Category Archives: Lent

Lenten Bible Study: Lent, Season of Transformation

A FOUR WEEK BIBLE STUDY FROM LITTLE ROCK SCRIPTURE STUDY

During Lent, we strive to free ourselves from all kinds of clutter – material and spiritual – in order to focus on God and turn back to him with our whole hearts. Please join us as we reflect together upon three key moments in the life and ministry of Jesus. The result will be a better understanding of the authentic transformation that God calls each of us to embrace as individuals and as a community.  There will be two 4-week sessions:

Wednesday mornings starting March 7: 10-11:30am at a parishioner’s home

Thursday evenings starting March 1: 7-8:30pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall

To RSVP and for further information please email Kay Kociuba or call the St. Paul Office (781-235-1060)

Lenten Discussion Series: A Look at Temptation and Fortitude

Consider the cunning ways of the devil to lure us into temptation by delving into The Screwtape Letters by C.S. Lewis. These fictitious letters from a senior demon of Hell, Screwtape, to his protégé, Wormword, give us a peek into the world of temptation and fortitude, and provide a bountiful landscape for discussion of sin, vice, virtue, and the inner working of the human conscience. Please join us on these Tuesday evenings: February 20, March 6, March 13, and March 20 from 7:00-8:00pm in St. John Powers Hall.

 Led by Jennifer Foster, DRE, St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham. The book is available at bookstores and online, but it is not necessary to read the letters before attending a session, and you do not need to attend every session to benefit!   Come to one session or all four!

 

 

A Lenten Message from Fr. Jim

At once the Spirit drove him out into the desert, and he remained in the desert for forty days, tempted by Satan. He was among wild beasts, and the angels ministered to him. (Mark 1:12)

Which voices do we listen to?  The world is a noisy place and we are bombarded by voices telling us what to wear, what to buy, what to believe, what is beautiful.  During this holy season of Lent, we are invited to enter the desert with Jesus.  Here we will learn, like Jesus, to discern the voice of our loving God against the din of competing voices.  As we allow God’s voice to speak deep in our hearts, we discover ourselves as loved unconditionally, as beloved.  As we come to know ourselves as God’s beloved, we are more able to see the face of God in the needy around us and to become instruments of God’s love and mercy to those we encounter.

Pope Francis encourages us “to lose ourselves decisively on the path of Jesus, the path which leads to life…Let us enter into the desert without fear, because we are not alone; we are with Jesus, with the Father and with the Holy Spirit.  In fact, as it was for Jesus, it is the Holy Spirit who guides us on the Lenten journey; that same Spirit descended upon Jesus and has been given to us in Baptism.  As we cross the Lenten ‘desert’, we fix our gaze toward Easter, which is Jesus’ definitive victory against evil, against sin and against death.”

We invite you to enter fully into this Lenten journey into the desert.  Take  advantage of the offerings of our collaborative for prayer and reflection, for service and for reconciliation.  Let’s listen together to the voice of God.

Fr. Jim

 

Ash Wednesday, Feb. 14

Lenten CrossCOLLABORATIVE SCHEDULE
7:00am Mass at St. John
9:00am Mass at St. Paul
9:00am Mass at St. John
(with Saint John School – all welcome!)
12:10 Mass at St. John
2:10 Ash Service at St. Paul
(with St. Paul Rel Ed – all welcome!)
5:30pm Mass at St. John
7:00pm Mass at St. Paul

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has a rich, full schedule of Lenten liturgies, programs and events – click here for more information: Lent 2018

Please join us on this Lenten journey!

Today is Easter Sunday, April 16

White Flower near Christian Cross7:30am 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)
9:00am Mass at St. Paul (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)

This is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. PS 118:24

Today is Holy Saturday, April 15

Holy Saturday_Easter Vigil

Morning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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

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

Today is Good Friday, April 14

Good_Friday_CrucifixionMorning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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

 “Christ became obedient to the point of death, even death on a cross. Because of this, God greatly exalted him and bestowed on him the name which is above every other name.” PHIL 2:8-9

Today is Holy Thursday, April 13

last supper paintingMorning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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

I give you a new commandment, says the Lord: love one another as I have loved you. JN 13:34

Holy Week at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

HOLY THURSDAY, April 13

Morning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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, April 14

Morning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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, April 15

Morning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation
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, APRIL 16

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 and Parish Hall)

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

Monday, April 10 at St. Paul: Lenten Lecture Series with Fr. Jim Laughlin

Fr_JimWhen All Seemed Lost:  Waiting for the Third Day
Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm
St. Paul Church
For Peter, it had all begun at the Sea of Galilee. Here Jesus had called him… and his life would never be the same. He had witnessed miracles, walked on water and had even seen Lazarus raised from the dead. And at the darkest hour, he denied even knowing the One he loved. He thought that all was lost when Jesus was crucified. But there, at the Sea of Galilee…they would meet again.