Religious Education: It’s Time to Register for 2018-2019!

Religious-Education-REGISTERIt is time to register for our 2018-2019 Religious Education program. Our online registration system makes the process quick and easy – click HERE to register now. Please note that the information on our program on the website is for the 2017-2018 academic year; we will be updating the website over the summer.
The 2018-2019 calendar will be distributed in August with Opening Day procedures and information.  Please feel free to contact us if you have any questions or concerns.
The St. John’s Religious Ed Team

Interested in Joining our St. Vincent de Paul Society? Join Us Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm

If you think you might be, please come to a meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm at the St. John’s Parish Center Boardroom! We will be discussing the possibility of forming a Saint Vincent de Paul Society here in our St. John-St. Paul Collaborative.

Maybe you’re not sure what the Saint Vincent de Paul Society does?
Briefly, the vocation of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society members is:

“…to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His  compassionate love. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions. The Society serves those in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions. It strives to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Faithful to the spirit of its founders, the Society constantly strives for renewal, adapting to changing world conditions. It seeks to be ever aware of the changes that occur in human society and the new types of poverty that may be identified or anticipated. It gives priority to the poorest of the poor and to those who are most rejected by a community.”

If you or a friend feel that you might be called to serve those in Wellesley who are in need — please come to the meeting on April 25th!!

Sunday, April 15: Farewell Reception for Kay Kociuba at St. Paul

Kay Kociuba, who has faithfully served as Pastoral Associate at St. Paul for the past several years, is moving to California this month. She has provided spiritual guidance, support and wisdom to so many in our parishes and we are most grateful for her service. Please join us for a reception in Kay’s honor so that we may show her our appreciation and wish her well in her journey.

Please join us immediately following 11:00am Mass in the St. Paul Parish Hall

(Please note that Kay provided a critical role to St. Paul Parish and the vacancy she leaves behind will not be an easy one to fill. We will take the next few months to discern how best to fill this position and we ask for your patience and prayers as we do so.)

Evening for Women: Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30pm at St. John

cross_impressionistAll women of the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative are invited to an evening of prayer, reflection and friendship. The chapel reflection will be presented by Kelly Meraw, St. John’s newly appointed coordinator of Music, Liturgy and Pastoral Care. Kelly will be sharing her meditations on Mary Magdalene and women of God: defined by who Christ says we are. What a wonderful opportunity to share in a woman’s perspective of the glorious resurrection! Please bring a favorite spring dish to share, and as always you are welcome to bring a friend!

A Collaborative Update from Fr. Jim: Where Are We Going?

March 2018

My dear friends in Christ,

Tempus fugit, so the saying goes. It is hard for me to believe that it has been nearly two years since I became pastor of the two wonderful parishes of St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist.  I am so grateful for the warm reception I have received and continue to be inspired by your faith and commitment to living out your vocations as disciples of Jesus Christ.

I’d like to take a moment to reflect on where we have been in the last year and a half and where we are going as a collaborative. A “collaborative” is a unique entity.  Our parishes remain distinct, with their own cultures, histories and traditions. The parishes also remain independent of each other financially. What do we share? Our collaborative has a shared leadership team, led by me as pastor along with Fr. Robert Blaney, our parochial vicar and a talented and dedicated group of professionals serving us in pastoral care, religious education, youth ministry, music and  administration. We are currently exploring how we can leverage the strengths of each parish to pursue ministries together.

The Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) is made up of five members each from our two parishes. The CPC is developing a vision of what our collaborative will look like in the coming years.  I know well from my experience in my parishes in Wayland that these things cannot be rushed.  So in this initial stage, we have sought opportunities for the people of our parishes simply to get to know each other. To that end, we have hosted two Collaborative Forums, one last June on the topic of Adult Faith Enrichment and the second last November on the subject of Christian Service. These topics were chosen because they represent natural areas for collaboration. On both occasions, we gathered close to one hundred parishioners with nearly equal representation from each parish. The excitement in the room was palpable as parishioners engaged on subjects central to the practice of our faith. They came to realize how much they have in common in their desire to live more fully their Catholic faith. Following from these experiences, we have seen a naturally evolving inter-parish participation. The Women’s Nights at St. John’s have attracted many women from St. Paul’s and is growing into a collaborative ministry. This year’s spectacular Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s boasted the highest attendance in recent memory with a large representation of St. John’s parishioners. There have been truly inspirational liturgies with  the combined musical talents of high school students from both parishes. As a result, the religious education and youth ministry staff have been exploring how we can work together in a collaborative effort to engage our young people more fully in the life of the Church.   We envision more collaborative social events and are planning a Mass followed by a barbecue at an outdoor venue this coming fall. Exciting things are happening.  The Holy Spirit is at work among us.

Beginning in September, the CPC, in consultation with staff and volunteer leadership, will engage in a formal process of developing a pastoral plan for the collaborative for the next several years. The parish forums have given parishioners an opportunity to give input on what is important  to them in areas essential to the practice of our faith. The data collected from the parish forums will provide some of the foundational material for the development of a pastoral plan. We want and need your input as the plan is developed and will continue to find ways to solicit that input. In the meantime, you can always feel free to speak to any CPC member to share your ideas or concerns. While the planning process is being undertaken, the many wonderful ministries within our parishes will continue to thrive. I am grateful to all those who serve our parishes with such dedication.

Where are we going as a collaborative? As we ask this question, let’s keep in mind the dialogue between Jesus and the apostle Thomas.

Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn 14: 5-6)

As we explore paths of collaboration, may we never lose sight of our ultimate objective: to follow more closely the One who is the way and the truth and the life.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Reverend James J. Laughlin
Pastor
St. John-St. Paul Catholic Collaborative

To save or print this letter, please click HERE.

Today is Easter Sunday, April 1

White Flower near Christian CrossThis is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. PS 118:24
7:30am Mass at St. John (Upper Church)
9:00am Family Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)

Please note: There is no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Today is Holy Saturday, March 31

Holy Saturday_Easter VigilMass of the Easter Vigil
8:00pm at St. John
8:00pm at St. Paul

Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God. PS 42-2

Sacrament of Reconciliation

Come for this special gift of Confession –  there is no better way to prepare for Easter!

Wednesday, March 28
The Light is on for You!
6:30-8:00pm
St. Paul Church

Saturday, March 31 
10:00am-12:00pm
St. John Church, Lower Chapel

Collaborative Women’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast This Saturday, March 24 at St. Paul

“Living Deeply Our New Life”

Join us for faith, fellowship, and fun following the 9:00am Mass in St. Paul Parish Hall!  Featuring Sr. Mary Sweeney on the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife and Mother, and Kelly Meraw on her journey into the Catholic Church. Questions: Kay Kociuba at St. Paul: 781-235-1060 or  pastoral.associate@stpaulwellesley.com

Holy Week and Easter 2018
St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

HOLY THURSDAY

Morning Prayer 9:00am at St. Paul
Mass of the Lord’s Supper
7:30pm at St. John followed by Adoration
7:30pm at St. Paul followed by Adoration

GOOD FRIDAY

Morning Prayer 9:00am at St. Paul
Walk with the Cross 12:00pm at St. John (Led by Religious Education – all welcome!)
Living Way of the Cross 12:00pm at St. Paul (with Religious Education – all welcome!)
Stations of the Cross 3:00pm at St. John
Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
3:00pm at St. Paul
7:30pm at St. John

HOLY SATURDAY

Morning Prayer 9:00am at St. Paul
Sacrament of Reconciliation 10:00am – 12:00pm at St. John
Mass of the Easter Vigil
8:00pm at St. John
8:00pm at St. Paul

EASTER SUNDAY

7:30am Mass at St. John (Upper Church)
7:30am Mass at St. Paul (Main Church)

9:00am Family Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)
9:00am Mass at St. Paul (Main Church with simulcast in the Parish Hall)

11:00am Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. Paul (Main Church )
11:00am Mass at St. Paul (Parish Hall)