Friends for Good

Friends for Good is a dynamic component of the Religious Education Program designed to enable older students to put their faith into action while deepening their individual commitment as life-long disciples of Christ. The wide variety of activities and events are intended to encourage personal reflection, create a sense of community, and promote social outreach. Through camaraderie, fellowship, and good will, participants foster the mission of the Catholic faith for the benefit of themselves and their neighbors.

Who are Friends for Good?
Friends for Good are all students in Grades 7-10 enrolled in the St. John’s Religious Education Program.  They are accompanied by the St. John’s peer ministers (high school students who have completed the Confirmation program).

What do they do?
The students join together for an hour to build a united community of faith while sharing a meal and participating in a host of different activities. Activities include games, guest speakers or service projects and are usually facilitated by the peer ministers.

When do they meet?
Students meet Sunday evenings once or twice a month as designated on the Religious Education calendar, which can be viewed and printed using the links to the right.

Where do they meet?
Students gather in Philbin Hall, which is located in the lower level of
Saint John School.

Must students attend?
Friends for Good is completely voluntary, but students are strongly encouraged to participate. All are welcome, whether to attend every event or for an occasional visit. There is no fee nor is pre-registration necessary. Confirmation students in Grades 9 & 10 earn a half hour of community service for each date of attendance.

More questions? Please contact Chris Bauer at chris.bauer@stjohnwellesley.org.

Sample of Friends for Good Events

  • Create ‘Back to School’ kits for the children of the
    Cathedral of the Holy Cross Grammar School, Boston.
  • ‘Sew’ blankets for the Esther R. Sanger Center for Compassion Inc., Quincy.
  • Donate winter hats and compose messages of good will for the guests of St. Francis House, Boston.
  • Experience a ‘hunger banquet’ (Grade 10 students).
  • Design button wreath ornaments for the congregation of
    First Baptist Church, Jamaica Plain.
  • Write Christmas cards to the homebound parishioners of St. John’s.
  • Assemble congratulatory packets for new owners of greyhounds adopted from Greyhound Friends Inc., Hopkinton.
  • Paint a ‘Journey of Faith’ runner to celebrate Confirmation preparation.
  • Present and discuss impromptu skits based on the Gospel story about the Good Samaritan.