This weekend, December 7-8, we will be distributing copies of our newly-completed Collaborative Pastoral Plan – a vision that articulates areas of focus and growth within our Collaborative over the next three years. The plan is available here on the website and will also be distributed via email to all parishioners on our email list (if you’re not on our email list, please visit either parish website to sign up!) The packet will include a letter from Fr. Jim, explaining the process of prayerful reflection and active discussion that has taken place over the past couple of years to create
All are warmly invited to join us on Wednesday, December 18 at 6pm in St. John the Evangelist Church for an evening of favorite hymns and carols in joyful celebration of God’s gift at Christmas! Bring your friends and family – and a treat to share for the reception to follow in Powers Hall!
Please join us for Saint John School’s Trees & Trimmings Christmas Market, where you will find everything you need for Christmas while supporting Saint John School and its students. Featuring the Highest Quality Fraser Fir and Balsam Christmas trees from Wilson Farm, our legendary custom decorated wreaths, decorated boxwoods, mantle-piece greens, roping, decorations for the home, gifts, homemade goodies at Santa’s Bake Shop, and much more will also be available to make your home magical for Christmas. For the kids, a Kid’s Corner, Kids Craft area and a Toy Raffle with all of the latest toys will be featured inside,
St. Paul Adult and Children’s choir will be presenting their annual Christmas Pops Concert on December 8 at 2:00pm in St. Paul Church. Our major will be Bach Magnificat, a joyful and beautiful rendition of the Blessed Mother’s Canticle upon her visit to her cousin Elizabeth. The work includes Choir, Soloists and Orchestra. The second part will include Father James Laughlin and Father Robert Blaney in special solos with Choir and Orchestra. We will be having our famous sing along and we will be roasting chestnuts and taking a sleigh ride. Come join us for a wonderful start to your Advent and Christmas season! Reception immediately following in the Parish Hall.
God bless you, and keep you, and walk beside you, at Thanksgiving. . . . and always. This year, our Thanksgiving Mass for the Collaborative will be at St. Paul Church at 9:00am, and will feature music from both the St. John and St. Paul music programs. Please join us! Please Note: This will be the only daily Mass of the day; there will be no 7:00am Mass at St. John on Thanksgiving.
For more than 40 years, Saint John School has hosted an annual Trees & Trimmings Christmas Market with everything you need to deck your halls for a magical Christmas, including: Freshly cut premium Frasier and Balsam trees from Wilson Farm Our legendary, custom decorated wreaths and boxwoods Poinsettias, roping and decorative greens Delicious homemade baked goods in Santa’s Bake Shop Toy Raffle with this year’s hottest toys Kids Corner Boutique All of the proceeds from this event support Saint John School and its amazing students and teachers. For more information please visit www.saintjohnschool.net.
This weekend the NPH Mexico Pequeño Tour will be visiting our collaborative to share their musical choir and stories with our community, to raise awareness and support for their NPH home and family. This year, our focus will be on education and there will be a special Second Collection at all Masses to benefit the University Scholarship Program.
Join us Tuesday, November 5 as Kelly Meraw presents a reflection on the fascinating and inspiring life and works of a woman truly “called to be!” We will convene in Powers Hall at 6:00pm and start the program at 6:30pm in the chapel.
We are happy to extend an invitation to everyone in the parish collaborative to participate in this year’s St. John Christmas Wish Program. During this holiday season, we hope to grant wishes for more than 400 children! Each child receives a new outfit and a special Christmas Wish gift they have requested. These gifts will go to the youngsters in our own parishes, as well as in our sister parishes of St. Katherine Drexel in Roxbury, St. Patrick in Lowell, St. Patrick in Brockton and the Julie Family Learning Program in Boston.
As many parishioners have heard, our Collaborative POWIR program, in partnership with Catholic Charities, has begun supporting two refugee families who have been resettled in Dorchester. Chantal and her two boys, Jeremie and Emmanuel, are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Maria and Marcos from Honduras.