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

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: Help Protect Mother Earth

Why Fuss About Idling? According to the US Department of Energy, idling for more than 10 seconds uses more fuel and produces more smog and climate changing emissions than does stopping and restarting your car’s engine. The good news is that reducing idling is one of the simplest ways you can help the environment and doing so is better for both your car and your wallet. Myths 1. I need to idle to warm up my engine.  The catalytic converter in today’s modern cars, which reduces emissions, operates much sooner if the car is at “work.” 2. I need to ...
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Zoom Interfaith Thanksgiving Service led by Wellesley Clergy on Monday, November 23 at 7:00pm

During this time of year, we feel the need to gather in unity, return to our values, and offer gratitude. Wellesley area clergy, including our own Fr. Jim Laughlin, invite you to join them in fellowship for a Zoom Interfaith Thanksgiving service. Our clergy will lead us in prayer, scriptural readings, song, and words of comfort. Rabbi Saphire will deliver the homily. We hope this service will help to ease the feelings of loss and loneliness caused by our inability to gather this Thanksgiving. You are welcome to share this invitation with another friend of faith. All are welcome, whether ...
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Laudato Si’: God’s Loving Plan

In the Judaeo-Christian tradition, the word “creation” has a broader meaning than “nature”, for it has to do with God’s loving plan in which every creature has its own value and significance. Nature is usually seen as a system which can be studied, understood and controlled, whereas creation can only be understood as a gift from the outstretched hand of the Father of all, and as a reality illuminated by the love which calls us together into universal communion. (Laudato Si’ #76) Have you heard about Pope Francis’ encyclical, Laudato Si’? It’s all about relationships. As Pope Francis  reminds us, ...
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Laudato Si’: Putting Our Love Into Action

We put our faith in action in the way we vote with an informed conscience of the principles in Laudato Si` and Catholic Social Teaching. Respecting Dignity of Human Life encompasses human rights in feeding the hungry, sheltering the homeless, visiting the sick, policies for health care, refugees, immigration, prison reform, racism and the seamless garment of life. The U.S. Bishops call Catholics to “apply a consistent moral framework to issues facing the nation and world” and “shape their choices in elections in the light of Catholic Social Teaching.” Just as St. Francis of Assisi demonstrated throughout his life, we ...
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A New Virtual “Seasons of Hope” Group to Begin Wednesday, October 28

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 call 339-222-0335 ...
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ISP “Company of Grace” Virtual Event with Sr. Helen Prejean
Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm

Join the Ignation Spirituality Project (ISP) and Sr. Helen Prejean for a special virtual Company of Grace: There is Courage in Love. Normally, the annual fundraiser to support their efforts providing spiritual care to people recovering from homelessness and addiction takes place in Chicago… but this year, the whole network community is invited to celebrate virtually! The event will stream live on ISP’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating those challenges already facing our participants — and in fact, is contributing to even higher rates of homelessness and substance abuse. Our mission is needed now more than ever; ...
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A Virtual “Evening for Women” Morning Coffee
Tuesday, October 27 at 10:00am

All women of the Collaborative are warmly invited to join the first of our series of virtual gatherings this year. The Still Small Voice Of Calm... listening to the inner voice in the midst of the busyness of service. The session will consider through prayer, scripture and conversation what it means to be a good servant, so that we can serve others and ourselves in the midst of the current, and ongoing demands that we are all facing at this time. Speaker Dr. Sue Price is based in Cambridge, UK, and works as Pastoral Outreach Coordinator for the Margaret Beaufort Institute ...
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Laudato Si’: Time is a Gift from God

Our life is made up of time, and time is a gift from God, so it is important that it be used in good and fruitful actions. (Pope Francis) We are living in a digital world. Now, more than ever, we are dependent upon technology to help us connect with others and stay in touch. That being said, Pope Francis reminds us that spending too much time with technology can "overload" us and lead to "mental pollution." Real relationships cannot be replaced with the internet. In these days of social distancing and more time with family, it is important to ...
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Laudato Si’: “Praise be to you, my Lord, through our  Sister, Mother Earth…”

“If God can work through me, he can work through anyone.” ~ Saint Francis of Assisi When Saint Francis of Assisi first turned his life over to God, the Christian Church was a very wealthy entity. Devoting his life to Christ in the traditional way at that time would have allowed him to live quite comfortably. Instead, Saint Francis chose to take the Gospel literally and led a life of poverty in the name of the Lord. By determining what was right for his own relations with God, Saint Francis inspired others and spread the Word throughout the world. Season ...
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