The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is continuing the discussion of how adult faith enrichment can be offered within the Collaborative in ways which are greater than our parishes can accomplish individually. The energy and commitment of our community through this process has been palpable, and has contributed to a rich and rewarding discussion concerning our collective vision of adult faith enrichment within the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative! By drawing on the ideas and talents of parishioners from both parishes, we stand stronger as we seek to formulate programs which will nurture and inspire us all as Catholics.

 

Adult Faith Enrichment: News and Events

Evening for Women: “Wisdom Speaks in the Evening: The On-Going Gift of Discernment”

Discernment is an intentional attitude for making important decisions in our lives. It is more than making a choice or a pro-con list; it calls upon the Spirit of God for guidance. This program will invite us to listen for the ‘still small voice’ of Wisdom in discerning our last vocations as carefully as we listened for discerning our first. Dr. Melanie-Préjean Sullivan retired from university ministry in 2018, after more than 30 years in secondary and higher educational settings, counseling and teaching young adults and colleagues about discernment. In retirement, she continues to teach and to serve as an ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Our Earth is a Sacred Gift from God

It has been a year since the COVID-19 pandemic upended our lives. During this difficult time, we have found solace in nature, and appreciate more than ever that our earth is a sacred gift from God. In his encyclical, Laudato Si’, Pope Francis warns that we are facing “global environmental deterioration” and implores us to act (Laudato Si’, #3). He states, that we “have forgotten that we ourselves are dust of the earth (cf. Gen 2:7); our very bodies are made up of her elements, we breath her air and we receive life and refreshment from her waters.” (Laudato Si’, ...
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Evening for Women: Still Small Voice

On Tuesday, March 16th at 7:00pm all women of the Collaborative are welcome to gather on the Zoom platform for An Exploration of Friendship - Together in Shipwreck. Through an exploration of the friendship of J.R.R. Tolkein and C.S. Lewis we will launch an interactive discussion about the value of friendship throughout a lifetime, rooted in love of Jesus Christ. All of those interested in participating please email Carolyn Anderson for the Zoom link at: andersoncarolyn@verizon.net ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Creating a More Sustainable Home for the Future

Creating a more energy efficient home isn’t as hard and costly as you might think. Here are some ways to cut down on your energy usage and create a more sustainable home for the future: USE MOTION SENSORS– Motion sensors enable lights to go on and off when needed vs staying on for hours when not in use. INSTALL DIMMER SWITCHES– Dimming your lights reduces wattage and output, which helps save energy and reduce costs. USE ENERGY STAR APPLIANCES– Many of today's new appliances use half the energy of those from 20 years ago. If you're in the market, look ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Respecting God’s Creation in Nature Inside

“[Saint] Francis asked that part of the friary garden always be left untouched, so that wild flowers and herbs could grow there, and those who saw them could raise their minds to God, the creator of such beauty.” -Laudato Si #12 As we have read before, Pope Francis reflects on the inter-connectivity among all of creation. The effects of climate change are a real challenge and we are all called to do our share to maintain a livable environment for future generations. During this time of Lent we focus on improving our relationship with God. Let us also think of ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: We Can Make a Difference Here at Home

Combating Food Waste - Pope Francis’s address to the European Food Banks Federation: "It is scandalous today not to notice how precious food is as a good, and how so much good ends up so badly." (Food & Wine, Nov. 13, 2019) A society that super sizes food portions, it’s no wonder food in this country is wasted. Just how much may shock you. A 2010 research study done by the USDA found that 31% of the US food supply ends up in a landfill! Surprising as this figure may be, food loss is compounded by all of the ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Ponder the Wonders of God’s Creation…

Happy St. Valentine’s Day Ponder the wonders of God’s Creation: Laudato Si` invites us to see nature as a magnificent book in which God speaks to us and grants us a glimpse of His infinite beauty and goodness. ~ L.S. 12 Pope Francis, Address to Bundestag, Berlin (22 September 2011) “Through the greatness and beauty of creatures, one comes to know by analogy their Maker.” ~ Wisdom 13:5 ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: A Personal Experience

Here’s a personal experience of a parishioner in our Collaborative, who is thinking globally and acting locally, helping our environment. Laudato Si` invites us to look at ways we put into action Care of our Common Home simply by starting in our own home. Solar Panels A number of years ago my wife suggested we should look into having Solar Panels installed on our roof. I thought that since it is just the two of us, we do not use that much electricity and that it would not pay to do it. Some time later the town of Wellesley held ...
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Evening for Women: “Still Small Voice” with Rabbi Rachel Saphire

All women of the Collaborative are invited to join us on Zoom on Tuesday, February 9 at 7:00pm as our women's group hosts Rachel Saphire, Associate Rabbi at Temple Beth Elohim in Wellesley. Rabbi Saphire will be sharing her insights on this year’s theme, "The Still-Small Voice: Discerning God's Presence in the Present".  If you are interested in attending this virtual gathering please email Carolyn Anderson at andersoncarolyn@verizon.net. Rachel Saphire, Associate Rabbi, has served Temple Beth Elohim since she was ordained from Hebrew Union College – Jewish Institute of Religion (Cincinnati) in 2009.  Her accomplishments at Temple Beth Elohim include ...
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Join Our Upcoming Virtual “Seasons of Hope” Group
Begins Tuesday, February 16

Seasons of Hope is open to all those who are grieving the loss of a loved one. With the help of scripture, prayer, reflection and small group discussion, we give voice to our unique journeys of grief, and find healing, comfort and spiritual growth.  Seasons of Hope is centered on Jesus Christ and grounded in the healing wisdom traditions and practices of the Catholic Church. The ministry is lead by trained facilitators and many parishioners who have taken part in prior seasons have found this program helpful as they grieve. A new season is about to begin: Tuesdays at 10:30am starting February ...
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