Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

Join NPH in Honoring Fr. Jim at the 10th Annual Irish Hearts Event!

As you know, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH – “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) is currently raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Join NPH on April 7, 2019 from 2:30 – 7:00pm at the Boston Marriott in Quincy to honor Fr. Jim and thank him for all he has done to support NPH and transform the lives of vulnerable children. The event will feature live entertainment, special guests and more.  For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation in Fr. Jim’s honor, please visit   www.irishheartsfororphans.com, email us at infoma-ne@nphusa.org, or call (617) 206-4940.

Collaborative Service Commission Informational Meeting: Wednesday, February 27 at St. John

Our Collaborative has developed in so many fruitful ways since we began this journey in 2015. Our two parishes, each unique and rich in tradition, culture, and ministry, have continued to thrive as distinct faith communities while simultaneously entwining themselves in organic and God-glorifying ways. The Holy Spirit continues to work with deliberate timing as we discern God’s will for our collaborative, revealing opportunities for even deeper connection for worship, enrichment, and ministry together. It is with great joy that we enter a new phase of collaboration in our service and outreach ministries with the establishment of a Collaborative Service Commission.

During last year’s Collaborative Forum on Christian Service, we began to discuss a shared vision of what constitutes Christian Service and how we can continue to respond to Christ’s call to serve as we move forward as a collaborative. We are blessed to have many meaningful and diverse service initiatives at both parishes, with so many dedicated parishioners bringing the comfort and compassion of Christ to those in need, in our community and beyond. Our new Collaborative Service Commission will be a support mechanism to provide assistance and encouragement, as needed, to our existing programs and those engaged in service, as well as a channel for exploring and incorporating new programs and new opportunities to serve. We invite all parishioners interested in becoming more involved in the work of service to consider serving on the Commission.

Why serve? Christ’s foundational command to love is at the heart of the Gospel message. It is a love that is beyond human comprehension – it grows and builds by the power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. There is no better expression of our love than the imitation our Lord Jesus Christ who came to serve and not to be served. We serve by the grace of faith, through the strength of God’s supply. Service allows us to discover and develop our personal spiritual gifts and to experience the joy of obedience to God’s will; it surrounds us with other Christians who support us in our walks with Christ and it increases our faith. During the wedding at Cana Jesus performs a miracle. The guests at the wedding aren’t witnesses to that miracle (although they gratefully enjoy its fruits.) The servers at the wedding witness the miracle. Water turns to wine before their eyes. God’s grace is poured out. Serving allows us to witness miracles. Service allows us to see God’s direct hand in the most beautiful parts of His creation.

What holds us back? It’s easy to become overwhelmed with doubt and fear – that we don’t have the right skills, or enough time, or that we aren’t needed or sufficient. Remember that God has used those who doubt and fear to perform unbelievable tasks in His name. From Moses to David to Paul, and of course the Blessed Virgin Mary, God proves we need only say ‘yes’. Indeed, He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

If you feel called to serve out of gratitude for what God has done for you in your life; if you want to share God’s goodness with others; if you want to bring the face of Christ into the lives of our collaborative community and beyond, please come to an informational and developmental session of the Collaborative Service Commission on Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm in the Collaborative Boardroom in the St. John Parish Center. To RSVP please email either Kelly Meraw (kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org) or Anne Mears (anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org)

If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more about the Collaborative Service Commission and/or other service opportunities within the collaborative, please let us know. We ask for all of your prayers as we begin this new journey in faith together.

 

Sunday, January 27: Youth Ministry Winter Backyard BBQ!

Calling all high school students! Need something to do this football-free Sunday evening? Come to the St. Paul Parish Hall for some FREE food and fun at our St. John-St. Paul Youth Ministry  Winter Indoor BBQ! It starts around 6:00pm after the Sunday 5pm Youth Mass. We hope to see you there!  For more information on all our Youth Ministry Programs, please visit Our Collaborative Youth Ministry Program page.

Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm: Informational Meeting for High School Immersion Trip to NPH Dominican Republic at St. John

All current high school students are invited to join the St. John-St. Paul Youth Ministry team and NPH USA for an immersion and service trip to NPH Dominican Republic this summer, August 15 – 21, 2019.

We will have the unique opportunity to stay at the NPH home with the children, in a newly constructed visitor’s house, which will allow us to immerse ourselves in NPH life with the children and their culture. This will be an unforgettable opportunity to experience the work of NPH firsthand, meet the amazing children who live in the NPH Dominican Republic home and take part in a service project which will have a lasting impact on the community there. This trip is offered to current high school students and places are limited.  To find out more or to sign up :

  •  Print a flyer  (also available at the back of the church)
  • Come to the Sunday 5pm Mass at St. Paul Church on Sunday, January 13 to learn about NPH Dominican Republic
  • Attend the Parent-Student Information Session on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm in St. John Powers Hall (underneath the Church)

For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in the trip, please contact Anne Mears.

