Sacrament of Reconciliation on Christmas Eve

There is no better way to prepare for Christmas! Come for this special gift of Confession on Monday, December 24 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 noon in the Chapel.

2018 Collaborative Christmas Mass Schedule

ST. JOHN
Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses
Church* and School Hall
*Simulcast in Powers Hall (Lower Church)
5:30 pm Family Mass
5:10 Prelude with Youth Choir
10:00 pm Mass
9:30 Prelude with Parish Choir

Christmas Day
10:30 am Mass

10:00 Prelude with Parish Choir

ST. PAUL

Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses

Church and Parish Hall
6:00 pm Mass
with Children’s Pageant and Choir
8:00 pm Mass
7:30 pm Carols with Adult Choir
12:00 Midnight Mass
11:30 Prelude with Youth Music Group

Christmas Day
11:00am Mass

10:30 pm Prelude with Adult Choir

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Join Us for a Christmas Carol Sing! Friday, December 14 at 5:30pm at St. John Church

Saturday, December 8: Feast of the Immaculate Conception

Immaculate ConceptionMASS SCHEDULE
7:00am at St. John
9:00am at St. Paul

First Sunday of Advent – Sunday, December 2

Brothers and sisters:
You know the time;
it is the hour now for you to awake from sleep.
For our salvation is nearer now
than when we first believed;
the night is advanced, the day is at hand.
Let us then throw off the works of darkness
and put on the armor of light…

Romans 13:11-12

Important Warning About Email Scams

Over the past few days, several parishioners have reported receiving emails from scammers pretending to be Fr. Jim, requesting help obtaining iTunes gift cards.  The first email is a request for a “quick favor” and asks the recipient to email back as quickly as possible. If the recipient replies to the email, “Fr. Jim” responds that he is very busy and needs help getting iTunes gift cards for a cancer patient (or for another charity or cause.) The scammer directs the recipient to purchase an iTunes gift card, scratch off the back to reveal the PIN, then email a photo of the PIN as quickly as possible.

First and foremost, please know that neither Fr. Jim, nor anyone else at the Collaborative (nor any other legitimate organization) will ever request donations via iTunes or other gift cards, money orders, or wire transfers.  

This scam, and others like it, have targeted churches and other nonprofits nationwide, and several area parishes have recently been hit.  The emails are not being sent from an actual Collaborative email account – our systems have not been “hacked.”  They are sent from newly created public email accounts that are designed to look similar to a Collaborative email account.

If you receive such an e-mail, DO NOT REPLY. Please forward the email to admin@sjspwellesley.org, so we can follow up with the RCAB IT Office, and then delete it.

Please read the tips below, which will help you to spot this type of email scam and other like it.  If you have any questions, please email or call Tricia Amend Bombara, IT and Communications Coordinator (781-235-0045 or 781-235-1060.)

SOME TIPS FOR  SPOTTING EMAIL SCAMS

1. The email seems to be from a reputable source – usually someone you know – but the actual email address is off.

With scam emails, the “From” will have the expected name, but the actual email address will be a public email address, like @gmail.com or @yahoo.com.  For example, in this recent scam the email was sent from: <jlaughlin.sjspwellesley@gmail.com> Fr. Jim’s actual email address is:  <jlaughlin@sjspwellesley.org>.

Any legitimate email from the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative will come from a @sjspwellesley.org, @stjohnwellesley.org, or @stpaulwellesley.com email address.  If you are ever unsure about an email that purports to be from someone at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, please call either parish office (SJ: 781-235-0045 or SP: 781-235-1060) or email us at:  admin@sjspwellesley.org

2. The tone of the email creates a sense of urgency.

Scam emails will create a sense of urgency in the hope that you will act quickly, without the usual caution.  Sometimes, as in this recent example, it is done by pretending to be someone you know who is in urgent need of help.  Other types do this by warning that one of your accounts has experienced suspicious activity or is about to expire; often, you won’t even have an account of this type, which makes you fear that someone has stolen your identity. These are huge red flags.  If you receive this type of email, contact the person or organization directly using the contact details you already have for them or that are on their legitimate website. Never use any contact details or click any links provided in the email.

3. The email contains poor spelling and grammar.

You can often detect a scam email by the way it is written.  Everyone makes an occasional grammar mistake or spelling error, but if the writing style is very different from what is typical for the sender, and/or it contains multiple spelling mistakes and poor grammar, that should be a big red flag.

4.  The email asks for personal information.

Regardless of how legitimate an email message may appear, it is always a red flag if the message asks for personal information. A reputable organization or company will  never send an email asking for passwords, credit card numbers, or the answers to security questions.  Never click on any links provided in an email that requests personal information.

5. The email message sounds too good to be true, or something just doesn’t look right. 

The old saying “if something seems too good to be true it probably is” is especially true when it comes to email messages. Similarly, if you receive an email message that makes you question it’s legitimacy, even briefly, it’s probably for a good reason.

Saint John School “Trees & Trimmings” this Saturday, December 1

Please join us this Saturday from  8:30am to 4:30pm for Trees & Trimmings, Saint John School’s annual holiday market filled with everything you need for a magical Christmas: premium quality Fraser Fir and Balsam Christmas trees  (freshly cut to retain their needles and give off that fresh Christmas smell longer!), custom decorated wreaths (these are legendary!),  mantelpiece greens, ropingdecorations for the home,  boxwoodsgifts, a bake shop, and much, much more!

There will be a visit from Santa and Mrs. Claus, so be sure to bring the whole family to this magical event! 

All of the proceeds from this event support Saint John School and its amazing teachers and students. For more information please visit www.saintjohnschool.net

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Christmas Carol Sing at St. John – Friday, December 14 at 5:30pm

“Evening for Women” – Tuesday, December 4 at 6:30pm at St. John

All women of the collaborative are invited to join us for an evening of prayer, song, food and sharing.  In keeping with our theme, “Blessed is She”, Svea Fraser and Barbara Viechnicki will share their experiences of their Camino Journey. All women are welcome, bring food to share and bring a friend!  Here is a peak at upcoming programs!

February 5
Seasons of Hope (Grief) Laurie Jacob, MA in Theology and Ministry

March 5
Shrove Tuesday Desserts, Desserts! Lenten Reflection

April 2
Reflections Katherine Twitchell

May 7
Mass Fr. Jim Laughlin

Christmas Pops Concert – Sunday, December 2 at 4:00pm at St. Paul Church

St. Paul Parish Choir will present their annual Christmas Pops Concert – this year’s special performance is the Oratorio de Noel by Camille Saint-Saens. This 30 minute little gem is a very beautiful telling of the Christmas story in song with choir, soloists and string orchestra including the harp and organ. The program will also include new hymns to the Blessed Mother by Ola Gjielo, our favorite carols by John Rutter, performances by Fr. Laughlin and Fr. Blaney, and our famous Sing-a-long. You won’t want to miss this fabulous concert to help inspire you in the Advent and Christmas season!