Tuesday, August 15: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

Assumption of Mary_ContemporaryMass Schedule for the Collaborative

7:00am at St. John Church
9:00am at St. Paul Church
12:00pm at St. John Church
7:00pm at St. Paul Church

Save the Date! Sunday, September 17


Sunday, September 17

10:00am – 12:00pm
St John Parking Lot

More information to come!  To volunteer, please email: chrissy.cassa@stjohnwellesley.org


A Summer Adult Faith Enrichment Event!

Little Rock Bible Study Presents: Panorama of the New Testament

Five Thursday nights: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 7:00pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall!

All are invited to attend! No experience necessary! Contact: Kay Kociuba 781-235-1060 or pastoral.associate@stpaulwellesley.com.

“But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty fold.”  (Matthew 13:23).

Religious Education Registration

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLReligious Education registration for 2017-2018 commenced in early March and concluded on May 31. Any registrations received from this point forward will incur the $25 per child late fee.

Our Wednesday program registration is now closedDue to high enrollment and lack of teacher volunteers we can no longer accommodate additional students on Wednesdays.  If we can recruit additional Wednesday teachers we will re-open Wednesday program registration.

PLEASE CONSIDER BEING A RELIGIOUS ED TEACHER: We once again find ourselves short teachers for our Religious Education program.  You do not need any special skills or abilities, just the willingness to share your faith with the children of our parish.  We provide materials and support to help you and are especially in need for help on Wednesday afternoons.  Whether you are a parent, a grandparent, a high school or college student, or just a parishioner looking to encourage the youth of the parish in their faith, we want to talk to you.  Please contact Linda Messore at linda.messore@stjohnwellesley.org to set up a meeting to discuss options and opportunities.  Thank you in advance for considering to volunteer.

We have created a new online registration process that can be accessed from the Religious Ed page of the Parish website.

Adult Faith Enrichment – An Update from Fr. Jim

Over 75 parishioners from the St. Paul and St. John parishes joined on June 13th to discuss how adult faith enrichment can be offered within the Collaborative in ways which are greater than our parishes can accomplish individually. The energy and commitment at that session was palpable and contributed to a rich and rewarding discussion concerning our collective vision of adult faith enrichment within the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative! By drawing on the ideas and talents of parishioners from both parishes, we stand stronger as we seek to formulate programs which will nurture and inspire us all as Catholics.

Led by Carol Yamartino, a professional executive meeting facilitator, the ideas flowed freely – greater focus on scripture, the possibility of retreats and speaker programs, increased support for families as the first instructors of faith for their children, inter-Collaborative music ministry, and the list goes on!

But the process did not end on June 13th!  The ideas expressed that evening are being reviewed by me, in consultation with the members of the Collaborative Pastoral Council, as we begin to consider how to move forward and build upon the ideas expressed. New ways to organize ourselves across the Collaborative to assist in that effort are also being considered. Importantly, we will be holding another session in the fall to continue this important discussion about expanding our parishes’ ministries through collaborative efforts. Stay tuned!

Fr. Jim

Please join us this Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am for a special Family Mass and Reception for Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Chris’ last Sunday as Music Director for the Family Mass will be August 13, but please join us for a special Family Mass on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am. There will be a special farewell reception for Chris in Powers Hall following Mass.


A Letter from Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Dear St. John’s Parishioners:

After a long period of discernment, I have decided to pursue a religious vocation to the Jesuits and will enter their novitiate at St. Andrew Hall in Syracuse, NY this coming August.  This announcement is bittersweet, as I have been a member of the St. John Parish community since I was in elementary school and will miss my colleagues, friends, and fellow Family Mass Musicians tremendously. I am both excited and nervous to begin this next chapter of my life, and saying farewell is quite difficult.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who has helped to make my experience here such a positive one over the past 10 years: thank you for welcoming me, challenging me, supporting me, and trusting me as I learned the ropes. St. John’s is a special place, and I am proud to call myself a member of this great faith community.  Please know that I will cherish my time here for the rest of my life, bringing my career at St. John’s forward with me wherever I go, and I promise to come back to visit whenever I can!

Chris Holownia

Pauline Sisters Book and Media Fair – July 15-16

The Daughters of St. Paul will be here at our parish after all the Masses on the weekend of July 15th and 16th.

These Media Sisters will bring a wonderful selection of materials which they publish and produce. Be sure to stop by and peruse their display: Spiritual reading, Lives of the Saints, books for Children, DVD’s, music and more!

These wonderful items will assist you with the ongoing faith formation of your family and provide good Summer Spiritual reading. Choose something to enrich your faith or to share it with others! Additionally you can check out their website: www.pauline.org

Youth Group “Summer Sundays” at St. Paul
July 9 at 7:00pm: Ice Cream Crawl

Meet at the St. Paul parking lot (behind the church) – bring money for ice cream. All High schoolers from the Collaborative and especially rising 9th graders are welcome.

Come and meet our Youth Ministers and some of the Youth Group members. Bring your friends!

Happy Independence Day!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Offices will be closed for the Independence Day Holiday on Monday, July 3 and Tuesday, July 4, 2017.

Summer Office Hours

St. John Summer Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday:  9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

(Please Note: St. Paul administrative staff are available in the St. Paul Parish Office every Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm.  From 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday – Thursday, they are available in the Collaborative Administrative Offices at 39 Washington Street. They can be reached by phone at either location by calling 781-235-1060.)