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, January 12

The St. John- St. Paul Collaborative and The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents invite you to a one day spiritual retreat for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

Saturday, January 12 from 9:30am to 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Parish

9 Glen Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

Pre-Registration Required – register at: www.emfgp.org 
$25/person or $40/couple (Registration fee includes three meals and all retreat materials)
Ample free parking
Scholarships are available

For more information, call Diane, Paul’s Mother at 617.542.8057 or email: diane@emfgp.org

Bible Study: Letters from Prison – Begins Thursday, November 29

All are welcome to share in a study of God’s Holy Word.  In his letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians, Paul shares his encouragement, correction and instruction.  While imprisoned in Rome for his faith in  Jesus Christ, Paul calls the communities to rejoice even while difficulty and trial surround. His message could not be more relevant today.  Study materials are available for purchase ($16) through the Collaborative.
Please email: scripturestudy@sjspwellesley.org to enroll and purchase study set. 

Full Schedule: 
November 29 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 6 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 13 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 20 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
January 3 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
January 10 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 17 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 24 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 31 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
February 7 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

Informational Meeting for NPH Summer H.S. Immersion Trip – Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm in St. Paul Parish Hall

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 anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org

CANCELLED: Immigrant and Refugee Services Planning Committee Meeting

Unfortunately, the Immigrant and Refugee Services Planning Committee Meeting with Marjean Perhot, Director of Immigration and Refugee Services for the Archdiocese of Boston, scheduled for Wednesday, October 17 has been cancelled due to illness.  We will announce a new date as soon as we can.

Special Mass Schedule on Sunday, September 30

Our Collaborative Outdoor Mass is Sunday, September 30 at 11:00am

So that as many members of our collaborative community as possible may join together for this special liturgy, there will be a reduced Mass schedule at the parishes on Sunday. Both parishes will have Saturday Vigil Masses and Sunday 7:30am Masses.

Special Mass Schedule for September 29-30:

Masses at St. Paul
Saturday: 4:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass

Masses at St. John
Saturday: 5:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass

Collaborative Outdoor Mass
Sunday 11:00am at the Wellesley High School Football Stadium

(There will be no Sunday 9:00am, Sunday 11:00am, or Sunday 5:00pm Masses at either parish.)

In the event of rain, the Outdoor Mass will be cancelled

If the 11:00am Outdoor Mass has to be cancelled due to rain, we will have Sunday 11:00am Masses at both parishes in addition to those listed above. We will announce any cancellation by Friday PM via email and the websites.

Special Mass Schedule for September 29-30 in the event of rain: 

Masses at St. Paul in the event of rain: 
Saturday: 4:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass, 11:00am Mass

Masses at St. John in the event of rain: 
Saturday: 5:00pm Vigil Mass
Sunday: 7:30am Mass, 11:00am Mass

(In the event of rain, there will be no Sunday 9:00am or Sunday 5:00pm Masses at either parish.)

Our New Collaborative Sunday 5pm Mass Schedule

As young Christians… you are not only a part of the future of the Church; you are also a necessary and beloved part of the Church’s present! You are the Church’s present!

Pope Francis, Homily at the Closing Mass for the 6th Asian Youth Day, August 2014

Pope Francis reminds young Christians – and all of us – that young people are not just a part of the Church’s future, but an important and much-needed part of the Church’s present. Here at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, we are conscious of this reminder as we work together with our young people to renew and strengthen their connection to God, the Church, their parish and wider community, and to each other.

To this end, we have launched a Collaborative Sunday 5pm Mass that will be a more deliberately youth-centered liturgy, with our high-school-aged young people central to and actively involved in all aspects of the Mass. From the music, to the homilies, to the Spirit-filled sense of vibrancy and joy, we are prayerfully approaching a liturgy that will touch the hearts and minds of our young people and all who come to celebrate the Mass and grow in faith together.

This new Sunday 5pm Mass will be a truly collaborative liturgy, rotating from week to week between St. John Church and St. Paul Church. On the 1st, 3rd and 5th Sundays of the month, the Sunday 5:00pm Mass will be at St. John, and on the 2nd and 4th Sundays of the month, the Mass will be at St. Paul.

Schedule for September: 
Sunday, September 9 – St. Paul Church
Sunday, September 16 – St. John Church
Sunday, September 23 – St. Paul Church 
Sunday, September 30 – 
Collaborative Outdoor Mass/Special Mass Schedule

The full schedule for the year is available on our website  – you can add the schedule to your iPhone or Google calendar so you always know where the Mass is week to week.  (More information will be available soon about signing up for reminder emails and texts.)

All are encouraged to experience and support this new initiative with their prayers and their presence.

Remember, you can always attend the Masses within the collaborative that best meet your needs and schedule, and still support your home parish. Simply place your envelope (or check  made out to your home parish) in the collection at Mass and it will be sent to your parish. Envelopes for both parishes will also be available at the back of the churches so you can direct cash donations as well.

Now would be a great time to consider Online Giving. Online giving makes donating to your home parish simple and easy, regardless of where you are or the time of year, and this in turn provides your parish with more consistent and stable contributions. Please visit your home parish’s website (St. John or St. Paul) to sign up or for more information.