Sacrament of Reconciliation – Saturday, December 23

Christmas_PeaceThere is no better way to prepare for Christmas! Come for this special gift of Confession on Saturday, December 23 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Chapel.

(Confession will also be offered on Saturday at the regular time of 3:30pm.)

Special Mass Schedule for the Fourth Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 24

This Sunday, December 24 is the Fourth Sunday of Advent.  There will be a special schedule of Masses for the Fourth Sunday of Advent on December 23 and 24.

Saturday, December 23:
4:00pm at St. Paul
5:00pm at St. John

Sunday, December 24:
7:30am at St. John and St. Paul
9:00am at St. John and St. Paul

Please note: there will be NO 11:00am Mass at either parish on Sunday, December 24. Please see the special schedule of Christmas Masses for Sunday afternoon, December 24 and Monday morning, December 25.

 

Coming Up in Religious Education

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLThis week: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 10
Grades 1 – 6: Class 10:00 – 10:45am
HS Retreat: 11:00am– 6:00pm
Grade 9 – 10: 5:00pm Teen Mass w/St. Paul students. Grades 9 & 10 are expected to attend this Mass to which the 9th and 10th grades from St. Paul’s have been invited. A Christmas celebration follows in the Social Hall.
Grades 7 & 8 are encouraged and most welcome to attend the Mass; however, no class is scheduled for these grades.
WEDNESDAY, DECEMBER 13
Grades 1 – 6 Class 3:30 – 4:45pm
SATURDAY, DECEMBER 16
Christmas Pageant Practice 2:30pm
Next Week: SUNDAY, DECEMBER 17
Christmas Pageant 9:00am Family Mass
No classes.

Evening for Women RSVPs are Now Closed

We’re sorry – the attendee list is now closed.  We cannot accept any additional RSVPs for this event because we have reached capacity in Powers Hall.

Updates from our Seminarians: A Reflection from Chris Holownia

Dear Parishioners,

Happy Advent! In the spirit of this season of transition, renewal, thanksgiving, and conversion, I wanted to share with you a reflection I wrote on Luke 16:1-15 for Mass on November 11, 2017. The story of the dishonest steward is one of Jesus’ most puzzling parables, yet its meaning was made known to me through my experience working as a chaplain at Upstate University Hospital in Syracuse. In our consumerist and individualist culture, it’s sometimes difficult to remember that everything we call our own, even life itself, is a gift from God. We are not entitled to anything we call “mine,” and any control or agency we may seem to enjoy over our human condition is ultimately illusory. So thanks be to God for the unconditional love with which He sustains us and for the many blessings He showers upon us.

Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!
Chris Holownia, n.S.J.

Please click to read: A Reflection from Chris Holownia

Friday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate ConceptionMASS SCHEDULE
7:00am at St. John
9:00am at St. John with Saint John School – all welcome!
9:00am at St. Paul
12:00pm at St. John
7:00pm at St. Paul

Thanksgiving Thank You!

A big thank you to all the Parishioners who contributed to the Thanksgiving Feast at Bristol Lodge soup kitchen in Waltham. Thanksgiving is such a busy time of year, so we are always amazed by the number of parishioners who contribute year after year to make a memorable Thanksgiving for the guests at Bristol Lodge. We served 10 large turkeys with twice as many sides… and there were leftovers for weekend meals!

Saint John School “Trees & Trimmings” is this Saturday, December 2!

Please join us this Saturday from 9:00am to 5:00pm for Trees & Trimmings, Saint John School’s annual holiday market filled with everything you need for a magical Christmas: freshly cut trees from Wilson Farm, our legendary custom decorated wreaths, boxwoods, poinsettias, and roping, delicious homemade baked goods in Santa’s Bake Shop, and much more!

December 9-10: Build the Faith with Girl Scout Troop 73848

Girl Scout Troop 73848 is pleased to announce that Build the Faith will be present at all Masses on December 9-10 at St. Paul and St. John. Build the Faith is a non-profit organization established by Christina, a sixth grader at St. John Parish. Christina’s dream is to spread the Catholic faith to rural areas of economic distress around the world. To reach her goal, Christina’s foundation designs lovely rosaries which are sold for $25. All of the monies raised go to the construction of churches. These rosaries make a thoughtful Christmas gift, First Communion, Confirmation or other notable occasion – the gift of devotion to Mary, the gift of Catholicism and community for the economically disadvantaged and the gift of making a young girl’s dream come true. For more information, please visit buildthefaith.org.

“Polar Express” Family Movie Night – Friday, December 15

Join us as we get in the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 15 from 6:00-8:30pm in Powers Hall! Watch the Polar Express on the big screen under the lights of the Christmas tree. Hot Cocoa and snacks will be served. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring sleeping bags or blankets!

To help us plan for the event, please click the button to the left to let us know that you will be coming.