Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

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

www.nphusa.org

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 pastoral.associate@stpaulwellesley.com.  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!   

A Summer Adult Faith Enrichment Event!

Little Rock Bible Study Presents: Panorama of the New Testament

Five Thursday nights: August 3, 10, 17, 24, 31 at 7:00pm in the St. Paul Parish Hall!

All are invited to attend! No experience necessary! Contact: Kay Kociuba 781-235-1060 or pastoral.associate@stpaulwellesley.com.

“But the seed sown on rich soil is the one who hears the Word and understands it, who indeed bears fruit and yields a hundred or sixty or thirty fold.”  (Matthew 13:23).

Adult Faith Enrichment – An Update from Fr. Jim

Over 75 parishioners from the St. Paul and St. John parishes joined on June 13th to discuss how adult faith enrichment can be offered within the Collaborative in ways which are greater than our parishes can accomplish individually. The energy and commitment at that session was palpable and contributed to a rich and rewarding discussion concerning our collective vision of adult faith enrichment within the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative! By drawing on the ideas and talents of parishioners from both parishes, we stand stronger as we seek to formulate programs which will nurture and inspire us all as Catholics.

Led by Carol Yamartino, a professional executive meeting facilitator, the ideas flowed freely – greater focus on scripture, the possibility of retreats and speaker programs, increased support for families as the first instructors of faith for their children, inter-Collaborative music ministry, and the list goes on!

But the process did not end on June 13th!  The ideas expressed that evening are being reviewed by me, in consultation with the members of the Collaborative Pastoral Council, as we begin to consider how to move forward and build upon the ideas expressed. New ways to organize ourselves across the Collaborative to assist in that effort are also being considered. Importantly, we will be holding another session in the fall to continue this important discussion about expanding our parishes’ ministries through collaborative efforts. Stay tuned!

Fr. Jim

Youth Group “Summer Sundays” at St. Paul
July 9 at 7:00pm: Ice Cream Crawl

Meet at the St. Paul parking lot (behind the church) – bring money for ice cream. All High schoolers from the Collaborative and especially rising 9th graders are welcome.

Come and meet our Youth Ministers and some of the Youth Group members. Bring your friends!

Summer Office Hours

St. John Summer Office Hours:

Monday–Thursday:  9:00am – 4:00pm
Friday: 9:00am – 1:00pm

(Please Note: St. Paul administrative staff are available in the St. Paul Parish Office every Monday – Friday, 9:00am – 12:00pm.  From 1:00pm – 4:00pm, Monday – Thursday, they are available in the Collaborative Administrative Offices at 39 Washington Street. They can be reached by phone at either location by calling 781-235-1060.)

IMPORTANT! FAITH CONVERSATION MOVED TO ST. JOHN

Due to the excessive heat, tonight’s Faith Conversation is being moved to St. John’s Powers Hall.

We apologize for the late notice, but unfortunately the temperature has not dropped this afternoon as was forecast.

For everyone’s safety and comfort, we are moving tonight’s Faith Conversation from St. Paul’s Parish Hall (which is not air-conditioned) to St. John’s Powers Hall (which IS air-conditioned!)

Tuesday, June 13
7:00 – 9:15pm
St. John Powers Hall

St. John’s Powers Hall is located in the lower level of St. John Church. Parking is available in the school parking lot as well as on Ledyard Street. Both the Ledyard Street and Glen Road entrances to the church will be open.

An Invitation To Envision and Plan a Creative Path to Understanding and Living Our Catholic Faith

FaithLifePlease Join Us
Tuesday, June 13
7:00 – 9:15pm
St. Paul Parish Hall

The St. John-St. Paul collaborative faith community has a unique opportunity to develop programs to inspire and attract those among us who hunger for more understanding and sharing of our Catholic faith. Drawing on the ideas and talents of both parishes, we desire to offer adult faith enrichment in ways greater than our parishes can accomplish individually.

You are invited to join the conversation, to lend your thoughts on the development of an innovative adult faith enrichment program that will attract and inspire diverse segments of our community.

Carol Yamartino, a professional executive meeting facilitator, will guide both general and small group discussions. This is your opportunity to help shape future St. John-St. Paul programs designed to further our understanding of our Catholic faith, and what it means to live that faith.

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

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.)

Thank You to Fr. MacKay and Welcome to Fr. Blaney

Fr. MacKayIt is with a mix of sadness and gratitude that we announce that our parochial vicar, Fr. Arthur MacKay, will be leaving us to take a new assignment beginning on June 1.  Cardinal Sean has asked Fr. Arthur to begin a new assignment as a hospital chaplain serving Lahey Hospital and Medical Center in Burlington and MetroWest Medical Center in Framingham.  With his gentle pastoral presence, deep faith and extensive medical background, Fr. Arthur will bring unique gifts to his new ministry.  For the past five years, Fr. Arthur has served the parishes of our collaborative with dedication, sensitivity and pastoral zeal.  We will miss him very much.  Our prayers and love go with him as he begins this new chapter in his priestly ministry.  A farewell event is being planned and will be announced soon.

Fr_Robert_BlaneyAlso on June 1, Fr. Robert Blaney will be beginning his ministry with us as the new parochial vicar for our collaborative.  Ordained in 2007, Fr. Blaney currently serves as parochial vicar of the Sacred Heart-Our Lady Help of Christians Collaborative in Newton.  Fr. Blaney is a very talented priest who is much beloved in his current parishes.  We welcome him with open arms and trust that you will give him the same loving support and encouragement that you so generously give to all of the priests who serve you.