Category Archives: SJSP Collaborative Programs and Events

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”.

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Scenes from Our Collaborative Outdoor Mass

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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.

September 23 at 7pm: “What About Women Deacons?” with Dr. Phyllis Zagano

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Please join us on Monday, September 23 at 7pm at St. John the Evangelist Church for an evening with Dr. Phyllis Zagano.

Phyllis Zagano is an internationally acclaimed Catholic scholar and lecturer on contemporary spirituality and women’s issues in the Church. Her award-winning books include Holy Saturday: An Argument for the Restoration of the Female Diaconate in the Catholic Church (First Place, 2001 Catholic Press Association and 2002 College Theology Society), Women & Catholicism: Gender, Communion, and Authority (Second Place, 2012 Catholic Press Association) and Women Deacons? Essays with Answers (First Place, 2017 Catholic Press Association).

Her writing is widely translated — her best-selling On Prayer: A Letter for My Godchild is in Indonesian, Spanish and Italian as well as English — and she edited the Liturgical Press’ “Spirituality in History” series. She is a member of the Papal Commission for the study of the diaconate of women. Winner of two Fulbright awards, her biographical listings include Marquis Who’s Who. Her professional papers are held by the Women in Leadership Archives, Loyola University, Chicago. She holds a research appointment at Hofstra University, Hempstead, New York.

September 25 at 6:00pm: Catholic Charities POWIR Training Session at St. John

Our Collaborative, in partnership with Catholic Charities’ Refugee and Immigration Services, will be welcoming a refugee family in the coming year.  If you are interested in volunteering, please come to this training session by the expert team at Catholic Charities on Wednesday, September 25 at 6:00pm in St. John’s Powers Hall.

Email kelly.meraw@sjspwellesley.org for more information or if you would like to help.

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Updates from the Dominican Republic!

A group of our high school students, along with the St. John-St. Paul Youth Ministry team, Fr. Jim, and a representative from NPH USA, are at the NPH home in the Dominican Republic for a week-long service and immersion trip for a firsthand experience of how NPH USA transforms the lives of children!

While there, the group is providing us with daily updates and photos – please click the logo below to check out the blog and follow along on their journey!

Thursday, August 15: Feast of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary

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Mass Schedule for the Collaborative

7:00am at St. John Church
9:00am at St. Paul Church
12:00pm at St. John Church
7:00pm at St. Paul Church

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.