Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

New Bible Study Group Begins Thursday, April 26 at St. Paul

David Horn will lead a study of The Acts of the Apostles. The group will meet for four sessions, starting on Thursday, April 26, from 7:00 to 8:30pm, in the St. Paul Parish Hall.  Please bring a New Testament. Everyone is welcome!

Interested in Joining our St. Vincent de Paul Society? Join Us Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm

If you think you might be, please come to a meeting on Wednesday, April 25 at 6:30pm at the St. John’s Parish Center Boardroom! We will be discussing the possibility of forming a Saint Vincent de Paul Society here in our St. John-St. Paul Collaborative.

Maybe you’re not sure what the Saint Vincent de Paul Society does?
Briefly, the vocation of the Saint Vincent de Paul Society members is:

“…to follow Christ through service to those in need and so bear witness to His  compassionate love. No work of charity is foreign to the Society. It includes any form of help that alleviates suffering or deprivation and promotes human dignity and personal integrity in all their dimensions. The Society serves those in need regardless of creed, ethnic or social background, health, gender or political opinions. It strives to seek out and find those in need and the forgotten, the victims of exclusion or adversity. Faithful to the spirit of its founders, the Society constantly strives for renewal, adapting to changing world conditions. It seeks to be ever aware of the changes that occur in human society and the new types of poverty that may be identified or anticipated. It gives priority to the poorest of the poor and to those who are most rejected by a community.”

If you or a friend feel that you might be called to serve those in Wellesley who are in need — please come to the meeting on April 25th!!

Evening for Women: Tuesday, April 3 at 6:30pm at St. John

cross_impressionistAll women of the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative are invited to an evening of prayer, reflection and friendship. The chapel reflection will be presented by Kelly Meraw, St. John’s newly appointed coordinator of Music, Liturgy and Pastoral Care. Kelly will be sharing her meditations on Mary Magdalene and women of God: defined by who Christ says we are. What a wonderful opportunity to share in a woman’s perspective of the glorious resurrection! Please bring a favorite spring dish to share, and as always you are welcome to bring a friend!

A Collaborative Update from Fr. Jim: Where Are We Going?

March 2018

My dear friends in Christ,

Tempus fugit, so the saying goes. It is hard for me to believe that it has been nearly two years since I became pastor of the two wonderful parishes of St. Paul and St. John the Evangelist.  I am so grateful for the warm reception I have received and continue to be inspired by your faith and commitment to living out your vocations as disciples of Jesus Christ.

I’d like to take a moment to reflect on where we have been in the last year and a half and where we are going as a collaborative. A “collaborative” is a unique entity.  Our parishes remain distinct, with their own cultures, histories and traditions. The parishes also remain independent of each other financially. What do we share? Our collaborative has a shared leadership team, led by me as pastor along with Fr. Robert Blaney, our parochial vicar and a talented and dedicated group of professionals serving us in pastoral care, religious education, youth ministry, music and  administration. We are currently exploring how we can leverage the strengths of each parish to pursue ministries together.

The Collaborative Pastoral Council (CPC) is made up of five members each from our two parishes. The CPC is developing a vision of what our collaborative will look like in the coming years.  I know well from my experience in my parishes in Wayland that these things cannot be rushed.  So in this initial stage, we have sought opportunities for the people of our parishes simply to get to know each other. To that end, we have hosted two Collaborative Forums, one last June on the topic of Adult Faith Enrichment and the second last November on the subject of Christian Service. These topics were chosen because they represent natural areas for collaboration. On both occasions, we gathered close to one hundred parishioners with nearly equal representation from each parish. The excitement in the room was palpable as parishioners engaged on subjects central to the practice of our faith. They came to realize how much they have in common in their desire to live more fully their Catholic faith. Following from these experiences, we have seen a naturally evolving inter-parish participation. The Women’s Nights at St. John’s have attracted many women from St. Paul’s and is growing into a collaborative ministry. This year’s spectacular Christmas Concert at St. Paul’s boasted the highest attendance in recent memory with a large representation of St. John’s parishioners. There have been truly inspirational liturgies with  the combined musical talents of high school students from both parishes. As a result, the religious education and youth ministry staff have been exploring how we can work together in a collaborative effort to engage our young people more fully in the life of the Church.   We envision more collaborative social events and are planning a Mass followed by a barbecue at an outdoor venue this coming fall. Exciting things are happening.  The Holy Spirit is at work among us.

Beginning in September, the CPC, in consultation with staff and volunteer leadership, will engage in a formal process of developing a pastoral plan for the collaborative for the next several years. The parish forums have given parishioners an opportunity to give input on what is important  to them in areas essential to the practice of our faith. The data collected from the parish forums will provide some of the foundational material for the development of a pastoral plan. We want and need your input as the plan is developed and will continue to find ways to solicit that input. In the meantime, you can always feel free to speak to any CPC member to share your ideas or concerns. While the planning process is being undertaken, the many wonderful ministries within our parishes will continue to thrive. I am grateful to all those who serve our parishes with such dedication.

Where are we going as a collaborative? As we ask this question, let’s keep in mind the dialogue between Jesus and the apostle Thomas.

