Anniversary News and Announcements

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Please Join Us This Saturday, November 7 at 5:00pm Mass

This Saturday, November 7, the 5:00pm Mass will be a Mass of Thanksgiving celebrating the 125th Anniversary of the founding of St. John the Evangelist Parish. This special Mass, concelebrated by Rev. Kevin Sepe, Very Rev. Brian Kiely, Msgr. Peter Conley, Rev. John Connelly, Rev. J. Bryan Hehir, Msgr. Joseph Lind, Rev. Paul Soper, Rev. Arthur MacKay and Rev. Robert McMillan, SJ, will include music from our Parish Choir, Family Mass Choir and Musicians, and our guests, the Labyrinthe Choir. Please join us at this special Mass as we honor our past, celebrate our present, and welcome the promise of our future. Following Mass, all are invited to continue the celebration with refreshments in Powers Hall. To learn more about the history of our church and Parish, please visit: www.stjohnwellesley.org/anniversaries ...
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Many Thanks for a Wonderful Celebration!

We were blessed with a beautiful day for a beautiful celebration! Following the 9:00 Family Mass Celebration, families began to gather outside to enjoy breakfast or lunch as the kids played in the bouncy houses and delighted in balloon animals. Our 11:00 Mass with Cardinal Sean O'Malley, concelebrated by Fr. Powers, Fr. Connelly, Fr. McMillan, and Msgr. Lind, was a prayerful and moving celebration of the life of our parish - past, present and future. To read the full version of our Parish History, which was excerpted in last Sunday's bulletin, please visit the website. The audio from the 11:00 Mass, which will include the Cardinal's homily and the beautiful music of our Parish Choir, will be posted to the website soon. A special note of thanks to all the parishioners who worked so hard to make St. John’s May Anniversary weekend a special time for all! ...
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Parish Anniversary Celebration ~ Sunday, May 17

Come celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the first Mass celebrated at our church and the 125th Anniversary of the founding of our Parish! Click here to learn more about the history of our church and Parish. Anniversary Masses In addition to our regular Mass schedule, we are highlighting the following Masses: 9:00am Mass - Family Mass Celebration 11:00am Mass - with Cardinal Sean O’Malley Food Truck Extravaganza 10:00AM - 2:00PM Saint John School Parking Lot Come be our guest and celebrate this special occasion! Enjoy breakfast or lunch from one of our fabulous food trucks – Captain Marden’s Cod Squad, Whole Foods, Bon Me! – and dessert from Frozen Hoagies. For the kids, we’ll have music, games, and activities, along with pizza from Peter’s Pizza. VIEW MENU Parking: Parking will be very tight due to the event taking place in our parking lot. Please look to ...
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Save the Date!
Sunday, May 17

Come celebrate the 140th Anniversary of the first Mass celebrated here at St. John the Evangelist with special Masses and festivities throughout the day. In addition to our regular Mass schedule, we are highlighting the following Masses on this celebratory weekend: Sunday 9:00am Mass Family Mass Celebration Sunday 11:00am Mass With Cardinal Sean O’Malley Anniversary Food Truck Extravaganza 10:00AM - 2:00PM Be our guest and celebrate this special occasion by sampling fabulous foods from food trucks including Bon Me!, Captain Marden's Cod Squad, Frozen Hoagies and Whole Foods! Saint John School Parking Lot Click here for more information ...
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Share Your Photos with the Parish Anniversary Committee!

Did you know that this year, St. John Parish is celebrating our 125th Anniversary as a parish and our 140th Anniversary since the first Mass was celebrated? We are seeking photographs of the different groups and organizations within St. John Parish that have made it the special place we love. If you have a few photographs that you could share for possible inclusion in a historical video of St. John's Parish, please email them to tricia.bombara@stjohnwellesley.org (if digital), or mail to Tricia Bombara, St. John the Evangelist Parish, 9 Glen Rd., Wellesley Hills, MA 02481. Tricia will scan all non-digital photos and originals will be returned back to you. Please include your name, address and phone number/e-mail so we can return your pictures back to you. Help us by giving us the categories of the photos you are submitting, and submit by April 30th. Categories of photos we are ...
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Wednesday, April 8th at 7:00pm: “Wellesley Then and Now” – A Parish Anniversary Lecture presented by the Wellesley Historical Society

Please join us as we launch our efforts to mark this milestone with a lecture on Wednesday, April 8th, from 7:00-8:00 p.m. in the St. John Church Social Hall. Kathleen Fahey, the Curator of the Wellesley Historical Society, will present a comparison of the Wellesley of today with the (much smaller and more rural) Wellesley of 100 years ago. She will use a combination of modern photographs and older ones from the Society's archives to show how our town has changed over the years. All ages are welcome! For further information contact the Parish Office at (781) 235-0045 or Mimi Eldridge at (781) 431-9510 ...
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A Look Back in Time…

(Taken from the St. John’s Church Silver Jubilee Programme - December, 1905) ...
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St. John’s Anniversary Year

In May, 1875 the first Mass was celebrated at St. John Parish. On May 17, 2015, St. John’s will celebrate 140 years of worship in our Church with special liturgies and celebrations. During St. John’s Anniversary year, we will occasionally be sharing copies of the bulletin with you from years gone by. The first and last pages of this week's issue are copies of the bulletin from Sunday, November 10, 1963. Please enjoy them and take notice of how things have changed (or not changed) over the years in St. John Parish ...
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Parish Anniversaries Planning Survey

In 2015, St. John's celebrates two significant milestones in the history of our Parish: May, 2015 is the 140th anniversary of the first Mass celebrated in our church November, 2015 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of our Parish Our goal is to make these anniversaries a parish-wide series of spiritual, historical, and social events that honor our past, celebrate the present, and welcome the promise of our future. To ensure that activities of interest are planned, we are conducting a brief survey. The survey can be taken online, and will also be available in the bulletin this weekend if you prefer a paper copy. Completed paper surveys can be dropped off in the designated boxes at the church entrances or mailed to/dropped off at the Parish Office (9 Glen Road, Wellesley, MA 02481). Please assist us by completing this brief survey by June 27. You can ...
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Celebrating St. John’s Parish… Past, Present, and Future

In 2015, St. John’s celebrates two significant milestones in the history of our Parish:
  • May 2015 is the 140th anniversary of the first mass celebrated in our church
  • November 2015 is the 125th anniversary of the founding of our parish.
Our goal is to make these anniversaries a parish-wide series of spiritual, historical, and social events that honor our past, celebrate the present, and welcome the promise of our future. The anniversary committee has begun gathering input for the best ways to celebrate these milestones. Do you have ideas? Are you willing to volunteer to organize or assist with an event or activity? If so, we’d like to hear from you. You can share your suggestions with any of the committee members listed below, or send comments to our e-mail address: Anniversaries@stjohnwellesley.org Ideas under consideration at this point include:
  • Liturgy celebration of our history
  • Brunch, picnic, ...
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