Some children wish upon a star. This year, about 400 children will wish upon the caring generosity of our parish community through the St. John Christmas Wish program, which has been making wishes come true since 1993. Needed clothing and a special Christmas wish gift will go to youngsters in our own parish and in parishes in Roxbury, Lowell and Brockton. Christmas Wish invitations with Helper and Applicant forms have been mailed to all parishioners. If you find your family needs assistance this Christmas season, you are invited to complete a confidential Applicant form.
HELP MAKE WISHES COME TRUE!
Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes our commitment to serve Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 80 guests at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Please consider helping with this important outreach program. Volunteers are needed to provide cooked turkeys, stuffing and vegetable dishes, cranberry sauce, rolls, and beverages. (The turkeys and other side dishes may be cooked as early as the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving.) The food is dropped off on Wednesday, November 21 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm in the Saint John School parking lot. For more details and to sign-up to help please visit our SignUp page:
Our Collaborative is blessed to have two young men pursuing a vocation to the priesthood. Chris Holownia from St. John Parish has entered the Jesuit Novitiate in Syracuse NY, and Matt Norwood from St. Paul Parish is studying at St. John Seminary in Brighton to be a priest in the Archdiocese of Boston. Chris and Matt send us updates on their progress from time to time – this week we have a homily that Chris Holownia gave at the novitiate last month, on the Feast of St. Matthew. Please click here to read: Updates from Our Seminarians
“Today, we stand in solidarity with our Jewish brothers and sisters who are experiencing the bitter pain of suffering and loss inflicted on them by a senseless shooting in their holy place of worship at the Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh.
On this Sabbath day, a day that is sacred to the Jewish people, we embrace them in their anguish. I join my own prayers with many throughout the Archdiocese of Boston who offer consolation and support to the loved ones of those who have been killed and wounded, and we ask God to bring comfort in this hour of need. We are especially mindful of the first responders who bravely ran towards danger in order to defend others.
I have spent many joyful times with our Jewish friends in my more than forty years as a priest. Our two faiths – Catholic and Jewish – are committed to building a civilization of love to combat the hatred, violence and anti-Semitism in our world. Today’s tragedy will not defeat us in pursuing this commitment, it will not defeat people of good will and it will not defeat the Jewish people.
I have always valued and respected the Jewish concept of Tikkun Olam, Repairing the World. It is time for all of us to stand in unison with the Jewish people to repair our world, affirming our love of neighbor as ourselves and working to root out hatred across the world.”
Our Collaborative Mass Schedule
7:00am at St. John Church
9:00am at St. Paul Church
9:00am at St. John Church (with Saint John School, all welcome!)
12:00pm at St. John Church
7:00pm at St. Paul Church
Join the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative for a one-week immersion trip to an NPH home this summer. This trip is offered only to current high school students, who will be accompanied by five chaperones from the Collaborative. Experience first hand how NPH USA transforms the lives of children! You will meet the amazing children, staff, and volunteers of NPH and learn about their daily lives. Whether you are new to NPH or a longtime supporter, visiting our homes is the best way to see what we do in action. While the children are in school, you will help out around the home (helping with daily chores around the property, working in the gardens and farm, caring for the babies, working in the kitchen, and viewing the school, etc.). Relax or hang out with the pequeños in the afternoons. We will coordinate activities with the different age groups throughout the week. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet with the leadership of the NPH home, tour all of the home’s facilities, and hear the kids’ stories of their lives before and after arriving at NPH. Note: An NPH USA chaperone will lead and oversee all travelers throughout the duration of the week. All chaperones are background checked, and are experienced volunteers.
For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in the trip, please contact Anne Mears at firstname.lastname@example.org
October marks the release of our Annual Financial Report and the launch of our 2018 Annual Appeal for St. John the Evangelist Parish. A mailing with the Annual Financial Report, prepared by the Parish Finance Council, will be arriving at the homes of all registered parishioners this week (the report can be viewed now by clicking the link above.) Fr. Jim will be speaking at all Masses at St. John this weekend (October 20-21) to highlight the critical importance of the Parish Annual Appeal in fulfilling the mission of St. John parish. Your parish needs your financial support so that the many ministries within the parish – and the many outreach efforts beyond the parish – can continue to thrive and to grow. Please spend some time prayerfully reflecting upon your contribution to the Parish Annual Appeal.
The mailing includes both a Parish Annual Appeal pledge card and a return envelope. Your pledge card/donation may be returned by mail, dropped at the Parish Office, or placed in a collection at Mass (please be sure to note “Annual Appeal” on your check.) Additional Parish Annual Appeal envelopes are available at the back of the church, along with extra copies of the Annual Financial Report.
Donations can also be made at any time through WeShare, our online giving program – anyone can make a secure, One-Time Donation using a credit card without setting up an account. Or, if you prefer, you can create a Recurring Donation to spread your contribution to this year’s Parish Annual Appeal over a period of weeks or months of your choosing. Either way, just click the button below to get started:
Thank you for your continued support of St. John the Evangelist Parish!
All women of the collaborative are invited to join us for an evening of prayer, song, food and sharing. In keeping with our theme, “Blessed is She”, Kelly Meraw, Coordinator of Pastoral Care, will share her reflections on our sisterhood in Christ and the eight beatitudes of our Savior.
A special note: November 6th is voting day! Get to the polls early, then join us in Powers Hall at St. John at 6:30 with a dish to share (if you are able.) The program will begin in the chapel promptly at 6:45.
Here is a peak at upcoming programs!
Camino Journey Svea Fraser and Barbara Viechnicki
Seasons of Hope (Grief) Laurie Jacob, MA in Theology and Ministry
Shrove Tuesday Desserts, Desserts! Lenten Reflection
Reflections Katherine Twitchell
Mass Fr. Jim Laughlin
A unique Christ-centered support group for the bereaved will be offered in the Collaborative starting on Thursday, November 8. For more information, please pick up a brochure at the back of the church or email Laurie Jacob or call her at 339.222.0335.