Support Our Priests This September – Clergy Health and Retirement Trust Special Collection

Support Our Priests This September – Clergy Health and Retirement Trust Special Collection

Our priests are often at the center of efforts that build strong support systems for all of us. In addition to their daily pastoral responsibilities, they help establish social service organizations, offer spiritual support for first responders, operate parish food pantries, and recently, in response to the pandemic, put their lives at risk to provide comfort and peace to those suffering with COVID-19. Healthier priests build stronger communities, and the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust (CHRT) cares for the health and well-being of our active and senior priests in good standing. You can support the CHRT’s mission at Masses this

Service Commission: New Ways to Help
St. Francis House

Service Commission: New Ways to Help<br>St. Francis House

Our Collaborative Service Commission met this week and spent some time looking at the many organizations with whom we have a relationship and who we traditionally help in the coming season of Thanksgiving and Christmas. We are looking at creative ways in which we are still able to support those who need our help during the pandemic. Today we are asking for your help for St. Francis House, the largest day shelter in Massachusetts, located in downtown Boston. They serve over 500 men and women a day, 365 days a year.  The services include meals, clothing, counseling, and healthcare for

FALL MASS SCHEDULE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 19
New Mass Times and Locations!

FALL MASS SCHEDULE BEGINS SEPTEMBER 19<br>New Mass Times and Locations!

In order to accommodate the growing number of parishioners returning to Mass, we have expanded and adjusted our Mass schedule for the fall.  As you know, the layout and capacity of our two outdoor spaces is significantly different. By moving our two  Sunday morning Masses to the much larger St. Paul lawn,  we can include significantly more people at Mass on Sunday while still maintaining safe social distancing and adhering to the directives of both the Archdiocese and the Commonwealth.  We are also adding a second Mass on Saturday to help ensure that we can continue to accommodate everyone who

“Celebration of the Priesthood” Virtual Gala

“Celebration of the Priesthood” Virtual Gala

COMPLIMENTARY REGISTRATION CLICK HERE This year, for the first time in its 12-year history, the Archdiocese of Boston Celebration of the Priesthood will be a virtual gala, which gives all parishioners an opportunity to “attend.” Registration is complimentary.  Participating in this event provides a unique opportunity to see the important work that our priests do every single day. It also highlights how the Clergy Health and Retirement Trust supports our priests in good standing. After all the challenges due to the pandemic, this event will afford parishioners across the Archdiocese the chance to come together and celebrate the inspiring work of

Re-Introducing Fr. David Brogan, Our New Parochial Vicar

Re-Introducing Fr. David Brogan, Our New Parochial Vicar

Fr. Brogan has been with us here at the Collaborative since the beginning of June, and we know that many of you have had a chance to meet him at our Outdoor Masses this spring and summer. Ordained in 2005, Fr. David is an enormously talented young priest who happens to be a good friend of Fr. Robert Blaney. Fr. David is also a clinical psychologist and for the last year has been Director of the Wellness Center at St. Mary’s University in Minnesota. Even if you haven’t met him this summer, he may be familiar as he has visited

Fall Bible Studies Beginning Soon!

Fall Bible Studies Beginning Soon!

During a time when our faith lives have been brought into our homes, and often in isolation, it is a great comfort to be able to share in a virtual community and study God’s Word. This fall the collaborative will have two different opportunities to dive deeper into holy scripture. Wednesdays at 10:00am The Gospel according to St. Matthew (beginning September 16th) Thursdays at 7:00pm The Psalms (beginning September 10th) Sessions will be held over the ‘Zoom’ platform. If you are unsure how to use Zoom, reach out via email and our Adult Faith Enrichment team will be more than

Reunited! The Rwamuhinda Family

Reunited! The Rwamuhinda Family

Members of our SJSP POWIR group were at Boston Logan Airport last Friday evening when the Rwamuhinda family was finally reunited! As many of you are aware, we were praying with expectant hearts for their daughter Peace to be allowed to make the journey to her new home in Boston. It is truly a miracle that this has happened, and a tangible result of the outstanding efforts of Catholic Charities Refugee Resettlement. Peace is 21 years old and has lived alone in the refugee camp in Rwanda since early March when her family was finally able (after a 13 year wait) to resettle

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

Religious Education and Youth Ministry Update

A big shout out to Aidan Ulian and his fellow crew of Boy Scouts for cleaning, painting and organizing the Youth Ministry Storage space in the basement of the St. John’s rectory! The space was in disarray and the room was looking tired so Aidan took on the task of making it functional and giving it a face lift. As part of his Eagle Scout Project he developed a sorting and organization plan including storage solutions and space efficiencies to allow us to store all of our items in ways that would be easy to inventory and access. He led