Category Archives: Adult Faith Formation

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:

Bible Study: Letters from Prison – Begins Thursday, November 29

All are welcome to share in a study of God’s Holy Word.  In his letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians, Paul shares his encouragement, correction and instruction.  While imprisoned in Rome for his faith in  Jesus Christ, Paul calls the communities to rejoice even while difficulty and trial surround. His message could not be more relevant today.  Study materials are available for purchase ($16) through the Collaborative.
Please email: to enroll and purchase study set. 

Full Schedule: 
November 29 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 6 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 13 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 20 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
January 3 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
January 10 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 17 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 24 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 31 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
February 7 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

Seasons of Hope – A Faith Sharing Group for Those Who Mourn

A unique Christ-centered support group for the bereaved will be offered in the Collaborative starting on Thursday, November 8. For more information, please pick up a brochure at the back of the church or email Laurie Jacob or call her at 339.222.0335.

Where Are You on Your Faith Journey?

RCIA is the Rite of Christian Initiation of Adults. It the process by which adults enter full communion with our Church, through the sacraments of Initiation: Baptism, Confirmation, and Eucharist (Communion). RCIA can help you along your faith journey if:

  • You want to join the Church, and have never been baptized.
  • You have been baptized in another Christian faith tradition, but want to join the Catholic Church.
  •  You have been baptized in the Catholic Church, but never had your First Communion or Confirmation.

If any of these describes your current situation and you seek full membership in the Catholic faith family, consider joining our Collaborative RCIA program. We meet weekly throughout the school year, with culmination in the celebration of the Rites of Initiation at the Easter Vigil in spring. RCIA begins in the autumn with a no-obligation period of exploration and discernment.
If you think RCIA might be for you, contact either parish office by phone, or email We’d love to hear from you!

Let’s Share God’s Word Together!

The Collaborative Faith Enrichment Team is offering a summer course on the Gospel of Mark. Our 10 sessions use the Little Rock Scripture Study program. Meetings will alternate between parish locations.

Monday, August 13, 7:00pm in St. John Powers Hall

Join us this summer in praying over God’s Holy Word as we study Christ’s earthly ministry. For more information or to enroll, contact

“Evening for Women” – Tuesday, May 8 at 6:30pm at St. John

All women of the collaborative are invited to attend the last meeting of the year on Tuesday, May 8th. In recognition of the church’s May devotion to the Blessed Virgin Mary, we are delighted that Fr. Jim Laughlin will offer Mass in the St. John chapel at 6:45pm. Mass will be followed by a pot luck supper, so please bring your favorite Spring recipe, and a friend! We will gather in Powers Hall at St. John’s at 6:30pm. Hope you will join us!

Please note that this is a week later than usual due to Confirmation.

Adult Faith Formation Opportunity: “Pope Francis and the American Church” at Boston College

Thursday, April 26, 2018 from 6:30-8pm
Boston College 
McGuinn Hall 121

Upon the election of Cardinal Jorge Mario Bergoglio to the Chair of Peter in 2013, the Catholic Church received its first Jesuit pope and its first ever pope from the Southern Hemisphere. This year Pope Francis celebrates the fifth anniversary of his election. A distinguished panel, including Fr. Bryan Hehir, will discuss the trajectory of those five years and how Francis has engaged with, connected to, and changed the American Church, as well as what the future holds for his papacy and the American Catholic faithful.

Free and open to the public. The Boisi Center for Religion and American Public Life, co-sponsored with the Organization of Latin American Affairs. For more information, please


New Bible Study Group Begins Thursday, April 26 at St. Paul

David Horn will lead a study of The Acts of the Apostles. The group will meet for four sessions, starting on Thursday, April 26, from 7:00 to 8:30pm, in the St. Paul Parish Hall.  Please bring a New Testament. Everyone is welcome!

Thank You from Kay Kociuba

I would like to thank Fr. Jim, Fr. Robert, Msgr. Lind and past and present staff of our Collaborative for their support during our years of working together. Thank you to everyone in the community for the outpouring of love and support over these past few weeks. I will miss you all but hope to be back to visit soon. In the meantime I will hold the people of St. Paul’s and St. John’s in my heart as I continue my journey with the Lord. Be assured of my love and prayers. Kay

(Please note that Kay provided a critical role to St. Paul Parish and the vacancy she leaves behind will not be an easy one to fill. We will take the next few months to discern how best to fill this position and we ask for your patience and prayers as we do so.)