Category Archives: Music

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

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, March 25. Attendance at one rehearsal on Saturday, March 24 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.

Attention Young Singers! Easter Choir Rehearsals Begin March 4!

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 4 rehearsals: 3/4, 3/11, 3/18, and 3/25 at 10:50-11:50am in the Chapel. The children will sing at the 9:00am Family Mass on Easter Sunday, April 1. Sign up and first rehearsal is March 4, and registration closes March 11. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or

Attention Young Singers! Christmas Youth Choir Rehearsals Will Begin October 29

Music_Youth Choir LogoOur 17th Annual Christmas Youth Choir sign-up and first rehearsal will take place Sunday, October 29 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:

October 29:  10:50-11:50am
November 5:  10:50-11:50am
*November 12:  10:00-11:00am
November 19:  10:50-11:50am
December 3:  10:50-11:50am
December 10:  10:50-11:50am
*December 17:  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. )


Parish Choir News – First Rehearsal on Sunday, October 1

The Parish Choir of St. John’s Music will hold its first rehearsal Sunday, October 1 at 9:30am in the Music Office adjacent to Powers Hall. We welcome and encourage singers of high school age and up to join with us. No audition is required only your willingness to participate in the joy of singing. The Parish Choir participates weekly in the 11:00am Sunday liturgies. Weekly rehearsals are held on Wednesday evenings, 7-8:30pm. For those unable to commit to a weekly schedule of rehearsals and weekend liturgies please consider our FIRST SUNDAY CHOIR program. For that you can join with us on the first Sunday of each month for the Sunday morning rehearsal (9:30am) where we learn an easily singable piece to be sung at the 11am liturgy that morning. Coffee, juice and tasty breakfast treats are provided. Come join us and get into the “sing” of things!

Diana Doyle to Perform at CatholicTV Telethon

On Friday, September 15 and Saturday, September 16, the CatholicTV Network will hold its 26th Telethon, featuring a musical performance by St. John cantor, Diana Doyle, with Todd Gordon.

Doyle and Gordon’s performance will air on Friday, September 15 at 1pm ET (time subject to change). CatholicTV is available on cableCatholicTVLIVE.comRoku, Apple TV, or your mobile device.

The Telethon is CatholicTV’s most important fundraiser to support its ministry of providing programming that inspires and educates Catholics in the United States and around the world. In addition to the performance by Doyle and Gordon, this year’s Telethon will feature other live entertainment, highlights from CatholicTV’s most popular shows, and special guest appearances.

Music Changes at St. John

With the recent departure of Chris Holownia, we are left with a vacancy at both the Sunday 9:00am Family Mass as well as the Sunday 5:00pm Mass.  In the short-term we will have Larry Carson, St. John Music Director, play at the Sunday 9am Mass on September 3.  Anne Mears will play all other Sunday 9am Masses until October. Anne will also play at the Sunday 5pm Masses when they begin in the September. Anne Mears is a member of our Collaborative and has been directing and playing liturgical music for  many years in the UK and here in Wellesley for the last 17 years, working with the High School Music Group at St. Paul Parish and formerly with St. Paul School. She looks forward to working and worshiping with the   St. John community while also continuing her work with the High School Music Group at St. Paul Parish.

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

Attention Young Singers! Sunday is the Last Chance to Sign Up!

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: 3/12, 3/19, 3/26, 4/2 and 4/9 at 10:50-11:50 a.m. in the Chapel. The children will sing at the 9:00 a.m. Family Mass on Easter Sunday, April 16, 2017. Sign up and first rehearsal is March 12, and registration closes March 19. For more information and to register call Maria Wardwell 781-237-2148 or