A unique Christ-centered support group for the bereaved will be offered in the Collaborative starting on Thursday, November 8. For more information, please pick up a brochure at the back of the church or email Laurie Jacob or call her at 339.222.0335.
Unfortunately, the Immigrant and Refugee Services Planning Committee Meeting with Marjean Perhot, Director of Immigration and Refugee Services for the Archdiocese of Boston, scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 has been cancelled due to illness. We will announce a new date as soon as we can.
Our 18th Annual Christmas Youth Choir sign-up and first rehearsal will take place Sunday, November 4 from 10:50-11:50am. All students in grade 1-8 are invited to participate. High School (grade 9-12) Assistants are also welcome (counts towards confirmation community service credit!) Seven rehearsals will take place on the following dates and times (which do not conflict with Sunday Morning Religious Education):
November 4: 10:50-11:50am
November 18: 10:50-11:50am
*November 25: 10:00-11:00am
December 2: 10:50-11:50am
December 9: 10:50-11:50am
*December 16: 10:00-11:00am
*December 23: 10:00 – 11:00am
*Note earlier time.
Children will participate in the 5:30pm Family Mass on Christmas Eve. All rehearsals are in St. John’s Chapel. For more information, please email Maria Wardwell (or by telephone at 781-237-2148. )
We are holding a special second collection this weekend, October 6-7, to support the important work of Cor Unum in light of the recent disaster in Lawrence.
In Lawrence, MA, thousands of our brothers and sisters suffer from hunger. The combination of economic poverty and an unusually expensive housing market leaves many people in Lawrence without enough money to adequately feed themselves. The majority of those who are hungry are members of families who work and do not earn enough income to pay for both housing and food. Cor Unum serves nutritious meals seven days a week to hungry people in Lawrence and welcomes and serves all who are in need with dignity, love and respect.
Cor Unum was seriously impacted by the recent tragic events in Lawrence. It lost electricity for a few days, and then went several weeks without gas for cooking. In the interim, Cor Unum was able to provide “to go” bags during regular meal service hours to ensure that no person went hungry. Cor Unum has now successfully converted to propane, and is once again able to provide hot meals to its clients. Our donations will be used to help offset associated increased costs, as well as the costs of the considerable increase in the volume of diners due to the recent disaster.
Donations can be made during the special second collection at all Masses on the weekend of October 6-7. Please make checks payable to your parish (St. John Parish or St. Paul Parish), noting “Cor Unum” in the memo; we will total funds received from all sources and present one check to Cor Unum. Checks may also be mailed to the Collaborative Business Office (39 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02481) or dropped at either parish office during business hours.
Thank you in advance for your generosity.
Last year, for our Collaborative Lenten Gift, we reached out as a community to our friends at Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) in Mexico, as they worked to recover from a devastating earthquake. Our gift was specifically directed toward the rebuilding of the boys and girls dormitories in Miacatlán, which were severely damaged. Below is a message from our friends at NPH, a year after the earthquake.
“It has been a full year since the 7.1 magnitude earthquake hit Mexico damaging the dormitories, classrooms, and other structures at NPH Mexico. Reconstruction is well underway and many of the damages have been fully repaired. None of this would be possible without the generosity of communities like the one in Wellesley who raised over $20,000 this spring to aid in the reconstruction efforts. Please take a moment to view the gratitude from the children and youth of NPH Mexico in this video.
Our Collaborative Outdoor Mass is Sunday, September 30 at 11:00am
So that as many members of our collaborative community as possible may join together for this special liturgy, there will be a reduced Mass schedule at the parishes on Sunday. Both parishes will have Saturday Vigil Masses and Sunday 7:30am Masses.
Special Mass Schedule for September 29-30:
Masses at St. Paul
Saturday: 4:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass
Masses at St. John
Saturday: 5:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass
Collaborative Outdoor Mass
Sunday 11:00am at the Wellesley High School Football Stadium
(There will be no Sunday 9:00am, Sunday 11:00am, or Sunday 5:00pm Masses at either parish.)
In the event of rain, the Outdoor Mass will be cancelled
If the 11:00am Outdoor Mass has to be cancelled due to rain, we will have Sunday 11:00am Masses at both parishes in addition to those listed above. We will announce any cancellation by Friday PM via email and the websites.
Special Mass Schedule for September 29-30 in the event of rain:
Masses at St. Paul in the event of rain:
Saturday: 4:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass, 11:00am Mass
Masses at St. John in the event of rain:
Saturday: 5:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass, 11:00am Mass
(In the event of rain, there will be no Sunday 9:00am or Sunday 5:00pm Masses at either parish.)
