SJSP Catholic Collaborative

In June of 2015,  St. John the Evangelist Parish and St. Paul Parish were joined in the St. John – St. Paul Catholic Collaborative, through the Disciples in Mission pastoral plan for the Archdiocese of Boston.

Collaborative News and Announcements

Rev. Arthur MacKayParochial Vicar

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

It 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 ...
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Religious Ed Grade 6 “Summer Blast” Program: June 21 – 23

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, ...
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Celebrating 100 Years of Our Lady of Fatima – Monday, May 8 at St. Paul Church

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 4:00pm Rosary 5:00pm Talk on Fatima 6:00pm Adoration and Benediction 7:00pm Mass 9:00pm Closing Prayer ...
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Divine Mercy Sunday

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 ...
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Holy Week at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

HOLY THURSDAY, April 13 Morning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation 9:00am at St. Paul Mass of the Lord’s Supper 7:30pm at St. John followed by Adoration 7:30pm at St. Paul followed by Adoration GOOD FRIDAY, April 14 Morning Prayer followed by the Sacrament of Reconciliation 9:00am at St. Paul Walk with the Cross 12:00pm at St. John (Led by Religious Education – all welcome!) Living Way of the Cross 12:00pm at St. Paul (with Religious Education – all welcome!) Stations of the Cross 3:00pm at St. John Celebration of the Lord’s Passion 3:00pm at St. Paul 7:30pm at ...
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Tuesday, April 4 at St. John – Evening for Women

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 ...
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Monday, March 27 at St. John: Lenten Lecture Series with Donna Maria Ticchi

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 ...
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Monday, March 20 at St. Paul Church: Lenten Lecture Series with Fr. Arthur MacKay

“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 ...
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Our Collaborative Lenten Lecture Series “Up From the Water” Continues

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 ...
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Monday, March 6: Collaborative Lenten Lecture Series with
Fr. J. Bryan Hehir

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, ...
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