• Last Weekend for Synod Responses!
    If you haven’t had a chance yet, please take a moment to answer Pope Francis’ invitation to share your faith, hopes, and dreams for the Church as part of the 2021 – 2023 Synod on Synodality.  You can share your thoughts here on our online portal through Sunday, June 5. In early summer, we will share the fruits of our listening sessions with the Archdiocese of Boston as well as the Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops.

    We must understand, though, that this is not a synod with a simple beginning, middle, and end.

    Instead, as Fr. Jim explained to us when we began this process, we are called to continue to gather the fruits of what the Holy Spirit is saying to us, and to put synodality into practice from now on – both here in our parishes and in the wider Church!
  • Our “Question of the Week” for May 22 – Sixth Sunday of Easter
    We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”:  What should leadership in the Catholic Church look like? Click here to submit your answers online.

    (If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

    All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!
  • IMPORTANT! May 17 In-Person Listening Session CANCELLED – Share Your Answers Online!
    We are so grateful for every voice who participated in our in-person and virtual synodal listening sessions! Given the rising Covid numbers in our communities, we have made the decision to cancel our final in-person Listening Session scheduled for Tuesday, May 17. If you have not yet had a chance to share your thoughts in an in-person or virtual session, we strongly urge you to use our online portal to submit your answers to the questions posed at our Listening Sessions – just click the image or link below…
  • Our “Question of the Week” for May 15 – Fifth Sunday of Easter
    We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”:  How can the Catholic Church more effectively celebrate diversity? The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online.

    (If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

    All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!
  • Our “Question of the Week” for May 8 Fourth Sunday of Easter
    We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s “Question of the Week”:  How could the Catholic Church be more relevant? The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online.

    (If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)

    All are invited and encouraged to participate, and we urge you to share this invitation with people you know who may be disconnected from the Church – the Pope wants to hear from everyone!
  • An Important Invitation from Fr. Jim
    “The Pope is listening, and wants to hear from you… and I am also listening, and want to hear from you…”

    Please come to a Listening Session!

    The sessions are 90 minutes long, and provide an opportunity for every voice to be heard regarding the ways the Church can more effectively listen to all of God’s people and reach out to the marginalized among us. The Pope has created an important space for all of our voices to be genuinely heard – please don’t miss this once in a lifetime opportunity.

    As Fr. Jim says, these sessions will not only serve the Synod on Synodality, but will also inform our collaborative pastoral planning…
  • Thursday, May 5th Listening Session at St. Paul POSTPONED!
    We are so disappointed, but out of an abundance of caution we are cancelling tonight’s Intentional Listening Session at St. Paul.

    We have had multiple reports of Covid positives among Collaborative staff and parishioners in the past 24 hours, so we believe it is prudent to postpone the session. 

    Please Stay Tuned!  We will let you know as soon as we have a new date and time for the evening session at St. Paul!
  • Our “Question of the Week” for May 1 Third Sunday of Easter
    We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by answering this week’s ‘Question of the Week’:  If I could change the Catholic Church in one way it would be… And this is why… The question can be answered on the cards provided in the churches and dropped in the boxes in the lobbies, or you can click here to submit your answers online. (If you missed any previous “Questions of the Week” you can answer those as well!)
  • Intentional Listening Sessions Start This Sunday, May 1!
    Please join us at one of our Intentional Listening Sessions!  Invite family, friends, neighbors – people of all ages and faith backgrounds. Pope Francis wants to hear from all of us – the whole Church!  He is inviting all of us to share our joys, our sorrows, and our dreams for the Church. Registration is not required for the in-person listening sessions – all our welcome!  Sunday, May 1 at 1:00pm at St. John (Powers Hall) Thursday, May 5 at 7:00pm at St. Paul (Parish Hall)…
  • Synod Update: “Question of the Week” and Listening Sessions
    We invite you to actively participate in our Synodal Listening Initiative by taking a copy of this week’s ‘Question of the Week’ card located in the lobby of the church:

    If you were having coffee with Pope Francis what would you say?

    The question can be answered on the card provided and dropped in the box in the lobby, or submitted online.  (If you missed last week’s question – When have you felt most welcome in the Catholic Church? When have you felt most excluded in the Catholic Church? – you can answer that one too!)

