Service and Outreach News


“Spirit of Sharing” Gift Collection

Almost every year for the past two decades, a group of parishioners has organized a gift collection from parish and Saint John School families for a program called "Spirit of Sharing". The program, sponsored by St. Patrick's Parish in Lawrence under the leadership of Fr. Paul O'Brien, benefits the thousands of people in that community who lack the financial means to provide their children with Christmas gifts.  In the past, usually on the Saturday before Christmas, gifts would be set up on tables at St. Patrick's for parents and caretakers, assisted by volunteers, to select presents for their children. Last ...
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Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Begins This Weekend! November 7-8 and 14-15

Each year in November, our Collaborative participates in the Coats for Kids drive coordinated by Anton's Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton's cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need. Please bring gently used, warm winter coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies in good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains - coats you would give to a friend - to the St. John Rectory garage (behind the church) before and after Masses on the weekends of November 7-8 and 14-15 ...
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Toiletries Drive for St. Francis House – October 24 & 25

Boxes will be at both churches on Saturday, October 24th and Sunday, October 25th for collection of toiletries for St. Francis House in Boston. They have requested toothbrushes, deodorant, combs, brushes, shampoo, conditioner, razors, chapstick, and shaving cream. Thank you in advance for your continued generosity to St. Francis House. ...
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ISP “Company of Grace” Virtual Event with Sr. Helen Prejean
Wednesday, October 28 at 8pm

Join the Ignation Spirituality Project (ISP) and Sr. Helen Prejean for a special virtual Company of Grace: There is Courage in Love. Normally, the annual fundraiser to support their efforts providing spiritual care to people recovering from homelessness and addiction takes place in Chicago… but this year, the whole network community is invited to celebrate virtually! The event will stream live on ISP’s Facebook and YouTube channels. The COVID-19 pandemic is exacerbating those challenges already facing our participants — and in fact, is contributing to even higher rates of homelessness and substance abuse. Our mission is needed now more than ever; ...
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At the Collaborative this Weekend, October 17-18: Star of Bethlehem Handicrafts

Maysoon Khair will be visiting the Collaborative this weekend, selling handcrafted Olive Wood items in support of School of Joy, a school for children with diversified abilities. The global pandemic has spared no-one, and so inevitably the tourist economy in the Holy Land. If you are able to support this wonderful organization by stocking up on Christmas gifts this weekend, you'll be a double blessing! Don't miss Maysoon in the parking lot of both churches before and after Masses this weekend! ...
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