Thomas said to him, “Master, we do not know where you are going; how can we know the way?” Jesus said to him, “I am the way and the truth and the life. No one comes to the Father except through me.” (Jn 14: 5-6)

As we explore paths of collaboration, may we never lose sight of our ultimate objective: to follow more closely the One who is the way and the truth and the life.

Yours in Christ Jesus,

Reverend James J. Laughlin
Pastor
St. John-St. Paul Catholic Collaborative

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Sacrament of Reconciliation

Come for this special gift of Confession –  there is no better way to prepare for Easter!

Wednesday, March 28
The Light is on for You!
6:30-8:00pm
St. Paul Church

Saturday, March 31 
10:00am-12:00pm
St. John Church, Lower Chapel

Collaborative Women’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast This Saturday, March 24 at St. Paul

“Living Deeply Our New Life”

Join us for faith, fellowship, and fun following the 9:00am Mass in St. Paul Parish Hall!  Featuring Sr. Mary Sweeney on the life of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton: Wife and Mother, and Kelly Meraw on her journey into the Catholic Church. Questions: Kay Kociuba at St. Paul: 781-235-1060 or  pastoral.associate@stpaulwellesley.com

Holy Week and Easter 2018
St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

HOLY THURSDAY

Morning Prayer 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

Morning Prayer 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

Morning Prayer 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

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 with simulcast in the 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)

Our 2018 Collaborative Lenten Gift – Special Second Collection March 17-18

We invite you to participate in this outreach to our little NPH brothers and sisters in Miacatlán. Donations are accepted with our second collection this weekend, by mail to the parish office, or online: 

We thank you for your support, it is appreciated and will make a difference in the children’s lives.  For more information, please visit our Lenten Gift page.

An Update from NPH Mexico: Since the Earthquake…

February 26, 2018 – Mexico: Hipólito is a 9-year-old boy studying 3rd grade. September 19, 2017, will be a day he will never forget.

“That afternoon we were all very still, we already knew that something serious had happened. My friends and I only heard that the old chapel was badly damaged, and also the schools and the dining hall.

Our caregivers explained to us what had just happened and tried to make sure everyone was calm, because there were some children who were crying. They were nervous or maybe scared, I guess. 

I remember there was no electricity that night and the whole hacienda (home) was very dark.  Since our dormitories weren’t safe to sleep in, we all slept together outside so we would not be afraid, and some of us had candles.

Starting that day, school was suspended for a few weeks. The teachers were at the home to carry out activities with the children to distract them. The psychologists gave support workshops to all the kids so that they could express their feelings, and they gave them reading materials and did relaxation exercises.

The dining hall and kitchen had to be closed. We created a temporary dining hall and kitchen under large tents in the main courtyard.

 

After a few weeks, classes resumed under tarps with blackboards hanging on the sides.

“At the beginning, we liked having classes there, it was something different. But after a while we got bored, it was hot even under the tarps. Besides, since everyone passed by, it was easier to be distracted and to start chatting with friends,” says Hipólito of his experience in outdoors classes.

 

Fortunately, the schools have already been repaired and our children returned to their classrooms on January 31. “I am happy because we can have ‘normal’ classes now. We spent several months like that, and we thought it would take much longer to go back to our classrooms because they were very damaged.”

NPH Mexico has taken big steps since the earthquake—thanks to generous donors—to help the children return to their classrooms. There is still a great need to repair the dining hall and kitchen as more than 400 children continue to eat outside.

Some of the children’s dormitories still need repairs, and many other structural issues to our home still need to be addressed. For the time being, we will continue rebuilding our facilities so that our children enjoy their days with dignity, and above all, in safe spaces.

The Collection for our Lenten gift will be taken up at all Masses next weekend March 17 & 18. As we embrace the three-fold Lenten discipline of prayer, fasting, and almsgiving, we invite you to participate in this outreach to our little brothers and sisters in Miacatlán.

For more information, please visit our Lenten Gift page.

Join Us This Tuesday for the Second Evening in Our Lenten Discussion Series!

The Screwtape Letters:
A Look at Temptation and Fortitude

Please join us Tuesday, March 6 at 7pm in St. John’s Powers Hall for the second evening of our Lenten Discussion Series on 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.  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!   You can join us for one session or all four!  Led by Jennifer Foster, DRE, St. Bartholomew Parish in Needham.

Letters for Week 2:  March 6
Letter 9: Life Phases
Letter 11:  Humor
Letter 12:  Sloth
Letter 13:  Pain and Pleasure
Letter 14:  Humility

Letters for Week 3:  March 13
Letter 15:  Time and Eternity
Letter 17:  Gluttony
Letter 21:  Pride and Peevishness, Possessiveness
Letter 23:  Jesus
Letter 24:  Faith Community/Spiritual Pride

Letters for Week 4:  March 20
Letter 25:  Novelty and Rhythm
Letter 26:  Unselfishness
Letter 27:  Prayer, Time and Distraction
Letter 29:  Twisting Virtue
Letter 30:  Weariness
Letter 31:  Deliverance

(Please click HERE to view the Powerpoint presentation from the first discussion on February 20.)