Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Statement on the killing of George Floyd

Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley Statement on the killing of George Floyd

May 30, 2020 In Boston we are physically miles away from Minneapolis. But no American city, and, really, no American citizen is separated from what we have seen this week in vivid detail. The killing of George Floyd has catalyzed reactions across the nation. It has done so because it is not a singular, isolated event. The killing of George Floyd by a police officer in Minneapolis this week was morally wrong and must be legally prosecuted. To say this is to state the obvious, but it is worth saying because there is a powerful link between the moral and legal dimensions

Introducing Fr. David Brogan

Introducing Fr. David Brogan

A few weeks ago, we shared the news that Fr. Robert would be leaving us at the end of the summer to take up his new assignment as pastor of Most Precious Blood Parish in Dover and St. Theresa Parish in Sherborne.  At that time, I let you know that Fr. David Brogan, an enormously talented young priest who happens to be a good friend of Fr. Robert, would be joining us as our new Parochial Vicar on September 1.  I am happy to announce that Fr. David will now be joining us officially on June 1, so we will have both Fr. Robert and

Important Reopening Changes: Please Read

Important Reopening Changes: Please Read

In my message to you last Saturday, I talked about the preparations that must be made, and the restrictions and guidelines that parishes must comply with, before resuming public Masses. The Archdiocese has been very clear that parishes should not resume Masses before they are ready to do so safely. I let you know that we have been working very hard to apply these guidelines and restrictions to the unique configurations of each of our churches, and to develop protocols specific to our worship spaces for resuming public Mass in the safest way possible. Our aim was to begin the

Memorial Day Prayer

Memorial Day Prayer

We remember those who have made the ultimate sacrifice for the freedoms we enjoy every day. We pray that God will hold our servicemen and women in His strong arms, and cover them with His sheltering grace and presence.

Reopening – An Important Message from Fr. Jim

Reopening – An Important Message from Fr. Jim

As you know, Governor Baker has announced that houses of worship can resume services, within the specific guidelines he has issued, in Phase 1 of the re-opening plan for the Commonwealth of Massachusetts. The Archdiocese of Boston has provided parishes with additional guidelines and restrictions, and parishes must complete the preparations and be able to comply with all of the guidelines and protocols before resuming public Masses. Here at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, we are working very hard to get our churches ready and our systems in place to begin the process of slowly and carefully re-opening our churches.

Saint John School Principal Announcement from Fr. Jim

Saint John School Principal Announcement from Fr. Jim

I am thrilled to announce that Mrs. Siobhan Mahoney will be the next principal of Saint John School, starting on July 1, 2020. Our Selection Committee (comprised of Bryan Belton, Kerrie Grover, Katie Jarvis, Traci Medeiros, Christian Rubio, Jackie Welham, and me) met with many highly qualified candidates during multiple rounds of interviews, and Mrs. Mahoney was unanimously agreed upon to be the best person to lead SJS. Mrs. Mahoney began her career at the New England Center for Children, where she served as a case manager for students on IEPs and taught Preschool. From there, she moved to Mount

When Can We Re-Open?

When Can We Re-Open?

As you know, Governor Baker has announced more details of the “four-phase approach” to re-opening in the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, including the welcome news that houses of worship are included in Phase 1 of the plan.  The Archdiocese remains committed to working with public officials on the timing and conditions of re-opening churches for Masses, and is closely monitoring the guidance and directives from the state as it develops its own plan to resume public Masses and public gatherings when it is safe to do so. In a message to parishes last week, Bishop Uglietto stated: “It is important to

May 17: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 6th Sunday of Easter

May 17: A Message from Fr. Jim on the 6th Sunday of Easter

I will not leave you orphans; I will come to you. In a little while the world will no longer see me, but you will see me, because I live and you will live. On that day you will realize that I am in my Father and you are in me and I in you. Whoever has my commandments and observes them is the one who loves me. And whoever loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and reveal myself to him. (Jn 14:18-21)         Thank God for Zoom.  Two months