Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative Programs and Events

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!

Collaborative Service Commission Informational Meeting: Wednesday, February 27 at St. John

Our Collaborative has developed in so many fruitful ways since we began this journey in 2015. Our two parishes, each unique and rich in tradition, culture, and ministry, have continued to thrive as distinct faith communities while simultaneously entwining themselves in organic and God-glorifying ways. The Holy Spirit continues to work with deliberate timing as we discern God’s will for our collaborative, revealing opportunities for even deeper connection for worship, enrichment, and ministry together. It is with great joy that we enter a new phase of collaboration in our service and outreach ministries with the establishment of a Collaborative Service Commission.

During last year’s Collaborative Forum on Christian Service, we began to discuss a shared vision of what constitutes Christian Service and how we can continue to respond to Christ’s call to serve as we move forward as a collaborative. We are blessed to have many meaningful and diverse service initiatives at both parishes, with so many dedicated parishioners bringing the comfort and compassion of Christ to those in need, in our community and beyond. Our new Collaborative Service Commission will be a support mechanism to provide assistance and encouragement, as needed, to our existing programs and those engaged in service, as well as a channel for exploring and incorporating new programs and new opportunities to serve. We invite all parishioners interested in becoming more involved in the work of service to consider serving on the Commission.

Why serve? Christ’s foundational command to love is at the heart of the Gospel message. It is a love that is beyond human comprehension – it grows and builds by the power of the Holy Spirit in our hearts. There is no better expression of our love than the imitation our Lord Jesus Christ who came to serve and not to be served. We serve by the grace of faith, through the strength of God’s supply. Service allows us to discover and develop our personal spiritual gifts and to experience the joy of obedience to God’s will; it surrounds us with other Christians who support us in our walks with Christ and it increases our faith. During the wedding at Cana Jesus performs a miracle. The guests at the wedding aren’t witnesses to that miracle (although they gratefully enjoy its fruits.) The servers at the wedding witness the miracle. Water turns to wine before their eyes. God’s grace is poured out. Serving allows us to witness miracles. Service allows us to see God’s direct hand in the most beautiful parts of His creation.

What holds us back? It’s easy to become overwhelmed with doubt and fear – that we don’t have the right skills, or enough time, or that we aren’t needed or sufficient. Remember that God has used those who doubt and fear to perform unbelievable tasks in His name. From Moses to David to Paul, and of course the Blessed Virgin Mary, God proves we need only say ‘yes’. Indeed, He doesn’t call the equipped, He equips the called.

If you feel called to serve out of gratitude for what God has done for you in your life; if you want to share God’s goodness with others; if you want to bring the face of Christ into the lives of our collaborative community and beyond, please come to an informational and developmental session of the Collaborative Service Commission on Wednesday, February 27 at 7pm in the Collaborative Boardroom in the St. John Parish Center. To RSVP please email either Kelly Meraw (kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org) or Anne Mears (anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org)

If you are unable to attend but would like to learn more about the Collaborative Service Commission and/or other service opportunities within the collaborative, please let us know. We ask for all of your prayers as we begin this new journey in faith together.

 

Sunday, January 27: Youth Ministry Winter Backyard BBQ!

Calling all high school students! Need something to do this football-free Sunday evening? Come to the St. Paul Parish Hall for some FREE food and fun at our St. John-St. Paul Youth Ministry  Winter Indoor BBQ! It starts around 6:00pm after the Sunday 5pm Youth Mass. We hope to see you there!  For more information on all our Youth Ministry Programs, please visit Our Collaborative Youth Ministry Program page.

Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm: Informational Meeting for High School Immersion Trip to NPH Dominican Republic at St. John

All current high school students are invited to join the St. John-St. Paul Youth Ministry team and NPH USA for an immersion and service trip to NPH Dominican Republic this summer, August 15 – 21, 2019.

We will have the unique opportunity to stay at the NPH home with the children, in a newly constructed visitor’s house, which will allow us to immerse ourselves in NPH life with the children and their culture. This will be an unforgettable opportunity to experience the work of NPH firsthand, meet the amazing children who live in the NPH Dominican Republic home and take part in a service project which will have a lasting impact on the community there. This trip is offered to current high school students and places are limited.  To find out more or to sign up :

  •  Print a flyer  (also available at the back of the church)
  • Come to the Sunday 5pm Mass at St. Paul Church on Sunday, January 13 to learn about NPH Dominican Republic
  • Attend the Parent-Student Information Session on Wednesday, January 16 at 7:00pm in St. John Powers Hall (underneath the Church)

For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in the trip, please contact Anne Mears.

One Day Spiritual Retreat for Grieving Parents – Saturday, January 12

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, January 12 from 9:30am to 7:00pm
St. John the Evangelist Parish

9 Glen Rd. Wellesley, MA 02481

Pre-Registration Required – register at: www.emfgp.org 
$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: diane@emfgp.org

Bible Study: Letters from Prison – Begins Thursday, November 29

All are welcome to share in a study of God’s Holy Word.  In his letters to the Philippians, Colossians, and Ephesians, Paul shares his encouragement, correction and instruction.  While imprisoned in Rome for his faith in  Jesus Christ, Paul calls the communities to rejoice even while difficulty and trial surround. His message could not be more relevant today.  Study materials are available for purchase ($16) through the Collaborative.
Please email: scripturestudy@sjspwellesley.org to enroll and purchase study set. 

Full Schedule: 
November 29 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 6 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 13 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
December 20 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
January 3 (SJ, Powers Hall, 7pm)
January 10 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 17 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 24 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
January 31 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)
February 7 (SP, Parish Hall, 7pm)

For by grace you have been saved through faith. And this is not your own doing; it is the gift of God. Ephesians 2:8

Informational Meeting for NPH Summer H.S. Immersion Trip – Wednesday, November 7 at 7:30pm in St. Paul Parish Hall

Join the St. John-St. Paul Collaborative for a one-week immersion trip to an NPH home this summer. This trip is offered only to current high school students, who will be accompanied by five chaperones from the Collaborative.  Experience first hand how NPH USA transforms the lives of children! You will meet the amazing children, staff, and volunteers of NPH and learn about their daily lives. Whether you are new to NPH or a longtime supporter, visiting our homes is the best way to see what we do in action. While the children are in school, you will help out around the home (helping with daily chores around the property, working in the gardens and farm, caring for the babies, working in the kitchen, and viewing the school, etc.). Relax or hang out with the pequeños in the afternoons. We will coordinate activities with the different age groups throughout the week. Additionally, you will have the opportunity to meet with the leadership of the NPH home, tour all of the home’s facilities, and hear the kids’ stories of their lives before and after arriving at NPH.  Note: An NPH USA chaperone will lead and oversee all travelers throughout the duration of the week. All chaperones are background checked, and are experienced volunteers.

For more information, or if you are unable to attend the meeting but are interested in the trip, please contact Anne Mears at anne.mears@sjspwellesley.org