Category Archives: Service Commission

News from the Service Commission

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.)

Thanksgiving Thank You!

A big thank you to all the Parishioners who contributed to the Thanksgiving Feast at Bristol Lodge soup kitchen in Waltham. Thanksgiving is such a busy time of year, so we are always amazed by the number of parishioners who contribute year after year to make a memorable Thanksgiving for the guests at Bristol Lodge. We served 10 large turkeys with twice as many sides… and there were leftovers for weekend meals!

Christian Service Forum: A Message from Fr. Jim

Over 60 parishioners from the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative joined on November 7 to discuss a shared vision of what constitutes Christian Service and how we can achieve expanded opportunities to answer Christ’s call as we move forward as a collaborative. There was great energy and excitement in the room as members of both parishes got to know each other in the context of discussing an issue vital to our lives as Catholic Christians. Led by Carol Yamartino, a professional executive coach and leadership meeting facilitator, the ideas flowed freely as the attendees focused on many of the communities among us who are crying out for help – the hungry, poor, elderly, immigrants, prisoners, the homeless and the list goes on. The group also considered such topics as the extent of our outreach and the kinds of service we should seek to provide. The evening concluded with a discussion centered on potential models for implementing the ideas expressed.

The meeting was part of the consultation process that allows the voices of parishioners to be heard as the Collaborative Pastoral Council and I contemplate the creation of a Pastoral Plan for our collaborative. We also anticipate an additional forum in 2018 that will focus on family life as we move forward with the overall effort of exploring topics of importance to our parishioners.

How blessed we are to have such wonderful parishioners, passionate about living your faith through Christian Service. I feel very blessed indeed to serve as your pastor!

Yours in Christ,
Fr. Jim

Help Make Wishes Come True!

Christmas Wish and TreeSome 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.

You can help make wishes come true by:

  • Sponsoring a child or family – fulfilling specific clothing and gift requests
  • Helping us shop – for children who have not been matched with sponsors
  • Making a financial donation – to be used to purchase clothing or gifts for children who have not been matched with sponsors

Save time by signing up as a Sponsor or Shopper online:  Christmas Wish Sign-Up  

Financial donations can also be made online:  Donate Now! 
(Anyone can make a one-time donation to Christmas Wish – no need to set up an account!)  

Forms and Checks (payable to St. John Parish, please indicate Christmas Wish in the memo) may be mailed to: St. John Parish, 39 Washington St., Wellesley, MA 02481 or dropped at the SJSP Collaborative Administrative Offices in the Parish Center. (39 Washington St. Business hours: Monday-Friday, 9:00am to 4:00pm)

Questions?  Please contact Liz Corcoran or Sarah Connolly, or call the Parish Office at 781-235-0045.

Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Continues November 11-12

Each year in November, St. John’s participates in the Coats for Kids drive by Anton’s Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton’s cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need.  Please bring gently used, warm, winter coats to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 4-5 and 11-12.



Thanksgiving Dinner at Bristol Lodge

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes our commitment to serve Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 100 guests at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Please consider helping with this important outreach program. Volunteers are needed to provide cooked turkeys, stuffing and vegetable dishescranberry saucerolls, 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 22 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:

An Invitation for an Evening of Fellowship and Collaboration to Share, Discuss and Plan Opportunities for Christian Service

Tuesday, November 7
7:00 – 9:30pm
St. Paul Parish Hall

Similar to the successful forum held on Adult Faith Enrichment last June, the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has the opportunity to come together again as a community to discuss and envision programs to inspire and engage those among us who seek ways in which to serve others. Drawing on the ideas, talents and experiences of members of both parishes, we desire to identify, and explore service opportunities in a variety of ways:

  • How is service connected to our faith and spiritual lives?
  • Areas of Christian Service: various communities and stages of life (e.g. singles, pregnancy, raising kids, empty nesters, aging with grace.)
  • Leveraging resources to expand service opportunities.

At both parishes, we are blessed with many meaningful service initiatives. As we learn more about these wonderful programs that already exist, we hope to come up with ways to increase participation across both parishes and attract more members of our collaborative to these important efforts. Additionally, we will strive to answer important questions as a Collaborative such as:

What can we do better? * How else can we help? * Who else needs our help?

 The evening will again be guided by Carol Yamartino, a professional executive meeting facilitator, who will help us move through general and small group discussions. Whether you have ideas or suggestions to share, are just interested in listening and learning, or meeting other members of our vibrant Collaborative. Please come and join in our discussion!

In order to plan for the evening, please let us know that you will be joining us by clicking the link below:


St. Paul Parish Hall is located behind St. Paul Church, at 502 Washington St. Parking is available on Washington St. and in the parking lot behind the church (entrance at 10 Atwood St.)

Save the Date! A Collaborative Forum on Christian Service

Back in June, we had a wonderful Collaborative-wide forum on the topic of Adult Faith Enrichment. Over 70 people attended on a hot summer night for a lively and interactive evening in St. John’s Powers Hall. With nearly equal representation from St. Paul’s and St. John’s, it was a great evening of community building as we shared ideas about an important topic. On Tuesday, November 7 from 7:00-9:30pm at St. Paul’s Parish Center, we will hold another forum, this time focused on the topic of Christian Service. Please save the date. More details to follow in the coming weeks!

Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection is coming up – November 4-5 and 11-12

Each year in November, St. John’s participates in the Coats for Kids drive by Anton’s Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton’s cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need.  Please bring gently used, warm, winter coats to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 4-5 and 11-12.



Thank You from St. Francis House

Dear St. John’s of Wellesley,

We at St. Francis House would like to thank you for your generous donation of new and gently used clothing – including many new socks for our clinic and an assortment of professional attire for our Moving Ahead Program.  Your donation filled an entire van load and these items will help provide our guests with the vital resources they need to reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives.

Your support means so much, and your contributions of much-needed goods helps St. Francis House provide a broad range of life-changing services to the poor and homeless in Boston. In fact, loyal supporters like you have helped us keep our doors open for over 30 years, offering a warm welcome to as many as 600 guests each day who come through our doors seeking support.

For our guests, walking through those doors is an important step in their process of rebuilding their lives. Thanks to you, St. Francis House is able to continue helping guests leave homelessness behind.

Thank you for choosing to be a part of the St. Francis House community.

With much appreciation,

Sharon Lee

Engagement and Special Events Supervisor