Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative

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.

Divine Mercy Sunday

Divine_Mercy_JesusJoin us for an hour of prayer and reflection
Sunday, April 28, 2:00pm
St. Paul Church

The message of The Divine Mercy is simple.  It is that God loves us – all of us, and he wants us to recognize that His mercy is greater than our sins, so that we will call upon Him with trust, receive His mercy and let it flow through us to others.

Holy Week and Easter 2019

SACRED TRIDUUM

 

 

 

 

 

HOLY THURSDAY, APRIL 18

7:30pm Mass of the Lord’s Supper
followed by Adoration until midnight
St. John Church

GOOD FRIDAY, APRIL 19

3:00pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. Paul Church
7:30pm Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
St. John Church

HOLY SATURDAY, APRIL 20

8:00pm Mass of the Easter Vigil
St. Paul Church

EASTER SUNDAY, APRIL 21

7:30am Mass at St. John Church
7:30am Mass at St. Paul Church
9:00am Family Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
9:00am Family Mass at St. Paul Church
(with simulcast in Parish Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. John Church
(with simulcast in Powers Hall)
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Church
11:00am Mass at St. Paul Parish Hall
There is no Sunday 5pm Mass on Easter Sunday

Stations of the Cross on Good Friday

12:00pm Walk with the Cross at St. John Church
(led by St. John Religious Education – all welcome!)
12:00pm Living Way of the Cross at St. Paul Church
(with St. Paul Religious Education – all welcome!)
3:00pm Stations of the Cross at St. John Church

Sacrament of Reconciliation
on Holy Saturday

10:00am – 12:00pm St. John Chapel

April 6-7: Our 2019 Collaborative Lenten Gift Collection

As you know, each year in Lent we reach out as a community to one particular place of suffering, amid so many in the world, through our Collaborative Lenten Gift. This Lent, we open our eyes and hearts to the plight of those who are suffering right here in our own community – and who are so often unseen amid the abundance that surrounds us. With our Collaborative Lenten Gift, we reach out to help through our newly formed St. John-St. Paul Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul.

The Society is best described by their mission statement: A network of friends, inspired by Gospel values, growing in holiness and building a more just world through personal relationships with, and service to, people in need.

The Society offers tangible assistance on a person-to-person basis through local Conferences. It is this personalized involvement that makes the work of the Society so unique. The St. John-St. Paul Conference, which was established last year by members of both parishes, has already begun this work, with outreach and home visits to individuals and families in need in our community. Our Collaborative Lenten Gift will give the Conference a sound financial base from which to provide much-needed assistance.

A Special Second Collection will be taken up at all Masses in both parishes this weekend, April 6-7, for the St. John-St. Paul Conference of the Society of St. Vincent de Paul. Checks should be made payable to your parish, noting “Lenten Gift 2019” in the memo. Donations may also be made online by clicking here, or mailed to or dropped at the parish offices. We will total the gifts received from all sources and present one check to the Conference.

The three Lenten disciplines recommended by the Church are prayer, fasting, and almsgiving. This is our opportunity as a Collaborative to show Christ-like love for our neighbors in distress, and for each of us to answer Lent’s clarion call to love extravagantly. On behalf of the Collaborative Service Commission, we ask that you be as generous as your means will allow. Thank you.

The Wellesley Townsman: “Wellesley parishes form new group to help needy neighbors”

When a fledgling nonprofit comes knocking at your door or email account, it is often looking for a check to fund staff or office space. But a new volunteer group in town is searching for something more: neighbors in need…

Please visit The Wellesley Townsman to read more…

St. Patrick’s Day Thanks!

A grand time was had by all at the annual St. Patrick’s Dinner last Saturday. The throngs were sated by a traditional Irish boiled dinner, salmon, and loads of soda bread, as well as spread of scrumptious homemade desserts and Guinness. Al MacKay’s jigs and reels wafted over the crowd, and the lovely lasses of our own Goulding School of Irish Dance, based at St John’s, stole our hearts with the culture and rhythmic step of Ireland.

Many thanks to the St. Paul Social Committee and the many volunteers who helped make the night a success. We hope to see you all next year!

Saturday, March 30: Ministry to the Homebound – A Two-Hour Mini Retreat at St. John

In Luke’s Gospel Jesus sends seventy-two out in pairs to do the work of His mission. Jesus sent these lay ministers out with His authority, with a mission to care for His people, especially the sick. Nothing has changed since that time. Jesus is still very much with us, and seeks to send us out with a commission to spread His love to those who need it. Ministry to the sick and homebound is a unique, intimate and beautiful one.

Sr. Evelyn Ronan will join us for a spiritual journey through this ministry, followed by an informal discussion over breakfast. If you feel called to visitation of the sick and homebound please join us for an enriching morning.

Saturday, March 30 at 8:00am in St. John Chapel

Begins Monday, March 18: “Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future” at St. John

All parishioners in the collaborative are invited to study the work of Dr. Phyllis Zagano, PhD. In her recent book, Women Deacons: Past, Present and Future, Dr. Zagano explores the tremendous growth of the permanent diaconate, and the lingering questions about women deacons. She highlights the evident need for more women in ministry and its subsequent need for careful evaluation of historical roots, contemporary ecclesiastical realities and creative future possibilities for women in the diaconate. In August 2012, Phyllis was appointed by Pope Francis to the Papal Commission for the Study of Women in the Diaconate, which convened in Rome in 2016.

The 4-session study guide for this exploration was written by Sister Donna L. Ciangio, a Dominican Sister of Caldwell and the Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Newark.

Mondays: March 18, March 25, April 1, April 8
7:00pm at St. John in Powers Hall

Reconciliation Service for High School Students – Sunday, March 17 at 4:00pm

We are offering a Reconciliation Service for all high school students on Sunday, March 17 at 4:00pm before the Sunday 5pm Youth Mass in the Chapel at St. John’s. There will be a short reflection and preparation time, followed by the opportunity to receive the sacrament of confession. Those receiving Confirmation this spring are especially encouraged to attend!

Join NPH in Honoring Fr. Jim at the 10th Annual Irish Hearts Event!

As you know, Nuestros Pequeños Hermanos (NPH – “Our Little Brothers and Sisters”) is currently raising more than 3,100 orphaned, abandoned, and disadvantaged boys and girls in Latin America and the Caribbean.

Join NPH on April 7, 2019 from 2:30 – 7:00pm at the Boston Marriott in Quincy to honor Fr. Jim and thank him for all he has done to support NPH and transform the lives of vulnerable children. The event will feature live entertainment, special guests and more.  For more information, to purchase tickets, or to make a donation in Fr. Jim’s honor, please visit   www.irishheartsfororphans.com, email us at infoma-ne@nphusa.org, or call (617) 206-4940.