Evening for Women – Tuesday, March 3 at 6pm at St. John (Powers Hall)


Our Lenten Path, so familiar – yet always NEW! What does our loving Christ want to make new in our lives??

All women of the collaborative are warmly invited to An Evening for Women. This year we are exploring the topic Women Called to Be. As we continue to discern God’s call in varied ways, this month we will turn our eyes and hearts toward our Lenten Path with Sr. Evelyn Ronan.

Bring a dish to share for our potluck gathering! This evening is also a wonderful opportunity to invite a friend or neighbor to come along!

Adult Faith Enrichment Speaker Series: “Living Lent with Laudato Si” – Tuesday, February 25 at 7:00pm at St. John (Powers Hall)

Pope Francis’ far-reaching encyclical, Laudato Si: Care for Our Common Home, challenges us in 2020 more than ever before.  In our presentation, we will explore traditional Lenten practices of prayer, fasting, and conversion of heart as we listen to and respond to the “cry of the Earth and the cry of the poor.”  Learn how you and your parish can join a movement to protect Our Common Home and all who live there.

Presenter: Fran Ludwig, Chair of the Boston Catholic Climate Movement, Leader of Lexington Catholic Community Faith and Environment Group, and BC Alumni for Climate Justice.

Ash Wednesday, February 26

7:00am Mass at St. John (Upper Church)
9:00am Mass at St. Paul
9:00am Mass at St. John (with Saint John School – all welcome!)
12:00pm Mass at St. John
2:10pm Ash Service at St. Paul (with St. Paul Religous Ed – all welcome!)
5:30pm Mass at St. John
7:00pm Mass at St. Paul

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has a rich, full schedule of Lenten programs, liturgies, and events – click here for more information: Lent 2020  Please join us on this Lenten journey!

Saint John School Announcement

Saint John School is happy to announce that Mr. Robert Fanning will be joining us as our Interim Principal for the remainder of the 2019 – 2020 school year.  Bob is a seasoned educator with a breadth of administrative experience across all grade levels, most recently at Westwood High School, where he ran the Special Education program for many years.  In Westwood, Bob was known for his integrity, and for the many hours that he dedicated to his job.  Among Bob’s other strengths are the ability to work collaboratively with both faculty and parents. In addition, Bob is actively involved with St. Thecla’s Parish in Pembroke and Holy Family Parish in Duxbury, where he is a religious education teacher and a member of the Parish Pastoral Council. Bob’s first day at Saint John School will be Monday, February 24.

Attention Young Actors – Help “Perform” the Passion Play on Palm Sunday!

Passion PlaySeeking Actors/Actresses in Grade 3 and older to help “perform” the Passion Play at the 9:00am Family Mass on Palm Sunday, April 5. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, April 4 from 9:00am- 12:00pm is required/mandatory. Confirmation candidates earn 5 hours of community service credit. Please contact Maria Wardwell (781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org) for information and registration.

Attention Young Singers! Easter Choir Rehearsals Begin March 8!

Music_Youth Choir LogoChildren in grades 1-8 are invited to participate in the St. John’s Easter Youth Choir. High School Assistants are welcome. There are 5 rehearsals: 3/8, 3/15, 3/22, 3/29 and 4/5, from 10:50-11:50am in the Chapel. The children will sing at the 9:00am Family Mass on Easter Sunday, April 12. Sign up and first rehearsal is March 8 and registration closes March 15. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org.

Lent 2020 Small Group Program: “With Jesus to the Cross” – Groups Begin Week of February 23

God’s plea is straightforward and simple: He wants you close to him. He yearns for you as a father or mother longs for a lost child. God is asking you to stop what you normally do and take the time this Lent to discover what He means in your life and what He could mean.

This year, the centerpiece of our Collaborative Lenten journey is a 7-week small group program from Evangelical Catholic – With Jesus to the Cross – that will help you seek Him as He is seeking you. 

The weekly sessions use the Sunday Mass readings for Lent to help you enter into the mystery of Christ’s life, suffering, and resurrection, the source of our salvation. Each group is facilitated by a trained leader; participants will receive a guidebook at their first meeting, and will spend an hour or so in discussion and prayer each week with their group.  A group of volunteers from our Collaborative have undertaken a 6-month program of weekly formation and training to become small group facilitators, enabling us to offer a wide variety of small group options. Click HERE to view the group options/schedules and to register. All sessions begin the week of February 23.

If you have never taken part in a small group before we encourage you to give this program a try! If you have any questions, please contact Anne Mears at anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org or 781-235-1060 or Kelly Meraw at kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org or 781-235-0045.

Listen to Fr. Hehir’s Talk: “The Gospel of the Incarnation”

You can now listen to Fr. Hehir’s recent talk on “The Gospel of the Incarnation”  on our Podcasts page – be sure to check out past talks and lectures while you’re there!

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance at St. Paul – Friday, February 7

Father-Daughter-DanceFathers, Father-figures and special friends are invited to bring their daughters (of any age) to spend quality time with each other and experience an evening of dance and fun!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th 6:30-9pm


Tickets are $25 for two, max $30 per family.

*Tickets will be sold at the door or you can get them in advance after the 9am Mass at St. Pauls on Sunday, January 26th & February 2nd

For more information or to help with the event contact:  Eric Laplaca at 617-365-5063 or laplacaericw@gmail.com



POWIR Update: A Heartfelt Thank You!

News from the SJSP POWIR team! It is with great joy that we share with you that both our Honduran and Congolese refugee families are employed and financially self-sufficient. It was the families’ hard work along with the unbelievable efforts of Catholic Charities, our SJSP partnership and the abundant generosity of individual parishioners that this was achieved. The refugee families shared Thanksgiving and Christmas welcomed by warm members of our faith community. They were showered with Christmas gifts, including a brand new smart TV that is helping to expand their language acquisition.

The POWIR team wishes to extend a heartfelt thank you to each and every one of you who helped in every necessary and impactful way! Self-sufficiency is always the goal of POWIR and the speed with which this happened is a testament to the support of so many people.

Continuing our partnership with Catholic Charities we were also able to assist a newly arrived single mother with her first month’s rent in January.

We will continue to work with Catholic Charities in assessing our ongoing support options and look forward to sharing news as we continue this important work.

If you are interested in getting involved in the SJSP POWIR group, please contact: kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org