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Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Continues This Weekend – November 16-17!

Each year in November, St. John’s participates in the Coats for Kids drive by Anton’s Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton’s cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need.  Please bring gently used, warm winter coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies in good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains – coats you would give to a friend (click the flyer for more details) – to the Rectory garage after Mass this weekend, November 16-17.

 

 

Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Begins This Weekend! November 9-10 and 16-17

Each year in November, St. John’s participates in the Coats for Kids drive by Anton’s Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton’s cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need.  Please bring gently used, warm winter coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies in good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains – coats you would give to a friend (click the flyer for more details) – to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 9-10 and 16-17.

 

 

Thanksgiving Dinner for Bristol Lodge

UPDATE: Thanks to your generosity, we have everything we need!  Thank you so much!

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes our commitment to prepare Thanksgiving dinner for  approximately 80 guests at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Please consider helping with this important outreach program. Volunteers are needed to provide cooked turkeys, stuffing and vegetable dishes, cranberry saucerolls, and beverages. (The turkeys and other side dishes may be cooked as early as the Tuesday prior to Thanksgiving.) The food is dropped off  on Wednesday, November 27 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm in the Saint John School parking lot.  For more details and to sign-up to help please visit our SignUp page:

The Pequeños are Coming! November 2-3, 2019

This weekend the NPH Mexico Pequeño Tour will be visiting our collaborative to share their musical choir and stories with our community, to raise awareness and support for their NPH home and family. This year, our focus will be on education and there will be a special Second Collection at all Masses to benefit the University Scholarship Program (please make checks payable to St. John with NPH noted in the memo.) Donations may also be made online.

The children who grow up at NPH come from challenging backgrounds and are living in countries where on average only 20% of eligible students attend university. In Mexico, only 36% of the population has attained at least a secondary education. The NPH University Scholarship Program can help advance young adults to the top percentiles in their countries, preparing them to become leaders and engaged, productive citizens. Their success serves as a beacon of hope and positive example of achievement for NPH students growing up. For the children at NPH, it is crucial that they believe that they are capable of succeeding despite their past. Every gift given to this project is a step towards turning a dream into reality for aspiring nurses, chefs, administrators, accountants, and doctors. Your gift helps children break the cycle of poverty for good.

Please visit our NPH USA tables after the Masses next weekend to learn about supporting the University Scholarship Program or text Wellesley to 41444 to donate to the campaign today and help us reach our goal of five scholarships! Thank you so much for your generosity.  For more information, contact Elizabeth Caletka at (617) 206-4942 or ecaletka@nphusa.org.

Christmas Wish 2019

We are happy to extend an invitation to everyone in the parish collaborative to participate in this year’s St. John Christmas Wish Program. During this holiday season, we hope to grant wishes for more than 400 children! Each child receives a new outfit and a special Christmas Wish gift they have requested. These gifts will go to the youngsters in our own parishes, as well as in our sister parishes of St. Katherine Drexel in Roxbury, St. Patrick in Lowell, St. Patrick in Brockton and the Julie Family Learning Program in Boston.

You can help make Christmas Wishes come true this holiday season by: sponsoring a family or an individual child (you will be given specific instructions for purchasing clothing and gifts); donating to the program; or volunteering to shop for children who have not been matched with sponsors, using donated funds.  Please visit our Christmas Wish page to sign up to help or to make a financial donation.

Questions? Please contact Deirdre O’Kelly-Lynch (dokellylynch@mac.com) or Sarah Connolly at the Parish Office. We give our heartfelt thanks to our sponsors, donors and volunteers. Your gift will make a difference in the life of a child this Christmas.

If your family needs assistance this holiday season, you are invited to complete a confidential applicant form.

POWIR Update – How You Can Help!

As many parishioners have heard, our SJSP POWIR Group, in partnership with Catholic Charities, have begun supporting two refugee families who have been resettled in Dorchester. Chantal and her two boys, Jeremie and Emmanuel, are from the Democratic Republic of Congo and Maria and Marcos from Honduras. Generous parishioners are already reaching out to make material and financial contributions for the family.  Please prayerfully consider making your own donation to the efforts! Please visit our POWIR page to see how you can help.

Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Coming Soon! November 9-10 and 16-17

Each year in November, St. John’s participates in the Coats for Kids drive by Anton’s Cleaners, a Boston-wide coat collection campaign for children, teens, adults and babies. Anton’s cleans all the donated coats and coordinates their distribution to those in need.  Please bring gently used, warm winter coats of all sizes for children, teens, adults and babies in good quality with no rips, tears, broken zippers or permanent stains – coats you would give to a friend (click the flyer for more details) – to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 9-10 and 16-17.

 

 

Christmas Wish Committee – New Members Welcome!

Please consider joining our Christmas Wish Committee. Help bring joy to the lives of over 400 children in our own parish and the communities of Roxbury, Lowell, Boston and Brockton. Many hands are needed in this effort. Whether you have an hour to stuff envelopes, enter data or check gifts we would love to hear from you. Please contact Deirdre O’Kelly-Lynch at dokellylynch@mac.com if you are interested in being a part of this wonderful team!

POWIR Updates

As many parishioners are now aware, we are in the formative stages of a partnership with Catholic Charities to welcome a Refugee family this year. A group of over forty parishioners have committed to helping the effort in the areas of housing, pre-arrival and post-arrival needs. As we prepare for this family to arrive, our passionate volunteers have created this communication space to answer any questions that may surface throughout the process. Stay tuned here for all the exciting developments! We trust in God’s timing and purpose as we wait in anticipation of a family who could arrive from any country!

What is a refugee? A refugee is an individual or family who have been forced to leave their country in order to escape war, persecution, or natural disaster. There are currently 65.6 million persons who have been forcibly displaced worldwide.

Is the family we are welcoming here legally? Absolutely. Refugees resettled by Catholic Charities have undergone a 15-step legal process which includes interviews with the United Nations and U.S. officials, vetting, security, medical, and fingerprint screenings, and cultural orientations.

The ceiling for refugee arrivals has been set for the fiscal year 2020 at a historic low of 18,000 individuals. We ask for your prayers that we may be able to help one of these individuals as we seek ways to “welcome the stranger”.

September 25 at 6:00pm: Catholic Charities POWIR Training Session at St. John

Our Collaborative, in partnership with Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services, will be welcoming a refugee family in the coming year.  If you are interested in volunteering, please come to this training session by the expert team at Catholic Charities on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00pm in St. John’s Powers Hall.

Email kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org for more information or if you would like to help.