Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

Religious Education Classes Cancelled

After careful consideration, and in keeping with the recommendations from the Commonwealth to postpone, cancel, or hold virtually any discretionary events or programs, we have made the decision to cancel all Religious Education classes at St. John and St. Paul until further notice.

As you know, this is a rapidly developing situation, and our foremost concern is for the health and safety of our students, catechists, and their families. We are monitoring these developments, as well as the guidance we are receiving from the Town of Wellesley, the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, and the Archdiocese of Boston, as we evaluate our options for the remaining weeks of this session. We will continue to update you as this situation continues to develop.

Please continue to keep those affected by the coronavirus, their families, and our health care workers in your prayers.

St. Patrick’s Day Dinner CANCELLED

We are disappointed to announce that out of an abundance of caution we will not be holding the annual St. Patrick’s Day Dinner at St. Paul on March 14.  We thank everyone for their efforts to date and look forward to next year. If you have already purchased tickets, please send an email to so that we can provide you a refund.

Father-Daughter Valentine’s Dance at St. Paul – Friday, February 7

Father-Daughter-DanceFathers, Father-figures and special friends are invited to bring their daughters (of any age) to spend quality time with each other and experience an evening of dance and fun!

FRIDAY, FEBRUARY 7th 6:30-9pm


Tickets are $25 for two, max $30 per family.

*Tickets will be sold at the door or you can get them in advance after the 9am Mass at St. Pauls on Sunday, January 26th & February 2nd

For more information or to help with the event contact:  Eric Laplaca at 617-365-5063 or



One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, February 8

The St. John-St. Paul Collaborative and The Emmaus Ministry for Grieving Parents invite you to a one day spiritual retreat for parents whose children of any age have died by any cause, no matter how long ago.

Saturday, February 8 from 9:30am to 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Parish

9 Glen Road Wellesley, MA 02481

$25/person or $40/couple
(Registration fee includes three meals and all retreat materials)
Ample free parking
Scholarships are available


For more information, call Diane, Paul’s Mother at 617.542.8057 or email:

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.