Category Archives: Family Mass

“Polar Express” Family Movie Night – Friday, December 15

Join us as we get in the Christmas spirit on Friday, December 15 from 6:00-8:30pm in Powers Hall! Watch the Polar Express on the big screen under the lights of the Christmas tree. Hot Cocoa and snacks will be served. Feel free to wear pajamas and bring sleeping bags or blankets!

To help us plan for the event, please click the button to the left to let us know that you will be coming.

Thanksgiving Mass for the Collaborative – Wednesday, November 22 at 7:00PM at St. Paul Church

Give_ThanksThis year our main Thanksgiving Mass for the Collaborative will be at 7:00pm on Wednesday, the eve of Thanksgiving at St. Paul Church, and will feature the combined choirs of St. Paul and St. John Parishes. Please join us! Thanksgiving Day will be the regular weekday Mass schedule: 7:00am at St. John and 9:00am at St. Paul.

God bless you, and keep you, and walk beside you, at Thanksgiving…  and always.

Our Family Mass Program Resumes this Sunday, September 10

Family Mass_AltarWith the return of our regular Mass Schedule, our Family Mass Program also returns from summer vacation. What does that mean? It means our music, readings, & homilies will be geared towards families with young children. There are also a lot of helpers – families and children bringing up the gifts to the celebrant, children helping with the collection baskets, parent lectors. If you think you or your child would enjoy helping during the Family Mass – we’d love to have your help! Please contact our Family Mass Coordinator, Chrissy Cassa.

And, yes, right after the Family Mass there is our Donut & Coffee Social Hour downstairs in Powers Hall. Please consider helping one Sunday this year. It’s easy – everything is delivered to the church you just need to set-up and clean-up. The kids love to help out! Please contact our Family Mass Coordinator, Chrissy Cassa.

Save the Date! Sunday, September 17


Sunday, September 17
10:00am – 12:00pm

St. John Parking Lot

More information to come!  To volunteer, please email: Chrissy Cassa

Please join us this Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am for a special Family Mass and Reception for Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Chris’ last Sunday as Music Director for the Family Mass will be August 13, but please join us for a special Family Mass on Sunday, July 23 at 9:00am. There will be a special farewell reception for Chris in Powers Hall following Mass.


A Letter from Chris Holownia, Family Mass Music Director

Dear St. John’s Parishioners:

After a long period of discernment, I have decided to pursue a religious vocation to the Jesuits and will enter their novitiate at St. Andrew Hall in Syracuse, NY this coming August.  This announcement is bittersweet, as I have been a member of the St. John Parish community since I was in elementary school and will miss my colleagues, friends, and fellow Family Mass Musicians tremendously. I am both excited and nervous to begin this next chapter of my life, and saying farewell is quite difficult.

I owe a huge debt of gratitude to everyone who has helped to make my experience here such a positive one over the past 10 years: thank you for welcoming me, challenging me, supporting me, and trusting me as I learned the ropes. St. John’s is a special place, and I am proud to call myself a member of this great faith community.  Please know that I will cherish my time here for the rest of my life, bringing my career at St. John’s forward with me wherever I go, and I promise to come back to visit whenever I can!

Chris Holownia

Our Family Mass Program is on Summer Vacation!

Beginning Sunday, June 25, the 9:00am Mass will be a regular liturgy until the Family Mass returns in September with child-focused  homilies and Donuts & Coffee.

Thank you so much to all the families who volunteered this year for Donuts & Coffee set-up and clean-up. This time after Mass is a wonderful source of community and connection, and the help from our volunteers is greatly appreciated.

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 9. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, April 8 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 for information and registration.

Family Mass Coffee & Donuts

coffee_&_donuts_DDDonuts & Coffee will be on break for the holidays after December 18th and will resume on January 8th. Thank you to all the families who have volunteered to host the donuts since September:  Alexander Family, Barrett Family, Cassa Family, Gibbons Family, Hill Family, Loftus Family, McDonough Family, Meraw Family, Montague Family, Morales Family, O’Boyle Family, Shortsleeve Family, Songer Family, Rubio Family.

2016 Collaborative Christmas Mass Schedule

Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses
Church* and School Hall
*Simulcast in Powers Hall (Lower Church)
5:30 pm Mass
Family Mass with Youth Choir
10:00 pm Mass
9:30 Prelude and Carol Sing
Christmas Day
10:30 am Mass

10:00 Prelude and Carol Sing


Christmas Eve
4:00 pm Masses
in the Church and Parish Hall
6:00 pm Mass

with Children’s Pageant and Choir
8:00 pm Mass
7:30 pm Carols with Adult Choir
12:00 Midnight Mass
11:30 Carols with Youth Music Group

Christmas Day
11:00am Mass

10:30 pm Carols with Adult Choir

Thanksgiving Day Mass for the Collaborative – 9:00am at St. John Church

Give_ThanksThis year our Thanksgiving Mass for the SJSP Collaborative will be at St. John Church at 9:00am on Thanksgiving morning. Please join us!
God bless you, and keep you, and walk beside you, at Thanksgiving…  and always.