Category Archives: Adult Faith Formation

Saturday, March 30: Ministry to the Homebound – A Two-Hour Mini Retreat at St. John

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus sends seventy-two out in pairs to do the work of His mission. Jesus sent these lay ministers out with His authority, with a mission to care for His people, especially the sick. Nothing has changed since that time. Jesus is still very much with us, and seeks to send us out with a commission to spread His love to those who need it. Ministry to the sick and homebound is a unique, intimate and beautiful one.

Sr. Evelyn Ronan will join us for a spiritual journey through this ministry, followed by an informal discussion over breakfast. If you feel called to visitation of the sick and homebound please join us for an enriching morning.

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00am in St. John Chapel

Begins Monday, March 18: “Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future” at St. John

All parishioners in the collaborative are invited to study the work of Dr. Phyllis Zagano, PhD. In her recent book, Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future, Dr. Zagano explores the tremendous growth of the permanent diaconate, and the lingering questions about women deacons. She highlights the evident need for more women in ministry and its subsequent need for careful evaluation of historical roots, contemporary ecclesiastical realities and creative future possibilities for women in the diaconate. In August 2012, Phyllis was appointed by Pope Francis to the Papal Commission for the Study of Women in the Diaconate, which convened in Rome in 2016.

The 4-session study guide for this exploration was written by Sister Donna L. Ciangio, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell and the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Mondays: March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
7:00pm at St. John in Powers Hall

Update on the Summit

Prelates attend the opening session of the meeting on the protection of minors in the church at the Vatican Feb. 21, 2019. (CNS photo/Evandro Inetti, pool)

Click below to read this update from America magazine:

Pope Francis presents 21-point “road map” to guide discussion at abuse summit

Lent 2019: Renewal

Please click here for our Collaborative Lenten program of liturgies, lectures and events.

Tuesday, February 19: Continuing the Conversation Surrounding Women in the Diaconate

Join us at 7:45pm in the St. John Parish Center Board Room – all are welcome!

Tuesday, February 12: Afternoon and Evening Activities Cancelled

Winter_Weather_CancellationsDue to the predicted storm, all afternoon and evening programs in the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative, including Adoration at St. Paul and Marian Movement (Rosary) at St. John, are cancelled. The Book Group scheduled for tonight at St. John has been postponed to Tuesday, February 19.   Please be safe!

Evening for Women: Tuesday, February 5 at 6:30pm at St. John

All women of the collaborative are invited to share in an Evening for Women event as we continue to explore Blessed is She, a year in contemplation of the Beatitudes. Laurie Jacob will join us, sharing her reflections on the impact grief ministry has had in her spiritual life. Laurie holds a Master of Theology degree from Boston College and is a certified Spiritual Director. Laurie was also integral in bringing The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents (a one-day spiritual retreat) to our collaborative. Laurie offers a powerful message of hope found in the resurrection of Jesus Christ.

Please bring a dish to share and gather at St. John in Powers Hall at 6:30pm. Chapel reflection begins at 6:45pm, after which we will break bread together.

Marian Movement Cancelled Tonight

Winter_Weather_CancellationsDue to continuing weather concerns, Marian Movement  (Rosary) is cancelled this evening.

Tuesday, January 15 at 6pm: “The Future of Women Deacons” (LIVESTREAM in St. John Powers Hall)

The Future of Women Deacons
Views from the Papal Commission and American Pews
All are invited to join us on Tuesday evening at 6:00pm in Powers Hall to watch the livestream of this panel discussion at Fordham University. At this symposium on women deacons past, present, and future, two members of the Papal Study Commission on the Diaconate of Women will speak publicly for the first time since Pope Francis created the commission in 2016. They will be joined by an American woman religious who has done research on how women deacons would be received in U.S. parishes. The speakers will be:

  • Commission member Dr. Phyllis Zagano, senior research associate-in-residence at Hofstra University and author of several books on women deacons
  • Commission member Fr. Bernard Pottier, S.J., faculty member at the Institute D’Etudes Théologiques in Brussels
  • Sr. Donna Cangio, O.P., Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark and Principal and Founder of Church Leadership Consultation

Fr. Thomas Rosica, C.S.B., President of Salt & Light Media, will moderate.

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, January 12

The St. John- St. Paul Collaborative and The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents invite you to a one day spiritual retreat for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

Saturday, January 12 from 9:30am to 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Parish

9 Glen Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

Pre-Registration Required – register at: 
$25/person or $40/couple (Registration fee includes three meals and all retreat materials)
Ample free parking
Scholarships are available

For more information, call Diane, Paul’s Mother at 617.542.8057 or email: