Sunday, March 15: Church Open for Prayer 10:00am – 3:00pm

St. John the Evangelist Church will be open Sunday from 10:00am to 3:00pm for anyone who would like to visit the church for private prayer.

We will post the open hours during the coming week as soon as we have a schedule.

Updated Directives and Important Information

As you know, the Cardinal has temporarily suspended all daily and Sunday Masses and religious services in the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice. We will be able to open our churches in order that the Catholic faithful can have the opportunity to visit the church for times of prayer, and will let you know as soon as we have a schedule.  We are also working on ways we can engage in our faith, and with each other, during this difficult time. Please join our email list to receive important updates as well as information about faith opportunities and ways we can help those who are most vulnerable in our community. Join Our Email List

We ask that you please continue to support your parish during this troubling time.

Weekly donations may be mailed to the Parish (St. John the Evangelist Parish 39 Washington St. Wellesley, MA 02481)

Please consider switching to online giving, which supports your parish even when Mass attendance is disrupted. You can also use online giving to make a one-time donation.

Link to Online Giving at St. John

Other Events at the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative

In keeping with directives from the Archdiocese of Boston and the recommendations from the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative is cancelling or postponing all gatherings and non-essential activities until further notice. 

This includes Religious Education classes and eventsYouth Ministry eventssmall groups, and other meetings.

We must also suspend the use of all Collaborative facilities by outside groups, in support of the guidance of the Commonwealth and the Town of Wellesley. This includes all facilities and buildings of St. Paul Parish, St. John the Evangelist Parish, and Saint John School.

We understand that these decisions and restrictions have a significant impact and far-reaching ramifications for our community, and understand the frustration and uncertainty that is created. Please know that the practices that are being put in place, while disappointing and disruptive, are being done for the common good. We all must do our part to slow down this epidemic.

May God bless our efforts; may Christ be our model of care for others and may Mary intercede for all the sick and suffering.  – Cardinal Seán

Please continue to keep all those affected by the coronavirus, their families, and our health care workers in your prayers.

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We are working on ways we can engage in our faith, and with each other, during this difficult time. Please join our email list to receive important updates as well as information about faith opportunities and ways we can help those who are most vulnerable in our community.

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Cardinal Suspends All Daily and Sunday Masses

The announcement below, issued late this afternoon by the Cardinal, suspends all daily and Sunday Masses and religious services in the Archdiocese of Boston beginning tomorrow, Saturday, March 14 at 4:00pm, and continuing until further notice.

During the suspension, confession will continue to be available at the Collaborative by appointment. We are awaiting guidance from the Archdiocese as to whether we can offer regular confession times. We appreciate your patience, and as we continue to get updates we will share them with you.

For more detailed information on this and other directives as well as important information about activity at our parishes, please read these Updated Directives from the Archdiocese of Boston and the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative




In response to growing public concern and following Governor Baker’s Emergency Order prohibiting most gatherings of 250 or more people, Cardinal Seán P. O’Malley, OFM Cap, Archbishop of Boston, has made the decision effective immediately to temporarily suspend all daily and Sunday Masses and religious services in the Archdiocese of Boston until further notice.  This begins at 4:00pm on Saturday afternoon, March 14. In announcing this decision, the Cardinal has also issued a dispensation from the obligation to attend Mass during this time to the Catholics of the Archdiocese of Boston.

Cardinal Seán said “We live in times when many people are confused, hurt, and fearful, for many different reasons. In the midst of these challenges Jesus seeks to meet us in the same way He met the disciples on the road to Emmaus, accompanying us on the journey, calming our fears and anxieties and assuring us that He will be with us always in the gift of the Eucharist. This decision to temporarily suspend the daily and Sunday Mass is motivated by an abundance of caution and concern for those most vulnerable and the need to do our part to help limit and mitigate the spread of the illness.”

The directive to temporarily suspend the celebration of Mass applies to all Archdiocesan parishes, missions, and campus ministries until further notice. Baptism, Confirmations, weddings and funerals may proceed but attendance should be limited to only immediate family.


Cardinal Seán encourages Catholics to participate in the daily and Sunday Masses broadcast from the CatholicTV chapel.

  • Daily Mass airs live at 9:30am and is rebroadcast at 7pm and 11:30pm.
  • Sunday Masses air throughout the day at 10am, 4pm, 7pm, and 11:30pm.
  • The Sunday Spanish Mass airs live at 8am and is rebroadcast at 5:30pm and 10pm.

