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Important Reopening Changes: Please Read

Important Reopening Changes: Please Read

In my message to you last Saturday, I talked about the preparations that must be made, and the restrictions and guidelines that parishes must comply with, before resuming public Masses. The Archdiocese has been very clear that parishes should not resume Masses before they are ready to do so safely. I let you know that we have been working very hard to apply these guidelines and restrictions to the unique configurations of each of our churches, and to develop protocols specific to our worship spaces for resuming public Mass in the safest way possible. Our aim was to begin the

Memorial Day Prayer

Memorial Day Prayer

We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We pray that God will hold our servicemen and women in His strong arms, and cover them with His sheltering grace and presence.

When Can We Re-Open?

When Can We Re-Open?

As you know, Governor Baker has announced more details of the “four-phase approach” to re-opening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including the welcome news that houses of worship are included in Phase 1 of the plan.  The Archdiocese remains committed to working with public officials on the timing and conditions of re-opening churches for Masses, and is closely monitoring the guidance and directives from the state as it develops its own plan to resume public Masses and public gatherings when it is safe to do so. In a message to parishes last week, Bishop Uglietto stated: “It is important to

Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry Updates

Collaborative Religious Education and Youth Ministry Updates

Dear SJSP Collaborative Religious Ed Families, On behalf of the staff of the SJSP Collaborative, we hope that you and your loved ones are staying safe and managing well during these incredibly difficult times. If you need any help, spiritually, emotionally or financially please reach out and we will be happy to help when we can and/or put you in touch with someone who can help if we cannot. We write to you today to give you updates on some Collaborative and Religious Ed happenings. First, as Fr. Robert and Fr. Jim announced in their video message last weekend, Fr. Robert has

Why Did the Church Begin Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday?

Why Did the Church Begin Celebrating Divine Mercy Sunday?

The world was in the midst of the Great Depression in 1931 and the memories of World War I were still alive in the minds of Europeans when in Poland a sister of the Congregation of Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy, Faustina Kowalska (1905-1938), is said to have been personally visited by Jesus. According to her diary, an image was revealed to her of the risen Lord, from whose heart shone two rays, with the words “Jesus, I trust in you” at the bottom. Faustina wrote in her diary that Jesus told her, “I promise that the soul that

Holy Thursday: Live Feed of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from the St. John the Evangelist Chapel

Holy Thursday: Live Feed of Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament from the St. John the Evangelist Chapel

To mark Holy Thursday, in addition to our daily rosary (offered at 8:00am live on Instagram and available throughout the day!) we will be offering an Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament live feed from 9:00pm-11:00pm. You can access the live feed on our YouTube channel by clicking here (sjspwellesley.org/live) and in the Instagram app (@sjspwellesley) We look forward to journeying together this Holy Week as God’s family.

Important Message from Cardinal Seán to All Parishioners

Important Message from Cardinal Seán to All Parishioners

My Dear Friends in Christ, As we all experience the unprecedented circumstances of the coronavirus (COVID-19) public health crisis please know of my prayers for you and your loved ones. While striving each day to proceed as safely as possible we remember that our faith means we are never alone, even in the most difficult times. Faith is the foundation of hope, and with hope we can address even the most complex challenges of life without being overcome by them. Our inability to come together as a community for the celebration of the Eucharist, the source and summit of our