Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

A Reflection on the Feast of the Holy Family from Chris Holownia

The Gospel message of Christmas is one of peace, joy, glory, and love. And yet today, on the Feast of the Holy Family, we are faced with the reality of the world into which our Lord Jesus Christ is born, a world of danger, treachery, and terror.

In the lectionary for today, the Gospel for today skips over an important piece that is difficult to hear… Click to here for the full reflection.

2019 Christmas Mass Schedule

St. John Church
Christmas Eve
4:00pm Family Mass* 3:30pm Youth Choir Prelude and Carols
(simulcast downstairs in Powers Hall)

4:00pm Mass in Philbin Hall (Saint John School Hall)
6:00pm Mass*
10:00pm Mass 9:30pm Choir Prelude and Carols
 Christmas Day
 10:30am  Mass 10:00am Choir Prelude and Carols

The Family Mass is now at 4:00pm 
There is a new Mass time of 6:00pm

St. Paul Church
Christmas Eve
4:00pm Masses (Church and Parish Hall)
6:00pm Family Mass Children’s Choir and Pageant
8:00pm Mass 7:30pm Choir Prelude and Carols
12:00 Midnight Mass 11:30pm Youth Music Group Prelude and Carols
Christmas Day
11:00am Mass 10:30am Choir Prelude and Carols

Evening for Women Presents: “Women Called to Be”

Join us Tuesday, November 5 as Kelly Meraw presents a reflection on the fascinating and inspiring life and works of a woman truly “called to be!”  We will convene in Powers Hall at 6:00pm and start the program at 6:30pm in the chapel. Click here for more info…


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

Seasons of Hope – Fall Group Begins October 31

Seasons of Hopea faith sharing group for those who mourn.

For you who are searching for Our Lord in the midst of your grief, Seasons of Hope is a nurturing link to the Church, the Almighty, and people of faith who truly understand what it means to be brokenhearted.

Meeting Dates: Oct. 31, Nov. 7, 14, 21, Dec. 5 and 12 from 9:45-11:15am in St. Paul Parish Hall.

To ensure a booklet and seat are waiting for you, please sign up in advance by calling Laurie Jacob at 339.222.0335 or email

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.

NPH Host Families Needed!

We are hoping to have six families identified by October 11 to host youths (ages 16-22) or a chaperone from the NPH musical group that will be visiting our Collaborative in November – click here for more information.

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”.


Scenes from Our Collaborative Outdoor Mass

This gallery contains 11 photos.

Please Join Us for a Youth Ministry NPH Trip Presentation on Sunday, September 29 after the 5pm Mass

Our high school students who traveled to the NPH home in the Dominican Republic this summer with Fr. Jim and our Youth Ministry Team would like to invite you to a presentation about their experience.  Please join us on Sunday, September 29 at 6:00pm (immediately following the Sunday 5pm Mass) at St. John Powers Hall.