“Go into the whole world and proclaim the Gospel to every creature” (Mk 16:15). This command of Christ has inspired countless men and women throughout the Church’s history to give themselves to the work of spreading the Good News. The Second Vatican Council has repeated and renewed this mandate of the Lord, calling all members of the Church to involve themselves in witnessing to the Gospel.

As part of its renewal to the Church, the Council called for a number of new structures to promote active involvement and collaboration in the mission of the Church. After the Council, a new structure was proposed by the Church to call forth in an orderly fashion the insights and cooperation of persons at the level of the local community. That structure is the parish
pastoral council.

Promulgated at the Eighth Synod of the Archdiocese of Boston, November 27, 1988


The purpose of the parish pastoral council, as established in the Archdiocese of Boston Guidelines for Parish Pastoral Councils, is to assist the pastor in his leadership role of planning, organizing, initiating, promoting, coordinating and reviewing the evangelization, worship, religious education and service activities within the parish.

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, like all collaboratives in the Archdiocese of Boston, has one Pastoral Council (the Collaborative Pastoral Council), and one Pastoral Plan for evangelization.  The Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) advises the pastor in his role in forming and implementing the mission of the parishes in the collaborative. 

The CPC is comprised of parishioners from each parish. To contact the CPC, please e-mail CPC@sjspwellesley.org or call St. John Parish at (781) 235-0045 or St. Paul Parish at (781) 235-1060 and a member will contact you.


Carolyn Anderson (SJ)
Rose Mary Donahue (SJ)
Jerry Kehoe (SJ)
Eugenia Kennedy (SP)
Mary Mullen (SJ)
Donna Norwood (SP)
Doug Smith (SP)

Ex Officio Members

Rev. James Laughlin, Pastor
Kelly Meraw, Director of Collaborative Pastoral Care
Mary Campion, Coordinator of Collaborative Pastoral Care

CPC Email: CPC@sjspwellesley.org


Our Collabortive Pastoral Plan 2020-2022