Fr. John Connelly to be Honored at the Elizabeth Seton Residence Annual Dinner on Thursday, October 11 at 6pm at the Wellesley Country Club
From Elizabeth Seton Residence:
Reverend John J. Connelly of St. John the Evangelist Parish, Wellesley Hills is a long-time friend and supporter of the Elizabeth Seton Residence. In addition to celebrating mass for the Sisters of Charity in the Mount St. Vincent chapel, Fr. Connelly’s sisters, Mary and Helen called the Elizabeth Seton Residence home in their later years and are fondly remembered by all.
Born and raised in St. Peter’s parish in Dorchester, Fr. Connelly attended the Boston Latin School and Boston College before entering the US Army and serving in World War II. Ordained in 1950, he went on to complete his graduate studies in Rome, Italy and then embarked on a teaching career that spanned over three decades. In 1983 Fr. Connelly was called to serve at the Sacred Heart parish in Newton where he was the beloved Pastor for thirty years until his retirement in 2013. He is now a senior priest in residence at St. John the Evangelist in Wellesley Hills.
We are honored to recognize Fr. Connelly for his outstanding service to the shared communities of Newton, Wellesley and the Elizabeth Seton Residence. We hope you will join us in making this a special and memorable evening as we celebrate our friend, Fr. John J. Connelly.
Please visit Elizabeth Seton Residence for more information or to purchase tickets online.
As young Christians… you are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church’s present! You are the Church’s present!
Pope Francis, Homily at the Closing Mass for the 6th Asian Youth Day, August 2014
Pope Francis reminds young Christians – and all of us – that young people are not just a part of the Church’s future, but an important and much-needed part of the Church’s present. Here at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, we are conscious of this reminder as we work together with our young people to renew and strengthen their connection to God, the Church, their parish and wider community, and to each other.
To this end, we have launched a Collaborative Sunday 5pm Mass that will be a more deliberately youth-centered liturgy, with our high-school-aged young people central to and actively involved in all aspects of the Mass. From the music, to the homilies, to the Spirit-filled sense of vibrancy and joy, we are prayerfully approaching a liturgy that will touch the hearts and minds of our young people and all who come to celebrate the Mass and grow in faith together.
This new Sunday 5pm Mass will be a truly collaborative liturgy, rotating from week to week between St. John Church and St. Paul Church. On the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month, the Sunday 5:00pm Mass will be at St. John, and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, the Mass will be at St. Paul.
Schedule for September:
Sunday, September 9 – St. Paul Church
Sunday, September 16 – St. John Church
Sunday, September 23 – St. Paul Church
Sunday, September 30 – Collaborative Outdoor Mass/Special Mass Schedule
The full schedule for the year is available on our website – you can add the schedule to your iPhone or Google calendar so you always know where the Mass is week to week. (More information will be available soon about signing up for reminder emails and texts.)
All are encouraged to experience and support this new initiative with their prayers and their presence.
Remember, you can always attend the Masses within the collaborative that best meet your needs and schedule, and still support your home parish. Simply place your envelope (or check made out to your home parish) in the collection at Mass and it will be sent to your parish. Envelopes for both parishes will also be available at the back of the churches so you can direct cash donations as well.
Now would be a great time to consider Online Giving. Online giving makes donating to your home parish simple and easy, regardless of where you are or the time of year, and this in turn provides your parish with more consistent and stable contributions. Please visit your home parish’s website (St. John or St. Paul) to sign up or for more information.
Tonight, Monday, September 10, we will gather at 8:30pm for a Candlelight Vigil at St. Paul Parish (in the event of rain, the vigil will be held inside the church.) Together we will sing and pray first and foremost for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse, and also in support of our faithful priests. Events will be held at both parishes throughout the week. Please click HERE for a complete listing of all events.
The faith community of St. John-St. Paul is experiencing an upheaval in the wake of the clergy sex abuse crisis. We are brokenhearted at the alarming reports that continue to engulf our Church. We are outraged, concerned, overwhelmed, and grieving over the revelations of the past month. However, with Jesus Christ as our example in times of great trial, we will not lose hope. With the guidance of the Holy Spirit we come together as a community of faith to begin the work of healing, restoration, and reform.
As always, the survivors of sexual abuse at the hands of the clergy are at the forefront of our prayers.
Next week, beginning on Sunday, September 9, will be a week consecrated to the immediate critical care of the faithful Catholic community of the St. John – St. Paul Collaborative. The week opens with a vital opportunity to listen to one another and share what is in our hearts and minds concerning the events that have rocked our Church in the past weeks. Please join us on Sunday, September 9, from 12:30-2:00pm in Powers Hall at St. John the Evangelist Church for Laity and Clergy Walking Together.
The following evening, Monday, September 10, we will gather at 8:30pm for a Candlelight Vigil on the lawn of St. Paul Church. Together we will sing andpray – first and foremost for the victims and survivors of sexual abuse, and also in support of our faithful priests.
Events will be held at both parishes throughout the week, including Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, Lectio Divina, Stations of the Cross, and Contemplation of the Rosary, all in support of survivors of sexual abuse.
Please click HERE for a complete listing of all events.