    Our schedule of in-person and virtual listening sessions here at the Collaborative begin next week…
  • “Let Us Dream Part Three – A Time to Act” with Fr. Bryan Hehir – Thursday, April 7 at 7:00pm at St. Paul Hall
    Please join us this Thursday evening  for the final night of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.” Fr. Bryan Hehir will conclude the series by discussing Part Three – A Time to Act.    Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book and come to the lectures! (But it is not necessary to have read the book to benefit from the lecture – all are strongly encouraged to attend!) 
  • “Stories from the Shadows” Book Discussion – Wednesday, March 30 at 7:00pm at St. John Powers Hall
    Please join us for an interactive book discussion on Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor, Dr. James O’Connell’s collection of stories and essays written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston  through the Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP), the recipient of this year’s Collaborative Lenten Gift.  The evening will be facilitated by Deirdre Heilbron, R.N., parishioner and nurse with BHCHP,  Sue Brady Hartigan, parishioner and volunteer, and Kelly Meraw, St. John-St. Paul Director of Pastoral Care… It is not necessary to have read the book to benefit from this evening – all are strongly urged to attend! Copies of the book will be available for purchase…
  • In Case You Missed It: “Let Us Dream Part Two: A Time to Choose” with Kelly Meraw
    The second of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,” was held on Thursday, March 24.

    Kelly Meraw, Director of Collaborative Pastoral Care, shared her reflections on the second part of the book – Part Two: A Time to ChooseIf you missed it, or would just like to listen again, click the play button to watch the video below… 
  • Walking Together Corner: Letter to all Priests on the ‘Synodal Journey’
    This week in Synod news – a letter from Cardinal Mario Grech, Secretary General of the Synod of Bishops, and Archbishop Lazzaro You Heung sik, Prefect for the Congregation of the Clergy was published to all their brother priests regarding our Synodal journey. The letter reminded clergy of the rich tradition and habit of Synodality our Church shared in the first millennium. It reminded clergy of our deep need for fraternity and encounters with Christ through mutual listening. The Bishops highlighted distinct risks in “formalism, which reduces the Synod to an empty slogan; intellectualism, which makes the Synod a theoretically reflection on problems; and immobilism, nailing us to the security of our habits so that nothing changes”…
  • Thursday, March 24 at 7:00pm: “Let Us Dream Part Two – A Time to Choose” with Kelly Meraw
    Please join us this Thursday evening, March 24 at 7:00pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall for Part Two of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future.”  Kelly Meraw, Director of Collaborative Pastoral Care, will continue the series by breaking open the second part of the book – A Time to Choose. Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book and come to the lectures! (But it is not required or even necessary to have read the book to benefit from the lectures – all are strongly encouraged to attend!) 
  • Walking Together Corner: A Listening Session for Our Confirmation Candidates
    “Young Catholics are giving the church a valuable lesson in the real meaning of Synodality. They have asked us in a thousand ways to walk alongside them — not behind them or ahead of them, but at their side. Not over them or under them, but on their level.” -Pope
  • Wednesday, March 16 at 7:00pm: Author Night with Dr. James O’Connell at St. John the Evangelist Church
    Please join us for a special evening with Dr. James J. O’Connell, author of Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor, and president of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program (BHCHP). (BHCHP will be the recipient of this year’s Collaborative Lenten Gift.) Dr. O’Connell’s collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for people experiencing homelessness in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets. We encourage everyone to read Dr. O’Connell’s memoir, but it is not necessary to have read the book to benefit from his lecture – all are strongly urged to attend!  Admission is free and copies of his book will available for purchase in the lobby…
  • Walking Together Corner: Communion, Participation, and Mission
    There are three key words used frequently when addressing Synodality (or “Journeying Together”): Communion, Participation and Mission. Here is what the Holy Father shares about these important pillars of synodality – Communion: By his gracious will, God gathers us together as diverse peoples of one faith, through the covenant that
  • In Case You Missed It: “Let Us Dream Part One: A Time to See” with Sr. Evelyn Ronan
    The first of our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future,” was held on March 10 at St. Paul Parish Hall.

    Sr. Evelyn Ronan, SND began the series by breaking open the first part of the book – “Part One: A Time to See”. You can watch a recording of Sr. Evelyn’s talk, please click this link: “A Time to See” Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book and attend the lectures! Please join us for our two remaining lectures…
  • Thursday, March 10: “Let Us Dream Part One – A Time to See” with Sr. Evelyn Ronan
    Please join us this Thursday evening, March 10 at 7:00pm in St. Paul Parish Hall for the first in our three-part Lenten Lecture Series focusing on Pope Francis’ book, “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future”, written during the pandemic in collaboration with his biographer Austin Ivereigh. In a relaxed and conversational tone, Francis poignantly captures the ills of today’s world and suggests practical solutions for overcoming them, both personally and systemically. Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book! 
    Sr. Evelyn Ronan, SND will begin the series by breaking open the first part of the book, “Part One – A Time to See”. We encourage everyone to read the Pope’s book, but it is not required or even necessary to have read the book to benefit from the lectures – all are strongly encouraged to attend!
  • Community Read, Author Night, and Book Discussion – “Stories from the Shadows: Reflections of a Street Doctor” by Dr. James J. O’Connell
    Dr. O’Connell is the President of Boston Healthcare for the Homeless Program, the recipient of this year’s Collaborative Lenten Gift.  Dr. O’Connell’s collection of stories and essays, written during thirty years of caring for homeless persons in Boston, gently illuminates the humanity and raw courage of those who struggle to survive and find meaning and hope while living on the streets.

