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

Your Time and Talent are Needed!

Do you feel a desire to be trained as a Eucharistic Minister? Do you feel a prompting to proclaim the Word of God as a Lector at Mass? Are you called to comfort the grieving by serving at the Altar for funeral Masses? Do you want to steward financial offerings by gathering the collection? Have you been waiting for a specific call to serve? THIS IS THAT CALL! The pandemic has changed parish life considerably. We are working to rebuild in so many ways - but we need your help. Serving in these ministries is not a weekly commitment. The ...
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Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults (RCIA)

Have you been worshiping with us, but never officially taken the step to become Catholic? Have you been away from the Church, and have now returned, but want to know more? Have you been a Catholic all your life, but never celebrated all the Sacraments of Initiation (Baptism, Confirmation, Eucharist)? Have you joined us from a different background and would like to find out more about the Catholic Church? If you (or someone you know) answers YES to any of these questions, you are invited to find out more through process called the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults ...
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Walking with Purpose Bible Study for Women: Reclaiming Friendship

Community. Fellowship. Sisterhood. We're meant to have it all. This is how we thrive and grow and flourish. God never intended us to walk our paths alone - and yet, this is how many of us find ourselves today. Whether it be due to the isolation of the ongoing pandemic or the stress of everyday obligations, we, as women, often put our needs last. But the spiritual need is one that cannot be ignored, and neither is the need for human connection. When we fly on airplanes, one of the first messages we are told is to secure our oxygen ...
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“Examining Our Public Commitment to Faith in Action” – A Workshop with Rev. J. Bryan Hehir on September 30

The social unrest and racial reckoning of the past year have inspired many to consider how faith ought to be lived in a public arena in the Covid era. As social distancing requirements ease, we have an opportunity to examine how we publicly practice our faith to stand in solidarity with those whom society marginalizes. Join A Faith That Does Justice and Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Cabinet Secretary for Health and Social Service, Archdiocese of Boston, and the Parker Gilbert Montgomery Professor emeritus of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at Harvard University's John F. Kennedy School of Government ...
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TONIGHT at 7:00pm! Virtual Prayer Service and Gathering on the Feast of St. Phoebe – REGISTER NOW!

Discerning Deacons invites Catholics to gather virtually this Friday, September 3 at 7:00pm to pray for the intercession of St. Phoebe, listen to powerful testimonies from Catholic women engaged in diaconal ministry, and express our collective hope that the Church would “receive them in the Lord,” just as St. Paul asked the Church in Rome to receive Phoebe the diakonos in Romans 16:1-2. Click here to register for the Zoom Prayer Service Click here to download the Worship Aid Background from the Discerning Deacons Website The Second Vatican Council (1962-65) renewed the ministry of the diaconate in the Catholic ...
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From Discerning Deacons: “Called to Serve: Two Women’s Witness”

Discerning Deacons, a group whose mission is to engage Catholics in the active discernment of our Church about women and the diaconate, has released a short introduction to two women seeking ordination to the diaconate in the Boston region: Philomėne Pèan and our own Kelly Meraw. Both Philomėne and Kelly are working in full time positions to serve members of their communities and churches, and feel a longing to be ordained as deacons. This would, they say, be a faithful restoration of ancient orders for women to the diaconate, a respected role women held for centuries before it fell out ...
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Fall Book Study: “Racial Justice and the Catholic Church” by Fr. Bryan Massingale

Join us for a six week discussion of Fr. Bryan Massingale's Racial Justice and the Catholic Church. In the author's words, "We all are wounded by the sin of racism... How can we struggle together against an evil that harms us all?" Racial Justice and the Catholic Church examines the presence of racism in America from its early history through the Civil Rights Movement and the election of Barack Obama. It also explores how Catholic social teaching has been used--and not used--to promote reconciliation and justice. Sessions will run Wednesday, September 29th through Wednesday, November 3rd from 7:00-8:15pm and will ...
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This Thursday, August 26 at 7:00pm: Join Us for a “Discerning Deacons” Conversation

In response to the call of the Holy Father to a synodal and listening Church, the SJSP Discerning Deacons Circle is hosting a collaborative-wide evening to explore the role of the Deacon, the history of women in the Diaconate, and the restoration of women to the Diaconate. "There's a glove somewhere that's been thrown down. The women have put up a sign and said, 'Please listen to us. May we be heard.' And I pick up that gauntlet." Pope Francis Please join us for conversation and refreshments or join us via Livestream: Thursday, August 26 at 7:00pm St. John ...
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Join Us Thursday, August 26 at 7pm for a “Discerning Deacons” Conversation

In response to the call of the Holy Father to a synodal and listening Church, the SJSP Discerning Deacons Circle is hosting a collaborative-wide evening to explore the role of the Deacon, the history of women in the Diaconate, and the restoration of women to the Diaconate. "There's a glove somewhere that's been thrown down. The women have put up a sign and said, 'Please listen to us. May we be heard.' And I pick up that gauntlet." Pope Francis Please join us for conversation and refreshments or join us via Livestream: Thursday, August 26 at 7:00pm St. John the ...
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Join “Women of Faith” with TBE Online – This Thursday, June 17th at 7:30pm

All are welcome to an evening with Rabbi Rachel Saphire (Temple Beth Elohim), Rev. Margaret Schwarzer (St. Andrew's Episcopal), Rev. Dr. Kelly Murphy Mason (UU Wellesley Hills), and Kelly Meraw, Director of Pastoral Care and Music and Liturgy (St. John-St. Paul Collaborative) on Zoom for sisterhood, faith, and fellowship. Each spiritual leader will share a few teachings from their tradition that speak most meaningfully to them. We'll have an opportunity for discussion and questions as well. All people of faith from all traditions are welcome! This event will take place through Zoom. Pre-registration is required, click here to register: REGISTER ...
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