Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

December 5: Evening for Women with Special Guest Sr. Evelyn Ronan

All women of the collaborative are invited to a special evening of prayer and friendship on Tuesday, December 5 in Powers Hall.  It is with great anticipation that we welcome back Sr. Evelyn Ronan, SND, whose vision created the Evening for Women program many years ago.  I know we will be inspired by Sister Evelyn’s reflection, “The Heart of Advent… Reflections On Becoming the Yes of Love.” In celebration of Advent, you are invited to be our guest at dinner, sponsored by the collaborative.  In lieu of bringing a dish to share, please bring a non-perishable food item that we will donate to those in need.

So that we can plan for dinner, kindly click this link to let us know that you will be joining us:  RSVP

(If you are unable to respond electronically please call either parish office to add your name to the attendee list.)

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!

Thank You from NPH!

Thank you to the whole St. John-St. Paul Collaborative Community for your amazing support of NPH and the pequeños during their recent visit! We are excited to announce that our Collaborative sponsored 105 children and donated over $14,000 to NPH. A special thank you to the families of our collaborative who opened their homes to host the students and their chaperones: the Fantozzi, Gutierrez, Jones, Kehoe, Ronco/Rhind and Sullivan families. Thank you to all volunteers who helped at the sponsorship tables. Thank you to the DelVecchio family for opening their home to the whole group for a celebration at the end of the visit and to Annas Taqueria for generously donating the food. Thank you to Mimi Eldridge for volunteering to help facilitate the visit and for her tireless work to make it such a great success.

Attention All Parishioners – Why Catholic? Beginning Soon!

Why Catholic will begin the week of October 16! Small faith – sharing groups are forming and will meet in the St. Paul Parish Hall or in a parishioner’s home! We will finish the final 6 lessons of Believe: Profession of Faith. This book explores the basic tenets of our faith and offers insights on what it means to be Catholic following “the oldest Roman catechism,” the Apostles’ Creed.

Contact: Kay Kociuba at St. Paul rectory 781-235-1060 or

Our Guests from Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH)

In two short weeks, the NPH Pequeño Tour will be coming to St. John and St. Paul Parishes! The group will be from the NPH home in Guatemala and we will be splitting their time between the two parishes. For each Mass over the weekend of October 7/8, there will either be a speaker from the NPH University Program, or the whole group will provide music and dancing!

This is a wonderful chance for you and your families to experience the mission of NPH and meet some of the children who have been served through NPH programs. Please look at the following schedule and plan accordingly. This is a holiday weekend and there is no Religious Ed.ucation, but if you are in town, you and your family will not want to miss this, and we hope you will come and help us to provide a very warm welcome to our visitors. The musicians and dancers will be helping us with our liturgy at the following Masses:

St. John: Saturday, Oct 7 at the 5:00pm Vigil Mass and Sunday Oct 8, at the 5:00pm Mass
St. Paul: Sunday, Oct 8 at the 7:30am, 9:00am and 11:00am Masses
All other Masses will have a University Speaker.

We will also be kicking off an NPH sponsorship campaign next weekend. Our “30 Kids in 30 Days” campaign will strive to find thirty sponsorships at each of our parishes! So make sure you stop by a sponsorship table after Mass, starting next weekend, to see how you can make a real difference in the life of a pequeño! Thank you!

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success




Our Collaborative “Blessing of the Animals” – Sunday, October 1 at 2:30pm at St. Paul

Please join us on Sunday, October 1 at 2:30pm for the SJSP Collaborative
“Blessing of the Animals”.  All loved animals are welcome – real, toy and photo!  (St. Paul Church front lawn)

For their safety, all real animals should be leashed or in a carrier. 

Nuestros Pequenos Hermanos (NPH) are coming to the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative!

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is welcoming this group of students from the NPH home in Guatemala to be with us at Masses on the weekend of October 7-8, giving testimony, dancing, and helping to lead the music at some of the Masses. The students will be staying in Wellesley from October 3-10 with families from our parishes.

NPH USA supports Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH, Spanish for “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”), which works to transform the lives of orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged children in Latin America and the Caribbean. Currently, NPH is raising more than 3,200 children throughout nine homes in Bolivia, the Dominican Republic, El Salvador, Guatemala, Haiti, Honduras, Mexico, Nicaragua, and Peru. An additional 2,300 students who live outside the homes receive scholarships, meals, and health care. NPH’s outreach services assist more than 100,000 people every year. Truly, this organization is changing lives for the better.

The organization was started in 1954 by a Catholic priest, Fr. William Wasson, in Cuernavaca Mexico. Fr. Wasson was called to the police station in Cuernavaca, where the police had arrested a young boy who had stolen from Fr. Wasson’s church collection plate. When Fr. Wasson met the young boy, he asked him why he stole, to which the boy replied that he was trying to get money to feed himself. Fr. Wasson decided not to press charges, but told the police he would take the boy back to the parish, where he would give him a home and everything he needed so that he wouldn’t have to steal anymore. By the end of the month, the police had given Fr. Wasson seven more children to take care of in the same way – children they had arrested or taken off the street where they had nothing.

Fr. Wasson gave these children a home, and more importantly, gave them hope for a better life. Bythe end of the year, Fr. Wasson had to buy property to take care of all the children he was given by the authorities. And NPH was officially born!

NPH’s mission is quite simple:

Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos™, inspired by Christian values, strives to create a loving and safe family environment for vulnerable children living in extreme conditions. Through comprehensive education, healthcare and spiritual formation we give the children the opportunity to develop their potential, shaping better futures for themselves, their families and their communities.

To learn more, here are some helpful links and videos for you to check out:

NPH International website

Cardinal Sean on NPH USA

NPH Family: Celebrating 60 Years

NPH Path to Success




Little Rock Bible Study: A Fall Faith Enrichment Event at St. Paul Beginning September 28

Explore key biblical passages from the early church’s most influential evangelist! Discover the rich spiritual tradition of St. Paul that continues to influence believers today! Eight Thursday evenings beginning Thursday, September 28 at 7:00pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall.  All are invited to attend! No experience necessary! Please RSVP to Kay Kociuba 781-235-1060 or  Presented by David Horn with Kay Kociuba

Evening for Women: Tuesday, October 2 at 6:30pm at St. John

cross_impressionistAll women of the collaborative are invited to the year’s first Evening for Women on Tuesday, October 3, 2017 at 6:30pm in Powers Hall at St. John the Evangelist. Our guest for the evening will be Fr. Robert Blaney, and we look forward to meeting and welcoming him.

Please bring your favorite Fall recipe to share.  If you have a friend or neighbor who would like to learn more about this special group of women, bring her along, too!