Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

Thank You from St. Francis House

Dear St. John and St. Paul Parishioners,

We at St. Francis House would like to thank you and all those who participated in the clothing drive at your Parish for the generous donations of clothing, which will help provide our guests with the vital resources they need to reclaim their dignity and rebuild their lives.

Your support means so much, and your contributions of much-needed clothing helps St. Francis House provide a broad range of life-changing services to the poor and homeless in Boston. In fact, loyal supporters like you have helped us keep our doors open for over 34 years, offering a warm welcome to as many as 500 guests each day who come through our doors seeking support. Last year our clothing department had 13,306 scheduled contacts with our guests and gave out over 50,000 articles of clothing.

For our guests, walking through those doors is an important step in their process of rebuilding their lives. Thanks to you, St. Francis House is able to continue helping guests leave homelessness behind.

Thank you for choosing to be a part of the St. Francis House community.

New Summer Evening Scripture Study at St. John Begins Thursday, July 11

Hebrews: The Nearness of King Jesus

All members of the Collaborative are warmly welcomed to join in a study of God’s Sacred Scripture this summer. The Book of Hebrews highlights both the supremacy and the approachability of our Lord Jesus Christ.

Cost: Little Rock Scripture Study books and Commentary Guides will be available for purchase at our first evening for $17.

Sessions: Thursdays, 7pm – July 11 through August 22

Location: St. John the Evangelist Parish, Powers Hall

Sunday, September 15: Our Collaborative Outdoor Mass!


Stay tuned for more details!

Fundraiser for the NPH Immersion and Service Trip to Dominican Republic

We are delighted to have a group of 11 high school students from our Collaborative who, along with their chaperones, will be travelling to the NPH Dominican Republic home in August to experience life in an NPH home and assist with service projects with the community.

This weekend, June 8-9, at all St. John Masses we will be inviting parishioners to take part in a small fundraising effort to help defray the costs to our travelers. We will explain the fundraiser at the Masses, but if you would prefer to make a contribution online, please visit our Youth Ministry NPH page to make a secure, one-time donation.

We will be keeping you up to date with our progress in preparation for the trip, during our time at the home, and when we return.

Thank you so much for your support of our young people and their journey of faith and service.

New Summer Morning Bible Study at St. Paul Begins June 12

All are  invited to join our Summer Morning Bible Study in June and July.

We shall begin where everything began – The Book of Genesis

Wednesday June 12, 19*, and 26; July 3 and 10
10:30am St. Paul Parish Hall

Books will be available at the first meeting. For more information please contact David Horn.

Stay tuned for an Evening Summer Bible Study coming in July and August!

*On the 19th we will be in the Lower Rectory Meeting Room.

Thursday, May 30 – Ascension of the Lord, a Holy Day of Obligation

Ascension Thursday
Masses for the Collaborative will be celebrated:
7:00am Mass at St. John
9:00am Mass at St. Paul
12:00pm Mass at St. John
7:00pm  Mass at St. Paul

June 1-2: Annual Men’s Clothing Drive for St. Francis House


Each spring our community comes together to support St. Francis House with a Men’s Clothing Drive, and each year the drive is a huge success because of your generosity and grace. This year’s drive will take place June 1-2.  St. Francis House serves approximately 50 clothing appointments per day (Monday-Friday) which is 250 full sets of clothing per week to their guests in need. Please join us in helping by donating clean, practical clothing. Your efforts and generosity are appreciated by the thousands who come to St. Francis House each year for a fresh pair of clothes in times of need.

MOST NEEDED ITEMS INCLUDE:

  • Men’s pants (especially jeans size 30-40)
  • T-shirts, shirts, sweaters, sweatshirts, & spring coats
  • Footwear (walking shoes and sneakers)
  • Backpacks/duffel bags/tote bags
  • Summer hats (baseball caps, beach hats)
  • NEW underwear and undershirts (in original packaging)
  • NEW socks (for their Foot Clinic)

ALSO ACCEPTED: Women’s everyday clothing

NOT ACCEPTED: Children’s clothing; used socks, underwear, and sleepwear; household items (including linens); damaged or discolored items

WHEN: Saturday, June 1 and Sunday, June 2 from 9:00AM to 5:00PM

WHERE: Drop off items at the St. John the Evangelist Church garage (behind the church)

HOW: If you can put your items in boxes or secured bags and label them with the general contents it would be a great help with sorting.

Thank you for your generosity!

If you have any questions please call the St. John (781-235-0045) or St. Paul (781-235-1060) parish office.

The Sunday 5pm Mass is on Summer Vacation!


Sunday, May 19 was the last Sunday 5pm Mass for the 2018-2019 school year.

The Sunday 5pm Mass will return in the Fall for the 2019-2020 school year.

Please visit Our Sunday 5pm Mass for more information.

Sunday, May 19: Last Sunday 5pm Mass

The Sunday 5pm Mass this Sunday, May 19 at St. John Church will be the last Sunday 5pm Mass for the 2018-2019 school year.  We will be celebrating our graduating seniors – please join us! 

The Sunday 5pm Mass will return for the 2019-2020 school year in the fall.

Please visit Our Sunday 5pm Mass for more information.

Matthew Norwood: Ordination to the Transitional Diaconate


We are pleased to announce that our seminarian, Matthew Norwood, has received his Call for Orders and will be ordained to the Transitional Diaconate on June 8, 2019 at the Cathedral of the Holy Cross in Boston. This day marks a definitive step before he is ordained to the priesthood in May of 2020.

On Sunday, June 9th, Matthew will serve as a Deacon for the first time and preach the homily at the St. Paul 9:00am Family Mass. Please keep Matthew in your prayers and join us for this special Mass on June 9th at St. Paul’s.

Mass will be followed by a reception in the St. Paul Parish Hall to which all are invited.