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


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 how ...
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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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St. Patrick’s Day Dinner – Friday, March 17 at 6:00pm
at St. Paul

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 ...
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Women’s Lenten Prayer Breakfast – Saturday,
March 11 at 9:00am at
St. Paul

All women of the Collaborative are encouraged to join us for this special morning! 9:00am Mass 9:30am Coffee & Refreshments 10:00am Speaker: Mary Ann McLaughlin (Director of the Office of Spiritual Life Archdiocese of Boston) ...
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Collaborative Lenten Lecture Series

Our Collaborative Lenten Lecture Series, focusing on our Lenten theme of "Up From the Water" (Mt. 3:16) begins on Monday, March 6. Join us Monday evenings at 7:30PM - please note the date and location for each lecture. *PLEASE NOTE: THE ORDER OF THE LECTURES HAS CHANGED FROM THE ORIGINAL SCHEDULE IN THE LENTEN MAILING. MARCH 6: FR. J. BRYAN HEHIR St. John Church "Reconciliation: Confession (sacred) and Civil Society (secular)" MARCH 13: NO LENTEN LECTURE TONIGHT Fr. Connelly's lecture will be rescheduled for later this spring. MARCH 20: FR. ARTHUR MACKAY St. Paul Church "Breathing Under Water – Spiritual ...
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Don’t Give Up Chocolate this Lent!

Lent begins on Wednesday, March 1, and the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has a rich, full schedule of liturgies, lectures, and programs planned. Here are two programs to consider as you plan your own Lenten journey! WHY CATHOLIC? Join a six week faith sharing group for Lent. Why Catholic? offers a concrete approach to help us deepen our Catholic faith and connect its teachings to our everyday lives. Our book, Believe: Profession of Faith, explores the basic tenets of our faith and offers insight into the Apostles’ Creed. Morning and evening sessions available, beginning the first week of March. ...
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Youth Group “Blades and Burritos” Outing Postponed

Due to the storm, the St. Paul Youth Group "Blades and Burritos" outing is postponed - rescheduling for Sunday, February 26 ...
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New Collaborative Bulletin Format Begins February 11-12

Beginning next week (February 11-12), at the recommendation of the Collaborative Pastoral Council, the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative will issue one common bulletin. Each week, parishioners from both parishes will now see both collaborative news and news from each parish. Please click HERE to read Fr. Jim's letter about our new Collaborative Bulletin format. ...
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