Category Archives: Music

Attention Young Singers! Join the Christmas Youth Choir!

Our 19th Annual Christmas Youth Choir sign-up and first rehearsal will take place Sunday, November 3 from 10:50-11:50AM. All students in grade 1-8 are invited to participate. High School Grade 9-12 Assistants are also welcome (counts towards confirmation community service credit)! Seven rehearsals will take place on the following Sunday mornings (rehearsals do not conflict with Sunday morning Religious Education):

November 3 – 10:50-11:50am
November 10 – 10:00-11:00am
November 17 – 10:50-11:50am
November 24 – 10:50-11:50am
December 8 – 10:50-11:50am
December 15 – 10:00-11:00am
December 22 – 10:00-11:30am

Registration closes Sunday November 10.  Children will participate in the 4:00pm Family Mass Christmas Eve (3:30 candlelight procession and prelude). All rehearsals are in St. John’s Chapel.

For more information, please contact Maria Wardwell at 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org

Family Mass Musicians Starts Up Again!

Children and adults blend voice and instruments to praise the Lord and enrich our Sunday 9am Family Mass with upbeat, child-friendly, hand-clapping hymns.  During the school year, we rehearse each Sunday morning at 8:10am in the music office on the lower level of the church to prepare for that day’s 9:00 a.m. Mass (no need to commit to every Sunday), and we also prepare special liturgies for Grade Level Masses, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost.  All ages, grade 1 and older, are welcome! We are always seeking new singers and instrumentalists to join our ranks.   For more information please contact Maria Wardwell at 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org

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!

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 14. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, April 13 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 17!

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: 3/17, 3/24, 3/31, 4/7 and 4/14, from 10:50-11:50am in the Chapel. The children will sing at the 9:00am Family Mass on Easter Sunday, April 21. Sign up and first rehearsal is March 17, and registration closes March 24. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org.

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Christmas Carol Sing at St. John – Friday, December 14 at 5:30pm

Attention Young Singers! Christmas Youth Choir Sign-Up and First Rehearsal November 4

Our 18th Annual Christmas Youth Choir sign-up and first rehearsal will take place Sunday, November 4 from 10:50-11:50am. All students in grade 1-8 are invited to participate. High School (grade 9-12) Assistants are also welcome (counts towards confirmation community service credit!) Seven rehearsals will take place on the following dates and times (which do not conflict with Sunday Morning Religious Education):

November 4:  10:50-11:50am
November 18:  10:50-11:50am
*November 25:  10:00-11:00am
December 2:  10:50-11:50am
December 9:  10:50-11:50am
*December 16:  10:00-11:00am
*December 23:  10:00 – 11:00am

*Note earlier time.

Children will participate in the 5:30pm Family Mass on Christmas Eve. All rehearsals are in St. John’s Chapel. For more information, please email Maria Wardwell (or by telephone at 781-237-2148. )

Family Mass Music Starts Up Again on Sunday, September 9

Children and adults blend voice and instruments to praise the Lord and enrich our Sunday 9:00am Family Mass with upbeat, child-friendly, hand-clapping hymns. During the school year, we rehearse each Sunday morning at 8:00am in the Music Office on the lower level of the church to prepare for that day’s 9:00am Mass (no need to commit to every Sunday.) We also prepare special liturgies for Grade Level Masses, Advent, Christmas, Lent, Palm Sunday, Easter, and Pentecost. All ages, Grade 1 and older, are welcome! We are always seeking new singers and instrumentalists to join our ranks. For more information please contact Maria Wardwell at 781-237-2148 or maria.wardwell@stjohnwellesley.org

Our Collaborative Outdoor Mass – Sunday, September 30 at 11:00am

Special Collaborative Mass Schedule on the Weekend of September 29-30

Masses at St. John:
Saturday 5:oopm Vigil Mass
Sunday 7:30am Mass at St. John

Masses at St. Paul:
Saturday 4:oopm Vigil Mass
Sunday 7:30am Mass

Collaborative Outdoor Mass:
Sunday 11:00am at the Wellesley High School Football Field

Please Note: There will be no 9:00am, 11:00am, or 5:00pm Masses at either parish on Sunday, September 30.

A New Staff Position: Coordinator of Music, Liturgy and Pastoral Care

I am thrilled to announce that Kelly Meraw has been named Coordinator of Music, Liturgy and Pastoral Care for St. John the Evangelist Parish. As with all of the leadership positions within the collaborative, Kelly’s ministry will be a collaborative position but with her main focus on the St. John community.

Kelly is no stranger to us. She has had a growing role within the music ministry team at St. John as a cantor and director of the choir. She has also been working with bereaved families in preparation for funeral liturgies and with couples preparing for marriage. In her new role, she will also oversee the entire music program at the parish. She is well qualified for the position with a Master of Music Degree from McGill University. And we know already how her angelic voice helps us to lift our hearts in prayer each week at Mass.

Kelly has also felt called by God to a role in pastoral ministry for many years. Before her reception into the Catholic Church at St. Patrick’s Basilica in Montreal through the RCIA program, she contemplated a vocation as a Protestant minister. To that end, she also holds a degree from McGill in Religious Studies. She has long dreamed of bringing her ministerial skills and theological education to bear within her Catholic faith, which she so cherishes. She is most excited about her role as Coordinator of Pastoral Care at St. John. Kelly will oversee the development of adult education programs, ministry to families and will serve as liaison to the parish’s many ministries and commissions. She will also be responsible for the recruitment and training of lectors and Eucharistic Ministers. She will continue to broaden her theological education as she undertakes her new role.

Kelly is a person of deep faith and I have no doubt that she will be a tremendous asset to our parish and collaborative as we all seek to deepen our relationship with Jesus Christ through prayer, service and education. She and her husband Michael, along with their children Ava and Noah, have been deeply committed to the mission of St. John Parish for many years. How blessed are we that God has called Kelly from our own community to serve in this newly created and important ministerial role. Let’s extend a warm welcome to the newest member of our staff!

Yours in Christ,

Fr. Jim