Category Archives: Seasonal Initiatives

News from the Service Commission’s Seasonal Initiatives program

Thanksgiving Thank YOU!

thank-youSo many thanks to all the parishioners who contributed to the St John effort at the Bristol Lodge soup kitchen. We carved a dozen turkeys and warmed twice as many side dishes to serve at their Thanksgiving feast and the guests were so appreciative of your efforts. Many thanks for your annual support of this outreach program. Thanks, always, for making all our outreach programs
so successful.

Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection Concludes This Weekend – November 12-13

Please bring gently used, warm, winter coats to the Rectory garage after Masses this weekend, November 12-13.

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Reminder – Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Drive Starts this Weekend, November 5-6!

coats-for-kids-saint-john-poster_2016What types of coats should we bring?  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. (Please click the flyer for more details.)

When can we drop off coats? Drop off coats on the weekends of  November 5-6 and November 12-13 after all Masses.

Where do we drop off coats? In the Rectory garage (behind the church.)

Thanksgiving Dinner at Bristol Lodge

Thanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes our commitment to serve Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 100 guests at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Please consider helping with this important outreach program. Volunteers are needed to provide cooked turkeys, stuffing and vegetable dishescranberry 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 23 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm in the St. John School parking lot. Volunteers are also welcome to help serve the meal on Thanksgiving Day, Thursday, November 24, starting at 4:00pm.

For more details and to sign-up to prepare food and/or help serve, please visit our SignUp page:

Our Annual “Coats for Kids” Collection is coming up – November 5-6 and 12-13

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 to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 5-6 and 12-13.

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This Weekend: Men’s Clothing Drive for St. Francis House, June 11-12

stfrancishouse_largeThis weekend is our spring Men’s Clothing Drive for St. Francis House. Each year the drive is a huge success because of your generosity and grace. St. Francis House is the largest day shelter in New England, serving over 800 men and women on a daily basis; on average, St. Francis House distributes 250 sets of clothing to their guests each week. To help meet this ongoing need, we are collecting men’s gently-used everyday clothing.

Right now, the highest needed items include:

  • Men’s pants (especially jeans – given out on a daily basis)
  • T-shirts (extremely important – given out on a daily basis)
  • Footwear (extremely important)
  • Sweaters & Sweatshirts
  • Backpacks/duffel bags
  • Coats, hats, gloves, and scarves (larger sizes in extreme needed)
  • NEW Socks (for their Foot Clinic)

NEW THIS YEAR, we are accepting professional clothing (suits) in support of St. Francis House’s Moving Ahead Program. It is a job-skills training program that supports students with self-sufficiency and well-being to lead fulfilling lives. Professional clothing will help students with the interview process.

We hope you will take the time for a quick spring cleaning, and remember to drop off the items to our church garage on the weekend of June 11-12 from 9AM to 5PM.

Please Note: They DO NOT accept children’s clothing, used socks, or any discolored items. If you can put your items in boxes or secured bags, and label it with the general contents, it would be a great help with sorting. Thank you for your generosity!

 

“Coats for Kids” Collection Continues this Weekend – November 14-15

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 to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 7-8 and 14-15.

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Thanksgiving Dinner at Bristol Lodge

Thanksgiving DinnerThanksgiving is just around the corner, and with it comes our commitment to serve Thanksgiving dinner to approximately 100 guests at Bristol Lodge in Waltham. Please consider helping with this important outreach program. Volunteers are needed to provide cooked turkeys and vegetable dishescranberry 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 between 12:00pm and 2:00pm on Wednesday, November 25 in the St. John parking lot. Volunteers are also welcome to help serve the meal on Thursday, Thanksgiving Day, starting at 4:00pm.  For more details and to sign-up to prepare food and/or help serve, please visit our SignUp page:

“Coats for Kids” Collection – Weekends of November 7-8 and 14-15

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 to the Rectory garage after Mass on the weekends of November 7-8 and 14-15.

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This Weekend (October 17 & 18): St. Francis House Men’s Clothing Drive

stfrancishouse_largeReminder: This weekend is our new  Winter Men’s Clothing Drive for St. Francis HouseWe will be collecting men’s gently-used everyday clothing such as jeans, shirts, sweatshirts, coats, hats, and gloves as well as *new* socks for their Foot Clinic, which provides foot care and new socks to homeless clients.  Donations may be dropped off over the weekend of October 17 & 18 in the garage (behind the church) any time during the day (until 5pm.)

The items in highest demand for winter include:
• Footwear (men’s sneakers or winter boots)
• Men’s pants (especially jeans – given out on a daily basis)
• Sweaters & Sweatshirts
• Coats, hats, gloves, and scarves (Men’s coats most needed during winter)
• T-shirts (extremely important – given out on a daily basis)
New (unused and still packaged) socks & undergarments (men’s)
• Backpacks/duffel bags

They DO NOT accept children’s items or used under garments or discolored items. If you can put your items in boxes or secured bags, and label it with the general contents, it would be a great help with sorting.  Thank you for your generosity!

Questions? Please email Shilan Yeung or call 781-707-8290.