    During Lent, as we prepare for our Collaborative Lenten Gift Collection on the weekend of April 3-4, we encourage everyone to participate in this community read and to come to Dr. O’Connell’s author talk. We are also offering a book discussion evening for those who would like to talk more about the book and the themes and issues that it raises. 
  • Community Read and Lecture Series – “Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future” by Pope Francis
    This Lent, as we prepare to begin our synodal journey, we will dive deeply into Pope Francis’ recent book, Let Us Dream: The Path to a Better Future, written during the pandemic in collaboration with his biographer Austin Ivereigh. In a relaxed and conversational tone, Francis poignantly captures the ills of today’s world and suggests practical solutions for overcoming them, both personally and systemically. Those wishing to understand Pope Francis’ emphasis on synodality will find many revelations here – we encourage everyone to read this wonderful book! 
  • Walking Together Corner: Pope Francis Meets with Students from Loyola University Chicago
    One significant step in our Church’s Synodal journey took place this week, when Pope Francis met virtually with college students at an historic event hosted by Loyola University, Chicago. The conversation was the result of hours of listening sessions between a larger group of 130 students- many with a wide range
  • In Case You Missed It: Bulletin and Homilies from “Synod Weekend”
    Pope Francis has called for a synod in the church – a “Synod on Synodality” – with the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.” On the weekend of February 26-27, our Collaborative bulletin was dedicated to introducing and explaining this “Synod on Synodality” and how it is
  • Walking Together Corner: A Consultation Like No Other
    While Synods are as old as the Church herself, this Synod on Synodality is unprecedented in so many ways. Our challenge as Catholics is to actively resist the temptation to see this Synod as something similar to anything we’ve experienced in our lifetimes. There are significant signs that this is
  • Committee for Synodality at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative
    Pope Francis has invited us into a dialogue. The Synod on Synodality is a three-year process of preserving the Church’s health and unity, growing its attentiveness to the Holy Spirit, and making a radical call to be a listening Church. Our Holy Father is asking all the People of God to
  • The Synodal Journey Newsletter – “#ChurchOnTheWay”
    Interested in learning more about the global Synodal Journey? The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops offers a periodic newsletter with news from around the world with initiatives and celebrations related to the synodal process. The most recent newsletter gives importance to Ecumenism, in the context of the Week of
  • Week of Prayer for Christian Unity: Pray for unity, pray for the synod
    News Release – 17 January 2022 For the forthcoming 2022 Week of Prayer for Christian Unity Cardinal Mario Grech and Cardinal Kurt Koch invite all Christians to pray for unity and to continue to journey together. In a joint letter sent on 28 October 2021 to all bishops responsible for
  • Mass marks beginning of synodal process in Archdiocese of Boston
    From the Pilot:  As the global Church began its new liturgical year, a Mass celebrating the initiation of the “synodal way” took place at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross on Nov. 27, marking the official opening of the synodal year on the diocesan level. Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley was
  • A Mass Celebrating the Initiation of the Synodal Way at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross
    Cardinal Seán O’Malley, OFM Cap. will celebrate this special Advent Mass on November 27, 2021 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross at 4:30PM – it will be broadcast and live-streamed on CatholicTV & CatholicTVLIVE.com (rebroadcast on Sunday at 11am and 8pm).   The theme is “For a synodal Church:
  • Archdiocese seeks faithful’s input for synod process
    excerpt from TheBostonPilot.com …The Church has opened a synod process on the topic of synodality, with the theme “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation, and Mission.” The synod process, informally known as the “synod on synodality,” opened in Rome on the weekend of Oct. 9-10 and in particular churches on
  • Deadline extended for first phase of the synodal process
      The General Secretariat for the Synod of Bishops has extended the deadline for the first phase of the synodal process from April 2022 to August 15, 2022.  From  Vatican News:  In order to “provide a greater opportunity for the people of God to have an authentic experience of listening
  • Synod on Synodality: Survey and Schedule from the Archdiocese of Boston
      Over the next several years, the Church around the world will be participating in a process called the Synod on Synodality. The Holy Father will be meeting with Bishops from across the globe in 2023 to discuss ways of improving the process by which the church on all levels is
  • A Message from Our Collaborative Pastoral Council on the Upcoming Synod
    Synod 2021-2023: “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission” Pope Francis has called for a synod in the church. The theme of this upcoming Synod is “For a Synodal Church: Communion, Participation and Mission.”  The solemn opening of the Synod will take place in Rome on October 9-10, and

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