Adult Faith Enrichment

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

Tuesday, January 19 at 7:00pm on Zoom: “The Still-Small Voice: Discerning God’s Presence in the Present”  

All women of the Collaborative are warmly invited to join us on Zoom as our women's group hosts Michele Dillon, Dean of the College of Liberal Arts and Professor of Sociology at the University of New Hampshire.  A frequent lecturer on Women in the Church and contemporary Catholic issues, Dr. Dillon will be sharing her insights on this years theme, "The Still-Small Voice: Discerning God's Presence in the Present". She was educated at University College Dublin (with a Bachelor's degree in Social Science and a Master's in Sociology) and the University of California, Berkeley where she received her PhD in ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Let Us Dream…

For many of us, the start of a New Year is a time of reflection and a call to action. This is especially true now as we face the dire consequences from COVID-19 and climate change. Both of these crises have revealed that all humanity is inextricably connected. They have also shined a light on what is most important in our lives and made us more grateful for the things we’ve always taken for granted. For example, we have greatly missed our gatherings with family and friends, but have found solace and joy from our walks in the outdoors surrounded ...
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Catholic Grief Support: Virtual Seasons of Hope Group

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. If you are interested in participating, please contact Laurie Jacob at Ljacob156@gmail.com or ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Be a Part of the Conversation

We are now celebrating the 5th anniversary of the Encyclical Letter, Laudato Si': Care of our Common Home. What could be more fitting than starting a dialogue on how to create our own version of a "common home" here in Wellesley? As Pope Francis stated before a Joint Session of Congress in September of 2015 (shortly after the publication of Laudato Si'), "Politics is an expression of our compelling need to live as one in order to build as one the greatest common good: that of a community which sacrifices particular interests in order to share, in justice and peace, ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Time to Make a New Start…

Human beings, while capable of the worst, are also capable of rising above themselves, choosing again what is good, and making a new start. (LS #205) It’s that time of year again… time to make a new start, time for New Year’s resolutions. How will you change your behavior this year for the good of yourself, your family and the common good? Pope Francis, through his encyclical Laudato Si’, has been asking all of us throughout the world to make caring for each other and caring for our common home a priority. While this task may feel a bit overwhelming, ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: The Object of Mercy

Christmas is here ~ CHRIST BE OUR LIGHT! We hope you are enjoying a spirit-filled Christmas! Gifts from the heart supporting those in need bring the light of Christ to all, giving joy to the world. We usually think of the works of mercy individually and in relation to a specific initiative: hospitals for the sick, soup kitchens for the hungry, shelters for the homeless, schools for those to be educated… However, when we look at the works of mercy as a whole, we see that the object of mercy is human life itself and everything it embraces. (Pope Francis, ...
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Watch Now – Our Virtual Service of Lessons and Carols

Collectively, we are all experiencing a Christmas like no other. As a Collaborative, we grieve the loss of the sights and sounds of literally thousands of parishioners flooding our doors to celebrate the birth of our Lord. Yet, when placed in the light of Christ's own appearance with us here, we know: Emmanuel, God with Us.  The Music and Pastoral Ministers of St. John - St. Paul Collaborative have joined together to offer you a Christmas Blessing. We know how much singing Carols is an essential part of the Christmas experience, and while we aren't able to sing together we ...
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“Our Virtual Service of Lessons and Carols” – Launches Friday, December 18 at 5:00pm

Collectively, we are all experiencing a Christmas like no other. As a Collaborative, we grieve the loss of the sights and sounds of literally thousands of parishioners flooding our doors to celebrate the birth of our Lord. Yet, when placed in the light of Christ's own appearance with us here, we know: Emmanuel, God with Us. The Music and Pastoral Ministers of St. John - St. Paul Collaborative have joined together to offer you a Christmas Blessing. We know how much singing Carols is an essential part of the Christmas experience, and while we aren't able to sing together we ...
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December 8: Evening for Women – “Waiting in Joyful Hope”

Space for Advent Prayer and Reflection with Kelly Meraw and Anne Mears Tuesday, December 8 at 7:00pm on Zoom All women of the Collaborative are warmly invited to join. To register for the evening and to receive the Zoom link, please email Carolyn Anderson ...
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Caring for Our Common Home: Living in Gratitude and Harmony with Creation

“Purchasing is always a moral – and not simply economic – act.” Pope Francis [L.S.146] Now that the season of giving is upon us, it is important that we take a moment to reflect on what it is we are purchasing and how our purchases impact our environment. Looking at the carbon footprint and packaging of our purchases and choosing to “buy” or “not buy” based on our assessment, can ultimately change the way businesses operate in the future. The past has taught us that when social pressure affects earnings, businesses find ways to produce differently. Taking responsibility not only ...
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