Category Archives: Seasonal Initiatives

News from the Service Commission’s Seasonal Initiatives program

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:

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

June 10-11: St. Francis House Men’s Clothing Drive

stfrancishouse_large Each spring the St. John Parish community comes together to support  St. Francis House with a Men’s Clothing Drive. Each year the drive is a huge success because of your generosity and grace. St. Francis House serves approximately 50 clothing appointments per day (M-F), which is 250 full set of clothing per week, to their guests in need. To help meet this ongoing need, we are collecting men’s gently-used everyday clothing.

Right now, the highest needed items include:

  • Men’s pants (especially jeans size 30-40)
  • T-shirts, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, & spring
    coats
  • Footwear (walking shoes and sneakers)
  • Backpacks/duffel bags/tote bags
  • Summer hats (baseball caps, beach hats)
  • NEW underwear and undershirts (in original
    packaging)
  • NEW socks (for their Foot Clinic)

We hope you will take the time for a quick spring cleaning, and remember to drop off the items to the St. John church garage on the weekend of June 10-11 from 9AM to 5PM.

Please Note: They DO NOT accept children’s clothing, used socks, or any discolored items. If you can put your items in boxes or secured bags, and label it with the general contents, it would be a great help with sorting. Thank you for your generosity!

Thanksgiving Thank YOU!

thank-youSo many thanks to all the parishioners who contributed to the St John effort at the Bristol Lodge soup kitchen. We carved a dozen turkeys and warmed twice as many side dishes to serve at their Thanksgiving feast and the guests were so appreciative of your efforts. Many thanks for your annual support of this outreach program. Thanks, always, for making all our outreach programs
so successful.

Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Concludes This Weekend – November 12-13

Please bring gently used, warm, winter coats to the Rectory garage after Masses this weekend, November 12-13.

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Reminder – Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Drive Starts this Weekend, November 5-6!

coats-for-kids-saint-john-poster_2016What types of coats should we bring?  Warm winter coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies in good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains – coats you would give to a friend. (Please click the flyer for more details.)

When can we drop off coats? Drop off coats on the weekends of  November 5-6 and November 12-13 after all Masses.

Where do we drop off coats? In the Rectory garage (behind the church.)

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 23 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm in the St. John School parking lot. Volunteers are also welcome to help serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, starting at 4:00pm.

For more details and to sign-up to prepare food and/or help serve, please visit our SignUp page:

Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection is coming up – November 5-6 and 12-13

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 5-6 and 12-13.

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