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: Mass with Fr. Jim Laughlin on Tuesday, May 18 at 7:00pm

Please join us Tuesday, May 18 at 7pm as Fr. Laughlin celebrates Mass at St. John the Evangelist Church to mark the end of our 2020-2021 Evening for Women programming. If you are not comfortable attending in person, the Mass will be live streamed on the Collaborative website and YouTube channel where you can join us virtually. Reservations are not required, but we will continue to observe Covid safety protocols including social distancing and mask wearing. This has been a most unusual and stressful year, both for each of us personally and for our beloved women's group. Thanks to the ...
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Spring Bible Study: The Gospel According to Saint Luke

Please join us for a study of The Gospel According to Saint Luke on Wednesdays at 10:00am beginning May 19. A donation of $20 is appreciated to cover the costs of the two books which will be available for pick up at the parish offices by Monday, May 17. Please email in advance to secure your copy of the study books and your Zoom invitation: kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org or davidebkhorn@gmail.com ...
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A Message from Anne Mears

As many of you already know, I am stepping down from my full-time role as Coordinator of Pastoral Care from the middle of May. Although the decision to leave has been a very difficult one, I am looking forward to what God has in store for the next phase of my life. For the past two years, I have also been enrolled part-time at BC for a MA in Theology and Ministry and I am looking forward to completing my studies there. I am also relishing the opportunity to spend some more time with my family and will of course ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Let’s Remember to Honor Our Mother Earth

Mother’s Day 2021 - Let’s remember to Honor our Mother Earth On the seventh day there was silence in heaven. The mighty wind of life was still. The sea was calm. The morning stars glistened. And earth slept. The work was finished. Creation had been born and the Mother of all things rested. It was a holy day. The heavens and the earth were well. God saw its fullness, creation’s seventh day. (Genesis 2, adapted by Philip Newell) This Mother’s Day, take a moment to reflect on the above adaptation from Genesis and prayerfully consider your relationship with Mother Earth ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: “We Will be More Resilient If We Work Together”

Care for nature so that it cares for us. ~ (Pope Francis) During a live internet event on Earth Day, Pope Francis addressed both world leaders who were participating in a global climate summit and also all citizens of the world. Though the pope cautioned that “we are at the brink” with climate change, he said that it is not too late for us or the environment and advised all that “we will be more resilient if we work together.” Pope Francis called the gathering "a happy occasion" and said it was an initiative that puts all of humanity on ...
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April 25: World Day of Prayer for Vocations

The purpose of World Day of Prayer for Vocations is to publicly fulfill the Lord's instruction to "Pray the Lord of the harvest to send laborers into his harvest." (Mt 9:38; Lk 10:2). It is the pinnacle of a prayer that is continually offered throughout the Church. It affirms the primacy of faith and grace in all vocations to ordination, to consecrated life and to lay ministry. The Church concentrates its attention this day on vocations to the ordained ministries (priesthood and diaconate) and to the consecrated life (religious sisters and brothers). We invite the entire collaborative to commit their ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: The Wonder of New Life Happening in Our Midst

The Easter message of Resurrection and renewal is evident all around us! Do our minds and hearts have the eyes to see the wonder of new life happening in our midst? The flowering of cherry blossoms that transform into the fruition of cherries is a small example of this wonder of God’s creation which we are called upon to steward for future generations and it encourages us to look deeply at the interconnections of earth, insects and pollinators. Ecology is a way of living our vocation as protectors of God’s handiwork in creation. “Our efforts … will be inadequate unless ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Opening Our Hearts to Our Connection with Others

Did you know that millions of gallons of water are used to produce the plastic water bottles we purchase for water? Did you know one-quarter of that bottled water is from the tap? Did you know the plastics industry uses recycling as a way to sell un-recyclable plastic? Indeed, for the oil and gas industries, plastic, which is made from petroleum, is their lifeline. That means that production of the plastic bottles harms the environment as well as the water bottles that end up in the landfills, so plastic water bottles have a negative effect on our earth from beginning ...
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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: Rejoice!

“Son of God,Jesus, through you all things were made. You were formed in the womb of Mary our Mother, and became part of the earth, and you gazed upon this world with human eyes. Today you are alive in every creature in your risen glory.” (From “A Christian Prayer in Union with Creation”, Laudato Si` Prayers - Catholic.org ) During Lent we have spent forty days developing a closer relationship with God through prayer, sacrifice (simple living - self denial) and almsgiving. By the changes we made over these six and a half weeks, we have most likely experienced a ...
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