Join us for an hour of prayer and reflection
Sunday, April 28, 2:00pm
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.
May the joy and hope of this Easter Season be yours in abundance. And may the peace of the Risen Christ be with you always!
“Hosanna to the Son of David;
blessed is he who comes in the name of the Lord;
hosanna in the highest.”
The Parish Offices will be closing early today, at 10:15am, to allow the staff to attend this morning’s Funeral Mass at St. Paul Church for Tony Cirella, husband of St. Paul Music Director, Mary Lee Cirella.
The Collaborative Offices at 39 Washington St. will be open in the afternoon from 1:00 – 4:00pm, and you can always reach that office by calling either parish phone number (St. Paul 781-235-1060 or St. John 781-235-0045.)
Saturday, April 6, 2019
Our Commonwealth is facing an issue that holds significant moral implications for all citizens. At this time there are two bills (HB 3320 and SB 1209) proposed in the Massachusetts legislature which have extreme consequences for the protection of life. These bills have been described as a means of protecting the provisions of the Supreme Court’s 1973 decision in Roe v. Wade, but they go far beyond that decision and take us in dangerous directions. The bills are threatening to human life and dignity and should, in my judgement, be opposed even by those who support the Roe v. Wade decision.
The citizens of Massachusetts and their elected officials represent many faiths and also a secular position that does not embrace any particular religious tradition. I do not address the proposed legislation from a religious perspective but as an issue of human rights, in this case the right to life, as I also speak to other human rights issues such as welcoming immigrants to our country, supporting a strong social safety net for the poor and the call for racial justice. I do not seek to impose the Catholic Church’s teachings on a diverse society but wish to help build a society which protects human life from its inception to natural death.
The purpose of the proposed legislation is clear: in a time when state law may become a central focus in the larger debate about abortion, these bills seek to extend current Massachusetts law in unnecessary and unjustified ways. Specifically, the proposed legislation would produce the following consequences:
- Allow abortion in Massachusetts during all nine months of pregnancy.
- Eliminate any requirement that even late-term abortions be performed in hospitals.
- Eliminate the requirement to make efforts to care for a child who survives an attempted abortion.
- Eliminate any requirement that a pregnant minor (under 18) have any adult consent (parental or through the courts) before undergoing an abortion.
Collectively these changes have radical consequences for society. In the proposed legislation abortion is described as “any medical treatment intended to induce termination of a clinically diagnosable pregnancy except for the purpose of producing a live birth”. There are many clinical procedures which can satisfactorily be described in purely medical terms. Abortion is not one of them. While the procedure has significant clinical dimensions, there is also a human reality that deserves more adequate recognition at any stage of development. By depersonalizing the reality, the legislation dehumanizes the decision faced by women, their families and physicians.
Prior to and following the 1973 Roe v. Wade decision the Church has tried to provide care, compassion and assistance to women in crisis pregnancies. The Archdiocese of Boston today sponsors Pregnancy Help to provide spiritual and material assistance to women facing difficult choices about abortion. We also sponsor Project Rachel, a retreat program for women seeking counsel and healing after abortion.
We do not seek to judge or blame individuals, particularly women and families faced with excruciatingly difficult pregnancies. Our objective is to consider the implications of the proposed legislation, which among its provisions removes any limits to abortion in the third trimester of pregnancy. The legislation is being advocated on the basis of complex and emotionally wrenching medical cases, but the implications of these laws without limits can lead far beyond the hard cases.
The proposed legislation (HB 3320 and SB 1209) presents all citizens of the Commonwealth with a serious moral question concerning the protection of human life. Legislators, I hope, will not presume that broad support in Massachusetts for legal abortion automatically translates into willingness on the part of the public to embrace the extreme provisions of these bills. These realities deserve our serious consideration with the highest convictions of what is right and our full compassion. And the unborn children who will be most directly impacted by the proposals deserve to have their lives protected.
HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 18
7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Adoration until midnight
St. John Church
GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19
3:00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. Paul Church
7:30pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. John Church
HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 20
8:00pm Mass of the Easter Vigil
St. Paul Church
EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21
7:30am Mass at St. John Church
7:30am Mass at St. Paul Church
9:00am Family Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
9:00am Family Mass at St. Paul Church
(with simulcast in Parish Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Church
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Parish Hall
There is no Sunday 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday
Stations of the Cross on Good Friday
12:00pm Walk with the Cross at St. John Church
(led by St. John Religious Education – all welcome!)
12:00pm Living Way of the Cross at St. Paul Church
(with St. Paul Religious Education – all welcome!)
3:00pm Stations of the Cross at St. John Church
Sacrament of Reconciliation
on Holy Saturday
10:00am – 12:00pm St. John Chapel
As you know, each year in Lent we reach out as a community to one particular place of suffering, amid so many in the world, through our Collaborative Lenten Gift. This Lent, we open our eyes and hearts to the plight of those who are suffering right here in our own community – and who are so often unseen amid the abundance that surrounds us. With our Collaborative Lenten Gift, we reach out to help through our newly formed St. John-St. Paul Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.
The Society is best described by their mission statement: A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with, and service to, people in need.
The Society offers tangible assistance on a person-to-person basis through local Conferences. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society so unique. The St. John-St. Paul Conference, which was established last year by members of both parishes, has already begun this work, with outreach and home visits to individuals and families in need in our community. Our Collaborative Lenten Gift will give the Conference a sound financial base from which to provide much-needed assistance.
A Special Second Collection will be taken up at all Masses in both parishes this weekend, April 6-7, for the St. John-St. Paul Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Checks should be made payable to your parish, noting “Lenten Gift 2019” in the memo. Donations may also be made online by clicking here, or mailed to or dropped at the parish offices. We will total the gifts received from all sources and present one check to the Conference.
The three Lenten disciplines recommended by the Church are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This is our opportunity as a Collaborative to show Christ-like love for our neighbors in distress, and for each of us to answer Lent’s clarion call to love extravagantly. On behalf of the Collaborative Service Commission, we ask that you be as generous as your means will allow. Thank you.
Would you like to make a donation towards our Easter flowers or Easter music in memory of a loved one during this holy season? If so, you may make a donation using an offertory envelope, the collection basket, online via WeShare, or by dropping your donation off at the Parish Office or in the mail. Please make sure to include the name(s) of those you want remembered in this special way. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 8. Thank you!
When a fledgling nonprofit comes knocking at your door or email account, it is often looking for a check to fund staff or office space. But a new volunteer group in town is searching for something more: neighbors in need…
Please visit The Wellesley Townsman to read more…
A grand time was had by all at the annual St. Patrick’s Dinner last Saturday. The throngs were sated by a traditional Irish boiled dinner, salmon, and loads of soda bread, as well as spread of scrumptious homemade desserts and Guinness. Al MacKay’s jigs and reels wafted over the crowd, and the lovely lasses of our own Goulding School of Irish Dance, based at St John’s, stole our hearts with the culture and rhythmic step of Ireland.
Many thanks to the St. Paul Social Committee and the many volunteers who helped make the night a success. We hope to see you all next year!