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: Tuesday, December 7 at 6:30pm at St. John

Women Ministering to Women Mary Rita Weschler is Director of The Women's Table which was established by the Sisters of St. Joseph of Boston in 2008 to improve the lives of women and their families. Women from all walks of life are served: young, homeless moms living in shelters, older women grieving the loss of a spouse, mothers of children with disabilities, immigrant women in search of community and more. Coffee and dessert to follow in Powers Hall. Program available on Live Stream and will be recorded. RSVP to Carolyn Anderson at andersoncarolyn@verizon.net ...
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Wellesley Virtual Interfaith Thanksgiving Service – Monday, November 22 from 7:00- 7:45pm Register Today!

During this time of year, we feel the need to gather in unity, return to our values, and offer gratitude. Wellesley area clergy invite you to join them in fellowship for the second annual Zoom Interfaith Thanksgiving service. Our pastor, Fr. Jim, and Kelly Meraw, our Director of Pastoral Care, will join clergy from other Wellesley congregations to lead us in prayer, scriptural readings, song, and words of comfort. We hope this service will help you feel connected in faith and thanksgiving. You are invited to share this invitation with another friend of faith. All are welcome, whether or not ...
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“Blessed Are Those Who Mourn” – Upcoming Retreats for the Grieving

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is dedicated to both the prayerful and practical support of those experiencing loss. In the coming months, we will be hosting two special retreats. In December, we will host “Blessed Are Those Who Mourn”, a half-day retreat offering Christ-centered consolation in the midst of grief. If you have experienced loss, no matter how long ago, we invite you to share in a Christ-centered source of comfort and community. Saturday, December 11, 2021 12:00pm - 6:30pm St. John the Evangelist Parish 9 Glen Road, Wellesley, MA 02481 Register here: sjspwellesley.org/retreat In February, we will be hosting ...
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A Mass Celebrating the Initiation of the Synodal Way at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross

Cardinal Seán O'Malley, OFM Cap. will celebrate this special Advent Mass on November 27, 2021 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 4:30PM - it will be broadcast and live-streamed on CatholicTV & CatholicTVLIVE.com (rebroadcast on Sunday at 11am and 8pm). The theme is “For a synodal Church: communion, participation and mission.” The consultative process in the Archdiocese will begin in early 2022 and will explore such themes as: Companions on the Journey; Listening; Celebration; Sharing Responsibility for Our Common Mission; Dialogue in Church and Society; Ecumenism; Authority and Participation; Discerning and Deciding; and Forming Ourselves in Synodality. The ...
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Retreat and Training for New and Existing Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors

Sister Evelyn Ronan, SND will be hosting a retreat and training for new and existing Eucharistic Ministers and Lectors in the Collaborative. Whether you are feeling called to serve for the first time, or you'd like to renew your energy for the ministry and sharpen your skills, you'll want to attend! The need for liturgical ministers has never been more acute. Please consider offering your presence to God in one of these two ministries. ALL ARE WELCOME! Both retreats will be held in the St. John the Evangelist Sanctuary. Please RSVP to: mary.campion@sjspwellesley.org Eucharistic Ministers: Wednesday, November 3 from ...
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Tuesday’s “Evening for Women” POSTPONED

Unfortunately, the "Evening for Women" program scheduled for Tuesday, October 5 at St. Paul's Hall is being postponed due to a number of conflicts. Stay tuned for updates on the November program! ...
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An Invitation from St. Paul’s Parish in Cambridge

The Committee on Spiritual & Public Concerns and the Social Justice Committee of St. Paul's Parish in Harvard Square Invite You to Join Us for Two Timely Lectures with Q&A by Fr. J. Bryan Hehir Secretary of Health and Social Services in the Archdiocese of Boston, Emeritus Professor of the Practice of Religion and Public Life at the Harvard Kennedy School, and former Pastor/Senior Chaplain at St. Paul’s and the Harvard Catholic Center Sunday, October 3 at 3:00 PM The Catholic Social Tradition: Sources, Structure and Specific Issues Sunday, October 31 at 3:00 PM Racial Justice: 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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A Message from Our Collaborative Pastoral Council on the Upcoming Synod

Synod 2021-2023: "For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” Pope Francis has called for a synod in the church. The theme of this upcoming Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” The solemn opening of the Synod will take place in Rome on October 9-10, and in the particular Churches (the diocesan phase) on October 17. It will conclude in the Vatican on October 2023 with the assembly of bishops from around the world. The diocesan phase, which runs until April, will focus on listening to and consulting the people of God. As a Collaborative Pastoral ...
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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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