Welcome to St. John the Evangelist Parish, a vibrant Catholic Community of faith! To those who call this Parish your spiritual home, we welcome you and your participation in all aspects of our Parish life. To those who are visiting our Parish or searching for a new spiritual home, we welcome you and invite you to join us. Wherever you find yourself on life’s journey, know you are always welcome!


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Ash Wednesday - February 10, 2016

Ash Wednesday is a day of universal fast and abstinence in the Church.
Mass and Liturgy of the Word Services
St. John
7:00 AM Mass with Ashes
12:10 PM Mass with Ashes
5:30 PM Mass with Ashes
St. Paul
9:00 AM Mass with Ashes
2:00 PM Ash Service  (with Religious Education)
7:00 PM Mass with Ashes

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Lenten Guidelines

The annual observance of Lent is the special season for the ascent to the holy mountain of Easter. Fasting, almsgiving, and prayer are the three traditional disciplines of Lent. Through its twofold theme of repentance and preparation for Baptism, the season of Lent disposes both the catechumens and the faithful to celebrate the Paschal Mystery. The faithful and catechumens are encouraged to undertake these practices with prayer and a spirit of penance. Ash Wednesday and Good Friday are days of fast and abstinence. Fridays of Lent are also days of abstinence.

FASTING: For all those 18 years of age and older, who have not yet celebrated their 59th birthday. On a fast day one full meal is allowed. Two other meals, sufficient to maintain ...

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Online Survey Deadline Extended to February 17!

The Catholic Leadership Institute has notified us that they are extending the deadline for online surveys by one week. Online survey will now be available until Wednesday, February 17.

All adult (18+) parishioners are strongly encouraged to complete this 10-15 minute survey as soon as possible.  All responses will be confidential and the Parish will only receive information about the community as whole. For more information about the survey, please see this list of Frequently Asked Questions.

Please CLICK THE LINK today!  Thank you for helping with this important project!


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Collaborative Pastoral Council News

We are blessed! Last week, your St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) held its second meeting, and toured the facilities of our two parishes. We are blessed to have beautiful, well-maintained buildings and grounds at both locations. Our goal will be to determine how to creatively utilize all the space for the benefit of parishioners in a manner that will maintain the character of each parish, while accommodating the growth we hope to realize through Disciples in Mission. The Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) has also begun the training offered by the Archdiocese to help us better serve you and our parishes in our new roles. We look forward to working with Fr. Sepe as we begin to move forward.


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February 7: Religious Education Update

This Week: Sunday, February 7
Grades 1 – 6 Class 10:00 – 10:45 a.m.
Grades 7 & 8 No class
Grades 9, 10 High School Retreat 1:00 – 6:00 p.m., Church Social Hall (prior registration required)

Wednesday, February 10, Ash Wednesday
Grades 1 – 6 Class 3:30 – 4:45 p.m.

Next Week: February 14, 2016 Winter Break begins. No classes. Classes resume 2/28/16.

A full calendar of all events is available at the Religious Education section of the Parish website.  If you have any questions, please contact Jane Leonard or Linda Messore.

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Attention Young Singers!

Children in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in the St. John’s Easter Youth Choir. High School Assistants are welcome. There are 4 rehearsals: February 28, March 6, 13, and 20 at 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Chapel. Sign up and first rehearsal February 28. The Children will sing at the 9:00 a.m. Family Mass on Easter Sunday, March 27, 2016. Registration closes Sunday March 6. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or Maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org.

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Thursday, February 11 at 7:30pm: St. John Book Discussion Group - Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi

This month's selection is Short Stories by Jesus: The Enigmatic Parables of a Controversial Rabbi by Amy-Jill Levine, University Professor of New Testament and Jewish Studies, Vanderbilt Divinity School. Professor Levine writes: "Jesus was requiring that his disciples do more than listen: he was asking them to think as well. What makes the parables mysterious, or difficult, is they challenge us to look into the hidden aspects of our own values, our own lives."

For more information contact John Stewart by email or at (617) 969-0950.
Thursday, January 14
7:30 p.m. to 9:00 p.m., Parish Center

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