areas of focus and growth within our Collaborative over the next three years. The plan is available here on the website and will also be distributed via email to all parishioners on our email list (if you’re not on our email list, please visit either parish website to sign up!)  The packet will include a letter from Fr. Jim, explaining the process of prayerful reflection and active discussion that has taken place over the past couple of years to create

Annual Christmas Pops Concert at St. Paul Church
Sunday, December 8 at 2:00pm

Annual Christmas Pops Concert at St. Paul Church<br>Sunday, December 8 at 2:00pm

St. Paul Adult and Children’s choir will be presenting their annual Christmas Pops Concert on December 8 at 2:00pm in St. Paul Church.  Our major will be Bach Magnificat, a joyful and beautiful rendition of the Blessed Mother’s Canticle upon her visit to her cousin Elizabeth. The work includes Choir, Soloists and Orchestra. The second part will include Father James Laughlin and Father Robert Blaney in special solos with Choir and Orchestra. We will be having our famous sing along and we will be roasting chestnuts and taking a sleigh ride. Come join us for a wonderful start to your  Advent and Christmas season! Reception immediately following in the Parish Hall.