Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley – Statement Regarding Ongoing Immigration Debate

Cardinal Sean O’Malley’s recent statement regarding the ongoing immigration debate, “A call for civility”, can be found on Cardinal Sean’s Blog.

January 21: “Collection Sunday” – Household Cleaning Supplies for Refugee Relief

Catholic Charities LogoCatholic Charities/Boston settles between 300-400 refugees each year. After these families and individuals have been resettled in the Boston area, they need assistance in so many ways.  The Service Commission has organized a Collection Sunday during the weekend of January 20-21 to collect Household Cleaning Supplies, including dish soap, sponges, laundry detergent, brooms (either upright or whisk brooms) and microfiber mops/dusters. Donations may be left at St. John Church in the Glen Road entrance, in the Library area on the lower level , or in Powers Hall. (Look for the “Collection Sunday” signs.)

This is a wonderful opportunity to get your children involved in a service activity. Imagine the conversations that will ensue as you explain why these families need to uproot and resettle in the United States, far from family and a familiar culture!  If you have any questions about Collection Sunday, please contact the Parish Office (781-235-0045.)

Updates from Our Seminarians: A Reflection from Chris Holownia

Before I leave for the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius and am out of touch until the beginning of February, I wanted to reflect on the vows of poverty and obedience that all those in religious life are called to take. Ad maiorem Dei gloriam!
Chris Holownia, n.S.J.
Please click here to read: Updates from Our Seminarians

St. Paul Youth Group “Blades and Burritos” Outing

Calling all High School students! Join us for Blades and Burritos – Friday, January 19

Skating on the Frog Pond and Dinner at Anna’s Taqueria. Wear warm clothes and bring $35 if you need to rent skates, $23 if you have your own skates.  This amount should cover the T, skating and dinner. Permission forms are required for Under 18s. Please contact anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org for permission form or pick one up at the back of either church.

Coming Up in Religious Education

Religious-Education-Contemporary_SMALLThis week: SUNDAY, JANUARY 7
Grades 1 – 6: Class 10:00 – 10:45am
Grades 7 – 8: Class 6:00 – 7:00pm
Friends for Good 7:00 – 8:00pm
Grades 9 – 10: Friends for Good 6:00 – 7:00pm
Class 7:00 – 8:00pm
WEDNESDAY, JANUARY 10
Grades 1 – 6: Class 3:30 – 4:45pm
Next Week: SUNDAY, JANUARY 14
No classes – Martin Luther King Day weekend

A full calendar of all events is available at the Religious Education section of the Parish website.

Family Mass Coffee & Donuts

coffee_&_donuts_DDDonuts & Coffee is ready to go for the New Year! All we need are some volunteers to host. Please sign-up on the board in the Social Hall or email Chrissy Cassa if you would like to volunteer. If you haven’t volunteered before – it’s easy and the kids love to help! Everything is delivered to the
Social Hall – all you have to do is set-up and clean-up.  Thank you to all the families who have helped since September:
Devine Family, Grover Family, Hill Family, Pierce Family, Riley Family, Rubio Family, Song Family, and Songer Family.

Men’s Fellowship Group at St. Paul – Wednesday, January 10

The St. Paul Catholic Men’s Fellowship Group meets next on Wednesday, January 10, 2018 at 7:30 PM in the St. Paul Parish Hall (behind St. Paul Church). We will cover Chapter 3 “Why It Can’t Be Like it Was” of Archbishop Chaput’s book, Strangers in a Strange Land, Living the Catholic Faith in a Post-Christian World.  All men of the Collaborative are invited to come and participate in a lively discussion about our faith in the 21st century.

“At a time when many American Christians feel like ‘strangers in a strange land,’ one of the country’s most courageous and respected prelates has given us much needed words of wisdom for the challenges ahead. This forward-looking guidebook should be on every Catholic’s bookshelf.” (Mary Ann Glendon, former U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See, Learned Hand Professor of Law, Harvard University)

Holy Hour for Life – Tuesday, January 23 from 3:00-4:00pm at St. Paul Church

Good_ShepherdHoly Hour for Life will be held as part of the Archdiocesan observance of the National Day of Prayer and Penance.  Led by Fr. Laughlin, we will pray together for those who have been wounded by abortion, for respect for the dignity of human life from conception to natural death, and that those who govern us may be guided by justice, truth, and a love for the gift of life. The Holy Hour for Life is organized by Boston Deacons for Life in collaboration with the Pro Life Office of the Archdiocese of Boston. Please join us, all are welcome.

Collaborative Offices Closed on Thursday, January 4

Winter-StormDue to the storm, our parish and collaborative offices will be closed on Thursday, January 4. Please stay safe!

Monday, January 1: Solemnity of Mary, Holy Mother of God

Mary_DevotionShe brought forth into the world eternal light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
Because the Holy Day falls on a Monday, it is not a holy day of obligation. Mass will be celebrated with the regular weekday schedule:  7:00am at St. John and 9:00am at St. Paul.