Category Archives: Family Mass

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!

Sincerely,
Chris Holownia

Our Family Mass Program is on Summer Vacation!

Beginning Sunday, June 25, the 9:00am Mass will be a regular liturgy until the Family Mass returns in September with child-focused  homilies and Donuts & Coffee.

Thank you so much to all the families who volunteered this year for Donuts & Coffee set-up and clean-up. This time after Mass is a wonderful source of community and connection, and the help from our volunteers is greatly appreciated.

Attention Young Actors – Help “Perform” the Passion Play on Palm Sunday!

Passion PlaySeeking Actors/Actresses in Grade 3 and older to help “perform” the Passion Play at the 9:00am Family Mass on Palm Sunday, April 9. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, April 8 from 9:00am- 12:00pm is required/mandatory. Confirmation candidates earn 5 hours of community service credit. Please contact Maria Wardwell (781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org) for information and registration.

Family Mass Coffee & Donuts

coffee_&_donuts_DDDonuts & Coffee will be on break for the holidays after December 18th and will resume on January 8th. Thank you to all the families who have volunteered to host the donuts since September:  Alexander Family, Barrett Family, Cassa Family, Gibbons Family, Hill Family, Loftus Family, McDonough Family, Meraw Family, Montague Family, Morales Family, O’Boyle Family, Shortsleeve Family, Songer Family, Rubio Family.

2016 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 Mass
Family Mass with Youth Choir
10:00 pm Mass
9:30 Prelude and Carol Sing
Christmas Day
10:30 am Mass

10:00 Prelude and Carol Sing

ST. PAUL

Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses
in the 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 Carols with Youth Music Group

Christmas Day
11:00am Mass

10:30 pm Carols with Adult Choir

Thanksgiving Day Mass for the Collaborative – 9:00am at St. John Church

Give_ThanksThis year our Thanksgiving Mass for the SJSP Collaborative will be at St. John Church at 9:00am on Thanksgiving morning. Please join us!
God bless you, and keep you, and walk beside you, at Thanksgiving…  and always.

Family Cookies & Caroling Potluck – Friday, December 9 from 6:00 – 7:30pm

very_merry_dickensPlease  RSVP and join us on Friday, December 9th from 6:00-7:30pm in Powers Hall for Christmas caroling, cookie decorating and Christmas crafts, a delicious potluck, and perhaps a visit from someone special from the North Pole! The Very Merry Dickens Carolers will lead us in Christmas cheer and we will have songbooks for all!  We need your help to make the evening a success – please take a look at the signup, RSVP and thank you for your help!

For this very special event, please RSVP to let us know you’re coming:  rsvp-red-button

Our Regular Mass Schedule & Family Mass Program Resume This Weekend

Our Regular Mass Schedule resumes on Sunday, September 11 with Masses at  7:30am, 9:00am, 11:00am, and 5:00pm.

Family Mass_AltarOur Family Mass Program also returns from summer vacation. What does that mean? It means our music, readings, & homilies will be geared towards families with young children. There are also a lot of helpers – families and children bringing up the gifts to the celebrant, children helping with the collection baskets, parent lectors. If you think you or your child would enjoy helping during the Family Mass – we’d love to have your help! Please contact our Family Mass Coordinator, Chrissy Cassa.

And, yes, right after the Family Mass there is our Donut & Coffee Social Hour downstairs in Powers Hall. Please consider helping one Sunday this year. It’s easy – everything is delivered to the church you just need to set-up and clean-up. The kids love to help out! You can sign-up at:
stjohnwellesley.org/donuts

Family Mass is on Summer Vacation!

family-vacationThe Family Mass, along with Donuts & Coffee, is now on summer vacation! The 9:00am Mass will be a regular liturgy until the Family Mass returns on Sunday, September 11.

Thank you so much to all the families who volunteered this year for Donuts & Coffee set-up and clean-up. This time after Mass is a wonderful source of community and connection, and the help from our volunteers is greatly appreciated.

Help “Perform” the Passion Play on Palm Sunday – Rehearsal Saturday, March 19

Passion PlaySeeking Actors/Actresses in Grade 3 and older to help “perform” the Passion Play at the 9:00am Family Mass on Palm Sunday, March 20. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, March 19 from 9:00am- 12:00pm is required/mandatory. Confirmation candidates earn 5 hours of community service credit. Please contact Maria Wardwell (781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org) for information and registration.