Viewers can watch these Masses on demand at any time at For more information about CatholicTV and where you can watch it, visit

Coffee and Donuts Cancelled

Our Sunday morning Coffee & Donuts after the Family Mass is cancelled until further notice, in keeping with the current guidance to limit non-essential gatherings.  Thank you for understanding.

Religious Education Classes Cancelled

After careful consideration, and in keeping with the recommendations from the Commonwealth to postpone, cancel, or hold virtually any discretionary events or programs, we have made the decision to cancel all Religious Education classes at St. John and St. Paul until further notice.

As you know, this is a rapidly developing situation, and our foremost concern is for the health and safety of our students, catechists, and their families. We are monitoring these developments, as well as the guidance we are receiving from the Town of Wellesley, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Archdiocese of Boston, as we evaluate our options for the remaining weeks of this session. We will continue to update you as this situation continues to develop.

Please continue to keep those affected by the coronavirus, their families, and our health care workers in your prayers.

Liturgical Directives from the Archdiocese of Boston Regarding COVID-19

The Archdiocese of Boston  Office of Worship, in consultation with local health authorities and the Archdiocesan Office of Risk Management, continues to encourage the clergy and faithful to observe necessary standard precautions to protect the health of others during this time. The best way to prevent the spread of contagious disease is to practice good hygiene, such as frequent handwashing (using hand sanitizers with 60% alcohol when soap and water are unavailable); protecting your coughs and sneezes with tissues disposed of immediately, or coughing into your elbow if tissues are not available; cleaning and disinfecting commonly used surfaces often; avoiding contact with people who are ill, if possible; and following other healthy practices of good diet, sleep and exercise.

In addition to practicing good hygiene, the Archbishop directs the following for the celebration of the Sacred Liturgy and for flu prevention:

  • The Holy Water fonts are to be drained and cleaned.
  • The distribution of the Precious Blood for the faithful is suspended, save for those who must receive from the cup due to severe cases of celiac disease. The faith of the Church teaches that Christ, whole and entire, is received even under only one species.
  • The exchange of the sign of peace is to be offered without any physical contact.

These directives will be in effect until determined otherwise by the Archbishop.

For further information, we suggest that you frequently consult these websites where up-to-the-minute authoritative information is readily available:

Center for Disease Control
MA Department of Public Health
Boston Children’s Hospital

2020 Lenten Gift: Our POWIR Ministry Fund

Special Collection March 28-29

Each year, in preparing for Lent, we reach out as a community to one particular place of suffering, amid so many in the world, through our Collaborative Lenten Gift.  In the parable of the Good Samaritan, Jesus reminds us not only that we must love our neighbors – without boundaries – but that our love must be manifest in action. This year, our Collaborative Lenten Gift will help us manifest our love into action by establishing a St. John-St. Paul POWIR Ministry Fund to support our ongoing immigrant and refugee resettlement work in partnership with Catholic Charities Boston.  POWIR (Parishes Organized to Welcome Immigrants and Refugees) programs have helped thousands of refugee clients find places to live, make friends, learn English, find work, receive pro bono legal counsel and medical services, and achieve social integration. Throughout Lent, in the bulletin and on the websites, we will share the POWIR story with you as we prepare for our collaborative-wide Special Collection on March 28-29.  Click HERE to make an online donation today!

Our gift will allow each of us to share in easing the suffering and to answer Lent’s clarion call to love extravagantly.

2020 Catholic Appeal: “Let’s Live Our Faith Together”

This month, in every parish across the Archdiocese, Cardinal Seán calls on us to support the annual Catholic Appeal. The success of the Appeal is vital in funding the 51 central ministries that provide assistance to our parishes, schools, and communities in a variety of ways. This is our Church, and when you support the Appeal, you support us. Every gift, regardless of the size, is meaningful – please take a moment to watch the 2020 Catholic Appeal video to see how your gift can make an impact.  Thank you for your generosity and support of the 2020 Catholic Appeal.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner CANCELLED

We are disappointed to announce that out of an abundance of caution we will not be holding the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Paul on March 14.  We thank everyone for their efforts to date and look forward to next year. If you have already purchased tickets, please send an email to so that we can provide you a refund.