The Religious Education programs of the St. John – St. Paul Collaborative are excited to announce that last year’s “Summer Blast” program for our incoming sixth graders was extremely successful and we will be permanently offering it through our Religious Education registration process – as you may have seen as you registered your rising 6th grader. The program is offered as an alternative to help our families manage their busy schedules. Successful completion of “Summer Blast” will fulfill religious education requirements for the upcoming school year.
Now that the Wellesley School Committee has confirmed the last day of school (Tuesday, June 20) we have scheduled our Grade 6 Summer Blast from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 on Wednesday, Thursday and Friday, June 21, 22 and 23 at St. Paul School.
The curriculum will involve a variety of faith-based lessons taught in a fun, interactive environment and will include:
• Video Lessons on Morals and Values with interactive discussion
• Lessons surrounding the Jewish Ancestors in Faith – Moses & the Exodus
• Arts & Crafts
Linda Messore, Religious Ed Coordinator
St. John the Evangelist Parish
Kathy Curley, Director of Religious Ed
St. Paul Parish
St. Paul Church will host this special statue of Our Lady of Fatima, an image of the Immaculate Heart of Our Lady of Fatima as she appeared to Sr. Lúcia in Tuy, Spain. It was blessed by Pope Francis on October 23, 2013 at the conclusion of the Wednesday audience ten days after his consecration of the world to Our Lady of Fatima. Events during the day will be:
3:00pm Chaplet of Divine Mercy
5:00pm Talk on Fatima
6:00pm Adoration and Benediction
9:00pm Closing Prayer
Join us for an hour of prayer and reflection
Sunday April 23, 3:00pm
St. Paul Church
The message of The Divine Mercy is simple. It is that God loves us – all of us, and he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.
Who do you say I am? (Matthew 16:13-20)
As we prepare for Holy Week, there is no better time to consider Jesus in Scripture, and our relationship with Him in our heads, hearts and lived faith. Guiding us for this reflection will be Barbara Pyles: RN, MA Boston College School of Theology & Ministry, and St. John parishioner.
We will gather in St. John’s Powers Hall at 6:30pm, and begin the meditation program at 6:45 in the chapel. All are welcome to pray, and to take part in a wonderful opportunity to share faith and potluck. Please bring a favorite Spring dish. All women from our Collaborative are invited. We look forward to seeing you.
Art as narrative, memory, and prayer: ‘Christ Carrying the Cross’ at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum
Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm
St. John Powers Hall
Christ Carrying the Cross, painted by the Circle of Giovanni Bellini in the early years of the High Renaissance, was Isabella Stewart Gardner’s favorite painting. We’ll discuss the background of this painting and the stories it tells us. We’ll look at why the placement of this painting at her Museum was so important to Mrs. Gardner and what that reveals about faith and memory. Lastly, we’ll consider how Mrs. Gardner’s relationship with this painting demonstrates how the affective nature of art helps us to be more fully human. We’ll see how art – as a meditative tool – opens our hearts to God.
For a complete list of lectures and other Lenten programs, please click HERE.
“Breathing Underwater – The Art of Snorkeling”
Monday, March 20, 7:30pm at St. Paul Church
Fr. Arthur MacKay’s lecture continues our theme of “Up From Water.” The ancients believed water to be life giving and life taking. The divers of antiquity defied the death of going into the water for something more valuable. John the Baptist gives us a preview of facing our own death to sin to be open to a new life with the one who is mightier. The discussion will ponder snorkeling in the water of Baptism, the Ten Commandments and the Book by Fr. Richard Rohr, “Breathing Under Water” to find meaning in our Lenten spiritual journey.
Monday, March 20 at 7:30pm at St. Paul Church: FR. ARTHUR MACKAY
“Breathing Underwater – The Art of Snorkeling”
Monday, March 27 at 7:30pm at St. John Powers Hall: DONNA MARIA TICCHI
“Art as narrative, memory, and prayer: ‘Christ Carrying the Cross’ at the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum”
Monday, April 3 at 7:30pm at St. John Powers Hall: MICHAEL MERAW
“How Music Leads Us through Lent to the Joy of Easter”
Monday, April 10 at 7:30pm at St. Paul Church: FR. JIM LAUGHLIN
“When All Seemed Lost: Waiting for the Third Day”
(The audio will be available online a few days after each lecture, so please visit our Podcasts page to listen – or listen again!)
Reconciliation: Confession (sacred) and Civil Society (secular)
Monday, March 6, 7:30pm at St. John Church
In 2 Corinthians 5:18-19, St. Paul tells us, “All this is from God who through Christ reconciled us to himself and gave us the ministry of reconciliation.” The ministry of reconciliation is central to the ministry of the Church as a whole. This Lenten Lecture will explore two distinct – indeed, quite different on the surface – expressions of the ministry of reconciliation today. The first, reconciliation within the Church, through the Sacrament of Reconciliation (Confession) and what this could mean during Lent. The second, reconciliation within the wider civil society, at a time when our social fabric as a nation seems tested and threatened.
Please join us for a St. Patrick’s Day Dinner to celebrate Boston’s patron saint!
Friday, March 17 from 6:00-9:00pm at St. Paul Parish Hall
**IRISH MUSIC AND ENTERTAINMENT**
Adult Dinner Choices: Corned Beef & Cabbage with carrots, potatoes, Irish bread -OR- Salmon & Rice
Children’s Meal: Macaroni & Cheese * Beer, Wine, Water, Coffee and Dessert * Babysitting available in Lower Parish Hall
Please try to purchase your tickets in advance to help with headcount. $15 per adult; $5 children’s meal. Tickets available at St. Paul Church Rectory and after all Masses at St. Paul’s during weekends of 2/25-26; 3/4-5; and 3/11-12. For more information, to make a monetary donation, and/or to help organize and decorate, please email firstname.lastname@example.org
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All women of the Collaborative are encouraged to join us for this special morning!
9:30am Coffee & Refreshments
10:00am Speaker: Mary Ann McLaughlin
(Director of the Office of Spiritual Life Archdiocese of Boston)