2019 Christmas Mass Schedule

St. John Church
Christmas Eve
4:00pm Family Mass* 3:30pm Youth Choir Prelude and Carols
(simulcast downstairs in Powers Hall)

4:00pm Mass in Philbin Hall (Saint John School Hall)
6:00pm Mass*
10:00pm Mass 9:30pm Choir Prelude and Carols
 Christmas Day
 10:30am  Mass 10:00am Choir Prelude and Carols

The Family Mass is now at 4:00pm 
There is a new Mass time of 6:00pm

St. Paul Church
Christmas Eve
4:00pm Masses (Church and Parish Hall)
6:00pm Family Mass Children’s Choir and Pageant
8:00pm Mass 7:30pm Choir Prelude and Carols
12:00 Midnight Mass 11:30pm Youth Music Group Prelude and Carols
Christmas Day
11:00am Mass 10:30am Choir Prelude and Carols

NEW DATE! “The Gospel of the Incarnation” with Fr. Hehir – Tuesday, January 21 at 7pm at St. John

Please join us in Powers Hall on Tuesday evening, January 21 at 7:00pm for an evening of reflection on The Gospel According to St. John with Fr. Bryan Hehir.


A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family from Chris Holownia

The Gospel message of Christmas is one of peace, joy, glory, and love. And yet today, on the Feast of the Holy Family, we are faced with the reality of the world into which our Lord Jesus Christ is born, a world of danger, treachery, and terror.

In the lectionary for today, the Gospel for today skips over an important piece that is difficult to hear… Click to here for the full reflection.

Laudato Si’ Reading Group at St. John – Begins Thursday, January 30

Are you concerned about the environment? Is there a helpful Catholic response to climate change? How are the poor affected by what is happening to the earth, our common home? If you think about these questions, or if you just want to read and discuss a hopeful and challenging little book, join our Pastoral Care intern, Leo Racine, and other members of the Collaborative in an enlightening three-week study of Pope Francis’ 2015 encyclicalLaudato Si’: On the Care for Our Common Home”.

The group will meet on three Thursday eveningsJanuary 30, February 6 and February 13 from 7:00 to 8:00pm at St. John in the Parish Center Boardroom.

Contact Leo at racine@bc.edu for more information and to register.

A Visit from Chris Holownia – This Sunday, December 29

Chris Holownia, our Jesuit seminarian, will be home and joining us for both the 9:00am and 11:00am Masses this Sunday, December 29! He will joyfully accompany both choirs on the piano and also say a few words after the homily about his current placement at Loyola University of Chicago, where he has been assigned for “First Studies.” Please plan to attend one of these Masses and say hello to Chris!

Wednesday, January 1: Solemnity of Mary the Mother of God – A Holy Day of Obligation

Mary_DevotionShe brought forth into the world eternal light, Jesus Christ our Lord.
7:00am at St. John
(Upper Church)
9:00am at St. Paul
12:00pm at St. John

Sacrament of Reconciliation on Christmas Eve

Come for this special gift of Confession – there is no better way to prepare for Christmas!
Tuesday, December 24
10:00am – 12:00pm
St. John Church, Lower Chapel

Tonight’s Reflection with Fr. Hehir is CANCELLED

Due to the storm and the forecast for continued snow and ice this evening, tonight’s reflection on The Gospel According to St. John with Fr. Bryan Hehir is CANCELLED. 

We will reschedule in January – stay tuned for a new date!

“Christmas Wish” Thank You!

Thank you to all our parishioners who gave so generously to our 2019 Christmas Wish Program. Our parishioners stuffed mailings, entered data, shopped, sponsored, donated and finally checked that every child had their special wish fulfilled. This truly is a magical program, which will make the lives of over 300 children significantly brighter this Christmas. We extend our prayerful gratitude to all who enabled us to carry out this wonderful outreach program again this year.  Blessings to your families this Christmas!







Left: Long-time Christmas Wish drivers, Bill Logan & Steve Dufour.
Right: Organizing elves with all of our donations!

Saint John School Scholarship Fundraiser

The Saint John School is hosting an online silent auction to reserve the third row pew (seats 8 people) and a parking spot at the 4:00pm Family Mass on Christmas Eve at St. John the Evangelist Church. This is a great opportunity to hold a spot for a larger family, or for 2 families to share the pew and bid together. All proceeds will go toward Saint John School scholarships benefiting Saint John School families in need of tuition assistance. To bid for the pew and parking spot, please go online:  www.saintjohnschool.net

The online bidding will cease at 5pm on Sunday, December 22.
Thank you for all of your support and Merry Christmas from Saint John School!