Category Archives: Lent

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.

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!

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 or 781-235-1060 or Kelly Meraw at or 781-235-0045.

Holy Week and Easter 2019








7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Adoration until midnight
St. John Church


3:00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. Paul Church
7:30pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. John Church


8:00pm Mass of the Easter Vigil
St. Paul Church


7:30am Mass at St. John Church
7:30am Mass at St. Paul Church
9:00am Family Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
9:00am Family Mass at St. Paul Church
(with simulcast in Parish Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Church
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Parish Hall
There is no Sunday 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday

12:00pm Walk with the Cross at St. John Church
(led by St. John Religious Education – all welcome!)
12:00pm Living Way of the Cross at St. Paul Church
(with St. Paul Religious Education – all welcome!)
3:00pm Stations of the Cross at St. John Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation
on Holy Saturday

10:00am – 12:00pm St. John Chapel

Easter Flowers and Music

easter flowersWould you like to make a donation towards our Easter flowers or Easter music in memory of a loved one during this holy season? If so, you may make a donation using an offertory envelope, the collection basket, online via WeShare, or by dropping your donation off at the Parish Office or in the mail. Please make sure to include the name(s) of those you want remembered in this special way. The deadline for submissions is Monday, April 8. Thank you!

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

Ash Wednesday, March 6

Lenten CrossPlease see “Upcoming Events” for the complete Ash Wednesday schedule for the Collaborative. 
The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative has a rich, full schedule of Lenten liturgies, programs and events – click here for more information: Lent 2019  Please join us on this Lenten journey!

Lent 2019: Renewal

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

Today is Easter Sunday, April 1

White Flower near Christian CrossThis is the day the Lord has made; let us rejoice and be glad. PS 118:24
7:30am Mass at St. John (Upper Church)
9:00am Family Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John (Upper Church with simulcast in Powers Hall)

Please note: There is no 5:00pm Mass on Easter Sunday.

Today is Holy Saturday, March 31

Holy Saturday_Easter VigilMass of the Easter Vigil
8:00pm at St. John
8:00pm at St. Paul

Like a deer that longs for running streams, my soul longs for you, my God. PS 42-2