High schoolers are invited to join the Youth Ministry Team for an afternoon of fun and games this Sunday, May 23 at 2:30pm at St. Paul. Reconnect and play lawn games as we wind down the 2020-2021 academic year! Player with the most wins gets a $100 gift card! One automatic entrance into a raffle when you show up – bring friends and get more!
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.
Yesterday the Centers for Disease Control issued a statement that in many settings fully vaccinated people can now go about their days not wearing masks and not social distancing. Governor Baker has stated that, like some other states, Massachusetts will not be lifting the masking and distancing mandates immediately. We will continue to monitor the State mandates closely, and as soon as there is a change, we will adjust our archdiocesan protocols accordingly.
As of now, we are not making any changes – masks (covering the nose and mouth) and social distancing are still required, regardless of vaccination status.
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: email@example.com or firstname.lastname@example.org
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 continue to serve the Collaborative “from the pews.”…
Thank you for your generous contributions of over $13,000 to our special Lenten Collection for the SJSP POWIR Ministry Fund. Your donations will support this ministry’s ongoing immigrant and refugee resettlement work in partnership with Catholic Charities Boston.
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)
The Solemnity of the Ascension of the Lord is this Thursday, May 13.
Masses will be celebrated at 7:00am at St. John the Evangelist Church and at 7:00pm at St. Paul Church.
Both Masses will be available to watch via livestream here on our website (click the link above for the livestream from the appropriate church) and on our YouTube channel.
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 a path toward better stewardship of nature. He has high hopes for accomplishing the goals set forth in the Paris Agreement and is already looking ahead to the next United Nations climate conference, COP 26, which is scheduled for November in Glasgow, Scotland.
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 prayers today to an increase in vocations.